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Ohio recently installed untested, uncertified software patches on ES&S voting machines in 39 counties, says liberal tabloid

This article appeared in a Columbus, Ohio liberal tabloid newspaper accusing the Republican Secretary of State's office of installing suspicious software patches on electronic voting machines in 39 counties in the weeks before the November election. The publication claims that the untested software patches can enable a "man in the middle" attack because it runs on networks through which votes are transmitted from county boards of election to the Secretary of State's office.

Why did the Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted's office, in an end run around Ohio election law, have "experimental" software patches installed on vote counting tabulators in up to 39 Ohio counties? Voting rights activists are concerned that these uncertified and untested software patches may alter the election results....The Free Press has learned that Election Systems and Solutions (ES&S) installed the software patches that will affect 4,041,056 registered voters, including those in metropolitan Columbus and Cleveland. [...]

Last minute software patches may be deemed "experimental" because that designation does not require certification and testing. Uncertified and untested software for electronic voting systems are presumably illegal under Ohio law. All election systems hardware and software must be tested and certified by the state before being put into use, according to Ohio Revised Code 3506.05. By unilaterally deeming this new software "experimental," Secretary of State Husted was able to have the software installed without any review, inspection or certification by anyone.

In a follow-up article today, the Free Press reports that:

Just as in 2004, the Ohio Secretary of State's office has enabled the possibility of a "man in the middle" attack. This software, functioning on a network through which votes are transmitted could act to intercept, alter or destroy votes from counties where it is not even installed, hence the "man in the middle" nickname. [...]

Election Counsel Brandi Laser Seske circulated a memo dated November 1st renewing the already shaky justification for installing software made by Election Systems and Solutions on vote tabulation equipment used in 39 Ohio counties. The letter to Ohio Secretary of State personnel Matt Masterson, Danielle Sellars, Myra Hawkins, Betsy Schuster, and Ohio's Director of Elections Matthew Damschroder, clarified the dubious justification for not complying with the legal requirements for the examination of all election related equipment.

An unelected, partisan group of attorneys appears to have conspired to install election software without testing and certification that they are professionally unqualified to pass judgment upon. These types of last minute installations of software patches on voting machines are considered suspect by knowledgeable and experienced election protection attorneys, in light of all the voting machine irregularities exposed during the 2004 election in Ohio.

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Now be sure all

you voters exercise your civic duty and give those machines some data to "process".
LOL! "Voting" gives our managers valuable input on the herds thinking and behaviors, lets them know we're still in the corral.

I have never experienced the blitz of political polls that has been going on the past few days.

bump for awareness

Thanks for posting

I'd like a voting receipt like I get at my ATM

Just print out a receipt confirming my vote and list a running tally for all candidates. Just doing that would make the entire process transparent, yet still maintain anonymity of voters.

We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive.

-C. S. Lewis

Computer voting is the

Computer voting is the devil...

“Any man who thinks he can be happy and prosperous by letting the government take care of him better take a closer look at the American Indian.” ― Henry Ford.

Kathleen Gee's picture

Early Voting is done on paper ballots. I'm voting tomorrow.

In Ohio, early voting is considered absentee voting, and it's done on paper ballots.

Interestingly, the absentee ballots are counted first, then the electronic vote, perhaps to allow for (ahem) adjusting the electronic tallies as required by those counting the votes?

"Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid." - Ronald Reagan

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OHIO: Free Press confirms installation, secret justification...

The Free Press confirms installation, secret justification of uncertified last minute election tabulation reporting software in Ohio
by Gerry Bello and Bob Fitrakis
November 2, 2012

The Free Press has obtained internal memos from the senior staff of the Ohio Secretary of State's office confirming the installation of untested and uncertified election tabulation software. Yesterday, the Free Press reported that "experimental" software patches were installed on ES&S voting machines in 39 Ohio counties. (see Will "experimental" software patches affect the Ohio vote?).

Election Counsel Brandi Laser Seske circulated a memo dated November 1st renewing the already shaky justification for installing software made by Election Systems and Solutions on vote tabulation equipment used in 39 Ohio counties. The letter to Ohio Secretary of State personnel Matt Masterson, Danielle Sellars, Myra Hawkins, Betsy Schuster, and Ohio's Director of Elections Matthew Damschroder, clarified the dubious justification for not complying with the legal requirements for the examination of all election related equipment.

Seske begins by explaining what she purports to be the purpose of the software patch: "Its function is to aid in the reporting of results that are already uploaded into the county's system. The software formats results that have already been uploaded by the county into a format that can be read by the Secretary of State's election night reporting system."

According to the contract between the Ohio Secretary of State's office and ES&S, this last minute "experimental" software update will supposedly transmit custom election night reports to the Secretary of State's office from the county boards of elections, bypassing the normal election night reporting methods.

In order to justify this unusual parallel reporting method, Seske explains "It is not part of the certified Unity system, so it did not require federal testing." This attempt to skirt federal and state law from one of the most partisan Secretary of State offices in the nation ignores basic facts of how modern information systems function.

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http://www.freepress.org/departments/display/19/2012/4768

Wow, just wow. Romney

Wow, just wow. Romney and the RNC continue to dig their own graves... ;)

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Since we're so irrelevant (they stole the election from us), the only response that I have now is that they deserve each other.

Have at it. Let the masses feel and know what it's like. Maybe then we can institute change.

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul

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Columbus Dispatch: RNC wants Ohio voting machines fixed

In another development the Republican National Committee has asked Ohio election officials to fix electronic voting machines that have recorded votes for Obamney when the voter pushed the Rombama button:

http://dispatchpolitics.dispatch.com/content/blogs/the-daily...

The GOP cited a report by Fox News that cited several early voters in North Carolina who said last week they cast ballots for Romney but the electronic voting machine logged their pick as Obama. Similar problems popped up this week in Ohio, where voters said they selected Romney on the touch screen but an Obama vote was logged instead, Fox said.

"You want to vote for who you want to vote for, and when you can't it's irritating," Ohio voter Joan Steven told the Marion Star, saying she had to try three times before she got the machine to correctly record her vote for Romney. The Marion newspaper said elections officials called the vendor for the machine and got it recalibrated.

"Evil is powerless if the good are unafraid." - Ronald Reagan

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Okay, so Bain...

...owns Hart Intercivic and that Columbus Dispatch item pretty well clues us in on Soros or someone of that ilk owning ES&S. Right??

And, from Bev Harris (BlackBoxVoting)...

...check this out:

http://www.bbvforums.org/forums/messages/8/82306.html

See point #5..."Hart Intercivic, the firm that supplies two-thirds of Colorado counties with their voting machines, is now owned by a spin-off of Bain & Company (H.I.G. Capital)." (What a "surprise" if Obamney "wins" Colorado, eh??)

And, the comment right after Bev's... another "surprise" in store if Obamney "wins" Pennsylvania??

The degree of corruption in this FAKE process appears to be UNBOUNDED!!