Monthly Archives: March 2015

HB15-1130: Risks of Internet Voting by Barbara Simons

Note: an expert on electronic voting, Dr. Barbara Simons was appointed to the Board of Advisors of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission in 2008. Her full bio can be downloaded from here.

All commercially available systems that allow voters to send their voted ballots over the internet, whether via email or a website, are insecure. Furthermore, there are no standards, and there is zero oversight or testing of internet voting systems by any state or federal agency. Typically, the software that runs the systems is secret, so independent computer security experts are unable to analyze the software for bugs, vulnerability risks, privacy violations, and election rigging malware. By allowing voters to use an insecure and unreliable system, we are making them second class citizens and putting our democracy at risk.

Some people think that attaching a copy of one’s voted ballot to an email is less problematic than voting at a website, but that is not the case. Continue reading HB15-1130: Risks of Internet Voting by Barbara Simons

Opposition Letter for Colorado House Bill 15-1130 by Pamela Smith, Verified Voting

March 23, 2015

Senator Bill Cadman

Senator Mark Scheffel

Senator Morgan Carroll

Senator Rollie Heath

 

Honorable Senators:

We write today to express our opposition to House Bill 1130, a bill that as amended would expand the practice in Colorado of return of voted ballots by electronic transmission over the Internet. Verified Voting is a national, non-partisan, nonprofit committed to safeguarding democracy in the digital age, with many Colorado supporters. We advocate for voting technology and policies that promote and improve transparency, accessibility, security and auditability in the election process.

There is a common misconception that returning voted ballots via email as PDF attachments and printing them for scanning at a central scanner is not Internet voting, and somehow does not introduce the security risks of “Internet voting.” This is misleading. Continue reading Opposition Letter for Colorado House Bill 15-1130 by Pamela Smith, Verified Voting