Thursday, September 14, 2006

The Election Will Be Stolen

By the frightening left-wing tinfoilhat brigade. You don't believe me? Just read this summary of a study done at Princeton University (Princeton!):

The main findings of our study are:

1. Malicious software running on a single voting machine can steal votes with little if any risk of detection. The malicious software can modify all of the records, audit logs, and counters kept by the voting machine, so that even careful forensic examination of these records will find nothing amiss. We have constructed demonstration software that carries out this vote-stealing attack.

2. Anyone who has physical access to a voting machine, or to a memory card that will later be inserted into a machine, can install said malicious software using a simple method that takes as little as one minute. In practice, poll workers and others often have unsupervised access to the machines.

3. AccuVote-TS machines are susceptible to voting-machine viruses--computer viruses that can spread malicious software automatically and invisibly from machine to machine during normal pre- and postelection activity. We have constructed a demonstration virus that spreads in this way, installing our demonstration vote-stealing program on every machine it infects.

4. While some of these problems can be eliminated by improving Diebold's software, others cannot be remedied without replacing the machines' hardware. Changes to election procedures would also be required to ensure security.

Bolding by me. Why are the wingnuts letting this happen? Not the bolding, but the vote-theft. Can't they see the hordes of lefty activists writing down instructions at this very minute? Why have wingnut politicians had no interest in the transparency of the elections?

My sarcasm falls flat here, for a very obvious reason which I nevertheless will not mention. But you really should find out how very easy vote-tampering is. This link gives you a ten-minute video which shows how it's done. So we can all learn....

Perhaps the only way to create a movement for more transparent elections is for vote-tampering to become universal in all elections. How very sad that I'm writing this in only half-jest.