An expert on the use of electronics for elections said to date, no electronic voter registration and checklist system “is ready for prime time.” Legislation allowing Manchester, Hooksett and Durham to use “electronic poll books” during the September primary and November general elections will be decided Thursday by the Senate. Tuesday Andrew Schwarzmann, head of the Computer Science and Engineering Department at the University of Connecticut and director of the Center for voting Technology Research said every poll book system his center has tested has faults that need to be addressed and are not ready for implementation.
Schwarzmann’s center is in the process of testing several systems for the Connecticut Secretary of State and expects to make its report later this month.
While he said he could not be specific or talk about different brands, all have faults that would make their use problematic, he said.
“Just because a vendor believes their system is a fit, does not necessarily make it so,” Schwarzmann said. “We will never certify any system because that would give a false sense of security and all have security vulnerabilities.”