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Our worst fears: Vote Tampering

By entering a 2-digit code in a hidden location, a second set of votes is created in the Diebold central tabulator, a program installed in 1,000 locations, which controls both paper ballots and touch-screens, each system handling up to a million votes at a time. Full story After invoking the 2-digit trigger, this second set of votes can be changed so that it no longer matches the correct set of votes. The voting system will then read the totals from the bogus vote set. It takes only seconds to change the votes, and to date not a single location in the U.S. has implemented security measures to fully mitigate the risks. It is not too late to do so, and the corrective measures are relatively simple. This program is not "stupidity" or sloppiness. It was designed and tested over a series of a dozen version adjustments, and has been in place for four years.
Consumer Report Part 1: The Diebold GEMS central tabulator contains a stunning security hole

ISSUE: Manipulation technique found in the Diebold central tabulator -- 1,000 of these systems are in place, and they count up to two million votes at a time.

By entering a 2-digit code in a hidden location, a second set of votes is created. This set of votes can be changed, so that it no longer matches the correct votes. The voting system will then read the totals from the bogus vote set. It takes only seconds to change the votes, and to date not a single location in the U.S. has implemented security measures to fully mitigate the risks.

This program is not "stupidity" or sloppiness. It was designed and tested over a series of a dozen version adjustments.

PUBLIC OFFICIALS: If you are in a county that uses GEMS 1.18.18, GEMS 1.18.19, or GEMS 1.18.23, your secretary or state may not have told you about this. You're the one who'll be blamed if your election is tampered with. Find out for yourself if you have this problem: Black Box Voting will be happy to walk you through a diagnostic procedure over the phone. E-mail Bev Harris or Andy Stephenson to set up a time to do this.

FOR THE MEDIA: Harris and Stephenson will be in New York City on Aug. 30, 31, Sep.1, to demonstrate this built-in election tampering technique.

Members of Congress and Washington Correspondents: Harris and Stephenson will be in Washington D.C. on Sept. 22 to demonstrate this problem for you.

Whether you vote absentee, on touch-screens, or on paper ballot (fill in the bubble) optical scan machines, all votes are ultimately brought to the "mother ship," the central tabulator at the county which adds them all up and creates the results report.

These systems are used in over 30 states and each counts up to two million votes at once.

The central tabulator is far more vulnerable than the touch screen terminals. Think about it: If you were going to tamper with an election, would you rather tamper with 4,500 individual voting machines, or with just one machine, the central tabulator which receives votes from all the machines? Of course, the central tabulator is the most desirable target.

FINDINGS: The GEMS central tabulator program is incorrectly designed and highly vulnerable to fraud. Election results can be changed in a matter of seconds. Part of the program we examined appears to be designed with election tampering in mind. We have also learned that election officials maintain inadequate controls over access to the central tabulator. We need to beef up procedures to mitigate risks.

Much of this information, originally published on July 8, 2003, has since been corroborated by formal studies (RABA) and by Diebold's own internal memos written by its programmers.

Not a single location has yet implemented the security measures needed to mitigate the risk. Yet, it is not too late. We need to tackle this one, folks, roll up our sleeves, and implement corrective measures.

In Nov. 2003, Black Box Voting founder Bev Harris, and director Jim March, filed a Qui Tam lawsuit in California citing fraudulent claims by Diebold, seeking restitution for the taxpayer. Diebold claimed its voting system was secure. It is, in fact, highly vulnerable to and appears to be designed for fraud.

The California Attorney General was made aware of this problem nearly a year ago. Harris and Black Box Voting Associate Director Andy Stephenson visited the Washington Attorney General's office in Feb. 2004 to inform them of the problem. Yet, nothing has been done to inform election officials who are using the system, nor have appropriate security safeguards been implemented. In fact, Gov. Arnold Swarzenegger recently froze the funds, allocated by Secretary of State Kevin Shelley, which would have paid for increased scrutiny of the voting system in California.

On April 21, 2004, Harris appeared before the California Voting Systems Panel, and presented the smoking gun document showing that Diebold had not corrected the GEMS flaws, even though it had updated and upgraded the GEMS program.

On Aug. 8, 2004, Harris demonstrated to Howard Dean how easy it is to change votes in GEMS, on CNBC TV.

On Aug. 11, 2004, Jim March formally requested that the Calfornia Voting Systems Panel watch the demonstration of the double set of books in GEMS. They were already convened, and the time for Harris was already allotted. Though the demonstration takes only 3 minutes, the panel refused to allow it and would not look. They did, however, meet privately with Diebold afterwards, without informing the public or issuing any report of what transpired.

