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posted by Fnord666 on Wednesday September 13, @09:07AM   Printer-friendly
from the better-than-a-poke-in-the-eye dept.

Virginia's State Board of Elections has decided its current generation of electronic voting machines is potentially vulnerable, and wants them replaced in time for the gubernatorial election due on November 7th, 2017.

The decision was announced in the minutes of the Board's September 8th meeting: "The Department of Elections officially recommends that the State Board of Elections decertify all Direct Recording Electronic (DRE or touchscreen) voting equipment."

In addition to the "current security environment", the report cites the DefCon demonstration in July that showed how quickly DRE voting systems could be pwned.

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/09/11/virginia_to_scrap_touchscreen_voting_machines/


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  • (Score: 4, Interesting) by Virindi on Wednesday September 13, @09:48AM

    by Virindi (3484) on Wednesday September 13, @09:48AM (#567149)

    Virginia voter here. In my county we've been using scanned fill-in-the-bubble paper ballots for the past several years. They used to have the old touchscreen windows machines but they dumped them and made the sensible choice with the current system: instant tabulation with paper backup records.

    I'm not sure how many counties were still using those old systems.

  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 13, @10:42AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 13, @10:42AM (#567160)

    Is that it took them this long, and essentially getting sucker punched, to realize there was a problem and to fix the problem.

    But at least they are waking up to what we've been trying to get them to listen to since they decided to go with the touch screen systems. It might be slow, but it is a slight bit of progress.

  • (Score: 1, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 13, @11:48AM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 13, @11:48AM (#567180)

    ... I hope they replaced the poke-to-vote machines with the classic peek-to-vote paper ballots.

    • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 13, @01:25PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 13, @01:25PM (#567208)

      You expect these whippersnappers to get that reference?

  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by leftover on Wednesday September 13, @03:05PM (1 child)

    by leftover (2448) on Wednesday September 13, @03:05PM (#567240)

    They will struggle to get enough paper ballots printed by then. Scrapping the machines was obviously the correct decision. July 31 would have been a better day to make it.

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    • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 13, @05:57PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday September 13, @05:57PM (#567338)

      It's actually not that bad, the company that I work for prints ballots for my state and a few others and we just started printing this month. The choice to go paper only so late probably means the company that handles the printing won't get started for a few weeks, but a larger company than mine ought to be able to handle the work load. I mean, rough math, if the print company has 1 printer that can print 300 sheets a minute (we have a Canon i300 that can) and they need to print 8.412 million ballots (1 ballot per person in Virginia regardless of age), they would need a little over 58 8 hour shifts of continuous printing or 2 shifts a day, ~29 days to complete the job. They'd likely have more than one printer going at a time so it would be less than that.

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