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November 07, 2004- 08:51 PM

Evidence Mounts That The Vote May Have Been Hacked

While the heavily scrutinized touch-screen voting machines seemed to produce results in which the registered Democrat/Republican ratios largely matched the Kerry/Bush vote, in Florida's counties using results from optically scanned paper ballots - fed into a central tabulator PC and thus vulnerable to hacking – the results seem to contain substantial anomalies.

In Baker County, for example, with 12,887 registered voters, 69.3% of them Democrats and 24.3% of them Republicans, the vote was only 2,180 for Kerry and 7,738 for Bush, the opposite of what is seen everywhere else in the country where registered Democrats largely voted for Kerry.

I'm so surprised. Look at me, I'm surprised. This is me surprised.

Let's say it together, now: electronic voting is a bad, bad, terrible thing, at least, as currently implemented. One state server on a private network with SSH connections to the voting machines with at least 4,096-bit-long keys and linking every vote to a registered voter record -- and it prints a receipt internally and delivers one to you, just like an ATM -- that's the way to go. Anything else just won't cut it.

But, that known evil aside, now we get to know that the process of using optical scanner votes -- which has been in use for years -- is now possibly wide-open to code monkeys tossing a wrench in. Now doesn't that just make your heart tingle?

[Please, for the love of God, no political comments. I'll just delete them.]

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Two machines, made by two companies. No modems. No ssh (man in the middle, anyone?) Just cartridges with results plugged into a central A-2 or B-1 System. Yes, drive the results there. We can wait 11 days to get a result, thanks. What do people think they did in the old days? Inauguration happens in the next calendar year for a reason.

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So in the case of the ballots counted by optical scanner why don't the candidates just call for a manual recount. This is the big advantage to the optical scanner over the pure electronic voting systems.

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Giving the voter a paper receipt declaring their vote would be a bad thing. Imagine all the corruption that would ensue. $1 off every drink if you bring in your vote for Kerry! 10% off dinner if you bring in your vote for Bush!

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