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Report: 2014 Voting Machine Tampering Likely in Wisconsin, Ohio, and Kansas

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Wichita State University engineering professor and statistician Beth Clarkson has accused three states — Wisconsin, Ohio, & Kansas — of voting irregularities that indicate a tampering of electronic voting machines. In her recently published journal article, she reviews the statistical anomalies in the three states — including laying out her entire mathematical methodology, inviting others to replicate the study.

Clarkson has filed suit trying to gain full access to the ballots for an independent audit of the paper ‘hard copies.’

When dealing with very large numbers, finding irregularities in patterns can highlight systemic fraud.
David Yee, IVN Independent Author
When dealing with very large numbers, finding irregularities in patterns can highlight systemic fraud. Similar statistical methodologies are used to detect accounting and tax fraud — cheating disrupts the patterns formed in such a way that it stands out and demands attention.

In particular, Clarkson claims that the machines were tampered with at least twice during the election, due to the nature of the distribution of the results.

Hacking voting machines has been a worry for many years. In 2011, a team at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory hacked a Diebold voting machine with $26 in parts and the technical know-how of an eighth-grade science education.

The same group found that Sequoia voting machines were vulnerable to “man-in-the-middle” attacks, where a small wireless device could interfere with the vote tallies without any knowledge of the proprietary software or security designs.

The integrity of electronic voting machines is in question, especially when highly qualified mathematicians start claiming that the results don’t make any sense.

Clarkson is very careful to point out:

I want to emphasize, as I always try to do, that statistics don’t prove vote fraud. These statistics show that patterns exist in the data that correlate the type of electronic voting system in use with the %R vote changing with the total votes cast.

 

Such patterns are examples of what we might expect to see if some voting systems were being sabotaged, but that doesn’t mean that no other explanations are possible for these patterns. Voting machine manipulation is, in my opinion, the most likely explanation for these patterns. The most common pattern supports Republican candidates, but Democratic candidates are sometimes the beneficiary.

The only way to prove vote fraud is through a post-election audit demonstrating significant deviations from the reported totals. 

Of course, states have no interest in having their certified results challenged, and have been less than cooperative throughout the entire process.

If voting machines are going to be regularly employed in elections, then there must be better safeguards in place.

If voting machines are going to be regularly employed in elections, then there must be better safeguards in place.
One safeguard is the immediate verification of the results in random precincts, comparing the electronic totals to the paper backups. This would at least give those who would tamper with the machines a small amount of deterrent, because at least some of the machines would be checked after the vote.

A second safeguard is to create a nationalized standard for the security of electronic voting machines. These regulations would be designed so that every single precinct follows the same security process, ensuring that no individual precincts are “easier marks” than others for tampering.

Another, more stringent safeguard could be oversight committees using the existing statistical methods created by Clarkson and others on every single election result that uses electronic voting machines, and then immediately requiring a manual recount of the paper copies if tampering is indicated.

The sanctity of the ballot box is one of the most fundamental anchors in our republic. Lawmakers need to set aside all partisan politics on this issue, because once the sanctity of the ballot box is gone, democracy soon follows.

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293 comments
sweetsue
sweetsue

Vote fraud was used in Texas also. Voting machines were tampered with. Hundreds went down in Travis county alone. Cruz and his handlers n the GOP have been rigging the voting machines. Cruz has probably not won one state. I don't know who we contact but the FBI or someone needs to check into this.

James Morton67
James Morton67

I have never seen where it is republicans who are suppressing the vote only thing I have seen is them standing up for voter registration places to only register citizens of America and that they have proof of residence and that they are citizens either by birth or naturalization. I firmly believe that only citizens of America vote in American elections. And that we only vote once. There has been far to much fraud in some areas by democrats in the past couple elections. There are districts in some states that voted 102% of the total registered voters in the district and 100% democrat both of which are statistically impossible when there are 30% republicans registered in the district. We know here in Oregon that many non citizens have been registered to vote here through the motor voter laws and now even more can be via electronic registering which is easy to fake. We need to get back to the basics and have everyone who wants to vote go to the registrars office in the county seat  and register by showing proof of residence and that they are legal residents of America. Then the ballot will come to them in the mail and they can make their choices and mail it back. This is not a republican or democratic thing it is a constitutional thing and we should start following it to the letter. Other states that have people go to the polls to vote can do basically the same thing as Oregon for registration and then when a person goes to the poll to vote he shows his registration card and is allowed to vote nobody wants to stop a person from voting they just only want citizens to vote only once and in only one district and polling place. That is fair to everyone. 

