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Electronic Voting Class Action

Stephanie Lair

Electronic vote hacking is nothing new to American voters (google Diebold Voting Systems.) There is already substantial evidence the 2004 election was decided by conspirators tampering with machines in several states, most notably the Swing-State of Ohio, where the powers that be vowed to influence the election before citizens even went to the polls.

Now a citizen (Anthony Provitola) has filed court papers in a class-action in U.S. District Court in the state of Florida, against Electronic Systems & Software LLC (ES&S), an Omaha, Nebraska-based company (a subsidiary of McCarthy Group LLC), claiming several violations, due to modem connection:

  • Potential altering of transmission of votes cast.
  • Early discovery of vote tabulations.
  • Manipulation of votes already recorded in machines

If true, these allegations will prove how easy it is for your vote to be changed once you’ve cast it. The potential violations are obvious; the implications are majestic. Not only are electronic voting systems easily hackable by whomever (nefarious and otherwise,) but many of the practical safeguards one would normally expect with such a vulnerable system involved in Constitutional rights, seem to be missing. Having a modem connected to their (ES&S) machines almost ensures communication with the number of votes registered in the machine software.

According to their Wikipedia page, “In 2014, ES&S was the largest manufacturer of voting machines in the United States, claiming customers in 4,500 localities in 42 states and two U.S. territories.”  They are utilized in city/county, state and federal elections, and have their voting machines in place in: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, and West Virginia. ES&S claims their modem hook-ups to their voting machines provide transparency and allow officials to make reports via their cell phones. According to the filed lawsuit, the Defendant claims, “over sixty percent of the voters in the United States cast their ballot on an ES&S system” (see below).

Serious concerns with ES&S have been recorded as far back as 2008, and have affected elections around the country in 2010, 2012, and 2014 elections, regardless of approval from federally accredited officials from the Voting System Test Laboratory.

No one, outside the individuals trusted with CONDUCTING the election, should have communication devices connected to electronic voting machines, due to obvious vulnerabilities. This class-action contends and asks for just that. Provitola requests that Electronic Systems & Software LLC disconnect all communication devices with their voting machines where ever they are used in the United States and territories.