Wednesday, August 17, 2005

And Now For Something Completely Different ...

Armed with a $7.5 million grant from the National Science Foundation, Johns Hopkins University is leading a new effort to improve the reliability of electronic voting machines.

The project's goal is to design the most foolproof, transparent voting system possible, officials said in an Aug. 15 press statement.

"I don't think with today's technology we can have a voting system that is fully electronic that can be trusted," said Avi Rubin, a computer science professor, who will head the center.

Rubin has been an outspoken critic of computerized voting. In 2003, he co-authored a report that found voting machines from Diebold Elections Systems were vulnerable to hackers, multiple votes and vote-switching.

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Given the accusations and mistrust following the 2004 presidential election, JABBS wishes Rubin and the center good luck. Assuming the Federal Election Commission heeds the results, the grant can only be considered "good news."

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