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By John Gideon on 3/30/2009 4:25pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

After this Wednesday evening’s “Daily Voting News” we will be taking a well-deserved hiatus to attend a conference. DVN will resume on Sunday evening....

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By John Gideon on 3/29/2009 4:24pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

“Our voting machines cannot be hacked.” “Our voting system is not hooked up to the Internet so it is secure.” We hear this time and time again from the vendors and from election officials. Yet if it uses computers and they use software they can be hacked. Our ‘Featured’ article is another story of computer systems being looted by bad actors. Who could believe that our voting systems are not vulnerable and ripe for manipulation by the same types?...

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By John Gideon on 3/27/2009 4:16pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

As reported in today’s ‘Featured’ article the EAC has finally posted the transcription of their hearing from Feb 26 and 27. This is the hearing in which CIA cybersecurity expert, Steven Stigall said, “I follow the vote. And wherever the vote becomes an electron and touches a computer, that's an opportunity for a malicious actor potentially to...make bad things happen,”...

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By John Gideon on 3/26/2009 4:25pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

Today’s ‘Featured’ article [PDF] begins, “Florida’s Department of State is proposing a few strategically placed words that would gut Florida Statute 104.29, a brief but powerful law that currently offers Florida citizens their greatest protection for election observation. The altered language is buried on page 61 of a 68-page elections bill1 still in draft form, which, as soon as it is finalized, will be presented to the State Legislature for approval.

Also ‘Featured’ are two press releases (here and here) from Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney’s website with regards to new legislation that will help military and overseas voters.

Correction: In this space yesterday I inferred that Humboldt Co had made the decision to move from Premier/Diebold to another vendor based on the problems encountered by the county in the Nov. 2008 elections. In fact the decision to change vendors had been made before that election....

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By John Gideon on 3/25/2009 4:21pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

According to our ‘Featured’ article Premier/Diebold has lost a customer for their voting system in Humboldt Co. California due to their admissions that the system used in that county loses votes under certain circumstances and that history of actions on the voting machines can be deleted from the internal audit file. The county has already made the decision to switch to another vendor for their voting system but they still use and pay annual fees for a Premier provided voter registration system. They did still use it anyway. In an apparent attempt to punish Humboldt Co a vindictive Premier has given the county a 90 day warning and a list of software and hardware that they want returned. Hopefully the county’s attorneys will take some action.

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By John Gideon on 3/24/2009 4:23pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

In our ‘Featured’ article Greg Gordon of McClatchy News reports on a presentation given during an Election Assistance Commission hearing last month. The presentation was given by a CIA analyst concerning the use of electronic voting machines in foreign elections and the concerns about the machines’ vulnerability to tampering. The official said at one point in his presentation, “"You heard the old adage 'follow the money’. I follow the vote. And wherever the vote becomes an electron and touches a computer, that's an opportunity for a malicious actor potentially to . . . make bad things happen."...

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By John Gideon on 3/23/2009 4:17pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

We are still waiting on a court ruling from Minnesota. In the meantime here is a mixed-bag of voting news articles. ...

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By John Gideon on 3/22/2009 4:01pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

The summary of this weekend’s “Featured Article” says:

We live in a world of complex computerized systems --- medical equipment such as MRIs and CAT scans; flight control software; an automotive fuel injection system; the databases that store, retrieve, and collate data. All these systems undergo stringent testing.

The primary purpose of any testing of computerized systems is to show either that the system works as designed or that it doesn’t. If the system does not work as designed, then the test results are expected to provide information on the nature, and perhaps the cause, of the defective behavior.

Using these criteria, this report evaluates one specific test --- a test designed to confirm or refute that a specific computerized vote-counting system meets the accuracy level required by federal law. The details that follow contain many numbers and many technical details, but the discussion centers on a single, simple question: did the test, which was approved by the federal agency tasked with certifying voting equipment, provide evidence that the accuracy requirement was met, or did the test provide evidence that the accuracy requirement was not met?

As the author demonstrates in this specific instance, the answer is: the test provided neither. The test, which was designed by a federally-accredited test lab for the sole purpose of testing the accuracy of the vote-counting equipment, cannot prove whether or not the system accurately counts votes, nor can the test yield any measure of the accuracy rate.

