March 22, 2008
A normal calculator would know the correct answer but not a Sequoia voting machine, which was used in a New Jersey Election. Take a look at the post “Evidence of New Jersey Election Discrepancies”, which shows a summary tape for the presidential primary election. Now the word is out, what is the reaction of Sequoia? Sure, threat the guy who had the insolence to recalculate the numbers on the summary tape, so he buckles under rather than show how poorly designed Sequoiaâ€™s e-voting machines are. But what do we know about bloggers? That this will evoke the Streisand Effect as bloggers around the word will now know about it and will blog about it.
That shows this again, we canâ€™t let something as important as our demography depend on trade secrets. Voting computers are just a bad idea, as every citizen needs to be able to verify the correct enumeration. Sure most won’t do it, but they could and some even will specially in turbulent times, when it specially counts.
Take also a look at this humorous little video (which I found here) concerning how insecure voting machines are.