Verified Voting Blog: Verified Voting Public Comment on the Draft Voluntary Voting System Guidelines, Version 1.1

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We appreciate the opportunity to comment on the most recent iteration of the Voluntary Voting System Guidelines (1.1). We understand that the goal is to move forward on specific elements from the prior draft which were widely supported. The exclusion of some key principles warrant great concern and if left out of any approved version going forward, will delay progress toward greater reliability of voting systems. We support the comments made by A Center for Correct, Usable, Reliable, Auditable and Transparent Elections (ACCURATE), and add our comments on three main points below.

1. SOFTWARE INDEPENDENCE

Software independence (SI), or the “quality of a voting system or voting device such that a previously undetected change or fault in software cannot cause an undetectable change or error in election outcome,” is the foundation of an auditable voting system. Verified Voting strongly supports software independence. Leaving out this core element from the prior draft in the current VVSG 1.1 will delay essential progress in voting system reliability and security. We strongly recommend the reinstatement of the principle of software independence into the VVSG to be enacted as quickly as possible. For security, nothing is as crucial as auditing an auditable voting system. Without the ability to detect changes or problems in the voting system confidence in the integrity of electoral outcomes is unfounded.

The Voting News Daily: Machine Gun Fundraiser in SC, Military ballots failure rate? Diebold return our money

Diebold return our money: group says Diebold should refund $100 million to California taxpayers.Extreme fundraising? South Carolina politician holds a “Machine Gun Social” to raise funds.Unintended consequences? The House legislation meant to defund ACORN may apply to a wide range of organizations and corporations.Mass. fills seat left by death of Senator Edward Kennedy. Boulder County…

The Voting News Daily: ES&S Diebold heads to court, Tennessee seeks voting machine proposals, Election polling fraudulent?

ES&S Diebold shotgun wedding comes to a halt: Federal Judge Robert Kugler in Camden, NJ., agreed late Friday to hear a request for an emergency injunction that could halt Election Systems & Software’s Sept. 2 announced acquisition of Diebold Inc.’s Premier Election Solutions. “…when one considers ES&S’ reckless performance as an election provider the real…

The Voting News Daily: Internet Voting for Australia and Oshawa Ontario? E-voting for London? ACORN probed, ACORN sues

Internet Voting Whack-A-Mole continues: Australia considers internet voting. Oshawa Ontario politicians want internet voting but will put it off until 2014.London plans to use electronic voting in 2012.The Justice Dept is probing ACORN and meanwhile ACORN is suing the film producers who secretly recorded embarrassing videos.Is New York ready for voting machines yet? A local…

The Voting News Daily: ES&S-Diebold sale a symptom, Corporations aren’t people yet,TN Paper Ballot law threatened

The ES&S Diebold monopoly is a problem, but it is also a symptom of the way the US runs elections. “ES&S acted like a monopoly even before it decided to become a monopoly,”~Ion Sancho, Supervisor of Elections in Leon County Florida. “We need to deploy a system that our election administrators and voters can understand…

The Voting News Daily: ES&S-Diebold’s “Ominous Monopoly”, ACORN, NY “Count the Vote”, Internet Voting Whackamole in FL

ES&S purchase of Diebold “The Most Ominous Monopoly”. Congratulations to Brad Friedman, who has a piece about the Acorn controversy published in the Guardian UK.Florida has a bill, HB 131 that would allow overseas voters to cast ballots by email.New Jersey’s early voting (by mail) could diminish effect of “October Surprise”? Boulder Co releases report…

The Voting News Daily: Florida Voters Alert: Rule 1S-2.041 would make caging easier, speak up now

Concerned citizens: Florida is set to adopt a dangerous rule that that could make voter caging easier. The Florida Department of state has issued new notice regarding the proposed rule 1S-2.041 “to address and eligibility records maintenance.” The Florida Fair Elections Coalition warns that “If Florida passes proposed Rule 1S-2.041, it will permit officially sanctioned…

The Voting News Daily: “Let Freedom K-Ching”, Plug pulled on e-voting in Australia, OH, NY election glitches

Plug pulled on electronic voting trials in Australia, deemed “too expensive“.Conversely, Bangladesh considers electronic voting trials to save money.Meanwhile, in the US there were voting machine problems reported in NY and OH.Internet Voting? “Given its current architecture and engineering, the Internet provides neither high assurance data security and integrity, nor reliable information transmission protected from…

The Voting News Daily: Indiana Strikes Down Voter ID, NY voting machine malfunctions, How about pilot for paper ballots?

