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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  • D&D Person
    D&D Person

    In France you just check the box of the person that you want, put it in a box, and then it’s done.

  • Manolo Campos
    Manolo Campos

    Maybe the voting machines could be more secure if they used Nord vpn


    If you think using a few DRE machines is unreliable, what about using 100% DRE machines? That's how it is in Brazil, but don't worry, the government assures that that is the best and safest way to vote.

  • betaneptune

    No, John. That connection that Stan Stanart mentions at <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="775">12:55</a> is not necessarily on the internet. There are things called private lines that companies use to facilitate off-internet secure transmission. I've even used such things at my last three jobs. Sounds like that was what this guy was describing. Please ask your crack research team to investigate, and if I'm right, issue a retraction and offer Mr. Stanart an apology. OK. (^_^(

  • Eff dees
    Eff dees

    The US seems to be a perfect chaos or chaotic perfection.😅

  • Eff dees
    Eff dees

    In Germany actually every citizen has the right to attend the counting of the votes in his district directly after the election.

  • Maria Maoh
    Maria Maoh

    Mhm .. is there a way to check if my vote was registered? There should be, shouldnt it?

  • Zackary Strange
    Zackary Strange

    John: So I need a budget but enough for- HBO: Oh god what.... John:. A bar of solid gold HBO: Oh thank goodness....

  • MrRaizada

    And they curse Indian voting machines. US does not even have a paper trail verification in 2020... weird.

  • Mari M
    Mari M

    Teenager here: Euphoria isn't accurate for most teens in terms of all the sex, drug use, etc. But it is accurate with the awkwardness, the conversations, the mental health. Those all make it relatable and nice to watch, because it's like they "get it".

  • EVA Unicorn
    EVA Unicorn

    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.

  • AnantaSesaDas

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

  • WagRhodes13


  • Kelly Stephenson
    Kelly Stephenson

    Putin....joking(but not reall).

  • Eric

    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.

  • Randomly British
    Randomly British

    What's wrong with a pencil and paper with people who count them?

  • Adinsxify

    Stan Stanart is for sure a Matt Lucas character!

  • Anna Taylor
    Anna Taylor

    “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.

    • Mike West
      Mike West

      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.

  • Joshua Wolpert
    Joshua Wolpert

    Wait... If pull out one of my teeth I'll get a bj?

  • The Killer Polar Bear
    The Killer Polar Bear

    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 Bear
    The Killer Polar Bear

    Stan talks like Gideon from gravity falls and I don't know how to feel about that

  • KingQwertzlbrmpf

    "Reverse cowgirl is the best sex position because it gave us Abraham Lincoln."

  • BrosBrothersLP

    Just use freaking paper

  • John Creasy01
    John Creasy01

    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?

  • Michelle W
    Michelle W

    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 W
    Michelle W

    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*.

  • Dominic Rossetti
    Dominic Rossetti

    <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.

  • Chigurh 4
    Chigurh 4

    Making a cross on a piece of paper seems to be very difficult in america.

  • Khelthrai Hellbane
    Khelthrai Hellbane

    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.

  • Aelanna64

    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.

  • Gary Wagers
    Gary Wagers

    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.

  • Spencer Riggins
    Spencer Riggins

    The thing is security for these could be incredibly simple, it’s just that lazy practices cause problems

  • Lucid Insanity
    Lucid Insanity

    Hand-counted, paper ballots can't be hacked. Fuck the trees...

  • Evan Is our boy
    Evan Is our boy

    to clafiy no some of us are horny sparkly drug addicts but most of us are horny or spakly or drug addicts

  • Ray Bin
    Ray Bin

    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!

  • John Gedric Tudio
    John Gedric Tudio

    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.

  • Fredrik Dunge
    Fredrik Dunge

    <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

  • ScootyPuffSr7

    <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.

  • Cordelia Scales
    Cordelia Scales

    Shonda Rhimes' Scandal anyone?

  • Tarek Adam
    Tarek Adam

    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.

  • LiF Dsoul
    LiF Dsoul

    I love when trump isn't wrong. It's really something special

  • Akihiro Hakim Hayashi
    Akihiro Hakim Hayashi

    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.

  • john bado
    john bado

    Poor DRE machines taking all this hate

  • Wabba Dabba
    Wabba Dabba

    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.

  • DrakeWurrum

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

  • Olga Sergeyeva
    Olga Sergeyeva

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

  • Nilstrieb

    Fuck electronic voting. Paper voting 4 ever.

  • avedic


  • James Rodriguez
    James Rodriguez

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

  • Rose Easton
    Rose Easton

    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.

  • Emerald Aly
    Emerald Aly

    No Dr Dre joke for the DRE machines? Too obvious?

  • Emerald Aly
    Emerald Aly

    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.

  • Damon Birch
    Damon Birch

    If you have electronic voting you are not a democracy

  • Sonny Bimbo
    Sonny Bimbo

    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.

  • Marty Schrader
    Marty Schrader

    No, modems hooking up to a separated, secure server is *NOT* using the Internet.

  • Solarstan of YouTube
    Solarstan of YouTube

    Someone once got a us voting machine to play doom

  • Ivy S
    Ivy S

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

  • Jew Shirls
    Jew Shirls

    Every Voter counts!

  • Omar Comin
    Omar Comin

  • federica_lm

    Can someone explain to me the Abraham Lincoln joke?

  • Pablo U
    Pablo U

    Blockchain voting.

  • Maxajax

    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.

  • Andy Harris
    Andy Harris

    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.

  • Mohan Kumar M
    Mohan Kumar M

    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.

  • Enlightened Dystopian
    Enlightened Dystopian

    <a href="#" class="seekto" data-time="236">3:56</a> In my town, yes

  • victor hoang
    victor hoang

    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.

  • mc2w

    <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.

  • Rob

    Season 1 John was funny what happened

  • meetpoorfor crowinsfo
    meetpoorfor crowinsfo

    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!

  • Jason Marston
    Jason Marston

    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.

  • Logan Briar
    Logan Briar

    I mean... yeah we’re all horny drug addicts but the sparkly part I’m still unsure about

  • T.J. Reynosa
    T.J. Reynosa

    Pleased kill, because you are single handling tieing the knose.

    • T.J. Reynosa
      T.J. Reynosa

      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. Reynosa
      T.J. Reynosa

      But The Herity of America never matter to foreign freedoms, as long ad the heredity heres never got their fair share.

    • T.J. Reynosa
      T.J. Reynosa

      22. Covid 19 thats 1.3 percent to hundred now

    • T.J. Reynosa
      T.J. Reynosa

      What about Native Americans?, we are the skid mark of America?

    • T.J. Reynosa
      T.J. Reynosa

      I never wanted to kill myself with this commentary

  • T.J. Reynosa
    T.J. Reynosa

    You were never funny, Being back Ferguson.

  • Daniel Lentz
    Daniel Lentz

    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.

  • philou425

    The dnc is rigging the election not Putin!

  • CU JK
    CU JK

    No trump joke?

  • Braden Scott
    Braden Scott

    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.


    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.

  • MatMadik

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

  • Anakin Skywalker
    Anakin Skywalker

    in feudalism it's your count that votes, in democracy it's your vote that counts.