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kster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 11:00 PM
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It only takes $26 to hack a voting machine
Researchers demonstrated three different types of attacks

Campaigning for the 2012 presidential race has already begun, but what the candidates don't know is that come election day, hackers could be the ones whose votes have the biggest impact.

Researchers from the Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois have developed a hack that, for about $26 and an 8th-grade science education, can remotely manipulate the electronic voting machines used by millions of voters all across the U.S.

The researchers, Salon reported, performed their proof-of-concept hack on a Diebold Accuvote TS electronic voting machine, a type of touchscreen Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) voting system that is widely used for government elections.

(Diebold's voting-machine business is now owned by the Denver-based Dominion Voting Systems, whose e-voting machines are used in about 22 states.)
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msongs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 11:04 PM
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1. meanwhile the democratic party INC does nothing to secure voting. thanks a lot dems nt
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kster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 11:53 PM
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3. Germany bans computerized voting; will hand count in 2009, by Paul Lehto
Hand counted paper ballots to be used now in Germany's 2009 elections -- computerized secret vote counting banned by constitutional PRINCIPLES!

Computerized voting machines used by 2 million of Germany's 5 million voters in 2005 are unconstitutional and not in line with democratic standards, especially the publicity of the counting (i.e. transparency, visibility). Thus, the 2009 elections - European Parliament in June and the Bundestag (German parliament) elections in September may not use existing voting machines and will be on paper and hand counted. Here's the Decision in German (with Google Translate and lotsa imagination you might get a useful translation -- the official English translation is due in a day or two).

Despite any modest statements reported in the media by one single judge (Herr Vossruhle) to the effect that the German high court's ruling doesn't necessarily ban (as a class) all computerized systems -- only the system used in the close German parliamentary elections of 2005 was ruled upon -- this seeming qualification is required by all courts because they can only rule on the case before them.

However, this seeming qualification is totally belied by the principles the court held and affirmed were required by the constitution. (links below)

The twin requirements, of constitutional magnitude, of no "specialized technical knowledge" being required for citizens, combined with the constitutional requirement of a publicly observed count as a practical matter make secret vote counting on computers impossible as the primary means of counting. Nor will a paper trail suffice, said the Court, according to reports about the ruling from European media linked below.
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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 11:59 PM
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4. And Dems have done nothing and remained SILENT on this for a decade and more now!!

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Bennyboy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Oct-27-11 11:29 PM
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2. Doomed.
Why bother? Seriously? I love to vote but not now. I tis crap and we all know it. WORSE is that we DO NOTHING AT ALL ABOUT IT.
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SugarShack Donating Member (979 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-28-11 12:15 AM
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5. Optiscan Voting Machine Hack Test for your review

Video - Optiscan Voting Machine Hack Test for your review
This test was performed in the office of FLA's Leon County's Supervisor of Elections, Ion Sancho. A hero in the election reform movement. Ion is an independent, and all of our electeds in this area should be non-partisan. This is now how the entire state of Florida votes, and we have a very inadequate audit system to verify our vote. These machines are now used all over our country, except in Minnesota, where they STILL hand count the paper ballots. Please watch the testimony and video example below:

And no nooze would report it!!!

One man's private, sole source company programs 81% of the election in New Hampshire, 100% in Connecticut, almost all of Massachusetts and most of Vermont. Never before seen video of the under-the-radar elections contractor John Silvestro as he tangles with master security expert Harri Hursti.For the full version of the hack see the 80 minute HBO film "Hacking Democracy"

Dems did nothing in 2000 or 2004. And they believed the crooks went on vacation and Obama really won? Remember all the gaming of delegates? Hillary had to give him half in Fla and Mich??? WE don't choose the prez anymore. watch the video!

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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-28-11 02:50 PM
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6. In MD, cell phones and video cameras are BANNED from polls ...
I was told this is because of fears that RFI from electronic devices could interfere with voting machines. If they've actually shown this is possible then WHY are our votes being entrusted to these machines?
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