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Tue Aug 28, 2012, 06:53 PM

EXCLUSIVE: Voting Machine 'Sleepovers' in Alaska Pose Serious Risk to Today's Primary Election

Source: BRAD BLOG

EXCLUSIVE: Voting Machine 'Sleepovers' in Alaska Pose Serious Risk to Today's Primary Election
Same vulnerable systems set for use in 24 states this November...

Apparently, they never learn. Or they just don't care.

It's Primary Election day in Alaska today, with voters heading to the polls to cast mostly paper ballots for U.S. House of Representative candidates, state House and Senate candidates and two ballot measures (one concerning property taxes and another concerning new Alaska Coastal Management Program standards for the review of projects in coastal areas.)

While turnout is expected to be low, at least the Diebold optical-scan machines are fully rested and ready to go after their lengthy "sleepovers" at poll workers' houses in the days prior to today's elections! Yes, the state of Alaska still sends their incredibly vulnerable Diebold optical-scan systems home with poll workers days before the election, where they can do whatever they like with them, so they can bring them to the polls on the morning of Election Day.

For example, here's a photo of one of those machines that will be in use today, as obtained from an Alaskan source over the weekend by The BRAD BLOG. The machine appears as if it has received a full going over at the workshop of one of the poll workers who enjoyed the time spent with their machine during the several days of "sleepover" over the past week...



Alaska, like some 24 states across the country, still uses the exact same system (as seen above from the Alaska poll worker) which was used to flip an entire mock election in Leon County, FL in such a way that only a manual hand-count of the paper ballots would have revealed that the results had been reversed after the machine's memory card was accessed and manipulated by a computer security expert. The haunting event was revealed in the climactic final scene of HBO's Emmy-nominated 2006 documentary Hacking Democracy...

FULL STORY: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=9515

Read more: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=9515

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Reply EXCLUSIVE: Voting Machine 'Sleepovers' in Alaska Pose Serious Risk to Today's Primary Election (Original post)
BradBlog Aug 2012 OP
valerief Aug 2012 #1
BradBlog Aug 2012 #2
valerief Aug 2012 #3
BradBlog Aug 2012 #4
Canuckistanian Aug 2012 #5
BradBlog Aug 2012 #10
Ken Burch Aug 2012 #6
IDemo Aug 2012 #7
BradBlog Aug 2012 #11
defacto7 Aug 2012 #8
valerief Aug 2012 #16
roguevalley Aug 2012 #9
BradBlog Aug 2012 #12
Arctic Dave Aug 2012 #13
blkmusclmachine Aug 2012 #14
Coyotl Aug 2012 #15
valerief Aug 2012 #17
Coyotl Aug 2012 #18
valerief Aug 2012 #19
Coyotl Aug 2012 #20
valerief Aug 2012 #21
Marthe48 Aug 2012 #22

Response to BradBlog (Original post)

Tue Aug 28, 2012, 07:53 PM

1. Another election stolen while officials look the other way.

The only voting I trust is on American Idol.

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Response to valerief (Reply #1)

Tue Aug 28, 2012, 08:06 PM

2. Which one?...

The actual American Idol? Or the Presidential Election?

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Response to BradBlog (Reply #2)

Tue Aug 28, 2012, 08:16 PM

3. OMG! The real Brad? The elections god? You responded to me!

Happy dance.


Thanks so much for all your coverage on our elections! Your blog is a wealth of information.

Actually, I read your subject line and was expecting *another* election to be stolen by fiddled-with, diddled-with voting machines. The voting process in the U.S. is so screwed up, I've decided the only voting process I trust is the one used by American Idol. (Not that I watch the show or even mean I trust American Idol voting, but my sarcasm is far from brilliant.)

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Response to valerief (Reply #3)

Tue Aug 28, 2012, 09:33 PM

4. It's a slow day ;-)

Just kidding! Thanks for the kind words and for the happy dance!

Actually, I read your subject line and was expecting *another* election to be stolen by fiddled-with, diddled-with voting machines.


The night (and year) is young.

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Response to BradBlog (Original post)

Tue Aug 28, 2012, 10:21 PM

5. I'll never understand why this is STILL a problem

I mean, my first post at DU had to with voting machine tampering. And that was back in 2002.

Have people learned nothing since then? No lawsuits, no Supreme Court challenges, no exposes on 60 minutes?

And to tell you the truth, Brad, I probably learned everything I know about voting machines from YOUR site.

