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Scytl: Voter fraud facts and fiction

With six months until Election Day, conspiracy theories are percolating on the Internet like bubbling mud pots at Yellowstone: Left-wing billionaire George Soros is going to rig the election for Barack Obama. Foreigners will oversee the nation’s entire vote-counting system. The fix is in, and all is lost.
   
Before conservatives go all Michael Moore-moonbatty, let’s calm down and separate voter fraud facts from fiction. There’s no time to waste worrying about manufactured scares. And there are plenty of legitimate threats to electoral integrity without having to inflate or concoct them.
   
FACT: Scytl is a Spain-based business that specializes in “electoral security technology” and electronic voting applications. Its cryptographic research initially was funded by the Spanish government’s Ministry of Science and Technology and later was spun off as a private-sector e-voting venture.
   
FACT: In January 2012, Scytl acquired U.S.-based SOE Software. SOE writes “election management” programs that assist officials with everything from “Internet voting to election night reporting and online poll worker training.”
   
FICTION: According to alarmists, Scytl’s acquisition of SOE amounts to a complete takeover of America’s election system. No, not really. While SOE boasts of a presence “with 900 jurisdictions as customers in 26 states,” there is no single contract that the federal government has entered into, or could, with Scytl to count the 2012 presidential election votes. Much of the work Scytl/SOE analysts do is number-crunching and graphics software work after local and state officials have done the vote-counting.
   
Scytl does have a contract with the feds to use its technology to help overseas and military voters participate in elections. In 2009, the Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act mandated that U.S. jurisdictions allow uniformed and overseas citizens to receive and track their ballots electronically. Scytl’s online ballot program was used in 14 states during the 2010 midterms.
   
FACT: The security risks of e-voting are still a legitimate concern. University of California at Berkeley computer science professor David Wagner wrote a critical report for the Pentagon about the privacy and accuracy shortcomings of Scytl’s military voting program in 2004 — which prompted the feds to cancel the initial program, according to PBS.
   
In October 2010, the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics encouraged outside parties to try to find security holes in their online balloting infrastructure operated by Scytl. A group of University of Michigan students successfully hacked into the system, commandeered passwords, doctored ballots and programmed audio of the school’s fight song to play whenever an e-ballot was submitted.
   
Hackers from Iran and China also came close to breaking in. “After the hack,” according to AOLNews.com, “(D.C.) administrators decided to relaunch under a download-only format, allowing users to access ballots but forcing them to fax or mail them rather than cast a vote online.” The D.C. official who oversaw the system, Paul Stenbjorn, now works for Scytl.
   
FICTION: Chain e-mails about Scytl claim that George Soros owns, operates or controls Scytl. In reality, the company’s investors are Nauta Capital, Balderton Capital and Spinnaker SCR. Soros doesn’t “own” any of these international venture capital firms — and as far as my research shows, he has no involvement whatsoever with any of them. Moreover, Scytl’s board of directors doesn’t include anyone with Soros financial or management ties. Pressed for evidence, one Internet conspiracy nut cited an “invitation only event” in Moldova that listed both the “Soros Foundation Moldova” and Scytl as attendees.
   
Soros has enough explicit ties to President Obama’s administration and campaign without having to embellish them. Just this week, The New York Times reported that he will donate $1 million each to a Democratic super-PAC and a leading progressive get-out-the-vote (GOTV) operation. Soros previously funded Project Vote, the notorious voter-mobilization arm of fraud-perpetrating ACORN for whom Obama canvassed in Illinois.
   
And that brings us to the less exotic, but far more routine, kind of election insecurity that plagues the country. Hardware and software will never be completely fail-safe, no matter where it originates. But it’s the people, personnel and voter registration and verification rules in place right here at home that matter most.
   
FACT: Over the past five months, investigative journalist James O’Keefe and his Project Veritas team have exposed systemic lapses at precincts in New Hampshire, Minnesota, Vermont and Washington, D.C. The ballots of famous public figures have been forked over to complete strangers; disenfranchisement of legitimate voters is routine. While Minnesota and New Hampshire legislators have passed new voter integrity/identification laws, O’Keefe now has been targeted for investigation and possible prosecution for blowing the whistle. And Attorney General Eric Holder is striking his usual see-no-evil, shoot-the-messenger, play-the-race-card pose.
   
