Hacking Democracy

Before you go and vote today it might worth your time to watch this show from HBO. It is scary how easy it is for people to screw with these computer machines. It is also scary how in bed these companies seem to be with the republican parties.

There is seriously no way I would vote on either a touch screen machine OR a optical scanner machine. They all suffer the same problems and have the same companies behind them changing the votes.

This is one of several situations that computers are not the answer. People need to look at the votes. They need to be counted out in the open.


It is truly unbelievable. I mean just unbelievable.

HBO just put the show up on Google Video

and I found this on the blackboxvoting.org site:
I thought this was pretty interesting too:

Found this on MSNBC : http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/15590530/

there is a really interesting paragraph in there:

Election officials in Delaware County, Ind., planned to seek a court order to extend voting after an apparent computer error prevented voters from casting ballots in 75 precincts there. County Clerk Karen Wenger said the cards that activate the machines were programmed incorrectly.

Those cards are the same cards that they show being modified in the Documentary and changing the election results.

Wow. Now there is video of them putting these cards in people’s personal laptops and such:

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4 Responses to Hacking Democracy

  1. noneofus says:

    [quote=”Brent”]There is seriously no way I would vote on either a touch screen machine OR a optical scanner machine.[/quote]

    So, were you allowed to vote or did you refuse??

    I had to stand in line over here…
    yeah, Linda and Stacey were in front of me…
    he he he!

  2. Brent says:

    They had an older style machine here.

  3. maxx says:

    So, I wanted to write a little follow-up note. The election is over, the Dems came out big winners.

    And the story about rigged machines instantly got silenced.

    Hmmm… now if the Republicans had won, I guarantee that the stories would have been about how these machines are rigged, the guy from Diebold would have been on public trial, and the usual pundits would have make much hay about how this whole system is broken.

    I find that to be a trifle disingenious. I’ve voted using the touchscreen machines in CA for over six elections now, and there have never been any allegations of irregularities that were substantiated with real evidence.

    I’m going to have to call bullshit on this one. There’s nothing wrong with the machines, just the people that are too incompetent to embrace technology and use them. There’s always some 80-year old railing on about the evils of technology in the stories about the machines breaking down and the voters having to stand in long lines. As with most everything computer related, the problem exists between the keyboard and chair (or in this case, voting booth and the floor).

  4. Brent says:

    Your assumption that people have shut up about problems with the machines is faulty. There are a lot of places that are recounting and having trouble with them. Bowling Green was one of them. Theirs was a minor problem, but there are bigger ones out there. Blackbox has the info about it. There were several stories about problems with the machines in Indiana on election day.

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