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America Votes! A Guide to Modern Election Law and Voting Rights [Supplement]


This chapter reviews the 2008 field performance and the scientific assessments of both voting systems and the statewide voter-registration databases. The federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) mandated each of these technologies. Despite definitive scientific studies that documented grave security deficiencies that can cause voting systems to produce inaccurate vote tallies and “winners” who actually had fewer votes, these systems continue to be deployed. The Chapter traces the regrettable decisions on election technologies to a poorly designed regulatory structure and staffing, which continue to underweight and misunderstand security issues in election technologies.