Concerns over probable hacker attacks on electronic voting systems during presidential elections in the USA have been recently voiced by weighty politicians more and more often. The passions especially heightened after the DNC cyberattack. In August, the Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump bluntly declared in the manner so typical of him that the voting figures were going to be fabricated. Tom Carper, Delaware Democratic Senator and a member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, in his turn warned Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Party presidential candidate, about the probability of cyberattacks in wake of the elections. He sees Delaware, Georgia, Louisiana, New Jersey and South Carolina, the states employing electronic voting systems exclusively as the most viable to such attacks. The hacker attack may well change the voting results to benefit some candidate there. However the senator assures Mrs. Clinton that she won’t suffer a defeat at these elections due to intrusion into electronic systems, for all the special services of the country are intensely working to neutralize cyberthreats. Clinton’s aides are to be informed immediately on any suspicious incident so that they could ensure a timely recounting of the votes.
Meanwhile, numerous mass media reports on possible external penetration in the counting of votes only add more meat to the impression that the politicians are not so much concerned with the possible electronic break-ins but are rather trying to prepare the public to such a string of events. I wouldn’t be surprised at all, if at some decisive for Mrs. Clinton stage there will emerge the necessity to make things more favorable for her. In this case we may well expect that, say, at some Delaware polling stations the servers will turn out to become subject to cyberattack resulting in elimination of all the election returns. Then the recounting of the votes will predictably follow, and like in the story with Gore and Bush, the winner will be not the one actually voted for by people.