E-voting results: Trust, but verify
Computerworld - Technology and process improvements implemented since the controversial 2000 presidential election have made electronic voting machines more secure and reliable, according to a recent report by the Caltech-MIT Voting Technology Project.
Even so, the only way to absolutely ensure the integrity of e-votes cast is to audit the results and all voting technologies used in an election, the 85-page report cautioned.
Rather than setting security standards for voting equipment, the best way to ensure ballot integrity is to hand-count a large and random sample of the paper records of votes cast electronically, the report said.
The Voting Technology Project was launched to investigate the causes of the voting problems in Florida in 2000 and to make recommendations based on its findings.
Some progress has been made since 2000, said Michael Alvarez, co-director of the Voting Technology Project. The antiquated, lever-activated punch-card voting systems that led to the infamous hanging-chad fiasco in Florida have been mostly replaced with more reliable optical-scan and electronic voting systems, he said.
This year, only a small number of voting districts will use purely hand-counted paper ballots; most will use some form of electronic system with a way of verifying e-votes with a paper record.
However, Alvarez said, few jurisdictions have further upgraded voting equipment in recent years. He said he hopes to see that situation "change as public finances improve."
This version of this story was originally published in Computerworld's print edition. It was adapted from an article that appeared earlier on Computerworld.com.
Read more about Hardware in Computerworld's Hardware Topic Center.
- Google I/O 2013's Coolest Products and Services
- 10 Star Trek Technologies That are Almost Here
- 19 Generations of Computer Programmers
- 25 Must-Have Technologies for SMBs
- A walking tour: 33 questions to ask about your company's security
- 15 social media scams
- The 7 elements of a successful security awareness program
- IT Certification Study Tips
- Register for this Computerworld Insider Study Tip guide and gain access to hundreds of premium content articles, cheat sheets, product reviews and more.
- Federal IT Innovation Caught in a Catch-22
- Fed resources shoring up old infrastructure, holding back new technologies.
- Harness IT -- An Introduction to Business Intelligence Solutions
- Learn the key selection criteria required to provide your organization with the capability to address structured data, unstructured data and mobile demands so...
- Business Intelligence Shows its Smarts
- Today's Business Intelligence (BI) tools provide a new way to think about data with self-service capabilities and user-friendly analytics that can be used...
- Proactive Planning for Big Data
- Big data is less about the terabytes and more about the query tools and business intelligence needed to make sense of massive amounts...
- Inquiry Spotlight: Consumer-Facing Identity
- The challenges of consumer-facing identity management, access management, and authentication differ in ways subtle and dramatic from those of the employee-facing variety. All Government IT White Papers
- Becoming An Analytics Driven Organization
- Join us on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT and learn how your agency can create an analytics culture that will enable...
- 3 Reasons Why Sepaton is the World's Fastest Backup Solution
- Leading analyst, Storage Switzerland learns how Sepaton backs up and deduplicates massive data volumes while maintaining the industry's fastest performance - all in...
- Enterprise File Sharing: All You Need to Know
- Security. Scalability. Control. These are just some of the many benefits of enterprise cloud file-sharing that you'll discover in this KnowledgeVault, packed with...
- Bridging HTTP and FTP with FileXpress Internet Server
- What if you could take an FTP server on your internal network, and allow external users (partners or customers) to securely access it...
- MFT and FileXpress - An Overview
- Business users and applications exchange files on a regular basis. File transfer is a core part of the flow of business activity. All Government IT Webcasts