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National: Around The U.S., Voting Technology Is All Over The Place | NPR Berlin

February 20, 2015

Remember all that new voting equipment purchased after the 2000 presidential election, when those discredited punch card machines were tossed out? Now, the newer machines are starting to wear out. Election officials are trying to figure out what to do before there’s another big voting disaster and vendors have lined up to help. During their annual meeting in Washington, D.C., this week, state election officials previewed the latest voting equipment from one of the industry’s big vendors, Election Systems and Software. ES&S expects a huge surge in buying very soon.

Verified Voting Blog: Principles for New Voting Systems

February 4, 2015

Many jurisdictions will need to replace their voting systems in the next few years, but commercial voting systems currently in the marketplace are expensive to acquire and maintain and difficult to audit effectively. Elections may be verifiable in principle – if they generate a voter-verifiable paper trail that is curated well – but current systems make it unnecessarily hard or impractical to verify elections in practice.

Verified Voting Blog: New Standards for Election Data

January 5, 2015

Confirming winners and losers for very close elections can be problematic for contests that span multiple jurisdictions using different equipment and diverse data formats for reporting election results. Such differences have been a significant barrier to conducting risk-limiting audits in time to change preliminary election results if necessary. To address problems caused by incompatible election reporting formats, the IEEE has developed a new standard for election results reporting (1622-2).

Voting Blogs: PCEA Co-Chairs Call on New EAC to Take “Quick Action” on Voting Technology | Election Academy

December 26, 2014

Last week, I engaged in what my friend and colleague Rick Hasen called “irrational exuberance” regarding the confirmation of a 3-member quorum at the EAC. [I plead "giddy as charged."] I did note that there was work to be done, however, and already the new commissioners are hearing about what they can and should do once they formally take office. PCEA co-chairs Ben Ginsberg and Bob Bauer have written letters to the new commissioners laying out some immediate short-term steps they can take to get the nation’s voting technology testing and certification system back up to speed.

Unusual level of glitches at US polling stations reported on election day.

November 6, 2014

As the United States went to the polls for the first time in 50 years without the full protection of the federal Voting Rights Act on Tuesday, lawyers and voter registration groups around the country reported an unusual level of irregularities and glitches at polling stations. The largest non-partisan voter protection coalition in the US received more than 12,000 calls to its hotline from people struggling to cast their ballot amid a slew of new voter-ID laws.

National: Pentagon watchdogs scrutinize states’ push toward online voting | McClatchy

October 31, 2014

Nevada’s election chief says the state’s much-ballyhooed new system for electronically delivering absentee ballots to troops and other citizens overseas isn’t an “online” voting system, even if it offers those abroad the option of emailing marked ballots to county clerks.

Did We Fix That? Evaluating Implementation of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration’s Recommendations in Ten Swing States

October 30, 2014

This new report examines recommendations of the Presidential Commission on Election Administration and how they are being implemented in ten states where next week’s elections are expected to be close. No state has implemented all the recommendations, but no state has ignored all the recommendations either.

Click here for the report.

National: McAfee partners with Atlantic Council in new study that explores online voting | BiometricUpdate

October 14, 2014

McAfee has sponsored a new Atlantic Council study that explores how online voting and e-voting could become more integrated in the international political process if particular technologies and processes are implemented to ensure its security. Released at an event at the Atlantic Council, the study found that many of the technologies that are already being used for online financial transactions could also be applied to e-voting and online voting to increase its popularity in the future.

Editorials: Your vote may be safe, but is it being counted? | Futurity

October 14, 2014

Voting systems designed to be tamper-resistant may be missing lots of votes. New research shows that only 58 percent of ballots using new end-to-end technology were successfully cast. The systems are designed to give voters the option to both verify the system is working properly and to check that their votes have been recorded after leaving the polling place. Voting concerns such as accuracy, privacy, and bribery/coercion have prompted research and development of ways to make voting tamper-resistant and verifiable by voters.

National: 2 Tech Challenges Preventing Online Voting In US | Information Week

October 10, 2014

Online elections could be a reality in the United States if the security world can figure out how to ensure both voter anonymity and vote verifiability — two essential but “largely incompatible” goals, according to a new report from the Atlantic Council and Intel Security. The report, “Online Voting: Rewards and Risks,” discusses what challenges must be solved if online voting is ever to take off in the US. ”It’s not a matter of if, but of when,” says Gary Davis, Chief Consumer Security Evangelist for Intel Security.

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