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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  • In my country we just take a paper, choose the number of the person we want to vote for. Write it down and put it in a box.

    EVA UnicornEVA UnicornDag sedan
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="780">13:00</a>. That's not the traditional internet. More like the dark web level 3.

    AnantaSesaDasAnantaSesaDas2 dagar sedan

    WagRhodes13WagRhodes134 dagar sedan
  • Putin....joking(but not reall).

    Kelly StephensonKelly Stephenson4 dagar sedan
  • he didn't describe the internet actually, he described an intranet that isn't connected to the global internet and can't be hacked unless someone is physically in one of the two locations.

    EricEric5 dagar sedan
  • What's wrong with a pencil and paper with people who count them?

    Randomly BritishRandomly British6 dagar sedan
  • Stan Stanart is for sure a Matt Lucas character!

    AdinsxifyAdinsxify6 dagar sedan
  • “Russians are great at three things: Hacking, hockey, and writing books so sad you will want to drink a potato.” As someone born in Russia, this is a whole mood.

    Anna TaylorAnna Taylor7 dagar sedan
    • But they are really good at hockey. If it was just sadness, vodka and hockey, I’d consider moving there. Shit just goes downhill when you learn a bit more.

      Mike WestMike West2 dagar sedan
  • Wait... If pull out one of my teeth I'll get a bj?

    Joshua WolpertJoshua Wolpert7 dagar sedan
  • This comment section is reminding me why I hate when non-Americans talk about issues with America. Simmer down a bit and mind your business, perhaps. I don't care if you're right, it's annoying and doesn't do anything to fix America's issues.

    The Killer Polar BearThe Killer Polar Bear8 dagar sedan
  • Stan talks like Gideon from gravity falls and I don't know how to feel about that

    The Killer Polar BearThe Killer Polar Bear8 dagar sedan
  • "Reverse cowgirl is the best sex position because it gave us Abraham Lincoln."

    KingQwertzlbrmpfKingQwertzlbrmpf9 dagar sedan
  • Just use freaking paper

    BrosBrothersLPBrosBrothersLP10 dagar sedan
  • I am really curious how John Oliver is telling HBO about the equipment he needs for his show. I mean seriously, how do you convince your boss to buy you a gold ingot?

    John Creasy01John Creasy0111 dagar sedan
  • I want to know who ordered those voting machines and I want to know why once the ways to hack them became public info, why did we not send them back where we got them from and have an American company build them? Why wasn't that a giant red

    Michelle WMichelle W11 dagar sedan
  • It is stuff like this that makes people think they don't need to vote because their vote doesn't matter. Throughout history the squeaky wheel gets the grease. So squeaky people! There is more at stake here than that glaring zit sitting on the nose in Washington. We used to be great and instead of draining the swamp, that maggot did pot shots and pipe bombs to clear out all of the HONEST *as honest as anyone in politics*.

    Michelle WMichelle W11 dagar sedan
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1100">18:20</a> that is the first time i heard Donald rump is right in his entire presidency seriously no joke.

    Dominic RossettiDominic Rossetti11 dagar sedan
  • Making a cross on a piece of paper seems to be very difficult in america.

    Chigurh 4Chigurh 412 dagar sedan
  • Having been summoned to an electoral college and physically counted two urns worth of ballots SIX times (we triggered two recountings), I have to say my banana republic of a bankrupt country has a way better system than this so called global power. Seriously, no machine should ever be in the same room as any electoral process.

    Khelthrai HellbaneKhelthrai Hellbane13 dagar sedan
  • I lived in Virginia when they switched over from the old mechanical machines to the new electronic ones. The very first time I voted on one, I touched the screen for candidate X. The next screen popped up and said, Thank you for voting for Candidate Y. I've never trusted a voting machine since.

    Aelanna64Aelanna6414 dagar sedan
  • A quibble regarding that map of states without a paper trail: Until I moved out of state earlier this year, I was a poll worker in Pennsylvania. We used to use touchscreens. However, according to the county election board officials, the state government is requiring the use of paper-trail machinery beginning in 2020. Some counties, including ours, began using the new paper-trail machines in 2019. Unless something changed thanks to Covid (obviously not a consideration at the time of making this video), PA should not be on a map of states "on track" to use paperless voting in 2020.

