As Democrats try to deny the veracity of Republican worries about electoral cheating, it appears things in 2014 are off to an early start now that a rigged voting booth has been identified in early voting in Illinois.
You know it’s a bad day when you try to vote for yourself, and the machine records your vote for your opponent, but such was the lot of Jim Moynihan, Republican candidate for state representative in Cook County, Illinois.
The conservative website Illinois Review reported that “While using a touch screen voting machine in Schaumburg, Moynihan voted for several races on the ballot, only to find that whenever he voted for a Republican candidate, the machine registered the vote for a Democrat in the same race. He notified the election judge at his polling place and demonstrated that it continued to cast a vote for the opposing candidate’s party. Moynihan was eventually allowed to vote for Republican candidates, including his own race.
As faithful as “the dog ate my homework” came the chorus, it was a “calibration error”.
Cook County Clerk’s Office Deputy Communications Director Jim Scalzitti, told Illinois Watchdog, the machine was taken out of service and tested.
“This was a calibration error of the touch-screen on the machine,” Scalzitti said. “When Mr. Moynihan used the touch-screen, it improperly assigned his votes due to improper calibration.”
Yes. It’s always a calibration error.
Electronic voting machines – often faulty, easily hacked
After the 2000 Florida Fiasco, the world seemingly had its fill of hanging chads, pregnant chads, swin ging chads, or anybody named Chad.
Those voting machines were mechanical. The trend since then has been away from mechanical and in favor of computerized voting methods. The people in charge of elections wanted to eliminate mistakes, because, you know, computers never make mistakes. Perhaps these geniuses have never owned a Windows computer? Never heard of BSOD, or its younger brother YSOD? Never had to reboot after things began to run too slow, or because it quit detecting the printer?
Computerized voting machines introduce a whole array of new and wonderful ways to introduce errors and inaccuracies. Further, and much more interesting, the possibilities for fraud are multiplied exponentially. With mechanical voting machines, you can always go back and count the actual paper ballots. It is possible to rig mechanical machines, but if they’re rigged, it’s easy to demonstrate, because every wrong operation will be wrong every time it is tried. When computers malfunction, or when they are deliberately tampered with, the evidence can easily be hidden.
I am a computer programmer. I can tell you that it is laughably easy to design software that performs tasks hidden to the user, hidden to testing systems, hidden to everybody. They can be set to misbehave in thousands of ways, on any kind of schedule, in ways that cannot be detected or duplicated in test environments. You know of at least one variant of malware (viruses and trojans), but the possibilities are endless. And let me emphasize this: the number of people in the United States who can design voting programs that cheat is probably no less than 500,000 people. Probably 25,000 of those could design it in such a way that they could make the source code available to scrutiny, and it still would not be detected.
I could whip up such a voting system in my sleep. Polishing it up and prettying it up for commercial use, running load tests, putting it through a rigorous QA testing program, and designing it to pass QA and still cheat in any of 100 ways I desire, I could do it in 80 hours. Easily. Just imagine if I was contracted by an election board run by Republicans, who knew I was a strong conservative, and imagine if knowing winks and handshakes were traded. There wouldn’t even be a QA effort, any accountability at all. So easy it should be disturbing to you.
This one here was fraud
Seriously, guys, this was in Cook County. Legendary for delivering Illinois, and the election for John F Kennedy in 1960. I don’t even think Democrats bother to deny it. Chicago is legendary for political corruption and rigged elections, long before Obama showed on the scene. In this case, I can’t prove it. But I know it’s true.
And the voting has only begun.
You should not take a video of your vote
Look, I cannot encourage you to violate laws and regulations at polling stations on election day. So I want you to read this carefully. You should not take your cell phone to the voting booth. You should not record yourself voting. If irregularities occur, such as votes being recorded for the person you voted against, you should definitely NOT post the video on YouTube, nor should you contact the election board and show them, nor should you contact any press or conservative group. And for Pete’s sake, do NOT contact TrueTheVote and share with them the video (that you did not take) and pertinent details about when and where it happened.
That’s www.TrueTheVote.org, and don’t write that down.
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