Jennifer Cohn @jennycohn1 Election security advocate & writer; attorney; Contributor @WhoWhatWhy, @NYRDaily #HandMarkedPaperBallots #ProtectOurVotes May. 21, 2019 4 min read

OMG! This is the same gaping “hand counting” security hole that I just mentioned re: Brexit & Australia.

“Hungarian votes are counted by hand in polling stations, then the results are submitted ONLINE to the national office, where they are added up.” 1/  https://www.opendemocracy.net/en/breaking-fresh-evidence-hungary-vote-rigging-raises-concerns-fraud-european-elections/ 

2/ Re: the Hungarian election won by Orban: “We have collected testimonials from ballot counting officers in at least six constituencies across the country who repeatedly referred to this software ‘freezing’ or going down completely on election day.”

3/ “The Head of the National Election Office vehemently denied that there was anything wrong with the election software.”

4/ “Prompted by reports of irregularities, election-day software malfunction and reports of delays in handing over the voter logs, over 100,000 people took to the streets of Budapest in the days after the vote to demand a recount and new elections.”

5/ “But a spokesperson for the Socialist party backed up the claims by the election agents we interviewed, saying: ‘On the day of the election, the part of the National Election Office’s software system that was used to transmit the turnout data and the processed vote results...

6/ ...to the National Election Office completely stopped & the official internet site was unavailable. “So, one year after the elections, we still don’t know what damage was done by this unparalleled chaos...

7/ ... as [the National Election Office] still has not managed to provide a reassuring explanation: could it have been an external attack or could unauthorised persons access certain data?”

8/ Wow! The new election software in Hungary was built by people close to Orban’s party.

9/ Hungary’s elections sound “almost” as corrupt as those in the United States.

10/ Remember when the president of Diebold promised to deliver Ohio to George W. Bush?

(At the time, Diebold had just acquired Global Election Systems, whose senior programmer was a convicted embezzler, and renamed it ‘Diebold Election Systems.’”)  https://progressive.org/dispatches/worse-hanging-chads/ 

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15/ Anyway, it does seem that countries in which citizens thought they could rest easy, secure in the belief that their elections are “hand counted,” may have been duped. In the UK, as in Hungary, computers now aggregate & report the polling place totals!

16/ In the UK, this computerized result “collation” system seems to have been put in place specifically for Brexit! @carolecadwalla @peterjukes @StillDelvingH

17/ The UK/Brexit computerized result collation system may have been provided by IDOX, a company with ties to a pro-BREXIT MP and Russia. Other aspects of the BREXIT referendum were outsourced to IDOX (such as handling of postal ballots, which is also concerning.)

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19/ “Concerns raised over senior Tory MP link to election count firm [IDOX].”
 https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/14478267.concerns-raised-over-senior-tory-mp-link-to-election-count-firm/ 

20/ “[I]n...2012, ...Peter Lilley MP became a director of IDOX...By May 2013 IDOX boasted they already had control of elections and voter registration across the UK in the privatisation of all elections, an astonishing feat given the timescales involved.”  https://truepublica.org.uk/united-kingdom/privatising-elections-referendums-accusations-fraud-rigging 

21/ via @krukmatt

22/ In 2014, IDOX leaked private information on millions of UK voters and blamed it in a “software error.”  https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2623853/Electoral-roll-data-leaked-Millions-names-addresses-illegally-sold-junk-mail-firm.html 

23/ ”Brexit referendum [voter registration] website may have been hacked.”  https://www.reuters.com/article/us-britain-eu-website-idUSKBN17E0NS 

24/ “A voter registration site that crashed in the run-up to last year's EU referendum could have been targeted by a foreign cyber-attack, MPs say.

The ‘register to vote’ site crashed...just before the deadline for people to sign up to vote.”  https://techcrunch.com/2017/04/12/brexit-voter-registration-website-crash-could-have-been-a-ddos-says-report/ 

25/ British MP Peter Lilley [of IDOX] is virulently pro-BREXIT.  https://inews.co.uk/news/politics/peter-lilley-brexit-bbc-reality-check-chris-morris-clash-video/ 

26/ Back to my concern about vulnerable result collating and reporting systems: Ukraine did reportedly hack Ukraine’s reporting website in 2014:

27/ Meanwhile, Australia just elected an Australian Trump. This was a highly unexpected, terrifying, and poll-defying result.

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29/ “The apparent upset victory was the latest election to trample predictions by polling firms, which all showed Morrison’s political bloc trailing the opposition Labor Party.”  https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/australia-holds-elections-with-labor-party-looking-to-regain-power/2019/05/17/f661d2ea-7705-11e9-a7bf-c8a43b84ee31_story.html 

30/ “The center-right government of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison held onto power Saturday after a surprise surge in national elections that left some pundits making comparisons to President Trump’s poll-defying win in 2016.”

31/ Although Australia hand counts votes at the polling places, as in the UK, the MANY polling place totals are then aggregated, transmitted, and continually updated and reported via hackable COMPUTERS.

32/ I’m also very concerned that online reporting systems may have been hacked in the US via VR Systems, which provides not only voter registration software, but also online reporting software & services throughout Florida. Thread.

33/ Lesson: We must micromanage and continually ask questions about every single damn aspect of both past and future elections. IMHO, we’ve been scammed. #ProtectOurVotes

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