ELECTION FRAUD: CAN IT HAPPEN ON A LARGE SCALE? CAN IT HAPPEN ON A SMALL SCALE IN A CLOSE RACE AND TIP AN ELECTION?

During the presidential campaign, and during many other campaigns over the years, there have been repeated allegations of election fraud. In recent years, as we have moved from paper ballots to a variety of mechanical and electronic voting machines, these election fraud allegations have included a variety of claims about suspected tampering with voting machines. Claims have been made that the machines have been programmed or hacked to cast votes for voters who did not vote. Claims have been made that machines have changed votes. Claims have been made that machines have not counted votes that were cast. And claims have been made that votes counted by the machines were not accurately reported by election officials. And that’s just the beginning. (Bear in mind that there is a difference between alleging and proving the claims. I state no opinions as to the validity of any of these claims.)

I spoke today with an attorney who is knowledgeable about the subject. I told him I didn’t know much about the subject. (That, of course, had not stopped me earlier from passing on articles refuting Donald Trump’s many pre-election claims that the election was rigged and that if he lost, his defeat would prove it.  My theory was based in part on the assumption that most of the machines and other balloting procedures were in the hands of Republican election administrators such that large scale election fraud against the Republican presidential candidate was highly unlikely. That said, Trump continues to assert that he lost the popular vote due to large scale election fraud in areas he did not win and where the voting was not under the control of Republican election administrators.)

In any event, because I did not know much about various forms of election fraud — the kinds that end up in court battles — I asked for a source of information about the subject.  I was referred to a specific website containing information, some of it technical in nature, discussing election processes and some of the many ways election processes can go wrong. I am passing along the reference to those of you interested in the subject, without commenting on its objectivity, as a starting point for educating yourself should you ever decide to work as an election judge or other election official, work on an election contest, or seek to reform election processes in the communities in which you live.

The organization providing the referenced information is called Black Box Voting. The home page of the Black Box Voting website states: “You may be wondering what the term ‘black box’ means. A ‘black box’ system is non-transparent; its functions are hidden from the public. Elections, of course, should not be black box systems.”

The principal behind this organization has written a Black Box Voting Book that can be downloaded by clicking the “Black Box Voting Book: Free” link at the top of the home page.  You will find a link to that home page at the end of this block.

I repeat that I am not endorsing what the author has to say or suggesting that large scale voting fraud in America is occurring or can occur on any systematic basis. However, where races are tight, those who control election processes and have an incentive to tamper may have the technical ability to do so. And if it is true that outside hackers have the physical ability as well an incentive to break into and jigger the election machinery, they arguably may do the same.

Here are some of the subjects addressed on the website:

ACCOUNTABILITY

— CHAIN OF CUSTODY

— ELECTION RECORDS

—- Records: ALTERED

—- Records: INACCURATE

—- Records: POLL TAPES

— ENFORCEMENT

— LAWS, RULES

— TRANSPARENCY

ACTIONS

— ROLE MODELS

— ADVOCACY

— ORGANIZING

— RESEARCH

— TECHNOLOGY

— ELECTION OBSERVATION

— MEDIA COVERAGE

BALLOTS

— BALLOT A PUBLIC RECORD

— BALLOT IMAGES

— BALLOT INCORRECT

— BALLOT IRREGULARITIES

— BALLOT MAILING

— BALLOT PRINTING

— BALLOT TAMPERING

— BALLOT TRACKING

— SECRET BALLOT

CAMPAIGN FINANCE

— DARK MONEY

— VIOLATIONS

CANDIDATES

— RIGHT TO RUN

— WRITE-IN CANDIDACY

— WHAT TO LOOK FOR

— WHAT TO ASK FOR

ELECTION COSTS

DISPUTE RESOLUTION

— RECOUNT

— LITIGATION

DISTRICTING

ELECTIONS INDUSTRY

— COMPANIES

— HISTORY

— MAKE & MODEL

— PURCHASING

VOTING

– VOTING CATEGORIES:

— ABSENTEE VOTING

— EARLY VOTING

— PROVISIONAL VOTING

— POLLING PLACE VOTING

— WRITE-IN VOTES

– VOTING COUNTS:

— CENTRAL COUNT

— PRECINCT COUNT

– VOTING MACHINES:

— PROBLEMS

— TECHNICAL INFORMATION

— TYPES

VOTER LISTS

— VOTER REGISTRATION

— VOTER CHECK-IN

— PARTICIPATION RECORDS

— LIST MAINTENANCE

PLACES

PEOPLE

The home page for the site is: http://blackboxvoting.org.

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One thought on “ELECTION FRAUD: CAN IT HAPPEN ON A LARGE SCALE? CAN IT HAPPEN ON A SMALL SCALE IN A CLOSE RACE AND TIP AN ELECTION?

  1. A couple of years ago I voted, using one of Texas’ no-paper-trail machines. When I finished and went through the final act, the one that supposedly registered my selections, I did not receive the screen with the cute little American flag and the message “You voted.” The screen simply returned to its start page. I stood there and signaled an election judge and he came over. (It was obvious that he was a Republican fan because he had been hanging out with some people who were wearing buttons supporting Republican candidates: they were all standing around laughing and having a good time.)
    I explained my dilemma and he said “Don’t worry. Your vote counted.” I said that I was worried, because I did not get the correct screen. He again assured me that everything was ok. I again said that I had no reason to believe my vote had been registered and, at that time, he became sullen and threatening and said something like “Don’t make me bring a policeman over here!” And “You need to move on now.”
    I left, but to this day I think my vote didn’t count in that election.
    BTW – I was voting at a location way, way out on Granbury Rd. on the south side of Fort Worth. I’ve never voted there since then.

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