H/T Clash Daily.
The fact that voting machines have remote access concerns me more than Russia trying to meddle in our election.
The remote access concerns me that it could be used to commit voter fraud by changing votes cast for one person to someone different.
While we spend gazillions on Mueller’s probe for meddling that even Obama said had ‘no effect on the election results’ are we neglecting other areas of concern?
One Person, one vote.
It is THE primary safeguard that makes those in authority responsible and accountable to those who PUT them in authority.
It’s the reason why we so jealously guard (or should) against any improper influence on our election results.
It’s why we agree with Nelson Mandela that voter ID is a good thing.
(You’re not going to call HIM ‘anti-black’ are you?)
It’s why THIS ‘little flaw’ in voting machines should make your skin itch.
The nation’s top voting machine maker has admitted in a letter to a federal lawmaker that the company installed remote-access software on election-management systems it sold over a period of six years, raising questions about the security of those systems and the integrity of elections that were conducted with them.
In a letter sent to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) in April and obtained recently by Motherboard, Election Systems and Software acknowledged that it had “provided pcAnywhere remote connection software … to a small number of customers between 2000 and 2006,” which was installed on the election-management system ES&S sold them.
In a world where hacking can happen — and software irregularities had been widely reported — you would think remote access is exactly what you would NOT want to have on any voting machine.
The threat of anything skewing that one-person-one-vote accountability is exactly why we get so twitchy when we hear about some of those safeguards coming down, like voters using the ‘honor system’ at voting sites. Or the mass pardons in Virginia just before election day.
Or Boston talking about allowing non-citizens a vote.
The whole POINT of limiting elections to lawful citizens is that we all had ‘skin in the game’. The long-term future of the nation, how it will affect parents, grandparents and future generations MATTERS.
Whereas some others may have a more opportunistic (some cynics might even say ‘parasitic’ view) of America.
Remember JFK’s famous line ‘ask not’…
If you’ve got no roots here, and don’t care if the nation stands or falls, this question doesn’t even make sense.