I have been thinking for a long time that voting machine hacking happens a lot.
I started thinking this when, after the 2004 election, I read a monograph by Steven Freeman, PhD a statistics professor at the University of Pennsylvania.
He pointed out that the exit polls did not match the vite tallies in Ohio, a highly irregular and concerning fact.
Read his through and very disturbing analysis here:
Besides the highly credible possibility that the voting machines or the tabulating machines were rigged in Ohio, there is the fact that machines were moved from black neighborhoods to white neighborhoods, with the result that thousands were denied poll access. This is documented. You can read about this here:
The owner of Diebold, which makes some voting machines, is a hardcore GOP donor and true believer. He has had to apologize for “promising” an election result.
I’m betting that when the US political history of the first 2 decades of the new Millenium are written, one big theme, maybe the big theme, will be election engineering by the GOP.
The highlights will be:
Rigged machines, both voting machines and the machines that tabulate the results in voting places and counties.
Voter suppression through passing voter ID laws intended only to suppress democratic votes.
Bogus investigation of (nonexistent) voter fraud.
Election Day mischief like providing too few or broken machines in precincts that vote democratic.
Misinformation campaigns that tell certain voting blocks that the date of the election is after the date of the actual election. Or misinformation campaigns that intimidate, like letters to voters that say that IRS agents will demand payment of back taxes at polling places. Etc. Etc.
Highly sophisticated gerrymandering that used very complex computer algorithms to draw precinct lines based on granular voter data.
I think we have public officials in office who “won” either by hacked machines or fraudulent counting one step or two steps up the chain, or by voter purge, or misinformation or by a combination of all of the above.
I for one do not trust the integrity of US elections.