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Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Bleeding Heartland: Iowa voting machines "totally nuts"

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

The University of Iowa's professor Doug Jones, a world leader in
voting machine oversight, has today described the Diebold voting
machine audit logs as "just totally nuts." Diebold machines count most
of the votes in Iowa elections. The audit logs are supposed to reveal
what the machine has been doing as it proceeds through the stages of
ballot reading and counting. Audit logs came under scrutiny in
Humboldt County, California when a public auditing process discovered
that votes had not been counted in the official results. Those
official totals had come from Diebold (now hiding behind the name
Premier) vote counting software. interviewed Jones, who
said, "These audit logs could give us some assurances [about an
election] if they were genuinely designed so that a casual bystander
could look at them and understand them..."


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