Study: Fla. Voting Machines Still Flawed – washingtonpost.com
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida’s optical scan voting machines are still flawed, despite efforts to fix them, and they could allow poll workers to tamper with the election results, according to a government-ordered study obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.
At the request of Secretary of State Kurt Browning, a Florida State University information technology laboratory went over a list of previously discovered flaws to see whether the machines were still vulnerable to attack.
“While the vendor has fixed many of these flaws, many important vulnerabilities remain unaddressed,” the report said.
The lab found, for example, that someone with only brief access to a machine could replace a memory card with one preprogramed to read one candidate’s votes as counting for another, essentially switching the candidates and showing the loser winning in that precinct.
“The attack can be carried out with a reasonably low probability of detection assuming that audits with paper ballots are infrequent,” the report said.