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  • America Votes

    Election news from across the Knight Ridder network and the Web

    Wednesday, October 13, 2004

    In e-voting we trust ... or do we? 

    The last thing we need is another hanging chad. (See also: Florida, 2000) But perhaps we have another chad-like controversy looming over us. The latest voting issue is over e-voting machines, which were billed as being safer than their manual ancestors.

    But computers and the like, or so the rumor goes, can be hacked. This may be the same for the e-voting machines. Furthermore, the machines do not leave a paper trail, so there's no way to check up on the results. Other concerns being discussed: fraud, hardware and software glitches and human error.

    SiliconValley.com has launched a moderated roundtable discussion on the safety and reliability of e-voting. Participants include computer experts, those concerned with election reform, technology reporters, researchers and the registrar of voters for San Bernadino County, Calif.

    posted by Ellen Dunkel at 2:01 PM



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