The solution isn’t to sit back and bemoan a fantastical global conspiracy. The solution is to get off the couch, support election integrity activists like O’Keefe, and turn out in force on Election Day to eject Obama’s voter fraud coddlers. Like the old saying goes: If it ain’t close, they can’t cheat.

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  • political_proxy

    The dead will rise once again to vote for President Decline as sure as the Sun will set.

  • InfidelNumberOne

    Vote on paper only for your candidate. DO NOT vote on party lines.

  • Hippity

    Which documents is he accused of forging for which he is under investigation

  • http://www.facebook.com/william.couch.777 William Couch

    Voter fraud is real! I have a picture of a black woman standing on a power/phone junction in south LA, naked with only a bra on, Telling the police that she wasn’t comming down until (her man OBAMA) started making her house payment for her like he had promised. With her own admission, she had VOTED for him 5 times, and she wanted his support!! Tell that to Holder that says there’s no evidence of voter fraud!!! I will not delete that item from my computer

  • oldvlc

    Now that we know our fate, I find the fact of Eric Holder, Janet Napolitano, Kathleen Sibelius and Carol Browner and that guy Chu in power for 4 more years to be the final nails in America’s coffin.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Randy-M-Griffin/100001336351458 Randy M. Griffin

    Just yesterday, a man came forward and under oath, admitted that he was the man who back a few years ago wrote the software that, once placed into a machine, could not be gone over, and without actually looking over EVERY SINGLE LINE OF CODE WRITTEN TO THAT PROGRAM, NO ONE COULD ACTUALLY FIND THAT CODE THAT CAUSED THE VOTER FRAUD, because there were so many lines of code that it was so very doubtful that a person would find that one line of code that made the machine give any person on the ballot a 51-49 win and some codes that caused this could be programmed to eat there own line of code to cover up any evidence that anyone had tampered with the program…So lets not get to hasty to say, these things can’t happen so easily, when actually, they can be done just that easily.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Randy-M-Griffin/100001336351458 Randy M. Griffin

    My question is, how did the machines come up with Obama getting 113% on the machines in Florida. Wouldn’t that be an impossibility for the % to be that much? Just asking…I didn’t think that was possible, without voter fraud..I mean that it can only be up to 100% as things go with what is what we call NORMAL…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Randy-M-Griffin/100001336351458 Randy M. Griffin

    Stan, that because the democrats have taken up the belief of the Islamic religion. You can lie to an infidel as long as it for the good of the Islamic religion..That is, it is OK to lie if you are actually doing something good for Islam. But it better be doing something good for Islam and its OK to do it then you know….

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Randy-M-Griffin/100001336351458 Randy M. Griffin

    Like Stalin said, “It doesn’t matter who makes the votes, it matters who counts the votes”. Isn’t it amazing how some things are always true…

  • Linda Barnett

    anyone who really believes that scytl and soe are nothing to be concerned about
    has not read the actual web sites of these companies, which we would call
    primary sources, in college. while you might get away with this half-baked
    “research” with a b.a., those with grad degrees know better how to do valid
    scholarly research. yes, we have brilliant self taught patriots too, but i no longer
    trust malkin’s research or motives after reading this. and, oh yeah, snopes has
    an agenda on the left, for those who still haven’t realized it. they make up a
    crazy sounding straw question, then go on to trash it as conspiratorial. a
    conservative should not use snopes as a fact-checker. it is irrelevant whether
    soros or obama are connected with scytl–totally irrelevant, really. no foreign
    company should have any business with our election data, period.

  • John Brashear

    if Americans don’t fight and succeed to STOP this…..we are guaranteed a CIVIL war…..Period, and my guess is, those in the cross hairs first will be public officials…..just guessing mind you, but those who are guilty of defrauding Americans will pay a HIGH price,……

  • John Brashear

    another reason we should INSIST on paper ballots, and those who WHINE about it shouldn’t get anything

  • Retired_Marine

    It wasn’t close in 2012. The Obama cartel logged almost 20 million fraudulent votes into his tally.