Re: How do you audit a GEMS machine?

From: Arthur Keller <voting_at_kellers_dot_org>
Date: Sat Jun 18 2005 - 00:49:01 CDT

Nothing like that is happening in Santa Clara County, California with
their Sequoia DREs. The total counts are recorded on a paper log,
but no tapes, no report posted at the precinct.

Best regards,

At 4:15 PM -0500 6/17/05, Douglas W. Jones wrote:
>On Jun 17, 2005, at 1:14 PM, 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?
>At the close of the polls, each scanner should produce a poll-closing
>tape (in stand alone mode) before the memory card is touched. Best
>practice is to print two tapes, one to be posted in public, the other
>to be signed and returned to the county building with the memory card.
>Poll watchers can transcribe from the public tape, or even photograph
>The final report from GEMS ought to include a report, for each precinct,
>of the totals. This should match exactly the totals reported from the
>Of course, just because the printers are there doesn't mean that they're
>used properly! Iowa, Illinois and Florida all have laws that make the
>posting of a public report at the precinct mandatory. I don't recall
>the laws of other states.
>Then, there's the matter of accounting. The totals reported from the
>precinct scanner may not be the totals GEMS reports if the accounting
>system of the county is set up funny. For example, there are write-in
>votes, absentee votes and others. If the adjustments for these are
>entered in GEMS and then simply folded into the precinct totals without
>making clear what is being done, the result can be murder to audit, if
>it is possible at all.
>The devil is in the details.
> Doug Jones
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