Thursday, October 14, 2004

More Diebold voting insecurity

Ed Felten has reported two cases of shockingly bad security design in Diebold voting machines (here and here). I knew there were a lot of problems with electronic voting, but I didn't realize the protocols were this naive. The security of the system seems to be predicated on the assumption that people can't make or modify (or in some cases even read) their own smart cards. Of course, electronic voting is not a very good idea even without these egregious flaws - I doubt it's possible to design an electronic voting system that's as good on the criteria that matter (auditability, anonymity, reliability) as, say, an optical scanning system.


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