While the right wing continues to bray about in-person voter fraud, which has never been documented above single digits anywhere, we get news that Russia (most likely) has been hacking away. Who would fund such an effort? Why, don't things go better with Koch? Of course they do. Security researchers have been warning us that the real threat of voter fraud lies in these automated systems, whose code is secret and security never independently vetted.

This is not new.

In January and February 2004, a whistleblower named Stephen Heller brought to light memos from Jones Day, Diebold's attorneys, informing Diebold that they were in breach of California law by continuing to use illegal and uncertified software in California voting machines.

This is Schneier's take

But while computer security experts like me have sounded the alarm for many years, states have largely ignored the threat, and the machine manufacturers have thrown up enough obfuscating babble that election officials are largely mollified.

If ever there were a computer/data/quant problem worth spending energy on, this is it.

As I said, things do go better with Koch.

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Comment by Zanelle on August 30, 2016 at 9:07am

I get very nervous with voting machines and all those little booths that seem so private but are really fragile.  I wonder about redistricting and I can see that hackers are a problem.  I have no answers.  There has always been voter fraud and when one is rooted out another crops up.  I just hope for the best.  Thanks for your thoughts on it all.  

Comment by Robert Young on August 30, 2016 at 9:12am

in the course of researching the piece, I saw a link (which I didn't follow, for obvious reasons) that went something like "Electronic voting machines elect Democrats".  As if these super secret companies would help elect their nemeses?  Yeah, right.

Comment by koshersalaami on August 30, 2016 at 5:45pm
I think no state should allow elections with no paper backup.
Comment by Robert Young on August 30, 2016 at 6:18pm


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