factorfiction
factorfiction

Oregon uses vote by mail ,and we can register to vote  on line. seems to work  without  voter/ 2 party fraud so far , and still people don't bother to vote here!   What I find   alarming & so anti american is the blatant abuse of our constitutional right to vote by the GOP controlled states their Voter Suppression Laws and restrictions imposed by the republican party! Their lack of respect for democracy is chilling, disgraceful  criminal in its  intent and  and should be illegal !   Taxation without representation, one of the most important  reasons  our nation was formed.

Openureyes
Openureyes

2004 Ohio election rigged  y republican sweetheart Connelly, he was subpoenaed to testify for electronic bot rigging, he's dead now.....hmmm

Richard Charnin
Richard Charnin

I  ran cumulative vote share  (CVS) analysis for many elections.

They all show the same result. The vote shares generally shift to the GOP in larger county precincts.

This is suspicious by itself, but even more so when you consider that the larger precincts are in Urban (mostly Democratic) locations. So the tren is counter to what one would expect.


This file links to all of my CVS analysis posts:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KU4D23gIamrsXb4pPnrIcoA3FjDkzqkeaX_kApIh1J0/pub

jimrtex
jimrtex

@Richard Charnin The reason is that Republican turnout tends to be higher.  Imagine two precincts with 1000 registered voters.  One precinct has 60% turnout, and the other has 40% turnout.  Your analysis will show one precinct with 600 voters and the 400 voters, and will include it further to the right in your cumulative vote.

Now if the precinct with 600 votes is say 55% Republican and the one with 400 votes is 45% Republican, we can jump to a conclusion that precincts with 600 votes are more Republican than those with 400, and believe we have found an anomaly.

But it was the greater concentration of Republicans that caused more votes to be cast in the precinct with 600 votes.

Richard Charnin
Richard Charnin

@jimrtex @Richard Charnin Republican turnout only appears to be higher. Remember, we are analyzing recorded votes, not true votes. That is the whole point. The higher GOP turnout  is due to the fraud - a combination of vote switching and ballot stuffing. It is interesting that the Democratic trend increases in the smaller, highly Republican counties - where there is nothing to gain in stealing votes.


One would expect  the Democratic trend to increase in the more popular counties - like Milwaukee.


CVS just confirms the unadjusted exit polls and the True Vote Model:.

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/12Vh_qbPI3v0Zf2F5UoCXioC0Ve1ZFNbUDtMuhav865M/edit#gid=966359373

jimrtex1
jimrtex1

@Richard Charnin @jimrtex 

In Kansas, voters are registered by party. The party affiliation is a public record, as well as the number of registered voters in each precinct. Whether a voter voted or not in a particular election is also public record. The number of "recorded votes" is also public record.

In Sedgwick County, Kansas (Wichita) the turnout (votes cast divided by number of registered) increases as the GOP registration share (GOP registered divided by the total number of registered) increases.


So if two precincts are of the same size, the one with more Republican registration will have more votes cast, and in Clarkson's and your faulty methodology will be deemed to have more voters. And it is not unexpected that the precinct with more Republican registration will have more support for the Republican candidate.

You and Clarkson have accumulated the votes not in order of increasing precinct registration, but in order of votes cast.


I did not ignore your spreadsheets. I went to Illinois, and took a look at the results from Cook County (suburban). If you accumulate the votes in order of precinct size, your observed effect disappears,



Holgar
Holgar

If there is a national standard set for electronic voting, it should mandate that all machines provide a printed receipt after the ballot has been committed.  This allows a voter to verify that the committed ballot matches the voter's initial choices.  The voter then drops the receipt in a collection box which can be counted separately to verify the machine totals.


This has been one of my arguments all along against the electronic system as implemented:  there is no secondary means of verifying the results.

SusanCater
SusanCater

If this the case, what is the argument against voting online at home. We pay our bills and purchase items on line and most towns have easy access to libraries with computers if you don't have one. No I don't trust the digital machines, especially when we have China hacking Banks, Target, Home Depot, Federal goverment etc. large security systems.  When the Supreme Court pick our candidate in the Florida mess, yes I am worried.

DavidYee
DavidYee

@SusanCater That's a possibility, and probably more trackable than the machines at the polling places.

