Re: Triad Systems and Ohio Recount

From: Douglas W. Jones <jones_at_cs_dot_uiowa_dot_edu>
Date: Thu Dec 23 2004 - 15:20:16 CST

On Dec 23, 2004, at 2:31 PM, charlie strauss wrote:

> Although its enormously interesting in itself, I'm dont think this
> thread be-fits the OVC-discussion themes. Perhaps a query about the
> potential validity of the Triad claims,

Personally, as I told Wired News, I believe Triad's claims, but
the depositions I have read concerning those claims and the
additional material conveyed to me from journalists about those
claims provides strong reasons to believe that one and probably
several Ohio counties have been insufficiently vigilant about
the security of their tabulating machines.

What I believe happened, based on what I have heard, is that
the Triad rep was permitted to have unmonitored access to vote
tabulating machinery (computer systems used to tabulate punched
card ballots), for periods up to several hours, during which
at least one system was disassembled and at least one disk drive
removed and reinstalled.

Clearly, this provided the opportunity for the Triad rep to
go beyond fixing the computer, to "fixing" it in the purjorative
sense. I am willing to give Triad the benefit of the doubt and
believe that they did not exploit this opportunity, but the
opportunity should never have been extended.

Does this touch on the OVC? Well, in a remote way: We need to
make sure that we pursue an ethical positon that includes a
refusal to accept the opportunity to have improper access to
voting equipment. If permitted unmonitored access to voting
systems, we should refuse to accept this access.

                Doug Jones
                jones@cs.uiowa.edu

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