My 9:15 pm “HUH?” as I watched a few minutes of a PBS report with what I think was a GOP
official declaring that “There was no Blue Wave.”
Americans have been voting on electronic computer voting machines now for 50 years where
these computers have delivered only right wing results in a sweep of our nation to deliver
governing which the American public doesn’t want by very high percentages – into the 70%-80%
and more on reproductive freedom and a growing simple majority on just plain CHOICE for any
reason whatsoever. American citizens support Federal funding for Planned Parenthood, they
support National Health Care for all/single payer. They support Social Security and Medicare.
Granted, we have threats nationally and internationally of right wing leaders taking control of
governments around the world – but I’ll point out that in 1943 that was the very purpose of Operation
GLADIO. Why wouldn’t that have happened? Granted, we have many males willing still – like the
KKK historically – to ensure male supremacy reigns in our US societies, even if it takes more violence.
Not only should we have paper ballots and hand counting, but we should have ranked voting –
As long as we continue to vote on these HACK-ABLE COMPUTERS our elections are in question …
as they are tonight at least in my mind.
If the voting public – and the large number of Americans who continue not to vote – believe the
alleged outcome of this election tonight which seems to have delivered another right wing win, they
will be demoralized. What we need is a full challenge to these computers to end their use and the
move towards a ranking system so that 3rd parties do not become “spoilers.”
In my opinion, a huge democratic hammer should have come down tonight on both Trump/GOP and
the DP which gave us Hillary and it should have all been stamped – FASCISM and FRAUD.
United States elections are not evidence-based elections
How stupid would we be to go on voting in this rigged system?
Electronic Voting Computers - What could go wrong?
United States elections are not evidence-based elections.
The most worrisome aspect of all these various vulnerabilities is that—should they be exploited—we will be unable to prove whether and to what extent they have affected the outcome of an election. The effect of even very visible problems, such as long lines, voter registration issues, and electronic failures, is difficult to quantify. Moreover, machine vendors claim proprietary ownership of their software and hardware, precluding forensic analysis. After the 2016 election, the Department of Homeland Security confirmed that it had conducted no such analysis.
Thus the only way to know if foreign or domestic actors have altered electronic tallies is to conduct what statistics Professor Philip Stark of the University of California at Berkeley calls “evidence-based elections.” This would involve a robust manual audit or manual recount of the paper ballots (or other paper record that the voter has reviewed for accuracy), and a secure chain of custody between the election night count and any audit or recount.
United States elections are not evidence-based elections. According to computer science Professor Alex Halderman of the University of Michigan, only two states, Colorado and New Mexico, conduct manual audits sufficiently robust to detect vote tally manipulation. More than half of US states do not require manual audits at all, while manual recount laws typically allow automatic state-funded recounts only if the margin of victory is less than 1 percent.
Depending on the type of voting system used at the polls, some jurisdictions may have no paper ballots (or other paper records) with which to conduct a manual recount or manual audit or recount in the first place. As of April 2018, fourteen states still used such “paperless” voting machines.