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Wed Sep 11, 2019, 05:51 PM

America's Electronic Voting System is Corrupted to the Core - Jenny Cohn

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This is a must-read article for anyone concerned about the use of e-voting machines to subvert the democratic process.
https://medium.com/@jennycohn1/americas-electronic-voting-system-is-corrupted-to-the-core-1f55f34f346e

(on edit, it seems the link doesn't work - prolly because @jennycohn1 is part of the URL)
Here's another link-
https://tinyurl.com/yxgg8d79


Voting machine vendors have an alarming history of deception. In July 2018, cybersecurity journalist Kim Zetter reported that, despite ES&S’s prior denials, ES&S’s election-management system (EMS) computers were sold with remote access software between 2000 and 2006. ES&S won’t say where it installed the remote access software that it lied about, but claims it’s been removed. According to Zetter’s article, Diebold’s EMS computers were sold with remote access software as well, and Dominion refused to comment.

The installation of remote access software in EMS computers is a big deal because these are centralized county or state computers used to program all voting machines in the county or state. According to Zetter’s reporting, some of these computers also include the central tabulators that aggregate all precinct totals.

But the vendor lies don’t end there. On August 8, 2019, Zetter further reported that ES&S’s EMS computers also connect to the internet, something else that ES&S had said was not the case but that leading election-security experts had long suspected.

Meanwhile, ES&S installed wireless modems in ballot scanners in Florida, Wisconsin, and Illinois starting in about 2015. Although some election officials claimed that these modems do not connect to the internet, this too was a lie, as further reported by Zetter.

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 05:56 PM

1. We should have just stayed with the old reliable lever machines.

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Response to Meadowoak (Reply #1)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 06:11 PM

3. Even an occasional 'hanging chad' would be better than this black-box system we're saddled with.

I'd like to see legislation that would-

1) Return us to hand-marked paper ballots until we can get our elections secured.
2) Require election software be open-source.
3) Ban private ownership of any election equipment.
4) Impose heavy prison sentences for anyone who alters votes, totals, or voting rolls.
5) Every U.S. citizen is automatically registered on their 18th birthday.
6) Vote by mail/early voting universally available.
7) Make election day a national holiday.

(Of course, any/all of this would require politicians who are serious about democracy)

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Response to Meadowoak (Reply #1)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 07:22 PM

7. I am okay with the scannable ballots

You have a paper record and the technology is pretty reliable.

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Response to TheRealNorth (Reply #7)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 07:39 PM

8. Agree, so long as it's a hand-marked paper ballot.

The e-voting mischief makers are trying to blur the lines by using paper that's marked up by a machine.

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Reply #8)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 08:49 PM

10. If you know the history of e-voting, it's been corrupted since its inception. Many tried to warn

about this. Just follow the money. Look at who owns the voting machine companies.

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Response to TheRealNorth (Reply #7)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 07:42 PM

9. Here's a decent article on these BMD (ballot marking devices).

https://www.salon.com/2019/03/28/new-hybrid-voting-system-can-change-paper-ballot-after-its-been-cast_partner/

For years, election security experts have assured us that, if properly implemented, paper ballots and routine manual audits can catch electronic vote tally manipulation.

Unfortunately, there is no universal definition of “paper ballot,” which has enabled vendors and their surrogates to characterize machine-marked paper printouts from hackable ballot marking devices (BMDs) as “paper ballots.” Unlike hand-marked paper ballots, voters must print and inspect these machine-marked “paper ballots” to try to detect any fraudulent or erroneous votes that might have been marked by the BMD. The machine-marked ballot is then counted on a separate scanner.

Most independent cybersecurity election experts caution against putting these insecure BMDs between voters and their ballots and instead recommend hand-marked paper ballots as a primary voting system (reserving BMDs only for those who are unable to hand mark their ballots). But vendors and many election officials haven’t listened and are now pushing even more controversial “hybrid” systems that combine both a BMD and a scanner into a single unit. These too are now sold for use as a primary voting system.

Unlike hand-marked paper ballots counted on scanners and regular non-hybrid BMDs, these new hybrid systems can add fake votes to the machine-marked “paper ballot” afterit’s been cast, experts warn. Any manual audit based on such fraudulent “paper ballots” would falsely approve an illegitimate electronic outcome.


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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 05:58 PM

2. Isn't this something that stronger laws with stiffer penalties...

....could remedy?

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Response to dchill (Reply #2)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 06:16 PM

4. I already knew much of what was in the linked article, but seeing it all together in a single

article was quite stunning. I believe the systems is so thoroughly broken/corrupted that stronger laws must be part of a larger overhaul.

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Response to Snarkoleptic (Original post)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 06:45 PM

5. I couldn't find the article at the link!

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Response to Karadeniz (Reply #5)

Wed Sep 11, 2019, 07:13 PM

6. OK, edited the OP

(on edit, it seems the link doesn't work - prolly because @jennycohn1 is part of the URL)
Here's another link-
https://tinyurl.com/yxgg8d79

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