Thursday, November 30, 2006

National Institute of Standards and Technology weighs in on e-voting 

The NIST used to be the National Bureau of Standards. They generally have a profound understanding of what they're talking about.

They are about to recommend decertifying direct recording (DRE) voting machines. Their objection is just what people have been pointing out all along: there's no way to audit or recount.

UPDATE 12/5:

And the government has rejected the NIST advice.

UPDATE 12/7:

An illogical compromise did pass, which says that all newly purchased voting machines have to be auditable but there's no need to replace the ones that are too dangerous to use. Here's a good analysis of the NIST voting machine decision.

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