How Freddie Oakley

By Edward Cone  |  Posted 2003-10-02 Email Print this article Print

The absence of serious security for voting systems means the controversy surrounding California's recall election and other contests is far from over.

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How Freddie Oakley Addresses Safe Voting Procedures

  • INSIST on strict audit practice, such as a verifiable paper trail, not just on reducing paper costs.
  • EXPECT attempts to tamper with systems to be widespread, not exceptional behavior.
  • INVEST in technology to add security, such as printers for electronic voting machines, even if more maintenance involved.
  • RESIST regulatory and legislative pressure to cut corners on security. Freddie Oakley is the County Clerk-Recorder in Yolo County, Calif.

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    Senior Writer and author of the Know It All blog

    Ed Cone has worked as a contributing editor at Wired, a staff writer at Forbes, a senior writer for Ziff Davis with Baseline and Interactive Week, and as a freelancer based in Paris and then North Carolina for a wide variety of magazines and papers including the International Herald Tribune, Texas Monthly, and Playboy. He writes an opinion column in his hometown paper, the Greensboro News & Record, and publishes the semi-popular weblog. He lives in North Carolina with his wife, Lisa, two kids, and a dog.


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