Ohio Adds Software 'Fix' to Voting Machines
Journo files lawsuit to stop move in key swing state
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2012 3:35 PM CST
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted   (AP/Jay Laprete)

(Newser) – Ohio is adding a last-minute, "experimental" software patch to its electronic voting machines—and one official explanation seems to contradict the very contract signed for the job, Salon reports. A representative for Republican Secretary of State Jon Husted told theGrio that the change added software—not a patch—that simplifies data entry for precinct workers and helps them output data onto a thumb drive. But the contract itself calls for a "Results Export Program" to be "modified"—apparently to change the format of voting results before they are sent to the secretary of state.

A journalist who broke the story at FreePress.org has filed an injunction to stop Husted and the e-voting manufacturer, ES&S, from adding the patch. But Husted defended the move on CNN this weekend, saying Ohio's counting and reporting systems "are not connected in any actual way. ... So we have a very transparent system." Libertarian election expert Jim March, however, said he's worried about Husted's eleventh-hour fix in a key swing state: "A case of accidental damage to the 'crown jewels' of the election data is possible," he said in an affidavit. "A case of deliberate tampering of that data using uncertified, untested software would be child’s play."

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ducme
Nov 6, 2012 3:02 PM CST
If Romney wins ohio they have to go back and look at that "software fix"
Tology
Nov 6, 2012 10:28 AM CST
This year Ohio will be the new Florida in vote tampering, not with dangling chads but with altered data.
larrygrant123
Nov 6, 2012 8:35 AM CST
For all their talk of freedom and democracy, the Repubs always try to steal or deny the voting of others that do not politically align with them. Jon Husted is a snake and a REAL slime ball. If this election is stolen, then we need to stand up as people against the Repub machine and stand firm against their lying, and immoral tactics. Romney would not be legitimate President if that occurs. But, i am not looking for that to occur. God WILL intervene on behalf of people who voted honestly. They are a not unlike the rich in europe that forced others out of that country to come to America. The US is becoming like Sodom and Gommorah because of its greed, lack of compassion and for not standing on the principaled leadership through fair execution of what it ask of others in the world. Free elections, unincumbered election process and tallying and real democratic change. ...