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In the “inconvenient coincidences” category, it seems that Al Sharpton’s great-grandfather was a slave owned by relatives of the late segregationist US senator Strom Thurmond. Thurmond’s niece, Ellen Senter (via an AP report) provides an interesting perspective: I doubt you can find many native South Carolinians today whose family, if you traced them back far…

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Ed Felten points out that “NIST Recommends Decertifying Paperless Voting Machines:” In an important development in e-voting policy, NIST has issued a report recommending that the next-generation federal voting-machine standards be written to prevent (re-)certification of today’s paperless e-voting systems. … The new report is notable for its direct tone and unequivocal recommendation against unverifiable…

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Apparently, in Ohio, you’ll be able to vote if you know the last 4 digits of an SSN. As the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: Voters who don’t have identification will be able to vote at next week’s election by presenting the last four digits of their Social Security number and casting a provisional ballot. Will…

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Well, not intentionally. Seems that multiple versions of source code (including the one used to run the 2004 primaries in Maryland) were delivered anonymously to a former legislator who has been critical of Diebold. Note that this is not the same source examined by Avi Rubin, et. al., and found wanting from a security perspective.…

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Ping over at Useable Security has a great analysis of Rivest’s ThreeBallot voting system. The delightful thing about ThreeBallot is that it should be incredibly easy to implement on a small scale and not much harder on a large scale and has in built in provisions to prevent voter error, counter fraud and vote buying.…

Read More One For The Money, Two For The Show, Three For The Ballot