Friday, March 22, 2013

Securely encrypts all voter data and communications

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So Humboldt County will go for paperless voting. Installed in our precincts at the next election will be unverifiable electronic voting machines made from Hart InterCivic and the paper trail will be gone. In it's place, a proprietary secret code that encrypts and finagles our votes.

A flaw in the voting machines the county currently uses  was discovered by some folks here in Humboldt County by using a digital camera to scan the paper ballots. A percentage of them were scanned and checked for accuracy and things weren't right.


In addition, the report noted the version of Premier's Global Election Management System (GEMS) that was used in Humboldt County's e-voting machines failed to maintain required logs of important system events, and generated inaccurate data and time stamps in several cases.
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My problem is the loss of a paper trail. Without a paper trail the flaws found in the current system would not have been found. Where does this leave us? I will contact our Registrar of Voters Carolyn Crnich. to confirm that the machines will in fact be counting our votes in secret.

Good News!
Turns out that the Hart machines we are getting will not be to vote on. These are not the same machines that each precinct has for handicap voters. Those are still suspicious to me but this is not what the new laptop devices are for. The Humboldt County Registrar of Voters has assured me that the new machines are just to replace the paper roster that you sign when you first come in to vote. We will still be able to vote on Paper that will be scanned by the other robot that has been fixed of it's known flaws. 


  1. I signed up for an absentee ballot. It's still paper. When there is only an electronic option, I'll stop voting because the act will have become meaningless.

  2. That's a good idea. Thanks for a possible way out.


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