Special Programming: Public Affairs

Air date: 
Thu, 10/30/2008 - 9:30am - 11:00am

Election Issues: Hacking the Vote, the Myth of Voter Fraud, the Attacks on ACORN and Other Barriers to Voting

9:30 Part 1, Hacking the Vote

Last Fall, Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner commissioned Project EVEREST, a comprehensive security review of the electronic voting technology used in her state. The project contracted several academic teams and others to examine the election procedures, equipment, and source code used in that state, with the aim of identifying any problems that might render elections vulnerable to tampering under operational conditions.

The ten-week project examined in detail the touch-screen, optical scan, and election management technology from e-voting vendors ES&S, Hart InterCivic, and Premier Election Systems (formerly Diebold). Penn led the analysis of the ES&S system source code, which is also used by voters in 42 other U.S. states besides Ohio, including Oregon.

This talk will outline the U. Penn team's findings, which included the discovery of exploitable security vulnerabilities in almost every hardware and software component of the ES&S touch-screen and optical scan systems. Some of these flaws could allow a single malicious voter or poll worker to alter countywide election results, possibly without detection.

10:30 Part 2, The Myth of Voter Fraud, the Attacks on ACORN, and Other Barriers to Voting

A documentary by Meghan Planchon and David Rosenfeld.


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