Greg Gordon (McClatchy Washington Bureau) today had a story that actually made it into the front section of my local paper:
Texas-based Premier Elections Solutions last week alerted at least 1,750 jurisdictions across the country that special precautions are needed to address the problem in tabulation software affecting all 19 of its models dating back a decade.
Beginning with the swing states, and then proceeding to counties whose election officials have been secretive, members of BBV’s Clean Up Crew make formal requests of public records under FOIA (the Freedom of Information Act) to force officials to disclose their electoral procedures, and take them to court if they refuse. Headed by e-voting activist Bev Harris, Black Box Voting has been a leader in documenting investigations, exposés, whistle-blower accounts, and many examples of flawed elections. Currently BBV has a Help America Audit campaign and is drawing attention to VoteHere’s cryptographic “solution” that would make a farce of voter verifiable paper trails.
Active lobbying in California and at the national level on voting issues. CVF has a good list of the types of errors that were reported with electronic voting machines in Nov 2004 election.
Huge amorphous stories tend to wend their way into the mainstream press slowly, if at all. This one is no exception. The core of the story is straightforward: new computerized voting machines are vulnerable to tampering. The details and the implications become much more murky and complex: Who owns the companies that manufacture the voting machines? What are the technical issues involved? What does the law say? How can ordinary citizens best assert their rights to have their votes counted fairly and accurately?