Oct. 23, 2014

Old Voting Equipment Open to Hacking and Bugs

Old election technology is eroding the integrity of the 2014 elections. Old tech is open to bugs and hacking, as illustrated by voting machine #008958 in Schaumburg, Illinois. Jim Moynihan, who is running for the state’s house of representatives as a Republican, decided to cast his vote early, but, as he recounts, “While early voting at the Schaumburg Public Library today, I tried to cast a vote for myself and instead it cast the vote for my opponent. You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a Democrat.” The machine was taken out of service, but the Chicago Board of Election alluded to a problem that USA Today reported on back in February: After the Bush/Gore election of 2000, the federal government spent $3 billion to upgrade voting equipment, but there has been no improvement since, which will make the 2016 presidential elections that much more interesting. More…

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