Risk
10/27/2008
04:47 PM
50%
50%

E-Voting Complaints Heat Up With Early Voting

Some people also have complained that the touch screens are overly sensitive and do not separate the choices enough for voters to be sure they're activating the right selection.

With just over a week to go before Election Day, voters have reported problems with electronic voting machines in several states.

Early voters have complained of problems across the nation, including machines' inability to properly record votes.

Voters in West Virginia have reported that the electronic voting machines have switched their choices from Democrats to Republicans. Voters in Tennessee have complained that their Republican choices switched to slates of Democrats, while others in that state have complained that Democratic votes switched the selections to Green Party votes. At least one voter in Texas said her selection of a straight Democratic ticket led to a screen asking for confirmation of a straight Republican ticket. Some people have also complained that the touch screens are overly sensitive and do not separate the choices enough for voters to be sure they are activating the right selection.

Princeton University researchers have warned that voting machines in Pennsylvania and New Jersey have research flaws. Groups in Pennsylvania have filed a federal lawsuit seeking emergency paper ballots.

The reports of problems span all major electronic voting machine vendors.

Several groups, including Election Protection, have set up hot lines to help voters. Election Protection is a nonpartisan coalition led by the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. The Electronic Frontier Foundation is hosting a site, OurVoteLive.org, which collects and organizes reports by complaint type and location. The site, backed by more than 100 Election Protection partners, also features blogs and maps. Its workers expect to receive more than 200,000 reports, via phone and the Web site, through Election Day.

Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Register for Dark Reading Newsletters
White Papers
Cartoon
Current Issue
Dark Reading December Tech Digest
Experts weigh in on the pros and cons of end-user security training.
Flash Poll
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
Dark Reading - Bug Report
Bug Report
Enterprise Vulnerabilities
From DHS/US-CERT's National Vulnerability Database
CVE-2014-4807
Published: 2014-11-22
Sterling Order Management in IBM Sterling Selling and Fulfillment Suite 9.3.0 before FP8 allows remote authenticated users to cause a denial of service (CPU consumption) via a '\0' character.

CVE-2014-6183
Published: 2014-11-22
IBM Security Network Protection 5.1 before 5.1.0.0 FP13, 5.1.1 before 5.1.1.0 FP8, 5.1.2 before 5.1.2.0 FP9, 5.1.2.1 before FP5, 5.2 before 5.2.0.0 FP5, and 5.3 before 5.3.0.0 FP1 on XGS devices allows remote authenticated users to execute arbitrary commands via unspecified vectors.

CVE-2014-8626
Published: 2014-11-22
Stack-based buffer overflow in the date_from_ISO8601 function in ext/xmlrpc/libxmlrpc/xmlrpc.c in PHP before 5.2.7 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (application crash) or possibly execute arbitrary code by including a timezone field in a date, leading to improper XML-RPC encoding...

CVE-2014-8710
Published: 2014-11-22
The decompress_sigcomp_message function in epan/sigcomp-udvm.c in the SigComp UDVM dissector in Wireshark 1.10.x before 1.10.11 allows remote attackers to cause a denial of service (buffer over-read and application crash) via a crafted packet.

CVE-2014-8711
Published: 2014-11-22
Multiple integer overflows in epan/dissectors/packet-amqp.c in the AMQP dissector in Wireshark 1.10.x before 1.10.11 and 1.12.x before 1.12.2 allow remote attackers to cause a denial of service (application crash) via a crafted amqp_0_10 PDU in a packet.

Best of the Web
Dark Reading Radio
Archived Dark Reading Radio
Now that the holiday season is about to begin both online and in stores, will this be yet another season of nonstop gifting to cybercriminals?