For the politically minded security geek here is the Report submitted to the State of Maryland about the Diebold voting machines. Quick spoiler:
The key findings of this effort are two-fold. The State of Maryland election system
(comprising technical, operational, and procedural components), as configured at the time of
this report, contains considerable security risks that can cause moderate to severe disruption
in an election. However, each of these vulnerabilities has a mitigating recommendation that
can be implemented in time for the March 2004 primary. With all these near-term
recommendations in place, we feel, for this primary, that the system will accurately render
the election and is worthy of voter trust. However, between the March and November
elections we strongly feel that additional actions must be taken to mitigate increasing risks
incumbent on a system that will receive broad scrutiny. Ultimately we feel there will be a
need for paper receipts, at least in a limited fashion.
I wonder if all the near term mitigations will be in place? I wonder if there will be any public knowlege or accoutability if they aren’t?