Voting Rights Forum Participant
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Best of Black Box? N/A
|Posted on Thursday, July 28, 2005 - 3:39 pm: |
The systems structure could still be legit if the validity of the code on the card could be proven before and after the election.
If the system originally was designed to behave like that, the choices in system design that were made for these machines might have been made based on security concerns, ironically.
It might be that the company decided that keeping the actual program inside the machine was too dangerous, as it would be (compare to the slot machine EPROM hack) possible to switch that program.
Therefore they put the program on a memory card, and intended this memory card to be protected and certified before it was being used with the voting machine, becoming a sophisticated "key card".
Somewhere along this path, the original intent might have been "forgotten".
What speaks against this theory is that the machine does not care if the program is switched while it is running. Or maybe they thought it always requires someone who keeps an eye on the machine.