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Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Technology is Not Always The Answer

Oct 6th, 2010

Washington DC's new online voting system is vulnerable to attack. 


"The D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics had asked outsiders to attempt to infiltrate the system. So a U-M professor promptly "unleashed his students" on the voting system, which was designed to allow military and overseas voters to cast ballots digitally, the Post reported."

One of these students succeeded. I am not sure this is news. It could have been assumed. Since the contentious and disputed 2000 presidential election, there has been a dramatic move to bring modern technology into the ballot process. I have argued against this from day one. As messy, time consuming and occasionally confusing as the paper ballot process can be, you can't hack a "chad."

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