Computer security experts say they have found the worst security flaw yet in the oft-criticized touch-screen machines that Maryland voters will use in this year’s elections, leaving one computer scientist to warn that the state should have “stacks of paper ballots” on hand in case of a complete Election Day breakdown.
The machines, made by Diebold Elections Systems, are “much, much easier to attack than anything we’ve previously said,” said Avi Rubin, a Johns Hopkins University computer science professor who first cast doubt on the reliability of the technology in a 2003 report.
“On a scale of one to 10, if the problems we found before were a six, this is a 10. It’s a totally different ballgame,” he said.
Go read the rest, and DEMAND that your local election officials use machines that print paper ballots that can be counted by hand! There is just no other way to guarantee that the vote count matches the actual vote. There is no reason to trust any voting machine that doesn’t do this.