Maricopa County Voting Machines

Typical voting machine

Unfortunately, after a loss of physical custody and control, no comprehensive methods exist to fully rehabilitate the compromised equipment or provide adequate assurance that they remain safe to use. — Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs

We won’t use any of the returned equipment unless the county, state and vendor are confident there’s no malicious hardware or software installed on those devices. — Megan Gilbertson, Communications Director for Maricopa County’s Elections Department

I find Arizona Secretary of State Katie Hobbs’ concerns overstated. The voting machines would need to be inspected for physical modifications. The software should be be checked for changes and reloaded if necessary. The machines should be retested. Election officials should have the same concerns about new equipment from the manufacturer, which should be inspected and tested for proper operation. Recertifying the voting machines may be costly, but not likely as costly as replacing them.

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4 Responses to Maricopa County Voting Machines

  1. josephurban says:

    Malicious software can be panted. These machines need EXPERT computer professionals to check and recheck every one. Also, to investigate whether there have been any attempts to install malware. This will entail hiring professionals who are well trained in locating suspicious programs.This is going to cost the people of the state of Arizona a LOT of money. A lot.

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  2. whungerford says:

    Unless computer engineering has changed greatly since I last practiced it, it should be relatively easy to verify hardware and software. However, it might be more difficult to restore public confidence in the compromised machines.

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  3. josephurban says:

    I don’t know much about the technicalities but it seems to me there are plenty of people out there who have the ability to tamper with software and go undetected. Look how hackers hold companies and even governments hostage with malware.Once the machines are out of the hands of the government and given over to private interests I would be very hesitant to use them again. The GOP has shown that they will do ANYTHING to stay in power. Tampering with voting machines is certainly within their capabilities and and ethics (or lack therof).

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  4. whungerford says:

    I suppose the hardware and software in a voting machine is more like that in a dishwasher than the computer I am using. There would be no need for applications, extensions, or add-ons. The operating program could be short and might reside in read-only memory. I can’t imagine why a voting machine should be overcomplicated; I may be wrong.

    If my car won’t start due to malware, I will be disappointed.

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