Monday, October 23, 2006

The Republican Strategy for Winning the Mid-Terms: Part 3

posted by The Vidiot @ 6:24 PM Permalink

Mailed Diebold Disks Raise Voting Machine Fears

Disks containing what appears to be software code used in Maryland's touchscreen voting machines in 2004 were delivered anonymously to a former state legislator, raising fresh concerns about the reliability of the voting system.
Gov. Robert Ehrlich has questioned the reliability of the machines and suggested that voters use absentee ballots if they have any doubts that their votes will be counted accurately.

A statement issued by Diebold said it would "take years for a knowledgeable scientist" to break the encryption used on the software disks delivered to Kagan.

But Ari Rubin, a computer scientist at Johns Hopkins University who reviewed the disks for The Washington Post, said the data files were not encrypted on the disk containing the software that runs the machines.
Diebold has always claimed that their 'software' is proprietary, but there shouldn't be anything about counting votes that is a secret.

People counting hand written ballots in open view has been the method we've used for over 200 years. Why should software that counts the votes have less visibility?

Open source operating systems have fewer vulnerabilities than Windows because more experts can weigh in. Compared to a modern Operating System, software that counts the click of a button is simple ... and should be bullet proof.

If you'd like to learn more about the problems with Diebold and other eVote companies just Google Diebold voting problems.


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