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Excerpt: "But the terrain will quickly shift. Bernie will obviously do well in New Hampshire. Then the race will move to southern and bigger states, where Hillary may have an edge. But we're not talking about demographics. The real terrain shift that concerns us is from a caucus state (where there have been plenty of questions about the vote count) to ones where the votes are counted on electronic voting machines."

Sen. Bernie Sanders. (photo: Getty)
Sen. Bernie Sanders. (photo: Getty)


After Iowa ... Can Bernie Win a "Strip & Flip" Selection?

By Mimi Kennedy, Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman, Reader Supported News

03 February 16

 

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ernie Sanders has shown in Iowa that he’s a viable candidate … and more. Considering Bernie was down 50 points just a while ago, Iowa has sent a clear signal that this campaign must be taken seriously.

But the terrain will quickly shift. Bernie will obviously do well in New Hampshire. Then the race will move to southern and bigger states, where Hillary may have an edge.

But we’re not talking about demographics. The real terrain shift that concerns us is from a caucus state to ones where the votes are counted on electronic voting machines.

The key strategy in question is “strip and flip,” i.e., the stripping of electronic registration lists, and then the flipping of the vote count on machines that have no reliable system of verification.

The “strip & flip” realities are simple enough:

STRIP:

As Greg Palast has reported, the Republicans are now stripping the electronic voter rolls in some two dozen states. The primary program is “Crosscheck,” which strips citizens with the same or similar names from voter rolls in different jurisdictions, with the excuse that these citizens will otherwise illegally vote twice. Palast reports that once again in 2016, large numbers of voters have been targeted for being stripped. He also found that many of the names being purged don’t entirely match … and that despite the premise that these people might have voted twice in the past (and plan to again) no attempt is ever made to investigate their “crime.”

Of course, the primary disqualifying factor is skin color or ethnicity. The vast bulk of those being stripped from the voter rolls are African-American and Hispanic.

Palast reported in 2000 that more than 90,000 such voters were stripped from the voter rolls in Florida using a computer program that falsely tagged black citizens as ex-felons, ineligible to vote. All were innocent. The stripping was done primarily by Jeb Bush, then Governor of Florida. His brother George W’s alleged margin of “victory” was less than 600 votes.

In Ohio 2004, we reported at www.freepress.orgthat Republican election officials stripped more than 300,000 primarily urban, non-white citizens from the voter rolls. Bush’s alleged margin of “victory” was less than 119,000 votes.

Neither Al Gore nor John Kerry, the losing candidates who actually won, have ever spoken publicly about this.

This decimation of the voter rolls has been repeated in numerous federal, state, and local elections since 2000, and is being enhanced in the lead-up to Election Day 2016.

In addition to electronic stripping, official turnout at the polls is gutted by using Jim Crow demands for photo and other ID, discrimination aimed primarily at citizens of color.

Officially, the voter turnout in 2014 was the lowest in history. But much of this “low turnout” was in fact due to electronic stripping and other means of denying minority ethnic and racial groups’ ability to actually cast ballots.

The various stripping schemes alone could lower to virtually nil Bernie’s chances of winning in the primaries or the general election.

FLIP:

The ultimate back-up for corporate election theft is electronic flipping.

The bottom line here is that some 80% of the votes in 2016 will be cast or counted on electronic voting machines owned by private corporations. Courts have ruled the source code proprietary, and thus inaccessible to the public.

This means that much of the nation has no legally binding mechanism by which results can be publicly verified. In South Carolina, there’s no audit law to check the accuracy of results – and nothing to audit if there were, because Georgia’s statewide voting system is all-electronic machines with no paper trail. Other states have a mix of no-paper electronic voting machines and Scantron paper ballots counted by computer software that is also subject to manipulation. Six key swing states where elections will be run by Republican governors and secretaries of state will have unverifiable results: Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Michigan, Iowa, and Arizona. But those results can decide the presidency and control of Congress – and much more.

The first modern instance of electronic flipping may have come in New Hampshire in 1988, when George H.W. Bush trailed Bob Dole in Election Day polling by 8%, but somehow won by 9%, a 17% flip that qualifies as a “virtual statistical impossibility.”

As Bev Harris and others have reported, thousands of votes were electronically flipped during a critical moment in the 2000 election in Volusia County, Florida.

