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VoteAllegheny is a group of volunteers committed to ensuring that the citizens of the County of Allegheny, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, may participate in safe, reliable, accessible, recountable, voter-verifiable elections. Based on years of collective research, we offer
ourselves as a citizens' advisory resource for documented information concerning voting machines and systems, dissemination of knowledge and presentation of seminars on voting and voting systems. We
actively seek to forestall any chance of voting fraud or disenfranchisement, and work toward fair and free elections for all.
We need voting systems with recountable, auditable paper ballots, which are accessible to the highest degree possible.
Federal legislation seems to agree.
What About Internet Voting?
Not now, not yet, not soon. We get this question often, and understand why it is asked. Please click on this paragraph for our page created when yet again our state legislators thought it might be nice to do Internet voting. It is still a very bad idea.
Why should we scrutinize the voting machines we use in three-quarters of the counties in Pennsylvania?
There are many reasons.
There is an intentional backdoor built in to some of our voting systems, which lets someone override the software in the machine at will, leaving no trace.
Clint Curtis, of Florida, was asked to write a hack to shift votes on any electronic voting machines, undetectedly, and he did so, as he testified.
Dan Rather did an exposé on the manufacture of certain voting machines, in a third-world country, and the quality control used: shaking them and listening to the rattle.
Many computer professionals have shown that the machines are riggable. Ed Felten has a YouTube video in which he hacks a machine in mere minutes, undetectably, and the software added then deletes itself after changing the votes.
Alex Halderman, of the University of Michigan, has shown the foibles of many brands of machine (and also of Internet voting, quite graphically). Harri Hursti, Greg Palast, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Barbara Simons, and others have hacked and have written about the foibles of the machines. Stephen Spoonamore has at least eight hours of YouTube testimony about these machines.
Allegheny County officials say that the software verification that only Allegheny County does is “proof” that they have not been hacked. But the verification is only that the hash of the program running matches the hash of the program we bought with the machines. It doesn’t say that the program works right. We have never known whether the programming works right! After the software verification, they send the machines back to ES&S to be rebuilt, and who knows what software they are installing! Additionally, for officials to refer to the software verification as a “forensic audit,” as they did in December 2016, is quite incorrect. None of us knows what the software is doing. Period.
Venango County, Pennsylvania, had a forensic audit. (One report is on our site under Documentation - Current.) Essentially it proved that a forensic audit doesn’t show anything but that the software doesn’t necessarily work the way it is supposed to work.
Yes, the voting machines passed the federal “certifications,” which are similar to Underwriters Laboratories’ certifications in that the machine maker pays the bill and we don't get the details. We do not know the software running, nor whether it counts accurately or reliably, because the software is proprietary.
The voting machines also passed the state “certifications,” which in Pennsylvania only verify that they can do what Pennsylvania law requires, such as straight-party ballots.
Regarding certifications, an attorney and professor who was a contractor for the Secretary of State in 2005-2006, certifying the voting systems for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, now testifies in court cases as a computer scientist that the machines are perfectly fine. He of course has a vested interest in saying nothing against the machines. We know of - and we have among our members - some computer scientists who would be able to testify objectively, but they are not asked.
Much of this is touched upon within the pages of this site, including the many external links we have posted.
There is plenty of evidence that we should not trust any votes cast upon these unrecountable machines, in Pennsylvania and anywhere else. Don’t let them tell you otherwise.
This is a link to information on our Citizen to Voter to Elector: Pathway and