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Response to Canuckistanian (Reply #5)

Wed Aug 29, 2012, 01:53 AM

10. Tell me about it...

to tell you the truth, Brad, I probably learned everything I know about voting machines from YOUR site.


Well, there's your problem right there!

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Response to BradBlog (Original post)

Tue Aug 28, 2012, 10:25 PM

6. sleepovers?

Do they make s'mores for them and have sing-a-longs?

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Response to BradBlog (Original post)

Tue Aug 28, 2012, 11:05 PM

7. Can you describe what the soldering iron was intended for?

My impression of hacking these machines is that it is generally done via software and data manipulation, not with internal hardware modification. I could see trying to facilitate a hacker by providing an external port that is artfully hidden. Other than that, anything that might be done to a motherboard short of replacing a BIOS chip is likely just going to render the machine useless. The pictured soldering iron looks like a Weller or other cheap Radio Shack special, nothing I'd use for serious work (20 years in electronics R&D).

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Response to IDemo (Reply #7)

Wed Aug 29, 2012, 01:57 AM

11. Well, there's this...

National Security Lab Hacks Diebold Touch-Screen Voting Machine by Remote Control With $26 in Computer Parts
http://www.bradblog.com/?p=8785

FWIW.

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Response to BradBlog (Original post)

Wed Aug 29, 2012, 12:08 AM

8. There's really nothing

they can do to them during the sleepovers that can't be done before that... or for that matter, during the vote counting, or for that matter during the voting itself.

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Response to defacto7 (Reply #8)

Wed Aug 29, 2012, 08:32 AM

16. But, oh, why, do they need to cuddle them? nt

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Response to BradBlog (Original post)

Wed Aug 29, 2012, 12:25 AM

9. damn. I voted today. I watched someone at the election place ask for ID and I waited to see

if they would for me since I have voted at the city hall here in Soldotna for 36 years. They did but someone recognized me. I was pissed.

By the by, Brad, you do God's work. Thanks for keeping this topic hot.

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Response to roguevalley (Reply #9)

Wed Aug 29, 2012, 02:04 AM

12. Thanks, but...


By the by, Brad, you do God's work.


Wish God would contribute to The BRAD BLOG every now and again! Could use it! (Since I'm doing his work and all!)

But, all kidding aside, thank you, RV.

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Response to BradBlog (Original post)

Wed Aug 29, 2012, 03:05 AM

13. Interesting.

 

After what happened in the last local elections I am appalled by the entire process by which these machines are handled.


When you have a two billion give away in the balance, what is a little machine tampering.

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Response to BradBlog (Original post)

Wed Aug 29, 2012, 04:45 AM

14. Hack the Vote:

Who could have known ?!


Operation Northwoods

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Response to BradBlog (Original post)

Wed Aug 29, 2012, 08:29 AM

15. Once people realize voting machine technology was engineered TO STEAL elections

there still will be nothing done about it because it is already too late!

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Response to Coyotl (Reply #15)

Wed Aug 29, 2012, 08:33 AM

17. Only an armed revolution can save us. nt

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Response to valerief (Reply #17)

Wed Aug 29, 2012, 09:20 AM

18. Armed revolution would destroy what it took centuries to accomplish

What an insane thought!

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Response to Coyotl (Reply #18)

Wed Aug 29, 2012, 09:58 AM

19. It's the only thing that ever works. Establishment of unions took violence. nt

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Response to valerief (Reply #19)

Wed Aug 29, 2012, 12:39 PM

20. NO! Establishment of unions took opposition to violence.

There is a big difference between acting violently and opposing violence. Just ask Ghandi

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Response to Coyotl (Reply #20)

Wed Aug 29, 2012, 01:06 PM

21. Gandhi didn't start our unions. I didn't say the unionists started the violence, but

they had to deal with it. They had to combat it.

It always takes violence to produce change.

OWS got beaten up and didn't fight back.

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Response to BradBlog (Original post)

Wed Aug 29, 2012, 04:41 PM

22. What is the best way to vote to get it counted for the right candidate?

We still use paper ballots in this part of Ohio. I was thinking of voting early for a second time, but I worried that the ballot would get 'lost' in the mail.

I volunteered a few years ago to go to my polling place on behalf of the local Democratic headquarters and ask to view the numbers of how many votes there were. Be nice if the law extended to viewing anything that would show when the computer was 'serviced'.

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