Is Ohio Voting Software Susceptible to Fraud?

A local elector reported that an important piece of Ohio vote-computing software wasn’t properly examined by the Ohio state and could be considered as fraud. A judge will hear to this issue on the Election Day and make a decision whether to ban the use of software. On Monday, a fed lawsuit filed a case in Ohio, charging the secretary of state’s office with unofficially fitting the non-experimented software on ballot systems in many states. It would develop a digital backdoor, which means someone could alter the election totals.

Ohio, being the most powerful swing state in the US presidential election, is closely observed for the little changes in irregularities. The lawsuit asks for a temporary ban to avoid the state from using the software in main election. The US District Court hearing slated in the early morning will tell its decision on using the software in Southern Ohio. If approved, a ban could avoid votes in Ohio from being planned by the new software and will be sent back to Jon Husted, republican Secretary of State office after elections close.

The lawsuit claims that the secretary of state’s office used a legal excuse to fit the software on electronic voting systems in 39 counters across Ohio, without checking it by the Voting Machine Examiners of Ohio Board. The technical board said that they followed all Fed guidelines and that the resource was secure. The software installed in the counties is created to make the process of tallying the ballots more accurate and faster. Ohio secretary of state’s office spokesman, Matt McClellan said that before, the reports created by the region’s tab system had to be entered manually and the new software arranges the data so they can be easily uploaded into the state’s election system.

If the software wasn’t checked, it could be vulnerable to frauds, the lawsuit alleges. An electronic voting machine expert, James March in a proclamation supporting the filing, tested on voting machines and contract between firm and state. He checked every detail about the software and said there could be a third-party benefit to the county vote totals.

The software was created by Election Systems and Software Inc and that enables voters who aren’t under supervision of defendant and Ohio’s boards of voting, to access the report and tally the votes using techniques not under the control of board.

We wonder if this glitch has actually allowed Obama to seal the victory!

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