Re: Bev Harris Trashed OVC at the Houston Election Hearing

From: Arthur Keller <voting_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Sat Jul 02 2005 - 05:15:42 CDT

At 7:19 PM -0700 7/1/05, Jim March wrote:
>But...let's take just one ACCESS versus data manipulation.
>Let's say ES&S or Sequoia or Diebold has a fully OVC-compliant
>system in place in a county, and is providing the same level of
>"service" they do now. That typically involves a field agent in the
>county on election day, esp. for major elections.
>We know that typically, 25% to 33% of the county's vote will be
>absentee on average (barring places like Oregon which we'll ignore
>for the moment).
>So by election day, the county has all these absentees in by noon or
>earlier. They're going to start counting them.
>Fine, except...the actual vote tallies coming in are valuable data.
>Even if it isn't tampered with. KNOWING who's winning in what races
>could allow a county or state political party campaign manager to
>assign scarce resources to the battleground races. It could also
>allow messing with stocks, via a form of "insider trading". Stock
>prices in general and some industries in particular (defense
>procurement!) are radically affected by election outcomes.
>Have y'all figured out a way to block access to that data until
>polls close? Diebold sure as hell hasn't - the system continuously
>tabulates and will report figures thoughout the day. Hell, that
>might even be illegal even if just the election officials know?

I understand that in California absentee ballots may be tabulated in
the period starting 7 days prior to election day. They generally
count as many as they can *before* election day. Access to election
results are currently limited by county procedure, not software. I
have been considering how to block access to the poll results (other
than ballot counts per precinct), or at the very minimum to log all
such access as part of the open source central tabulator we are
proposing to build.

Best regards,

Arthur M. Keller, Ph.D., 3881 Corina Way, Palo Alto, CA  94303-4507
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