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Electronic Voting Machines Could Skew Elections (Election Stealing Conspiracy Alert!)
ABC News ^ | 10/22/06 | JAKE TAPPER, REBECCA ABRAHAMS and EDUARDO SUNOL

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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TOPICS: Front Page News; Politics/Elections; US: Maryland
KEYWORDS: conspiracy; deaddemsvoting; demandpaperballots; diebold; election; electronicvoting; liberal; moonbat; voterfraud; votingfraud
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The Dems are really running scared, they know regardless of how much the DBM supports them with skewed polling data that it won't reduce conservative turn out. You'll see a raft of these stories in the run up to the election, and after when the Dems try to blame a stolen election for their loss at the polls; instead of their lack of a positive agenda, and limp wristed defense of the country.
1 posted on 10/23/2006 6:03:22 AM PDT by AKSurprise
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To: AKSurprise

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.


2 posted on 10/23/2006 6:07:48 AM PDT by truthandlife ("Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God." (Ps 20:7))
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To: AKSurprise

What are the Democrats doing with the secret codes and why are they passing them around to each other? THAT'S THE QUESTION AND THE STORY!


3 posted on 10/23/2006 6:12:54 AM PDT by avacado
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To: AKSurprise

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.


4 posted on 10/23/2006 6:13:46 AM PDT by Ouderkirk (Don't you think it's interesting how death and destruction seems to happen wherever Muslims gather?)
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To: AKSurprise
This is the same group that always claimed the bad weather was "the Russians are causing the weather problems over the USA"....

Moonbats ALWAYS claim victimhood for their lack of suport....yet never have anything to propose, but just have an attack/whine/complaint platform.

5 posted on 10/23/2006 6:13:50 AM PDT by traditional1
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To: AKSurprise
"My understanding is that with these disks a malicious person could skew the outcome of an election," Kagan said.

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.

6 posted on 10/23/2006 6:14:26 AM PDT by small voice in the wilderness (The dems. can't have a fool-proof plan. There would be no one left in their base.)
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To: AKSurprise

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.


7 posted on 10/23/2006 6:14:28 AM PDT by Lunatic Fringe (Say "NO" to the Trans-Texas Corridor)
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To: AKSurprise

New talking point for the dems......voter machine malfunction


8 posted on 10/23/2006 6:15:53 AM PDT by OldFriend (CNN CELEBRATING THE DEATH OF OUR HEROES)
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Methinks that the note was "Here are the disks that allow you to rig the voting machines. Wink Wink! Don't allow them to fall into the wrong hands. Wink Wink!!!"

That having been said, I can see admin passwords never being changed. The people at my polling place dont look overly computer literate.

9 posted on 10/23/2006 6:16:42 AM PDT by wbill
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To: AKSurprise; All

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.


10 posted on 10/23/2006 6:17:01 AM PDT by beachn4fun (The people who are responsible for terrorist attacks are the terrorists." - Tony Blair)
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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?


11 posted on 10/23/2006 6:17:44 AM PDT by StoneColdTaxHater
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To: Lunatic Fringe
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.

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.

12 posted on 10/23/2006 6:19:33 AM PDT by Steel Wolf (As Ibn Warraq said, "There are moderate Muslims but there is no moderate Islam.")
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To: AKSurprise
This is the ground work for the inevitable challenges that will come later. The recent Mexican election is the test case.

By reading the DU funnies, it seems like there is (once again) talk of taking to the streets if they loose. I get the feeling that many in the DNC know the polls are wrong, and a big turn out will work against them.
13 posted on 10/23/2006 6:19:45 AM PDT by redgolum ("God is dead" -- Nietzsche. "Nietzsche is dead" -- God.)
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They're already setting it up. Problems with electronic voting machines was the front page story in the local NJ paper this morning.


14 posted on 10/23/2006 6:21:09 AM PDT by freeperfromnj
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Ever ntice the RATS are the only party whining about vote fraud?

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.

15 posted on 10/23/2006 6:21:25 AM PDT by Steel Wolf (As Ibn Warraq said, "There are moderate Muslims but there is no moderate Islam.")
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To: avacado

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.


16 posted on 10/23/2006 6:21:27 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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Have there been ANY stories about the current security of voting machines?

Are there guards? Are the machines protected?


17 posted on 10/23/2006 6:22:55 AM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Lunatic Fringe

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.


18 posted on 10/23/2006 6:23:23 AM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: redgolum

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.


19 posted on 10/23/2006 6:23:41 AM PDT by small voice in the wilderness (The dems. can't have a fool-proof plan. There would be no one left in their base.)
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To: AKSurprise
They use a master password, huh? So that means a person just has to get ahold of one for a short time, run Rainbow Crack on it, and have the master password for at least most of the Diebold voting machines out there. Lovely, we don't even have to bother with Prof. Felten's flash memory attack.

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.

20 posted on 10/23/2006 6:26:41 AM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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