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Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Let's Do It 

Courtesy of Zemblan patriot B.K.: It doesn't seem to matter how many stories like the one below come out; Americans simply refuse to apprehend that electronic voting machines, which are designed to allow the untraceable gaming of elections, could in fact be used to game an election. So what will it take to smarten up a nation of chumps?

It'll take a handful of enterprising, patriotic hackers with the nerve, and the commitment to democracy, to game an election in the most obvious possible way. Imagine precinct after precinct reporting:

Democrat 9,522 Republican 1,776
Democrat 12,698 Republican 1,776
Democrat 6,241 Republican 1,776
Democrat 8,054 Republican 1,776

. . . and so on. Diebold machines would vanish overnight if Republicans realized that their pet technology could jump right up and bite them in the ass -- and wouldn't that happy outcome counterbalance any negative publicity the Democratic Party might suffer?

So come on, hackers! Sure, you'll do a little jail time, but in generations to come you'll be mentioned in the same breath as Patrick Henry:
A vote for George Washington could easily be converted to a vote for Benedict Arnold on an electronic voting machine and neither the voter nor the election officials administering the election would ever know what happened. It wouldn't require a "conspiracy theory" or a "conspiracy" at all. It could be done by a single person with just a few moments of access to the voting systems.

Those new findings are
detailed, and illustrated on video-tape, in a new first-of-its-kind study released today by computer scientists and security experts at Princeton University's Center for Information Technology Policy.

(The version of the video demo at the Princeton website is being hit hard, and thus, slow to download and view currently. We've got a
quick flash version available here for your convenience, courtesy of David Edwards.)

The scientific study has revealed, for the first time, that a computer virus can be easily implanted on an electronic voting machine which could, in turn, result in votes flipped for opposing candidates. The virus, as well, could be written to then spread itself from one machine to the next resulting in a stolen election. The malfeasance would likely never be discovered, the scientists have said.

Though the concept of stolen votes via electronic voting systems has been widely regarded as theoretically possible by experts up until now, a top-secret four-month long hands-on study of an actual touch-screen voting system, by the scientists at Princeton, has confirmed the worst nightmares of elections officials and American voters…not to mention a voting machine company known as Diebold.
If you're unconvinced, and need more pragmatic reasons why Diebold machines should be banned from your polling place, read about what happened today in Maryland.

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