Re: How do you audit a GEMS machine?

From: Richard C. Johnson <dick_at_iwwco_dot_com>
Date: Fri Jun 17 2005 - 14:10:03 CDT

This is a tough one, but if you can run sample memory cards with known content through the GEMS machine to verify that the samples register properly, well, that is better than nothing. Anybody who seriously wants to rig the election through the GEMS machine would have to alter it in a way not detectable by processing sample memory cards. Still, this setup is an abomination--I thought California law prohibited such things.
Best wishes for a clean election,
-- Dick

Ed Kennedy <> wrote:
Here in San Diego County we use Diebold GEMS machines to read the memory card from Diebold Acuvote scanners. Generously assuming that the scanner cards generally reflect what went under the scan heads ,how would a Poll Watcher audit the aggregation of votes on a GEMS machine? We've got a mayoral election coming up here in the City pretty soon so I'd appreciate some quick answers or at least pointers to where I might find this information.

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