Skip to comments.The case of the phantom ballots: an electoral whodunit
Posted on 02/24/2013 7:43:18 PM PST by thecodont
The first phantom absentee ballot request hit the Miami-Dade elections website at 9:11 p.m. Saturday, July 7. The next one came at 9:14. Then 9:17. 9:22. 9:24. 9:25.
Within 2½ weeks, 2,552 online requests arrived from voters who had not applied for absentee ballots. They streamed in much too quickly for real people to be filling them out. They originated from only a handful of Internet Protocol addresses. And they were not random.
It had all the appearances of a political dirty trick, a high-tech effort by an unknown hacker to sway three key Aug. 14 primary elections, a Miami Herald investigation has found.
The plot failed. The elections departments software flagged the requests as suspicious. The ballots werent sent out.
But who was behind it? And next time, would a more skilled hacker be able to rig an election?
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/02/23/v-print/3250726/the-case-of-the-phantom-ballots.html#storylink=cpy
(Excerpt) Read more at miamiherald.com ...
The online ballot-request form requires voter information available on a public database of registered voters. It also asks for an email address which doesnt have to be real.
Most of the email addresses on the phantom requests were formulaic and clearly fake the voters first name at AOL, Gmail or Yahoo, for example but the email addresses on at least some of the early requests were accurate. That is significant, because while those addresses are not publicly available from the voter file, political campaigns routinely compile email addresses through other sources.
In IL, if you do your tax return online, you have to have a way to identify yourself. Prior to tax season the state mails you a postcard with an unique identity number. You use this to log on. Funny how they can insure your identity for paying taxes, but not for voting.
“Funny how they can insure your identity for paying taxes, but not for voting.”
Whoever you vote for will grab your money anyway, so it really doesn’t matter/s;)
I'm so cynical now that when I see stories like this one it makes me wonder whether or not this was done preemptively (i.e. ‘planted’) to show how ‘good’ the system is in detecting fraud. Anything that you or I can think of sitting at a computer for a few minutes can be (and probably has been) thought of by those who spend all their time pushing propaganda and developing ways to game the system and snow the electorate.
Obvious massive voter fraud, yet no attempt to catch the perps. Why not send one out and arrest the person picking it up?