President Barack Obama may have voted for Mitt Romney yesterday when he cast his early vote at the Martin Luther King Community Center in Chicago’s 4th Ward. Nobody knows for sure. Even him.
He cast his vote on a 100 percent unverifiable touchscreen e-voting system made by Sequoia Voting Systems (which is now owned by a Canadian firm named Dominion Voting). It is scientifically impossible to ever know if his vote was recorded accurately as per his intent or not, on that type of voting system.
“I can’t tell you who I voted for,” the President joked, as noted by our colleague Mark Crispin Miller in a short blog item today wryly headlined “Obama votes for Romney.” The President’s joke may not have been nearly as funny as he had intended.
We confirmed with the Chicago Board of Elections that early voters in the Windy City must do so on the oft-failed, incredibly-vulnerable, and easily-hacked (see below for details) Sequoia AVC Edge touchscreen voting system which is still used, according to VerifiedVoting.org’s database, for early, disabled-accessible or standard polling-place voting in some 234 jurisdictions across all or part of some 13 states, including Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, New Jersey, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
On Election Day, the Board’s Communication Director told The BRAD BLOG, voters are allowed to vote on their choice of either paper ballots (also tallied by Sequoia’s incredibly faulty computer tabulators — the same ones which announced losing candidates as “winners” in three different elections in Palm Beach County, FL earlier this year) or Sequoia’s 100% unverifiable AVC Edge touchscreens.
The intellectual property of those Sequoia systems is still a proprietary trade secret owned by a Venezuelan firm named Smartmatic, which has been tied to the country’s long-time president, Hugo Chavez. That point was lied about by Sequoia’s then-CEO Jack Blaine when he was asked directly about it by a Chicago alderman some years ago, as The BRAD BLOG detailed exclusively back in 2008.