Voting Machines: Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (HBO)

John Oliver discusses how voting machines work, how they don’t, and how we can fix them.
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  • Leave it to John Oliver to talk about things he doesn't understand. You see... MODEMs are used to make point-to-point connection. If endpoint is internet node, than it is internet. If not - you have kind of VPN by default, inaccessible for modern day script-kiddies.

    Piotr DudałaPiotr Dudała7 timmar sedan
  • Note that once again, it's the REPUBLICAN controlled Senate that votes to keep the existing, broken DRE (paperless) system. There is nothing else you need to know about these crooks, except to note which states still use these bastard devices. Texas, Florida ... The Red States. Exactly.

    FooBar MaximusFooBar Maximus8 timmar sedan
  • The ACM/CSA testified before Congress and implored them to include a hard-copy audit trail, years ago. Congress said no and fuck it and now we have a system that can't be audited in real terms. But they CAN be hacked. We have the worst election system of any "advanced" country. It's terrible. I'm a computer scientist - so yeah, I know what I'm talking about.

    FooBar MaximusFooBar Maximus9 timmar sedan
  • The US voting system in general makes no sense.

    ли Profit?ли Profit?13 timmar sedan
  • Here in Australia we still do all of our voting on paper. This is counted by hand. Each of the parties have people there to watch you count votes and if they think you may have done it wrong or vote is close they make you count them again, and again, and again.

    David BarclayDavid Barclay14 timmar sedan
  • 😂😂😂😂😂👏👏👏👏

    Cha ChaCha Cha15 timmar sedan
  • 2019 teens aren't sparkly and horny drug addicts. They're sparkly, horny, depressed drug addicts.

    SonjaSonja15 timmar sedan
  • Sadly, the vote was rigged in 2016 and if we do not get Trump out of office, we’re all going to die.

    Anne HAnne H16 timmar sedan
  • Want to upgrade the RAM on ur computer or make repairs? 15 screws and plastic tabs.... Want to get into a voting machine? Slid this click that...

    Joshua ColganJoshua Colgan16 timmar sedan
  • I don’t trust the elected over 500,000 government officials and barely trust the ones that I do vote for. Of course there are questions of how they are counted. Even if they’re counted by hand, how would we know that someone didn’t lose track? There is human error and there should be double and triple checks. Independent organization that checks on this can and should be made. In the end, how can you have a systems that you can completely trust with human and technological error always in the equation?

    joey berkejoey berke16 timmar sedan
  • To be fair to Stan Stanart, using a secure modem to dial to a private phone line IS NOT the same thing as being connected to the Internet, any more than Jon Oliver calling his mom. Everyone knows moms can't use the internet. In reality, a secure modem dialing another secure modem in a secure location would actually be pretty good security practice. The data would be encrypted in flight, and unless someone tapped the line, nobody could see it anyway. This is not to say that there are no voting machines that connect to the internet, just that this was not an example of such a system.

    Dude DudesonDude Dudeson17 timmar sedan
  • Who else is awaiting the meltdown by nut job Jimmy Dore about “tHis sMEar jOB on JiLL stEiN”

    ilikeiguanas.23ilikeiguanas.2318 timmar sedan
  • Democracy in its current form is horribly flawed, because it equals the votes of illiterate, stupid and selfish with those of the honest, educated and compassionate people. And I think we all know which of those produce more offspring and raise it to their resemblance.

    KasiaKasia19 timmar sedan
  • Wow that's great John that you did something on voting machines. But when are you going to do a report on voter suppression, especially towards brown and black communities. You cant have the corrupt voting machines without acknowledging the other side of the coin why these fuxking machines exist to disenfranchise communities. But good job not pointing out that the Republicans are the ones that have had a heavy hand with these corrupt machines. Once again Oliver half-asses, thanks alot you british ditwit!

    Angie SmithAngie Smith20 timmar sedan
  • France has paper ballots only, no electronics. You enter a closet with an envelope & close the curtain behind you, then you choose the ballot you want and put it in the envelope, come out of the closet and drop the envelope in a box. If you put two ballots in the envelope or mark the ballot, it's a mistake and is counted as such, but is not counted in the final tally. The ballots are counted by hand by a non-partisan committeee and the outcome is known before midnight or the following morning, and there are never any re-counts.

    Edwin SwezeyEdwin Swezey20 timmar sedan
  • This video makes me sad. I wanna drink a potato now...

