Is our vote really safe?

Posted: 10/27/2006 by Floyd in Labels:
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Ever wonder about your vote and if it is safe, found an article printed back in September of this year that will make you think about just that. Researchers at Princeton made a video of how you can hack a Diebold machine in under one minute, a lot of talk has been circulating on how safe one's vote really is and it kind of makes you wonder, and as the election draws ever nearer we start to wonder even more when the facts are presented.
Election fraud has been with us down through the ages and today we are more inclined to check a little further into it, intimidation was once used but the buying of elections are much more prevalent these days, buying votes have been alleged in several elections and Kentucky is up toward the top in these. Another article relating to Kentucky is this one concerning a voter ID law, which means you show your ID and then proceed to vote. This would also help in knowing who you are and to ensure that each individual only votes once, this is good but it does not address to what happens to our vote after we cast it and after reading a lot of articles on the issue, I am concerned now more than ever.
Here is a good article on how our votes on election night are counted through a private company, and after reading the article you will have more knowledge on just how such a system operates, you may be surprised, this system concerns me very much. The Washington Post has put out an article concerning the Diebold software, apparently it could have been stolen? It looks like this has taken place in Maryland, scientists are speculating that a virus could be written in the software that could manipulate election results, I don't know if they found the software I have not done a follow up on this, but it leaves one to wonder even more about voting, this supposedly was picked up by the wrong person and no one seems to know who that was?
Problems abounding with these machines do tend to make us wonder how safe our vote really is, but right now it is all we have. But after reading time and again we see that much improvement needs to be done upon the currant system, here is another link to open the machine's with a Hotel Mini bar key, you sure can find lot's of things if you look around and I am sure there are more out there these are only examples of the broken system.
I saw on CNN today apparently the people who so called test these machines set and fielded answers to questions alongside the company who built them, they are trying hard to keep it all under wraps but little by little we start to get an in-sight into what could go wrong and just how safe our vote really is. Don't let this discourage you because as I said before it is our only means of having a say in anything, all I am saying is if we can improve on it then it must be done. An interview with a working lady today caught my eye on CNN, and by the way she is not voting, she is concerned about health care and the economy and the war in Iraq, we can not do any complaining if we do not vote and like I said as of now that is our only recourse.
For those of you who want to learn a little more HBO is going to run a documentary on the subject on November 2Nd at 9 p.m. Apparently these machines are counting about 80% of our votes cast, yes a walloping 80%, it should prove most interesting. Diebold software and software like it are installed in thousands of counties across 32 states, Diebold's old claim that the memory card could not be faked has been proven wrong In Florida, Supervisor of Elections Ion Sancho has proved by accessing a memory card prior to the election, the results would be skewed and an election in other words would go the other way, makes one wonder if Diebold has been proven a liar what else have they lied about?
There is yet another story concerning Maryland and the voting machines, I like the question posed in this article asking the state's elections administrator if her computer ever froze up, her answer was no, when asked if it had ever froze up again the answer, no. This is the same state missing the software in an earlier article. This in my opinion is a company that wants to push it's product and ignore any flaws in the system hoping they will go away, the cheapest way to go would be the paper ballet and that way you always have the paper trail to follow, plus it would be a bargain for the states in the process. In closing I can't leave in the dark the absentee ballot and how a scheme turned out to be one of the biggest election frauds in the recent state history of good old Virginia, you have got to read this one.

7 comments:

  1. Brad says:

    I haven't seen too much on how paper ballots are really safer. Not that I'm arguing nothing's going on with Diebold, but I certainly wouldn't feel safer with a paper trail. What are they doing to do, collect all of the receipts in case of a discrepancy? I can't imagine a scenario that's foolproof.

  1. really wonderful post- ecen though it is scary....really.
    I guess we will see what happens...

    ( BTW yup yes, we too had abandoned mines up in the NW too....good guess..I will keep you posted about The Book...)

  1. really wonderful post- ecen though it is scary....really.
    I guess we will see what happens...

    ( BTW yup yes, we too had abandoned mines up in the NW too....good guess..I will keep you posted about The Book...)

  1. Floyd says:

    Hey Brad when I started doing a little detective work, some of the article's just kind of made me feel well, un-easy about Diebold and a private company having all the say within our vote count.
    Now I am not saying paper would be an easier method, some jurisdictions have hundreds of candidates and it would pose a major problem with these. But on further checking of these machines, they can be hacked at the blink of an eye and from what I have read on this Diebold company, well, they are very secretive, I think that the system would more than likely work but they need more monitoring of it at all levels, but it is all we have at the time.
    Hey there miss. Enigma, yes keep me posted about that, the mines have proved to be rather useful in getting rid of our waste, the book you are writing from what I've looked at seems very well written and the story line keeps drawing one in to what is actually happening in the scene, I liked it very much and will look forward to reading the finished product.

  1. Dustin says:

    Great post. Not only can the Diebold machines be hacked, but at least in 2004 the speaker of the house in Florida attempted to pay a computer programmer to rig the election. In fact, when these machines were being developed, the president of the company said that his goal was to "elect republicans" as well. Not to mention the fact that exit polling in 2004 matched states that had paper voting, but were nowhere close in states that had electronic voting(link above as well). The deeper you dig into this, the worse it gets...

  1. Floyd says:

    Hey dustin my friend thanks for stopping by and thanks for the in-put, I knew I only did a little research on these and what I found sure wasn't good.
    When you start checking into these things as you say the deeper you dig the scarier it becomes, and the company that makes most of these type machines are very secretive, I am not going so far as to say they are corrupt but the technology we have out there should be able to be translated to one of our most sacred freedom's.
    That is a good post on your blog showing the exit polling in these elections, I also remember that and knew also that the 'exit' polling did not come close to the results, which is odd, makes one think.

  1. Dustin says:

    Exit polling used to be very good. It no longer is. There's videos and scientific papers out there describing exactly how easy it is to hack the vote. There's people coming forward saying that they were asked to commit voter fraud. There's so much evidence out there that it really baffles the mind as to why it's not a bigger issue. The few legitimate news organizations that are running with this story deserve a gold star for attempting to maintain the ability to vote in the US.

    I've blogrolled you and will be checking in more often. Thanks for dealing with the real issues we face as a nation.