Re: [Full-Disclosure] Will a vote for John Kerry be counted by a Hart InterCivic eSlate3000 in Honolulu?
To: "Jason Coombs PivX Solutions" <email@example.com> Date: Thu, 21 Oct 2004 09:29:11 -0500
Jason, I have a rather direct question: Given what you know...and what
you wrote....why in blazes did you cast your vote electronically?
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firstname.lastname@example.org wrote on 10/20/2004 08:24:59 PM:
> I just voted for John Kerry at a walk-in absentee ballot polling
> place in Honolulu County using an eSlate3000 (unit serial number
> A05A0B) made by Hart Intercivic: http://www.hartintercivic.com
> I was told by the official who gave me the choice of voting on paper
> or voting electronically that the electronic voting machines weren't
> supposed to be here yet, but that since they arrived in time for the
> 2004 election, they were being used anyway.
> Will my vote be counted? That depends on a number of unknowns, such
> as whether or not the unit on which my vote was cast subsequently
> malfunctions, rendering the entire vote tabulating memory card corrupt.
> I did not receive a paper printout following the submission of my
> electronic ballot.
> Excluding the obvious possibility that fraud may occur, either to
> stuff the electronic 'ballot box' with false votes, or to
> intentionally destroy or fail to count votes for a particular
> candidate, there are risks inherent to electronic voting that do not
> exist in the same way with paper ballots. And although there are
> technical safeguards possible that seem like common sense, these
> safeguards continue to be ignored. Why?
> Will we ever see common sense safeguards added to the electronic
> voting process?
> A search for known security vulnerabilities or potential flaws in
> voting equipment manufactured and sold by Hart InterCivic turns up:
> Prior to casting my vote, I provided a written 'application' to vote
> containing my current address and other contact information.
> Election officials have every bit of information necessary to inform
> me in the event of a memory card failure or other malfunction that
> causes my electronic vote not to be counted properly.
> We know the very equipment that I just used to cast my vote has
> malfunctioned in the past. There have never been any reports that
> any voter has ever been allowed to revote following the loss of
> their electronic vote database record. Why not?
> I find it absurd that common sense solutions to electronic voting
> problems are not being used. The vote I just cast could be made
> available for my anonymous review after it has been counted. For
> that matter, all votes made by all voters could be aggregated and
> published such that any voter could confirm that the vote that was
> counted was in fact the vote that they cast.
> Such a safeguard would ensure that no fraud could occur without
> timely detection by those voters who are directly affected, and no
> vote would go uncounted or be miscounted by mistake unless voters
> choose not to perform such data validation.
> If we're going to allow these electronic voting devices in our
> elections, then we the people must be empowered to become the all
> volunteer quality assurance army that validates the data output.
> Reasonable people can live with the necessity to trust election
> officials to be honest, and the criminal justice procedures to hold
> them accountable when they are not, but who are we supposed to hold
> accountable when equipment failures and flawed computer disaster
> recovery planning result in the secret exclusion of members of the
> public from access to their right to vote?
> If anyone has any further information about Hart InterCivic and the
> eSlate3000, please contact me directly.
> Jason Coombs
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