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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Comments • 8 374

  • Chandler Hughes
    Chandler Hughes  3 hours 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  5 hours back

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

      • UberKrassMann
        UberKrassMann  6 hours 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  8 hours back

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

          • Apfel Stapfen
            Apfel Stapfen  8 hours 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  9 hours back

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

              • Jayden White
                Jayden White  9 hours back

                Those weren't Chads. Those were Kyles.

                • Robert McGarry
                  Robert McGarry  9 hours 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  10 hours back

                    Omg can you stop saying holy shit so much

                    • Daniel Allen
                      Daniel Allen  11 hours 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  11 hours 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  11 hours back

                          Uhh... my name is dre..

                          • Dre Franks
                            Dre Franks  11 hours back

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

                        • Velvet Fog
                          Velvet Fog  13 hours back

                          Honestly, who down votes any of these fantastic episodes?

                          • chding zuure
                            chding zuure  13 hours 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  14 hours 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  18 hours back

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

                              • Conner Wolf
                                Conner Wolf  19 hours back

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

                                • Will Rhodes
                                  Will Rhodes  20 hours 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.

                                  • Corvus Crump
                                    Corvus Crump  21 hours back

                                    4 things, Russians are good at drinking potatoes

                                    • Seth Larcomb
                                      Seth Larcomb  22 hours back

                                      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.

                                      • Poke Emblem
                                        Poke Emblem  23 hours back


                                        • Makayla Musgrove
                                          Makayla Musgrove  23 hours back

                                          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?

                                          • James Graves
                                            James Graves  1 days back

                                            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.

                                            • Gwen Walravens
                                              Gwen Walravens  1 days back

                                              It would be funny if Putin won the 2020 elections. ^^ Make it happen Russia.

                                              • Scott Jewett
                                                Scott Jewett  1 days back

                                                Wow. I've danced better than Sean Spicer to that Spice Girls song. In public, no less.

                                                • Zoe Bueche
                                                  Zoe Bueche  1 days back

                                                  What if didnt vote as a silent movement 💁

                                                  • rouge1ful
                                                    rouge1ful  21 hours back

                                                    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.

                                                • Jack Perez
                                                  Jack Perez  1 days back

                                                  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.

                                                  • Stephen2462
                                                    Stephen2462  1 days back

                                                    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.

                                                • beedsj roiue
                                                  beedsj roiue  1 days back

                                                  A computer to computer connection with a modem is not "the internet", though.

                                                  • Aelund
                                                    Aelund  1 days back

                                                    Funnily enough, I am russian and I watch this show. Thank you, comrade Oliver. This information will be very useful.

                                                    • Papa Alpha Oscar
                                                      Papa Alpha Oscar  1 days back

                                                      DRE - Digital Rectal Exam. Same same. LOL!

                                                      • Arazand
                                                        Arazand  1 days back

                                                        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".

                                                        • beedsj roiue
                                                          beedsj roiue  1 days back

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

                                                      • Vinay Veerapur
                                                        Vinay Veerapur  1 days back

                                                        Learn From Indian Election system. You guys are just stupid.

                                                        • Andrea Attard
                                                          Andrea Attard  1 days back

                                                          John predicted Sean Spicer being eliminated from Dancing with the Stars.

                                                          • ServentForAnubis
                                                            ServentForAnubis  1 days back

                                                            Go ahead and explain how my vote matters with this system in place.

                                                            • Hammond
                                                              Hammond  1 days back

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

                                                              • thatdapperfellow
                                                                thatdapperfellow  1 days back

                                                                Is that Anna Kendrick?

                                                                • Leah Nidy
                                                                  Leah Nidy  2 days back

                                                                  We are all horny, sparkly, drug addicts.

                                                                  • Michael Hansen
                                                                    Michael Hansen  2 days back

                                                                    Should have interviewed Dr. Matt Blaze

                                                                    • Michael Hansen
                                                                      Michael Hansen  2 days back

                                                                      "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.)

                                                                      • BEEFUS PEOPLE USA
                                                                        BEEFUS PEOPLE USA  2 days back

                                                                        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.

                                                                        • wookie5689
                                                                          wookie5689  2 days back

                                                                          The republicans (Senate) don't want to fix it. They corrupted the machine, they corrupted the political landscape, they corrupted America. Why fix it when it risk losing their job, money and reputation.

                                                                          • wookie5689
                                                                            wookie5689  2 days back

                                                                            Ladies and Gentlemen,

                                                                            the current shamble political environment is due to your Boomers' politicians making. Always remember that.

                                                                            • Claire de lune
                                                                              Claire de lune  2 days back

                                                                              12:31 wow, can't believe Stan Stanart is Doug Dimmadome, owner of the Dimmsdale Dimmadome, without the ten gallon hat

                                                                              • Rick Nance
                                                                                Rick Nance  2 days back

                                                                                hand counted by registered volunteers

                                                                                • Ampheta.miner Cometh
                                                                                  Ampheta.miner Cometh  2 days back

                                                                                  That Jill Stein bit was absolutely unnecessary.

                                                                                  • Rick Roberts
                                                                                    Rick Roberts  2 days back

                                                                                    "He brought the log, she brought the cabin."

                                                                                    Yeah, I'm done for the day internet. Thank you.

                                                                                    • Luis D.
                                                                                      Luis D.  7 hours back

                                                                                      foopyu you’re an E thot. Your opinions don’t matter.

                                                                                    • foopyu nooui
                                                                                      foopyu nooui  2 days back

                                                                                      yes euphoria is accurate about a lot of teens

                                                                                  • Vignesh Balasubramaniam

                                                                                    I find it hilarious how stupid John Oliver is about technology. Your Amazon Echo is not actively recording 24/7 and sending that audio feed to Amazon. Even with the massive computing power that AWS has available to it, that amount of data would be incomprehensible. The listening for the "Hey Alexa" hotword is done _locally_ . After the Echo device has identified your hotword, _then_ all words subsequently spoken will be sent to Amazon for processing in order to understand what you said. This applies to the Google Home as well. Please stop spreading conspiracy theories John Oliver. You're better than this.

                                                                                    • foopyu nooui
                                                                                      foopyu nooui  2 days back

                                                                                      of the vote counting process. So why the fuck would you bother with technology while little pieces of paper work ?

                                                                                  • Nojoe365
                                                                                    Nojoe365  2 days back

                                                                                    12:23 Hey, it's doug dimmadome, owner of the dimmsdale dimmadome.