This piece is deeply flawed by two big misconceptions: (1) that computerized vote-COUNTING is okay (as it most certainly is not); and (2) that e-voting is dangerous because it’s prone to random glitches (and not because it’s easy to manipulate deliberately).

Still, it’s great to see the Monitor at least contending with the grave risks of computerized voting, as that at least is an important start.


The Christian Science Monitor –
Exclusive: E-voting puts vote accuracy at risk in four key states

In four battleground states – Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida, and Colorado – glitches in electronic-voting machines could produce erroneous tallies that would be difficult to detect and potentially impossible to correct, a Monitor analysis finds.

Barbara Sanders of the League of Women Voters selects a candidate during a test of an electronic voting machine in Columbia, Md., in October 2004. As Sanders voted others tallied the same votes from paper ballots to ensure the electronic equipment recorded votes properly.

By Mark Clayton
posted October 25, 2012 at 2:31 pm EDT

Touch-screen electronic voting machines in at least four states pose a risk to the integrity of the 2012 presidential election, according to a Monitor analysis.

In four key battleground states – Pennsylvania, Virginia, Florida, and Colorado – glitches in e-voting machines could produce incorrect or incomplete tallies that would be difficult to detect and all but impossible to correct because the machines have no paper record for officials to go back and check.

While many state officials laud the accuracy of e-voting machines, mechanical and software failures are not a new problem. What makes the risk more serious this year is that polls project a close election, and e-voting problems in any of the four states in question could affect who wins the presidency.

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2 Comments to “E-voting puts vote-counts at risk in 4 key states, reports the Christian Science Monitor”

  • I think these voting machines are doing well these days. But trust is still a concern. An honest election is the hope of everybody.

  • Why does the Democratic Party continue to put up with the 16 years of GOP electronic election theft? The corporate Democrats are working with Republicans to slow down social progress. Note: in Jan 2009, President Obama and the Senate Democrats had a chance to get rid of the filibuster and return to Senate to 51-vote majority rule. But no, then the Dems would have no excuse for not passing good progressive legislation…

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