Group complains about electronic voting machines

A local leader of the conservative Constitution Party asked Raleigh County Commission members Tuesday to stop using the Election Systems & Software (iVotronic touch-screen voting machines currently used in West Virginia.

The machines are approved by Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, and her office recently paid around $500,000 for the Raleigh machines. The county anted up another $400,000.

Gene Stalnaker presented Commission president John Humphrey and Commissioner John Aliff with the Ohio Project EVEREST voting study.

Electronic voting machine.

"… intrinsically flawed."

According to the study, the voting machines are intrinsically flawed. Due to several flaws, the report alleges, hackers can control the outcome of the entire election due to errors in input processing, poll workers can easily extract or alter the memory of the machines and a voter in a single precinct can corrupt the software to impact the outcome when provisioning a subsequent election.

Under state law, county commissions can choose not to use the machines, said Gene Stalnaker, Constitution Party treasurer.

“This report calls for the State of Ohio to do away with the machines six months before their election,” Stalnaker said. “There’s other states that use the same machines that also have done that.

“So I’m just asking you as commissioners to follow (state code) and call a meeting to do away with the machines.”

Humphrey said he’d received no complaints about the performance of the machines and that no other voters had expressed concerns.

“As of now, we have no reason to doubt these machines,” he said. Read more