Elections Aren’t Secure According To Politico
Elections Aren’t Secure According To Politico
Suddenly it’s ok to talk about the security of elections or lack thereof according to Politico. Yes indeed. After four years of lambasting those who questioned the results of the 2020 election and batting the phrase “election denier” around like it was a chew toy, the pendulum swings the other way. Just in time for Election Day 2022.
The 2020 presidential election was rife with allegations of voting machine hacks that were later debunked.— POLITICO (@politico) November 7, 2022
Yet there are real risks that hackers could tunnel into voting equipment and other election infrastructure to try to undermine Tuesday’s vote.https://t.co/kDij1J08eU
Unexpectedly it is quite ok to discuss election security and issue warnings about how the systems can be hacked. Wait what? Election systems AREN’T 100% secure?? From the article:
The 2020 presidential election was rife with allegations of voting machine hacks that were later debunked. Yet there are real risks that hackers could tunnel into voting equipment and other election infrastructure to try to undermine Tuesday’s vote.
There is a great deal to watch out for as mis and disinformation on social media and in the news can cause voter confusion. Well, we’ve known that the media has been peddling lots of Fake News since 2016, why would this election cycle be any different?
Yet it’s the rest of the article that really caught my attention. Why? Because, as I mentioned above, Politico admits that our election ballot counting systems aren’t as secure as we were ordered to believe over these last six years.
Hackers have one relatively low-tech tool for knocking campaigns off balance and disrupting voters’ access to reliable election information: forcing websites to crash using automated tools that simulate massive floods of people visiting those sites.
At least seven states and Washington, D.C., use wireless modems to transmit unofficial election-night results to their central offices. These modems use telecommunications networks that are vulnerable to hackers, and malicious actors could exploit them to tamper with unofficial vote data, corrupt voting machines or compromise the computers used to tally official results.
Additionally, Politico warns of targeted cyber and social media attacks directed specifically at voters, voter registration databases, and campaigns.
Again, weren’t we told repeatedly that our systems were secure? But NOW, one day out from the midterms when it looks like a Red Wave will hit significant parts of the country, it’s ok for the media to position themselves as potential election deniers?
Tie that into another interesting Election Day issue that has cropped up. It seems the DOJ is sending feds to key states to ‘monitor’ the elections.
The Justice Department is expanding in-person monitoring of polling places for Tuesday’s midterms to areas in nearly half of U.S. states, DOJ officials said Monday.
Federal monitors looking for potential civil rights violations and voter intimidation will fan out to 64 jurisdictions in 24 states, a marked increase from the presidential election two years ago when DOJ sent monitors to 44 jurisdictions in 18 states.
So, our elections might not be secure?? Except there’s a bit of a catch to this move by the DOJ.
This email was sent by the DOJ to one of our election authorities. pic.twitter.com/eQ0eN3rBKd— Missouri SOS Office (@MissouriSOS) November 6, 2022
Delving into that story, we find out that the DOJ has been bypassing the Secretary of State offices and contacting local counties directly. Which, for most states, is against state law. Now WHY would the DOJ be playing this kind of game?
I can’t emphasize this enough. Anyone who has DARED to question election results have been told to sit down, shut up, been threatened and gaslighted.
I am a squish, and even I agree with you!— Pradheep J. Shanker (@Neoavatara) November 7, 2022
So hacking these machines was “impossible” in 2020 when Biden won.— David Giglio (@DavidGiglioCA) November 7, 2022
However, now that the Democrats are about to get their butts kicked, it’s magically possible for these machines to be hacked & manipulated.
Thanks for inadvertently confirming 2020 was rigged.
Furthermore, it isn’t just Politico telling us that elections can be rigged, and voters influenced wrongly.
Latinos are the fastest growing racial and ethnic group in the U.S. electorate since the last midterm elections. A total of 34.5 million Latinos are eligible to vote, making them a crucial demographic for politicians.
Latinos are also increasingly the target for disinformation campaigns.
Since Latinos use applications such as WhatsApp, because translation isn’t available, they can be fed misinformation and vote the “wrong” way? Yes, as with Stacey Abrams readying her excuses for her impending drubbing, Latinos are being told THEY ALSO are too stupid to figure out who to vote for. Latinos have shifted Republican in a very big way these last six years. If they’d stayed a Democrat block, we wouldn’t be having this discussion.
Remember Biden’s desperation speech just the other day? Turns out he and his handlers were laying the groundwork for articles such as what Politico peddled this morning.
If the vote doesn’t go the Democrat way, it will now be 100% ok to deny election results, point the fingers at Republicans and cry FOUL 24/7.
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Feature Photo Credit: Precinct vote location Michigan in 2020 by Corey Seeman via Flickr, cropped and modified