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By Bev Harris

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

What she realized used to be that modern day balloting platforms are run by way of deepest for-profit agencies, depend on a couple of cronies for oversight, utilizing a certification approach so essentially wrong that it permits machines to miscount and lose votes, with hidden again doorways that let ''end runs'' round the balloting procedure. discover why your vote will possibly not count number -- and what to do approximately it!

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70 What is a memory card? It’s a ballot box. Electronic ballot boxes for the Diebold machines used in Georgia are about the size of a credit card. With the new electronic voting systems, you can pocket a dozen ballot boxes at once, slip one up your sleeve or tote 67 ballot boxes around in your purse. An interesting (and suspicious) anomaly appeared with these missing electronic ballot boxes. I interviewed a Georgia computer programmer named Roxanne Jekot for this book. When Jekot quizzed Dr. Brit Williams, official voting machine certifier for the state of Georgia, during an August 22, 2003, public meeting, Williams explained that the memory cards were not lost, but had inadvertently been left in the machines.

One way to deter this tampering, or detect it, is to audit the paper ballots against the totals. ” Visit any computer forum on the Internet, and you’ll find that programmers can think up back doors faster than anyone can figure out how to test for them. I spoke with sources who had worked for voting-machine companies and who came up with one method after the next. Here are some of their ideas: Create a program that checks the computer’s date and time function, activating when the election is scheduled to begin, doing its work, and then self-destructing when the election is over.

Create a dummy ballot using a special configuration of “votes” that launches a program when put through the machine. Quite diabolical, actually: You rig the election by casting a vote! You could extend this to all machines using the same software by embedding the program in the “ender card,” which is run through some systems to close the election. Create a replacement set of votes, embed them on a chip, and arrange for someone with access to substitute the chip after the election. Chip replacement took place in the 2002 general election in Scurry County, Texas.

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