Charles Cii
Charles Cii

That is precisely why I use absentee ballot. However I do not mail it I walk it over to my polling place on election day. It is also important not to send it before the election as things may change at the last minute. Please remember the 2008 primary when John Edwards dropped out of the election. Many of Democrat sent in their vote for Mr. Edwards, therefore they threw away their votes. Also by voting absentee you have a paper trail that cannot be refuted.

Mark Welker
Mark Welker

voting fraud and manipulation. I find it very hard to believe, that with reports of heavy early voting in the state of North Carolina during the 2014 election, that was massively leaning Democrat, so much so, that the Republicans would have had to make up an almost 16 percent deficit, out of the 20 percent of unaffiliated voters. miraculously this changed on Election Day, where the Republicans won, by comfortable margins, some by more than 2 to 1 , in what was described as the lowest voter turnout on record in 70 years. we went from massive early voting, to extremely low voter turnout. the Republicans would have had get at least 18 of that 20% of independent voters just to break even, and then get all of the totals on the actual election day, to account for the final vote totals. like I said, I find that very hard to believe. http://www.dailytarheel.com/article/2014/11/early-voting-in-nc-midterm-election-tops-1-1-million. and then there is the electronic voting machines in Wisconsin. http://wcmcoop.com/2014/10/31/update-voting-machines-reported-flipping-in-early-elections/

SusanCater
SusanCater

I totally agree. We were all watching N.C., I live in Georgia. We are slowly shifting to more Democrat as more transits move to the Atlanta area. That's why the schools in my county have improved also. Coming out of the dark ages slowly.

FrankHenry
FrankHenry

Lets push for the 30 FULL Voting Rights for all voters.  .... Lets hope 

we don't get into a food-fight....have had the good fortune to see

"ruling class" try to steal an election....during a recount of paper ballots 

we notice the write-in for a candidate were all the same pen same

handwriting...btw, the write-in lost both the closing count and the re-count...!!! 

Tom Tucker
Tom Tucker

Fit your information, I believe NO media. You should try to avoid putting so much faith into left wing anything.

Candace Zingg
Candace Zingg

Laughable.... The MAJORITY OF ALL FRAUD is perpetrated by Democrats, and that can be backed up. During the 2012 election of Obama, in swing states were Romney WAS WINNING, all of a sudden numerous counties came forward with 99-100+ % going to Obama. That is statistically impossible. That was voter fraud on a massive scale.

DanMurrow
DanMurrow

I love good Republican comedy.  This story is about vote tampering in the 2014 elections.  Obama was not running for office in 2014.

Richard Charnin
Richard Charnin

Obama surely won 100% in some black precincts. He had 95% of the black vote overall.

Candace Zingg
Candace Zingg

They are too corruptable. They shouldn't be used. However if they insist, then print a receipt.

LarryPaszli
LarryPaszli

Candace, I find you comments in this conversation to be of no value whatsoever! It's like you are making comments and statements about matters for which you have no working knowledge! You said, "However if they insist, then print a receipt." The same company, Diebold, which makes our hundreds of thousands of ATM machines, which we have, and use on a daily basis, for most people anyway, makes the electronic voting machines. You always have the option of printing a receipt for your records. Imagine if that were not the case! That would be absolutely absurd and so is the fact that these Diebold voting machines have not been made in such a way that a voter can see the printed receipt to insure their vote was cast correctly and would serve as a backup to the count if there was any suspicion or question of that said election. The problem is that Diebold has never created or used a machine capable of producing a printed receipt for the voter. Hmmm, I wonder why not? This would be a simple process for Diebold to build their machines with this feature; after all, they build and distribute ATM machines with this feature all over the country. The answer to this question is blatantly obvious. It's because politicians and governments do not want voting processes that can be monitored, audited, and easily corrected when necessary. This is not a partisan issue Candace.... This is across the board and applies to both parties. This must be corrected at once because when people lose confidence in the election process and they have for very good reasons, the republic will crash soon after the voter confidence is lost!

This is a simple and correctable problem! You have to ask yourself, why? Why the hell won't they make this simple change and close this loophole that is going to destroy the very foundation of Democracy! The US is always finding similar reasons for invading other countries or at the very least, sending "hit men" to eliminate leaders of other counties that engage in such unethical and illegal actions and then pretend all is well here at home when we know full well this is not the case. We need to stop pretending and begin a clean up process here at home before we continue our self-riotous meddling in other counties business while we sit here and argue this one very important and correctable mess one election cycle after another, here at home! This is why people have stopped voting. Fix it, and they will return to the voting polls in droves!

