Just some random thoughts about hacked voting machines, “Fixing the Vote” and rampant Vote Fraud …
Vote Fixing as taught by Huffington Post with video describing exactly how to actually do it. Nice of Marty Kaplan and HuffPo to give the Dems step-by-step video instructions. It looks like those instructions were followed pretty closely!
On blog after blog Vote Hacking methodology was discussed at length, and there are numerous videos that demonstrate what the vote hacker needs to do, though the planning was disguised at the time as “worry about what the Republicans are going to do”.
We now know why all the discussion was necessarry. So that the Dems could “Fix the Vote”
… Chicago style!
The Vote(fix)ing machines have been described as “About as secure as a hotel minibar.”
Weeks before the elections Cheryl Kagan, a former Maryland Democratic legislator actually had the software needed to hack the voting machines in her hot little hands! Why exactly did she have this hack tool in her possession?
Voting machine software delivered to ex-lawmaker
The disks were delivered with an unsigned note to former Democratic Delegate Cheryl Kagan … The note said the disks had been “accidentally picked up” in the state election board offices.
Electronic Voting Machines Could Skew Elections
Inside, she discovered three computer discs. With them was an anonymous letter saying the discs contained the secret source code for vote-counting that could be used to alter the votes cast through Maryland’s new electronic voting machines.
Pardon me but I think the Democrats “doth protest too much”.
Now that the Vote has been “Fixed” the Dem supporters want all that talk of “Vote Fraud” to just “go away”… Dave Lindorff asks:
What Election-Theft Conspiracy?
I am certain that Rove and his legions of dirty tricksters did their level best to intimidate and discourage minority and low-income urban voters from going to the polls.
Greg Palast and others have ably demonstrated how Republicans have mastered the art of removing people from the rolls who should not be removed, of tricking people into thinking they’d registered to vote when they hadn’t, and of threatening some groups of voters–mostly blacks and Hispanics–into not voting for fear of being arrested on some trumped-up charge.
There have also been plenty of documented cases of Republican Party attempts to establish burdensome and illegal photo ID requirements. All these things have certainly lowered Democratic vote totals by millions of votes.
But the systematic tampering with voting machines that some warned would happen and that people have claimed happened in 2004 and 2000, simply didn’t occur — and I suspect didn’t occur those years either.
Well except for this…
A sampling of e-voting glitches on election day 2006
Defaults to Democrats: The software industry has long known that defaults are important. New Jersey Republicans learned the same thing after the name of Robert Menendez, a Democrat, was allegedly highlighted by default. Voters had to manually de-select Menendez to vote Republican, The New York Times reported. One Republican lawyer told the paper: “We’re not sure exactly what the cause of it is…but it’s become too widespread to believe it’s a coincidence.”
Search Google News for this: voting machine glitch
or try Google News for this one: voting machine irregularities
Update: From engadget (HatTip: Chris)
Voter smashes touch-screen machine in Allentown
A man who reportedly believed Republicans were conspiring to steal today’s election entered an Allentown polling site, signed in and proceeded to smash the screen of one of the electronic voting machines with a metal cat paperweight, poll volunteers said.
The engadget take:
Voter smashes Diebold machine as e-voting problems crop up nationwide
The highlight of the day, though, has nothing to do with shoddy equipment and everything to do with a crazy voter who attacked a Diebold-brand machine in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Forty-three-year-old Robert Young, a registered independent, apparently believed that the e-voting machines had been deployed in a wild conspiracy by Republicans, and decided to make a statement by smashing the $5,000 device with a metal cat paperweight. A remorseful Young was quickly arrested by local police, and although the votes on the destroyed machine can still be saved, the feline paperweight did not fare nearly as well: officials have said that it will likely be impounded before being forcibly euthanized.
You couldn’t make this stuff up!