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cal04 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-14-07 10:00 PM
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Report: Ohio needs new voting machines

The state's top elections official recommended Friday that Ohio counties replace their touch-screen voting machines because the devices in use for roughly two years are vulnerable to manipulation.

A report released by Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner found a host of ways in which the machines could be manipulated: When empty, a portal in the electronic machines can be manipulated with a magnet or personal digital assistant; ballot-creation programs are either not password-protected or use a universal password; and invasive computer messages could be introduced by a voter and spread easily.

Touch-screen machines have been purchased across the nation to comply with the federal Help America Vote Act. Nationally, $3 billion was spent to replace the punch-card voting system that faltered in the 2000 election.

Brunner, a Democrat, initiated the review when she took office, and state House Speaker Jon Husted, a Republican, joined her at the report's release to signal that its findings were not partisan.
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