OP-ED: Voting Requires Vigilance. Popular Isn’t Always Prudent

Our Op-Ed published yesterday by CTNewsJunkie, outlining the integrity risks of the National Popular Vote Compact, now being considered by the Connecticut Legislature, for the fourth time since 2007.

If it feels good, do it! – Oh! No! Canada!

Based on the theory that if voters like Internet voting and nobody has recognized a problem, it should be implemented, no matter what the cost, no matter what risks identified by experts. The voting version of unhealthy living, If it tastes good, eat it!. Technically know as common sense, that works sometimes, and at other times brings us common sense ideas like the earth revolving around the sun.

Another day, more internet heists revealed

We and others have posted several times, debunking the frequently repeated statement that “If we can use ATMs and the Internet for banking, why can’t we use the internet for voting”. The answers are 1) Voting is a different application and riskier; and 2) Internet banking is not safe, banks loose billions to electronic fraud every year, yet it is less than they make and save using the Internet.

Dummies’ Guide to Rigging a Colorado Election

Not everything that Marilyn recommends would work quite the same or as well in Connecticut. A strategy for Connecticut insider election thieves would be to rig memory cards and then provide incomplete post-election audit reports, or to claim that any discrepancy in such reports between machine and hand counts is human error.

An Oscar Performance: Blame the Customers and Users.

Unprofessional systems “professionals” often resort to blaming the users for systems that are difficult to understand and use. Similarly, software vendors blame their customers for the inadequacies of the systems they have sold to or implemented for those customers.

Grand Theft Absentee

“Of the three methods of voting, the one that has always been the most vulnerable, the one where we know fraud has occurred historically … is in the absentee-ballot process,” Fernández Rundle told The Miami Herald on Thursday, referring also to voting early and on Election Day. Absentee voting, she added, “happens in the shadows. It happens in the dark. It’s the least monitored.”

“Perfect Citizen” demonstrates risk of Internet for voting

Another government testament to the risks we face with dependency on the Internet for vital systems. We hope in this particular case that the effort is actually increasing the safety of systems we all depend upon.

Did new elected Representative committ multiple voter fraud?

Elected initially to the Legislature last month, Christina Ayala, has been arrested for a hit-and-run shortly after the election, arrested for a domestic dispute, and then ordered to move to the district before being sworn in, is no under investigation for illegally voting and registering in that district. Also under investigation is her mother, the Registrar of Voters.

Risk Limiting Audits: Why and How

A recent, paper by the Risk Limiting Audit Working Group, endorsed by The American Statistical Association, articulates and outlines various types of post-election audits, their requirements, and relative advantages.

We cannot help but think that our Coalition audit reports contributed to statements in the section entitled: Trustworthy audits: the virtue lies in the details:

Mr. President: Improve voting, shorten lines with optical scanning. Avoid the risks of Internet Voting

We have signed a second letter to President Obama addressing and recommending solutions to the concerns he shares, with the problems this past November.

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