An Indiana appellate court threw out the law on voter ID that the US Supreme Court had said was constitutional, saying that it violated Indiana’s constitution.A federal lawsuit Demands More Equal Population for U.S. House DistrictsThe United States is one of few democratic nations that place the entire burden of registering to vote on individual…

The Voting News Daily: Acorn, Citizens United on Comedy Central, Bogus election maps in Maurin Co OH, DREs cost overruns

Comedy Central in the voting news: When Jon Stewart makes fun of you, you’re in trouble and last night he made fun of the Acorn video scandal. Stephen Colbert comments on “Citizens United v FEC”. Videos of both.DRES and cost overruns: The Kane County Illinois elections Clerk requests additional $1million to run elections but says…

The Voting News Daily: Hawaii judge formally bans e-voting, ES&S-Diebold issues, TN officials still obstruct paper ballot law

A Hawaii Judge issues order blocking the use of direct record electronic (DRE)voting machines. She saw them coming: Putnam Co Tennessee Election official argues that no qualified voting machines will be federally certified in time for the 2010 election and that by the 2010 census, new requirements would likely be issued and those machines would…

The Voting News Daily: Diebold sale triggers Hart anti trust suit & Senator’s request for DOJ probe

The Diebold sale to ES&S has hit the fan:Senator Schumer seeks DOJ probe of Diebold’s sale of voting-machine business.Hart Intercivic files antitrust suit against Diebold and ES&S. See “Your Once-Public Elections & Your Once-Public Elections on ES&S Monopoly Steroids” ~ Brad Friedman of Bradblog.Again, why is “Citizens United v FEC” so important? “Campaign money and…

The Voting News Daily: Senator Schumer seeks DOJ probe of Diebold’s sale of voting-machine business

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 14, 2009 SCHUMER URGES JUSTICE DEPT. TO PROBE DIEBOLD’S PROPOSED SALE OF ELECTION MACHINE BUSINESS TO ITS BIGGEST COMPETITOR; SAYS DEAL COULD HAVE ‘ADVERSE CONSEQUENCES’ FOR HOW AMERICA VOTES Schumer, As Senate Rules Chairman, Raises Flags Over Proposed Merger On Antitrust Grounds Says Deal Could Give One Company Control Over 75…

The Voting News Daily: $100 a vote in KY fraud case, Jeers to ES&S, Pushing e-voting in Ireland

ES&S charged Vanderburg Co IN $120 for carboard boxes containing tape, forms, rubber bands and pens – Election workers could make this same “kit” for $1.00 each. Kinston City Council NC candidate offers hotdogs and handshakes to lure early voters.A Illinois elections clerk writes: “A Dangerous Proposal for Voter Registration.” In Kentucky, a guilty plea…

The Voting News Daily: The Business of Voting Machines, Citizens United drama,TX Vote Center controversy, DREs for sale

Editorials on Diebold’s sale to ES&S pouring in: “The Diebold name was snake-bitten, the product didn’t satisfy, and changing the name didn’t help much.” ~ the Dayton Daily News. “The combination of the Election Systems & Software and Diebold American voting machine divisions raises classic antitrust concerns.” ~ The New York Times.Citizens United v. the…

The Voting News Daily: Warning Florida Voters – Voter Caging may become easier thanks to new rule 1S-2.041

The Florida Fair Elections Coalition warns that rules proposed by the Florida Dept of Elections would make voter caging easier. Rule 1S-2.041 is intended to address maintenance of voter registration rolls. The new rules make it easier for persons to maliciously, frivolously or fraudulently send in false or inaccurate claims of voter address changes. Any…

The Voting News Daily: Court may loosen campaign spending, Afghanistan to have recounts, audits. ACORN turns in Fl workers.

