Do you all happen to remember any details about election night in
I was working as a roving troubleshooter for the Wayne County (Ohio) Board of Elections all that day, and well into the night. While all of you were watching the results come in, I was preoccupied in a back room at the central election hub of a little podunk Ohio county. If you have good memories you may recall that the networks all had Ohio “too close to call”, but one county’s results were not yet available, and those results could tip the scales. Finally the rest of the country was pretty well decided, but everyone was still waiting on Ohio. CNN was calling. The governor was calling. Bush was calling. Gore was calling. And why were those results not available yet? Well, that’s a closely guarded secret…
You know those movie scenes where the computer wiz has 20 seconds to hack the system and shut down the ticking time bomb? That’s exactly what it felt like in that little back room, working feverishly on an air gapped computer to rectify the situation. The only tools I was allowed to use were MSDOS, Edlin, Notepad, and a keyboard. I worked for several hours, with a dozen anxious people breathing down my neck. I had no idea that the outcome of the election literally hung in the balance (hanging chads notwithstanding). Finally, I believe just a few minutes after midnight, probably with only a split second to spare before total annihilation, success! Printed reports were rushed to the growing crowd of reporters waiting outside. It was just enough to declare Bush the winner in Ohio, and that put him over the top in electoral votes.
This is a true story. My friends, the
20002004(see comments) election really was “hacked”, but not by the Russians. And I assure you, there was nothing nefarious about it.