Thursday, April 07, 2011

How Easy Is It To Steal An Election? Princeton University Gives Us A Tour

Perhaps not everyone (among those even aware of this issue) is as uneasy with electronic voting machines — the infamous, unstrustworthy Diebold touch screen things — as I am. And so unfortunately, the question of how easily these machines can be hacked and manipulated to steal elections has been relegated to dark conspiracist corners by the MSM. Which is the death knell for a critical area that should get much more vigorous media scrutiny: the integrity of our elections.

There has been sufficient evidence of widespread problems with the security and operation of these machines to convince some states, including Wisconsin, to enact laws after the 2004 presidential election (in which substantive claims of electronic voting fraud emerged) requiring a paper trail or record for every electronic vote cast. It certainly crossed my mind as I checked the AP county-by-county returns. One thing to keep in mind about electoral theft is, it can't easily be done when the winner's margin is above two percent, or higher. But when the margins are razor-thin, then the possibility of manipulating the machines becomes increasingly more likely. Whether or not this was the case in Wisconsin, remains to be seen.

Princeton University demonstrates in this video how very easy it is to hack these machines. This is a truly scary demo:

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