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Steve A Play Donating Member (638 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-21-06 04:34 AM
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26. Diebold uses executable code on the memory card
Harri just replaced their code with his own to make the machine do what he wanted it to do. As far as the Zero Total Report is concerned, the way the system was designed allows you to count negative votes! All you need to do is place an equal amount of negative votes for the candidate you want to lose with the positive amount of votes your candidate starts out with and presto! Plus ten votes for candidate 'B' added to minus 10 votes for candidate 'K' equals '0' votes total in the machine at the start of the election!

Another problem is the fact that the machines are tested in a special 'test' mode! :crazy:

You run a 'test deck' through the machine where you know in advance what the totals are for each race and then you compare the total reports against the known numbers from the test deck. Easy! If they match, you set the machine into 'election mode' and conduct your election.

The obvious problem there is that any 'script kiddie' could write a routine that does one thing in test mode and quite another in election mode! Why they don't just test the machines in 'election' mode to see if it counts properly in an election and then reset the machine to zero is beyond me.

Steven P. :kick:

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