Maryland’s second major evaluation of electronic voting technology took place in 2003 and was contracted to be performed by SAIC. The officially published report was merely 38 pages whereas the original, unredacted document (with appendices) was a full 193 pages. That’s quite a striking difference between what the Governor of Maryland was given (redacted) and what Linda Lamone received directly from SAIC.
The Huffington Post has a report submitted by ABC reporter Rebecca Abrahams detailing the story.
The report has been completed but Linda Lamone will not disclose the contents of the report. Governor Ehrlich can’t get her to do it, nor can Giles Berger the Chairman of the Maryland Board of Elections. It is important to note that even Berger, the SBE’s Chairman, has not seen the original, unredacted report. Berger and his staff have been left to make sense of the 38 page report.
Here’s something you conveniently won’t find in the 38 page version:
There is no documentation that describes security controls for detecting unauthorized transaction attempts by authorized or unauthorized users. Therefore, the application of security controls may be applied inconsistently, incorrectly or incompletely.
Since a threat source is more likely to exploit a system if the evidence of his/her actions cannot be gathered or will go undetected, failure to have controls for detection increases the likelihood of system attacks, and consequently, of system compromise.
That’s just one example. Please read the full report for more details. And if you can vote ‘early’ with a paper ballot, do so.