The author wants the reader to understand that such testing provides false assurance that a federally-certified vote-counting machine meets the accuracy requirements of federal law.

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By John Gideon on 3/20/2009 4:52pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

A group of election officials in Clay Co Kentucky were arrested over the past few days for election rigging schemes that have taken place over the past few years. One of the schemes they used was to instruct some voters that when they finished on the ES&S iVotronic touch-screen machines they were to only push the “Vote” button once. The unsuspecting voter would then leave the booth and crooked poll workers would enter the booth with the last voter’s ballot still in “Review” mode. The poll workers would then select the names of candidates who had paid for the service and finalize the ballot. The FBI and DoJ should have a fun time with this one. ...

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By John Gideon on 3/19/2009 4:19pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

More bad news for a voting machine vendor. This time the California Secretary of State’s office has announced that they have settled their lawsuit against ES&S. It was back in 2007 that the state discovered that ES&S had ignored state laws and sold uncertified voting machines to some counties as if they were certified. CA filed a $15 million lawsuit against the company, and now ES&S has agreed to provide $3.2 M to the state’s coffers by way of settling the suit.

Will it make any difference in the long run? Probably not. ES&S will continue their past bad business practices and many of their customers will continue thinking they only have the choice provided by ES&S....

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By John Gideon on 3/18/2009 4:21pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

Yesterday the s**t hit the fan for Diebold/Premier in California and the splatter may be even more widespread than just in California. If you think that is a bit graphic then read the articles from California about the revelations that came from the public hearing held by the Secretary of State, Debra Bowen. One panelist asked Diebold’s western area representative if the company has done anything at all about problems revealed as a result of the Humboldt County Transparency Project.

On the subject of audit logs being wiped with no trace and inaccurate timestamps, Justin Bale could only say “We’re now looking at it as a priority”. Bale also admitted that these problems existed, and have always existed in their software. It was correctly pointed out by Lowell Finley of Bowen’s office that each of these problems should have kept that system from passing testing at both the federal and state levels. Bales tried as best he could to put as much of the blame over onto Humbold Co. Clerk Carolyn Crnich but in the best line of the hearing she shot back, "if you are saying that your system needs to be checked every damn time you turn it on, then I agree with you."...

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By John Gideon on 3/17/2009 4:18pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

Dia duit! [Good day] The Irish government spent 52 million Irish pounds for DRE voting machines made by Nedap a few years ago. This was done over the objections of the minority parties. Since that time computer scientists proved the machines to be dangerously insecure. Instead of scrapping the whole lot the government has put them in warehouses and by the end of this year they will have spent 3.5 million Irish pounds for storage. And to compound the mistakes the government has contracted with those warehouses for leases of 20 to 30 years. I hope we can do better than this.

Today was the public hearing in California to discuss the Premier/Diebold 1.18.19 lost votes. The Secretary of State will decide soon what action she will take. Will she just decertify the system or will she go for the jugular? Slan go foill[Goodbye for now] and Happy St. Patrick’s Day...

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By John Gideon on 3/16/2009 4:31pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

If it wasn’t for VoterID and PhotoID news there wouldn’t be much news at all this evening. There is a bad precedent being set, however, in New York where New York City school council elections are being held over the Internet. The company that has been hired to do this election does it all from programming the system to tallying the votes. It will be interesting to learn how much this election is going to cost per vote. ...

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By John Gideon on 3/15/2009 4:09pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

This weekend finds a short list of articles on varied subjects. I’d like to suggest that all of you read the ‘Featured’ article. It’s amazing how one activist can be so poorly treated by county employees who are clearly concerned that they are going to be found out for what they may be doing. But that’s just my take. You may disagree....

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By John Gideon on 3/13/2009 4:25pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

Yes, two Friday the 13ths in a row. Another unpopular day for the Paraskevadecatriaphobiacs and the Triskaidekaphobiacs out there. This will be the last one until Nov.

The judges in Minnesota now have the Franken-Coleman case as their responsibility. Both candidate’s attorneys presented their closing arguments. ...

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