In Ohio 2004, a 4.2% John Kerry lead in Ohio mysteriously flipped into a 2.6% George W. Bush victory during a “glitch” in vote count reporting between 12:20 a.m. and 2 a.m. election night. The process was controlled by Ohio’s GOP secretary of state, J. Kenneth Blackwell, who simultaneously served as co-chair of the Bush-Cheney re-election team. The electronic tallies were delivered by GovTech, a Bush-linked IT firm whose CEO, Michael Connell, died in a mysterious plane crash in 2008 while under federal subpoena (in a case in which we were attorney and plaintiff).

Furthermore, in a wide range of Congressional, state and local races, “impossible” outcomes have become commonplace. At least three US Senate races in 2014 were almost certainly flipped, giving the Republicans overwhelming control.

Unless accountability and verification are added to the mix, all this could happen again in 2016.

We support strict regulations on campaign finance; abolition of the Electoral College; an end to gerrymandering; non-partisan management of elections, and other democratic (small d) election reforms to retain our republican (small r) form of self-government.

But at this point, the key issue is for all eligible citizens to be able to vote and know their ballot will be counted as cast, not counted as flipped.

So we propose the “Ohio Plan,” as follows:

  1. Automatic universal voter registration when a citizen turns 18;

  2. Registration rolls maintained on verifiable records. Registering online has added tens of thousands of young voters, but the rolls must be continually re-checked right up to Election Day;

  3. A four-day national holiday for voting;

  4. Universal paper ballots printed on recycled or hemp paper;

  5. Voter verification by personal signature with fraud a felony (photo ID not required);

  6. All ballots hand-counted;

  7. Polls run and ballots counted by paid high school and college students.

The corporate media refuses to report on this agenda. Democrats often ignore it for fear they’ll discourage voters from coming out to cast ballots (that are then trashed). We understand the urge to ignore these issues and to focus on the hope that a high turnout can offset these electronic impediments. But that’s a risky bet, and gambling is not democracy.

Ironically, New Hampshire is where the first major electronic “flip” happened. In 1988, the Granite State was the first to use electronic voting machines in a primary. Bob Dole was leading George H.W. Bush on Election Day by 8% of the vote. That night, the official tally showed Bush the winner by 9%. That flip was a “virtual statistical impossibility,” and remains unexplained.

Bernie Sanders has endorsed hand-counted paper ballots. He could expose the problem and solve it. But first, Sanders supporters must produce a “tsunami” of votes that will drown the strippers and the flippers. Democracy-minded citizens must exercise oversight to guarantee independent polling is accurately done. And they must aggressively scrutinize every detail of the upcoming elections as the votes are cast and counted, beginning in New Hampshire.

CONSIDER THIS A WARNING LABEL: If the Sanders campaign fails to aggressively push for truly universal registration and a verifiable vote count, this thrilling attempt to restore American democracy might prove futile, heartbreaking, and infuriating.



Mimi Kennedy, Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman are election protection activists. Bob & Harvey’s The “Strip & Flip” Selection Of 2016: Six Jim Crows & Electronic Election Theft is at www.freepress.org along with the FreePress plan for monitoring the 2016 elections.

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+38 # tswhiskers 2016-02-03 15:56
Thank you for reporting on the fixing of state elections by means of corrupted voting machines. Greg Palast has been reporting on the presence of corrupted machines at least since the 2000 presidential election and has written on his web page that the GOP has lots of tricks up its sleeves for this year's election. I THINK this vote flipping works by assuming that an election will be won by a small percentage of votes (say 2-3%). The voting machines can then be made to reverse the results. As far as I know Obama won in 2008 because he won by a larger percentage of the votes, ca. 6% which was an amt. too large to be ascribed to voter or machine error. If anyone is more knowledgeable about flipping the vote, please don't be shy about explaining it further. I haven't checked out the above article at Free Press, but I will shortly.
 
 
+62 # Dust 2016-02-03 16:09
What it means is that the judges who ruled the source code for voting machines to be proprietary have NO FUCKING CLUE about coding, cyber-security, or encryption.

ALL VOTING MACHINE SOURCE CODE SHOULD BE PUBLIC DOMAIN!

I generally do not support the death penalty. But in the case of people committing voter fraud in this manner, I might be persuaded to change my mind.
 
 
+5 # RLF 2016-02-04 07:26
Come on! Electing a president is way too important to be left up to the voters!
 
