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Old software makes new electoral systems in U.S. ripe for hacking

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By TAMI ABDOLLAH

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Hacking voter systems is something I would rather deal with than what happened in Georgia where they purposely instituted a law that surpressed the voting ability of over 30% of the people.

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I heard Trump is preparing a new Executive Order directing all states to use Windows 98...

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Putin is stroking his cat in his armchair as we speak.

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People too lazy to count votes by hand do not deserve democracy and will not have it very long.

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JJ Jetplane: "Hacking voter systems is something I would rather deal with than what happened in Georgia where they purposely instituted a law that surpressed the voting ability of over 30% of the people."

It's Trump... they'll do both, so long as it's the Russians doing the hacking. There has never been a more corrupt and traitorous government in US history. They don't want democracy, and Trump has said more than once he'd love to stay on like Xi does, and have media like he has in China, etc.

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This is also a good excuse to re-do any undesired result because it was hacked so we need to redo the voting until we have the result we want. Only the result we want is legit.

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In Georgia, the next voting system will have a paper trail that voters can visually validate and can be used for later audits, if needed. Security experts and the GA-EFF are actively working with the Secretary of State department to ensure accurate and audit-able voting systems are in place ASAP.

Hacking voter systems is something I would rather deal with than what happened in Georgia where they purposely instituted a law that surpressed (sic) the voting ability of over 30% of the people.

This isn't true. In Georgia, anyone registered to vote can request an absentee ballot for ANY REASON. It is trivial to request an absentee ballot by mail, by internet, or by fax. Trivial.

Voting machines aren't connected to any network. Hacking them requires having physical access, so controlling access to the external ports is a key aspect to any voting machine. New software is more likely to be hacked than old software because new software will need new hardware with more external port connections.

There's a good reason that spacecraft don't use Windows. Why would voting systems trust any OS that NASA doesn't trust? A tiny, special purpose, OS based on a very small BSD or Linux kernel could easily be used. The real difficulty is in all the different political mandates within each different state which makes the software 1000x more complex than needed. It also means every state is forced to have a highly customized voting system to meet the political mandates.

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