Programmer under oath admits computers rig elections

Published on Apr 18, 2011

Software programmer says US elections are rigged and that US Representatives tried to pay him to rig their election vote counts.

Thankyou to TheTruthPusher


A mathematician may have uncovered widespread election fraud, and Kansas is trying to silence her


Kansas loves them some voter fraud hysteria. From going to the Supreme Court to try and make doubly-sure that non-citizens can’t vote in their elections to setting up a voter fraud website where citizens can report every kind of voter fraud except the kinds that have actually happened in the state, Kansas is on the forefront of voter fraud readiness and protection.

Except, perhaps, when it comes to the machines they use to record their votes.

According to the Wichita Eagle, Wichita State mathematician Beth Clarkson has found irregularities in election returns from Sedgwick County, along with other counties throughout the United States, but has faced stiff opposition from the state in trying to confirm whether the irregularities are fraud or other, less-nefarious anomalies.

Analyzing election returns at a precinct level, Clarkson found that candidate support was correlated, to a statistically significant degree, with the size of the precinct. In Republican primaries, the bias has been toward the establishment candidates over tea partiers. In general elections, it has favored Republican candidates over Democrats, even when the demographics of the precincts in question suggested that the opposite should have been true.

Clarkson’s interest in election returns was piqued by a 2012 paper released by analysts Francois Choquette and James Johnson showing the same pattern of election returns, which favor establishment Republican candidates in primaries and general elections. The irregularities are isolated to precincts that use “Central Tabulator” voting machines — machines that have previously been shown to be vulnerable to hacking. The effects are significant and widespread: According to their analysis, Mitt Romney could have received over a million extra votes in the 2012 Republican primary, mostly coming at the expense of Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich. President Obama also ceded significant votes to John McCain due to this irregularity, as well.

You can read the paper in full here.

Voting machine, via Wikimedia Commons

Voting machine, via Wikimedia Commons

While Clarkson has found the same statistical irregularity in a number of localities, her efforts to confirm whether they amount to fraud have been centered on Sedgwick County, Kansas, due to the locality’s use of Real Time Voting Machine Paper Tapes, which provide a paper trail that other localities don’t have. However, her efforts to verify Sedgwick County’s election returns have been repeatedly shut down.

She first requested a recount of the 2013 election, but the timeframe in which a recount could have been requested had passed. She then requested the machines’ computer records from the Sedgwick County registrar, which told her to kindly shove off and sue Secretary of State Kris Kobach if she wanted the records so badly.

When Clarkson initially filed her lawsuit requesting the paper records from the voting machines, her suit was denied because a judge ruled that the paper records constituted ballots, shielding them from the state’s open records law. This ruling is suspect at best, given that the paper records do not have voters’ names assigned to them; they only record when and how a ballot was cast for recount purposes.

She then sought a court order giving her access to a sample of voting records in order to check voting machines’ error rates. This order was ignored by the Secretary of State’s office, despite their being legally required to respond to her within 30 days. The office later said that they didn’t realize they had received her request.

Given Kansas’s professed diehard commitment to combatting election fraud, one would think that they would be all for analysis into whether the integrity of their elections have been compromised. Apparently you’d be wrong.

(h/t Occupy Democrats)

Correction: The original title of this post referred to the bias in election returns as “voter fraud.” As the allegation of fraud is not against individual voters, but rather administrators of elections, “election fraud” is correct. This change has been made where appropriate.



3 Responses to “Programmer under oath admits computers rig elections”

  1. ian says:

    Given the persuasive power of TV and radio, you would think that those people who own these fountains of “information” could achieve any voting pattern that they want, and to a degree, they can, though doing so whilst attempting to maintain the illusion of impartiality will be a lot more difficult, thus the need for vote rigging. There were many complaints and I feel rightly so, given some of the anomalies during the recent Scottish independence vote. This is where the media really comes into it’s own though, by persuading the masses that everything is ok, here’s your cocoa, settle down and everything will be fine, look I’ve nearly forgotten what we were talking about. Even the wee guy of the Border Telly disnae seem bothered, it must have been ok. Pantomime, all of it, from the cop shows with the hard ass women bosses, to the documentaries where everything is always wrong and everyone is upset till ding it all works out and they all live happily ever after, or the life story of the cheetah and her four cubs who survive against all the odds though there are five different cheetah parents in the film. Ok I watch some comedy and fishing shows, though even there they’re trying to mould you opinions and shape your perception of events and shape your thoughts and behaviour.

    • ian says:

      Comedy shows ridicule certain patterns of behaviour, and always ridicule the elderly as fools buffoons and grouchers not worth talking to, even though all old and genuine societies value and appreciate the wisdom that age brings. The native Americans Innuit, and all wild tribes value the wisdom of the elders, but and it’s a big BUT!!, in western society, by the time you get into your sixties, there’s every chance that they will have weighed up the system for what it really is, and the last thing they want is anyone taking you seriously.

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