Automated voting is it safe?
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Posted 2/5/10
can we trust it because it is being run by computer it can be vurnurerable to programmers and hackers, and my theory is the algorythim in the machine might be altered by changing some parts from the machine and it goes for every 10 votes of one candidate A 3rd of it will be counted to cadidate B dispite the shading of the name of cadidate A cause the allgorithym tells it and it will be still in tally with the registerd total of voter cuese nothing is added the votes are just averted right put it to cosideration of what if the say the company said its bullet proof yet there are some work for big money or the might have people work it that is outside the company that might made a deal. who knows its election right
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Posted 2/6/10

marwill00x wrote:

can we trust it because it is being run by computer it can be vurnurerable to programmers and hackers, and my theory is the algorythim in the machine might be altered by changing some parts from the machine and it goes for every 10 votes of one candidate A 3rd of it will be counted to cadidate B dispite the shading of the name of cadidate A cause the allgorithym tells it and it will be still in tally with the registerd total of voter cuese nothing is added the votes are just averted right put it to cosideration of what if the say the company said its bullet proof yet there are some work for big money or the might have people work it that is outside the company that might made a deal. who knows its election right


I think this should be placed in the Philippines section. You're talking about this year's election in the Ph, right?
Posted 2/6/10

Phyzjob wrote:


marwill00x wrote:

can we trust it because it is being run by computer it can be vurnurerable to programmers and hackers, and my theory is the algorythim in the machine might be altered by changing some parts from the machine and it goes for every 10 votes of one candidate A 3rd of it will be counted to cadidate B dispite the shading of the name of cadidate A cause the allgorithym tells it and it will be still in tally with the registerd total of voter cuese nothing is added the votes are just averted right put it to cosideration of what if the say the company said its bullet proof yet there are some work for big money or the might have people work it that is outside the company that might made a deal. who knows its election right


I think this should be placed in the Philippines section. You're talking about this year's election in the Ph, right?


Yup. He's talking about the elections in the Philippines.

And he might be right about his theory of the machines created for the elections this coming 2010.

Anyway, this should be moved to the Philippines section of the CRoll Forums.
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Ever heard of a period?


I believe that fears of hacking are misplaced. It's not as if these events are not to be anticipated, and for something as delicate as the counting of votes are concerned, there ARE countermeasures in place to either prevent or correct these anomalies, should they happen.

The only reason I can think of as to why these types of rumors are going around is to try and create some excuse if in any case some politician should find him/herself short-changed of votes come the results of the election. It's very easy to blame a computerized system, but if you place the odds against a man-powered election, as in the days of yore, what are the chances really that an election anomaly was due to a computer error over human error?

People are overlooking this obvious difference in probability. I'd rather go with a computerized system that has a MUCH lower chance of incurring error than a human-run system that is KNOWN to produce errors. The only drawback I see in the current automated system is that instead of reducing the number of steps, it has INCREASED the number of steps. So contrary to what I have just said, the possibility of human error is still there due to the fact that there are more places for something to go wrong. However, since the topic is talking about automation, in general, it's still a point to note that errors are due PRIMARILY to human error, and not computer error. In the end, it's still a win for the automated system.
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