Essays Tagged "OpenDemocracy"

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What's Wrong With Electronic Voting Machines?

  • Bruce Schneier
  • OpenDemocracy
  • November 9, 2004

In the aftermath of the American presidential election on 2 November 2004, electronic voting machines are again in the news. Computerised machines lost votes, subtracted votes, and doubled some votes too. And because many of these machines have no paper audit trails, a large number of votes will never be counted.

While it is unlikely that deliberate voting-machine fraud changed the result of this presidential election, the internet is buzzing with rumours and allegations in a number of different jurisdictions and races. It is still too early to tell if any of these problems affected any individual state’s election, but the next few weeks will reveal whether any of the information crystallises into something significant…

Sidebar photo of Bruce Schneier by Joe MacInnis.