By Bob Driehaus
The New York Times
December 15, 2007
CINCINNATI - All five voting systems used in Ohio, a state whose
electoral votes narrowly swung two elections toward President Bush, have
critical flaws that could undermine the integrity of the 2008 general
election, a report commissioned by the states top elections official has
It was worse than I anticipated, the official, Secretary of State
Jennifer Brunner, said of the report. I had hoped that perhaps one
system would test superior to the others.
At polling stations, teams working on the study were able to pick locks
to access memory cards and use hand-held devices to plug false vote
counts into machines. At boards of election, they were able to introduce
malignant software into servers.
Ms. Brunner proposed replacing all of the states voting machines,
including the touch-screen ones used in more than 50 of Ohios 88
counties. She wants all counties to use optical scan machines that read
and electronically record paper ballots that are filled in manually by
She called for legislation and financing to be in place by April so the
new machines can be used in the presidential election next November. She
said she could not estimate the cost of the changes.
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