I am no longer working on an e-voting project
and therefore I am not updating this particular page anymore with news
items about electronic voting.
Moreover, since the start of my research in
2002, e-voting has become a real hot topic and it would be difficult
to keep up with all the related news articles. Just use
Google News to keep up to date!
If you are interested in electronic voting in the Netherlands (and you
are able to read Dutch), surf to
What was in the news?
Estonia forges ahead with e-vote.
Voters in Estonia are going to the polls on Sunday in local
elections but, for the first time, nearly all of them have already
had the chance to cast their vote if they want to via the
internet. About 800,000 Estonians, or 80% of those on the
electoral roll, have access to a new e-voting system, the largest
run by any European Union country. By Laura Sheeter, BBC News, 14
Paper Trail Urged as E-Voting Fix.
Paper Trail Urged as E-Voting Fix A
blue-ribbon panel led by former President Jimmy Carter recommends
electronic-voting machines be required to keep hard copies of
every ballot. But critics say printouts create more problems than
they solve. By Kim Zetter. Wired News 23 September 2005.
Web and text vote trials dropped.
Proposed trials of voting via internet or text
message in next year's local council elections have been scrapped by
the UK government. Elections Minister Harriet Harman said: "We just
think that the time is not right for it at the moment." BBC News, 6
E-elections wait for vote of confidence.
projects have taken place in UK elections - notably in the 2003
local government poll - the idea of voting electronically simply
hasn't taken off, even though casting a ballot from home could
dramatically improve voter "turnout" and boost the health of
democracy itself. By Geoff Neville. Belfast Telegraph, 14 March
Voting machine bills may advance.
Support for a major upgrade to the state's electronic voting
machines appears to be growing in the House of Delegates, while the
state has ordered Diebold to investigate why some of its machines
failed on Election Day. By Steven T. Dennis. The
Gazette, 9 March 2005.
Diebold to market paper-trail e-voting system.Diebold
Election Systems Inc., a target of many electronic-voting critics
during the 2004 U.S. election, announced today that it has completed
the design for a printer that would give its e-voting machines a
Diebold's printer, submitted for federal government approval several
weeks ago, would create a so-called voter-verified paper trail, a
function that many critics have demanded of e-voting machine
manufacturers. By Grant Gross, Computerwolrd. 27 January 2005.
Study Finds Florida 'Ghost' E-Votes.
Cal trio: Results showing a Bush boost may help stop future snags.
In the nation's first academic study
of the Florida 2004 vote,
University of California, Berkeley graduate students and a professor
have found intriguing evidence that electronic-voting counties there
could have mistakenly awarded up to 260,000 votes to President Bush.
Ian Hoffman, Oakland Tribune. November 19, 2004.
Voter Alert Line calls: State-by-state.
A very interesting page which shows the volume of voting problem
calls received on the voter alert line during the US elections
(constant updates!!!). It also provides a breakdown of the voter
problems by machine type. So far the electronic voting machines have
far more problems than any of the other machines (optical scan,
lever, etc). MSNBC, 2 November 2004.
Some Early Voters Say Machines Mark Incorrect
Kim Griffith voted on
Thursday— over and over and over. She's among the people in
Bernalillo and Sandoval counties who say they have had trouble with
early voting equipment. When they have tried to vote for a
particular candidate, the touch-screen system has said they voted
for somebody else. ABQjournal.com,
Problems with e-voting? Blame the humans.
that an electronic voting machine might accidentally eat their vote
on Nov. 2 would be better off pointing the finger of blame at
clueless poll workers than at shiny new touchscreen machines,
according to information released by the Information Technology
Association of America (ITAA). By Paul Roberts, IDG News Service. 19
Focus on Florida as voting begins.
People in Florida began casting their votes for US president on
Monday, four years after a debacle in the state held up the 2000
election result. Florida is one of 32 states where voters are
allowed to make their choice before election day. There were some
reports of glitches with voting systems, including faulty ballots
and a computer crash. BBC News, 19 October 2004.
OUT NOW: Communications of the ACM.
Special Issue on Voting Systems.
Volume 47 , Issue 10 (October 2004) ISSN:0001-0782. New York:
Publisher ACM Press.
Election progress in Kazakhstan slowed due to
lack of transparency, observers report.
