Our troops' votes at risk

From the San Jose Mercury News:

U.S. soldiers’ overseas votes ripe for fraud
By Elise Ackerman Mercury News

Just weeks before the November election, the Pentagon is struggling to fix
its system for handling the votes of soldiers overseas.

Yet experts in computer security and election technology say the Pentagon’s
current attempt to keep those ballots from being rejected in large numbers,
as they have been in past elections, has created a system that is ripe for
fraud.

During the next six weeks, thousands of service members are expected to fax
or e-mail ballots over international communications networks that are
susceptible to interception and tampering, putting those votes at risk.

“I can’t for the life of me figure out how the Defense Department decided
this is the right thing to do,” said Doug Jones, an associate professor of
computer science at the University of Iowa.

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