In case any of my geek friends haven’t been following this one, here’s some information about the state of the world in electronic voting. About a month ago, I came across a story about some security researchers’ findings regarding the stunningly poor security of Diebold electronic voting systems (links 1 2). I used this as the seed for a thread on America’s Debate which led to several more good links on the subject (look there if you’re interested ’cause I’m lazy).

The latest development is this: Rebecca Mercuri, an internationally recognized expert whose website even appears first in a Google search for “electronic voting”, had her credentials revoked when she tried to attend a conference on voting systems. A similar fate befell David Chaum, whose name should be familiar to some of my readers as a prominent figure in the field of anonymity and security. Here’s the source for that info. In my opinion, when the opinions of people like Mercuri and Chaum and David Dill (of Murphi fame) about the security of a system are deliberately and pointedly ignored, it seems likely that somebody has something to hide. Any responsible vendor of systems intended to preserve the principle of “one person, one vote” would welcome the interest of such luminaries.