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Verified Voting Blog: New Voting Systems Standards Committee Steps into Election Data Void

June 20, 2014

What does the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) have to do with elections? Glad you asked. IEEE, or the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, is the world’s largest professional association for the advancement of technology. Along with its major educational and publishing activities, IEEE is one of the leading standards-making organizations in the world.

National: How Block Chain Technology Could Usher in Digital Democracy | CoinDesk

June 17, 2014

In the digital age, it seems strange that people all around the world still use paper to vote. Of course, given bitcoin’s promise to remove paper from the financial system, many in the industry are beginning to ask if the same block chain technology can be applied to help modernize the democratic process. … Forget it, says Barbara Simons. “At this point we cannot do Internet voting securely,” warns the former IBM computer scientist who has conducted extensive research into Internet voting.

National: DoD won’t release e-voting penetration tests | Politico

June 17, 2014

Officials have yet to release the results of a 2011 set of penetration tests on Internet voting software conducted by the Department of Defense, prompting election watchdogs to ask what the Pentagon might be hiding. A few months after the 2011 tests, an official said the results would be publicly available, and a year later, another said the first release was slated by the end of 2012.

Voting Blogs: States, counties, NGOs roll out more technology to help voters | electionlineWeekly

May 30, 2014

With the primary season in full swing, it has been a busy spring for state and local elections offices in their efforts to make voting/registering easier for citizens. Like the trees and flowers coming into season, new websites and mobile apps have been blooming from coast to coast. For some a lot of this may be old hat, but it’s important to take notice of these new apps/sites to highlight the progress being made in the elections field; and to encourage others who may late bloomers to get the ball rolling with their own tech improvements. What follows is a snapshot of

Editorials: Hack the Vote: The Perils of the Online Ballot Box | Pamela Smith and Bruce McConnell/Wall Street Journal

May 29, 2014

While most voters will cast their ballots at polling stations in November, online voting has been quietly and rapidly expanding in the United States over the last decade. Over 30 states and territories allow some form of Internet voting (such as by email or through a direct portal) for some classes of voters, including members of the military or absentees. Utah just passed a law allowing disabled voters to vote online; and Alaska allows anyone to cast their ballots online.

National: Technology Makes Voting Less Private | Government Technology

May 23, 2014

Where is the line between technology and voter privacy? Secret ballots are one of the tenets of voting, and as technology moves forward there’s a push to keep voting secret, with Monroe County poll sites banning cellphones and photos of the ballots themselves. But what happens once a vote is cast, and it becomes one point in a data set about voting trends throughout the region?

Editorials: American elections are stuck in the 20th century. Here’s how to change that. | Timothy B. Lee/Vox

May 21, 2014

In the wake of the disastrous Florida recount in 2000, Congress appropriated billions of dollars for states to upgrade their voting equipment. A lot of states used this bonanza to purchase shiny new electronic voting machines. But those machines haven’t always worked out as well as their backers hoped, and a decade later they’re showing their age.

National: Democratic Party considers Internet voting in 2016 election | Examiner.com

May 16, 2014

Democrats are seriously considering using the Internet for voters to cast their ballots in the 2016 presidential election saying such a process will help their party’s new president, according to news reports on Saturday. The party leaders during a recent Democratic National Committee meeting in Iowa claimed Internet voting would make it easier for their constituents to cast their ballots including military voters serving overseas. … But such a revision to the nation’s election system will be difficult once the debate takes a more prominent place within political dialogue.

National: Problem at the polls: Tech stuck in past | The Hill

May 8, 2014

In the world of iPads, Google Glass and even bitcoin, voting technology remains stuck in a virtual dark age. Nearly 14 years after the 2000 election recount debacle in Florida, election officials now face the challenge of replacing voting machines that are on their last legs in a rapidly changing tech world that’s moved even beyond the changes spurred by that voting mess. Transitioning to modern voting machines, however, won’t be easy due to a lack of advanced machines, small budgets and a burdensome regulatory process. The next frontier to replace aging and unreliabl

Election Tech Tuesday: Election Officials Struggle With Voting Machine Expirations | Pew Charitable Trusts State and Consumer Inititiatives

April 25, 2014

A generation of voting machines is approaching the end of its life span. The Help America Vote Act of 2002 established new standards for voting equipment and set aside funds to help states and counties purchase more technologically advanced systems. Before the act was passed, jurisdictions purchased voting technology on a rolling basis, with only a fraction buying new equipment at any given time. Now many of these machines will need to be replaced simultaneously across the country at a cost of millions of dollars.

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