Re: question about hand-held statistical devices in the field

From: Bev Harris <bev_at_blackboxvoting_dot_org>
Date: Thu Dec 20 2007 - 23:44:53 CST

Rick, I think you're missing a point.

The detail results are not necessarily released in the caucuses. In other words:
People congregate, vote, and then the vote goes into the cell phone tabulation

Who is on the other end of it? Each political party has a significant incentive
to manipulate results. How do caucus goers know that the votes transmitted were
properly tabulated?

This is a variation on the poll tape/central tabulator situation. If you don't
post the poll tapes, there's no check on the central tabulator. With the
caucus, if caucus attendees can't see the detail report they can't confirm that
it adds up to the announced result, nor can they know their vote made it into
the accumulation untampered.

I don't look at this as outside hacker land. I see it as a magnificent
opportunity for insider fraud, party level fraud. Depending on where the data
actually goes, there is a more insidious kind of potential fraud. If it were to
be transmitted directly to NEP or Edison Media Research, this would place the
tabulation at a layer above both parties.


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