Security experts give e-voting thumbs down

Thursday, 22 January 2004, 11:04 AM EST

The experts--three computer science professors and a former IBM researcher--said Wednesday that creating an e-voting system that both guarantees each person votes once and protects the voter's identity is impossible on the current Internet system.

"Basing a voting system on the Internet poses unavoidable risks of voting fraud and privacy risks," said David Wagner, an associate professor of computer science at the University of California at Berkeley. "They are unavoidable and can't be fixed."

The report comes as the U.S. Department of Defense prepares to launch the Secure Electronic Registration and Voting Experiment (SERVE), a system that will let absentee military voters in 50 counties in seven states place their votes; the inauguration of the technology will occur with South Carolina's presidential primary on Feb. 3. Eventually, the program will be expanded to handle the votes of nearly 6 million U.S. military personnel and civilians abroad.

By Robert Lemos at ZDNet.

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