Re: statistical study after next Tues election

From: Jim March <jmarch_at_prodigy_dot_net>
Date: Tue Nov 09 2004 - 17:58:41 CST

Kathy Dopp wrote:

>Edward Cherlin said:
>> (David Dill) and (Bev
>>Harris). Bev Harris has just filed the largest Freedom of
>>Information Act request in history to get the data from every
>>voting machine in the country.
>AWESOME. What did they ask for? What data from every voting machine?
>Will they be successful? Do you have a link to the story?

The actual FOIA/PRA requests as drafted are linked at:

The main thing we've got so far is based on a request from before the
November election covering the WA state primaries.

In King County WA (running Diebold), there's a three-hour block of the
audit log for the central tabulator on elections night missing...the
critical time just before midnight. The county says that nothing
happened during that block. We can prove they're lying, because summary
reports were being produced out of the tabulator about every 45 minutes,
which were data/time stamped by the tabulator system (GEMS) and signed
once on paper by elections officials. We know from running GEMS
ourselves that those reports produce audit log entries.

Now, GEMS is pretty pathetic and the MS-Access runtime it's based on has
truly crappy security. But Access DOES basically work. GEMS isn't
doing anything very "funky" producing the audit log, just standard
MS-Access calls.

Upshot: this missing audit trail block was deliberate.

So why did they clean it out?

One possibility, the more benign alternative, is that the computer
crapped out and did something crazy or there was major human error and
they had to go back and hand-fix. They blew away the audit log as CYA.
Fine. It's still destruction of public records and illegal as hell
under WA state election law, FEC regulations, etc.

The other is that they hacked the vote and did part or all of it in a
way that showed up in the log - so they smoked the log.

EITHER way, it's proof that the GEMS "product" is junk to ALLOW such a
thing, and doesn't meet, for example, California Elections Code standards.

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