Federal judge denies lawsuit over last-minute Ohio voting software patch
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A judge has denied a lawsuit claiming that software the state of Ohio uses to speed vote counting could make equipment vulnerable to having ballots altered.
The federal lawsuit alleged that software used in 25 Ohio counties could allow vote manipulation by non-election board officials.
The lawsuit was leveled against Ohio's elections chief Jon Husted and Omaha, Neb.-based Election Systems and Software which created the software installed by the state.
Attorneys for Husted said the software can't alter votes and argued that changing the system now could lead to election delays and confusion.
A federal judge dismissed the lawsuit at 2 p.m. on Election Day.
Michael Duniho, retired National Security Agency master of computer security, testified by phone. Duniho stated that the software in question is also available for free on the internet, and he was not sure why the state of Ohio paid for it. He said it would have been more sensible for the stated purpose of the software to have placed it onto the secretary of state’s computers instead of the county computers. Duniho also stated that it is customary, in his experience, if the Secretary of State put "experimental" software on an election system, it is usual to require hand counts in addition, in order to ensure that the added software had not affected the accuracy of the vote count, Duniho pointed out. He also said that if a virus had been inserted through this new software, it could remain in the system. So removing the software may not remove the virus. That is why a random hand count of 5% is so important.
A woman on a call-in show said her vote was credited to the wrong candidate. Had to vote again. How would she know? Where I live we're not given proof of who we voted for or a receipt that we were there.
The Mitney Fix Is In & Obviously The Judge Is No Fan Of Obama, Most Likely He Is Rethuglican
This needs to be re-opened. It's sad that the rethugs only concept to win is by fraud, not merit ability.