[nSLUG] Evoting Rant

Michael Gillie mikegpc at gmail.com
Wed Oct 17 01:32:24 ADT 2012

I guess I wouldn't want to evote.

Michael Gillie

On 17/10/2012 12:08 AM, Daniel AJ Sokolov wrote:
> Let me set this straight: I think that Evoting is a bad idea for any 
> public election. There is but a single group that I would see it 
> warranted for: voters with certain handicaps.
> Putting aside my general approach to Evoting, I have observed what is 
> going on in the HRM. And it is appalling.
> They have sent Login AND Password, in plain visibility, on ONE and the 
> same page in an easily identifiable envelope - and they even put a "do 
> not forward" message on it so voters who are out of town can not evote 
> after all.
> They did not set up DNSSec.
> They force you to use JavaScript.
> The website officially supports only certain operating systems and 
> browsers (no word of Linux) and apparently a single screenreader.
> No source code has been disclosed (however, a single HRM employee was 
> tasked with verifying that the source code is perfect - what a relief).
> They are unable to verify fingerprints of the SSL certificates in use. 
> They were very nice, talked to the Returning Officer and called me 
> back: "You just need to type in https and then it is secure."
> Sure.
> Daniel AJ
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