Here’s what Reuters has to say about the ease of hacking election results:
Boy, 11, hacks into replica U.S. vote website in minutes at convention
(Reuters) – An 11-year-old boy managed to hack into a replica of Florida’s election results website in 10 minutes and change names and tallies during a hackers convention, organizers said, stoking concerns about security ahead of nationwide votes.
Thirty-five children, ages 6 to 17, did the same thing at the Def Con Security Convention last weekend.
Let me tell you about the vote counting in my 1996 election for State Representative.
State Rep. Al Salvi was running against Congressman Dick Durbin for the U.S. Senate.
We were running a joint sign campaign in my district. (See article here.)
That was the year that McHenry County Republican Party Chairman and County Auditor Al Jourdan decided to put up a candidate against me.
All votes were being counted at the courthouse.
When about 55% of the votes had been counted in McHenry County, both of us had about 58% of the vote.
The tabulating machines went down.
Prior to the end of counting the machines went down again.
The final count in McHenry County showed Brehmer leading slightly in McHenry County.
He got 50.75% of the votes recorded for State Rep.
- John Brehmer – 6,391
- Cal Skinner, Jr. – 6,202
15.6% of those pulling ballots did not vote in the State Rep. contest.
The results in Cook County’s Barrington Township, where punch cards were counted in each precinct, showed Brehmer being trounced, receiving only 21.1% of the votes.
- John Brehmer – 524
- Cal Skinner, Jr. – 1,276
Here are the twelve Barrington Township Primary Election precinct results:
When the Daily Herald reporter called to ask me about the close results, I told him, “They forgot about Barrington Township.”
It gets better.
Dave Frederick added up the total votes for Republican Precinct Committeeman and discovered that more votes were cast for that minor office than in the contest to State Representative where well over $100,000 was spent:
- Skinner expenditures – $98,787
- Brehmer expenditures – $79,715