The 19 September parliamentary elections in Kazakhstan fell short of
OSCE and Council of Europe standards in many respects. Of particular
concern were the failure to fully implement improved election
legislation and the manner in which electronic voting was
introduced, which did not contribute to the confidence of the
electorate in the election process, concludes the International
Election Observation Mission (IEOM) in a statement, issued today.
Saving the Vote.
Everyone knows it, but not many politicians or mainstream
journalists are willing to talk about it, for fear of sounding
conspiracy-minded: there is a substantial chance that the result of
the 2004 presidential election will be suspect. By Paul Krugman,
August 17, 2004, The New York Times.
E-voting terminals: gambling with data?
Making electronic voting terminals more like slot machines won't
keep elections secure from tampering. Neither will using ATMs as a
model improve the prospects for data integrity. By Tim Mullen,
20th July 2004, The Register.
Analysis reveals flaws in voting by
touch-screen. Florida's relatively
new touch-screen voting machines, touted as a solution to the
state's 2000 presidential election meltdown, didn't perform as well
as machines that use an older technology during a statewide election
earlier this year, according to a South Florida Sun-Sentinel
analysis. By Jeremy Milarsky and Buddy Nevins,
July 11, 2004, Sun-Sentinel.com
increase security and improve public confidence in the voting
process, the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) and the
Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law (BC) released a new
providing specific recommendations for elections officials planning
to use electronic voting machines in the 2004 elections.
Dutch e-voting software goes open source.
The source code of the software that is used for online e-voting in
the Netherlands has been made public by
Dutch association that promotes the use of open source software in
He Pushed the Hot Button of Touch-Screen
Voting. Mr. Shelley, a Democrat and
California secretary of state, has gained national notice for his
skepticism toward touch-screen voting and his insistence that voters
be able to look at a paper record inside the voting booth to verify
their ballots. He says such paper trails are crucial if government
wants voters to have confidence that their ballots are being counted
correctly. As a result, he has ordered that after July 1, 2005, no
county in California can buy a touch-screen system without a paper
record that is verifiable by the voter, and as of July 2006, all
touch-screen systems here must be equipped with paper trails,
regardless of when they were bought. Until the machines have that
capability, he wants people who do not trust them to have the option
of voting by a traditional paper ballot. By Katharine Q. Seelye.
June 15, 2004. The New York Times.
Venezuelan Recall Is in Dispute Even Before
the Vote. Touch-screen voting
machines, which have been plagued by security and reliability
concerns in the United States, will be used in the recall vote on
President Hugo Chávez, prompting his foes and foreign diplomats to
contend that the left-leaning government may use the equipment to
manipulate the vote. By Juan Forero and John Schwartz. June 11,
2004. The New York Times.
E-voting debate: paper or no paper.
As the administrator of elections for Maryland, Linda Lamone
believes electronic voting machines are safe and secure, even
without a paper trail. By Jason Miller, Government Computer News,
06/07/04; Vol. 23 No. 13.
Computer-voting watchdog Bev Harris is squaring off with federal
authorities over the government's request for information about
visitors to her internationally renowned Web site,
Harris is determined to resist the government's investigation, a
national expert on press freedom says the Renton muckraker will
almost certainly face extensive fines or jail time if she refuses to
cooperate. By George Howland Jr. Seattle Weekly, 19-25 May 2004.
The bumpy road to modern elections in the
The money has been paid,
the machines have been delivered, and the people have been told. But
the Supreme Court declared that the computerization project is not
valid and cannot be used. The Philippine Commission on Elections
went back to using the old tally sheets to count the votes. By
Erwin Lemuel G. Oliva, INQ7.net. May 09, 2004.
Merits of E-Voting, Paper Backups Debated.
Scientists told a federal panel Wednesday that electronic voting
isn't completely reliable and suggested a backup paper system
might be the only way to avoid another disputed presidential
election in November. But
DeForest B. Soaries Jr., chairman of the newly created U.S.
Election Assistance Commission
said he didn't expect the bipartisan panel would issue national
standards requiring paper receipts when it makes preliminary
recommendations next week, followed by more detailed guidelines
next month. By Hope Yen. Yahoo News May 5, 2004.
