The Machinery of Democracy: Protecting Elections in an Electronic World
On June 28, 2006, the Brennan Center released a report by its Voting System Security Task Force on the security of electronic voting systems. The Task Force was composed of internationally renowned government, academic, and private-sector scientists, voting machine experts and security professionals; together, they conducted the nation's first systematic analysis of security vulnerabilities in the three most commonly purchased electronic voting systems. The Task Force spent more than a year conducting its analysis and drafting its report, The Machinery of Democracy: Protecting Elections in an Electronic World.
In advance of its release, the report and its methodology were endorsed by many of the nation's leading security experts, computer scientists and election officials. Some of those endorsements can be found here.
Most broadly, the report found:
- All three voting systems have significant security and reliability vulnerabilities, which pose a real danger to the integrity of national, state, and local elections.
- The most troubling vulnerabilities of each system can be substantially remedied if proper countermeasures are implemented at the state and local level.
- Few jurisdictions have implemented any of the key countermeasures that could make the least difficult attacks against voting systems much more difficult to execute successfully.
Fortunately, the steps necessary to make electronic voting systems substantially more secure are not particularly complicated or cumbersome. For the most part, they do not involve significant changes in system architecture.
The Brennan Center has also assembled many of the nation's leading experts to produce comprehensive reviews of the accessibility, cost and usability of electronic voting systems. These reports will be publicly released in the next few weeks.
- Touch-Screen Machines Stir Election Anxiety in Md. (Washington Post, 8/19/06)
- Voting Measure May Appear on Ballot (Venice Gondolier, 7/23/06)
- Hacking the vote (Chicago Tribune, 7/11/06)
- Risky business (Daytona Beach News Journal, 7/04/06)
- Concerns About Fraud Potential Continue to Plague Users of Electronic Voting Machines (Computer World, 7/03/06)
- E-voting Without Any Paper Trail Doesn't Get My Vote (Sun-Sentinel, 7/02/06)
- Kathy Dopp Analyses The Brennan Center Report on Electronic Voting in the U.S. (UN Observer, 6/30/06)
- New e-voting study shows it's really easy to steal an election (Arts Technica, 6/29/06)
- E-voting systems need to be audited, researchers say (Albuquerque Tribune, 6/29/06)
- Checks urged for electronic-vote flaws (Indianapolis Star, 6/28/06)
- Report: E-Voting Flaws Still Not Fixed (CBS News, 6/28/06)
- E-voting systems' safeguards go unused (Cleveland Plain Dealer, 6/28/06)
- Study: E-voting vulnerable; states are doing little about it (Arizona Daily Star, 6/28/06)
- Report finds flaws in e-voting states (Gainsville Sun, 6/28/06)
- A Single Person Could Swing an Election (Washington Post, 6/28/06)
- Report Cites Flaws in Electronic Voting (Beacon Journal, 6/28/06)
- E-voting Gets Thumbs Down from Report (WWMT (MI), 6/28/06)
- Cybersecurity Experts Say Voting Machines Have Security Flaws (Free Internet Press, 6/28/06)
- Study Shows US Electronic Voting Machines Vulnerable (Reuters, 6/27/06)
- Analysis Finds e-Voting Machines Vulnerable (USA Today, 6/27/06)
- Report: Many E-Voting Systems Flawed (Fox News, 6/27/06)
- Report: Many e-voting Systems Flawed (Boston Herald, 6/27/06)
- Report: Many E-Voting Systems Flawed (Guardian Unlimited, 6/27/06)
- Study: E-Voting Systems All Flawed, but Also Easy to Fix (Fox News, 6/27/06)
- Report: Many E-Voting Systems Flawed (ABC News, 6/27/06)
- Studies question e-voting security (Computer World, 6/27/2006)
- Report: E-Voting Machines Are Vulnerable (Newsfactor Magazine, 6/27/06)
- Study Says E-voting Machines Pose Problems (Playsful Magazine (Romania), 6/27/06)
- Report: Many e-Voting Systems Flawed (Pierceland Herald (Canada), 6/27/06)
- Short News (Germany) -- Electronic Voting Flawed, Report Finds (06/27/06)
- E-voting Gear at Risk of Hacking, Study Says (ZD Net, 6/27/06)
- Study Says E-Voting Machines Pose Problems (Post Chronicle, 6/27/06)
- NPR: Talk of the Nation (USA) AUDIO (9/22/06)
- WAMU (USA) AUDIO- The Diane Rehm Show (07/05/06)
- NPR News & Notes with Ed Gordon (USA) AUDIO -- Study Raises Concerns About Electronic Voting (07/05/06)
- Democracy NOW! with Amy Goodman (USA) AUDIO -- Study: All Electronic Voting Machines Vulnerable to Software Attacks (06/29/06)
- Pacifica Radio (USA) AUDIO -- Electronic Voting Machines Susceptible to Fraud (06/27/06)