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

May 9 2010

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, a national voting rights and election integrity
organization, has charged the federal agency overseeing US elections
with violating federal law in moving forward with proposed guidelines
for Internet voting systems. The federal agency, the US Election
Assistance Commission, seeks to start certifying Internet voting systems
for use in the upcoming November election.

"If allowed to proceed, the US Election Assistance Commission will
place at risk the votes of hundreds of thousands of military and
overseas voters," says John Bonifaz, the Legal Director for Voter
Action. "Internet voting represents the newest threat to the integrity
of US elections."

Voter Action released today a letter it issued to the commission on
April 26, 2010, documenting the agency's rushed process for public
comment on the new guidelines and its decision to bypass the technical
committee responsible for reviewing such regulations. The letter stated
the proposed guidelines "do not comply with federal law and, if adopted,
would illegally impair the fundamental voting rights of uniformed,
overseas and other voters to vote and have their votes counted as cast."

The commission's action comes in the midst of renewed concerns about
cyber security, including the revelation that Internet intruders
recently hacked into Google's computers and stole the company's password
system. Richard A. Clarke, a cyber-security expert who served as the
counterterrorism chief for former President Bill Clinton and George W.
Bush, has told the New
York Times he remains skeptical about ballots being sent over the
Internet
.

Voter Action states that it supports measures allowing military and
overseas voters to access their blank ballots via electronic means, but
it says the submission of completed ballots using the Internet is
dangerous and insecure. Voter Action's letter to the commission can be
found here.

 View the press release, here.