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    A petition to the US Attorney General is circulating,

    "According to an article on PoliticolNews.com, Mitt Romney's son, Tagg, is a major investor in Hart InterCivic, the company that owns electronic voting machines that will be used in Ohio for this election.The article also alleges that these machines are easily hacked. Not to mention, it's an obvious conflict of interest. "

    Romney supporters point out that the machines were bought in 2005 and produce paper ballots scanned optically by election officials and not by the manufacturer.

    Perhaps just a late stage of negative electioneering, but I think we can be glad we didn't go that route. BTW, where are our e-voting machines resting now and at what cost? Did we manage to sell them off to some emerging democracy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Spectabilis View Post
    A petition to the US Attorney General is circulating,

    "According to an article on PoliticolNews.com, Mitt Romney's son, Tagg, is a major investor in Hart InterCivic, the company that owns electronic voting machines that will be used in Ohio for this election.The article also alleges that these machines are easily hacked. Not to mention, it's an obvious conflict of interest. "

    Romney supporters point out that the machines were bought in 2005 and produce paper ballots scanned optically by election officials and not by the manufacturer.

    Perhaps just a late stage of negative electioneering, but I think we can be glad we didn't go that route. BTW, where are our e-voting machines resting now and at what cost? Did we manage to sell them off to some emerging democracy?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Spectabilis View Post
    Perhaps just a late stage of negative electioneering, but I think we can be glad we didn't go that route. BTW, where are our e-voting machines resting now and at what cost? Did we manage to sell them off to some emerging democracy?
    Ours were scrapped by Biffos.

    http://www.independent.ie/national-n...h-3153437.html

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    The Right Wing says it’s all a vast Left Wing conspiracy.


    Several left-wing news outlets are reporting on a financial relationship between one of Mitt Romney's sons and a voting machine company--with some even implying that the relationship could lead to tampering with votes on Election Day to benefit the Republican. The only problem? There doesn't seem to be any evidence of any financial relationship between Romney's son, Tagg, and the company.
    Solamere Capital, an investment fund founded and run by Tagg Romney, is a financial partner with HIG Capital, a private equity firm that manages a whole range of investments. HIG also invests in Hart Intercivic, a polling machine company that operates machines at polling places in Hamilton County, Ohio. But Solamere does not have any financial interest in Hart, a spokesman for Solamere tells THE WEEKLY STANDARD.
    A recent article in the Nation about Solamere claims that the fund indirectly invests in Hart, and a report from MSNBC repeats this implication:
    http://www.weeklystandard.com/blogs/...ny_657183.html


    The US is all over the map when it comes to electronic voting. There is no federal law mandating or prohibiting it. Some states embrace it, others reject it

    Here’s apiece about electronic voting and ballot rigging that salutes the Harper’s piece further below.
    Think the Florida Recount Was Bad? Just Wait Until November 6
    By Andrew Cohen


    While the nation fixates on stamping out non-existent voter fraud with photo-ID requirements, the perils of electronic voting go unchallenged.

    Electronic voting in Chicago in 2008 (John Gress/Reuters)
    The movie Unstoppable is playing this week on HBO, and it's hard not to watch even just the trailers for the action-adventure film without seeing parallels to the coming election. Folks, we are just a little more than two weeks away from Election Day, and we may well be the runaway train, barreling straight toward an election-night, voting-rights crash-and-burn which easily could be worse and more damaging to the nation than Bush v. Gore. Not only is there no Denzel Washington to save us, not only is there no guarantee of a happy Hollywood ending, but none of the so-called adults running the country even seems willing to publicly acknowledge the danger.

    You think the hanging chads in Florida were bad in 2000? You think the patch of procedures, appeals, and standards of review was crazy? At least a human being was looking at those ballots. At least some of the rest of us were able to look at that human being looking at those ballots. At least there were ballots to be seen. In 2012, on the other hand, loose technology, lax industry oversight, political indifference, and partisan bigotry mean there is the potential for mischief -- and by that I mean democracy-crushing voter fraud -- on a scale that would make the high drama and low comedy of November 2000 seem mundane.

