Awesome source there:
That particular claim wasn’t particularly solid. IIRC even at the time other scientists, statisticians and security researchers weren’t buying it. The “persuasive evidence” involved was essentially a little number crunching that said Clinton had received fewer votes than she should have. There didn’t seem to be any actual look at the machines, claim to have, actual security research or anything more than that backing it.
We’ve got very good demographic analysis explaining how those areas “flipped”. Depressed turn out among key DNC demographics combined with actual real live humans who actually voted for Obama then voted for Trump. We’ve been hearing about that last group rather incessantly.
Along with the fact that the claimed disparity completely disappeared if you properly controlled for demographics.
So yeah not exactly a plausible claim that it did happen. As opposed to a messy warning that it might have.
If there was any play there one would think the voting reform activists and security researchers involved would still be pointing to it. As it is I haven’t seen anything on the subject that doesn’t just repeat the original reporting.
Sure. But not neccisarily because OMG VOTING MACHINES ARE BEING HACKED ALL OVER. But because they might. Its a real, legitimate risk. And there are a number of other troubling things in our elections that such a practice would minimize, uncover, or prevent.
But obsessing over what MIGHT be skewing our elections. If you squint real hard and believe. Or even as something that might actually happen in the future. Seems pretty odd to me when we know for a fact. 100%. See it happen. Know it happens. And know how it happens. And that again 100% it is happening and having a real confirmable and measurable effect RIGHT NOW. That actual American citizens are being denied their right to vote. That there is a concerted effort by a particular political party to deny them their right to vote. And deny the right to vote to even more Americans. Along with a long standing, clear, real and quite successful program to restructure our electoral systems to dilute the vote of those who they can’t find a way to bar from the polls.
One is immediate and pressing. T’other is part of a large group of things that are disturbing about our elections but probably can’t be fixed unless the first thing gets sufficiently pushed back on.
ETA: Think of it this way. Its quite important to fix this issue with voting machines. But if we did that today. None of those people who have been bared from the polls would get their vote back. It would not be any easier to register to vote or get to the polls. Your congressional district would still be just as Gerrymandered. The GOP would still gain elected offices disproportionate to their share of the vote. We would still sit in a system where it is possible for a presidential candidate to win the popular vote by a healthy margin and yet not win that election on a technicality.
Our elections are pretty fucked right now. But the source of the problem is not voting machines. Its in all that stuff that wont have changed if we secure the voting machines entirely. Or even if we eradicated all digital voting machines from the face of the earth. And most of those issues vastly predate their adoption.