“You’ve Got Mail, Mr. President: Two New Letters Weigh In on Voting Technology Issues”

Doug Chapin: 

For the past month, the election community has been focused to different degrees on President Obama’s Election Night observation that “we need to fix” problems that caused long lines at the polls on Election Day.

Recently, the President received two separate letters from computer scientists and advocates concerned about the role of technology in elections.

The first, from California Voter Foundation founder and President Kim Alexander and 28 co-signers, focuses heavily on the concept of verifiable voting systems and urges the Administration to put a federal stamp on the problem….

The second letter, signed by computer scientist Barbara Simons and 49 co-signers (many of whom appear on the first letter but also including some election officials), covers much of the same territory but contains stronger language on the perceived danger of Internet voting…

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