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is not within our grasp led Congress to repeal that directive to the Department of Defense to pursue online voting for military and overseas voters in the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act.
The question of how to develop a secure online voting system has been asked and answered by researchers at the federal government. Vendors of online voting systems may claim that their systems are secure but these security claims are backed solely by the vendors’ promises and are completely unsubstantiated.
After security researchers reviewed the system and warned that it was not secure, the deputy secretary of defense cancelled the SERVE project because Do D “could not ensure the legitimacy of ballots” cast through the SERVE system.
While the appeal of Internet voting is obvious, the risks, unfortunately, are not, at least to many decision makers.
Vendors of online election software, with a vested interest in selling their products, of course downplay the inherent risks and promise the oxymoronic “Internet security.” But experts in computer security maintain that nothing sent over the Internet is secure.
Voter’s personal computers, from which emails are sent, are easily and constantly attacked by viruses, worms, Trojan Horses and spyware.
The MOVE Act addressed many problems facing overseas voters.
It required that election officials provide ballots to military and overseas voters 45 days in advance of the election.