Can a voting machine be hacked?
It took a $4 computer chip, and an Ivy League Ph.D, to apparently hack a voting machine."If you replace the computer program in a voting machine, then it will add up the votes in a different way," said Princeton University Professor Andrew Appel.Appel, who is the Eugene Higgins professor of computer science and until last year the director of the graduate program, focuses on computer security and voting systems -- and says he needs just "seven minutes alone" with a voting machine to tamper with it. "[Replacing the program] could shift votes around from one candidate to another, before the polls close ... There is the potential for fraud in touch-screen voting machines that are still used in six to ten states," he said. Appel in 2008 first conducted a demonstration on how to hack a touch-screen voting machine, as part of a lawsuit against New Jerse. . .