Citizens, Election Officials, Experts Call
for Verified Votes. “The Computer
Ate My Vote,” a national campaign to protect the integrity of
American ballots came to Washington, DC today to tell federal
election authorities that each ballot cast this November 2 must be
backed by a voter-verified paper trail. In testimony before the
Election Assistance Commission, election officials and computer
experts called for transparent, verifiable voting systems. May 5,
With 6 months to go, panel takes aim at
e-voting bugs. By Kevin Coughlin,
The Star-Ledger. May 05, 2004.
E-Vote Controversy Comes to
By Andy Sullivan, Reuters. May 5, 2004.
Paper Receipts Opposed for Voting Machines.
By Dan Keating, Washington Post. May 6, 2004.
As election looms, voting machines are topic
of debate. By Toby Eckert, The
San Diego Union Tribune. May 5, 2004.
Cullen rules out use of e-voting in June.
The Irish Minister for the Environment and Local Government, Martin
Cullen, has said electronic voting will not be used in the local and
European elections in June. Mr Cullen's decision follows the
publication of today's
Commission on Electronic Voting,
which said the system's reliability could not be established to its
satisfaction. In its report, the commission said it has not been
able to satisfy itself sufficiently as to the accuracy and secrecy
of the chosen system. RTE News 30 April 2004.
On New Voting Machine, the Same Old Fraud.
For the first time, electronic machines are being used across India
in the staggered national elections that got under way this month.
In less than 30 minutes on Monday morning, workers from a local
political party, which political analysts say has kept Bihar's 100
million people mired in poverty, seized control of the voting
machine. An old India abruptly reappeared, one that shows that the
country still faces pitfalls as it pursues its dream of becoming a
global economic and political power. In what appeared to be a
carefully planned series of events, two small bombs exploded near
the polling place and party workers threatened the five policemen
guarding the booth and then brazenly took control of it. As poll
workers and policemen averted their eyes, young party workers pushed
the button for their party on the electronic voting machine over and
over again, casting vote after fraudulent vote. By David Rohde, The
New York Times, April 27, 2004.
Two Voting Companies & Two Brothers Will Count
80% of U.S. Election - Using BOTH Scanners & Touchscreens.
Voters can run, but they can't hide from these guys. Meet the
Urosevich brothers, Bob and Todd. Their respective companies,
Diebold and ES&S, will count (using BOTH computerized ballot
scanners and touchscreen machines) about 80% of all votes cast in
the upcoming U.S. presidential election. [ ] Once again we are
witness to an 'eyes closed, hands off' approach to protecting
America. The 2004 election rests in the private hands of the
Urosevich brothers, who are financed by the far-out right wing and
top donors to the Republican Party. The Democrats are either sitting
ducks or co-conspirators. I don't know which.
My mantra remains - Vote
Paper Ballots, Ditch the Machines. By
Lynn Landes, April 27, 2004.
Indians vote in hi-tech election.
Tens of millions of Indians have voted in phase one of the country's
first all-electronic election. Authorities said polling had been
fairly peaceful despite violence in Jammu and Kashmir and the
north-east. BBC News. April 20, 2004.
Chads are gone, but Florida faces new voting
infamous hanging chad has gone for ever, but not everyone is
convinced the state that made such a mess of the presidential
election four years ago can avoid a similar debacle this time
around. By Richard Luscombe in Miami, April 18, 2004. The Observer.
Comments by Scytl on the SERVE security report.
An alternative and constructive perspective on Internet voting
security. A security analysis of the SERVE voting experiment by
Jefferson et al. caused the US DoD to cancel the project earlier
this year. This document is a response to the
on the SERVE Internet voting system (Jefferson,Rubin, Simons and
Wagner). April 14, 2004.
Serious inconsistencies uncovered in e-voting
pilot votes. Documentation released
under the Freedom of Information Act reveals that there were serious
inconsistencies with the counts in two of the Irish constituencies
in which e-voting was piloted in 2002. Significant anomalies were
discovered in the election results employing the Nedap/Powervote
system. Press release by Colm MacCarthaigh, April 14, 2004.
E-voting firm opens up its code.
Software company VoteHere voluntarily released the source code for
its paperless ballot verification system on Tuesday, marking a first
in the increasingly controversial electronic-voting market. By Alan
Boyle, MSNBC, April7, 2004.
