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Default settings in Mahoning County Ohio

Default settings in Mahoning County
by Richard Hayes Phillips, Ph.D.
December 23, 2004

-snip-
A disturbing story has been widely circulated that a vote for Bush
was the default choice in the software of electronic voting machines
in a number of states. By definition, default settings are built-
in by the manufacturer to make sure their programs work properly,
and can be changed by the user. Some examples of default settings
on a home computer are screen savers, type face, and screen resolution.

According an article by Ann Harrison, posted at
http://www.counterpunch.org/harrison12082004.html

in certain counties in Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas, and New
Mexico where touch screen voting machines were used, there have been
complaints from voters who selected Kerry on the touch screen and
saw their votes change to Bush on a summary screen. In addition,
there was a specific problem with the Sequoia AVC Edge machine (not
used in Ohio) where voters actually saw preselected default choices
presented to them.

With touch screen machines, it is possible to set up a default
choice for Bush that would not be seen by the voters. Their votes
would be automatically cast for Bush unless they successfully
overrode the default choice of the computer. Likewise, if they
deliberately chose not to vote for president, their votes would be
counted for Bush.

Mahoning County was by far the largest county in Ohio where touch
screen voting machines were utilized. According to a report by the
Youngstown Vindicator at
http://www.vindy.com/basic/news/281829446390855.php

-snip-
Mahoning County utilized ES&S Ivotronic touch screen machines. The
administrative password for these machines was reported on the ES&S website itself.

By default, the password is 1111. According to
http://savethevote.com/issues/glitches.htm this password cannot be
modified easily, which would mean that anyone who knows the password
could change other default settings on the machines.



Link:
http://www.freepress.org/departments/display/19/2004/10...

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