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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  • Fab Elger
    Fab Elger


  • Alexandru Dinca
    Alexandru Dinca

    17:46 - 18:30 Wow, that's the first time John Oliver praises Trump for saying something smart. I really hope it doesn't become a habit.

  • Jersey_ Gurl4
    Jersey_ Gurl4

    Have you heard about Ivanka Trump trademarks in China regarding a number of different projects including: Voting Machines!? Trump family creating their OWN voting machines. Journalists need to make more noise regarding this subject & voting in general like you have.

  • Tim Menke
    Tim Menke

    Why the fuck would they use an electronic voting machine for a precinct that small. So fucking stupid! Talk about a solution looking for a problem. There is absolutely nothing wrong with paper ballots and scantron. E-voting is just absolutely bonkers. And I work in IT.

  • Dave Sovay
    Dave Sovay

    John Oliver doesn't know what the Internet is

  • magic wand
    magic wand

    So when next are you meeting whistle blower snowden in Russia ? ... Well just askin

  • Kevin Merry
    Kevin Merry

    People who benefit from a broken system are not going to be motivated to fix it.

  • Sir Alexander XVIII of Carpathia
    Sir Alexander XVIII of Carpathia

    *Cough* Absolute monarchy??

  • 86 45
    86 45

    I DONT TRUST VOTING MACHINES, or republicans!

  • Moises Fernandez
    Moises Fernandez

    El algoritmo de Leonel

  • Paul Snyder
    Paul Snyder

    I’m work as a southern Ohio election official and we did away with voting machines but even when we had machines they were never connected to an outside network. The machines also recorded and printed a print out of every single ballet.

    • derty QWERTY
      derty QWERTY

      Inside network are hackable also. Also the machines can be hacked for 27 dollars or less each.. that is a wireless device that tricks the machine and anyone using it.. the paper read outs also could say 2 things, 1 on paper to fool the user its correct but hacker can change the value to where only the final vote count matters.... wake up, youre an official. We need no machines, i am a tech grad who cares .. wake up Diebold machine hack, happening since 2000 election... sad but true, you are easily bypassed as a voter gatekeeper there in ohio, believe me..

  • Tom Archetek
    Tom Archetek

    After discovering Jimmy Dore, I can't watch this show without hearing corporate bullshit infused. FUCK.

  • Ante Radeljic
    Ante Radeljic

    So funny sonofabitch🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

  • Zero11

    Gore had that election stolen from him lol

  • Jeff Irwin
    Jeff Irwin

    Motherfuckers forgot about DRE. Also, did anyone hear about the machine in Europe that added 4096 votes because it got hit with a cosmic ray?

    • derty QWERTY
      derty QWERTY

      Voting machines in america hacked and reported for over 2 elections now.. look up 27 dollar diebold vote machine hack... the politicians are clueless and dont care

  • - WassabiGuy3224 -
    - WassabiGuy3224 -

    I felt that golden flex.

  • Alice

    Sean spicer can dance way better than I expected, but he's still shit

  • T H
    T H

    We got new machines this year. My voting precinct did not seem amused by my comment that thank goodness they'd replaced the others because we'd learned to hack them, with a pen, in under 2 minutes on Last Week Tonight.

  • Za-zaam Flash
    Za-zaam Flash

    For those with tech skillz:

  • Dave lon
    Dave lon

    It's crazy when a Brit makes more sense than American ways... "Hmm, the brits may have be right about this one..." If we know electronic election ballots can be forged or mistaken why doesn't someone do something about that? "Well we've tried..." end of discussion... NO! It's not! If the USA has the power to hold top secret documents for decades they can at least hold election results unhampered for a few days.

  • Phat Cat
    Phat Cat

    Welp, since you opened that can of worms, ask your bosses when the next season of Euphoria comes out!

  • Mike Sanders
    Mike Sanders

    We vote by mail in Oregon. Its a paper ballot It can't be "hacked" You vote at home at your kitchen table and then mail it in.

  • Meow Meow
    Meow Meow

    how about make only paart of the machine connect to the internet. that way, the results can still be accessed real time.

    • derty QWERTY
      derty QWERTY

      No. Bad idea, ask the most nerdy pc repair man you know.. he will tell you paper and pencil is the best

  • gonzalo ruiz
    gonzalo ruiz

    Please talk about the giant electoral fraud in Bolivia

  • Sma 556
    Sma 556

    Best to watch on Mute.

  • Connor Stickels
    Connor Stickels

    I like what we have in Washington: it is 100% paper ballots, you have to either mail back the filled in ballot or drop it off at city hall before the deadline. There is no polling station. I don't know exactly how the vote counting works, but we don't have to worry about someone messing with voting machines or them failing due to lack of maintenance. You can hack anything, but you can't hack a pen.

  • Callous Strider
    Callous Strider

    Where I am in Canada we do paper ballots, so it's pretty foreign to me

  • Mariana Vita
    Mariana Vita

    What about Bolivia? Their system is with paper and Evo Morales cheated on the election.

  • S. Smith
    S. Smith

    Voting should be door-to-door solicitation, escorted by armed guards.

