Articles about electronic voting

Expert gives Congress solution to vote machine cyber-security fears: Keep a paper backup

Video With too many electronic voting systems buggy, insecure and vulnerable to attacks, US election officials would be well advised to keep paper trails handy. This is according to Dr Matt Blaze, a University of Pennsylvania computer science professor and top cryptographer, who spoke to Congress this week about cyber-threats facing …
Shaun Nichols, 1 Dec 2017

A draft US law to secure election computers that isn't braindead. Well, I'm stunned! I gotta lie down

A law bill was introduced today to the US Senate designed to safeguard American elections from hacking by miscreants or manipulation by Russian or other foreign agents. The Securing America's Voting Equipment (SAVE) Act [PDF] would designate elections systems as part of the US national critical infrastructure, task the …
Iain Thomson, 31 Oct 2017

India to world+dog: Go ahead, please hack our elections ... if you can

Following demands for an investigation into the security of India's electronic voting machines, the country's election watchdog has invited all comers to hack its e-ballot boxes. A kerfuffle over the machines kicked off after a round of recent elections: some in the Indian parliament claimed tallies were maliciously altered by …
Iain Thomson, 12 Apr 2017
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MPs worried Brexit vote website wobble caused by foreign hackers

A committee of MPs has expressed concerns that foreign hackers might have had a hand in crashing the UK's voter registration website last year shortly before the Brexit referendum. The Public Administration Committee concluded that a foreign cyber attack remains a potential reason that the "register to vote" site crashed on 7 …
John Leyden, 12 Apr 2017
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Western Australia's Web votes have security worries, say 'white hat' mathematicians

The Western Australian government is pushing back against concerns about the security of its implementation of the iVote electoral system. iVote is an electronic system already used in another Australian State, New South Wales, primarily as an accessibility tool because it lets the vision-impaired and others with disabilities …

Brazil reverting to paper votes amid budget crisis

One of the world's early adopters of electronic voting, Brazil, is reverting to paper votes because of budgetary woes. The decision was made by the Superior Electoral Court – in Portugese, here – in response to a roughly US$110-million (R$428 million) funding cut. The court is in the middle of a $51 million (R$200 million) …

Spanish election site in security cert warning screwup snafu

Updated Website crypto problems on the Spanish online voting registration website are causing it to generate all manner of security warnings. Attempts to visit the site – run by Spain's National Statistics Institute and introduced this year for municipal/regional elections – typically lead to users being confronted …
John Leyden, 13 Apr 2015
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NSW to expand e-voting

New South Wales is set to expand the footprint of electronic voting in its state election, due in 2015, with Spanish vendor Scytl reportedly on the brink of signing a new contract with the state government. Scytl's Java-based electoral software already has a footprint in NSW, since it formed the basis of the state's iVote …
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Flooded inboxes derail New Jersey vote-by-email scheme

New Jersey's well-intentioned plans to allow voters displaced by Hurricane Sandy to vote by email or fax in the presidential elections on Tuesday predictably went awry. The plan permitting voters to download absentee ballots before returning them by either email or fax in order to cast their vote was only announced on Saturday …
John Leyden, 7 Nov 2012
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US election: New Jersey email voting plan 'best of bad bunch'

Security watchers have given a lukewarm backing to plans by New Jersey authorities to allow email voting for residents of the state left displaced by Superstorm Sandy. New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno issued a directive on Saturday permitting voters to download absentee ballots before returning them by either email …
John Leyden, 6 Nov 2012
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Hacker almost derailed Mandela election in South Africa

An unidentified voting system hacker almost derailed South Africa's first democratic elections. Only a backup paper ballot system saved the historic 1994 election from sabotage, according to a new book from Peter Harris, the former head of the official election monitoring division. The hacking attempt involved trying to boost …
John Leyden, 27 Oct 2010
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Sequoia opens kimono with e-voting code handout

Sequoia Voting Systems has become the first electronic voting machine maker to publish the source code used in one of its systems, a move that computer scientists have praised. On Monday, the Denver, Colorado company released the first batch of code for Frontier, an end-to-end e-voting system that it plans to begin selling in …
Dan Goodin, 2 Dec 2009
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Sequoia e-voting machine commandeered by clever attack

Computer scientists have figured out to how trick a widely used electronic voting machine into altering tallies with a technique that bypasses measures that are supposed to prevent unauthorized code from running on the device. The method, known as return-oriented programming, has already been used to defeat security measures …
Dan Goodin, 12 Aug 2009
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Diebold e-voting software includes delete audit logs button

Vote tabulation software currently in use throughout the United States contains a button to permanently delete audit logs that are required under federal voting-system guidelines, according to a report submitted to California's top elections official. The button is included in version 1.18.19 of the GEMS, or Global Election …
Dan Goodin, 5 Mar 2009
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Electronic votes mysteriously vanish in Ohio election

Electronic voting machines made by Premier Election Solutions have once again been caught dropping votes during the November elections, this time in Ohio's Montgomery County. The missing five votes failed to register during the original count and again during a recount, according to The Dayton Daily News. They probably never …
Dan Goodin, 13 Dec 2008
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Ohio elections website hacked as vote scuffle gets ugly

USA '08 Service has been restored to the website that handles Ohio's voter registration and elections information after hackers breached its defenses. The intrusion is just one of several assaults confronting the Secretary of State's office as tensions mount over next month's presidential election. IT workers took the site down on …
Dan Goodin, 22 Oct 2008
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Ohio official sues e-vote vendor for sloppy counting

Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner wants an electronic voting machine vendor to pay for dropping hundreds of votes in the state's March primary election. In a filing at Franklin County Common Pleas Court, Brunner seeks unspecified damages from Premier Election Solutions, formerly Diebold. She claims Premier made false …
Austin Modine, 9 Aug 2008
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Dutch ban voting computers over eavesdropping fear

The risk of eavesdropping has driven the Dutch government to ban electronic voting computers from future elections. The Ministry of Internal Affairs says that the development of safer voting computers has "insufficient added value over voting by paper and pencil". Dutch election officials will return to using paper ballots …
Jan Libbenga, 20 May 2008

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