    Helge MeffHelge Meff21 timme sedan
  • As a Euphoria aged teen the answer is yes. I am a sparkly pothead and the show is relatable!!

    skzstolemymethskzstolemymeth21 timme sedan
  • Euphoria is not that inaccurate. And the over the top part is redeemed by how beautifully is shot.

    sira castorisira castori22 timmar sedan
  • The “best” part about Sean Spicer’s participation on Dancing with the Stars, is that Spicer has only managed to stay on the show by cheating. Like any true Republican, Spicer knows he cannot win on his own merits, so he resorts to cheating. Trevor Noah Video Explaining This: seproject.info/it/video/iIdilqyn1WS1opc

    SPDYellowSPDYellow23 timmar sedan
  • In Germany we get a sheet of paper with all the names and parties and issues on it. We then make a cross in the box behind whatever we want to vote for. It's not that complicated, people. Just use paper and a pen. Don't over-think shit. And, by the way, we are registered to vote the day we become 18, voting is on a sunday and there are plenty of polling stations. It took me literally three minutes from leaving my house to getting back on the couch awaiting the election results on television the last time I voted. And I mean literally. I stopped the time, it was three minutes and twelve seconds, to be accurate. We can vote by mail, in rare cases even still on election day. Voting is celebrated and many more people do it. Voting is made as easy as possible. Germany has somehow figured out how to vote. And we're the country that tried to end all of democracy in the world just 75 years ago. If we can do it, you can do it, too. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying the system here is perfect. But at least we've figured out what a pen is for. No wonder this empire is falling before our eyes - if you can't even make a cross on a sheet of paper, how can you run the world?

    Felix WinklerFelix Winkler23 timmar sedan
  • Let's remember a quote from a very, very bad man: "those who vote decide nothing, those who count the vote decide everything."

    Chandler HughesChandler HughesDag sedan
  • The gold bit got a weak laugh but i noticed lmao I liked it

    Ricardo MendezRicardo MendezDag sedan
  • 13:00 that's not the internet john, you got that one wrong there brochochode....... they are using the phone land line to transfer digital information via a modem (modulator-demodulator) as an analogue signal. at no point does that information go through an ISP. Essentially they are making a phone call and then allowing the two computers to talk in computer language to each other THAT IS NOT the same thing as sending something over the internet. sorry but i'm going to have to side with the politician on this one johnny old mate. is it still hackable? you're damn right it is in the same way you can tap into phone lines and then try to brute force the encryption but IT'S NOT THE INTERNET! and yes i do have a Bsc. in computer science, thanks for asking.

    UberKrassMannUberKrassMannDag sedan
  • 04:33 Is that John Bolton on the right side? I really think it is!

    F RF RDag sedan
  • In Germany there is actually a court ruling by the highest court that computer based voting is not backed by the Constitution. The biggest party SPD (at least when it comes to the number of members lol) did the voting for their chairmen on the internet anyways and it was kind of a scandal, when there were people who claimed that they used the publicly known membership numbers of prominent members to cast a vote in stead of them

    Apfel StapfenApfel StapfenDag sedan
  • But we know why this happened. "Cuz you forgot about Dre!"

    Jayden WhiteJayden WhiteDag sedan
  • Those weren't Chads. Those were Kyles.

    Jayden WhiteJayden WhiteDag sedan
  • F**k the people in this country, they deserve Trump this time, and they are going to deserve him again when the DNC fucks us all over again. Dumb, mindless, lemmings.

    Robert McGarryRobert McGarryDag sedan
  • Omg can you stop saying holy shit so much

    GarrettGarrettDag sedan
  • WOW...where is John Oliver voting that they have such computerized systems? We're still using a mechanical switchboard to vote in my home town.

    Daniel AllenDaniel AllenDag sedan
  • (12:41) I know this will get lost in the crap ton of comments, but I just have to say that, no, a machine directly dialing another machine via POTS (Plain Old Telephone System) modem, is NOT "connecting to the Internet". It's not like someone can actually hijack the call and take over the machine. Granted there are likely other issues that are a concern with a system like this, but again, if what they say is true, these voting machines are not on the Internet at any time. It would be like saying your FAX machine, which is connected by just a telephone line, is "connected to the Internet". While there _are_ Internet enabled FAX machines, typically they aren't. So, I'm sorry, John Oliver, I love ya brother and I think you do good work, but PLEASE make absolutely sure to have actual tech people check up on your information. I know what you're likely thinking of here. You're probably thinking that because at one point in the past we all used a phone line with a modem to connect to the Internet, a la America Online (AOL), that that is what these machines are doing. However, that's absolutely NOT what's happening in this case.

    CybershamanXCybershamanXDag sedan
  • Uhh... my name is dre..

    Dre FranksDre FranksDag sedan
    • And not like “Andre”... just.. Dre..

      Dre FranksDre FranksDag sedan
  • Honestly, who down votes any of these fantastic episodes?

    Velvet FogVelvet FogDag sedan
  • he didn't describe the internet, i am not saying the machines never connect to the internet, but he may be describing a intranet

    chding zuurechding zuureDag sedan
  • put together a system that gives the same 'read out' of vote counts 10 times in a row if the system can't you need to put together another system - a 5th grader will tell you the same thing

    gary gerardgary gerardDag sedan
  • Response to @3:58 Ehhhhhh mostly accurate Sparkling absolutely not. Horny? ...yea..

    Lyric FrogueLyric FrogueDag sedan
    • It's a joke just to clarify

      Lyric FrogueLyric FrogueDag sedan
  • How about an episode about who else you're going to be voting for on election day?