  • LuisIsTheName LITN
    LuisIsTheName LITN

    Ladies and gentlemen, we've done it. Sean Spicer has been kicked out of Dancing with the Stars.

    • derty QWERTY
      derty QWERTY

      Nobody cares, about him or that show.. or i guess your comment. stop watching anime and go outside and talk to people

  • Trixie Bizarre
    Trixie Bizarre

    If they connect the voting machines to a secure modem and dial into a specific network that is an INTRANET and is a closed system that isn't on the World Wide Web. Lots of industries use intranets.

    • derty QWERTY
      derty QWERTY

      Secure modem .. lolol. Intranets and voting machine intranets already been used and they were hacked and easily manipulated with a 27 dollar tech device.... facts

  • tozier

    why can't we do a heads down arms up vote like in school?

  • Florian Dootz
    Florian Dootz

    Electronic voting sucks ass. I am so glad we could keep german politicians from getting them.

  • Adam R
    Adam R

    Just put all voting on the blockchain. Every vote is able to be verified by every voter and can not be charged by anyone

  • Mike Blair
    Mike Blair

    Spicy finally got the bolt two days ago. I had just learned the day before that he was on that abortion of a tv show. Good thing I don't watch much television.

  • Hannah Fischer
    Hannah Fischer

    I didn't even know voting machines are a thing. I only know paper ballots, which are counted and checked and then double and triple checked MANUALLY

    • Hannah Fischer
      Hannah Fischer

      @Sherrill Sturm I'm not American, so I haven't heard of that

    • Sherrill Sturm
      Sherrill Sturm

      Were you around when they could not decide in Florida if a puncture of a punch card was good or not good, and their Supreme Court had to decide who won? And, with that win, the nation's President was elected? That's what the "chad" discussion was all about.

  • Kristina Olander
    Kristina Olander

    I finally understand Ted's Halloween costume

  • David Lima
    David Lima

    ha ha ha in the brasil is the same joke

  • Brave Voice
    Brave Voice

    Low tech is answer. Paper ballots, a number 2 pencil. Ballots tallied by IBM optical reader not connected to the internet. Voting locations are already monitored by both parties. The grand tally at each location can be carried to an air gap central computer for compilation. It's slower, but accurate.

  • Roxy Woodward
    Roxy Woodward

    Meanwhile all the incels be like: IT"S ALWAYS THE GODDAMNED CHADS!

  • Roxy Woodward
    Roxy Woodward

    Lol it's kind of funny, we used to have voting machines in the Netherlands, but after some controversy, we got rid of them. Now it's 2019, and we still cast votes using a red pencil, and the votes are publicly counted, by hand, by volunteers. Publicly as in, anyone can walk in and sit there and watch them count the votes XD. At least I'm pretty sure it's legit XD It might be a better choice for the US. No 'hanging Chads', no computers! Just a goddamned pencil checking a box.

  • Chandradeep Mukherjee
    Chandradeep Mukherjee

    Voting. Something that I've never done and something that I'll never do in my life.

  • Tony Strider
    Tony Strider

    Prowar Russia-bad narrative.

  • Tony Strider
    Tony Strider

    Came back to check out John oliver remembering the good reports in season 1, but I'm dumbstruck that hes STILL out here SMEARING 3rd parties. Jill Stein was one of the best candidates running in 2012 and 2016. Get TF out of here. Trump is a symptom of the lack of progressive change we got from Obama era. Jon you absolute sellout, tool of oligarchs. No integrity.

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  • Henrique Tizzot
    Henrique Tizzot

    Great job, John. Keep the ridiculous Russia hysteria propaganda alive. I would think that by now, after doing this show for several years, having covered so many important topics that show how the government always lies to the public, you wouldn't help paddle such bullshit. That Bachelor Chads joke was pretty solid though, lol. I'll give you that.

  • Ryan Clarke
    Ryan Clarke

    17:30 shows the states that still don't have ANY paper backups or trails. Quite telling isn't it.....

  • Dylan C
    Dylan C

    I'm here to say yes we are all horny drug addicts, but sadly not all of us are sparkly

  • Tiberius Sempronious
    Tiberius Sempronious

    "Do you lose sleep waiting for tooth fairy blowjobs?" It's like he looked into my soul...

  • Martin Formanek
    Martin Formanek

    What "Stan Stanart" is describing is actually not an Internet connection, although it is probably not that much more secure, and it might even mean that there's War Games-like access to the mainframe that counts the votes

  • Thomas

    Still babbling about the "russian hackers" despite no evidence of the shit ever happening and despite the fact the USA have been interfering with governments across the globe since the 1940s in many cases through lengthy wars.

  • benedictify

    It's very upsetting that Sean Spicer was given another way to make money in public

  • Asger HB
    Asger HB

    How much cheaper will this be in the end than a pencil X on a piece of paper?

  • Cossu HD
    Cossu HD

    Suomi mainittu torille

  • Manny

    I'm fairly certain most machines are rigged in different ways

  • Piotr Dudała
    Piotr Dudała

    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.

  • FooBar Maximus
    FooBar Maximus

    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 Maximus
    FooBar Maximus

    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.

  • ли Profit?
    ли Profit?

    The US voting system in general makes no sense.

  • David Barclay
    David Barclay

    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.