satx
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Hacking Democracy...

Wed Nov 08, 2006 10:07 am

Did anybody else watch "Hacking Democracy" tonight on HBO? Wow, it just really, really pisses me off to see how easy it is to f_ck with our most basic ideals if you're only willing to lie about it. It also pisses me off to see how little the mainstream domestic media is willing to truly question just how safe our voting systems really are. They never seem willing to take an actual stand and instead just repeat the same claims of faulty security and then follow them up with the standard company line and claim the jury is always out.

Regardless of how this election goes, I won't feel comfortable until these issues are fully investigated and our votes are proven safer than our bank accounts instead of weaker than our free email accounts.

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Is American democracy safe in the age of computers? This cautionary film looks at the very real risk of hackers altering vote counts in public elections--and exposes the vulnerability of computers which count approximately 80% of America's votes in county, state and federal elections. Filmed in 2004-05, this documentary tells the story of Bev Harris, a Seattle publicist/writer whose watchdog group uncovered evidence of mishandled voting records and suspicious voting machine malfunctions. Harris' crusade took the group--consisting of computer experts, activists and political candidates from both parties--from her home computer (where she found a computer system blueprint accidentally made public) to Tallahassee, FL for a "mini-election" that proved just how easy it is to hack the vote. (TVPG) (AC)
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RE: Hacking Democracy...

Thu Nov 09, 2006 1:29 am

Just watched it online http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7236791207107726851

Incredible, especially the voting-card bit at the end.
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RE: Hacking Democracy...

Thu Nov 09, 2006 1:44 am

This smells fishy, certainly after seeing how easy it is to Hack Democracy:

"Republican Vern Buchanan was clinging to a 368-vote edge over Democrat Christine Jennings for the 13th Congressional District early this morning.

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The results were loaded with controversy as nearly 13 percent of all ballots cast in Sarasota didn’t include a choice for Congress. That difference, and scattered reports of difficulty finding the race on Sarasota’s touchscreen ballots, raised concerns about under votes in the race.

Supervisor of Elections Kathy Dent couldn’t explain why 8,000 to 10,000 fewer people voted in the congressional race than in other high-profile races for governor, attorney general or U.S. Senate. But she said nothing mechanical went wrong with the county’s $4.7 million touchscreen voting machine system...."


http://www.heraldtribune.com/apps/pb...?AID=/20061107/BREAKING20/61107145
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