E-voting protested in India and the Philippines (and here!)

In India and the Philippines, they’re using electronic voting that can be hacked quite easily
–as easily as our op-scans and DREs have been subverted time and time again (and
no doubt will be this November).

And in India and the Philippines, there are voices raised against so dangerous a system,
just as there are here. Are they audible enough to make a difference in those places?
Here, such voices have been barely audible at all, thanks to our indifferent media (both
mainstream and left/liberal).

So let’s hope that those democrats in India and the Philippines prevail, and get that
insecure and overpriced machinery thrown out.

And let’s also start a serious discussion of what’s happening here on the election
front–and join hands with our friends abroad, for this must finally be not just
a national but a global movement to restore, or realize, democracy.


From Vickram Crishna:

India’s EVMs are Vulnerable to Fraud


A team has put together a brief presentation available at the link above showing a series of methods
to compromise the Indian EVM. As one of the slides – on software compromises – shows, attacking an EVM can be done well in advance of an election, leaving it open to remote tampering either during or after balloting, or even during counting, to skew results as wanted. Even the EC will not be able to discover such an attack, unless it physically takes apart all such compromised machines. Doing so of course can only be ordered if the stolen election is patently obvious, which would hardly be the case for a cleverly skewed count.

As we have concluded in this forum before, there is no compelling reason to deny voters proof
(on paper) of their cast votes, evidence that can easily be retrieved in order to enable election
officials to countermand an election at any voting booth. Doing so might help reduce the numbers and severity of attempts to compromise balloting.



And from another friend:

Joey de V tells Comelec to scrap PCOS; go manual
By Dateline Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – With less than a week before the May 10 polls, a senatorial candidate is calling for the scrapping of the 82,000 precinct count optical scan (PCOS) machines that will be used in the nation’s first fully automated national and local elections.

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