Princeton researchers have successfully cracked a Diebold electronic voting machine and produced a clear – and extremely chilling – demonstration video.
- Any voter can insert an altered memory card containing vote manipulation software.
- The lock protecting the card can be picked without a key in under 10 seconds.
- The crack can delete itself from memory when the election is over, leaving no trace it was ever resident in memory (but with the altered votes intact).
It’s not about what John Q. Public might do in a voting booth – it’s about what a corrupt candidate or PAC with a bunch of money and lots of motivation might do. This is what we get when we build public policy atop closed / proprietary / corporate processes.