A rather shocking, but not surprising report this week out of Georgia reveals the unsettling state of America’s election and voting system. Voters in Georgia are now reporting that after they confirm their votes, they watch on the screen as their ballots mysteriously switch to the opposite candidate.
Later this month, a federal judge will hear the case against the Georgia government for their utter failure at maintaining sound election processes and their lack of maintaining a paper ballot record as well.
According to WSAV, the Secretary of State, Brian Kemp is facing a federal lawsuit because he’s reluctant to make the change before the upcoming November 6 election. While Kemp says he does agree the system needs updating, he’s fighting to delay it citing confusion and cost….
“We’ve heard reports all over the state of these old machines often not taking a persons vote, it’ll change. Change the vote. And, sometimes, if people don’t catch it, we don’t know if the vote is being recorded accurately,” said Ring….
As TFTP previously reported, a professor from Princeton University and a graduate student proved electronic voting machines in the U.S. remain astonishingly vulnerable to hackers — and they did it in under eight minutes.
Professor Andrew Appel, a Princeton University computer science professor who has studied election security, and grad student Alex Halderman took just seven minutes to break into the authentic Sequoia AVC Advantage electronic voting machine Appel purchased for $82 online — one of the oldest models, but still used in Louisiana, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Virginia.
Appel noted that the only “reasonably safe” voting method is paper ballots as they can be counted alongside the electronic tally. However, crucial swing states, as Appel notes, rely on more vulnerable paperless touchscreen voting which does not back up any of the numbers.
“Then whatever numbers the voting computer says at the close of the polls are completely under the control of the computer program in there,” Appel wrote in a blog post entitled “Security Against Election Hacking.” “If the computer is hacked, then the hacker gets to decide what numbers are reported. … All DRE (paperless touchscreen) voting computers are susceptible to this kind of hacking. This is our biggest problem.”
The biggest problem is the brainlessness of election officials who for some reason trust secret unaudited code from election machine corporations who may well have made a business model of selling elections to the highest bidder. I mean seriously, why are we even having this conversation? Paper ballots being counted by human beings with other human beings looking over their shoulders worked just fine in this country for 200 years but somehow this perfectly workable and cheapest solution is never raised as a possibility.
What has happened to people’s ability to think?