16 MAY 2014, Vol.1, No.52 > VOTE FRAUD! HERE?
The POCAHONTAS CRIER
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VOTE FRAUD! HERE?
Numerous reports have filtered in within the past 48 hours from those in various precincts in the county whereby folks trying to vote for a specific candidate had to ‘touch-the-screen’ as many as seven – eight times to get a ‘check-mark’ to pop up on the candidate of their choice…instead of having the ‘check-mark’ popping up for a different candidate! Some folks say that they called a ‘poll-attendant’ for assistance, but the ‘poll-worker’ indicated that they were not allowed to see the monitor-screen while the person was voting – and therefore COULD NOT VERIFY THE PROBLEM OR BE A WITNESS AS TO THE VOTING-SCREEN IRREGULARITIES!
Wow! How convenient! A voter has a problem with the electronic-voting machine not showing a ‘check-mark’ next to the candidate of their choice – asks for assistance – but is denied assistance, or even a witness to the problem, and the voter then has to keep hitting the touch-screen over & over in the hopes that the ‘check-mark’ will eventually show up next to the candidate of their choice! Well, guess what? This is the same sort of problem REPORTED IN THE 2012 ELECTION on Election Day – ‘check-marks’ showing up for other candidates!
Are we saying that the electronic-voting-machines being used in this county are ‘rigged’, or can be ‘rigged’? Nooooo! Such a thing could never happen here, could it? Just asking if the electronic-voting-machines could be ‘rigged’ here in Pocahontas County is the same as asking how it was that David Jonese won a second term as sheriff with over 2000 votes in the 2012 election! I won’t ask – if you don’t tell – but it does seem strange indeed!
Here is a quick story of ‘the 2012 Era’ as well as ‘NOW’ –
Electronic Voting Machines Still Widely Used Despite Security Concerns
Written by Gerald.Smith@huffingtonpost.comFor years, researchers have been aware of numerous security flaws in electronic voting machines. They've found ways to hack the machines to swap votes between candidates, reject ballots, or accept 50,000 votes from a precinct with just 100 voters.
Yet on Nov. 6, millions of voters -- including many in hotly contested swing states -- will cast ballots on e-voting machines that researchers have found are vulnerable to hackers. What is more troubling, say some critics, is that election officials have no way to verify that votes are counted accurately because some states do not use e-voting machines that produce paper ballots.
After the "hanging chad" controversy of the 2000 election, Congress passed a federal law that gave states funding to replace their punch card and lever voting systems with electronic voting machines. But computer scientists have repeatedly demonstrated that a variety of electronic voting machines can be hacked – often quite easily.
"Every time they are studied, we find further problems," said J. Alex Halderman, a computer science professor at the University of Michigan who researches voting machine security.
"It's simply a matter of reprogramming these machines to be dishonest," Halderman added. "That's what we found six years ago and it's still true today, and many of these machines are still in use."
In 2008, researchers at Princeton University found that it took seven minutes, using simple tools, to install a different computer program in a voting machine "that steals votes from one party's candidates, and gives them to another." That machine, the Sequoia Avantage, is still used in at least six states by 9 million voters, according to Roger Johnston, who heads the vulnerability assessment team at Argonne National Laboratory.
Last fall, Johnston and his team of researchers found that Diebold's AccuVote voting machines could be hacked to change voting results by inserting a piece of electronics into the machines. Diebold's AccuVote voting machines are used in at least 20 states by 21 million voters, according to Johnston.
"I've seen high school science fair projects that are more sophisticated than what is needed to hijack a voting machine," Johnston said in an interview.
Most voting machines are made by two manufacturers, Election Systems & Software and Dominion Voting Systems, which was formerly Diebold Election Systems. Neither company returned requests for comment.
Researchers say it's difficult to determine whether voting machine manufacturers have fixed cyber-security flaws because the companies do not share their software code publicly. In addition, there is little pressure on them from elections officials to do so, Johnston said.
"The voting manufacturers are in denial," Johnston said. "They are not doing anything about these problems, but their customers are not asking them to, either."
To review the complete article, click this link below: < http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/22/electronic-voting-machines-2012_n_1992992.html >.
Wouldn’t it make more sense to GO BACK TO PAPER BALLOTS since the time trying to read the ‘touch-screen’ & ‘flip-pages’ takes LONGER than just checking-off a PAPER BALLOT! And WHO has the eyesight in this county to read the so-called ‘paper-trail’ that pops up in the little window before exiting the machine? For that matter, WHO gets to read, verify & check those so-called little-paper-trails anyway? And what are they supposed to check them for anyhow? Compared to VOTING on PAPER BALLOTS – the electronic-voting machines seem more like an ‘illusion’ of going through the motions rather than having a PAPER BALLOT whereby a more accurate count can actually be VERIFIED when all is said & done! Just any electronic device – a simply ‘magnet’ in one’s pocket can make the electronic device go astray! Yet in foreign countries with far more folks than here – the PAPER BALLOTS are placed in a PLEXIGLASS BOX so all can see when a ballot is completed & voted! Ah, but this is ‘TIA’ – This Is America!
If anyone has ever skied at Snowshoe & Silver Creek, you may remember the three-part ‘NCR-FORMS’ you could fill-out with a pencil in a minute or two, compared to their alleged ‘new-electronic-touch-screen’ method! After spending hours driving to get here (depending on where a person comes from), and trying to get to the top of the mountain while a bus went off the roadway pursuant to snow or ice, etc. – and then finally checking-in, dropping everything off in the room in order to get ‘first-tracks’ or thereabouts ASAP – you finally get to the skis, boots & polls rental section as the last stop to get on the ‘slopes’ – AND WHAM! You are NOW faced with a long line trying to read the ‘touch-screen’ with details of name, address, age, birthday, shoe size, etc., etc., etc. – and your find it takes 5 – 10 minutes per/customer – compared to the NCR-Method in which you checked-off in ‘seconds’ the info required verses the ‘minutes’ required on the ‘touch-screen’! And having only one or two machines available doesn’t help much either! Then Snowshoe Mountain, Inc. wonders why FOLKS DON’T COME BACK – unless they have too!
When all is said & done, it is easy to see just how a ‘handful’ of folks in this county – with deceit in their minds – can change the course of history at any given time, and maintain POVERTY & PAUPERISM for everyone else but themselves! In the recent campaign for county commission, we here are wondering what if – what if – David Fleming had also been a ‘Mason’, would his vote totals have been any different? So, David, how does it feel now to have been sliced-up, cut-up, chewed-up, and spit-out by the likes of the ‘Poverty Preservation Society’ (PPS) and their associates & allies – after YOU DID THEIR BIDDING for the past six years expecting to make a career on the county commission? Guess you too will have to wait until Donald Trump builds his ‘casino’ in order to become a ‘bootlicker’, ‘footman’ or ‘doorman’ for the rich & infamous!
On 04 NOVEMBER…there’s no excuse…
IT’S YOUR CHOICE…
TO CHANGE THINGS FOR THE BETTER!
Just say ‘NO’ to those who want to keep this county in Poverty & Pauperism
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Just say ‘YES’ to real Progress & Prosperity for the future!
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