E-vote Critics Demand Paper Trail.
An effort to erase doubts about new ATM-style voting machines by
backing up digital votes with paper records is gaining ground
nationwide, as state officials heed warnings about security and
potentially messy recounts. Four states are demanding printers that
will generate paper receipts voters can see and verify, and more
than a dozen other states are weighing the change. But only one --
Nevada -- expects to have a paper trail in place by the fall
elections. Associated Press, April 1, 2004.
Pentagon Drops Plan To Test
Internet Voting: Security Fears Derail $22
The Pentagon has decided to drop a $22 million pilot plan to test
Internet voting for 100,000 American military personnel and
civilians living overseas after lingering security concerns,
officials said yesterday. The program ran into trouble late in
January when a group of academics who had been invited to review the
system released a report saying the Internet was so insecure that
the integrity of the entire election could be undermined by online
voting. By Dan Keating,
Washington Post Staff Writer.
Wednesday, March 31, 2004.
How E-Voting Threatens Democracy.
In January 2003, voting activist Bev Harris was holed up in the
basement of her three-story house in Renton, Washington, searching
the Internet for an electronic voting machine manual, when she made
a startling discovery. By Kim Zetter, March 29, 2004. Wired News.
lawmakers urge state to bar e-voting in fall.
Warning that the presidential election is at risk, two state
lawmakers said Wednesday that they would ask Secretary of State
Kevin Shelley to ban the use of touch-screen voting machines in the
November ballot. ``There were far too many problems in last week's
primary election to continue using the electronic voting machines,''
state Sen. Ross Johnson, R-Irvine, said in a statement. ``I don't
want to see California become the Florida of 2004.'' By Elise
Ackerman, Mercury News. March 11, 2004.
Senators call for paper trail in e-voting.
Glitches cited in Florida's primary Tuesday.Sens. Hillary Rodham
Clinton and Bob Graham called Wednesday for a paper trail to back up
electronic voting throughout the country. The Democratic senators
told reporters a bill they have drafted calls for every jurisdiction
to have machines that produce paper records that would enable
recounts. CNN.com, Thursday, March 11, 2004.
Computer voting snafus plague California
by Thomas C Greene in Washington. Bizarre election results in
California have been traced to an electronic touch-screen ballot
system. But no one is quite sure what went wrong, and because there
is no paper trail, no one is ever likely to get to the bottom of it.
The Register, March 10, 2004.
7,000 Orange County Voters Were Given Bad
Ray F. Herndon and Stuart Pfeifer
Times Staff Writers.
struggling with a new electronic voting system in last week's
election gave thousands of Orange County voters the wrong ballots,
according to a Times analysis of election records. In 21 precincts
where the problem was most acute, there were more ballots cast than
registered voters. Yahoo News, March 10, 2004.
Irish e-voting marks new era.
This year people across the Irish Republic will vote electronically
in the European and local elections for the first time. But as BBC
NI's Dublin correspondent Shane Harrison reports, there is a great
deal of unease about this development. BBC News, February 27, 2004.
Judge OKs California e-voting
Sacramento Judge has nixed an attempt to prevent Diebold's
electronic voting terminals from being used in a crucial State
election next month. The Register, February 19, 2004.
Irish e-voting furore hots up
by electricnews.net. Mary Harney, Ireland's deputy prime minister,
weighed into the fierce debate in Ireland surrounding e-voting
yesterday, expressing some sympathy with opposition complaints about
the proposed system. The Register, February 18, 2004.
Firms have one year to introduce electronic
voting for shareholders. Companies
have until next year to introduce electronic voting for shareholders
before they are named and shamed, a new report has warned. The
report, from the Shareholder Voting Working Group, called for
companies to introduce electronic voting for shareholders to replace
the current paper-based system that is "riddled with errors". By
Nick Huber, Computer Weekly. Tuesday 17 February 2004.
Pentagon drops online votes for armed forces.
The US Department of Defense has abandoned efforts to give overseas
military personnel voting access over the internet, because of
concerns about the security of the system. "In view of the inability
to ensure legitimacy of votes that would be cast in the Serve
internet voting project, thereby bringing into doubt the integrity
of the election, I hereby direct you to take immediate steps to
ensure that no voters use the system to register or vote via the
internet," said deputy secretary of defence Paul Wolfowitz in a
memo. Computer Weekly, Friday 6 February 2004.
