April 21, 2004

Keynote: Accountable Voting

David Dill's opening keynote made explicit the security flaws of electronic voting machines. The lack of verifiable paper trails puts the power of our votes in the hands of the programmers, corporate executives, and anyone else with legitimate or illegitimate access to these machines and the code that they run. Tampering with elections can be easily concealed, and without a means of recounting votes with results that don't simply duplicate the potentially compromised records from the machines, the legitimacy of our democracy is in jeopardy. Awareness of the problems posed by these machines, coupled with the apparent unresponsiveness of local and federal officials, is likely to compound the widespread apathy of the American public. This feeling of disenfranchisement may be a greater threat to democracy than the risk created by the potential security failures of electronic voting machines.

Posted by Aaron Perzanowski at April 21, 2004 09:41 AM
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