Hacking the Vote: Part II

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I recently wrote about how voting machines could be hacked. There is a second way the vote can be hacked with no one finding out, if cleverly done.

Today, the web site Mother Jones published an article that someone is selling 40 million voter records on the ‘dark web.’ These are the records hacked from a number of state voter registration databases. If they can be downloaded, they can also be uploaded once changed by a nefarious agent. The uploaded records could disenfranchise a selected group of voters, making them ineligible to vote, reducing the votes for a non-favored candidate. A vote not made is a vote not counted, and helps tip the balance to the favored candidate. Between this method for counties using paper ballots and the counties using vote machines, it may have flipped the vote.

About Terry Welshans

I grew up in Burbank, California. My dad worked at a company that made sub assemblies for about every airplane made in the 1960-1970 era, so it was only natural that the aviation bug bit me while I was quite young. I hold a commercial pilot certificate and fly as much as I can. I live in Bardstown, Kentucky with my wife, moving here after we retired. I am a Vietnam veteran and a cancer survivor. I like to keep politicians honest, and do so when they open an avenue where I feel they have erred.
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4 Responses to Hacking the Vote: Part II

  1. Create voter rolls so that anyone who is a US Citizen of voting age is registered to vote. Automatically. Instead of purges of rolls, make the Election Commission *prove* you are either dead or not a citizen, instead of the other way around.

    I see in the news that the North Carolina GOP did not fare well under questioning by the Federal District judge regarding their foot-dragging over gerrymandering. Three of the ten most gerrymandered districts in the US are in North Carolina. Modern digital cartography has the capability to create voting districts with the shortest possible circumference, and even work in limitations created by natural barriers such as rivers and mountains. That is the most obvious solution for eliminating artificial gerrymandered districts. That would probably take a Constitutional Amendment, otherwise those who would manipulate districts will do everything they can to gerrymander.

    An article in the Washington Post discussed the most gerrymandered districts. It was illustrated by a graphic, labeled Crimes Against Cartography. Yup, those are real districts, most (or all) of them created by GOP operatives. The article lists a fact that is a bit disingenuous:

    Democrats won in nine of the 10 most-gerrymandered districts. But eight out of 10 of those districts were drawn by Republicans.

    True, but it was the intent of those Republicans to create a minority number of predominantly Democratic districts, with the majority districts being safe GOP (and white). For example, Mississippi’s 4th Congressional District is represented by Congressman Bennie Thompson (D), who is black. The other three districts in Mississippi are represented by white Republican congressmen. This is despite the fact that Mississippi has a population that is 59% white, 37% black, 2% Hispanic, and the remaining 2% by a mixture of Asian, Native American, Pacific islanders, and several minority ethnic groups. Yet, they have 3:1 ratio of white GOP congressmen.

  2. Terry Welshans says:

    My solution to gerrymandering: Each district must have an equal number of voters and the sum of all of the angles, disregarding the sign on each angle, can be no more than 720. For a more strict version, no more than 360.

    • Malisha says:

      Excellent! This should, furthermore, be done by a mathematically relevant calculator of some sort. Real mathematicians should do it, not politicians. They should not have data to work with other than the relevant data of population (not broken down except by eligibility to vote) and geography.

      • Terry Welshans says:

        I agree. Delete all data regarding political party. Count voters, nothing more.

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