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US Elections 2004: A Potential Electronic Fiasco? It does not take an engineer to know that when it comes to designing a system, simplicity is a virtue. A simpler system has fewer and simpler components, and is therefore less likely to fail. Nothing illustrates this better than a comparison of the devices used for electronic voting in India and in the US. The Electronic Voting Machine (EVM) used in the recent Indian elections is a battery-operated device, consisting of a voting unit and a control unit linked by a 5m cable. The election officer presses a "Release" button on the control unit, which allows the voter to press the button on the voting unit corresponding to the preferred candidate. At the end of the election day, the officer presses a "Close" button, which seals the EVM. The EVMs from the various voting booths are then taken to a central tallying location, where a "Result" button is pressed to obtain each machine's tally. The EVM is a marvel of simplicity. It is a basic circuit, with a few electronic components and LEDs, controlled by assembly code. Nothing fancy, just bare-bones electronics. It is virtually crash-proof. It only accepts five votes per minute, so hijacking
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This note was uploaded on 01/17/2012 for the course CIS 6930 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '08 term at University of Florida.

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