 
+7 # Dust 2016-02-03 16:29
Of course, I'm waiting for folks to start screaming that Bernie is giving a secret Nazi salute this picture.
 
 
+3 # CL38 2016-02-03 21:31
You mean Shillery's campaign staff?
 
 
+50 # MsAnnaNOLA 2016-02-03 16:46
We the people need to demand voting only on hand counted paper ballots. We will never know the true winners in any election until this is the case. Electronic voting is proven to be easily hackable and with no trace of the crime afterward. Man in the middle attacks are relatively easy to produce.

http://blackboxvoting.org/

also look to bradblog.com for coverage of election integrity issues.

Beware pudits and journalists that say exit polls were wrong. They were never wrong until electronic voting.
 
 
+21 # MarthaA 2016-02-03 18:40
I agree. Paper ballots must be used, otherwise they might as well use a coin toss like they did in Iowa, which was unbelievable for a democratic election.
 
 
0 # SHK 2016-02-04 09:06
[quote name="MsAnnaNOL A"]We the people need to demand voting only on hand counted paper ballots...."
My husband and I always apply for absentee ballots here in California. They are paper ballots. We hope they are properly counted but don't know if they are or not. At least, they are a paper ballot. Don't know how that would work other places. I think either Washington or Oregon but I think Washington do voting by mail only. Sounds like that could be some sort of solution...unle ss of course, they run the ballots through a computer! ;/
 
 
+14 # Inspired Citizen 2016-02-03 18:24
Bernie is going to need Convention insurance if not leverage. Revolt Against Plutocracy's Bernie or bust pledge will serve as both.

Have YOU taken the pledge yet?

http://citizensagainstplutocracy.org/
 
 
+2 # CL38 2016-02-03 21:21
I see you pushing this in comments on almost every Bernie article.

You continue to ignore Bernie's request that people vote for Hillary IF he is not nominated. He doesn't want Republicans to take the White House for obvious reasons. Do you think you know better than Bernie? Or do you not give a damn what Bernie Sanders wants and asks?

Maybe you would like Trump or Cruz to be President?
Imagine laws the right would pass with a Cruz President and all Republican House and Senate.
 
 
+2 # Inspired Citizen 2016-02-04 06:13
Bernie has said HE will support the nominee, but that doesn't mean his supporters need to be sheep.

http://wp.me/P6itlU-1S
 
 
+39 # danireland46 2016-02-03 18:24
Voting is the heart of Democracy. Problems with voting irregularities have been happening for over 25 years, and nothing has been done about it yet??
This is absurd. What kind of "democracy" doesn't address the possibility of voting fraud. CONGRESS - DO YOUR JOB! FIX THIS NOW!
 
 
+27 # MarthaA 2016-02-03 18:41
Congress currently is the problem.
 
 
+28 # rural oregon progressive 2016-02-03 18:48
Oh but the Republican Congress IS doing something about it! They continue this endeavor with Jim Crow laws, elimination of legitimate voters from rolls and ignoring black-box flipping... They like the way they have "fixed things", and like things just the way they are! The only voter fraud they see is the imaginary dark-skinned voter fraud (voting while black)...
 
 
+15 # CL38 2016-02-03 21:24
It's the ONLY way today's republicans 'win'.
 
 
+13 # PaulK 2016-02-03 18:26
Democracy fraud voids "law and order". In a parallel universe the FBI is setting up a sting operation to put every last one of these antidemocracy felons into prison. Putting them next to Bernie Madoff would be satisfactory.
 
 
+5 # MarthaA 2016-02-03 18:43
In a parallel universe, maybe.
 
 
+18 # MarthaA 2016-02-03 18:34
There must be a paper trail that is undeniable, and Bernie will win. Hillary is a Republican type; she doesn't really represent the people, she only represents her small DLC New Class New Democrat elitist millionaire faction.
 
 
+22 # jimmyjames 2016-02-03 19:11
If you think about it, the lack of paper ballots resulted in the deaths of approximately 5,000 American soldiers, and possibly a million Iraqis in the Gulf War created by the illegitimate President Bush. Neither Al Gore, the real year 2000 winner, nor John Kerry after him, would have pursued that illegal war in the Middle East.
My point is, is that elections have repercussions, and stealing elections, as Republicans do, have life or death implications.Th ere should be a lawsuit taken to the Supreme Court to outlaw electronic voting machines which do not produce a paper trail.
 
