Here’s the Real Scandal With Voting Machines

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      eridani
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      IMO, the basic problem is that they are always in beta test mode. Solve the problem with hand-marked paper ballots, either hand counted or scanned with random hand count audits. Problem solved.

      https://marker.medium.com/heres-the-real-scandal-with-voting-machines-8a6c3a790b78

      The voting machine industry wasn’t always so sleepy. Early machines in the 1800s helped ensure secret ballots and curbed common fraud tactics. And they have evolved over the years — for example, adopting a punch-card system in the 1960s. That was followed by a “huge surge” in innovation around electronic voting in the 1980s and 1990s, says Douglas W. Jones, a professor in the University of Iowa’s Department of Computer Science who studies voting and elections. The market was different then, and the transition from old-style voting machines was led by “a large number of small scrappy and innovative companies.”

      By the 2000 presidential election and its vote-counting fiasco, a wave of mergers had consolidated the field. The industry got a nudge from the Help America Vote Act, which aimed to replace punch card and lever-based machines, leading the big players to focus on new touchscreen “direct recording electronic” systems that stored votes in computer memory. The lack of a physical backup alarmed many voting experts, and by the 2010s, an alternative category, the “ballot-marking device,” was ascendent. Basically, voters select their choices on a touchscreen, and the system produces a printed ballot. (According to BallotPedia, this design had originally been used to accommodate voters with disabilities.) Today, this style of machine is increasingly commonplace, and Dominion’s machines are “a fairly straightforward implementation” of the design, Wallach says.

      These days, any innovation seems to be coming from the fringes or outside the sector. Notably, Wallach mentions that Microsoft has taken an interest, with its ElectionGuard project, which is working with outside experts (Wallach among them) and aims to develop new technologies that improve security. It’s a not-for-profit effort, with Microsoft giving away the results. Wallach has also worked with VotingWorks, a nonprofit startup making “risk-limiting audit software” meant to ensure that votes cast “on any paper-based system are correctly tabulated.”

      As for Smartmatic, it’s a puzzling target for the conspiracists, because (according to the company itself) in the 2020 election, its technology was used only in Los Angeles County. The company was one of a number of participants in a county-led initiative to build a custom voting system improving upon the ballot-marking device approach. Despite some flaws, Huseman says, “L.A. County’s machine is among the most innovative on the market from a design and usability standpoint.” And in a way, that’s why Smartmatic ended up filing a lawsuit — so that perhaps its name can be associated with efforts to improve our voting systems, not wild conspiracy theories from sore-loser fabulists.

      Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

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      KenTankerous
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      Both have felt an election was stolen from us, rightly of wrongly.

      Seems to me this would make verifiable elections easier to promote.

      "If we define an American fascist as one who in case of conflict puts money and power ahead of human beings, then there are undoubtedly several million fascists in the United States."
      - Henry A. Wallace
      (FDR's Vice President until he was forced out by the corrupt forces of obscene wealth.)

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      3fingerbrown
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      Electronic voting machines were made with the intention of manipulating when needed by TPTB.

      All governments lie to their citizen's, but only Americans believe theirs.

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        eridani
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        More than one person has observed vote tallies going up to, say, 30,000 and then the totals go backwards.  This is nothing but a simple buffer overflow error.  Why does it happen?  Because ATM software (unlike voting machine software) has been extensively debugged with the help of billions of transactions daily.  OTOH, we only vote a couple of times a year.

        Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

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