The California study was, as far as I know, the most comprehensive independent security evaluation of electronic voting technologies ever conducted, covering products from three major vendors and investigating not only the voting machines themselves, but also the back-end systems that create ballots and tally votes. I believe our reports now constitute the most detailed published information available about how these systems work and the specific risks entailed by their use in elections.
That's a quote from Dr. Matt Blaze, who for two months led one of the source code analysis teams in California's security review of its electronic voting systems. Here's more from Dr. Blaze:
We found significant, deeply-rooted security weaknesses in all three vendors' software. Our newly-released source code analyses address many of the supposed shortcomings of the red team studies, which have been (quite unfairly, I think) criticized as being "unrealistic". It should now be clear that the red teams were successful not because they somehow "cheated," but rather because the built-in security mechanisms they were up against simply don't work properly. Reliably protecting these systems under operational conditions will likely be very hard.
The problems we found in the code were far more pervasive, and much more easily exploitable, than I had ever imagined they would be.
Tonight on Voice of the Voters, the Coalition for Voting Integrity's Internet radio show, Dr. Blaze will share his knowledge, experience and insights in a discussion of why, exactly, our vote is not safe in the hands of unverifiable and insecure voting machines and the corporations who sell them.
Bonus: It turns out that Dr. Blaze isn't only a computer genius, he has a sense of humor. To be completely prepared for tomorrow's show and for some fun, download a Security Problem Excuse Bingo card, created by Dr. Blaze and Jutta Degener. Bucks County voters have heard most of those excuses before.
Then, Democratic presidential candidate, Congressman Dennis Kucinich, will explain why he thinks DREs are a problem, what he thinks can be done in Congress to protect American voters from systems that are flawed beyond repair and how we can secure American elections systems in time for 2008. He'll also discuss other key issues facing the country in this historic time.
Congress is dropping the ball on this issue, offering us crummy bills that cater to the whims of electronic voting machine vendors. It will be interesting to hear what Congressman Kucinich thinks his colleagues can do in time for 2008.
How to listen to Voice of the Voters:
Voice of the Voters airs every Wednesday night at 8:00 PM ET on 1360 AM and on the Internet. (http://wnjc.duxpond.com/)
Note: If you use dial up internet, it is best to turn off all other programs in order to receive clearest broadcast.
Voice of the Voters is also available as a podcast at iTunes.com under "Voice of the Voters" in the News & Politics category.
Archived shows are available here.
Full disclosure: I'm a proud member of CVI.