Electronic Voting Cannot Be Secure

Computer scientists and others have said that the security of electronic voting systems cannot be guaranteed and that election officials should adopt systems that produce a paper record of each vote in case of a recount. The NIST report embraces that critique, introducing the concept of “software independence” in voting systems.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology doesn’t think it’s possible to make electronic voting secure. I don’t think so either. When using a computer interface, there’s always the possibility of a miscommunication between you and whatever media is going to store your vote. Only with paper can you be certain the system knows whom you vote for.

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