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2017-02-17. How Space Weather Can Influence Elections on Earth.

posted May 18, 2017, 3:02 PM by Alan Gould
By Becky Ferreira for Motherboard. For GSS Energy Flow chapter 4. Excerpt: The real alien voter fraud is genuinely coming from outside our planet. ...The Sun, which is emphatically not registered to vote, dabbles in casting ballots on Earth, according to a presentation given by Bharat Bhuva, a professor of electrical engineering at Vanderbilt University, on Friday morning at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Boston. Bhuva specializes in assessing the risk of space weather damaging electrical systems on and around Earth, including electronic voting systems. He brought up one instance of a federal election held in the city of Schaerbeek, Belgium in 2003, in which one of the candidates ended up with 4,096 extra votes. "Everything was going fine, but then suddenly, there were an additional 4,000 votes cast [...] People were surprised and asked, 'how did this happen?'" The culprit was not voter fraud or hacked machines. It was most likely a single event upset (SEU), a term describing the fallout of an ionizing particle bouncing off a vulnerable node in the machine's register, causing it to flip a bit, and log the additional votes. The Sun may not have been the direct source of the particle—cosmic rays from outside the solar system are also in the mix—but solar-influenced space weather certainly contributes to these SEUs....  https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/space-weather-cosmic-rays-voting-aaas