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CNN: Electronic Elections: What About Security?

Nov 05, 2002, 17:00 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jeordan Legon)

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"As Americans go to the polls today, a record number of counties--almost one fifth by some estimates--will be tallying the votes on electronic voting machines. But some experts worry that despite rigorous testing, the machines may not be as secure as their makers promise.

"'People have jumped on the electronic voting bandwagon, thinking that will solve the problems,' said Avi Rubin, a technology security expert and researcher at AT&T Labs in New Jersey. 'But these systems are largely untested...'

"Rubin believes some of that money would be well-spent on new, more robust systems that could be developed if the 20 or so electronic voting vendors are mandated to share data. By adopting 'open source' standards, the software could be fortified against hackers and malfunctions, Rubin said..."

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