The article by, quoted in part below, shows the inherent weakness and vulnerability in an all electronic voting system, where no paper trail is involved, and there is zero ability to audit, resulting in zero accountability. The focus of this article is on Georgia, but similar voting systems were alleged culprits in Ohio in 2004, and have likely become the norm nationwide, particularly in states with large, multicultural, urban populations. Systems like these have been designed for deception, and sold around the country, by companies such as Diebold. They are designed to be hacked and manipulated, and by putting our faith in the unaccountable, political hacks in charge of the elections, the old adage that says,
“You know, comrades, that I think in regard to this: I consider it completely unimportant who in the party will vote, or how; but what is extraordinarily important is this — who will count the votes, and how.” – Joseph Stalin
A quick aside: The Communists In America have learned Stalin’s lesson well. Andrew Brietbart, in his book “Rightous Indignation” points out how the communist Jews of Germany, that provided the ideological and financial impetus for both the 1905 Russian revolution, that failed, and the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, also supported the rise of Austrian Adolf Hitler in the late 1920’s and 1930’s. Both Stalin and Hitler eventually became nationalists, out of a desire to improve their countries, and were subsequently pitted against each other by the communist Jews of Germany, in order to destroy one and “reset” their grand experiment. A little known wor, “Red Symphony” details this information in depth. These communist Jews, who’s ideology based on the writings of Marx, were force to flee Germany, and ended up being brought to the United States, and settling in Santa Monica.
Back to Georgia. The voting machines are inherently vulnerable, intentionally poorly managed and maintained, and the Democrat National Committee has operatives manipulating the actual counting of votes all over the state, but their primary focus is in and around Atlanta. Lets look at whathad to report:
“Habersham County’s Mud Creek precinct in northeastern Georgia had 276 registered voters ahead of the state’s primary elections in May. But 670 ballots were cast, according to the Georgia secretary of state’s office, indicating a 243 percent turnout. The discrepancy, included in a number of sworn statements and exhibits filed as part of a federal lawsuit against the state by election security activists, comes amid swelling public concern for the security of Georgia’s voting systems. Georgia is one of four states that uses voting machines statewide that produce no paper record for voters to verify, making them difficult to audit, experts say.”
“And cybersecurity experts have warned that there were security flaws on the state election website leading up to the 2016 contest that permitted the download and manipulation of voter information. The court filings highlight various issues with Georgia’s 16-year-old voting machines, as well as the system that runs them and handles voter registration information.”
These systems have been in place since approximately 2002, and were likely responsible for delivering countless Democrats to congress and at least one to the White House. The one that arrived in the White House in 2009, one Bathhouse Barry, has quite the questionable past, almost rivaling, and sometimes surpassing, the previous Democrat President from 1992-2000, William Jefferson “Bill” Clinton. However, we will truly never know, because the lack of historical, hard copy (paper) data is unavailable, and therein lies the accountability problem.
“In one sworn statement, a voter explains that she and her husband, who were registered to vote at the same address, were assigned different polling places and different city council districts. In another, a voting machine froze on Election Day. In several instances, voters showed up at their polling places as listed on the secretary of state’s website, only to be told they were supposed to vote elsewhere. An Atlanta Democrat’s voting machine provided him a ballot including the 5th Congressional District, for which longtime Rep. John Lewis ran unopposed, instead of his 6th Congressional District ballot, which featured a competitive Democratic race.”
Many will scoff, and dismiss these election day abnormalities as insignificant, but they are indicative of MUCH larger problems hiding under the surface, and behind the non-accountability of the Secretaries of State of many “purple” states.
“Some issues, like the freezing machines, could be chalked up to the the age of the polling infrastructure, said Harri Hursti, a computer programmer who studies election cybersecurity. But others, like the incorrect ballots, could have been caused by anything from a clerical error to a malicious manipulation of voter data, said Hursti, who is also the organizer for the Voting Village at hacking conference DEF CON, where participants demonstrate hacking into some state voting machines. It’s possible that there’s a connection between the security issues reported at Georgia’s Center for Election Systems and the issues chronicled in the court statements, but an immediate switch to paper ballots is necessary regardless, Hursti said.”
And in a very prescient moment, Harri Hursti summed up this Vote Integrity issue. When it comes to accountability…
“But the connection is not needed,” he said. “You don’t need to have a smoking gun to do the right thing.”
Spokeswoman Candice Broce, from the Office of Georgia’s Secretary of State Brian Kemp, defended the security of state elections via email.
“Alongside federal, local, and private sector partners, we continue to fight every day to ensure secure and accurate elections in Georgia that are free from interference. To this day, due to the vigilance, dedication, and hard work of those partners, our elections system and voting equipment remain secure.”
My turn to scoff. Is anyone else getting tired of being lied to, and told that there’s “nothing to see here”? The immense importance of Republican control of the House and Senate in 2018 cannot be overstated, and yet here we have Secretary Kemp saying that he has,
“set up a bipartisan commission to look into changing state voting machines ahead of the 2020 elections, but not in time for the midterm elections this November.”
Some other examples of abnormalities are listed below for context:
“Bowers, for example, noticed that a machine was marked “Do Not Touch,” when she went to vote in July. One poll worker told her votes had been cast on the machine prior to its failure on Election Day. After the polls closed, Bowers noticed the results tape from the machine showed it hadn’t collected any votes.”
“Two statements also indicated that the race in the 9th Congressional District were omitted from a results tape in one precinct of Hall County. Hall County Elections Director Lori Wurtz later said there had been “no discrepancies” with the results.”
Please be aware that, as Joseph Stalin noted some 80 years ago,
What is extraordinarily important is this — who will count the votes, and how.
How else but reverting to paper ballots, with community volunteers counting them, overseen by people to guarantee accountability?