Related link: http://www.commondreams.org/headlines04/1106-30.htm
Could people working either in tandem or alone alter the results of the election? Does this only affect people that voted on electronic voting machines or does it extend to more traditional paper-based methods? These are questions we all should be asking ourselves.
I’ve been reading Lisa Rein’s personal weblog and she stated that the winners of the election (Republicans this time) did extremely well in e-voting districts. She even provided some Florida election result numbers that she thought would support her case. The only problem was the numbers didn’t appear to support her case. They opposed it.
I sent her the following e-mail as a response to her post:
Lisa, doesn’t [the] chart go against your hypothesis? I thought you said that e-voting had resulted in higher than expected votes going to Bush[?] This is plausible if you assume the e-voting machines have been corrupted which is easy depending on the e-voting machine used (Diebold is trivially easy).
However, if I assume that “E-Touch” machines are e-voting machines that are essentially a black box and “Op-Scan” machines are sheets that are filled out with pen, the numbers seem to counter the claim. Can you please point out what I am not getting?
One of her responses pointed me towards a very interesting article titled “Evidence Mounts That The Vote May Have Been Hacked.” It explains that in some cases even the bubble-sheet “Op-Scan” ballots are tabulated by Diebold’s GEMS software which uses a MS Access database on the back-end to store votes and is easily altered without a trace. This is the same software that Diebold uses for their touch-screen voting machines. It’s the same software that has had numerous vulnerabilities identified by Black Box Voting. Which means that Lisa’s original claim still stands.
And that America has some very serious questions that need answers.
Do you have any answers? Or additional questions we should all be asking ourselves?