 
+15 # Nominae 2016-02-03 19:14
From the article:

"in a wide range of Congressional, state and local races, 'impossible' outcomes have become commonplace. At least three US Senate races in 2014 were almost certainly flipped, giving the Republicans overwhelming control."

Combine THAT with Gerrymandering, Voter Purging by Secretaries of State (Colorado Secretary of State Caught Purging THOUSANDS of Obama Votes from State Computers in 2008, for one), and the LEGAL ability for anyone to BUY Elections, (Citizens United) and then look at the "value" of your vote.

Now I want to hear from all of boneheaded scolds on this Q who maintain that "you get the Leaders you vote for" .... "if you don't like the skullduggery, vote the bastards out".... the American people vote against their own self interest ... (some do, even *more* have that vote made FOR them !)

Look, Tinker Bell, when even the *VICTIMS* of these fixed elections (Gore and Kerry) do not DARE to publicly speak out against them, that ALONE should tell the thinking person SOMETHING.

The only reason Americans are allowed the ILLUSION of voting, is because it is a marvelous means of mind control keeping them FROM picking up the torches and the pitchforks, and storming the castle in rebellion every four years.

The masses think "Well, my candidate did not win this time, but we will still 'give em hell' in the NEXT [fixed] election."

So, have a good time jerking on a handle that is not *attached* to anything, all ye "faithful".
 
 
+14 # Nominae 2016-02-03 19:26
"There are none more helplessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free."

~ Goethe
 
 
+15 # rural oregon progressive 2016-02-03 19:33
Good points, all! Another is the fact that MSM reports on elections and campaigns reflect what the moneyed interests tell them to report... The electorate hears the same misinformation over and over until we have "manufactured consent". Once that "consent" is accepted as fact, the flipping of the votes goes unnoticed... Those that refuse to accept the fraudulent outcome get labeled as "conspiracy-the orists" and marginalized or ignored by the same MSM.
 
 
+29 # RagingGrannyVicki 2016-02-03 19:42
"Voter fraud" is real, but it's not the voters who are committing the fraud. I worked in the 2004 Election Protection Program in Palm Beach County, Florida, and saw first hand how that election was stolen by vote flipping. The Sequoia touch-screen machines in use there flipped the votes on the presidential line, but not on any other. Votes for Kerry were tallied for Bush. We tried to have the machines taken out of service, but were unsuccessful, so we warned people not to use them, but to demand provisional ballots instead. That might have been well and good, but those provisional ballots never were counted.... I'll never forgive Kerry for capitulating so quickly. I know what I saw, and I've never trusted our electoral process since. I'm working against voter suppression in my home state of North Carolina, but most days I feel like Sisyphus. Our presidential elections are a charade and a sham. Paper-trail voting is the only form of balloting that ever should be allowed.
 
 
+13 # avram@canarycoalition.org 2016-02-03 19:52
We need to have exit polls monitoring the entire Primary process. This is the only way to detect electronic voting tabulation manipulation. I hope the Sanders campaign is aware of this.
 
 
+8 # Saberoff 2016-02-03 19:59
Same old stuff, folks. All this talk about "demands," and "There should be..."s, and "we must..."
And going on since Y2K? Before that?
And of course, now Bernie.
Truly, I ask you: What the hell can we do about it? And when?
We are neutered. Money is power; Power is money.
 
 
+4 # dadhantat 2016-02-03 20:27
Except for RaggingGrannyVi cky I wonder if any of the above who have made comment are doing anything other than stating their views about how counter the strip and flip actions of noted states? If not, it is no wonder that this country is in the mess it is.
 
 
+2 # Nominae 2016-02-04 16:16
Quoting dadhantat:
...I wonder if any of the above who have made comment are doing anything other than stating their views about how counter the strip and flip actions of noted states?


RIIIIIGHT !

As if the Voters have a humming bird's tear drop worth of power in this scenario.

Have you read ANY of the above ?

When even millionaires like Gore and Kerry cower before this rigged system what to you REALLY THINK you, or your fellow impotent and powerless voters are going to DO about it ? Go to COURT ?

I suppose you COULD publicly demonstrate, which would have the result of having the FBI actively investigating you as a Terrorist, and getting your name placed on the "No Fly" list, but that is flat-damned ALL it would produce. Ask Occupy.

