Top Voting Machine Vendor Admits It Installed Remote-Access Software on Systems Sold to States

Remote-access software and modems on election equipment 'is the worst decision for security short of leaving ballot boxes on a Moscow street corner.'

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The nation’s top voting machine maker has admitted in a letter to a federal lawmaker that the company installed remote-access software on election-management systems it sold over a period of six years, raising questions about the security of those systems and the integrity of elections that were conducted with them.

In a letter sent to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) in April and obtained recently by Motherboard, Election Systems and Software acknowledged that it had “provided pcAnywhere remote connection software … to a small number of customers between 2000 and 2006,” which was installed on the election-management system ES&S sold them.

The statement contradicts what the company told me and fact checkers for a story I wrote for the New York Times in February. At that time, a spokesperson said ES&S had never installed pcAnywhere on any election system it sold. “None of the employees, … including long-tenured employees, has any knowledge that our voting systems have ever been sold with remote-access software,” the spokesperson said.

ES&S did not respond on Monday to questions from Motherboard, and it’s not clear why the company changed its response between February and April. Lawmakers, however, have subpoena powers that can compel a company to hand over documents or provide sworn testimony on a matter lawmakers are investigating, and a statement made to lawmakers that is later proven false can have greater consequence for a company than one made to reporters.

Read more at Motherboard

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6 COMMENTS

  1. I am afraid we are watching the death of American Democracy.
    Our Founding Fathers must be just spinning in their graves.

  2. PAPER BALLOTS. TURKEY, SYRIA, RUSSIA, IRAN, ALL OF THESE COUNTRIES HAVE MORE DEMOCRATIC, AND NETTER ELECTION PROCESSES. SWITZERLAND USES ON LINE VOTING AND BLOCKCHAIN. Excuse me for raising my voice.

    • No problem. Sometimes I feel like screaming also!
      When we were sent to Vietnam the Brass told us we were fighting for Democracy. I came back home and YELLED
      ” WHERE IS OUR DEMOCRACY?”

  3. I agree with JohnZ and not only HCPB (hand counted paper ballots) How about a BILL OF RIGHTS FOR VOTING QUALITY change(dot)org/p/bill-of-rights-for-voting-equality

  4. Tampering became obvious when Ron Paul lost Ohio. They slow walked those votes in, as one pundit said, “I haven’t seen anything like this since Kennedy took West Virginia”,

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