    Conner WolfConner WolfDag sedan
  • You got that a bit wrong, John. A modem connecting to a server isn't necessarily connecting to the internet. In fact, if you're using a dialup modem, it's almost certainly NOT connecting to the internet.

    Will RhodesWill RhodesDag sedan
  • 4 things, Russians are good at drinking potatoes

    Corvus CrumpCorvus CrumpDag sedan
  • Computers are not "of course" hack-able... if they have no admin credentials and or on board nic's and all the data is stored on the board. You aren't hacking jack. You need an In before you can hack. That's really not hard to prevent. We didn't even go into other ways of protecting it either. Oh wow I just watched the next part and shocker "ADMIN ACCESS" so yeah those are easily hack-able.

    Seth LarcombSeth LarcombDag sedan
  • “Chads”

    Poke EmblemPoke EmblemDag sedan
  • I've had a voting machine not work before, I notified the people, they switched me to a new machine and canceled out everything on the old machine. Then they closed that machine, but I wonder if anyone didn't realize that the light didn't pop up when trying to make that choice?

    Makayla MusgroveMakayla MusgroveDag sedan
  • I am still perplexed why we don't have the capacity to vote on the internet...I figure if Amazon can handle billions of transactions a day, they could set up a pretty good system to handle a few hundred million per year.

    James GravesJames GravesDag sedan
  • It would be funny if Putin won the 2020 elections. ^^ Make it happen Russia.

    Gwen WalravensGwen Walravens2 dagar sedan
  • Wow. I've danced better than Sean Spicer to that Spice Girls song. In public, no less.

    Scott JewettScott Jewett2 dagar sedan
  • What if didnt vote as a silent movement 💁

    Zoe BuecheZoe Bueche2 dagar sedan
    • no. That's one of the worst things you can do over 40% of the country during the 2016 election didn't vote. They didn't vote because they grew complacent with polling saying that Hillary was a shoo-in to win or because they didn't like either candidate.

      rouge1fulrouge1fulDag sedan
  • Dear Liberals, why would someone want to hack into a voting machine to change votes but people don’t illegally vote with fraudulent ID or on incorrect grounds? How can you be in favor of reforming voting machines but be against voter ID laws despite having the same logic (people want to illegitimately manipulate votes) to justify voting machine reform? I think machines should be reformed and voter ID laws present but I don’t necessarily believe voter fraud is an epidemic, but I do think this idea is quite hypocritical.

    Jack PerezJack Perez2 dagar sedan
    • The main reason is it would require some type of unified federal ID system, which the US simply doesn't have; things like drivers licenses are all handled at the state level. Second is because the number of fraudulent votes committed is only somewhere in the double or triple digits; a ridiculously minuscule amount compared to how much of a stink Conservatives like to raise over it.

      Stephen2462Stephen24622 dagar sedan
  • A computer to computer connection with a modem is not "the internet", though.

    beedsj roiuebeedsj roiue2 dagar sedan
  • Funnily enough, I am russian and I watch this show. Thank you, comrade Oliver. This information will be very useful.

    AelundAelund2 dagar sedan
  • DRE - Digital Rectal Exam. Same same. LOL!

    Papa Alpha OscarPapa Alpha Oscar2 dagar sedan
  • I like how the Swedish prime minister just stands there like "Oh, you poor man, my people hate me but at least they know they voted for me".

    ArazandArazand2 dagar sedan
    • as well. Please stop spreading conspiracy theories John Oliver. You're better than this.

      beedsj roiuebeedsj roiue2 dagar sedan
  • Learn From Indian Election system. You guys are just stupid.

    Vinay VeerapurVinay Veerapur2 dagar sedan
  • John predicted Sean Spicer being eliminated from Dancing with the Stars.

    Andrea AttardAndrea Attard2 dagar sedan
  • Go ahead and explain how my vote matters with this system in place.

    ServentForAnubisServentForAnubis2 dagar sedan
  • The Conservatives WANT to break America. They WANT systems to fail. They do NOT want a real Democracy.

    HammondHammond2 dagar sedan
  • Is that Anna Kendrick?

    thatdapperfellowthatdapperfellow2 dagar sedan
  • We are all horny, sparkly, drug addicts.

    Leah NidyLeah Nidy2 dagar sedan
  • Should have interviewed Dr. Matt Blaze

    Michael HansenMichael Hansen2 dagar sedan
  • "Our voting machines are not connected to the internet." Want to know what else wasn't connected to the internet? The Siemens PLCs controlling the centrifuges destroyed by Stuxnet. (The computers used to program the PLCs were connected to the internet.)

    Michael HansenMichael Hansen2 dagar sedan
  • It won't be fixed because fraudulent results benefit the party that can't win the popular vote. I leave it to you to guess which party that refers to.

    BEEFUS PEOPLE USABEEFUS PEOPLE USA2 dagar sedan