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September 01, 2004

Vote by Absentee Ballot

That's it, I am no longer trusting Diebold election machines with my vote. I've used the machines twice now, but there's no fucking way I'm going to risk the manipulation of my vote in the general election. Doesn't matter that Georgia is going to Bush, that my vote won't belong to the majority. What matters to me is that it's counted correctly. It's not that I really believe that the election, at least in this state, would be fixed - it's that it could.

I've written before about Bev Harris (here and here). The latest major, gaping security hole, as pointed out by Harris at Black Box Voting:

Issue: Manipulation technique found in the Diebold central tabulator -- 1,000 of these systems are in place, and they count up to two million votes at a time.

By entering a 2-digit code in a hidden location, a second set of votes is created. This set of votes can be changed, so that it no longer matches the correct votes. The voting system will then read the totals from the bogus vote set. It takes only seconds to change the votes, and to date not a single location in the U.S. has implemented security measures to fully mitigate the risks.

This program is not "stupidity" or sloppiness. It was designed and tested over a series of a dozen version adjustments.

In another post, Harris notes that there are unusual items on Diebold financial ledgers, the most interesting of which is a payment of approximately $144,000 to Georgia Lottery Services, Inc., an entity which apparently has nothing to do with the Georgia Lottery.

Yours, &c., LC | 04:39 PM | Politics | TrackBack (0)

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