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Friday, April 13, 2012

Have You Seen This? How Safe is the Vote Count?

Voter ID may be the least of our problems. As Stalin said, it doesn't matter who votes, but who counts the vote. Who will be counting the vote in November? Watch the video and then check out the articles at the end.

SOE software is used to tabulate the vote in over 500 jurisdictions in nineteen states according to SOE's own website. Check out their partial customer list which includes entire states, e.g., Alabama, New York, and South Carolina among them. Then think what it means for a Spanish company to now be the owner of the sotware used to count the U.S. vote in many, many places. Maybe you're shrugging your shoulders. How would you feel if the company that acquired SOE was Russian or Chinese or North Korean?

Let's consider the hackers for a minute. You can read about ten famous hackers here. They got into DOD, university systems, Congressional phone calls, etc. Do you really think hackers, perhaps with the cooperation of a socialist group, couldn't add or subtract votes to the count?

Don't believe it can happen? Then check out how two grad students and their professor hacked into a test bed in D.C. They programmed the voting machines to play the University of Michigan Fight Song after every vote. Here's their conclusion:

In summarizing their findings, the researchers point to many vulnerabilities that make electronic voting, and particularly on-line voting, virtually impossible to secure. Among the weaknesses they point to are the use of commercial open source software to develop systems, the lack of an ability to auditing cast ballots, tensions between ballot secrecy and integrity, architectural brittleness in web applications, and the exposure of the system to Internet-base threats.
Speaking as part of a panel discussion on e-voting at the RSA Security Conference  on March 1, Prof. Halderman reiterated that because of the many challenges of securing on-line voting, the technology simply can't be used safely in the foreseeable future.
So there you have it. An unsecure technology being used in many places in the country owned by a company in a socialist country. Gives you confidence in the November outcome doesn't it?

The vote will be processed by a subsidiary of a Spanish holding company!

From The Daily Paul

Scytl Acquires SOE in January

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