Thursday, September 02, 2004

Proof that Diebold vote counting software is designed to fix votes

Its not just the vote casting machines that are the problem, its the vote counting software that poses the real danger. On Air America's Unfiltered show on September 1st Bev Harris of demonstrated before an audience how the Diebold software is designed to fix the vote.

Harris described Diebold's GEMS central tabulator software as 'the mothership', since its function is to count all the votes. Using a backdoor into the program she was able to change an example vote of 400 to 10,000. The process took 12 seconds. This is a feature of the software and not a bug. Computer gamers will be familiar with the concept of 'cheat codes'. The Diebold software's secret feature functions similarly. Harris explains:

By entering a 2-digit code in a hidden location, a second set of votes is created. This set of votes can be changed, so that it no longer matches the correct votes. The voting system will then read the totals from the bogus vote set. It takes only seconds to change the votes, and to date not a single location in the U.S. has implemented security measures to fully mitigate the risks...

These systems are used in over 30 states and each counts up to two million votes at once.

Bev Harris and co-researcher Andy Stephenson are currently demonstrating this software cheat feature the the American media and attempting to set up demonstrations for state officials. Many state officials are declining to view a demonstration because they would then be liable. They would have to do something.

Extensive details and documentation can be found at as well as contact details for Harris and Stephenson. Public officials can make an appointment to see a demonstration.

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