    Gary WagersGary Wagers14 dagar sedan
  • The thing is security for these could be incredibly simple, it’s just that lazy practices cause problems

    Spencer RigginsSpencer Riggins15 dagar sedan
  • Hand-counted, paper ballots can't be hacked. Fuck the trees...

    Lucid InsanityLucid Insanity15 dagar sedan
  • to clafiy no some of us are horny sparkly drug addicts but most of us are horny or spakly or drug addicts

    Evan Is our boyEvan Is our boy16 dagar sedan
  • Here in Georgia it was discovered our electronic voting machines were hacked in 2016. When an investigation was started somebody deleted important data / information that could have revealed who done hacking. Georgia's election system had been suspiciously unsecured for 6 months enabling easy access. Disturbingly - our current "governor" had run for office while still holding position of state election board. And Republicans continue to object to voting by mail - despite fact voting fraud by system tampering is highly probable!

    Ray BinRay Bin16 dagar sedan
  • I'm Filipino and I just found out that other countries' voting machines came from the Philippines. We don't even trust those shit here in our own country.

    John Gedric TudioJohn Gedric Tudio16 dagar sedan
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="1080">18:00</a> haha Look at Stefan Löfven when he says that. Sweden does all its voting on paper

    Fredrik DungeFredrik Dunge16 dagar sedan
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="935">15:35</a> I can't believe that they didn't make a Dr. Dre joke there. I kept waiting for it but it never came.

    ScootyPuffSr7ScootyPuffSr717 dagar sedan
  • Shonda Rhimes' Scandal anyone?

    Cordelia ScalesCordelia Scales18 dagar sedan
  • I work as a software engineer. When Priceline bought agoda, kayak, tweb, booking... I was tasked with integrating those room nights into a unified reservation API for Priceline Partner Network. I see no reason, no benefit, and many many risks in digital voting. Paper votes and audit trail please. Politicians can cheat enough with jerymandering: whereby politicians choose the voters instead of the other way around.

    Tarek AdamTarek Adam19 dagar sedan
  • I love when trump isn't wrong. It's really something special

    LiF DsoulLiF Dsoul20 dagar sedan
  • i used to live in Japan, and nobody voted. So it's kind of fine about this. Not about the system of the country though.

    Akihiro Hakim HayashiAkihiro Hakim Hayashi21 dag sedan
  • Poor DRE machines taking all this hate

    john badojohn bado22 dagar sedan
  • What is upsetting about this entire thing, is that it wouldn't be THAT difficult to make everything secure (within a reasonable degree, someone dedicated enough will be able to so something, that's just a fact) - true air gap networks - Machines are essentially safes, you don't have to make it impenetrable, just increase the average break time to something like 30 minutes to a hour, - Design machines that don't allow root access when the config card is removed. - Logs, log everything. Record those logs, aggregate those log, and analyze those logs. - Paper print outs of the individual votes for physical duplication (more for error checking against digital logs) - Highly encrypted transmission of final results up the ladder.

    Wabba DabbaWabba Dabba22 dagar sedan
  • Texas uses those DRE machines. I know because I've been voting on them since I first voted in 2016. It is... very concerning.

    DrakeWurrumDrakeWurrum26 dagar sedan
  • Why not just have 2 buttons connected to a 2 hidden number displayer that go up by 1 when ever the buttons are pressed?

    Olga SergeyevaOlga Sergeyeva26 dagar sedan
  • Fuck electronic voting. Paper voting 4 ever.

    NilstriebNilstrieb27 dagar sedan
  • Voting.

    avedicavedic27 dagar sedan
  • "The Politicians don't care." I mean you CAN'T be clearer than that.

    James RodriguezJames Rodriguez28 dagar sedan
  • DEFCON, a really cool hacking convention in las vegas (got canceled this year, rip), has a whole area on hacking voting machines, I think its been there since 2017 and every year after. As soon as the voting village was opened, even the newest machines got cracked open in less than an hour. It's a bit depressing that our systems can be hacked by a few drunk toddlers with lock pick sets.

