Post Number: 553
Best of Black Box?
|Posted on Thursday, June 2, 2005 - 2:39 pm: |
From - Daily Kos, posted by J4K:
The fact that every precinct doesn't have its own scanning machine to "check" the validity of the ballot is the real problem with optical scan voting. What I'd like to know is why hasn't every precinct demanded they have a scanner?
Not really. The memory card hack, done correctly, will impact every precinct-based optical scan. Understand this: The memory cards in each precinct optical scan are created by the "election management software" (GEMS, Central Tabulator). This program runs on an office PC using Windows. The program needed to rewrite all the memory cards can be replaced simply by going into the Windows directory and overwriting it with a new one. You don't even need to go into GEMS. That new program, which can be designed to trigger only on a certain date, will then infect every memory card when you use GEMS to create the memory cards in the first place.
Therefore, you'll have hacked memory cards in every precinct. (Or, in the desired precincts, which would be a more subtle way to do it.)