Hacking Our Voting Machines and The Perils Of Outsourcing

Bev Harris has a new video on UTube showing the Hursti Hack in Florida with Ion Sancho and some testimony in New Hampshire by Hari Hursti and John Silvestro. John Silvestro is President of LHS Associates the Diebold distributor in that programs all our elections in Connecticut in secret in Massachusetts. Apparently in New Hampshire also uses LHS to program their elections. We take a few more precautions here but are subject to the same risks. <video>

Here is the accompanying article from BlackBoxVoting <read>

Update: Read more on Mr. Silvestro’s views of outsourcing <read>

My opinion is yes because I feel very confident that the process itself is better left in the private thing than it is in the public venue when I see the influence that each political party can put on people and make things happen in this country whether right or wrong, I mean if you think about it and I’d ask you the same way. Would you like politically connected people to vote parties, to be in charge of running you know the process of creating voting machines, counting ballots and you know would you like that? I don’t know…

Update: Food for thought from Brad Friedman <read>

NH Primary: Pre-Election Polls Wildly Different Than Results Announced for Clinton/Obama
Other Pre-Election Numbers, For Republicans and Rest of Dems, Nearly Dead on the Money…

the pre-election pollster’s numbers (NOTE: that’s not Exit Polls, but Pre-Election Polls!) were dead-on, for the most part, on the Republican side, as well as on the Democratic side. Except in the do-or-die (for Hillary) Clinton v. Obama race. I’m watching MSNBC right now, and they all seem to agree that the results, for the moment, defy explanation.

While I have no evidence at this time — let me repeat, no evidence at this time — of chicanery, what we do know is that chicanery, with this particular voting system, is not particularly difficult. Particularly when one private company — and a less-than-respectable one at that, as I detailed in the previous post — runs the entire process.

I strongly suggest you go over to the original article at Brad Blog and at least read the graphs. The whole post is well worth reading. There are legitimate questions here which need answers, for instance: Why do journalists accept exit polls as explanations for why people voted a certain way but reject counter conclusions of those same exit polls? I will echo Brad that we don’t have enough data to determine answers here, nobody may ever have access to the necessary data such as original paper ballots under a reliable chain of custody. Let me also echo myself, the Carter-Baker Commission, and the Brennan Center for Justice that it only takes a very small number of people to change an electronic election – not a conspiracy. Yet, perhaps it would take a conspiracy to avoid a convincing analysis of the actual data.


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