    Rose EastonRose Easton29 dagar sedan
  • No Dr Dre joke for the DRE machines? Too obvious?

    Emerald AlyEmerald AlyMånad sedan
  • I'd have simply asked that dick interviewer in the first clip how do you know they're not? If he gave me evidence of it I'd listen, if he didn't I'd tell him to fuck off.

    Emerald AlyEmerald AlyMånad sedan
  • If you have electronic voting you are not a democracy

    Damon BirchDamon BirchMånad sedan
  • What if everyone that wants to vote gose to Washington D.C.. And votes on a big blackboard. With the world watching. It would be a big mess but at least we would be able to know if the vote is really be counted.

    Sonny BimboSonny BimboMånad sedan
  • No, modems hooking up to a separated, secure server is *NOT* using the Internet.

    Marty SchraderMarty SchraderMånad sedan
  • Someone once got a us voting machine to play doom

    Solarstan of YouTubeSolarstan of YouTubeMånad sedan
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="232">3:52</a> nah, we're horny, sparkly, tiktok dancers.

    Ivy SIvy SMånad sedan
  • Every Voter counts!

    Jew ShirlsJew ShirlsMånad sedan

    Omar CominOmar CominMånad sedan
  • Can someone explain to me the Abraham Lincoln joke?

    federica_lmfederica_lmMånad sedan
  • Blockchain voting.

    Pablo UPablo UMånad sedan
  • This is why I am happy that each vote in the Netherlands is counted and re-counted by hand, then sent to a double-check team to be counted and re-counted again. I know that because I have volunteered as a vote-counter for every vote since I turned 18. If you want a robust democracy you should do your civic duty instead of delegating it to a machine.

    MaxajaxMaxajaxMånad sedan
  • It is so obvious that the reason the solutions to this problem are either ignored or watered down is that it is not in the best interest of those politicians that stand to lose by the vote being correctly recorded and counted.

    Andy HarrisAndy HarrisMånad sedan
  • Really is this how USA Design it's voting machine with some many dollar to spend in having fraction of population of India we have atleast 5 layers of check with both machine with paper trail attached which you can verify at the same time all machine are stand alone and continuously covered with cctv live streaming with atleast 1 member of each register party (we have many since multi party system like UK) to check and supervise with police personnels using unified machine all over the country each machine approved by election commission of India and we have 100 questions asked about its security when we literally know there is only 0.01 change of manipulation. I am shocked and writing so lone comment where I literally not commented before in youtube.

    Mohan Kumar MMohan Kumar MMånad sedan
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="236">3:56</a> In my town, yes

    Enlightened DystopianEnlightened DystopianMånad sedan
  • Take the money we would spend on voting machines and invest in cheap iPhones. Then use the pen and paper method. When counting, use the cheap iPhones to record everything.

    victor hoangvictor hoangMånad sedan
  • <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="774">12:54</a> - what he describes is a private dial-up connection. which is NOT the internet. it doesn't mean such a connection is un-hackable, but it's not the internet so he's technically correct.

    mc2wmc2wMånad sedan
  • Season 1 John was funny what happened

    RobRobMånad sedan
  • How many more are there like Stan Stanart? Does this give you a warm, confident feeling about voting? He and people like him, walk among us...and vote!

    meetpoorfor crowinsfomeetpoorfor crowinsfoMånad sedan
  • Using a modem to connect to a specific end point is not being on the internet. If the system they are connecting to is not on the internet it is a P2P connection and isolated. I hate it when people who should know better assume that any network connection means you are connected to the internet.

    Jason MarstonJason MarstonMånad sedan
  • I mean... yeah we’re all horny drug addicts but the sparkly part I’m still unsure about

    Logan BriarLogan BriarMånad sedan
  • Pleased kill, because you are single handling tieing the knose.

    T.J. ReynosaT.J. ReynosaMånad sedan
    • Native Americans are dying, not because of social distancing, not because of voting or the cenus , but because they think they are invincible.

      T.J. ReynosaT.J. ReynosaMånad sedan
    • But The Herity of America never matter to foreign freedoms, as long ad the heredity heres never got their fair share.

