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garybeck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-03-08 04:29 PM
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13. thanks, that's interesting, but....
the article doesn't say what they did in the test. did they just feed the ballots in and make sure the NUMBER of ballots were counted right? or were they able to verify that the actual votes for candidates on or near the ovals were acutally registering as votes?

it is very easy to conduct the first test, even during an election. on the diebold OS, you can see the total number of ballots right on the machine and you can verify that it's increasing with each ballot.

however you can't see if any particular races are registering votes. in other words you can't tell if the vote on or near the crease is actually being tallied. for that you'd have to take the machine out of the election (and since the article was written on 10/30 it's unclear if there was early voting going on, or if they were just preparing for the election). then you'd have to feed in a known number of ballots with known votes, conducting a "mock" election and then verifying the results.

If I can find the time on Wednesday I'll try to give a call up there and see exactly what they did.

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