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Bill Bored Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-19-10 11:41 PM
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3. How about: ballot text is editable; database records are not?
Edited on Tue Oct-19-10 11:50 PM by Bill Bored
If you enter a candidate's name in GEMS for example, at first the ballot text will automatically match the database record of the name. But after that, the ballot text can be edited with no corresponding change to the database record of the candidate's name. So you could easily have candidate "Whitey" in the database and "Whitney" on the ballot (or vice versa) at the same time (or Bush in the database and Kerry on the ballot for that matter).

Now, this applies to optical scanners as well as DREs, since they are both programmed by GEMS. This is why I don't see what's so attractive about ballot scanners. They are as hackable as touchscreens and rarely does anyone check scanner tallies by counting enough of the paper ballots to prove that this sort of thing, or worse, didn't happen. But I digress.

What's interesting about the case you cite is that it implies that the summary screen of the DRE is using different "ballot text" to represent the candidate's name than the "ballot" itself (although of course both the ballot and the summary are just screens and not paper ballots). I wonder if, instead of the ballot text (which is easily editable), the summary screen uses the database record of the candidate's name (including any typos, abbreviations, etc.). If so, then these DREs may be somewhat more transparent than we've been assuming. For example, you'd have a hard time programming them to switch votes from Kerry to Bush by editing the ballot text without the voters knowing (and there have been cases where this has been reported on summary screens!).

The state of IL also has VVPATs. So the question arises as to what name was printed on them, doesn't it? Does it match the one on the summary screen, or the touchscreen ballot? And how about the names on the poll tapes? Any misspellings there? Presumably, the poll tape has to show the database record name because it's reporting vote tallies for each candidate.
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  -The strange case of the second database table Kelvin Mace  Oct-19-10 06:36 PM   #0 
  - The problem here  notesdev   Oct-19-10 07:28 PM   #1 
  - Well, I am not trying to establish  Kelvin Mace   Oct-19-10 08:51 PM   #2 
     - All we can establish with the facts we have  notesdev   Oct-20-10 12:48 PM   #6 
        - You are preaching to the choir  Kelvin Mace   Oct-20-10 01:28 PM   #7 
           - The evidence is in the method chosen  notesdev   Oct-20-10 02:09 PM   #8 
              - Uh. Speed.  Wilms   Oct-20-10 05:08 PM   #10 
              - That doesn't address the issue  notesdev   Oct-20-10 05:48 PM   #11 
              - You can have paper ballots counted by a scanner without sacrificing integrity? How? nt  Bill Bored   Oct-20-10 07:45 PM   #15 
              - I did address the issue you brought up.  Wilms   Oct-20-10 08:24 PM   #18 
                 - Some people  Kelvin Mace   Oct-21-10 12:21 PM   #23 
                    - Now that's a fair criticism of Election Officials.  Wilms   Oct-21-10 12:42 PM   #25 
              - Agreed  Kelvin Mace   Oct-20-10 07:32 PM   #14 
              - Sorry, I must disagree  Kelvin Mace   Oct-20-10 07:30 PM   #13 
                 - Cabal?  Bill Bored   Oct-20-10 08:00 PM   #16 
                    - There are a lot of problems  Kelvin Mace   Oct-21-10 12:57 PM   #26 
                       - How about this example (consider it a "hybrid case"):  Bill Bored   Oct-22-10 02:46 AM   #30 
                          - What can I say?  Kelvin Mace   Oct-22-10 08:17 AM   #31 
                             - I don't think the system was purchased with those illegal features...  Bill Bored   Oct-23-10 01:16 AM   #34 
  - How about: ballot text is editable; database records are not?  Bill Bored   Oct-19-10 11:41 PM   #3 
  - You and those prickly details, again?  Wilms   Oct-20-10 12:03 AM   #4 
  - In either case  Kelvin Mace   Oct-20-10 07:58 AM   #5 
     - re: "...with proper safeguards, OpScan is the best solution..."  Wilms   Oct-20-10 05:00 PM   #9 
     - Certainly...  Kelvin Mace   Oct-20-10 07:14 PM   #12 
        - Mostly  Wilms   Oct-20-10 08:32 PM   #19 
        - Well  Kelvin Mace   Oct-21-10 12:03 PM   #22 
           - We'll go 'round in circles.  Wilms   Oct-21-10 12:38 PM   #24 
              - I'm kind of not understanding what you are saying here  Kelvin Mace   Oct-21-10 01:04 PM   #27 
                 - He's saying that knowing the source code doesn't protect the vote.  Bill Bored   Oct-22-10 02:19 AM   #28 
                    - That's pretty much my point. Thanks Bill.  Wilms   Oct-25-10 12:23 PM   #36 
        - Not one state does #3, including yours, although NC has made some progress. nt  Bill Bored   Oct-20-10 08:42 PM   #20 
           - Hmmm, I said...  Kelvin Mace   Oct-21-10 11:51 AM   #21 
              - You missed that only ONE contest is audited, and that the expansion of the audit did NOT happen...  Bill Bored   Oct-22-10 02:25 AM   #29 
                 - Ah, now I understand  Kelvin Mace   Oct-22-10 10:57 AM   #32 
                    - AGREED! (And of course Joyce rocks!) nt  Bill Bored   Oct-23-10 01:18 AM   #35 
     - Any system that allows vote switching is NOT the best solution we have.  Bill Bored   Oct-20-10 08:22 PM   #17 
  - you don't give much detail about why HCPB is so impossible.  diva77   Oct-22-10 02:31 PM   #33 
  - Fraud AND Greed  Catbird   Oct-25-10 01:38 PM   #37 
 

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