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Mitt Romney's connection to Ohio Voting Machines... Can Voting Machines be Hacked? No Problem.

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Vulnerable Voting Machines in Ohio?

Can Voting Machines be Hacked? No Problem…

With the 2012 presidential election coming down to the wire and numerous other contests too close to call, the integrity of electronic voting is under renewed attack from cyber security experts who warn that hacking into them is quite simple. The problem goes beyond the fact that H.I.G. Capital, many of whose machines will be used in Ohio, has prominent partners and directors on its board that hail from Mitt Romney’s Bain Company and/or Bain Capital, or that H.I.G. employees have contributed at least $338,000 to the Romney campaign and H.I.G. directors John P. Bolduk and Douglas Berman are major Romney fundraisers. 

As if the Republican Party’s campaign to win the presidency by mounting systematic voter suppression efforts is not bad enough, that may not be the only poisoned arrow in their quiver. It turns out that many of the touch-screen voting machines in tightly contested swing state Ohio may be vulnerable to interference of various kinds. And, guess what — these machines were made by a company that is partially owned by Tagg Romney and a bunch of his father’s financial backers and bundlers. Highlighting this unusual circumstance — coincidence, if you prefer — might sound like the musings of the most bizarre conspiracy theorists until you examine the facts and the context, especially the decisive role Ohio’s Electoral College votes could play on November 6.


First, the facts — many of Ohio’s touch-screen voting machines were determined by Ohio’s Secretary of State in 2007 to be vulnerable to tampering. As Bob Driehaus reported in a December 15, 2007, New York Times article, titled “Ohio Elections Official Calls Machines Flawed,”

At polling stations, teams working on the study were able to pick locks to access memory cards and use hand-held devices to plug false vote counts into machines. At boards of election, they were able to introduce malignant software into servers.

These flawed electronic voting machines were manufactured by a company called Hart Intercivic. And who are they? It turns out that they are majority-owned by an investment group called H. I. G. Capital, whose founder is one of the largest partners in Tagg Romney’s Solamere Capital and, by the way, a major bundler for the Romney campaign, as are three other directors of H. I. G. Capital. Two of the company’s directors were at the $50,000-a-plate Boca Raton fundraiser where Mitt made his infamous remark, writing off 47 percent of the electorate as being beneath his contempt and beyond his reach. So what we have here is the possibility of the Ohio vote count and Presidential election being determined by imperfect voting machines manufactured by a company in which the Romney family is deeply enmeshed.


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