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How to Rig an Election with Only $26 in Parts and an Eight-Grade Science Education

The privatization of elections is one of the most dangerous crises for American democracy. By means of proprietary, corporate-owned software, one programmer can dictate the outcome of any election.

I'm going to offer a lot of information here for anyone concerned about possible election fraud by tampering with electronic voting machines.  I will be presenting my findings in the same chronological order as I researched it.  Since I am an abysmally slow typist, I will provide links to direct you to different articles and videos which can provide you with more detailed information in a manner far surpassing anything I could attempt.  I'm a bit technologically-challenged, so if the links typed on this blog do not immediately click you to the desired location, please scroll down to the very first comment following this posting.  From past experience, I know that links typed in as comments work.

I have always been extremely distrustful of electronic voting machines.  They are often prone to inexplicable error, easy to hack, and most times leave no verifiable paper trail for recount.

Warning bells began to ring when I watched this report by Ben Swann on Mitt Romney's financial connection to Hart voting machines in Hamilton County, Ohio:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFDa64oYfHg

Hamilton County could be pivotal in deciding which candidate wins Ohio's electoral votes.  Ohio, in turn, could be pivotal in who wins the presidency.

http://t.news.msn.com/politics/election-may-come-down-to-106-counties

Curious about Hart voting machines, I found that in 2008, a whistleblower lawsuit was filed against Hart InterCivic claiming the company lied to election officials about the reliability of their voting machines.

http://wired.com/threatlevel/2008/03/whistleblower-v/

And that there was evidence of electronic vote flipping occurring on Diebold, ES&S, and Hart balloting machines:

http://www.cfvi.us/?q=node/46

In May of 2007, Secretary of State Debra Bowen (bless her soul) commissioned a review of electronic voting systems (which included Hart InterCivic) in the state of California.  Security experts found significant security flaws in all of the manufacturers' voting systems that could allow a single non-expert to compromise an entire election.

http://www.technewsworld.com/story/58572.html

At this point, I seriously thought that the vote count in Hamilton County, Ohio would be manipulated and compromised.  It seemed too rich a prize to ignore.  But, I sat on it for a week thinking that it was already to late to put any monitoring in place to watch out for electronic balloting monkey-business.

Then just this morning, I read that ES&S secretly installed unauthorized "experimental" software in 39 counties' tabulators in an alleged violation of state election law in (you guessed it) Ohio.

http://huffingtonpost.com/art-levine/mia-in-voting-machine-war_b_2054411.html

And to sum it all up, I found a link to a most excellent article by Victoria Collier entitled "How to Rig an Election" in this month's edition of Harper's magazine.  If you don't read anything else I've mentioned so far, please at least read this article.  It is the most informative piece I have ever run across concerning electronic voting fraud and the subversion of democracy.

http://shiftfrequency.com/victoria-collier-how-to-rig-an-election/

I think I'll put that at the top of my list of links in the comment box directly below.

PS.  If you want to learn more about voting fraud in general, please visit  the highly commendable Bev Harris @ blackboxvoting.org 

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tony masi November 04, 2012 at 05:56 AM
http://shiftfrequency.com/victoria-collier-how-to-rig-an-election/ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iFDa64oYfHg http://t.news.msn.com/politics/election-may-come-down-to-106-counties http://wired.com/threatlevel/2008/03/whistleblower-v/ http://www.cfvi.us/?q=node/46 http://www.technewsworld.com/story/58572.html http://huffingtonpost.com/art-levine/mia-in-voting-machine-war_b_2054411.html http://shiftfrequency.com/victoria-collier-how-to-rig-an-election/
tony masi November 04, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Oops! The youtube Mitt Romney/voting machine link I gave no longer works. Here's one that does: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDAhnb7yC94
tony masi November 04, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Wow! The Victoria Collier article site is now missing. What a shame. It may still be up on the net in its entirety somewhere, but your only option may be to pick up a copy of the Nov. Harper's. You can catch a paragraph or two at: http://harpers.org/blog/2012/10/an-excerpt-from-how-to-rig-an-election/
tony masi November 04, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Electronic vote rigging - read it while you can - full article by Victoria Collier: http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/277-75/14198-focus-how-to-rig-an-election
tony masi November 06, 2012 at 12:01 AM
25% of voting locations leave no verifiable paper record. That just in from Yahoo! News. That's right, 1/4 of this country's voting locations are handled by electronic voting machines which offer no back-up for a verifiable recount and whose manufacturers have blocked any examination of their proprietary software design through extended legal battles.
valeri hood November 06, 2012 at 01:52 AM
Greg Pallast has done amazing research on election fraud- look him up on youtube, or watch http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L7bDZqgtoOc Greg Palast: Romney's Billionaire Vulture Paul Singer. - YouTube feb 2012 Want to know where Romney gets his $$? Your vote is often not counted if you do provisional- do not accept it- go to the poll where you are supposed to vote- spend 15 minutes to research how to participate in what we have left of a democracy- It is not always counted if it is mail in--millions of those votes were dumped in all of the last 3 elections The BEST you can do is to walk in your ballot- say I surrender my ballot and ask for a new one--and vote in your precinct! In Marin, they are mandated to post the tallies outdoors at the end of the day- please take photos of those tallies at the end of the day. If election fraud takes place, you will have some proof if an election recount is necessary. The people that are interfering are ABSOLUTE CRIMINALS! and will stop at nothing http://www.gregpalast.com/ballotbandits/ Democracy is not a spectator sport. Freedom is a constant struggle.
tony masi November 06, 2012 at 02:23 PM
Call me paranoid, but I think the fix is in. The neo-cons are better positioned and more ruthless when it comes to dirty election tactics. I think Romney will be given the presidency, one way or another, in order to continue the ultra-right's interventionist agenda in the Middle-East. I sincerely hope I am wrong.
tony masi November 09, 2012 at 08:18 PM
All of my fears on this issue have proven to be unjustified. Apparently no one else took me seriously on this topic anyway. That's OK. I'm used to it. I don't limit talking to myself to just the web. I do it at home also.
tony masi November 18, 2012 at 06:01 PM
"Did Anonymous stop Karl Rove from Stealing Ohio again?" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=REn1BnJE3do&feature=g-logo-xit I know. Most people are completely done with the election by now. But this video by Thom Hartmann possibly explains the happy surprise I felt regarding Ohio's vote.
Vincent B. Shadow November 24, 2012 at 08:47 PM
How bout if I ONLY had a '7th Grade Edukation" but had $35 ......could I still ...'rig an election' ???? Vincent B. Shadow
tony masi November 24, 2012 at 09:42 PM
It depends on who you know and what state you're in.
Vincent B. Shadow November 25, 2012 at 11:10 PM
You replied to me: "It depends on who you know and what state you're in." Well...I know my Mom, my mechanic, and I"m getting to know my neighbor's wife REAL well ! , since my neighbor travels a lot......and "state" ? ....well....I"m usually in a perpetual extreme.........state of.......Concupiscence !!! Later....Vince
tony masi November 26, 2012 at 02:42 AM
Well then, we've got something in common. I know your Mom, too. In fact, I knew her on a regular basis up until her last parole violation. And points for using the word "Concupiscence". I would have commonly settled for using the word "tumescence".

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