Two more regions for all-postal voting trial.
The UK will not be running e-voting pilots in 2004.
The Government accepted the Electoral Commission's recommendation
not to proceed with electronic voting on a regional scale in the
June 2004 elections, although it remains committed to the
development of e-voting for the future. January 21, 2004.
World's biggest election goes electronic.
India, the world's largest democracy, has announced that every vote
in its 2004 national election will be registered and counted using
electronic ballot machines. With more than 600 million registered
voters, India's parliamentary election is the biggest on Earth.
NewScientist.com news service, July 29, 2003.
New voting methods 'increase turnout'
All-postal ballots appear to have increased turnout for this year's
local elections - even before polls close on Thursday. BBC News
Wednesday, 30 April, 2003.
Voters 'keen on e-election'
More than half the population
would be more willing to cast their vote at local elections if they
could do so electronically, an opinion poll during the campaign
suggested. BBC News Tuesday, 29 April, 2003.
Thousands take up e-voting trial
Nearly 6,000 people in Swindon have taken the opportunity to vote
using a TV remote control or the internet. BBC News Tuesday, 29
Are Internet ballots a vote-fixer's
dream? More than 1.5
million Britons will have a chance to vote Thursday in 17 local
elections using electronic voting systems that computer security
experts on both sides of the Atlantic say are fraught with danger
and an invitation to fraud. International Herald Tribune Monday,
April 28, 2003.
EU e-voting site 'is a turn-off':
report Forrester Research
claims that the EU's e-Vote Web site may actually have a negative
effect upon public perceptions of the Internet as a democratic
agent. ElectricNews.net, Buckley, C. Wednesday, March 05 2003.
E-voting unreliable, says expert
Rebecca Mercuri is assistant professor of computer science at Bryn
Mawr College in Pennsylvania, and has given the government a stark
warning - e-voting is unreliable and may end up causing huge amount
of damage to the electoral process. Web posted on 21/10/02.
Don't trust computers with e-votes,
warns expert A world
experts in electronic voting will today warn the government that
trusting computers with the democratic process is a recipe for fraud
and error. Stuart Millar, technology correspondent. Thursday October
17, 2002. The Guardian.
Security of Electronic Voting
UK publication of a study report on e- voting security by CESG - the
information assurance group within GCHQ (part of the UK's security
services). Issue 1.2, 31 July 2002.
E-votes will push out ballot box 'by
2006'. "Tony Blair has set
2006 for the first possible general election where the traditional
ballot box will be consigned to the museum and millions of people
will be voting online or by post." Article by David Hencke,
Westminster correspondent. Wednesday July 17, 2002. The Guardian.
In the Service of Democracy
In the Service of Democracy, the Government's consultation paper on
a policy for electronic democracy is available for you to download.
The report contains a full chapter on e-voting. Office of the
e-Envoy, 15 July 2002.
- 'Electronisch stemmen levert de
Europese kiezer voorlopig geen voordeel'. Dutch article stating that
the use of electronic voting in the European Union is still years
off. Interview with Vincent Rijmen, head Cryptography at the Belgian
company Cryptomathic and involved in the EU project e-Vote.
Automatisering Gids, vrijdag 21 juni 2002, nr 25.
E-voting has long way to go.
Election results mixed for alternative voting methods. By Wendy
Brewer, Friday, 03 May 2002. Yesterday's poor turnout of voters in
local elections was extremely disappointing to everyone in politics,
but even more so to supporters of online voting systems which on the
whole did little to improve participation.
Vivendi Votes Hacked? Ha: Experts.
Allegations by French media group Vivendi Universal that an
embarrassing flop in a shareholder vote last week was down to hacker
sabotage make little sense, security experts said on Monday. Wired
News 6:54 a.m. April 29, 2002 PDT
- BBC News (2002)
Online voting fraud warning.
Tuesday, 5 February, 2002, 11:40 GMT. "Online voting schemes should
be tested much more thoroughly before being rolled out for UK-wide
elections, says a new report from an influential think tank".
Electronic Voting in Europe -
Technology, Law, Politics and Society
Alexander Prosser, Robert
Electronic Voting and Democracy:
A Comparative Analysis