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Referring to hacking of elections, US Senator Angus King IND of Maine recently commented "everybody says that cyber is going to be the next Pearl Harbor"This is the longest windup for a punch in world history, and yet we're not fully prepared."

Washington has recently allocated $380 million to the states for election security, far less than the $3.6 billion Congress allocated in 2002 to replace voting machines.

With inadequate help from Washington, it's up to the states to protect the vote count from hacking by Russia or others

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If New York is any indication, the states have a lot of work to do. And quickly. New Yorkers vote on paper ballots counted by computerized scanners but candidates can't get recounts and there are no hand counts even in very close elections. New York might as well be using the infamous touchscreen voting machines that can fail or switch votes in secret.

New York has paper ballots, but they are never 100% counted-- even if a candidate loses by one vote.

Most New Yorkers believe we have hand recounts because we have seen paper ballots being counted and fought over after close elections. But those ballots are only the handful of provisional or absentee votes whose validity is contested. With the exception of New York City and Ulster County, there is no mandated automatic hand recount of all the ballots even if there is a very close vote. Last November, a Saratoga County ballot initiative failed by only ten votes. As in all previous cases, supporters had to go to court. As in all previous cases, a judge denied a recount.

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New York's audit of 3% of the ballot boxes after each election is inadequate to catch hacking

A 3% audit is statistically inadequate to find fraud. New York hand counts ballots in 3 out of every 100 ballot boxes. The ballots in the other 97 ballot boxes sit unexamined in a warehouse for 22 months before being discarded. If the ballot count doesn't match the machine count, an audit can escalate to 100% of the ballots, but only if both the Democratic and Republican election commissioner agree to do so. Such an escalation has never happened. A commissioner whose party's candidate is ahead on election night is highly unlikely to agree to count more votes.

Election officials insist that ballot scanners are not connected to the internet so they can't be hacked- but they can

Ballot scanners are just as easy to hack as touchscreen machines. For example, ES&S DS200 optical scanners used in New York, Wisconsin and elsewhere can be equipped with modems. Optical scanners use memory cards that can be programmed without detection to add or subtract votes. The New York Times reports. "..a hacker could subvert telecom routers to intercept and alter election results as they pass through telecom equipment".

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At the annual DefCon computer security conference in 2017, hackers unfamiliar with voting machines easily hacked all thirty voting machines examined, including scanners.

Susan Greenhalgh, a spokeswoman for the National Election Defense Coalition, an elections integrity group said ''The incorrect assertion that voting machines or voting systems can't be hacked by remote attackers because they are 'not connected to the internet' is not just wrong, it's damaging. This oft-repeated myth instills a false sense of security that is inhibiting officials and lawmakers from urgently requiring that all voting systems use paper ballots and that all elections be robustly audited.''

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Secret vote-counting on private proprietary software and voting machines is a national emergency. If even former head of the CIA James Woolsey is worried about hacking of our elections by foreign actors, so am I!

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Foreign hackers of the vote count are not and have been and will not be the problem with voting in the u.s. wealthy u.s. corporate, banking, and financial interests and the military complex along with the cia and nsa who work for them with the conservative/republican and corporate/democratic legislators are the ones hacking our vote count and the ones we need to worry about.

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That should have read "...have not been..."

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Our elections are vulnerable to hacking. This long standing issue finally started to get national attention when the controversy about Russian hacking of the 2016 election amped up. The list of possible hackers is long- foreign, domestic, insiders, outsiders, voting machine company employees, terrorist groups, political machines...The thing is, unlike other complicated problems, there is something very simple that we can do about it. Insist that votes be publicly counted by hand after every close election or if a candidate requests it.

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U are totally brainwashed. Allegra. Unbelievably so. U are part of the problem. U are why people in the U.S. keep stealing electkions in this country and world wide. U are deflecting from the real problem and who we really need to worry about when u speak of foreign hackers. Jusy stop already. U are just tiresome to listen to and not be taken seriously. Dismissed outright. Do u understand.

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Thank you gentry cooper. This is tiring.

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You are welcome Shad.

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We saw the DNC with Hillary Clinton wipeout Bernie Sanders in the primaries before our very eyes In living color. This was covered by Debbie Lusignan in extreme depth leaving no doubt that the DNC did the hacking, and other tricks to put Hillary in office. The office of Homeland Security is now calling our electoral system "National Security" so they can take over the complete show. I wouldn't trust Woosley as far as I could throw him.

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There are many other questions that could be asked and should be asked. One is what about the deep and continuing influence of AIPAC?

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We shouldn't have to trust anyone to tell us what the vote count was. We should be able to see for ourselves. There is not a reason in the world to trust secret vote counting on proprietary software on unreliable machines manufactured by private corporations with ties to candidates and ideologues.

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That's actually what I was saying.

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If you really believe this Allegra, then stop talking about foreign hackers as if they are our main problem and who we really have to worry about. Really annoying.

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Nyet.

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Only then can we be sure that Russians, Martians, Romulans, or, far more likely, someone else a lot closer to home did not hack our vote count.
Fixed that for you!

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On the other hand, Klingons have Honor.

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Believe it or not, I almost wrote "Klingons" because I thought it more likely that non-geeks would have heard of them, but I changed it to "Romulans" for precisely that reason. As a proud warrior race, Klingons would never resort to something so underhanded and devious. They would attack head on. Now Romulans, on the other hand... What's that? This is not a Star Trek convention and I should go? Okay, okay. Just let me fetch my bat'leth from the coat check...

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I'm always impressed by your attention to detail!

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You are right about the Romulans...and isn't it also interesting that the Ferengi are the epitome of what it means to be a capitalist, human or otherwise?

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I always figured the Ferengi cribbed the Rules of Acquisition straight from a standard American business school curriculum...

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Who took care of the Klingons around Ur anus?

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