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September 8, 2010

Will November 2 turn out record numbers of Election Frauds?

By Scott Baker

What will decide the elections this Fall, voters or hackers? The opportunity for election fraud has never been so great as in this all-electronic voting season.


R.I.P. Mechanical Lever Machines!

As we count down to yet another chance to put the country on a progressive path, or not, one thing can be agreed on by all sides: this will be the most electronicized election in history.

We now have a majority of elections being conducted on semi, or entirely, unverifiable voting machines that can be easily hacked, are harder to use (thus disenfranchising the computer illiterate poor/old etc.), are hard to set up except by trained operatives from 2-3 companies, who are all Republican, and which were probably used to toss Ohio into the Bush camp in 2004, taking the election from Kerry. The answers to THAT died with the plane crash that killed Mike Connell, Karl Rove's IT guy: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6DglTfefw80. This plane crash has never been properly investigated: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1yqlki3y1A&feature=related.

For what's currently unverifiable, read here: http://electionfraudblog.com/ or the brad blog: http://bradblog.com/

Here in New York, we are going to be using optical recognition systems for the first time, after using completely verifiable, nearly tamper-proof mechanical lever machines since 1892 (if someone takes a hammer to a mechanical lever machine, you know it!). These machines, cheap, easy to operate, and highly reliable, are now being sold for scrap.
Although these machines, like most machines used in the country, have paper ballots, not all voters verify their ballots before leaving the station, and they have no way of knowing if the machine tally agrees with the ballot; the assumption is that it does, but these are two different recordings, so there's no guarantee.

More distressingly, there are several organizations that have successfully hacked voting machines, including The Computer Security Group at the University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB), The dept of Computer Science, Univ. of Santa Barbara, Black Box Voting (who did it in 4 minutes for $12 in parts!). There are too many examples to list; Bing returns 11,200 results to the query: Hacking Voting Machines!

Does this sound like the makings of an open and verifiable election to you?

So, when political pundits like Robert Creamer write articles in Huffington Post like, Time for the Pundits to Take a Deep Breath -- Why Democrats Will Not e Routed In November, saying it may not be a rout of Democrats this Fall, one has to wonder whether any of his well-thought-out reasoning make any difference, or if it will all come down to what candidate a circuit board and a few hackers select.

Submitters Website: http://newthinking.blogspot.com/

Submitters Bio:

Scott Baker is a Senior Editor/Economics Editor and Writer at Opednews, and a blogger for Huffington Post.
Scott Baker is President of Common Ground-NYC (http://commongroundnyc.org/), a Geoist/Georgist group. He has written dozens of articles for Common Ground's national publication, GroundSwell, and has promoted the Georgist Single Tax to public officials - a tax which would dramatically reduce use of finite resources, which, rightfully, belong to all of us as part of the Commons. A Georgist Single Tax would increase productivity in Earth-saving ways, while virtually eliminating unproductive speculation (by taxing away the fuel for it), decrease poverty, and promote Social justice. It would also promote economic growth by untaxing production and taxing the abuse (pollution) and use of the natural resources of the commons, especially including collecting the economic rent created by demand from the community, not from actions of the Land or resource owner.
He is also NY State Coordinator for the Public Banking Institute (http://publicbankinginstitute.org/home.htm), which seeks to promote Public Banking, along the lines of the best-known American example, the Bank of North Dakota. The PBI is chaired by another OEN blogger, Ellen Brown.
Several TV and radio interviews have allowed Scott to explain the principles of Geoism, Greenbacking, and State Banking:
Scott also has a blog: http://newthinking.blogspot.com/

Scott has several progressive petitions on Change.org:
A new form of capitalism: Geonomics
Let NY fund its budget gap with a State Bank - change.org/actions/view/close_the_gap_2

Scott was an I.T. Manager for a major New York university for over two decades, where he initiated computing, developed databases, established networks for two divisions and earned a Certificate for Frontline Leadership. He had a video game published in Compute! Magazine (summarized here: http://www.atarimagazines.com/compute/issue55/dark.php).

Scott now chooses to use his computer for the greater good.
He is a graduate of the Henry George School of Social Science in New York City and has published over a dozen articles in the Georgist newsletter - Groundswell - put out by Common Ground.

Scott is a modern-day Renaissance Man with interests in economics, astronomy, history, natural sciences, psychology, philosophy, Native American culture, and all future-forward topics; he has been called an adept syncretist by Kirkus Discoveries for his novel, NeitherWorld - a two-volume opus blending Native American myth, archaeological detail, government conspiracy, with a sci-fi flair (http://www.amazon.com/Neitherworld-Book-Akiiwan-CreateSpace-Version/dp/1434813290/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1341306969&sr=8-1&keywords=neitherworld).

Scott grew up in New York City and Pennsylvania. He graduated with honors and a Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Pennsylvania State University and was a member of the Psychology honor society PSI CHI.

Today he is an avid bicyclist and is active in several Green and Progressive organizations.
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