Without some immediate and rather serious intervention, America is headed for Civil War.
I spoke with a friend today at length about the electronic voting issues involved with solving the election fraud nightmare facing our nation. No, “One ID, one vote at the polls” doesn’t even begin to fix the problems, as the opportunity for fraud at the polls is absolutely rampant, as these elections just proved beyond any shadow of a doubt.
DONE RIGHT, however, a proper electronic system not only WILL address and fix all the problems, but HAS DONE SO many times and in a number of other countries. Interestingly enough, it’s also the only approach that will reduce the States’ election costs by 95%.
No, AES-256 isn’t the solution. 2FA isn’t the solution. RPK isn’t the solution. The cloud isn’t the solution. In fact, access control, application security including secure coding, MFA, encryption, firewalls, intrusion detection and many more aren’t the solution any more than backdoors, bootkits, viruses, DoS, exploits, keyloggers, logic bombs, malware, phishing, rookits, spyware, trojans, worms, SQL injections and even a nation-wide EMP are the threats.
They are ALL threats, but DONE RIGHT, the solution will employ the full scope of Information Security Tools at our disposal to counter these threats.
Yes, the idea of an electronic voting system is a huge hurdle, but it’s a conceptual hurdle, not a technological one. My friend claims, “anything can be broken,” yet I myself developed an approach to encryption which leverages the way encryption works to eliminate all possibility of it being broken.
Moreover, having been involved in both the 2012 and 2018 elections, while closely monitoring the 2020 election, I fear trusting the states to properly conduct manual votes at the polls is a huge disaster as some have proven themselves unworthy of our trust. As election integrity continues to wane, it will not only get worse to the point of Civil War, it may very well be the cause of the next Civil War.
Yes, you heard me correctly: Election fraud is a high risk factor for Civil War.
That happened in the 1860s, in part because people had come to see their political opponents in extreme, even demonic, ways and found it impossible to find any middle ground.– Nina Silber, a College of Arts & Sciences professor of history and American studies and the current president of the Society of Civil War Historians. Silber has done extensive research on the Civil War over more than two decades and has written several books on the subject, including Divided Houses: Gender and the Civil War (1992), Daughters of the Union: Northern Women Fight the Civil War (2005), and most recently, This War Ain’t Over: Fighting the Civil War in New Deal America (University of North Carolina Press, 2018). Retrieved from: https://www.bu.edu/articles/2019/are-we-headed-for-another-civil-war/
Given the nature of Civil Wars, I’d like to avoid Civil War, if at all possible.
Since we cannot fix the lack of election integrity, the next best thing is to eliminate the ability of anyone and everyone to cheat, to the maximum extent possible, while providing the appropriate safeguards including protocols, procedures and audits to detect when they do, and run both paper and electronic systems concurrently with per-vote granularity in such a way that both systems are cross-checking each other while maintaining the integrity of the system as a whole.
Consider it MAD — Mutually Assured Destruction — but implemented within the realm of ensuring election integrity, and with similar cross-checks and controls which have successfully prevented the world’s nuclear powers from blowing one another up over the last 75 years. Er… 74 years.
I have previously mentioned various elements of these systems, including end-to-end: authentication, validation, verification, integrity checking, auditing, encryption, isolation, redundancy and a whole host of other necessary elements of secure information systems.
This not only can be done, but it has been done, successfully, and without any successful hacks.
The hurdle we face here in the U.S. is how to convince We the People that it’s necessary, not only to prevent the other side from cheating, but to also prevent a Civil War that’s likely to happen if we cannot eradicate the cheating.
We absolutely MUST eradicate the cheating. ALL Americans MUST be able to trust the election system. Not only do We the People of the United States of America deserve better, but Civil War is just WAY too darn expensive.
I greatly appreciate all inputs. To me, all objections against electronic voting raised to date by many individuals are simply challenges which must be overcome, not by a patch-work of work-arounds, but by means of employing the best of all ISO 27000 technologies — and then some — to counter the threats while providing the redundancy required to overcome massive system outages, including EMPs.
In fact, these Information Security Attributes, qualities, are headed up by Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability (CIA – yeah, I know. Don’t sweat it). Information Systems are composed in three main portions, hardware, software and communications with the purpose to help identify and apply information security industry standards, as mechanisms of protection and prevention, at three levels or layers: physical, personal and organizational. Essentially, procedures or policies are implemented to tell administrators, users and operators how to use products to ensure information security within the organizations.
Fortunately, for every potential hurdle, there are multiple solutions. In fact, literally thousands of experts have been working on this for decades, and continue to do so as new technologies and threats arise.
ACE Project is one such organization from which I’m mining key elements of my approach, and it’s rather massive abundance of electronic voting information clearly indicates they’ve been at this for a long time.
Yes, a successful electronic voting effort will require many experts in multiple, overlapping fields to solve the problems. I remain confident, however, that since these problems have been solved by other countries, they can be solved here in the U.S.
If We the People are too apathetic to try, however, well, then, we probably deserve, at least as a collective, the inevitable destruction that results from perfectly resolvable conflict when one or more parties to the conflict refuses to engage in the resolution.
Here’s Ron Rivest’s page, where he provides links to many additional electronic voting resources. Just this year — here — “he discusses the major issues with securing all-electronic voting systems and explains why he prefers keeping paper ballots as backup to verify voter intentions have been recorded — and that the election outcome isn’t based on a computer bug.”
Mindlessly continuing down our current path, however, will absolutely lead to multiple elements of destruction and ruin. NONE OF US can afford this.