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PostWe Have Seen No Evidence of Election Fraud...But It's Certainly Possible (Alan Levine, USA, 11/23/20 3:51 am)
To clarify: I don't believe a massive fraud happened in the November 3rd election. I haven't seen evidence. Just because something is owned by or has an affiliation with something else does not prove abuse. Those kinds of connections ought to sober the mind, but sloppy insinuations and possibilities do not equal actuality.
At the same time, one has to be willfully obtuse or just so happy with the most recent election results that they gladly stick their head in the sand to believe that such abuse is not possible.
After the 2016 election with the allegations and concerns of Russian tampering, much energy went into exploring the security of electronic voting systems. Every study concluded that there were massive vulnerabilities. It is not an accident that much of the scientific research cited by A. J. Cave is from years before this election. It was originally driven by concern that Trump benefited from fraud, not the other way around.
But what did our state governments do about it? Precious little. After a little while the public forgot--until the next time. So goes democracy.
For those who doubt that such systems can be hacked, these voting systems are relatively cheap and crappy compared to the gigantic safety systems of our biggest corporations, say of Google, banks, and hotels--not to mention the Federal government. Yet Google, banks, hotels and the Federal government have been hacked!
If Google can't protect itself, do you think state politicians who know little about anything and hardly ever face accountability for anything have the incentive and attention span to make sure voting systems are secure? They let state-level civil servants take care of it. Ah, now I feel that my sacred vote is secure. Do you?
Again, I have seen no evidence of massive fraud in this election, but you have to be an ostrich to not realize the vulnerabilities of the system.
JE comments: Yes, it's possible. At least since the 2000 debacle, the US goes through a quadrennial exercise of how to make elections air-tight. And then, as Alan Levine points out, we forget about it until the next contest. One can only conclude that our antediluvian methods are a political, not technological, problem.
Let's tap into the WAIS brain trust: what are the voting "best practices" in other nations?