System for Disabled Voters Under Review

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, November 26, 2007

The hearing was on the InkaVote system used by Los Angeles County for disabled voters. Software consultant Steve Freeman managed the state’s review of the machines created by Election Systems and Software Incorporated.  He says it revealed some potential security issues—but he notes reviewers had unique access.

  “We were working from a case where a wide open insider had full access to everything and there was potential to be able to extract and do some things, some places that particular approach may not actually be practical…”

L.A. county officials urged the Secretary of State to consider security procedures they have in place. Secretary of State Debra Bowen de-certified Inkavote this past summer because the company did not submit its materials in time for testing. Officials with E.S.S say they are reviewing the report and the system has worked well.  A decision from Bowen is expected next month.  

Last week, California’s Secretary of State announced a lawsuit against the Nebraska-based E.S.S, alleging unauthorized changes were made to their Automark voting system.