Join the discussion on America's voting system with electronic voting expert Barbara Simons at EFF's next Geek Reading. Simons will discuss her recently published book, Broken Ballots: Will Your Vote Count?, tracing the history of voting machines, with particular focus on the policy, politics and technology that have driven controversy around voting machines in the years since Florida’s 2000 election debacle.
“The way we run our voting system in this country is really a scandal,” Simons told EFF recently. “And it’s a scandal that no one talks about.” Along with co-author Douglas W. Jones, a computer science professor at the University of Iowa, Simons documents serious security flaws plaguing many of the new voting systems on the market. The machines together with archaic election laws in many states make it difficult or even impossible to conduct recounts or post-election ballot audits. Despite long-term awareness of these issues, especially among the techie community, there’s little to suggest these problems are being adequately addressed as the 2012 election looms.
EFF Geek Readings bring Internet users, bloggers, free speech advocates, and other interested folks together to hear from prominent writers and thinkers, meet like-minded community members, and exchange ideas. This is an all-ages event, but we're hosting beer and wine for guests over 21.
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