Most Western democracies flee voting machines.

Jennifer Cohn
Dec 31, 2017 · 5 min read

By Jennifer Cohn @jennycohn1
January 21, 2018

  1. In 2009, Germany ruled that “secret, computerized vote counting was unconstitutional,” reasoning that the public must be able to observe and understand (without special technical knowledge) each step of the process used to count the votes.

2. Thus, Germany now conducts hand counted elections. (Germany does still use software to collect and disseminate the hand counted totals, and even that has raised security concerns in the wake of recent parliamentary network breaches by Russia.)

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-09-07/white-hat-hackers-expose-security-gaps-in-german-voting-software

3. Meanwhile, due to recent concerns over Russian meddling, France now requires hand counted paper ballots even for absentees.

4. In 2017, the Netherlands switched to hand counted ballots due to hacking concerns as well.

5. Norway also has decided to manually count paper ballots due to hacking concerns.

6. In Canada, federal elections are counted by hand on election night, & normally counting is done within four hours. (Electronics are apparently allowed in municipal elections.)

http://digitalcommons.wcupa.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1002&context=crimjust_facpub …

7. The UK used to avoid voting machines like the plague, but may have used a “result collation software system” in Scotland for… wait for it…

8. … BREXIT!

9. Moreover, a private election management company called IDOX apparently scanned postal votes for Scotland in 2015 and was awarded a contract “to provide an electronic vote counting system for the 2017 local government elections in Scotland.”

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14478267.Concerns_raised_over_senior_Tory_MP_link_to_election_count_firm/

11. IDOX owns a company called Mclaren whose partner (Crocs) is a top 10 Russian IT company that does IT for AlfaBank & the Russia Supreme Court.

12. And an Idox director and shareholder, Peter Lilley, is a pro-Brexit Tory MP, creating a conflict of interest.

https://www.whatthepoliticiansdontsay.com/single-post/2016/04/09/SNP-LABOUR-PRIVATISE-ALL-SCOTTISH-ELECTIONS-FOR-TORY-MP-PETER-LILLEYS-PENSION-POT [“Tory MP Peter Lilley’s company IDOX was given contracts across Scotland by SNP and Labour councils to quietly privatise the entire electoral process and control of postal votes and election counts across Scotland.”]

http://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14478267.Concerns_raised_over_senior_Tory_MP_link_to_election_count_firm/

12. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it?

13. Except our own electronic voting equipment included Kaspersky software in 2016 (though it has since been banned).

14. And our two largest voting machine vendors as of 2010 — Diebold/Premier (bought by Dominion Voting in 2010) and Elections Systems and Software (formerly called “American Information Systems”) — have had plenty of conflicts of interest.

15. In 2003, Diebold, Inc.’s CEO was a member of President Bush’s Rangers and Pioneers, “an elite group of loyalists who have raised at least $100,000 each for the 2004 race.” Eleven Diebold executives donated to Bush’s campaign in 2003; no money from Diebold or its executives went to the Democratic presidential campaign.

http://www.nytimes.com/2003/11/09/business/machine-politics-in-the-digital-age.html []

16. And two weeks before Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel launched his successful 1996 Senate bid, he was chairman of Nebraska-based ES&S, which counted 85% of the votes in the race that ended with him his becoming Nebraska’s first Republican senator since 1972. As discovered by election integrity advocate Beverly Harris, Hagel maintained a substantial ownership interest in McCarthy Group, which owned 25% of ES&S.

https://www.wired.com/2004/03/how-e-voting-threatens-democracy/

Jennifer Cohn

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Attorney and Election Integrity Advocate #ProtectOurVotes #PaperBallotsNow @jennycohn1

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