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'Experimental Software' -- and a Lawsuit -- in Ohio Voting on Tuesday

The crucial swing state's election results may also involve a new technology in some counties. Share your thoughts.

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See this update:

  • Judge Tosses Ohio Voting Software Lawsuit

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Election Day is just a few hours old, and already there is voting controversy and a lawsuit in Ohio, a crucial swing state.

According to mashable.com and other media reports, late last week, a leaked work order revealed that John Husted, Ohio’s Republican secretary of state, had installed something called EXP on central tabulation machines in 39 of Ohio’s 88 counties.

EXP is called an “experimental software patch,” according to the company’s work request to ES&S -- the nation's largest e-voting system manufacturer. Or, as the Secretary of State’s office has called it, it's a “reporting tool."

“Deliberate tampering of that data using uncertified, untested software would be child’s play.”

However, an Ohio politician has filed suit, prompting a judge to rule whether those “patched” machines can legitimately be used in the vote count at 9 a.m. on Election Day.

“What ES&S has chosen to do here is extremely dangerous and exactly what you’d want to do if you wanted to plant a cheat onto the central tabulator,” voting machine security expert James March said in the report. “Deliberate tampering of that data using uncertified, untested software would be child’s play.”

However, calling the politician’s case a “ridiculous lawsuit,” an Ohio secretary of state spokesperson said the office had cleared this EXP work order by the appropriate federal agency.

Patch will have continuing updates of local, state and national election matters.

-- Do you fear voter fraud in Ohio or other swing states in the presidential election? When do you think actual results will be known? Speak out in the comments below.


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Marguerite Culberson November 06, 2012 at 01:50 PM
Would those, perchance, be the same machines that Romney's son invested in?
Marguerite Culberson November 06, 2012 at 02:09 PM
It's even worse. Look up E S & S - "the nation's largest e-voting system manufacturer", per your article. Wikipedia lists numerous complaints and investigations against the company, including 2008 election where Michigan voters complained that they voted for one candidate, only to have it switched to another candidate. I remember that from the news.
Steve Burns (Editor) November 06, 2012 at 02:17 PM
Just FYI, Marguerite -- our reference to ES&S came from Mashable.com, per the link in the article. Thanks.
Donald Martin November 06, 2012 at 11:58 PM
You're kidding, right, The hearing this morning was not about voter fraud, And thanks for telling us what was going to happen --- the hearing --- but not what did happen ---at the hearing. Oh, and "already" doesn't apply to the suit, which was filed well before voting started
Steve Burns (Editor) November 07, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Donald, this update posted in the afternoon. http://suwanee.patch.com/articles/judge-tosses-ohio-voting-software-lawsuit

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