You participate in democracy.  You send your vote off to a central computer, somewhere.  What could possibly go wrong?images-11

We at Mind Over Mystery are not sure which is the more interesting story–that since the dawn of computer voting several elections have, at a very high probability, been electronically stolen…or the other story.  The remarkable fact that a complacent public either doesn’t know, or doesn’t care.

The full explanation regarding electronic voter fraud runs long and somewhat technical at times, but the simplest, common-sense thinking should snap everyone to attention.  Think about the times you’ve had to change credit card numbers, because a major corporation like Target or Home Depot had been hacked, and your information could not be guaranteed as secure.  Think about the breach of official government personnel files.

Then think of all the other hacking schemes you’ve heard about, perhaps Koreans or Russians or Chinese invading the very private electronic space of a major corporation.  Aren’t you convinced by now that the cat-and-mouse game of security versus hacker remains a delicate battle, always?  That computer criminals have computer code running straight through their veins, that they eat, sleep, and dream ways to outwit the system to their advantage.

Then why would you doubt, for even an instant, that the folks who build and manage electronic voting systems have the means, and perhaps the motive, to misuse technology?  Winning political control of a major office can be worth millions, the candidates certainly spend tens of millions and nationally in the billions.  Why doubt, then, that some would invest serious money to buy the services of especially savvy computer system designers?

The accusations that some elections have already been electronically altered are abundant.  Here we’ll explore the evidence, logic, and troubled early history of electronic voting.


From Free Press, comments which exemplify minority suspicion of the voting process..
November 3, 2012

“With election day less than a week away, the spectre of another stolen election is upon us. The airwaves and internet are at last filling with discussion of this possibility.

When the first stories were broken by a handful of us after the fiascos of Florida 2000 and Ohio 2004, there was a stunning silence, followed by a wide range of attacks. Today the warnings about the possibility of another election theft are taken with increasing gravity.

The question is deep and profound, with a huge body of research and writing surrounding it.

But among the many concerns, two are key: massive disenfranchisement, and manipulation of the electronic vote count.


There has been massive stripping of voter rolls, often by electronic means, as was done in Florida 2000 and Ohio 2004. Much of the disenfranchisement has focused on the inner cities which, again, lean heavily Democratic. In Ohio, more than a million citizens—some 20% of the electorate—have lost their right to vote this way since 2009. The phenomenon is clearly nationwide. “