VICE Media Article: Voting Machine Problems
Revealed by Manufacturer.
- Intrinsically flawed voting machines delivered the only jab against Georgia Gubernatorial frontrunner Brian Kemp.
- Article Suggests GA Supreme Court Case might need reconsideration
July 18, 2019
Vice media recently published an article illustrating the weaknesses in the voting machines that many states including Georgia use. These revelations strengthen views that Georgia election officials like Secretary of State Brian Kemp were not at fault, instead the legislators who put the machines in Georgia in the first place are the ones at fault.
This problem or relying on voting machines has been a long standing problem for Georgia. Since 2001 actually.
The machines currently in use in Georgia were brought in via a bill passed by the state legislature under Governor Roy Barnes and Previous Secretary of State Cathy Co
x. It was democrat Cox who lead the move away from punch card plus optical, more accountable, non problematic systems to the precarious electronic systems in place currently.
Senior Partner Walker Chandler fought against these electronic machines in the 2002 case of Favorito v. Handel. https://caselaw.findlaw.com/ga-supreme-court/1147394.html Notice the name Handel, the then Secretary of State of Georgia. However this case was against the constitutionality of the machines not the electoral commission.
The Vice article explains how the problems arise in the voting machines on a system administrator level, with a virtual backdoor built into the software and hardware on virtually all machines. Essentially the systems are easy to compromise without much ability to stop hacking.
This weak security coupled with a lack of a paper accountability trial leave the machines ripe for meddling and those in charge of the machines on a local and state level virtually handcuffed.
Recently, Republican Primary Gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp had been targeted for blame for voting machine errors that appeared in recent Georgia elections during his time as Secretary of State overseeing elections, however as the article suggests, the problem in Georgia elections is a bigger problem that the present electoral oversight.
The vice article demonstrates how the machines themselves are the problem not the oversight group. Many observers recognize that Kemp was merely inheritor of a fatally flawed system.
Meanwhile recently Casey Cagle was recorded making statements that a “bill was not good policy”, “in a hundred ways” but that he passed it anyway, “because thats politics” in an attempt to weaken the financial capabilities of his electoral competition. Clear evidence Cagle put Georgians second and his own personal interest first.
“In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, you can bet it was planned that way.”
-Franklin D. Roosevelt
Cagle is predominantly supported by the political and corporate elite, supporters often lobbying for corporate favors (like for example placement of voting machine long term contracts). Accordingly Cagle’s campaign has more financial power, however Kemp has found widespread supporter on a citizen, local, and at the small business level. Cagle on the other hand is fighting off multiple calls for corruption investigations.
Some might say Kemp’s bad experiences with voting machines and corporate favoritism led to Kemp’s platform of putting Georgia and small business first. He knows first hand how bad corporate cronyism can hurt a state and it’s people.