Sunday, February 19, 2006

Should votes be counted? (if no, skip this post)

Sun Feb 26 updates:
See Michael Hiltzik's LA Times blog post on The Electronic Threat to Democracy:
...The question is whether a determined hacker can get into the system, compromise the results, and get out without detection, and it has been shown again and again that the answer is yes....
And here's a helpful tip from Kevin Drum:
Are you dying to know how to hack into a Diebold machine? Unless your local registrar has bothered to change it, here's the key: F2654hD4. And the 8-byte password used for Diebold’s voter, administrator, and ender cards is ED 0A ED 0A ED 0A ED 0A.

So, where's the rest of the press on this issue? Or are car crashes more important.

Something for you to do now, that might keep you from having to give your children and grandchildren some uncomfortable answers later:

Read this call to action on hackable voting software certification, and act.
Call [or email] 5 senators on CA Senate Rules Committee...requesting subpoenas on ... election industry and certification insiders who did not come testify under oath.

The Goal: Subpoena-induced sworn testimony from voting machine vendors and errant testing labs, voting machine examiners.
No, it won't take a lot of your time. Yes the call to action comes from Daily Kos, which is leftist. But if you have half a brain in your head, regardless of which half, you know that sometimes one eye perceives a danger that the other doesn't. This is a danger.
"Just because you're on their side, doesn't mean they're on your side."*
and in future, when there's no need for them to even seem to be on your side...?


Russ Steele said...

Look, as a software program manager for years, I want to know how these devices are going to be hacked. They are not on the Interenet and they are under protections as all other election devices are. So, tell me how it is going to happen?


Anna said...

See security guru Bruce Schneier's posts on electronic voting - including the General Accounting Office Report on Electronic Voting, a recent vote hacking demo, and (from Nov 2004) The Problem with Electronic Voting Machines

Anna said...

"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves."

- Abraham Lincoln

Anonymous said...

"and in future, when there's no need for them to even seem to be on your side...?"

That's it exactly.

Forget their platforms and policies. If they don't believe in counting all the votes, they're not on your side.

Also: There's no necessary relationship between what they say beforehand, when they need your assent, and what they'll do afterward, when they have the power to ignore you forevermore.