“EXPLOSIVE DETAILS” ON ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES COMING
from Defend the Vote, ©2013
(Aug. 17, 2013) — Defend the Vote has been busy working on election integrity in Illinois, and we have several projects that we are working to complete before the upcoming elections in 2014. One of our most important projects is the vulnerability assessment of the electronic voting machines used in Chicago and Suburban Cook County. We have partnered with Argonne National Laboratory as part of this security investigation.
Our initial investigations have led us to believe that electronic voting machines can never be secure. Now, we want the security professionals at Argonne to assess the security of these machines and uncover their security gaps to help find ways that risks can be eliminated or removed. Unfortunately, we have encountered tremendous resistance from Chicago and Suburban Cook County toward our vulnerability assessment. They do not want to talk to the security professionals at Argonne, let alone allow them to review the machines. They don’t seem to have an explanation why they are resistant to learning about security gaps in the election machines that tally over 4 million votes in Illinois. If the integrity of the vote is their first concern, why do they keep putting up roadblocks?
A vulnerability assessment looks at all aspects of the vote. In October 2012, we caught Chicago illegally authenticating the absentee ballots and Suburban Cook County unlawfully assigning ‘one party’ election judges to oversee the vast majority of the nursing home vote. Our findings brought instant changes to election administration while the 2012 elections were ongoing. The solutions we found had to be developed based on the timing of the elections. In 2014, we are working far in advance to prompt the necessary changes to better secure the vote.
We just posted this video on our new Defend the Vote YouTube account: Stopping Election Fraud – Are The Seals That Protect your Vote Safe? As you will see, Argonne takes a methodical approach to uncovering security flaws. These red seals and others with a similar design are being used to ‘protect’ the memory devices that secure the electronic vote. It is not difficult or costly to design better seals!
Our work needs funding. We are a small group that is making a big impact on Illinois elections. Our goal is to raise at least $5,000 by next Friday so we can push the issue of electronic voting without delay. While I cannot discuss it now, we have uncovered some explosive details about electronic voting machines that we will reveal in the near future.
Please help us fund the vulnerability assessment with Argonne National Laboratory. Kane, Madison, and Peoria Counties use a different electronic voting machine called the eSlate that must also be investigated. Your contributions are urgently needed to fund our investigations into electronic voting in Illinois. Please click here and make a contribution through Paypal, or snail mail a contribution to 1 West Surrey Lane, Barrington, IL 60010.