Overseas voting in 24 states vulnerable to hackers

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) -- A new report shows that 24 states are using voting systems for overseas and military voters that could be vulnerable to hackers.

Those states let overseas voters return their ballots using the Internet, email or fax, which could fall victim to cyberattacks.

The report also shows that polling places in 16 states use paperless machines, so there's no paper record in case of a recount. Other states don't have proper backup plans or audit procedures in place.

Colorado, Delaware, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina are the six states least prepared for voting problems. Minnesota, New Hampshire, Ohio, Vermont and Wisconsin are best prepared.

Common Cause, Rutgers Law School and the Verified Voting Foundation teamed to produce the report.


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  • by William J. Kelleher, Ph.D. Location: Los Angeles on Aug 7, 2012 at 11:27 AM
    Common Cause Caught using Junk Science to Fuel Moral Panic over Internet Voting Common Cause, the darling of Democratic Party liberals, and one of the top fund-raisers among the professional progressive 501c “non-profits,” has fallen below its saintly claim to Moral Purity, http://goo.gl/MYcsW
  • by William J. Kelleher, Ph.D. Location: Los Angeles on Jul 25, 2012 at 04:34 PM
    The groups putting out this phony “report” don’t have any facts that show Internet voting – voting on a secure website – is vulnerable in practice in any of the 24 states, or anywhere else. Only scary 'maybes' and ‘coulds.’ The DC system was set up by amateurs. (For more, see http://tinyurl.com/DCin2010 ) Internet voting has been used in Estonia, Norway, Switzerland, France, Mexico City, India, Australia, Canada, and the USA. West Virginia and Arizona have used it for their overseas military. West Virginia, Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, is a strong supporter of Internet voting as the technology for the whole country. (See her statement of 6-29-12, http://www.govtech.com/e-government/Making-the-Case-for-Online-Voting.html ) Our overseas military voters deserve the best voting technology we can give them. William J. Kelleher, Ph.D. Twitter: wjkno1 Author: Internet Voting Now!
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