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NEWS: Globe poll on Fish Lake hacked by Prosperity Mine supporter

The Tyee reports that, “Supporters of the Tsilhqot’in National Government say their opponents hijacked an online Globe and Mail poll last week about a mine proposal near Williams Lake.”

“‘It appears someone hacked the system to dump thousands of votes in at a time,’ wrote Susan Smitten a filmmaker and executive director of the group Respecting Aboriginal Values and Environmental Needs in an email to supporters. She asked the Globe to investigate what she said appears to be cheating. ‘The reliability of Globe and Mail polls, and your reputation for fairness stand to be tarnished significantly otherwise,’ she wrote. The voting pattern for the ‘yes’ side was too regular to be random and appears to have been done by a bot or other software program, she said. ‘On Friday night [to] early Saturday morning, over the space of perhaps four hours and at what appeared to be a uniform rate per minute of votes, the Yes side…managed [to] rack up more than 3,000 votes.’ That was half as many as they’d received in the previous 70 hours, she said. …Two days later another 3,000 votes were added in a hurry to the ‘yes’ side’s tally, she said. ‘These two surges compare with a total of less than 300 votes that were cast in the intervening 40 plus hours.’”

“A message to the Globe and Mail‘s department responsible for online polls was not immediately answered.”

The Tyee article is at http://thetyee.ca/Blogs/TheHook/BC-Politics/2010/10/26/PollPush/.