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Security vulnerabilities, need for Evidence-Based Elections, better voter registration protection

In late July of 2016, it became evident to a much broader segment of the public and the VVSG lists that the integrity of our elections is at risk. See e.g. By November, Russian hackers could target voting machines by security guru Bruce Schneier

A discussion ensued on a variety of VVSG lists. Points emphasized included:

  • We should require Evidence-Based Elections, rather than relying on certification alone, as elucidated by Stark and Wagner. This requires:
    • Voter-Verifiable Paper ballots and pervasive, effective and transparent manual audits of the paper ballots (at least until other Software Independent voting methods are well-vetted and easy-to-use)
    • Two-person chain-of-custody rules, tamper-evident seals, ballot accounting, and other procedural controls, along with compliance audits of these processes
  • Casting votes over the Internet is insecure, as is currently allowed in a variety of states under a variety of circumstances
  • We need better secure voter registration information, including sending postal mail to the previous address-of-record when voter registration information is changed, in case the change was unintentional or fraudulent.


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