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  •  Not possible, because software (2+ / 0-)
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    can be programmed to change only when the official election day program is engaged, and still test fine when in test mode, according to Spoonamore.  Other uncontrolled situations are when a machine goes down in a way the pollworkers can't fix, and manufacturer's techs are given unfettered access to it, so there is no way to know if the firmware or software is still the same as what was certified.  These machines have a history of frequent breakdowns. has a number of videos of Spoonamore discussing both what can go wrong and what has likely already gone wrong with electronic voting machines.  (He's an internationally respected cyber security expert who has worked in the fields of both banking and elections.)  He firmly states that electronic machines, both voting and tabulating, have no business in elections, since an important aspect of verification is impossible due to the anonymous nature of votes.

    HOWEVER, the complete hand recount in MN (not done for most races) will go a long way to resolving machine errors in the Senatorial contest, assuming Franken can afford to have lawyers at all count sites to back up ballot challenges.

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