US voting machines are failing. Here’s why.


This voting machine is called a WINvote. It was used in American elections between 2004 and 2014. In 2017, it took hackers just a few hours to play Rick Astley on one of these at a
cybersecurity conference. Although the WINvote was out of use by
then, the stunt pointed to a real problem: In most of the US, voting machines are over
a decade old. In 2016 voters in these counties were using machines bought in 2008
or even earlier. At that time this was America’s most popular cell phone. Fast-forward to 2018 and the greatest threat to these machines probably isn’t
hacking. They’re not even connected to the internet, so remote large-scale
meddling would be almost impossible. The biggest problem is that they’re so old,
some of them may not be working right. For over a decade there have been
reports of apparent vote-flipping, machine errors, and hardware breaking
down across the country, but even though this happens every election very few
machines have been replaced. And to understand why so many machines are
failing now, you have to look back at the 2000 election between George Bush and Al
Gore. And the lead story at this hour is the State
of Florida is too close to call. A nation waits. Election officials decided to count all of the
ballots by hand. Punch hole is called a “chad”, pierced but still attached. Hanging chad and whether it’s an allowable vote. What ballots count and what ballots
don’t count? A hanging chad is the partially torn piece of paper left on
a ballot that isn’t fully punched out. When the 2000 election went to a recount
Florida officials had to figure out whether hanging chads represented a vote
or not. Clearly punched their ballot correctly and there’s a hanging Chad in
the back it may read one time as no vote and then the second time as a vote. After the recount, frustrated officials started replacing their old machines with new
electronic ones. Typically, state and local officials would pay for this on
their own, but after the 2000 election fiasco the federal government passed the
help America Vote Act, which provided several billion dollars
to pay for new equipment. Congress has made a vital contribution to the
democratic process. Now it’s my honor to sign into law the Help America Vote Act
of 2002. The electronic machines got rid of hanging chads, but they also
introduced new problems. Officials without security training sometimes
chose weak passwords. The software requires regular security updates and
some machines don’t have paper backups that can be used to audit voting. A recent report on election security says that conducting elections with
paper-based voting systems is one of the most important steps states can take to
improve election security. The Help America Vote Act was the first time the
federal government provided funding for voting equipment. Now that money is
running out and many machines are failing. Without federal funding some
states like New Mexico and Rhode Island have provided money for new machines, but
in other states like New Jersey, officials continue to work with aging
equipment. And there’s a problem with relying on local funding. It can give an
unfair advantage to larger counties. In Texas for example, two neighboring
counties have different budgets for their voting systems. Travis County is
home to about a million people. In 2017 their election administration budget was
close to two million dollars. Next door, rural Blanco County budgeted only 46
thousand. The problem with this is that state and
local officials are expected to pay for new equipment on their own, but that’s
rarely a priority in the budgets they’re given. On the other hand, the federal
government has a much larger budget. For now, Congress has approved $380 million dollars to improve the country’s election infrastructure. Whether that money will be used to replace all of America’s aging voting
machines remains to be seen.

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  1. I feel like this should be too priority. For the government to accomplish its purpose, protecting the process of election is paramount.

  2. In my town in the US we only use paper ballots that we fill out like a bubble sheet and feed into a machine, I've never actually seen an electronic voting machine in real life, so why would they use them? Is it a matter of not having enough paper for everyone in a large town or city?

  3. Brazilian voting machines are very much better than Americans. The Superior Electoral Court runs contests to who would like to try to hack them in every electoral year, also, the systems are always updated constantly. The States' Electoral Courts and the national Superior Electoral Court has enough money to ensure a highly modern system. In the same day of the election, nationally, the results are published just 3 hours after the end of the election.

    One of the reasons Brazilian electoral system works very well is that the budget is federal, not from the states or municipalities (kind of a county).

    This year, we experienced the first election with biometric validation before the voting. I myself, voted using it.

    So… America needs to unify the voting system. Brazil is willing to share even our technology, I can't bet it.

  4. the elections are rigged..it is obvious if you do research . purging, changing voters status without their knowledge, machines owned by criminals ..Bush is unable to travel in some countries because of war crimes. Obama purchased 65K worth of hot dogs that were sent to WH by the infamous pizza business or pizzagate. These candidates are hand picked for the most part or eliminated if they are not a globalist or approve agenda 21. Choice is an illusion given to those without by those entities who control the planet. The msm is mkultra at its finest. So next time just let the machines vote for you and save time.

  5. Paper votes and optical scanner to count votes are more future proof than using Windows Operating System and the counting is fast and accurate.

