An electronic voting machine was briefly taken offline today when it mistook a vote for Barack Obama as one for Mitt Romney. Republicans say they have reports of the opposite happening too.
Researchers say they suspect Diebold machines aren't the only ones susceptible to simple man-in-the-middle attacks.
Keep track of voting-equipment problems that arise during Election Day, from paper jams to scanner malfunctions to potentially misrecorded votes.
In 2002, President Bush signed legislation to avoid a repeat of the "hanging chad" fiasco of the 2000 elections. But as the U.S. heads to the polls, worries about e-voting still linger.
A 2002 federal law encouraged states to buy touch-screen voting machines. Millions of dollars later, some states are ditching the devices in favor of old-fashioned paper ballots and optical scanning.
As Election Day approaches, many voters across the country are still skeptical about the accuracy and efficiency of electronic voting. On this Daily Debrief, CNET chief political correspondent Declan McCullagh tells Kara Tsuboi why he prefers voting by paper and pencil, when e-voting technology will be up to snuff, and how Congress really messed this one up.
Computer scientists have advocated paper trails as a check on malice or programming errors, but a Senate bill instead will provide the option of a second "electronic" record as well.
Printed voting audits may help to detect fraud--unless the vendor offers a good excuse.
Michael Shamos, a computer scientist at Carnegie Mellon, says concerns over voter-verifiable paper trails are overblown and electronic systems are safer than paper ones.
Panelist at RSA 2008 says election officials are stuck with flawed electronic voting systems and the only solution is to require audits after every election.