Demonstrating that ballot scanners can be easily hacked..

From Blackboxvoting:

One man’s private, sole source company programs 81% of the election in New Hampshire, 100% in Connecticut, almost all of Massachusetts and most of Vermont. Never before seen video of the under-the-radar elections contractor John Silvestro as he tangles with master security expert Harri Hursti.

For the full version of the hack see the 80 minute HBO film “Hacking Democracy“.

For a better understanding of how Diebold, John Silvestro (LHS company owner), and Ken Hajjar (LHS Marketing and Sales Director) come into play when it comes to the voting in New Hampshire, Connecticut, Massachussetts and most of Vermont, read these posts by Brad Friedman of Brad Blog here and here.

A number of people have sounded off in an effort to make people aware of the demonstrated vulnerabililties of our current voting systems since going to electronic voting through private corporations.

I will list out a few:

Bev Harris (of Black Box Voting): THE CAT THAT CONTROLS NEW HAMPSHIRE ELECTION PROGRAMMING

Rob Kall (of OpEdNews): Do New Hampshire Vote Count Questions Harbinger Super Tuesday Vote Theft Disaster?

Brad Friedman (of Brad Blog): Chris Matthews: Raw EXIT POLL Data ‘Indicated Significant Victory’ for Obama in NH

Boston Now: Major allegations of vote fraud in New Hampshire

Why are we still putting our faith in a system that is owned by private corporations with no papertrail, oversight, or accountability, and is so easily hacked thus altering the results? Especially if there is ANY doubt at all in its integrity? Why would we as a nation even stand for that?

At the very least we should be absolutely vigilant about protecting the process, the right to vote – and to have our votes counted honestly, transparently, and accurately. These questions arise from just one very small state. What happens on “Super Tuesday”? We must find a way to ensure our voting process is secure before we get to the presidential election in November 2008. I believe that means going back to PAPER BALLOTS, volunteer independent citizen observers from all parties, and uniformity across all the states in how the votes are counted, recorded, and stored. We must have a way to check them and verify the credibility of the election results. Its about preserving our democracy, and our rights as citizens.

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One thought on “Demonstrating that ballot scanners can be easily hacked..

  1. The last time that I saw a scanner in Saint Johns county in Florida, it was not a Diebold. I vote absentee most of the time. That is not an option for the primaries. I’ll report on the results when I vote in the primaries on the 29th.

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