Internet Voting Risks and Issues
Computer Technologists’ statement on internet voting September 11th, 2008
Because of the increasing frequency of proposals to allow remote voting over the internet, we believe it is necessary to warn policymakers and the public that secure internet voting is a very hard technical problem, and that we should proceed with internet voting schemes only after thorough consideration of the technical and non-technical issues in doing so. Please read our statement, and, if you are a “computer expert”, consider endorsing it.
Computer Technologists’ Statement on Internet Voting
A partial list of technical challenges includes: (excerpts)
• The voting system as a whole must be verifiably accurate in spite of the fact that client systems can never be guaranteed to be free of malicious logic
What about Internet voting? Dr. Rebecca Mercuri.
In 2004 the Department of Defense scrapped a $22-million internet voting project known as SERVE after computer scientists tasked with examining the system determined that internet voting wasn’t secure.
A Security Analysis of the Secure Electronic Registration and Voting Experiment (SERVE) …This report is a review and critique of computer and communication security issues in the SERVE voting system (Secure Electronic Registration and Voting Experiment), an Internet-based voting system being built for the U.S. Department of Defense’s FVAP (Federal Voting Assistance Program). The program’s web site is http://www.serveusa.gov/
SERVE is an Internet- and PC-based system, it has numerous other fundamental security problems that leave it vulnerable to a variety of well-known cyber attacks (insider attacks, denial of service attacks, spoofing, automated vote buying, viral attacks on voter PCs, etc.), any one of which could be catastrophic.
SERVE UPDATED statement;
August 9, 2001 The Public i Special Report
Details about the two-and-a-half-year project come as the concept of cyberspace voting is taking a beating. A cadre of experts, including a national commission charged with improving the federal election process and the Pentagon itself, is questioning its feasibility because of the inherent lack of security on the Internet..
If I can shop and bank online, why can’t I vote online? Wednesday, November 2, 2011 By David Jefferson. Verified Voting
The Pew study , “No Time to Vote: Challenges Facing America’s Overseas Military Voters,” recommends four policy options that would help improve the voting process for military overseas voters: – Expanding the use of the Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot, a back-up measure for military voters who do not receive their state ballots in time;
Voters Unite advises :
“Allowing military voters overseas to return their ballots
The Florida internet project mentioned by Ms. Evans, actually required the county to fly voting machines, all supplies and election officials to the three locations in order to make the project work. Then after all of the expense for travel only a few over 60 voters used the system. And that system was actually run by a Spanish corporation and all votes were gathered in Barcelona before being transmitted to the county. Is this what we want? I don’t think so. The report discusses other options that make much more sense.
Florida Internet Voting Plan Is Illegal and Marred by Conflict of Interest Says Critic Kim Zetter May 30, 2008 Wired News