Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Bruce Schneier on electronic voting

Voting Technology and Security: Last week in Florida's 13th Congressional district, the victory margin was only 386 votes out of 153,000. There'll be a mandatory lawyered-up recount, but it won't include the almost 18,000 votes that seem to have disappeared. The electronic voting machines didn't include them in their final tallies, and there's no backup to use for the recount. The district will pick a winner to send to Washington, but it won't be because they are sure the majority voted for him. Maybe the majority did, and maybe it didn't. There's no way to know.

Believe it or not this has been an issue for over 7 years. Everyone should read Bruce's Crypto-Gram and get a true idea of how tenuous our security and liberties are. He's no alarmist nor a fanatic. He's a rational, sane expert on security and all things related to it. His insights into Homeland Security and terrorists threats are extremely insightful and eyeopening. And don't think that his stuff is only applicable to the US. It might be a bit US centric but the information in his newsletters is applicable worldwide.

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