31 March 2014

Due to contractual non-performance and security design
issues, Leon County (Florida) supervisor of elections Ion Sancho
told Black Box Voting that he will never again use Diebold in an
election. He has requested funds to replace the Diebold system from
the county. He will issue a formal announcement to this effect
shortly.



Finnish security expert Harri Hursti proved that Diebold lied to
Secretaries of State across the nation when Diebold claimed votes
could not be changed on the memory card.



A test election was run in Leon County today with a total of eight
ballots - six ballots voted "no" on a ballot question as to whether
Diebold voting machines can be hacked or not. Two ballots, cast by
Dr. Herbert Thompson and by Harri Hursti voted "yes" indicating a
belief that the Diebold machines could be hacked.



At the beginning of the test election the memory card programmed by
Harri Hursti was inserted into an Optical Scan Diebold voting
machine. A "zero report" was run indicating zero votes on the memory
card. In fact, however, Hursti had pre-loaded the memory card with
plus and minus votes.



The eight ballots were run through the optical scan machine. The
standard Diebold-supplied "ender card" was run through as is normal
procedure ending the election. A results tape was run from the
voting machine.



Correct results should have been:



Yes:2

No:6



However, just as Hursti had planned, the results tape read:



Yes:7

No:1



The results were then uploaded from the optical scan voting machine
into the GEMS central tabulator. The central tabulator is
the "mother ship" that pulls in all votes from voting machines. The
results in the central tabulator read:



Yes:7

No:1



This exploit, accomplished without being given any password and with
the same level of access given thousands of poll workers across the
USA, showed that the votes themselves were changed in a one-step
process. This hack would not be detected in any normal canvassing
procedure, and it required only a single credit-card-sized memory
card.



On Oct. 17, 2005 Diebold Elections Systems Research and Development
chief Pat Green specifically told the Cuyahoga County (Ohio) board
of elections that votes cannot be changed using only a memory card.
Video of Pat Green, Cuyahoga County



According to Public Records responses obtained by Black Box Voting
in response to our requests shows that Diebold promulgated this
misrepresentation to as many as 800 state and local elections
officials.



In other news, according to "Bradblog" a stockholder suit was filed
today against Diebold by the law offices of Scott and Scott:



http://www.bradblog.com/archives/00002153.htm



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