Voting System Review Criticized

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, July 30, 2007

The series of tests was ordered by the state’s top elections official.   The group of UC researchers challenged security measures in voting systems by three different makers. Researcher Matt Bishop says the team was able to disable printers, bypass locks and install malicious software. 

Neil McClure is with Hart Intercivic, whose systems were tested.  He says the review is flawed because researchers didn’t take into account policies and procedures used by local elections officials to ensure security. 

 “It produced unrealistic results, generating unintended consequences intentionally reducing the overall security of the system.” 

Researchers acknowledged their study only examined the technology. The Secretary of State has until Friday to determine whether these systems can be used in next year’s elections.