People who still think the middle class HAS power in this country ARE the people drinking the Cool Aid.

For all your whining ABOUT the whining you witness above (and you are *NOT* wrong) what do *YOU* propose be done about it ?

As it IS, all you are doing is scolding the SCOLDS !

Talk about your empty and impotent gesture.

The first step in SOLVING a problem is to accurately IDENTIFY the problem. So, what if all you read above contributes to accurately IDENTIFYING the problem ? What if *others* need to know about this ? Then the "complaining" still has value to someone other THAN you.

As far as complaining about lack of solutions, we beg of you the benefit of YOUR OWN creative genius input.
 
 
+5 # tapelt 2016-02-03 20:47
There is an answer to this problem that we have right now and that is to VOTE BY MAIL. I don't know about other states, but Florida makes this very easy. Just go to the supervisor of elections web site and ask that a form be sent to you that you fill out, sign, and mail to them. You can also do the same thing at the supervisor of elections office. You even have the option of making this permanent (until you later change it). Very easy, and you can vote anytime from the time you get your ballot in the mail to the deadline weeks later. I love it because I can look up things online that I might be unsure of with my ballot right in front of me.
 
 
+3 # CL38 2016-02-03 21:27
Great idea where republicans are thought or known to cheat.

My state of MA is pretty safe.
 
 
+1 # dusty64 2016-02-03 21:42
IF there's something that would actually work ... is there time to implement it before this Presidential election? If we cannot actually affect the 2016 election, let's focus on 2020; and the mayor, governor, senator, congressmen we CAN arrange to fairly and honestly elect in the next four years.
 
 
+4 # Doc Mary 2016-02-03 22:55
OK. This is my continuing nightmare ever since 2000.

The League of Women Voters used to do a fine service to the nation supervising the voting process.

IS THERE ANYBODY OUT THERE WHO KNOWS WHAT CAN BE DONE (not on a private level, a community level) TO BREAK THE STRANGLEHOLD THESE MACHINES HAVE ON OUR ELECTIONS?

And, if there is ...

CAN. SOMEBODY. TELL. ME. WHAT. TO. DO?

(YES, I AM SHOUTING.)
 
 
+1 # sheilabernard 2016-02-04 12:03
Please see my comment under Buddha below. There are things we can do. It starts with learning from this site and bradblog.com and blackboxvoting and then actually pulling together and designing a strategy.
 
 
+5 # davehaze 2016-02-03 23:53
HW Bush wasn't the only canidate to flip votes in New Hampshire. Obama beat Hillary by about five points when the paper ballots were counted by hand. When the ballots were counted by machine Hillary was ahead and declared victory.

Go to black box voting to see the details.
 
 
+1 # mentor 2016-02-04 06:18
I've noticed that the Clinton team wants one more NH debate but no debate in New York or anywhere else, as far as I can tell. Two questions:
1) Am I right about this?
2) If so, why might they want no debate in vote-rich New York? Could it be that they fear his obviously much greater appeal to the young? And if this is so, what can Bernie's team do about it?
 
 
+2 # RLF 2016-02-04 07:28
Maybe Anonymous could help us out here!
 
 
+6 # Votekeeper 2016-02-04 08:33
The use of the Crosscheck system to strip voter names from the rolls is a fundamental violation of the federal 1993 National Voter Registration Act. No voter can be removed from any voter list by simply de-duping lists this way. The law requires that a voter registration found in question due to returned mail (and only such) must first result in a confirmation letter to that voter, with a SASE for reply. If that letter is returned undeliverable, the voter must be kept on the rolls for the duration of two more general federal elections, and may not be removed until after the second one in which that voter has not appeared to vote and not confirmed. This process generally takes up to three years. As an accredited election administrator, I have implemented it for 16 years, and have criticisms of the federal process in relying only on US mail, now that the USPS has been so gutted by the Congress.My office also makes personal visits to voter addresses (many apartments have no mail box) and we attempt to phone the voter.
I believe the US Attorney General should file an injunction against all states that are using Crosscheck or similar software to purge voter registrations. It can only lawfully be used to track driver licenses. Any voter who has obtained an out of state license must be properly confirmed as such before voter registration cancellation takes place. There are many people who must obtain a license to drive in another state, but retain their original residence.
 
