Re: Re: SB 1376 passes senate...

From: Joseph Lorenzo Hall <joehall_at_gmail_dot_com>
Date: Mon Aug 30 2004 - 21:47:04 CDT

On Thu, 19 Aug 2004 21:55:03 -0700, Steve Chessin <> wrote:
> As I read it, every machine you tamper with is considered an act:
> (5) Knowingly, and without authorization, inserts or causes the
> insertion of uncertified hardware, software, or firmware, for
> whatever purpose, into any voting machine, voting device, voting
> system, vote tabulating device, or ballot tally software.
> For example, Santa Clara County has about 5000 voting machines, which
> would put the total fine to $250M. (If you just corrupt the central
> tallying machine, then that's "just" a $50K fine, but that would be
> easily detectable by adding up all the precinct results by adding
> machine and comparing that to the county total.)

I was just looking over the fines in SB 1376 (as enrolled) and
remembered this email. If "tampering" involves an unauthorized change
of hardware, software or firmware, the damages become $10k per

That would be: $50k for the incident, $10k per machine (19214.5(a)(1)).
For Santa Clara County, this would mean $50.05 million.

Joseph Lorenzo Hall
UC Berkeley, SIMS PhD Student
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