I as I said in my previous post I work with computer security. I know how tough that is to do right and how easy it is to believe things are security when it’s actually, for all practical purposes, a wide open system.
I only had one story from the election security world and I didn’t think that was sufficient to make my point. Just a few minutes ago I found another story which may help to prove the point that my concerns about election security also being a very difficult problem. The information was from a somewhat private forum so I’m removing the attribution:
I recently had an old guy from Northeast Philly tell me they used to grow beards for Election Day. Because you could get 3 or 4 votes out of a good beard by shaving a little off before revoting.
My personal story comes from an acquaintance of mine who used to live in Indiana. They were a volunteer who helped count ballots. Ballots, by law, would be discarded if there were extraneous marks on it. The ballot counters would put a small piece of pencil lead under their thumbnail. When a ballot came through that was a “straight ticket” of the opposing party, which became relatively ease to identify with a little practice, they would give the ballot a swipe with their leaded thumbnail and then show it to the opposition ballot counter who would agree the ballot should be discarded.
It is this sort of thing that makes me believe all the testimony from numerous election officials and elected politicians claiming the elections were fair and honest are meaningless. Even if they watched the process with their own eyes a skilled fraudster could get away with massive fraud and the observer would be clueless.
Good security is very, very difficult.