On Aug. 18, 2004, Harris and Stephenson, together with computer security expert Dr. Hugh Thompson, and former King County Elections Supervisor Julie Anne Kempf, met with members of the California Voting Systems Panel and the California Secretary of State's office to demonstrate the double set of books. The officials declined to allow a camera crew from 60 Minutes to film or attend.

The Secretary of State's office halted the meeting, called in the general counsel for their office, and a defense attorney from the California Attorney General's office. They refused to allow Black Box Voting to videotape its own demonstration. They prohibited any audiotape and specified that no notes of the meeting could be requested in public records requests.

The undersecretary of state, Mark Kyle, left the meeting early, and one voting panel member, John Mott Smith, appeared to sleep through the presentation.

On Aug. 23, 2004, CBC TV came to California and filmed the demonstration.

On Aug 30 and 31, Harris and Stephenson will be in New York City to demonstrate the double set of books for any public official and any TV crews who wish to see it.

On Sept. 1, another event is planned in New York City, and on Sept. 21, Harris and Stephenson intend to demonstrate the problem for Members of Congress and the Press in Washington D.C.

Diebold has known of the problem, or should have known, because it did a cease and desist on the web site when Harris originally reported the problem in 2003. On Aug. 11, 2004, Harris also offered to show the problem to Marvin Singleton, Diebold's damage control expert, and to other Diebold execs. They refused to look.

Why don't people want to look? Suppose you are formally informed that the gas tank tends to explode on the car you are telling people to use. If you KNOW about it, but do nothing, you are liable.


1) Let there be no one who can say "I didn't know."

2) Let there be no election jurisdiction using GEMS that fails to implement all of the proper corrective procedures, this fall, to mitigate risk.

homepage: homepage: http://www.blackboxvoting.org
phone: phone: 425-228-7173

One simple line of code is enough to decide the results. 20.Sep.2004 02:30

Matt Marriott

One simple line of code is enough to decide the results. Without leaving any possibilites to trace the forgery - binary code.


The machine ate my vote 20.Sep.2004 09:08

listen up

Heard this the other day on Air America Radio...The Machine Ate My Vote. Clap your hands and stomp your feet as the Reverend Jerry Foulwell and the Our Lady of Spain Gospel choir sing this roof-raiser about the woes and dangers of electronic voting machines.

here's the mp3 20.Sep.2004 10:51

the machine ate my vote


Black Box Voting - another musical tribute 20.Sep.2004 18:00

The Compassionate Conservatives TheCompassionateConservatives@yahoo.com

"We're going to scrub the voter rolls again
We're gonna throw your vote in the recycle bin
We're gonna make sure Bush and Cheney win"

I'm going to vote today
Hope my vote isn't thrown away
These days it's hard to tell
Thanks to fascists like Wally O'Dell

He's pledged my vote to Bush
No matter which button I might push
The diabolical Diebold plan
The next election will be a sham...

Black Box Voting - government is up for sale
Black Box Voting - the GOP will never fail
Black Box Voting - never leave a paper trail

I'm fighting for a cause
I want to work to change the laws
I've got a snowball's chance in Hell
Thanks to fascists like Wally O'Dell

He's diehard GOP
He doesn't care about you or me
Guys like Wally hold the key
To the Bush League Dynasty

Black Box Voting - democracy has long gone stale
Black Box Voting - ugly underneath the veil
Black Box Voting - never leave a paper trail

I went to vote tonight
I chose left but they gave me right
Touch screens are touch and go
Too bad it's all for show

Diebold likes Dubya best
Joe Stalin would be impressed
The voters might participate
But the vote-counters control our fate

Black Box Voting - hammering the final nail
Black Box Voting - the fascists found their Holy Grail
Black Box Voting - never leave a paper trail

Based upon "Concrete Jungle" as performed by The Specials
Original words and music by Roddy Byers Copyright © 1979
Revised lyrics and musical arrangement by The Compassionate Conservatives
Copyright © 2004 The Compassionate Conservatives

Black Box Voting (mp3)
Black Box Voting (mp3)

The Bush and Cheney line is misleading 22.Sep.2004 04:48

Matt Marriott

To The Compassionate Conservatives

The Bush and Cheney line is misleading :
"We're gonna make sure Bush and Cheney win"

From  http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2004/09/297853.shtml

CBS's "we were mislead" - the REAL story or how the illuminati mislead the sheeple

First of all read "Who are the illuminati ? exposed in the CNN Kosovo Board, March 24 ..."

The golden rules for staging "Western democracy"

"Western democracy" is 100% staged by the illuminati. The golden rules are :
- under no circumstances should somebody that is not in the illuminati payroll be allowed to have access to the mass media;
- under no circumstances should somebody that is not in the illuminati payroll and has real chances in an election be allowed to take part in that election
The situation in each country determines the intensity and the way the controversies between the different illuminati parties are staged.

