The Corner

E-Voting, Ctd.

Today’s New York Times has details of the latest controversy over e-voting. According to the newspaper, computer security experts asked to review a new system designed to allow soldiers and other Americans overseas to vote via the Internet is “inherently insecure and should be abandoned.” Doubtless that’s at least debatable, but the response from Meg McLaughlin, the president of Accenture edemocracy Services (the main contractor on the project), is astonishing in its insouciance. She’s quoted as describing the whole project as a “small controlled exercise,” a strange way to describe a system that may be used by as many as 100,000 voters this year. Yes, that’s right, 100,000 voters. That’s small? As a reminder, George W. Bush won in Florida by, what was it, 537 votes…