ABSENTEE BALLOT CONTROVERSY - Mitch Perry

08/03/04

Last week a mailer sent by Florida Republicans to voters in Miami-Dade County led to a furor , when it suggested that they vote Absentee at the end of this month in the Primary election........

The controversy erupted because some Democrats and many other critics of Touch Screen Voting have been suggesting the very same thing for months, only to be criticized by Governor Jeb Bush and Secretary of State Glenda Hood, for "undermining" the credibility of the election.

Now there's a Computer Science Professor who says that voting Absentee is no guarantee that your vote will be safer than a vote cast on an electronic Voting Machine.

Ted Selker is the co-Director of the CalTech/MIT Voting Technology Project , and an associate Professor at the Media Lab at MIT. He says there are lots of concerns about Absentee Ballots (roll tape#1 o.q. "I'm really not quite sure")

And Selker is one computer scientist who does NOT believe that Touch Screen Voting

Guarantees continuing electoral problems at the Polls (roll tape#2 o.q."supposed to record")

Republican Senate Candidate Larry Klayman has now joined the chorus of critics of touch screen voting who are insisting on having a paper trail for the machines, to verify one's vote.....MIT Professor Ted Selker doesn't think much of that idea, but suggests a different method as a way to verify your vote (roll tape#3 o.q."introduces as well")

Last summer, a team of computer experts from Johns Hopkins and Rice University exposed a wide range of security flaws when examining the "source code" that runs the Diebold electronic Voting system. MIT Professor Ted Selker says he respects that study, but doesn't agree with all of its conclusions (roll tape#4 o.q."problems that were alleged")

That's MIT Computer Science Professor Ted Selker - he also is co-director of the Cal Tech/MIT Voting Technology Projects...That group produced a report on the worst problems of the 2000 National Election.......They were 1) Registration databases,

2) Ballot Design, and 3) Polling Place Operations.

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