How to Have Hack-Proof Elections in America, Easily, and Why Politicians are Against it

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      eridani
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      https://hubpages.com/politics/How-to-Have-Hack-Proof-Elections-in-America-Easily-and-Why-Politicians-are-Against-it

      But now that the problem of hacking elections can be made vastly more difficult, what are the politicians trying to do? Enact an inferior system, under the guise of reform.

      There are two other kinds of voting systems which use “voter verifiable paper trail,” as the Trojan Horse language goes. DRE, Direct Recording Electronic device, and “ballot marking devices.” These are the systems being pushed in Congress, no matter what congressman say, because they are more easily hackable. Transparency activists have been trying to alert congressmen of the vulnerabilities of these systems, but they have been ignored. The language which must be inserted to rule out these insecure systems would simply say: “voters must be offered a voter-hand-marked paper ballot, with exceptions for disability.”

      Never listen to what a politician says. Watch what a politician does.

      Both DRE and ballot marking devices are touch-screen systems which do not give the voter the chance to hand mark a paper ballot, the way the rest of the advanced world does in its elections. In fact, most advanced countries count them by hand, in public, such as Germany, Canada, Australia, Denmark, France, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, and Spain.

      Any touch screen suffers from the fault that they are about as easy to hack votes from as a device using no paper at all. Without getting too much into detail, it is easy to re-run a roll of tape to reflect the vote totals that you want. Or to reprint a batch of machine-marked paper ballots to your liking.

      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

    • #66199
      Punxsutawney
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      Paper ballots, hand counted, there, problem solved.

      In America, “Liberty” means “Free to Die in Service of Capital” - Amfortas the hippie.

      Most of today’s elites have the moral and social reasoning capacities of spoiled toddlers.

      “People of privilege will always risk their complete destruction rather than surrender any material part of their advantage...but the privileged also feel that their privileges, however egregious they may seem to others, are a solemn, basic, God-right. The sensitivity of the poor to injustice is a trivial thing c

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      We need to return to paper ballots, ink and hand counting which can be witnessed by American

      citizens.  We’ve been voting on these hackable computers for 50 years now which is what has

      permitted the fakery of the rise of right wing.

      If you don't want your house to burn down, don't set the world on fire.

    • #230522
      eridani
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      The thing about hand counting is that it will not work in large counties like King (WA State), with parts of 3 congressional districts, 17 state legislative districts, 31 cites and lots of school, water, sever and fire districts.  Therefor ewe scan voter  marked paper ballots and have mandatory hand count auditing–sadly, only done on a regular basis for county-wide elections.  Auditing local races can be done, but first they must sort out all the relevant ballots, which is why they don’t want to do that on a regular basis.

      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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