While we certainly live in turbulent political times, there are few things more terrifying than the possible corruption of sacred right to vote.
This is one of the many things that put America and her citizens on a pedestal, with every of-age, non-felonious person in the nation allowed to have their say when it comes to elected officials. From the office of the local dog catcher all the way up to the White House, Americans have long controlled their own governmental destiny.
It is precisely for this reason that allegations, like those made by the corrupt and uncouth Hillary Clinton this week, are so disturbing. By calling into question the integrity of an election, we allow ourselves the possibility of a tainted liberty and a horrifying reality.
The chances of election fraud are far greater than many of us would like to admit, particularly with the democrats who have exploited several different schemes in order to stack the deck in their favor, but new threats are emerging everyday. In our exponentially more technological world, there is a very real possibility that nefarious cyber criminals are far ahead of those tasked with maintaining the integrity of the voting process.
For this reason, a great many elections are turning to somewhat archaic methods of tabulation.
“A week ago Virginia announced it would no longer use touch-screen-only voting machines after a hack-a-thon in Las Vegas showed how easily they could be breached.
“States with electronic-only voting machines want to add a paper back-up that would mandate, for every electronic ballot cast, creation of a paper version that could be counted, and presumably, not easily altered.
“Rhode Island is set to vote on a measure Tuesday that would require an audit of voters’ paper ballots after each election.
“Georgia is fighting a suit by voters that, among other claims, alleges the state needs to switch to a paper-ballots-based voting system because it now uses touch-screen voting machines that do not meet the requirements of state law due to their age and vulnerability to hacking.
“The U.S. voting machine industry is dominated by three privately-held companies, Election Systems & Software in Omaha, Neb., Dominion Voting Systems in Toronto and HartInterCivic in Austin, Texas.A wholesale refitting of the nation’s voting machine infrastructure would represent a sizable sales opportunity for them. But there’s little money in the system to make that happen, say experts.”
The concerns with these electronic voting machines are nothing new, but the antagonist on the other side of the digital wall is.
As with any industry that is intrinsically tied to politics, special interest groups and lobbyists will likely dominate the conservation in Washington D.C. One such concern has raised eyebrows among the free press, as the Clinton Foundation, headed by none other than Hillary herself, has been linked financially to voting machine manufacturers.