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I’m In Ur Voting Booth, Stealin’ Ur Elections
Posted by: Dale Franks on Friday, August 22, 2008

Diebold is no longer with us, of course. In name, at least. They're now Premier Election Solutions. Although it now appears that the terms "premier" and "solutions" are exaggerations. Indeed, the term "election" is looking a bit iffy.
A voting system used in 34 states contains a critical programming error that can cause votes to be dropped while being electronically transferred from memory cards to a central tallying point, the manufacturer acknowledges.

The problem was identified after complaints from Ohio elections officials following the March primary there, but the logic error that is the root of the problem has been part of the software for 10 years, said Chris Riggall, a spokesman for Premier Election Solutions, formerly known as Diebold.

The flawed software is on both touch screen and optical scan voting machines made by Premier and the problem with vote counts is most likely to affect larger jurisdictions that feed many memory cards to a central counting database rapidly.
But, PES says not to worry.
Riggall said he was "confident" that elections officials through the years would have realized votes had been dropped when they crosschecked their tallies to certify final elections results and would have reloaded cards so as not to lose votes. Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner has said no Ohio votes were lost because the nine Ohio counties that found the problem caught it before primary results were finalized.
Ah. There's a workaround.


That's certainly set my mind at ease about one or two things.
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The lefties have been screaming about these people for years. And if it wasn’t them, it would be someone else. It’s a terrible idea to have a voting machine more complicated than, say, a printing press unless the software is entirely open-source. It’s just begging for shenanigans.

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As a former programmer and data analyst, I’ve long been troubled by these machines. I dredged through hundreds of thousands of lines of code for Y2k and I can tell you that it would be a simple task to bury something fishy in the code that wouldn’t appear during user acceptance testing. In fact, since some of these electronic voting machines do not keep a paper tally of the votes entered, we’re left with nothing but a "trust us" black hole of votes.
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Dale, I’ve seen a picture of you, and I am afraid that I must inform you that you are not allowed to speak in LOLcat... :)
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"All you votes are belong to us."
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You have no chance to win the election, make your time.
For great Justice (and AlGore).
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Dale, I’ve seen a picture of you, and I am afraid that I must inform you that you are not allowed to speak in LOLcat... :)
Why not?
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