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FreePress: Ohio Passwords on Web - 'anyone' could rig votes for B*
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Default settings in Mahoning County Ohio

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

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

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

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 this password cannot be
modified easily, which would mean that anyone who knows the password
could change other default settings on the machines.


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  -FreePress: Ohio Passwords on Web - 'anyone' could rig votes for B* dzika  Dec-23-04 12:30 AM   #0 
  - Oh. My. God.  treading_water   Dec-23-04 12:37 AM   #1 
  - Didn't John Conyers say that  dzika   Dec-23-04 12:43 AM   #4 
     - They built into this scam a certain margin of deniability  Dancing_Dave   Dec-23-04 01:38 AM   #8 
        - "hid the fraud behind chaos"  anamandujano   Dec-23-04 02:04 AM   #12 
        - their theme, anamandujano, and the media responds the same each time  faithnotgreed   Dec-23-04 03:11 AM   #16 
        - I think Rove did himself in  Goldeneye   Dec-23-04 06:47 AM   #18 
  - You got to know there was fraud from this last election.  cat_girl25   Dec-23-04 12:39 AM   #2 
  - Hi catgirl: that avatar pic is so sweet... is she one of the  kk897   Dec-23-04 11:06 AM   #23 
     - That is me when I was a kid.  cat_girl25   Dec-23-04 01:05 PM   #26 
        - awwwww.... n/t  kk897   Dec-23-04 01:20 PM   #27 
  - wow.  rumpel   Dec-23-04 12:40 AM   #3 
  - they hack is too easy.,...  Brundle_Fly   Dec-23-04 01:09 AM   #5 
  - Kick. I'm trying to laugh at the grotesque corruption at every turn...n/t  JohnOneillsMemory   Dec-23-04 01:29 AM   #6 
  - Ha, I Say. Ha, Ha!  cryingshame   Dec-23-04 07:16 AM   #20 
  - Unbelievable . . .  merh   Dec-23-04 01:35 AM   #7 
  - I just checked my chart for CA  rumpel   Dec-23-04 01:46 AM   #9 
  - I notice that...  dzika   Dec-23-04 01:51 AM   #10 
  - B had more votes in all counties than the repub senator candidate,  rumpel   Dec-23-04 01:59 AM   #11 
  - this is what happened in NV, on the new Sequoias in rural  NVMojo   Dec-23-04 04:20 PM   #29 
  - here ya go....  Viva_La_Revolution   Dec-23-04 08:38 AM   #21 
  - Really interesting - glad to see you are working on CA since there was  IndyOp   Dec-23-04 11:26 AM   #24 
  - People who voted for Boxer sometimes chose * over Kerry???  bleever   Dec-23-04 11:49 AM   #25 
  - Sorry, had to leave. I would like to post the chart.Even though  rumpel   Dec-23-04 10:56 PM   #31 
  - Since they espouse the death penalty, it is only fitting that they get it.  The Judged   Dec-23-04 02:07 AM   #13 
  - So, even if as Blackwell proposed  Carolab   Dec-23-04 02:10 AM   #14 
  - disturbing  suffragette   Dec-23-04 02:11 AM   #15 
  - How come every single voting problem benefits Bush?  njdemocrat106   Dec-23-04 03:12 AM   #17 
  - Because you cheat to win n/t  fasttense   Dec-23-04 07:03 AM   #19 
  - Oh, I'm sure they were just trying to help!  IndyPriest   Dec-23-04 09:39 AM   #22 
  - Election fraud needs to be reframed as 'HOMELAND CYBERSECURITY'  AirAmFan   Dec-23-04 02:17 PM   #28 
  - Password way too weak  Danish Reporter   Dec-23-04 05:45 PM   #30 

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