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Re: California finds e-voting software had errors, data deletion functions

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____/ nessuno@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx on Thursday 05 March 2009 13:57 : \____

> <Quote>
>  Diebold knew about the flaw for years....A report released on Monday
> by California's Secretary of State, Debra Bowen, explains how nearly
> 200 votes were deleted from the official results for Humboldt County
> during November's presidential election, and identifies several
> problems with the e-voting technology from Premier Election
> Solutions...
> ...operators of some e-voting machines from Premier, a Diebold
> subsidiary formerly called Diebold Elections Systems [can] delete
> crucial audit logs that, under federal standards, are supposed to be
> stored permanently on the systems.
> In addition, the report noted the version of Premier's Global Election
> Management System (GEMS) that was used in Humboldt County's e-voting
> machines failed to maintain required logs of important system events
> and generated inaccurate data and time stamps in several cases.
> It was not the first time Premier's e-voting machines have been at the
> center of a controversy. Last August, Premier initially blamed
> antivirus software from McAfee Inc. for a problem that resulted in its
> system dropping hundred of votes during the primaries in Ohio.  [Yes,
> voting machines, whose main function is to *count votes* (sounds
> complicated, doesn't it?) require anti-virus software, that must be
> kept up-to-date.  Guess which OS they use?]
> Later, the company changed its story and said the problem had been
> caused by a "logic error" in its GEMS source code, not McAfee's
> software.  [That is, *proprietary*, *closed source* source code.
> Bugs?  You'll have to rely on Premier=Diebold or Microsoft to fix
> them, folks.]
> Secretary of State Bowen's report, which was submitted to the U.S.
> Election Assistance Commission, said that Premier had known about the
> problems for at least four years, but had not adequately warned the
> county about it.  [Don't worry, providers of *proprietary, closed
> source* software have your best interests at heart!  They wouldn't
> shortchange the customer just to make more profit, no, no, no...]
> The defects in the software version violate voting system standards
> established in 1990 and would have made the systems ineligible to use
> in an election had they been detected, the report said.
> The Secretary's office initiated the investigation after a volunteer
> group called the Humboldt County Election Transparency Project
> conducted an independent scan of all the ballots cast in the county
> during the presidential elections and discovered that 197 more ballots
> had been cast than in the official count.
> </Quote>

Also this in the news:

Electronic Voting Ruled Out For German General Election


Funny enough that it works for Brazil...

The brazilian Election Supreme Court migrates 430 thousand voting machines to
GNU / Linux

,----[ Quote ]
| The brazilian Election Supreme Court announced at April 4th 2008, that the
| 2008 elections at Brazil will use GNU / Linux electronic voting machines with
| software digital authentication.
| The Tribunal Superior Eleitoral (the brazilian Election Supreme Court),
| officially announced on April 4th, 2008, that the brazilian 2008 elections
| will use 430 thousand electronic voting machines migrated from VirtuOS and
| Windows CE to GNU / Linux and open source softwares for security and auditing
| defined by proper law.


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