Thursday, January 22, 2004

OUR DEMOCRACY IS DOOMED WHEN THE PENTAGON STARTS RUNNING ELECTIONS

The new internet voting system developed by the DOD, euphamistically acronymed SERVE is fatally flawed. Among the findings of IT experts charged to review the system:

_There is no way to verify that the vote recorded inside the system is the same as the one cast by the voter.

_It might be possible for hackers to determine how a particular individual voted, "an obvious privacy risk."

_The system may be vulnerable to attacks from many quarters, some undetectable.


One of the fundamental tenets of our society is the separation of military and civilian authority. That's what separates the United States government from, say, those in Libya, Pakistan, Colombia, Zimbabwe, Myanmar, and so forth. Our democracy is deeply flawed, though seriously better than almost every other system of national government witnessed in the world (to badly paraphrase Winston Churchill). This is a disturbing step IN THE WRONG DIRECTION.

Especially when the corporation developing these electronic systems is a major donor to the Republican Party, electronic voting has the potential to make the 2000 Florida debacle look like quite orderly and fair democracy.

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