Voter Action News

  • Voter Action Challenges Emergency Rule Making Order Allowing for the Online Return of Voted Ballots

    Oct. 8, 2010

    Today, along with Verified Voting and Common Cause, Voter Action filed a letter with the Washington Secretary of State challenging an emergency rule that office pushed forward to allow Internet voting via email under the auspices of complying with the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment (MOVE) Act. However, this is a mischaracterization of MOVE which, in fact, does not require that voted ballots be returned via email.

    To read the letter, click here.

  • Hacking the D.C. Internet Voting Pilot

    October 5, 2010
    J. Alex Halderman

    The District of Columbia is conducting a pilot project to allow overseas and military voters to download and return absentee ballots over the Internet. Before opening the system to real voters, D.C. has been holding a test period in which they've invited the public to evaluate the system's security and usability.

    This is exactly the kind of open, public testing that many of us in the e-voting security community — including me — have been encouraging vendors and municipalities to conduct. So I was glad to participate, even though the test was launched with only three days' notice. I assembled a team from the University of Michigan, including my PhD students, Eric Wustrow and Scott Wolchok, and Dawn Isabel, a member of the University of Michigan technical staff.

    Within 36 hours of the system going live, our team had found and exploited a vulnerability that gave us almost total control of the server software, including the ability to change votes and reveal voters’ secret ballots. In this post, I’ll describe what we did, how we did it, and what it means for Internet voting.

    Read Entire Article, Here.

  • Voter Action Urges Justice Department to Preserve Election Records in South Carolina

    UPDATE: Voter Action, Common Cause, and the League of Women Voters of South Carolina issue public records request to the South Carolina State Election Commission.  To view the public records request, click here.

    On June 18, 2010, Voter Action sent a letter to United States Attorney General Eric Holder, Jr., urging that the US Justice Department take immediate action to preserve election records from the South Carolina Democratic primary for the US Senate held on June 8, 2010, and that it conduct an investigation into whether the electronic voting machines used in that primary were faulty or corrupt.

    To read our letter, click here

    To view the exhibits to our letter, click here.

  • Voting Rights Advocates and Cyber-Security Experts Raise Alarm Over Internet Voting

    US Election Assistance Commission Charged with Violating Federal Law in Proceeding with Internet Voting Plans

    "The Newest Threat to the Integrity of US Elections"

    UPDATE: Voter Action files comments before the Technical Guidelines Development Committee on the dangers of Internet voting. Click here to read our July 6, 2010 letter. And click here to access our accompanying exhibits to this letter: 1) our April 26, 2010 letter to the EAC on its proposed guidelines for implementing pilot Internet voting systems for the November 2010 election and 2) our June 12, 2008 report on Sequoia Voting Systems, Inc. and its link to Smartmatic and the Venezualan government.

  • Voter Action charges EAC with violating the federal Administrative Procedure Act

    EAC rushing – without appropriate time for public comment -- proposed requirements for pilot programs implementing Internet voting for military and overseas voters
    Voter Action today delivered a letter to the US Election Assistance Commission charging that the federal agency is violating the federal Administrative Procedure Act by rushing – without appropriate time for public comment – proposed requirements for pilot programs implementing Internet voting for military and overseas voters in the 2010 election.  The letter and accompanying exhibits can be found here.