It is becoming increasingly clear to me that it may no longer be possible to vote our way out of this mess. Much of the voting process has been put into the hands of private corporations of which only two, Election Systems and Software and Diebold Election Systems, provide the vast majority of the voting hardware, software and services. Two additional corporations that play a large role are Sequoia and Hart Intercivic. All of these companies have been implicated in multiple instances of fraud and other illegalities, the following representing only a fraction:
- Voting Machines And The Bamboozling Of America
- HAVA complaint filed against Saguache County Clerk
- Harrison County To Manually Count Primary Votes
- Romney family buys voting machines through Bain Capital investment
- Romney Owned Voting Machines Get Software Patches Days Before Election
- Ohio Elections Official Calls Machines Flawed
- Diebold Stock Soars After $3 Billion Takeover Bid by Defense Contractor Conglomerate United Technologies
- Insecurities and Inaccuracies of the Sequoia AVC Advantage 9.00H DRE Voting Machine
- NY: 50 Percent of Sequoia Voting Machines Flawed
- Hacking voting machines: Easier than ever imagined
- Possible voter fraud in Pennsylvania — or just voting machine malfunction?
Hundreds more instances have been cataloged by Black Box Voting.
Electronic voting machines are in use everywhere and the vast majority of voters, at least in the U.S., are all but forced to use them. As with any electronic device, they are susceptible to hacking and are perhaps even intentionally designed to be ‘hacker friendly’.
While i appreciate the right to elect our representatives, let us not fool ourselves; if the outcome of elections in the 21st century can be, and in fact are manipulated, then we must ask ourselves how it is that we can reasonably expect to effect change when votes are registered by insecure electronic voting machines and then counted in secret.
The following is a video of Clint Curtis, a computer programmer at the time, testifying during a Senate hearing that a), computer programs exist to manipulate the vote count of electronic voting machines, b), that it is trivial to write one and c), that he himself was paid to write such a program for Tom Feeney, a Florida politician:
In the recent article titled Voting Machine Company Admits Installing Vulnerable Remote-Access Software, we read:
One of the nation’s largest voting machine vendors, Election Systems & Software (ES&S), has admitted to installing vulnerable remote-access software on some of its election management systems (EMSs) equipped with modems and sold to states between 2000 to 2006.
In a letter to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), written this past April and recently obtained by Motherboard, ES&S disclosed that it installed pcAnywhere — a third-party remote-access software produced by antivirus and cybersecurity software company Symantec — on some of its EMS workstation machines.
For a great deal more on the absurdity of electronic voting machines, i highly suggest watching the very informative documentary, Hacking Democracy: