Tavares, FL December 18, 2016
I just posted this on Facebook and copied it to several local Lake County officials.
I will continue to write about the possibility of voter fraud both inside Lake County, in Florida and the rest of the US because in my opinion as a former Fortune 500 Internal Audit manager, Florida voting processes are uncontrolled and subject to fraud based upon all the amateur glitches that keep being reported.
Assuming the source is correct and If they are supposed to protect the voting machine industry from fraud, how come they were hacked?
Yup, electronic voting fraud and manipulation can really happen.
This ComputerWorld article describes how the USA agency that CERTIFIES voting machines was hacked and a Russian is selling the login credentials for many of the staff.
Meanwhile I continue to think any actual glitch in Lake County will continue to be blamed on "Human Error" which is the answer I got from the retiring Supervisor of Elections when asked about one of five documented "glitches" reported in the papers or by the Republican Party. She apparently did not use standard "batch control" procedures to ensure the counts of ballots for each precinct match the number of mailing labels used for that precinct, thus voters got sample ballots for the wrong precinct.
When Florida still uses an amateur method to select test audit samples of machine counts (instead of professional statistical sampling like used by CPAs), you know it is out of touch.
Or, why is each county allowed to use different voting system software and hardware and not even update it annually (Lake County)?
Florida legislators need to order a professional systems review and operational audit of the entire voting process in Florida and it should be done by one of the Big 4 CPA firms, not some legislator's buddies.
Additionally, new Lake County Supervisor of Elections Alan Hays needs to ask the Lake County Inspector General, Bob Melton, who has an IT audit specialist, to do a full blown operational and systems review of the entire process. Even if other counties use weak procedures, we should ensure tight procedures are in place in Lake County. I will be happy to give him a list of control weaknesses I have spotted.
Note: ComputerWorld is the major international industry newspaper about technology. I have been reading it for 30 years. They also have another page of many election hacking articles at http://www.computerworld.com/category/election-hacking/