FBI Director James Comey testifies before the House Judiciary Committee. When asked about hackers penetrating election systems, Comey claims that only registration databases are targeted. Voting machines, he says, don’t connect to the internet.
That is a lie.
Some ballots scanners include modems that connect to the internet. Election management systems that program voting machines and tally the votes sometimes connect to the internet, too. Even if the individual machine someone uses to vote doesn’t connect to the internet, there’s another machine that reads the printed ballot. That machine might be–or have recently been–connected to the internet.
The timing of Comey’s lie is significant, too. Just yesterday, Homeland Security offered to run “cyber hygiene scans” on state and local election equipment that’s connected to the internet. Today, James Comey basically says DHS and other agencies can skip running tests on machines used at voting locations.
Jennifer Cohn, an election security advocate and attorney, has written in depth about voting machines connecting to the internet and huge red flags in equipment made by companies like ES&S. Listening to Comey, she can’t believe what she’s hearing.
Cohn is not alone in disagreeing with James Comey. In his book Rigged: America, Russia, and One Hundred Years of Covert Electoral Interference, political analyst David Shimer details the Kremlin’s long history of interfering in U.S. politics. That includes altering vote tallies.
“What I show in my book is the Soviet Union, the United States and now Russia, have interfered covertly in elections all over the world… These processes have been going on for a century.”
Apart from what Mueller found it his probe, Shimer also says Russia targeted actual US electoral infrastructure in 2016. He comes to this conclusion after interviewing 26 of President Barack Obama’s former advisers.
“What I learned was Russia was inside our electoral systems to the point where they have the ability to alter the voter data and vote tallies of actual US citizens and that’s what captivated the Obama administration’s focus in 2016,” he says.Radio New Zealand
Photo: Alex Brandon, AP File Photo via The Toronto Star
100 Years of Russian Electoral Interference — CBS News
America’s Electronic Voting System is Corrupted to the Core — Jennifer Cohn
All electronic vote tallies can be hacked through the internet, even if the voting machines themselves are not directly connected to it. — Jennifer Cohn
Election Assistance Commission Investigated ES&S Voting Systems — Jennifer Cohn