Friday, July 2, 2010

Risks of DC Internet Voting Pilot for military voters. Letter to Holder: ban DREs

DC's Internet Voting Pilot for overseas and military voters: "In essence, every attack people have proposed on DREs is suddenly an attack on this system as well. Some of these attacks may be detectable but in general one can't recover from them. And the available evidence suggests that users are pretty oblivious to even fairly blatant attacks..."~ Eric Rescorla, a recognized expert in Internet Security and Distributed Systems...Protect Our Elections attorney, Kevin Zeese, sent a letter to AG Holder To Ban DRE Voting Machines...

All this and more in today's voting news below...

AL: Legislator to appeal Democrats' decision to deny runoff in District 69 *
Thomas and his attorney ex pressed concerns about the number of absentee ballots and about one precinct in which voters were supposed to receive different ballots depending on their district, according to Sabel, but 302 people in one precinct did not receive the ballot that should have included District 69.

CA: Judge delays RivCo election results
"If voters are going to have faith in the system, their votes must be counted," said James Harrison, a San Leandro-based attorney representing the voters and county Democratic Party.

CA: Grand jury: Vote-by-mail would save San Joaquin County big bucks

CA: Bill seeks to redefine vote-by-mail deadline
RIVERSIDE – Assemblyman Bruce Nestande wants to correct the ‘wrong’ over the 12,500 vote-by-mail ballots that were not counted in the June 8th election.

Nestande has submitted a bill that would require future ballots postmarked on Election Day to be tabulated before the final election results are certified.

CO: Voters will get primary election ballots in the mail
Political parties across Colorado on Aug. 10 will pick their candidates for the fall general election. Voters must be affiliated with a party to vote in the primary election.
Voting will be by mail-in ballot in Larimer County

CT: Bysiewicz registers new citizens to vote Secretary of the State Susan Bysiewicz today marked America’s Independence Day by helping preside over a naturalization ceremony for 23 new United States citizens at Middletown’s City Hall

IL: Special Senate Election a Possibility

If Judge Grady, at the U.S. District Court, tries to take the authority for this process away from the legislature, the legislature should wrest it back and save taxpayers the money of the special election and not imperil the November election, especially the votes of those overseas.

MD: Justice Department probes election*
Crisfield voting procedures also under examination by ACLU, city attorney CRISFIELD -- The U.S. Justice Department is expected to begin its own investigation into the recent Crisfield election following allegations that improper and illegal voting procedures may have been used.
Jeon said city elections officials turned away a number of potential voters without giving them provisional ballots.

ME: City voters to decide: elected mayor and ranked-choice voting The Charter Commission decides to send both proposals to Portland residents on the November ballot.

MI: Sec. of State candidate Ruth Johnson stirs fears of non-citizen voting
Elections officials say problem is non-existent
“Non-citizens do not want to commit a crime,” BenDor said. “They want to live honestly so they can qualify for citizenship, or return home freely after their tour of study.” Indeed, studies have shown that immigrants are less likely to commit crimes than the native population for that very reason.

NY: Recount Results: Environment Party Wins* (write ins examined for voter intent)
Results Now Official With the Village of Manorhaven Additional votes were calculated due to “voter intent.” For example, votes for just “Giunta” without a first name were not accepted by the village, while the Nassau County Board of Elections said that since Giovanna Giunta had been campaigning for several weeks, it was clear that the voter intended to vote for Giovanna Giunta; not another person in the community whose last name is Giunta.
The Revival Party said that there is still a discrepancy between the total number of votes that were counted and the public counter of the voting machines. They said that the mechanics of the machines’ slots were repeatedly jammed, making it impossible for voters to open the slot and do a write-in vote.

NV voter registration climbs since primary
Secretary of State Ross Miller says the number of active registered voters in Nevada jumped by nearly 13,000 from mid-May to the end of June.

NV: Candidate wins NV primary with queen of clubs CARSON CITY, Nev. -- The 10 of clubs wasn't quite good enough.
That's what Carl Moore Sr. drew Thursday in the tiebreaker between two rural Nevada county commission candidates who sought the Republican nomination in the June 8 primary.

Internet Voting Watch

DC's Internet Voting Pilot
...Because voters are voting on their own computers, there is of course a risk from compromise of those machines. The average user's computer isn't very well maintained and though estimates for the fraction of machines which are malware infected vary, it's clear that the numbers are large. It wouldn't be particularly hard to develop a piece of malware whose payload changed people's votes. There are several potential attack vectors here:


Letter To AG Holder To Ban DREs Voting Machines
Today, our Protect Our Elections attorney, Kevin Zeese, sent a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder urging him, under the Voting Rights Act and the Constitution, to ban electronic DRE voting machines used in states across the country.

How VIP States Can Use FourSquare Cartography for Voter Education

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