Friday, March 09, 2007

Not bedtime reading

Avi Rubin has posted a summary reaction to the expert panel report on their analysis of the source code supposedly used in the voting machines that lost 18,000 votes in Sarasota County, Florida.

His bottom line:
I would not suggest reading this report before bed, because it is quite scary. To me, the Princeton work, coupled with this FSU report should serve as wake-up calls to the elections community that these sorts of studies need to take place before voting systems are deployed, not after an election has proven problematic. Studies such as the FSU one should be done as part of the certification process. This report clearly uncovered problems that would have been show stoppers, and yet, relatively little attention has been paid to this.

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