Although I’m not normally one to follow the ins and outs of political races across the country, within about three days of the November election, I was seeing things that just didn’t seem quite right. I began doing some research and I found many many articles warning of potential problems in our election systems. These articles were from all manner of publishers including many that are most often considered reliable. I have now done hundreds of hours of reading on the subject. I’ll link to just a few of the articles that predate the election below.
Most of these articles warned of vulnerabilities in our electronic election equipment. I realized I had seen some of those articles when they were published and had the attitude that someone should do something about that. Nobody did. There were a good many articles that also told us about strange happenings in various elections across the county. Most of these were never resolved but when all of them were taken as a whole, I came to the conclusion that there have been significant regularities across the country since at least 2004. My opinions were solely based on the reading of news articles and it seemed to me that members of both parties had complained about irregularities.
Today, the media paints a much different picture, but doesn’t give us any evidence as to why their opinions should change. That’s a bit strange don’t you think?
As time went on more and more data analyst became involved in looking into the irregularities and came to conclusions based on data they had interpreted that were similar to mine.
As more time and research has been done, I’m convinced that the problems go back much further than the early 2000’s. What’s more, we have taken what should be a simple procedure and turned it into one that neither the politicians nor most of the people fully understand. I have already written each of you on this subject and I will again.
This is being sent to all of my elected representatives at every level and to most all state representatives. My expectation is that you will not only support, but will advocate to rip the lid off of our election systems and leaving no stone unturned see what if any problems are there. I expect audits to be done that include but are not limited to:
A review of the voter roles with a neighborhood canvass to examine anomalies; a complete examination of the software installed in any piece of voting equipment; A complete examination of all county and precinct router data – yes, something is going through routers or the poll books wouldn’t work and if there is nothing there it's time to prove it; a detailed forensic examination of the ballots themselves; and an examination of all chain of custody documents.
In Texas, Steve Toths audit bill (HB241) seems to be the most developed way to get there, but I expect all of my representatives at every level to work on making this a reality by any means possible as quickly as possible. Adding HB241 as an amendment to SB1 might be a worthy idea. However it’s done we are now going to “do something about that”.
Links follow. Yup there’s a lot of them. All of them from before the election warning of potential issues.
Politicians on Election Machine Security
Politico: How to Hack an Election in 7 Minutes (Aug 5, 2016)
PBS: Recounts or no, U.S. elections are still vulnerable to hacking (December 26, 2016)
CBS: Hacker demonstrates how voting machines can be compromised (Aug 10, 2016)
FOX: Princeton Professor demonstrates how to hack a voting machine (Sep 18, 2016)
Politico: Will the Georgia Special Election Get Hacked? (June 14, 2017)
CNET: Defcon hackers find it’s very easy to break voting machines (July 30, 2017)
CNN: We watched hackers break into voting machines (Aug 11, 2017)
Slate: America's Voting Systems Are Highly Vulnerable to Hackers (Feb 22, 2018)
New York Times: I Hacked an Election. So Can the Russians. (April 5, 2018)
Axios: There's more than one way to hack an election (July 3, 2018)
Newsweek: Election Hacking: Voting-Machine Supplier Admits It Used Hackable Software (July 17, 2018)
Voting Machine Hacks at DefCon: 11-year-old hacks Florida voting systems. (Aug 12, 2018)
The Guardian: Why US elections remain 'dangerously vulnerable' to cyber-attacks (Aug 13, 2018)
CBS: Why voting machines in the U.S. are easy targets for hackers (September 19, 2018)
Jenny Cohn: The genesis of America’s corrupted computerized election system (Oct 10, 2018)
New York Times: America's Elections Could Be Hacked. Go Vote Anyway (October 19, 2018)
Scientific American: The Vulnerabilities of Our Voting Machines (Nov 1, 2018)
GQ: How to Hack an Election (November 5, 2018)
NYBooks: Voting Machines - What Could Possibly Go Wrong? (November 5, 2018)
Salon: Philly ignores cybersecurity and disability access in voting system selection (Feb 16, 2019)
Politico: State election officials opt for 2020 voting machines vulnerable to hacking (March 1, 2019)
TechCrunch: Senators demand to know why election vendors still sell voting machines with ‘known vulnerabilities’ (Mar 27, 2019)
Salon: New "hybrid" voting system can change paper ballot after it's been cast (March 28, 2019)
AP: New Election systems use vulnerable software (July 13, 2019)
Vice: Critical U.S. Election Systems Have Been Left Exposed Online Despite Official Denials (Aug 8, 2019)
CNN: Watch this hacker break into a voting machine (Aug 10, 2019)
Washington Post: Hackers were told to break into U.S. voting machines. They didn't have much trouble. (Aug 12, 2019)
MIT Tech Review: 16 million Americans will vote on hackable paperless machines (Aug 13, 2019)
Salon: Hackers can easily break into voting machines used across the U.S. (August 14, 2019)
FOX: Election machine keys are on the Internet, hackers say (August 22, 2019)
NPR: Cyber Experts Warn Of Vulnerabilities Facing 2020 Election Machines (Sep 4, 2019)
Jenny Cohn: America’s Electronic Voting System is Corrupted to the Core (Sep 7, 2019)
Washington Post: U.S. voting machines vulnerable to hacks in 2020, researchers find (Sep 27, 2019)
Motherjones: Researchers Assembled over 100 Voting Machines. Hackers Broke Into Every Single One. (Sep 27, 2019)
The Hill: Voting machines pose a greater threat to our elections than foreign agents (Oct 2, 2019)
RollingStone: John Oliver Breaks Down Faulty Election Machine Security on 'Last Week Tonight' (November 4, 2019)
Bloomberg: Expensive, Glitchy Voting Machines Expose 2020 Hacking Risks (November 8, 2019)
NYBooks: How New Voting Machines Could Hack Our Democracy (Dec 17, 2019)
Washington Post: Voting machines touted as secure option are actually vulnerable to hacking, study finds (Jan 8, 2020)
NBC: 'Online and vulnerable' - Experts find nearly three dozens U.S. voting systems connected to internet (Jan 10, 2020)
AP: Reliability of pricey new voting machines questioned (Feb 23, 2020)
The Guardian: Hack the vote - terrifying film shows how vulnerable US elections are (Mar 26, 2020)
AJC: In high-stakes election, Georgia’s voting system vulnerable to cyberattack (Oct 23, 2020)
POLITICO How to Hack an Election in 7 Minutes. With Russia already meddling in 2016, a ragtag group of obsessive tech experts is warning that stealing the ultimate prize—victory on Nov. 8—would be child’s play.