      T.J. ReynosaT.J. ReynosaMånad sedan
    • 22. Covid 19 thats 1.3 percent to hundred now

      T.J. ReynosaT.J. ReynosaMånad sedan
    • What about Native Americans?, we are the skid mark of America?

      T.J. ReynosaT.J. ReynosaMånad sedan
    • I never wanted to kill myself with this commentary

      T.J. ReynosaT.J. ReynosaMånad sedan
  • You were never funny, Being back Ferguson.

    T.J. ReynosaT.J. ReynosaMånad sedan
  • I live in Kentucky and actually ran a "PAPERLESS" voting machines during the 2016 election. During voting machines are NOT CONNECTED TO THE INTERNET! At the end of voting day a PAPER audit that resembles a grocery receipt is printed. The hard drive is removed and sealed in an envelope with the paper copy then the machines fold up and seal with a numbered tag/zip tie and left for pick up. If the zip tie or seal on envelope is broken the votes are invalid. Hard drives from around the city are brought to an election office and then uploaded to the internet. If any are erased or corrupted the paper copy is used. I watch John Oliver a lot and I'm a fan but this time he doesn't know what the hell he's talking about.

    Daniel LentzDaniel Lentz2 månader sedan
  • The dnc is rigging the election not Putin!

    philou425philou4252 månader sedan
  • No trump joke?

    CU JKCU JK2 månader sedan
  • I am somewhat concerned that the voting machines were made by a people who have to use English loan words to say they made it in their native language. Nothing against Filipinos, but maybe American voting machines should be made in America? Certainly not in a country that has a history of problems with corruption and their own democracy. Not exactly the weakest link in the chain though. Jesus Christ, Trump was right? I think that's like the third time I can say that.

    Braden ScottBraden Scott2 månader sedan
  • The problem is the very politicians and people associated with politics that are the biggest danger, like the GOP in Georgia who basically stole an election.

    HTHAMMACK1HTHAMMACK12 månader sedan
  • Why are people acting so dumb? Why not just have a voting app with user names that you can track your vote with?

    MatMadikMatMadik2 månader sedan
  • in feudalism it's your count that votes, in democracy it's your vote that counts.

    Anakin SkywalkerAnakin Skywalker2 månader sedan
  • In Australia, we use this wonderful thing called “paper ballots”. Pen and paper. That’s it. We also have preferential (ranked choice) voting, but that’s a completely different way in which Aussie voting is far superior to the Seppos. Our paper ballots are counted at each polling booth, with oversight from volunteers from pretty much every party watching to make sure things are proper. It’s a good system. Completely unhackable. Why the Seppos insist on using machines is beyond me. Though, funnily enough the Venezuelans use machines- but only to check voters. They sign in using a machine, which then prints out a paper ballot for them to vote on. Venezuela has a better voting system than the US. Though actually, they have one of the most secure voting systems in the world, it’s really quite remarkable.

    NeartmhorNeartmhor2 månader sedan
  • No, No, No, teens arent all horny ideots, I am one, and I'm smart.

    DuskriderDuskrider2 månader sedan
  • John is only bad when he Russia fear mongers and shames third parties. Otherwise he’s golden

    Dylan HDylan H2 månader sedan
  • Modem ≠ Internet!!!!! Fail.

    qwaqwa1960qwaqwa19602 månader sedan
  • Democrats: omg we need to make sure the votes are correctly counted and no mistake is made! Also the democrats: I mean, you can't expect people to have IDs to prove who they are... That's racist.

    Flavio SpadavecchiaFlavio Spadavecchia2 månader sedan
  • Only question I have is that a real gold brick because I wouldn't put it past John Oliver to do that.

    dedon 53dedon 532 månader sedan
  • when you let boomers deal with tech

    Jesus ChristJesus Christ2 månader sedan
  • Think about this for a moment; -Republicans have repeated ignored or turned down bills on electoral security. -Ivanka Trump is connected a patent for voting machines

    senta ukraisenta ukrai2 månader sedan

    irish angerirish anger2 månader sedan
  • *Pregnant Chad*

    E. GordbortE. Gordbort2 månader sedan