Skip to comments.Electronic Voting Machines Could Skew Elections (Election Stealing Conspiracy Alert!)
Posted on 10/23/2006 6:03:21 AM PDT by AKSurprise
Cheryl Kagan, a former Maryland Democratic legislator, was shocked when she opened her mail Wednesday morning.
Inside, she discovered three computer discs. With them was an anonymous letter saying the discs contained the secret source code for vote-counting that could be used to alter the votes cast through Maryland's new electronic voting machines.
"My understanding is that with these disks a malicious person could skew the outcome of an election," Kagan said.
Diebold, the company that makes the voting machines, told ABC News, "These discs do not alter the security of the Diebold touch-screen system in any way," because election workers can set their own passwords.
But ABC News has obtained an independent report commissioned by the state of Maryland and conducted by Science Applications International Corporation revealing that the original Diebold factory passwords are still being used on many voting machines.
The SAIC study also shows myriad other security flaws, including administrative over-ride passwords that cannot be changed by local officials but can be used by hackers or those who have seen the discs.
The report further states that one of the high risks to the system comes if operating code discs are lost, stolen or seen by unauthorized parties precisely what seems to have occurred with the discs sent to Kagan, who worries that the incident indicates the secret source code is not that difficult to obtain.
"Certainly, just tweaking a few votes in a couple of states could radically change the outcome of our policies for the coming year," she said.
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Another words, the Dems will lose another election and they have to blame something else other than their bad policies and bad views.
I hope they continue to carry the same tune because the American public is not buying it.
The story line goes like this:
We had the pre-election polls going our way, we had the exit polls going our way, how could we have lost. It must be fraud and stolen elections.
Moonbats ALWAYS claim victimhood for their lack of suport....yet never have anything to propose, but just have an attack/whine/complaint platform.
And the dem. turned them over?? We are supposed to believe that an *outraged* democrat turned these disks over to protect the election outcome from a *malicious person*??Bwhahaha.
Regardless, the electronic voting machines need to go. i think if we were seeing these tests with Democrats in power, we would also be crying foul over the process. These machines are notoriously easy to manipulate.
I think the answer to our voting problems are touch screen voting machines that PRINT your ballot. You verify it, then drop it in the ballot box just like the good ol' days. Those ballots are then run through a separate machine for official results. We could then compare the number of cast ballots to the number of counted ballots to verify the results.
New talking point for the dems......voter machine malfunction
That having been said, I can see admin passwords never being changed. The people at my polling place dont look overly computer literate.
I'm getting sick and tired of the DemocRATS playing these games. The only safe, sure-fire way to prevent voter fraud.....is to do what the Iraqis did......use your finger print. That's the only way I know of since any other method can be tampered with.
However, since no one will go along with finger-prints, then for God's sake go back to punched or X marks the spot voting method. Have a volunteer look at the ballot before it is put in the box to make sure that it is readable. This will help prevent liberals from having any credence when they cry "foul."
If anyone is afraid to have their ballot looked at, then don't vote. The chances of a volunteer remembering how I voted out of all the other thousands they'll look at in one night, is probably slim and none.
That's my opinion and I'm sticking to it.
There is a Princeton Prof running around claiming he and his grad students proved they could hack the system. I would like to know who got his vote in 2004. Ever ntice the RATS are the only party whining about vote fraud?
I'd be inclined to agree. This country needs two things to have clean elections. We need to verify who people are when they show up to vote, and we need to have a non-electronic record to tally votes. I like your idea, as far as using the touch screen to generate a printed ballot.
Most people simply aren't going to be comfortable with a purely electronic system. It may be more efficient, but elections have more riding on them than a need to be timely.
They're already setting it up. Problems with electronic voting machines was the front page story in the local NJ paper this morning.
Are you kidding? Ever since the Legion of Undead Voters started pulling for the Democrats, it's been an issue with most people. Most big cities like Chigaco have legendary issues with voter fraud.
You are right, and it drives me crazy.
Democrats are holding these disks and mailing them around. Democrats are paying money to their buddies in colleges to study how to crack the machines and change the election results.
Democrats have the passwords, and in many places have access to the machines.
They have done everything they need to do to steal an election using electronic machines.
But somehow, the story is about REPUBLICANS doing so, because somehow "diebold" is a republican party operative.
Have there been ANY stories about the current security of voting machines?
Are there guards? Are the machines protected?
They could still claim the counting code was hacked.
Of course, you could hack the punch card counting machines. We know that because in 2000, they were writing new 'instructions' for the florida machines which would specifically look for over and undervotes and sort them out. Heck, they were just programmable punch card machines, and could be programed to say anything.
It's just a little easier for people to grasp the idea of changing computer software.
There is NO way in hell the dems. would be bringing this up if they were truly in the lead. The last thing they would want is a challenge in the courts that the electronic voting machines were skewed. To me, this is the clearest proof that they know they're about to lose these elections.
You'll see a raft of these stories in the run up to the election
Remove the tin hat. These machines are about as secure as my daughter's glue-and-paper house, open to any election worker (probably Dim) to tamper with elections. It is a valid concern.
I'm not saying that electronic voting machines shouldn't be used, I'm saying that Diebold's machines shouldn't be used since the company has shown it has neither the talent nor the inclination to make its voting machines reasonably secure. Diebold prefers to sue states rather than comply with their election laws.
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