E-Voting Vendors, Foes Count Down To Election Day

    Date13 Oct 2004
    CategoryGovernment
    4511
    Posted ByAnthony Pell
    With accusations spreading about electronic voting susceptibility to tampering, watchdog groups are calling on computer experts to come to the polls not only to vote, but to watch others vote. . . . With accusations spreading about electronic voting susceptibility to tampering, watchdog groups are calling on computer experts to come to the polls not only to vote, but to watch others vote.

    So far the Verified Voting Foundation (VVF) has recruited more than 1,300 volunteers for its TechWatch program. Prior to the election, volunteers will observe tests conducted by election officials to make sure the equipment is working correctly. On Election Day, watchers will be posted at the polls and filing web-based incident reports as necessary.

    The Election Incident Reporting System is designed to allow volunteers to rapidly collect information about election irregularities, and instantly alert attorneys and technology professionals to potential problems.

    "We have people familiar with the equipment go in, observe, and make comments if they can," said Will Doherty, the VVF's executive director. On Election Day, technologists will be assigned as poll watchers and poll workers. Others will be available for rapid deployment to polling places where problems are reported.

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