Bowen's bill did not go far enough

Activists Wanted Decertification

State decides to secure electronic voting machines

Secretary of State orders more precautions be taken against tampering, and withdraws support of the InkaVote Plus machines used in Southern California.

By Jordan Rau and Hector Becerra, LA Times Staff Writers
August 4, 2007

SACRAMENTO — Expressing concern that several brands of electronic voting
machines used in California were vulnerable to tampering, Secretary of State
Debra Bowen late Friday ordered new security protections be added and
limited the use of two types of machines that were to be used in next year’s
elections in several Southern California counties.

Bowen also withdrew state approval of the InkaVote Plus machines used in Los
Angeles County, saying that the machines’ maker, Election Systems and
Software, had failed to submit its equipment to her office in time to
analyze its vulnerability to hacking.

She said her office would examine the InkaVote machines and expressed
optimism that they would win approval in time to be used in next year’s
elections, but did not say what would happen if the machines failed her
tests.

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