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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-25-10 08:35 PM
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E-voting security fears mount as elections near
Hackers have already demonstrated the ability to corrupt online voting systems
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/39838507/ns/technology_and_... /

New technologies allowing voters to cast ballots via the Internet or other electronic means are catching on in the United States and elsewhere, even as fears mount about security of the systems.

A total of 33 states are allowing some e-mail, fax or online ballots in 2010, according to the Verified Voting Foundation, a group that monitors security of election systems.

These systems, which are also used in several other countries, can potentially increase voter participation but security remains a question mark, especially following one spectacular attack on an Internet vote pilot project.

The startling security breach came in September, when a pilot Internet vote system for the city of Washington, D.C., was put online for a test.
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customerserviceguy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-25-10 10:19 PM
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1. Here's one thing I have to ask the anti-electronic vote folks
Why is it you distrust this, yet seem to have no qualms with mail-in voting? Isn't the latter just as subject to possible fraud?
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Bill Bored Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-26-10 01:19 AM
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2. I got lots of qualms about mail-in voting!
But mail-in is not as exploitable as the Internet because the Internet is accessible to the world.

As far as counting, mail-in has no special immunity from e-vote fraud unless the paper ballots are counted by hand.
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