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Internet Voting In California?
"There has been a long struggle to establish fair and accurate elections in the United States, and it's not over. California has been at the forefront of maintaining countable paper ballots as the basis of those elections. We must keep it that way."
VICTORY!!! Email Voting - NOT in California
SB 908, a dangerous bill to allow voting by email for those who live overseas had passed the California Senate 23-11. In the Assembly Elections Committee the same bill got only 1 of 7 votes. The difference was the coordinated action of the Voting Rights Task Force, Verified Voting, and Secretary Bowen's office. What the VRTF and Verified Voting did was tap into expertise and into networks that were able to resonate our unified message across California. That in turn sent the message on into the Assembly, which defeated the bill.
The main point is: Emails over the Internet is not a secure means to transmit voted ballots.
OpEdNews Interview on Internet Voting
OpEdNews conducted an extensive interview about Internet voting and SB908 with the author of CountedAsCast. Here are some quotes :
"... the consensus among computer security experts is that paperless voting is dangerous, because there is no independent way to check the results reported by the machines. Voting across the Internet is worse, because it opens up the voting system to several more types of attack, from anywhere in the world, all of them dangerous. Voting by email attachment is even worse, because no attempt is made to encrypt the ballot as it travels from router to router across the globe on its way to its destination. A router is a computer that relays messages across a network. Being a computer, it is quite capable of "photoshopping" or simply blocking any ballot that passes through. A ballot sent from Afghanistan could pass through routers in China, Iran, Russia, or numerous other undemocratic countries that would have an interest in "improving" ballots headed for the California. This is only one of several severe vulnerabilities in Internet voting."
"... Internet voting concerns the entire country, and what happens in California does not stay in California. As an example, the republican primary looks like it will be hotly contested, and close. Everybody would like to know that the vote for delegates here was fair and accurate. If California introduces email voting, we will not have that assurance. There are at the very least, 10,000 overseas voters registered in one county alone, Los Angeles. That's more than enough to make it worthwhile for someone to "photoshop" the ballots before or when they arrive at the single county email server. San Diego, with its large military vote, is another fat target. Nothing may happen during the primaries. We would probably not know, because there is no way of double-checking the ballots. But email voting is an effort to get a toe in the door. They will try to spread it to other states, state by state. Then they will ask, if Pete can email his ballots in from Paris, why can't Linda in LA? And a complex technical issue will be hard to explain in the face of unrelenting propaganda."
"Their ultimate goal is paperless voting from your cell phone. The code phrase for this is "meeting the expectations of young voters." I've heard this phrase coming out of official meetings in Los Angeles, and in Washington. I write mobile apps. Reliable voting from a cell phone, while a nice idea, is decades away at best. So yes, this push for paperless Internet voting is a threat to everybody who cares about democracy."The interview finishes with:
"I believe that we will block or at least alter the email voting bill in the California Assembly Elections Committee. The same bill that sailed through the Senate 23 to 11. A major difference will be that a small but dedicated network of advocates is organizing opposition to the bill. We know now that calls and emails are pouring into assemblymembers' offices, all opposed. Six years ago, it was difficult just to be heard. Now we are better organized, and definitely influencing legislation. At some point, we will be helping to write it. We only fail if we quit. We are not quitting. Democracy is too important."- Election Integrity Advocates Take On Internet Voting in California
San Francisco Voting System Task Force Final Report
I am delighted to announce that the final report of the San Francisco Voting Systems Task force has been posted at www.sfgov2.org/index.aspx?page=1862
This is the culmination of two years of work by seven dedicated citizens: Jody Sanford, Dr. Ka-Ping Yee, Roger Donaldson, Greg Miller, Beth Mazur, Tim Mayer and Jim Soper. They should be congratulated for their excellent report!
Nobody, and no machine, should be counting votes in secret.
For further information, email Jim Soper at :