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

  • Published: 04 November 2019
  • John Oliver discusses how voting machines work, how they don’t, and how we can fix them.

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  • Henrique Tizzot
    Henrique Tizzot  25 minutes back

    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  1 hours back

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

      • Dylan C
        Dylan C  3 hours back

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

        • Tiberius Sempronious
          Tiberius Sempronious  4 hours back

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

          • Martin Formanek
            Martin Formanek  4 hours back

            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
              Thomas  5 hours back

              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
                benedictify  5 hours back

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

                • Asger HB
                  Asger HB  6 hours back

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

                  • Cossu HD
                    Cossu HD  8 hours back

                    Suomi mainittu torille

                    • Manny
                      Manny  10 hours back

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

                      • Piotr Dudała
                        Piotr Dudała  14 hours back

                        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  16 hours back

                          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  16 hours back

                            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?  20 hours back

                              The US voting system in general makes no sense.

                              • David Barclay
                                David Barclay  21 hours back

                                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.

                                • Cha Cha
                                  Cha Cha  22 hours back


                                  • Sonja
                                    Sonja  22 hours back

                                    2019 teens aren't sparkly and horny drug addicts. They're sparkly, horny, depressed drug addicts.

                                    • Anne H
                                      Anne H  23 hours back

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

                                      • Joshua Colgan
                                        Joshua Colgan  23 hours back

                                        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...

                                        • joey berke
                                          joey berke  23 hours back

                                          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?

                                          • Dude Dudeson
                                            Dude Dudeson  1 days back

                                            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.

                                            • ilikeiguanas.23
                                              ilikeiguanas.23  1 days back

                                              Who else is awaiting the meltdown by nut job Jimmy Dore about “tHis sMEar jOB on JiLL stEiN”

                                              • Kasia
                                                Kasia  1 days back

                                                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.

                                                • Angie Smith
                                                  Angie Smith  1 days back

                                                  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!

                                                  • Edwin Swezey
                                                    Edwin Swezey  1 days back

                                                    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.

                                                    • Helge Meff
                                                      Helge Meff  1 days back

                                                      This video makes me sad. I wanna drink a potato now...

                                                      • skzstolemymeth
                                                        skzstolemymeth  1 days back

                                                        As a Euphoria aged teen the answer is yes. I am a sparkly pothead and the show is relatable!!

                                                        • sira castori
                                                          sira castori  1 days back

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

                                                          • SPDYellow
                                                            SPDYellow  1 days back

                                                            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:


                                                            • Felix Winkler
                                                              Felix Winkler  1 days back

                                                              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?

                                                              • Chandler Hughes
                                                                Chandler Hughes  1 days back

                                                                Let's remember a quote from a very, very bad man: "those who vote decide nothing, those who count the vote decide everything."

                                                                • Ricardo Mendez
                                                                  Ricardo Mendez  1 days back

                                                                  The gold bit got a weak laugh but i noticed lmao I liked it

                                                                  • UberKrassMann
                                                                    UberKrassMann  2 days back

                                                                    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.

                                                                    • F R
                                                                      F R  2 days back

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

                                                                      • Apfel Stapfen
                                                                        Apfel Stapfen  2 days back

                                                                        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

                                                                        • Jayden White
                                                                          Jayden White  2 days back

                                                                          But we know why this happened.
                                                                          "Cuz you forgot about Dre!"

                                                                          • Jayden White
                                                                            Jayden White  2 days back

                                                                            Those weren't Chads. Those were Kyles.

                                                                            • Robert McGarry
                                                                              Robert McGarry  2 days back

                                                                              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.

                                                                              • Garrett
                                                                                Garrett  2 days back

                                                                                Omg can you stop saying holy shit so much

                                                                                • Daniel Allen
                                                                                  Daniel Allen  2 days back

                                                                                  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.

                                                                                  • CybershamanX
                                                                                    CybershamanX  2 days back

                                                                                    (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.

                                                                                    • Dre Franks
                                                                                      Dre Franks  2 days back

                                                                                      Uhh... my name is dre..

                                                                                      • Dre Franks
                                                                                        Dre Franks  2 days back

                                                                                        And not like “Andre”... just.. Dre..

                                                                                    • Velvet Fog
                                                                                      Velvet Fog  2 days back

                                                                                      Honestly, who down votes any of these fantastic episodes?

                                                                                      • chding zuure
                                                                                        chding zuure  2 days back

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

                                                                                        • gary gerard
                                                                                          gary gerard  2 days back

                                                                                          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

                                                                                          • Lyric Frogue
                                                                                            Lyric Frogue  2 days back

                                                                                            Response to @3:58
                                                                                            Ehhhhhh mostly accurate
                                                                                            Sparkling absolutely not.
                                                                                            Horny? ...yea..

                                                                                          • Conner Wolf
                                                                                            Conner Wolf  2 days back

                                                                                            How about an episode about who else you're going to be voting for on election day?

                                                                                            • Will Rhodes
                                                                                              Will Rhodes  2 days back

                                                                                              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.