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Black Box Voting: Ballot Tampering in the 21st Century by Bev Harris

By Bev Harris

Writer Bev Harris is the 52-year outdated grandma who discovered 40,000 mystery vote casting computing device documents on the net, that have now been studied via machine scientists around the world. ''Black field Voting'' is the ebook that resulted from her investigations into the balloting undefined.

What she discovered used to be that modern day balloting platforms are run through inner most for-profit organizations, depend on a number of cronies for oversight, utilizing a certification method so essentially fallacious that it permits machines to miscount and lose votes, with hidden again doorways that allow ''end runs'' round the balloting procedure. discover why your vote would possibly not count number -- and what to do approximately it!

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8 million. 8 Amid these commissions, hope-filled envelopes, job offers and former bosses-turned-regulatees, some election officials don’t seem to welcome input from scientists like Dr. David Dill, the Stanford computer professor who wrote, “... ” Dill urged a more prudent voting system, and his “Resolution on Electronic Voting” 9 garnered 1,212 endorsements by technologists. No comparable group of computer scientists — in fact, no technology group at all — has embraced paperless voting. It’s not just the quantity of computer experts who endorsed this demand for a voter-verifiable audit ballot that is impressive, but the quality of their expertise.

By the way, people who have worked around touch screens know that rubbing them can screw them up big time. And almost everyone who works on computers knows that strong magnets and magnetic storage don’t mix. Accidentally put a few bugs in the software. Software engineering is like writing music or creating a painting. It is inspired, sometimes in the middle of the night, and in the wee hours things slip past the best of them. Sometimes engineers just don’t catch bugs in the code. Or perhaps, a programmer plays with bugs for a hobby… Bugs in the Code Voting-machine source code apparently has turned into the digital equivalent of “The Blob,” with such massive code, around a million lines long, that no one really catches all the bugs.

Optical-scan votes are vulnerable when transferred by modem or, by cell phone, as happened in Marin County, California, during the recall election on Oct. 7, 2003. 4 Another way to compromise an optical-scan system is to attack the program that accumulates the votes from the polling place. One way to do this would be to enable a double set of books. org Black Box Voting © 2004 Bev Harris • To order bookstore version ask for: ISBN 1-890916-90-0 Cyber-Boss Tweed 43 the totals but keep the detail intact in case of spot checks.

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