It seems Virginia can’t catch a break when it comes to voting. Trusting vendors to provide secure electronic voting devices just isn’t paying off. Two years ago, Virginia pulled a bunch of voting machines after it was discovered they were leaky, insecure devices masquerading as something American voters could trust.
The security wasn’t just bad in the way many machines are — frailties that can only be sussed out by security researchers and talented criminals. No, they were bad in the way your grandparents’ Google Box is: “secured” with passwords like “abcde” or “admin,” along with accessible DOS prompts and multiple open ports.
Time moves on but the electronic portion of Virginia’s electoral system does not.
Virginia’s election supervisors on Friday directed counties to ditch touchscreen voting machines before November’s elections, saying the devices posed unacceptable digital risks.
The decision forces Virginia cou