There is no doubt that voting machines are a huge security problem. Many have been tested and demonstrated the ability to be hacked. Fox News reporter Ben Swann did a recent Reality Check on voting machines in the Ohio area and even discovered a tie to GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Though Swann is not saying that the Romney campaign will be cheating, he does point out the ties between Romney and former Bain & Co. employees who are now HIG Capital directors which, a month after Romney formally enetered the presidential race, acquired Hart Intercivic, the company that manufactures the voting machines used in two counties in Ohio, specifically Hamilton County.
Swann goes on to report that the Secretary of State’s office in Ohio conducted a study of three voting machines called ‘Everest’, including those manufactured by Hart to determine just how trustworthy the machines are. And the results put the electronic voting machines on incredibly shaky ground. According to the Project Everest Report:
“The researchers concluded that virtually every ballot, vote, election result, and audit log is ‘forgeable or otherwise manipulatable by an attacker with even brief access to the voting systems.”
The report also went on to state that the Hart voting system “violates a basic isolation tenet of security engineering… Compromise of a single precinct provides materials to compromise any precinct and election headquarters….Auditing features are ‘vulnerable to a broad range of attacks that can corrupt or erase logs of election activities.”