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Ohio e-voting system security bashed in new state report

January 2, 2008

Ohio e-voting system security bashed in new state report

Computerworld, December 17, 2007

Electronic records come in many formats, the most common being e-mails, PDFs, Office documents and JPEGs. However, electronic risks also exist in other shapes and forms, including electronic voting. According to a $1.9 million dollar federal study conducted at the request of Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, Ohio’s current voting system has security deficiencies.

“The main problem, according to the report, is that while security and privacy standards generally exist for critical technology systems, “unfortunately … the computer-based voting systems in use in Ohio do not meet computer industry security standards and are susceptible to breaches of security that may jeopardize the integrity of the voting process.”

As we enter a presidential election year, it is not an overestimation to predict that the integrity of electronic voting solutions will be put under intense scrutiny. It’s imperative that security measures be put in place to ensure the integrity of the voting process.

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