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BradBlog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-29-06 04:55 PM
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BREAKING: NATIONAL STANDARDS INSTITUTE RECOMMENDS SCRAPPING TOUCH-SCREEN VOTING SYSTEMS!
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Edited on Wed Nov-29-06 05:04 PM by BradBlog


COMPLETE STORY: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=3860

NATIONAL STANDARDS INSTITUTE TO RECOMMEND SCRAPPING DIRECT RECORDING ELECTRONIC TOUCH-SCREEN VOTING MACHINES!
Says Machines Should be Decertified! Also Says So-Called 'Voter Verified Paper Audit Trails (VVPAT) Should Not Be Used' in Voting Systems!


Huge news. Michael Hickens of InternetNews.com has the scoop. Here's the highlights

A federal agency is set to recommend significant changes to specifications for electronic-voting machines next week, internetnews.com has learned.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is recommending that the 2007 version of the Voluntary Voting Systems Guidelines (VVSG) decertify direct record electronic (DRE) machines.

According to an NIST paper to be discussed at a meeting of election regulators at NIST headquarters in Gaithersburg, Md., on Dec. 4 and 5, DRE vote totals cannot be audited because the machines are not software independent.

In other words, there is no means of verifying vote tallies other than by relying on the software that tabulated the results to begin with.

The machines currently in use are "more vulnerable to undetected programming errors or malicious code," according to the paper.

The NIST paper also noted that, "potentially, a single programmer could 'rig' a major election."

This is incredibly tremendous news!

Appropos of the point we tried to make loudly in an article here at BRAD BLOG earlier today (http://www.bradblog.com/?p=3857 ), in which we tried to make clear that paper trails on touch-screen machines (versus paper ballots as used with optical-scan or hand-counted systems) are not an adequate solution to the nation's or even Florida 13's current voting dysfunction, NIST agrees that paper trails no longer cut it...

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First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win?

Stay tuned.

COMPLETE STORY: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=3860



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