The Battle To Hack Sequoia Voting Systems
Let's review again how Mr. Stone inserted his big fat foot into his mouth:
I'm gonna bet a thousand to one that they cannot do it...we should bring the media in...Right you are Supervisor Stone. Diebold's been getting all the attention, but democracy demands that we put all these infernal machines through the wringer, and Hursti is just the man to try. So Jeff, with VelvetRevolution.us sponsoring $1000 toward Mr. Hursti's attempt, you gonna put your money where your mouth is? You gonna risk a cool million? It's a small price to pay, right?
They need a new vote in Katherine Harris's district. 18,000 votes don't just not happen. Fraud at work there I'd say.
Conceding for the moment they are hack proof, there is STILL the matter of paper trails.
AnonP...well said. Though Brad Blog is now reporting that Riverside County and Sequoia are trying to weasel out of this.
TFWY, couldn't say, but from what I've read Hastri is very good and had to deal with a pre-prepared machine in Utah.
But you raise a very good point: There needs to be a way to reconstruct the vote, to audit it for the public's sake, and we *still* don't have that.
The concept of a verifiable audit trail is somewhat outside their ability to comprehend.
Sewmouse, that's true at a higher level, but these Riverside County dorks are just a bunch of ignorant nitwits who couldn't shut up one of their own when it mattered.
Hell, I'd put $5 bucks on Hursti anyday. With those odds, I'd be fool not to.
"Goodlord. A paper and a pencil cost, what, about $1. GO BACK TO VOTING ON PAPER!!! A computer will ALWAYS be hackable. I adore technology. But I adore the ACCURACY and PROOF and PAPER TRAIL of my vote more. "
Are you people REALLY that naive? Or are you all just so completely ignorant? How is a paper and pencil vote any less secure? Are you telling me that elections that were run with people voting on paper and tossing into a ballot box were never rigged, fraudulent, or tampered with??? Absolutely laughable. If paper and pencil was so superior, why were lever machines invented in the first place?
Do the current systems need improvement- sure. Is paper and pencil voting a viable option? Hell, it's way easier to make a box full of ballot disappear or switch them out than a well developed "electronic" (nay evil) system, with redundancy checks.
Here's the deal bozo: Electronic voting machines without a physical audit trail hide election fraud because the tallying and verification mechanisms are the same. Subvert one and you subvert the other. At least in a 'paper and pencil election', if ballots disappear, fraud is exposed. The only way to expose fraud with current electronic voting machines if to add a paper trail, given to each voter, from which the tally can be manually constructed. That's what this post advocates, congressional legislation advocates, and my commenters advocate.