    How about thousands upon thousands of votes instantly disappearing from the electronic count of one candidate, or being added to the count of another, with no paper trail left behind? How about electronic voting machines whose programs can be breached and hacked -- patched for fraud, is the new term -- from thousands of miles away? How about new voting technology controlled largely by corporations with strong partisan ties? Not only can it all happen in two weeks, there is a viable case to be made that it's already happened -- in both the decade before and the decade since Bush v. Gore.

    And of course the great irony of it all, one of the most under-reported stories of this campaign, is that the politicians and activists who have tried so hard this election cycle to make it harder for poor, ill, and elderly voters to vote are some of the ones most closely aligned with the operatives who can, with a click, determine the outcome of the coming election. Instead of securing accurate voting rights for all, they want to deprive voting rights for some.

    This is the important message Victoria Collier sends us courtesy of a trenchant piece (not currently online) in the November issue of Harper's *, titled "How To Rig An Election." Collier writes:

    Old-school ballot-box fraud at its most egregious was localized and limited in scope. But new electronic voting systems allow insiders to rig elections on a statewide or even national scale. And whereas once you could catch the guilty parties in the act, and even dredge the ballot boxes out of bayou, the virtual vote count can be manipulated in total secrecy. By means of proprietary, corporate-owned software, just one programming could steal hundreds, thousands, potentially even millions of votes with the stroke of a key. It's the electoral equivalent of a drone strike.
    http://www.theatlantic.com/politics/...mber-6/263901/

    Here's an excerpt from an excerpt of the Harper's piece.

    In 2002, George W. Bush signed the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), offering states $3.9 billion in subsidies to modernize their election administration and equipment, purportedly in response to Florida’s hanging-chad fiasco of 2000. HAVA mandated that every polling place provide at least one voting system that allowed disabled people to vote with the same “privacy and independence” accorded to nondisabled voters. Thanks to confusing language in HAVA itself, and even a misleading report issued by the Congressional Research Service, one might easily assume that the mandate called for the purchase of DRE machines. In this way, the blind and visually impaired were unwittingly used as pawns to advance the agenda of the voting-machine industry. One election supervisor claims that Diebold went so far as to send him threatening letters after he sought out less expensive alternatives to service the disabled, even when these machines were compatible with Diebold’s systems.
    http://harpers.org/blog/2012/10/an-e...g-an-election/


    Here’s another piece by Victoria Collier author of the Harper’s piece.


    Stealing your vote is easier than ever now that the media has decided it can't afford the exit polling that helped track irregular ballot counts in more than a third of the states. Here's why it's important, and what you can do.
    The news that America's mainstream media has cancelled exit polling in 19 states, means that insider election theft this November is now even harder to track, and therefore easier to get away with - something that scarcely seemed possible.

    As I've written in the November issue of Harper's Magazine ("How to Rig an Election"), our voting system is already privatized, corporatized, computerized and arguably less secure than Vegas slot machines. It's also controlled by a shadowy cartel of right-wing affiliated companies that keep merging and changing their names, perhaps - and almost certainly in the case of Diebold - to avoid association with the record of white-collar criminal charges and convictions that trail them from state to state.[1]
    http://truth-out.org/news/item/12213...rigging-easier


    Democrats and Republicans agreed that Internet voting is “inevitable” for the future of America’s election process at a panel hosted by the University of Maryland’s Center of American Politics and Citizenship on Capitol Hill Wednesday.
    “Its just a matter of time until people demand that we vote on the Internet. People do everything on the internet,” said Republican Dave Mason, a former commissioner of the Federal Election Commission.
    Would online voting actually get more people to vote?
    Read more: http://marylandreporter.com/2012/09/...#ixzz2AFEdrnhh
    Under Creative Commons License: Attribution

    http://marylandreporter.com/2012/09/...#ixzz26Vs1a6eJ
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