 
+5 # Buddha 2016-02-04 09:29
"If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal." - Emma Goldman

Or they simply make the voting irrelevant by controlling how votes are collected and/or counted. The Oligarchy runs our country, they aren't going to risk the plebs getting the idea that their votes could actually change this calculus.
 
 
+1 # Nominae 2016-02-04 16:49
Quoting Buddha:
"If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal." - Emma Goldman

Or they simply make the voting irrelevant by controlling how votes are collected and/or counted. The Oligarchy runs our country, they aren't going to risk the plebs getting the idea that their votes could actually change this calculus.



Sad to ponder, but unavoidably and historically ACCURATE !
 
 
+8 # sheilabernard 2016-02-04 11:35
Doc, here in California, I once participated in a Citizen Exit Poll-- it was a parallel election held outside the precinct. Each voter, as he or she exited, was asked to cast his or her ballot again. The ballots were paper and pencil and were counted the same day with chain of custody carefully monitored.

But I can think of another way-- All Bernie supporters (and Hillary supporters too if that campaign will join in) cast not only their secret ballot for Bernie at the precinct, but also a signed affidavit, submitted to the Bernie campaign. Then we have an actual count of who voted for Bernie. That particular result could not be flipped. It wouldn't be a bad idea to also get a signed affidavit from people who were stripped of their vote. Read: evidence for class action lawsuit.

In other words, folks, if the voting system is unreliable, it is up to us to create our own reliable system in parallel. Hard? yes. Doable? Hell yes.

I anticipate that if enough of this type of activity were carried out, it would speed the day when our actual national voting system would follow suit and adopt paper-and-penci l-hand-counted- at-the-precinct -same-day-in-pu blic gold standard.

We need an election restoration campaign that rises to the Bernie campaign in its intelligence and energy. It seems daunting to accomplish this by November 2016, but harder and more dangerous things have been accomplished in this country.
 
 
+2 # Nominae 2016-02-04 17:10
Quoting sheilabernard:
... here in California, I once participated in a Citizen Exit Poll......


Well, good luck and All the Best with your future plans !

Many States, when they passed laws making Electronic Voting machines the *only* LEGAL means of voting, also passed additional legislation OUTLAWING the production of paper receipts from those very same machines. Prior TO those laws, voting machines were *designed* to produce a receipt. WHY would a State go to the time and expense to *CRIPPLE* that feature ? Yeah ..... pretty deep mystery there, alright.

Producing a paper receipt from a voting machine is no more technologically complicated than producing a paper receipt from your ATM.

There are other States (mostly in the South - I know - go figure) that have made the creation of ANY voting paper trail illegal.

These clowns could not be MORE brazen about stealing you votes if they sent thugs into your home to break your knee caps over an "incorrect" vote.

If you can think of a remedy to the direct theft of votes that they have NOT *already* prohibited by LAW, then you earn a place in history along side of Joan of Arc for "taking on the system".

Ooops ! Come to think of it, Joan may not be the most inspiring example in this case. Joan led her own armies into victorious battle, but she had a *bit* less success in dealing with her own local "System". ;-D
 
 
+2 # sheilabernard 2016-02-05 02:30
60 years ago, it was a law that a black person could not sit at a lunch counter with white people, or attend a white school. We are smart enough and we care deeply enough to return integrity to our voting system, taking inspiration from other liberation struggles. There are plenty of obstacles, as you point out. But aren't you intrigued by the possibility that we could actually solve this problem?
 
 
+1 # BobboMax 2016-02-04 23:57
A quote from my little brother, who's become a county IT & voting machine guru in a midwestern state:

"Yep, very similar challenges... when the test environment is predictable, cheating is easy.


In the election setting, just make the program work normally on any day prior to the election so it will pass tests, then run a different mode that shades votes by about 3% on election day, then replaces itself with normal software as part of the shutdown process at the end of election day. Dead easy, undetectable for most testers, and I have a key & password that will give me admin access to about 1/8 of the machines in the country. (I'm pretty confident because I've used the same password for 7 years now in 4 different counties.)


In an interesting twist, the company that I dragged through the mud over their machines when I was on the election board now pays me to run the public testing and do the tabulation in XXXXX County. I guess they figure I bring some credibility to the process since they haven't stipulated that I be quiet."
 

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