Brown Coakley Voting Machines Hackable: Is this America?

Nathan Barker, a conservative and Brad Friedman, a liberal published a formidable piece on the vulnerability of Massachusetts voting machines. If this is true, how have we allowed this to happen in the United States of America?

Here are snippets from The Gouveneur Times (see link below):

The electronic voting systems used in Massachusetts are notoriously
plagued with problems and vulnerabilities, and are in violation of
federal voting system standards. Moreover, they are sold, programmed,
and maintained by a company with a disturbing criminal background….

The Diebold electronic voting machines to be used in more than 90% of
the state’s districts are the same demonstrably unreliable ballot
scanning systems that were seen being hacked in the Emmy-nominated HBO
documentary Hacking Democracy. The rest of the machines used
in the Bay State are made by Sequoia Voting System, Inc., the same
manufacturer whose machines were “misconfigured,” to switch votes in
Erie County, NY’s Nov. 3, 2009 election and which have failed, and even
been hacked, in a number of cases around the country.

The key to the exploit is access to the scanner’s memory cards. Those
sensitive cards contain the programming instructions for how the
machines should read paper ballots as they pass through it. They also
track the tally of votes. In Hursti’s hack, he was able to make a
slight change to the memory cards’ programming instructions which
flipped the results in such a way that only a manual hand count of
every ballot would have revealed the manipulation.

Read it all at The Gouverneur Times. Read the comments as well for more discussion.