More than 15 years after many states first adopted electronic voting machines, security questions continue to swirl.
Voting machine makers and election officials have all along rejected assertions that the machines can be remotely hacked. Yet many systems were not originally designed with strong security in mind. Even after security features were later included, experts still criticized their poor implementations.
So it is that an academic from the University of Copenhagen has offered more fuel to the debate with the discovery of irregularities in eight WinVote voting machines used in Virginia’s elections for more than a decade.
Carsten Schuermann, an Associate Professor, IT University of Copenhagen, shared his findings at the BlackHat conference in Las Vegas. He supplied data pointing out security weaknesses in the WinVote systems used in Virginia for state and federal elections between 2004 and 2014.