Going back in recent time voting machines and the methods of voting have come into much scrutiny and for good reason. Most of us remember the 2000 US Presidential elections and the infamous "hanging chads"and then there was the 2004 US Presidential Elections with Ohio's voting irregularities etc etc.
It seems that the problem with voting machines in general has not been addressed and with the latest accusations of voting manipulation at the hands of Dominion Voting Systems and it's associates it seems that the problem has actually gotten a lot worse.
It's is hard to fathom that these machines could be so easily manipulated to gain the desired result by those entrusted to securely and honestly tabulate the people's will. There apparently is no real government oversight, no third party oversight which leaves these companies engaged in making and providing voting systems the only overseers of the whole process. Yes there is a "so called" bi-partisan certification process that is suppose to be done before the machines get turned on for election. But what does that really entail and how do you certify machines that have a sophisticated algorithm built in the program that can potentially modify results and/or that are connected to a network and can be altered in real-time.
I think it is safe to say that many more people are now are aware of the major cracks and flaws designed into the election process and will lose or have already lost confidence in the mechanism.
It will be interesting to see how this latest scandal plays out, what will we really learn from it and what will be done to remedy this major threat to the election process.
some related reading and info:
Dominion Voting Systems is not PCI compliant and failed 10 of 12 requirements
The Market for Voting Machines Is Broken. This Company Has Thrived in It.
Dominion Voting Systems Leads to Voter Fraud
Diebold Indicted: Its spectre still haunts Ohio elections
Hanging Chad Controversy in the U.S. Presidential Election of 2000