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Election Security Encompasses the Equipment, People, Processes & Voting Technology
Sequoia Responds to Questions Regarding Voting System Security
OAKLAND, Calif., Feb. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to the recent
issues raised about Direct Record Electronic (DRE) voting equipment,
Sequoia Voting Systems seeks to raise public awareness about the process
and procedures in place today to ensure secure elections.
"Election security encompasses people, processes and voting technology.
And all of Sequoia's voting systems have numerous safeguards to detect any
attempt to tamper with a machine or election results -- as true security
demands a combination of features," said Jack A. Blaine, President of
Sequoia Voting Systems.
Specifically, Sequoia's machines are equipped with the following safety
mechanisms and, in addition, we advise clients to employ these security
-- Intrusion Detection: Robust security features and alerts that detect
any attempt to tamper with the voting system and alert election
officials to potential criminal activity or voting fraud;
-- Physical Security Procedures: Election officials must document and
control the physical access to voting systems and the facility where
the systems are stored;
-- Tamper Evident Seals: To ensure only authorized officials have the
access necessary to design and install ballots;
-- Auditability: Voting machines are equipped with numerous ways to
retrieve and audit records under any circumstance to confirm the
accuracy and integrity of unit.
Locks: only one of many features to prevent hacking
A recent newspaper story reports an academic researcher tampered with
the mechanical locks on Sequoia's AVC Advantage voting machine and could
"hack" into the system. Every Sequoia system has multiple and robust
security features to prevent or detect such tampering.
In addition, the Election Assistance Committee (EAC), established by
the Help America Vote Act of 2002 to administer Federal elections, laws,
and programs, provides comprehensive recommendations and procedures to
ensure the integrity of voting systems. One such important suggestion from
the EAC to election officials nationwide is:
-- "Develop chain-of-custody procedures, use tamper-evident seals, and
implement inventory control/asset management processes to ensure that
voting units and associated equipment are properly and securely
controlled and accounted for at all times throughout the election
administration process." http://eac.gov/docs/EAC%20Security.pdf
Robust security: ensures Hacking is detected
The integrity of election equipment is comprised of many security
features -- the lock on the door of a voting machine being just the
outermost layer of defense.
"Locks are merely a deterrent -- the first line of the robust security
features that make undetectable hacking impossible. And attempts to alter
or change the memory cards are highly detectable as each voting machine has
a myriad of safeguards that alert officials to any irregularities," said Ed
Smith, Sequoia's Vice President of Compliance, Quality, and Certification.
AVC Advantage: Proven Track Record
The AVC Advantage has been in use throughout the United Stated since
the late 1980s. It is a proven, reliable and auditable system with unique
hardware and a very complex and proprietary operating system and firmware
design -- providing substantial protections against tampering.
In addition to the Advantage's security features, jurisdictions using
voting equipment in the field should be employing physical tamper evident
measures such as seals on the CPU cover. Sequoia has recommended three
approaches to our customers: placing a wire seal through the hole in the
CPU cover, using security screw covers, or employing security tape.
"Making a claim is far from proof and should not be considered as such
in any instance. This is a great disservice to our nation's election
officials and needlessly attempts to erode confidence in voting equipment
and the elections process," said Jack Blaine.
About Sequoia Voting Systems (http://www.sequoiavote.com)
Sequoia Voting Systems is an American company, based in Oakland,
California with over a 100-year history of providing accurate, reliable,
secure and accessible voting solutions dating back to the nation's first
lever-based mechanical voting equipment in the 1890s. Sequoia provides
election technology, services and support to state and local government
including precinct-based optical scan ballot readers, high-speed central
count optical scan ballot readers, ballot layout and printing services, and
full-face and paginating electronic voting equipment with optional printers
that produce voter verifiable paper records. The company has hundreds of
customers throughout the country in 16 states and the District of Columbia.
Sequoia has been providing electronic voting equipment for more than
twenty-five years and leads the industry with our AVC Advantage full-face
push button electronic voting system and the AVC Edge touchscreen system.
Sequoia is the U.S. pioneer in VVPAT technology, successfully implementing
electronic voting with VVPAT throughout the State of Nevada in November
2004 -- the first large-scale implementation of VVPAT in the United States.
SOURCE Sequoia Voting Systems
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