Sunday, July 29, 2007

California proves It is time to implement a Verifiable Voting System, electronic voting machines manipulated, unverifiable!

California proves It is time to implement a Verifiable Voting System, electronic voting machines manipulated and unverifiable!
I understand getting caught up in the all day long underhanded corruption By Bush and his MIS Administration. I kept looking at the unbelievable dose of today's stories and realized I better talk about California's findings because I don't see it getting much coverage and we cannot allow this to happen again.
As we are heading towards the 2008 elections I am reminded that the problems we experienced the last two times still persist. until California I have not heard anything done to resolve them. We cannot wait until we are in the middle of an election once again before this becomes an issue again. It seems as the usual out of sight out of sound is applying once again. As I watch and listen to the nightmare Bush I am increasingly concerned that a nightmare like him could happen again. I keep hearing that the powers behind who really gets elected and the agenda that is actually followed will ensure that a President is elected that will continue Bush's stridence towards so called new world order.
There are those in both party's that allow abuse of our election process for many reasons. First, many people are still lazy and think in the end their elected officials will do the right thing for them. That will never happen and they will continue to do the right thing for themselves. People fall for the line that we must move our election system into the 21st century and that is why we must go electronic. California proved what we know and that is that those machines guarantee a given election outcome and we must get them outlawed and quickly. Again we are running out of time.
Our voting system should be updated but not influenced by the 21st century of political lies we are surrounded by! It should start with an Abolishing of the outdated electoral system that wrongly let Bush in as President in the first place. The Electoral College no longer serves the "peoples" purpose. It was needed when America was so Rural people could not be made aware or get their opinions to the polls so we needed someone to represent us.
That is no longer necessary! We are capable of getting to the polls and representing ourselves. Doing away with the Electoral College would eliminate what got the slime Bush into office in the first place. That is only one problem! Also, we know these electronic voting machines can be manipulated. Sadly, you know they will be in order to benefit one special interest or the other.
It is a sad situation as we are constantly lied to and manipulated for political gain. In order to have a paper trail and verification to move forward sometimes you have to move back to what worked in the past. We must go back to the paper and pencil system that can be verified individually. Until we do that and do it universally there is too much room for selfish exploitation.
We do have a grassroots movement in order to get rid of the electoral College. We must also take the courts out of our Election process, give the process too the people who it is supposed to represent, and return to a verifiable paper process, so the entire process can be monitored and truly representative of the people and their desires.
This will not happen as long as we leave it up to the Politicians. They will try to manipulate the process in their Political favor as seems to be the prevailing thought process today. That is the case in every instance in today's Political environment and is the primary reason for the majority of the countries problems today. How can "We the People" get involved and ensure that a voting system representative of the people not special interests is in place for 2008. We cannot wait until the last minute when we have another crisis and I am afraid we are.
First I am reminded of an old saying that "As California goes so goes the Nation" That should certainly apply in this case. In California Three of California's electronic voting systems can be easily hacked into, potentially compromising millions of votes, according to a detailed review announced Friday.
I have to be suspicious as to why but Makers of Los Angeles County's InkaVote system did not submit its equipment in time, so it wasn't included. The three systems evaluated, used by more than two-thirds of California's counties, also had problems with accessibility requirements for disabled and non-English-speaking voters. The findings of what some believe to be one of the most comprehensive electronic voting studies to date come as California registrars rush to prepare for the state's presidential primary election Feb. 5.
Over two months, dozens of experts in information technology organized by the University of California tested machines made by Diebold Election Systems, Hart InterCivic and Sequoia Voting Systems. The analysts tried to infiltrate the three systems physically and electronically, without the safeguards that voting machine vendors or counties might use. "Under these conditions, the technology and security of all three systems could be compromised," the review said.
For example: Testers accessed the insides of Sequoia machines by prying open seals or unscrewing external screws to bypass locks. The experts connected to secure data in a Diebold machine by hacking into its Windows operating system. Testers "were able to bypass both physical and software security in every system they tested." "The severity of what it means, whether counties have adapted [security] procedures already ... is something we have to analyze," she said.,1,6799644.story?coll=la-headlines-technology&ctrack=2&cset=true
Our very existence as a democracy is dependent on our having voting systems that are secure, reliable and accurate, and we have found that out the hard way. This is one State people! I am sure this is repeated around the country. Officials who did this study of course disagree as to the findings and are not sure their is a smoking gun.
I do not have any doubts. There is a smoking gun and it is in the form of an electronic voting machines. We must outlaw them. We must get rid of them before the next election or we will have serious trouble. We cannot afford another Bush or false elections.

James Joiner
Gardner, Ma


Larry said...

The Electoral College is slanted to favor one over the other. What is wrong with the popular vote as a whole.

Now all the big states have moved their primaries which has leveled an even more unfair advantage.

Once again corporate elitists are controlling another part of government.

pissed off patricia said...

Florida is doing away with the electronic voting system too. We have a new gov. he is Repub and so far he's fantastic. I often wonder if he lied about being a repub. He's not your average guy from that party.

an average patriot said...

We have to get rid of the electoral college. It served its purpose when people needed representation.
This is the 21st century and we can represent ourselves now. Those electronic voting machines too have to go and yestrday. They are only wanted by Politicians because they can be manipulated hopefully in their favor and it cannot be detected. We are in big trouble as we move "hopefully" into the future.

an average patriot said...

Glad to hear that. Knowing those systems along with the electoral College are corruptible we must get rid of them both and quickly.
California proved what we all know. Those machines can be manipulated to elect whoever and it can not be detected.
That is why the Politicians want them. They should be outlawed immediately or we are in trouble in 2008 and it should be Federally mandated but it will not be.
This along with everything else today is getting very scary!