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xkcd: Voting Software
Fun comic by XKCD on voting software. So true!
xkcd  comics  voting  humor  politics 
6 hours ago by cyberchucktx
Georgia vote suppression
Closing polling places in predominately Black areas
georgia  voting  politics  votingrights  racism 
yesterday by nelson
An 11-year-old changed election results on a replica Florida state website in under 10 minutes | PBS NewsHour
Great demonstration of just how insecure voting machines are: this conference had KIDS go ahead and hack the machines.
security  voting  via:Techdirt 
yesterday by mcherm
West Virginia’s Voatz blockchain voting pilot … is another single-user blockchain as a database •Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain
David Gerard, quoting West Virginia's deputy legal counsel:
<p>Voatz incorporates a series of various security procedures eligible voters must go through before they can even get the chance to cast a vote.

“You take a photo of your photo ID and then they take a selfie of themselves,” Kersey explained. “Facial recognition software is then deployed to compare the photo on the ID and the photo of the person who took the picture. Only if that’s verified will you be registered to use the application and receive a ballot. Once you’re in, it matches you in the application to you in the voter registration.”

The process then involves further verification from the county clerk, staff from the Secretary of State’s office and staff assigned to the effort at Voatz.

“Then you receive your ballot and use Voatz to make selections by clicking on your screen,” Kersey explained. “And when you’re done, you click the vote button.”

Kersey said once the person clicks the vote button, a third and final layer of biometric security is triggered involving either a second “selfie photo” or thumbprint.

“Once it’s good, the vote goes into a digital lockbox. This is where Blockchain comes in.”</p>

That is — all the hard work is identifying the voter. Then they put the vote into Voatz’ private database, and take at face value the hype claims of anything labeled “blockchain” being a tamper-proof “digital lockbox” — even as it’s under Voatz’ complete control.</p>

In other words, the stuff about the vote being "on the blockchain" is just pointless. Puzzling too why the US feels that physical paper isn't good enough for the job. Gerard's book "Attack of the 50 Foot Blockchain", written last year, is an excellent primer on all the hype around blockchain and bitcoin.
blockchain  voting  westvirginia 
3 days ago by charlesarthur
‘Don’t Run This Year’: The Perils for Republican Women Facing a Flood of Resistance - The New York Times
On the problems faced by women Republican candidates in the 2018 elections, when a record number of women are running but almost all of those candidates, and the energy behind them, is on the other side.
women  women_and_politics  PSC_217  gender  elections  voting  partisanship 
3 days ago by johnmfrench
Opinion | How the Midterm Elections May Be Compromised - The New York Times
the median rate of purging across the country has risen from 6.2 percent of voters to 7.8 percent since 2008. That jump may seem small, but it’s statistically significant and cannot be explained by population growth. It amounts to an additional four million people being struck off voting lists.
4 days ago by bermz

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