And this is a hack on a different type of machine - not the Diebold machines using Windows. This hack is swapping out the ROMs inside the unit (the computer chips which actually hold the programming code).
Last week, two election workers in Ohio got sentenced to 18 months in prison for rigging a recount in the 2004 presidential election. Now our new Secretary of State, Jennifer Brunner has asked the election board members to resign or be fired:
All four election board members for Cuyahoga County, troubled by recount rigging charges and voting machine problems, have been told to resign or face being fired, a state official said Monday.
Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner said she called the four board members of Ohio's most populous count late Sunday, asking them to leave by the close of business Wednesday.
The county, which includes all of Cleveland, has had difficulty adjusting to electronic voting. Last May's primary, the first attempt at electronic voting in the county, was marred by absent or poorly trained poll workers, lost vote-holding computer cards and a polling place that opened hours late
If these convictions would have come down 6 months ago, nothing would have happened on the state level. This is what happens when you got a proactive Secretary of State, as compared to Ken Blackwell, who did nothing.
How long have we been talking about problems with voting machines now? Funny how when an election grows near that could cost the Republicans their control of Congress, the federal government now looks into them:
In the debate about the reliability of electronic voting technology, the South Florida parent company of one of the nation's leading suppliers of touch-screen voting machines is drawing special scrutiny from the U.S. government.
Federal officials are investigating whether Smartmatic, owner of Oakland, Calif.-based Sequoia Voting Systems, is secretly controlled by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, according to two people familiar with the probe.
In July, a Treasury Department spokeswoman disclosed that a Treasury-led panel had contacted Smartmatic, and a company representative said his firm was ''in discussions'' with the panel. At the time, those discussions were informal. The government has now upgraded to a formal investigation, the two sources said.
Sequoia's electronic voting machines operate in 17 states. In Florida, the machines are used in four counties: Palm Beach, Indian River, Pinellas and Hillsborough.
Miami-Dade and Broward use other technology.
Concerns about Smartmatic are keen on the eve of the Nov. 7 election, given fears that someone with unauthorized access to the electronic system could create electoral chaos. Some critics believe that if the Venezuelan government is involved, Smartmatic could be a ''Trojan horse'' designed to advance Chavez's anti-American agenda.
This story came out yesterday and at first I kind of skimmed over it. I went
back for a reread this morning and got thinking about it a little more and now
that I have, it is starting to piss me off.
The story is from WESH
in Florida. They talk about some of the Diebold voting machines used in
elections there and say its possible some were hacked in 2000.
There's new evidence that computer hackers could change election results
without anyone knowing about it, WESH 2 News reported.
The supervisor of elections in Tallahassee tested voting machines several
times over the last several months, and on Monday, his workers were able to
hack into a voting machine and change the outcome. He said that same thing
might have happened in Volusia County in 2000.
The big controversy revolves around a little black computer card that is
smaller than a floppy disk and bigger than a flash drive. The card is
inserted into voting machines that scan paper ballots. The card serves as
the machine's electronic brain.
But when Ion Sancho, Leon County's Supervisor of Elections, tested the
Diebold system and allowed experts to manipulate the card electronically, he
could change the outcome of a mock election without leaving any kind of
trail. In other words, someone could fix an election and no one would know.
"The expert that we used simply programmed it on his laptop in his hotel
room," Sancho said.
Sancho began investigating the problem after watching the votes come in
during the infamous 2000 presidential election. In Volusia County precinct
216, a memory card added more than 200 votes to George W. Bush's total and
subtracted 16,000 votes from Al Gore. The mistake was later corrected during
a hand count.