The only exceptions to these rules in the XXI century were
- the party of Pim Fortuyn in Holland, 2002
- Oskar Lafontaine (former SPD president in Germany), that was able until 2003 to participate in some late evening talk-shows.

In the case of Pim Fortuyn, the illuminati didn't react immediately because :
- the homosexual label distracted the illuminati in the beginning, as they thought that this could be reused (association and dissociation mechanisms)
- the illuminati didn't realise that he would score 35% of the votes in the first election (Rotterdam).
He was murdered as soon as he tried to take part in the national elections, where he was about to get the most vores.
Note : association and dissociation mind control mechanisms are explained in link above.
In the case of Lafontaine, he doesn't create a new party (which the masses crying for) because he knows that would mean he would be immediately murdered.

Two examples of how the illuminati stage "democracy" : Germany and the US.

a) Germany

Main features of the current situation : The illuminati are quickly approaching bankrupcy, which leads to the collapse of the social state. Each day new cuts.
One of these cuts (Hartz IV, 5 million jobless will see their benefits cut by more than 50%) lead these masses to mass protests in the streets.

Staging the democracy : the "opposition" has to be staged aggressively. That's where the "neo-nazi" (NPD) and "ex-communist" (PDS) roles fit perfectly as opposition (dissociation mechanism).
September 19, 2004 : state elections in Saxonia. PDS scores second; Schröder's government party (SPD) tied at 9% with the NPD.
 link to www.faz.net
To illustrate to which lengths the theater goes : after the results, the representatives of all parties left the TV studio as the NPD representative was supposed to take part also. By seeing this, who would believe that the NPD also controlled by them ?

b) US

Main features of the current situation : war in Iraq rapidly consuming the budget; oil production coming to an end, oil supply might collapse any moment.

Staging the democracy : priority is to hold on the illusion of normality during the 2004 campaign. Keep the two party system while distracting the sheeple from the fact that the actor playing the "opposition" role (Kerry) has the same policy as the government about everything, starting with the main issue : stay or retreat from Iraq.
It's in the interest of the illuminati to keep current governments in place, i.e. that Bush wins. So Kerry plays the role of the idiot crook (btw, the same situation now in all NATO countries).
The controversy that CBS was ordered to play has two main objectives :
- distract the masses by convincing them that Kerry is fighting Bush to death, even capable to resort to forgery ...
- convince the masses that Bush is better than Kerry, who has to resort to forgeries to attack Bush ...

666 02.Nov.2004 11:18

Matt Marriott

As I wrote in the last indymedia subdomain not censoring the truth about the satanic cerimony staged as US "elections" ...
... about this article of "The Independent" :

This article is deception of the worst type, pretending to expose in order to cover-up better. Check to what lengths it goes trying to cover-up the simple fact that ONE simple line of code decides what results you will get ("invested, may, None has been tested, difficult, risks, possibility, could") :


After the "hanging chads" nightmare in 2000, many states have invested in electronic voting machines. But these may introduce new problems. None has been tested in a presidential election. In the event of recounts, few produce a paper record of votes, which will make verification difficult. Other risks include malfunctioningmachines or computer servers, and the possibility that outsiders could hack into the system. </i>

<h3> Accepting to press the touch screen machine is accepting to carry the mark </h3>
There are no excuses - even a child understands that a computer will "say" whatever he was told to "tell".

<h3> Accepting to carry paper to cast the ballot is accepting to carry the mark</h3>
There are no excuses - even a child understands that alone the fact that more than one third of the votes will be created by computer is more than enoughto falsify ANY results.

Besides that, any adult voter understands that the possibility of voting on paper is only an alibi to tranquilize the sheeple (including himself) as electronic vote is introduced :
Results of votes from paper will not be statiscally checked against results of electronic voting, unless results of paper votes are also "counted" the "right" way.
Nobody can pretend that he doesn't understand the difference between democracy and <a href=" http://www.goldismoney.info/forums/showthread.php?t=14077">how votes are "counted" the "right" way - the Stalin way : "elections" in Afghanistan.
The difference between Stalin and Halloween 2004 is that Stalin wasn't pretending to play democracy - Kerry, Bush, Nader & Badnarik are.

<h3> Refusing to vote is not enought to pretend not to carry the mark </h3>
Refusing to take part in this satanic cerimony is not enough. Any adult understands that this is the celebration of the situation that has existed now in fact for years : the end of freedom, the official proclamation of enslavement and allegiance to satan.
God is going to ask you what have you done against it, and you'd better be convinced now you have a good answer, if you think that you will not be carrying the mark of the beast during the short time of the satanic rule.

One of the last americans that refused to carry the mark of the beast : 01.Dec.2004 02:52

Matt Marriott