Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

500 Signers Urge Review of Voting Machines, Group Says

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

500 Signers Urge Review of Voting Machines, Group Says

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A group of voting-transparency activists say they have produced the 500 signatures needed to compel Allegheny County Council to consider legislation to review, and almost certainly replace, the county's voting machines.

Proposed by Vote Allegheny and the League of Women Voters, the legislation would create a 13-member Voting Process Review Commission, which would assess the county's touch-screen voting machines and recommend replacements. Some activists fear the machines, which do not produce a paper trail, could be hacked to distort voting totals.

County officials express confidence in the machines, and there has been no documented case of them being hacked. But the machines can be gamed: At a tech conference in Las Vegas this weekend, for example, hackers reprogrammed one voting machine to play Rick Astley's 1987 hit "Never Going to Give You Up. …

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