E-Voting: Follow the Money

"In Nye County, Nevada, last week, one of the new, highly touted electronic-voting devices ... malfunctioned. When the polls closed in the state primary election, it refused to display the results, threatening to disenfranchise everyone who'd used it," reports USA Today. The head of the industry group Information Technology Association of America, writing for ITAA's Election Technology Council, counters, "Critics have yet to document a single real-world security breach," and calls the Nevada election "well-run" and "incident-free." The New York Times warns that many state and local election officials "have financial ties to voting machine companies," an issue we covered in our last PR Watch journal.