|Tests Show Voter Fraud Possible|
|Lisa Minter (firstname.lastname@example.org)|
Sat, 4 Jun 2005 19:37:30 -0500
In view of the election results in 2000 and 2004, and various comments|
attributed to officials from Diebold which appeared on the net, this
report from the Tallahassee, Florida Democrat Newspaper seems
important reading. Lisa.
Machines are vulnerable to manipulation
All it takes is the right access.
Get that, and an election worker could manipulate voting results
That was the verdict after Leon County Elections Supervisor Ion Sancho
The group wasn't able to crack the Diebold system from outside the
Sancho said it illustrates the need for tight physical security, as
Black Box Voting, the non-profit that ran the test and published a
But state officials in charge of overseeing elections pooh-poohed the
"Information on a web site is not viable or credible," said Jenny
It went like this:
Sancho figured Leon County's security could withstand just about any
He went to one of the most skeptical -- and vocal -- watchdogs of
She recruited two computer-security experts and made the trip to
Leon County is one of 30 counties in Florida that use Diebold optical
So the task was simple. Get in, tamper with vote numbers, and come out
They made their first attempts from outside the building. No success.
Then, they sat down at the vote-counting computers, the sort of access
They simply went around themm as a computer 'hacker' might do.
After that, the security experts accomplished two things that should
They made 65,000 votes disappear simply by changing the real memory
And, while the software is supposed to create a record whenever
When they were done, they printed the poll tapes. Those are paper
Two tapes, with different results. And the only way to tell the fake
At the bottom, it read, "Is this real? Or is it Memorex?"
"That was troubling," Sancho said.
Leon County more secure?
In Leon County, access to the machines is strictly controlled, limited
Those precautions help prevent any tampering.
"You've got to have security over the individual who's accessing the
The trouble is, not every county is as closely run.
In Volusia County, her group has found what they think was memory-card
Harris said her research turned up memos -- obtained from the
She believes that was an attempt to change the outcome of the
So what does the Department of State say?
Nash, the spokeswoman, said that the Diebold systems were designed to
In other words, not much of a test.
Except that the security experts were given only as much opportunity
As for the exact vulnerabilities that Harris reported -- and Sancho
She added later that Sancho could request help from state certifiers
To read the entire report, visit http://www.BlackBoxVoting.org .
Ion Sancho, supervisor of elections, will post a summary of the test
Copyright 2005 Tallahassee Democrat and other wire service sources.
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