  6. How about everyone does what Oregon does, Mail in ballots. It has worked very efficiently. But they won’t. The harder it is for someone to vote the less likely they will. People in power don’t want the entirety of the population to be heard, only the ones who agree with their message…

  7. Anyone in the US can vote any number of times. There are no identity, registration or multiple voting checks.

  8. Here’s why, they do not get the favorable results they want so they must be, broke, wrong, hacked, corrupt. It couldn’t be that the American people have spoken and said F-you to Hillary.

  9. The fact that voting machines are used infrequently (only on Election Day) might explain why local governments hold on to them for so long, even when they are unreliable and susceptible to hacking. Better to use paper ballots and ballot boxes instead, as most other countries still do.

  10. As is usual in US the interests of some big corporation (whoever makes these machines) overrule the most effective choice for the people.

    Many countries still use paper ballots with manual counting. With correct oversight this is still BY FAR the most secure and reliable method of voting. No need for complex machines that need replacing all the time.

  11. In 1977 the US launched the Voyager 1 and 2 space probes, as of now, half the on-board science systems are still running. Tell me again why 1970's electronic machines being bombarded with cosmic rays, passed the edge of the solar system, and work better than present-day voting machines? Even if we used a 386DX CPU and a PowerVR video chipset from the 1990s we'd have better technology than most states use for voting hardware. Six Unix software developers could compile an even tighter copy of NetBSD with a bare-bones semi-graphical GUI. Alternately, Blackberry QNX could be buttoned down and used on newer, 64-bit hardware. QNX is non-monolithic, POSIX compliant, and has been in development since 1982. /¶ On the backend/network side, my Eero home router is more secure than most administrative networks at polling locations. My phone gets an alert when a new device joins, and the add-on security app tells me what internal device is compromised, or being scanned for weaknesses. This isn't rocket science, it's the dynamic evolution of technology and fruits from the labor of very talented people. /¶

    Before NASA/JPL launches a probe or satellite, twenty or thirty scientists and engineers sit down to brainstorm and map failure modes. They do that several times in an iterative process, those conditions get cooked into the OS for the unit, and then they go train on a simulator of the device. They hone the OS until all the foreseeable kinks are out. How many of these engineers once retired have been coaxed and contracted to help make better, safer voting machines and networks? I'm gonna guess zero.American voters deserve better, but the machines and backend systems are so disparate that they will never be completely secure. It's all just a jolly money grab by private corporations. I've said it before and I will keep saying it, "The social contract is null and void." Conserve your resources and leave the US when the time is right.

  12. Yeah yeah I'm modern and mainstream and believed in law and order in the western world so sorry if voting meant otherwise iam what I know and respect and don't challenge what been given to me unless it is killing me and that it's been changed from what it was that was good otherwise iam a law abiding and doesn't care too much about other people's business unless is mine so like I said sorry if voting meant otherwise that's all I can say homie. And my Anthony is not a good man in cases like now and then yeah I knew that but didn't know exactly what until some time.

  13. George Soros owns these machines and rigged them to swing twards Hillary Clinton. Proven ! This government is all corrupt.

  14. Washington state uses a fill in the bubble and vote by mail. They also give a pamphlet of all the initiatives and candidate info. Each ballot's signature is checked and is sent back if not valid.

  15. I’ve never heard this issues from where I’m from but then I saw my county was Dark Green (The one in Central California)

  16. We use cardboard boxes, paper ballots, and pencils. Then a rep from each of the major parties witnesses the count at each poll. No need for machines, just people.

  17. Because it's easier to blame Russia and pretend the voting is rigged even though it is rigged but the by Americans themselves

  18. It doesn’t matter cause the people don’t elect the president and they vote for people who vote on the president

  19. I can see in the comment section how west Europeans are suggesting for papers and pencil but don't forget the fact of population difference which in western european countries is almost a fraction of what it is in america… I believe their are better methods like the evm+vvpat in India… It might work much better…

  20. scrap electronic voting machines and just rank your chosen candidate on a piece of paper that gets put in a box and then sorted in a large room with other boxes where they are counted.

  21. Why US not use the manual election like in Indonesia ? Count 192 Million voter in 2 weeks and have a accurate number

  22. Vox will probably argue that the machines dont work, becuase Hillary didnt win. Or something bashing Trump

    P.S writing before watching

  23. Blanco Counties budget looks pretty good, 3 times more per resident than Travis county, also nice to have my home county referenced (Travis).

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