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riqster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-20-06 02:07 PM
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16. Sorry about that
Diebold is using a definition of "executable code" that is excessively narrow. What they claim is that the 'template' doesn't qualify as executable without being placed in the scanner or the tabulator-that only PART of the required code to execute is on the card, IOW. Sort of like saying that a nuclear bomb isn't a bomb unless it has been armed and is ready to drop. Disingenuous IMHO. To the vast majority of IT types, what is there is executable.

As to the adding votes to a particular candidate-One could add votes prior to an election, SUBTRACT votes prior to the election, (depending on how the zero count routine is written, a negative number might not get picked up-it is easy to write something like "If VoteCount >0, make VoteCount =0" which wouldn't pick up this fraud. Say we started John Kerry with -200 votes and Dubya with zero, let's say. That would spot Bush 200 votes, just on that one device), or embed some additional logic into the card to assign X% of votes cast to candidate A when the election is closed; every third vote for Candidate B would be switched to Candidate A; or lots of other tricks.

I don't know about every hack that HArri did, but if you'll get me a report, I can explain them more precisely.
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