Times Editorial: Internet Voting – Bad Experiment

Lately we have been complementary of New York Times editorials, and less so of some news. Once again they hit the nail on the head when it comes to the the risks of internet voting, especially the proposed “experiment” risking our democracy in Florida <read>.

The words “Florida” and “Internet voting,” taken together, should send a chill down everyone’s spine. Nevertheless, Florida’s Okaloosa County is seeking permission from the state to allow members of the military to vote over the Internet in November.

Internet voting is fraught with problems, including the possibility that a hacker could break in and alter the results. The Okaloosa plan, in particular, has not been sufficiently vetted…

Any Internet voting system should be vetted in the most public way possible, with the nation’s computer experts invited to examine how it works.

In 2004, a group of academics reviewed an Internet voting system that the Pentagon was considering. The system was scrapped after the group identified numerous security flaws. There was a very real possibility, the professors warned, that the system could be used to steal votes. The Okaloosa system does not have all of the weakness of the Pentagon system — which would have allowed people to vote from their home PCs — but it has some of them.

The issue here goes beyond a single county.
All Americans have a stake in ensuring that presidential ballots are cast using reliable voting systems.


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