Letter in 9/16/05 web edition of the Elmira Star-Gazette


Electronic voting machines lack enough safeguards

Elmira Star-Gazette   

Letter to the editor

September 16, 2005


I was intrigued by the Sept. 4 Guest View, "Future of Voting at Stake," by Susan Multer. It would appear that there is sufficient momentum to propel us into the electronic voting age with or without the safeguards cautioned by existing electronic voting machine users throughout the country.


High-tech electronics has spawned an interest in high-speed vote processing. However, I think Multer has expressed a viewpoint that is troublesome for many of us: Computerized electronic voting machines are not fail-safe. The software for these machines is proprietary. State and county officials are prohibited from examining it, and there is a plethora of cyberspace data

that suggest the electronic voting machine data is still vulnerable to fraud and manipulation not exclusively by dishonest technicians.


Should we prepare ourselves for an acceptable percentage of voting machine failure rates as occurred in other areas of the country? Whose votes will be discounted?


I find it unconscionable that the electronic voting machine companies could utilize their technical expertise to manipulate the outcome of an election. The purchase of certain electronic voting machines will call into question the integrity of our voting system.


Bravo Susan Multer for your article addressing this controversy. Thank you for bringing this information to public attention.






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