Arguments on Citizens United vs FEC were heard by US Supreme Court today:“The Supreme Court signaled Wednesday it may let businesses and unions spend freely to help their favored candidates in time for next year’s elections.” ~ AP.ACORN turns in Fla. workers on voter fraud charges. (Remember, ACORN & other agencies – do not register…

The Voting News Daily: ES&S sues ex employees, AZ’s SOS under investigation? Citizens United big decision coming

Tomorrow, on 9/9/09, the Supreme Court begins hearing re-arguments in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission at 10 a.m. “A bad decision in this case could open the floodgates of corporate money in our elections.” ~ Public Citizen. “We are moving toward a deregulated federal campaign finance system, where money flows freely and perhaps only…

The Voting News Daily: IEEE on Diebold sale -“Good riddance”, former NM SOS waives arraignment, $10M for Biometric voter ID, not bread?

Why should you care about “Citizens United vs FEC”? The case “if decided wrongly, could surrender control of our democracy to corporate interests.” – EJ Dionne of WaPo. The Supreme Court case is set for argument on Wednesday, Sept. 9.The IEEE (electrical engineering standards group) has something to say about the Diebold sale: “Good riddance.”A…

The Voting News Daily: Why ES&S-Diebold sale is wrong, Easier to cage voters in Florida? Feds to monitor Cleveland election

Voting machine monopoly cont’d: “ES&S Acquires Premier Election Solutions. This is just wrong on so many levels….All this (problems with ES&S) and we keep buying their machines and now ES&S is rewarded with a bigger market share.” Diebold stock surges as voting co sold at $45 million loss. “The sale represents the end of an…

The Voting News Daily: ES&S: “All Your Votes R Belong to US”- NOW, Tenn voter purge? Procrastinate by mail voting

The big news is that ES&S bought Diebold’s election division, creating a virtual monopoly for ES&S. “It’s a massive consolidation of voting-system vendors,” – Candice Hoke, election law prof. at Cleveland State U. “The move, if allowed to go forward, is sure to raise further concerns among the U.S. Election Integrity community who have, for…

The Voting News Daily: Voting software makes dagdag-bawas easy, WA SOS certifies R71, Why Citizens United matters pt 2

OpenSecrets.org to have live web chat on landmark campaign finance case “Citizens United vs FEC” on Thurs. Public Citizen youtubes the issue in “Don’t get rolled.”Wired News finds 2 members of Fed committee (TGDC) that sets standards for voting vendors have conflicts of interests. Statewide voter rolls vs local voter rolls: an Alabama city may…

The Voting News Daily: 9/1 correction: Why “Citizens United” matters, Iowa Co makes own e-poll software, UTAH voters bring ID

*Our apologies. Title to yesterday’s voting news dated 9/1 title incorrectly said for Oregon voters to bring ID. It should have read “Utah voters bring ID”. We apologize for any problems this may have caused. The subject line to yesterday’s news has been corrected and can be viewed here at this link:http://votingnews.blogspot.com/2009/09/why-citizens-united-matters-iowa-co.html Here is incorrect…

The Voting News Daily: Why “Citizens United” matters, Iowa Co makes own e-poll software, Utah voters bring ID

Tues Sept 1. “Five Reasons Why Citizens United Is a Truly Momentous Case”. Paper is in: “You can actually run a modern and efficient election on paper,”Hovav Shacham prof of computer science at UC San Diego. An Iowa County develops own e-poll book softwareVirginia standardizes student registration. A Jackson City GA councilman charged with rigging…

The Voting News Daily: Smartmatic demo glitch, Was Aspen election secret ballot or not? Lamone blocks campaign finance bill

Aspen voter complaint asks if election was held by secret ballot or not. Virginia’s new registration rules would allow students to list dorm as residence. Maryland Election Director Linda Lamone helps block local campaign finance bill. Asheville NC spends $60K on additional early voting sites hoping to increase turnout. Should Voter Registration Be Automatic? –…

The Voting News Daily: VoterGA legal surprise, “No Paper, No Problem”, Ted Kennedy’s contributions

“We are a better, more inclusive and democratic nation because of the contributions of Edward Moore Kennedy. Let us pay tribute to his work expanding the franchise.” -Voting Matters. Aspen’s former finance director says that “The road to Aspen’s May 2009 election is strewn with the wreckage of credibility-eroding acts”.Connecticut’s public funding law held unconstitutional.…