CONCORD, NH – A computer programmer who has raised red flags for several years over hacking certain electronic voting machines, including the optical scanning machines used in New Hampshire, has been appointed state representative for the Windham Election Audit 2020.
Harri Hursti, co-founder of ROMmon and Finnish computer scientist, was chosen by Secretary of State Bill Gardner and New Hampshire Attorney General John Formella. Formella and Gardner informed Windham Town attorney Bernard Campbell as well as Mark Lindeman, the acting co-director of Verified Voting, who was chosen by the Windham Board of Selectmen last week, of their choice on Monday.
âThe state is putting in place the infrastructure for the audit process,â they said in a letter to Campbell and Lindeman, âincluding securing a place for the audit, security, a process of live broadcast, overnight storage for ballot and ballot counting devices., and access for the three groups of individuals designated in SB 43. ”
As part of the Senate bill on Bill 43, Hursti and Lindeman will now choose a third member of the group.
Hursti said he was very happy to be named to the team while also calling the numbers “odd” in the count and recount.
âI think this is very important and should be done correctly, whenever there is any doubt,â he said. âDemocracy is based on trust; it is clear that this needs to be studied. It must also be transparent, so that each stakeholder can monitor and understand the results, whatever they may be.
Hursti said he hoped to analyze the evidence, including a full audit of the ballots and machines, saying it would give listeners an opportunity to “clarify the situation.” He said audits such as the one about to be undertaken for the Windham election should be carried out regularly. The team had to find out what had happened and prevent it from happening again – while also explaining what is being done and how it is being done “so that the general public can understand,” he said.
Asked about the details, Hursti said, “I don’t want to jump to a conclusionâ¦ you always have to go back to the raw dataâ¦ it could be multiple errors that happened at the same time.” But, he added, âI’m absolutely sure that when we start looking at this we’ll find out what happened and I won’t be surprised if we find more than one thing wrong. find out what happened. “
READ ALSO :
Hursti has been featured in a number of documentaries, including “Hacking Democracy” and “Kill Chain: The Cyber ââWar on America’s Elections”. He wrote a detailed briefing on how he believed Diebold Optical Scan machines could be hacked and change the results of the vote even with paper ballots in 2005, using the term Black Box Voting – a few years after Bev Harris formed the Black Box Voting group, raising his own suspicion about voting machines.
Hacking, however, requires access to the Internet or a telephone line to the optical scanning machine, which is not permitted and is illegal in some states, including New Hampshire. Another part of his theory was the remote access attack on memory cards used with the optical scanner – which also require Internet or telephone access to the machine or programming in the cards before or after the election. In New Hampshire, the results are printed at the polling station at the end of the ballot for the public and press to witness.
Harris began raising questions about the machines after the 2002 election, where Republicans won House and Senate seats. She and other progressive activists have raised concerns about one race, that of U.S. Senator Chuck Hagel, a Republican from Nebraska, who was the CEO of American Information Systems, who later went on to purchased Election Systems & Software, a manufacturer of machines that counted the ballots in its 1996 and 2002 elections.
They also claimed that Diebold Election Systems, founded in January 2002, could also be hacked. The company made a number of products including AccuVote-OS machines after purchasing Unisys, the original company to make AccuVote machines. Diebold employees have also funded a number of Republican campaigns – which made some activists uncomfortable. Diebold later changed its name to Premier Election Solutions and is now owned by Dominion Voting Systems.
In 2004, Ralph Nader requested a number of polling rooms in New Hampshire to be recounted in 2004 after George W. Bush’s results were 5-15% better than 2000 and exit polls, based on suspicion that Diebold machines could be hacked and data provided by Michigan programmer Ida Briggs. Some Democrats at the time were dismayed that Bush had won the election, believed they had been stolen, and the machines had been hacked. Even though John Kerry won the state of New Hampshire in 2004, the state’s easy recount arrangements – any candidate can apply for one and pay a small fee depending on the election results, have made it a reality. State a good proving ground to discover Diebold machines. were hacked. The recount of paper ballots, however, found the tally of a handful of votes due to human error (filling in the oval on the ballot). Nader noted at the time that the AccuVote machines in New Hampshire were not originally built by Diebold and prior to his takeover of the company.
Much like Republicans contesting Electoral College votes over suspicion about the 2020 election, Democrats also challenged Electoral College votes in 2005 when Bush won.
The Windham Council of Selectmen is being asked to reconsider Lindeman’s appointment because of his letters criticizing the audit effort in Maricopa County, Arizona.
Hursti also criticized the situation in Maricopa County, suggesting that the company involved in the audit should not keep its secret plans and procedures.