Candy K. Willians
Candy K. Willians

we must go back to paper ! none of the machines can be trusted !

Shirley Hayden
Shirley Hayden

I have thought Kansans lost to the machines in the last election!

Clay Dalton
Clay Dalton

No machine voting. Hand counted paper ballots at each precinct then reported up to next level. Go to www.givemeliberty.org to learn about the clean elections lawsuit.

Heidi Hammon-Turano
Heidi Hammon-Turano

We need to modernize our voting procedures and allow Online/electronic voting. Paper voting needs to go.

Christopher Paul
Christopher Paul

I think the video put out by Blackboxvoting said it all, if you never saw it check it out on youtube. Combine that with all the backroom dealing and flow of bribe money flowing, the election process is a joke.

Carol Gibbs-Beckett
Carol Gibbs-Beckett

Either paper or a fool-proof online voting system...not sure how that'd work though, but would provide better access to those who want to vote and can't get out, inclement weather, etc.

Marzilla Bryson
Marzilla Bryson

If we backed up the results every 10-20 mintes..and reported it..then even if the machines were hacked..the results would not be greatly affected...and beef up the security.

JpGrace
JpGrace

the only cheating that's EVER occurred has been by Republicans. and that's been documented. so stfu, troll.

James Morton67
James Morton67

@JpGrace I think if the facts were checked there was a whole lot of cheating going on by democrats also. After all most of the double voting and dead people's votes were for obama and I seriously doubt that any republicans would have cast their ballots or cheated for him. Color has little to do with it, there are currently more people joining the push for Dr. Ben Carson that any other single candidate and he is a true black, not a half breed like obama. I am going to vote for him and I am as white as the driven snow. Obviously you have not been hit with triple or quadruple raises in your healthcare or been laid off due to the poor economy. Or had your small business investigated just because of how you are registered or who you supported during the last couple elections. Few if any other president has ever had so many people in their cabinet or working for them that have criminal pasts or records. No other president has broken his oath of office so many times that several federal court judges have filed a lawsuit against him and if found guilty may be tried for treason. 


James Morton67
James Morton67

@DanMurrow @James Morton67 @JpGrace The point is that I was making was that both sides are guilty to some extent and it has been proven many times over that the democrats are much more prone to it than are republicans. At least they are better at getting caught than republicans. I am not saying it is justified in either case and we need to figure out ways to stop it when ever it shows up. I completely disagree with JpGrace in that lately there have far more votes cast for democrats from dead people and multiple votes cast for democrats which have been proven. So the statement that was made that "the only cheating that's EVER occurred has been by Republicans. and that's been documented" is false. I back that up with the facts that several voting districts in the Northeast in the last major election had not a single republican vote cast. This is a statistical impossibility to say the least. Specially in the fact that exit polls in those districts show a large number of people who voted for republican candidates. Cheating or defective machines we probably will never know  but fishy to say the least. 

Judson Freeman
Judson Freeman

Sure, how else did Barry get elected? Dead people and pets votes were counted.

DanMurrow
DanMurrow

This has nothing to do with Obama getting elected.  This story is about vote tampering in the 2014 elections.  Obama was not running for office in 2014.

Doris Mikolajczak
Doris Mikolajczak

And now Walker wants to get rid of the Government Accountability Board in Wisconsin that oversees elections and replace it with an appointed (cronies) group. He wants to be certain there can be no more fair elections in the stste.

Len Morlock
Len Morlock

You should be given a receipt when you vote which you can use to verify with the election commision that it matches.

John Shepherd
John Shepherd

Stop allowing early voting and ABSENTEE BALLOTS!!! PLUS, Only allow voting on the day of the election!!!

JpGrace
JpGrace

and only allow the wealthy and land owners to vote?

Phil
Phil

@JpGrace Wealthy, white, land owing males, you mean.

Billye Martin
Billye Martin

We do have electors which i think is another problem. We vote but then the sworn electors are supposed to ensure that all counted votes go to the winning candidate. But electors can be bought. If they get caught they just pay a fine. So a monied candidate can pay the fine for the elector and still be money ahead. This is how we think jim inhofe keeps getting elected