August 5, 2003
Johns Hopkins University experts say that high-tech voting machine software from Diebold Election Systems has flaws that would let voters cast extra votes and allow poll workers to alter ballots secretly. Aviel D. Rubin, technical director of the Information Security Institute at Johns Hopkins, led a team that examined the Diebold software, which has about 33,000 voting machines operating in the United States. Adam Stubblefield, a colleague of Rubin’s, said that “practically anyone in the country—from a teenager on up—could produce these smart cards that could allow someone to vote as many times as they like.” Diebold has not seen the Institute’s report and would not comment on it in detail, but a company spokesman said: “We’re constantly improving it so the technology we have 10 years from now will be better than what we have today. We’re always open to anything that can improve our systems.” Peter G. Neumann, an expert in computer security at SRI International, said the Diebold code was “just the tip of the iceberg” of problems with electronic voting systems.And here I’d been trying to ignore this: Was It Magic?
Explain to me again how it is that the networks’ election-day exit polling simply stopped happening all of a sudden. Was that magic, too?
In the words of Teresa Nielsen Hayden: “I deeply resent the way this administration makes me feel like a nutbar conspiracy theorist.”