October 4, 2011 By Wayne Hanson
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In 2007 California Secretary of State Debra Bowen conducted a "Top to Bottom" voting machine study, and shortly thereafter decertified a number of direct recording electronic (DRE) voting machines for use in the state, establishing criteria they must meet to be recertified. Ohio and several other states also questioned voting machine accuracy and security.
Now, researchers at the Argonne National Laboratory say that hackers can easily remotely manipulate an electronic voting machine used in 22 states.
1. How trustworthy do you think electronic voting machines are, and what kinds of security and reliability standards should they meet?
2. With the extreme polarization among political parties, do you think electronic voting machines will become an issue in the upcoming presidential elections?
3. Do you think jurisdictions should return to paper ballots, or some less-complex voting system?
4. Is a complete vote-by-mail system -- such as Oregon uses -- something other jurisdictions should try?
5. Other observations or ideas?
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