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

From: Rick Carback <carback1_at_umbc_dot_edu>
Date: Fri Dec 21 2007 - 08:11:56 CST

The information so far makes it unclear how the system is being used and
what it does. Does it replace the old system or is it to be used in addition
to it? How immediate are the results (e.g. seconds after the vote)? Who
controls the endpoint devices and the central device?

I assumed the answers to these questions were sane, apparently not. If they
are using it as a replacement and not posting precinct results that central
tabulator likely has pretty good control of the results.

On Dec 21, 2007 8:46 AM, Bev Harris <bev@blackboxvoting.org> wrote:

> In the Iowa caucus, and in New Hampshire, there are two issues that set
> them
> apart from normal elections. First, who wins and is instantly annointed
> with
> more campaign cash and media frontrunner status, and second, the
> positioning of
> those who don't win "sends a message" about what the priorities should be.
>
> The party may have an interest in making sure a maverick candidate doesn't
> beat
> the pants off of one of the parties mainstream candidates, by making sure
> a
> maverick will finish, say, fifth, not third. The second place finisher may
> still be considered viable, so the parties will have a preference for who
> should
> and should NOT take second position.
>
> To reiterate: The Republican Party told me last Friday that they do NOT
> have
> plans to release the precinct results, unless perhaps maybe later. Because
> there
> is no requirement to post results at the polling place, this creates an
> ideal
> situation for tampering through the central tabulation phase. Since we
> now know that the central tabulation phase will be automated using a
> customized
> program, we are looking at the exact same questions we would have with
> inside
> cronies operating an uncertified central tabulator with no poll tapes.
>
> > In other words, it would be impossible for Ron Paul, Dennis Kucinich, or
> > Mike Gravel to win the Iowa caucuses (aside from their presumably low
> levels
> > of support amongst Iowans, if the polls are to be believed)? Or perhaps
> it
> > would be impossible for [chosen candidate from each party] to lose?
>
> Bev Harris
> Founder - Black Box Voting
> http://www.blackboxvoting.org
>
> * * * * *
>
> Government is the servant of the people, and not the master of them. The
> people, in delegating authority, do not give their public servants the
> right
> to decide what is good for the people to know and what is not good for
> them to
> know. We insist on remaining informed so that we may retain control over
> the
> instruments of government we have created.
>
>
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