A test election was run in Leon County today with a total of eight ballots – six ballots voted “no” on a ballot question as to whether Diebold voting machines can be hacked or not. Two ballots, cast by Dr. Herbert Thomson and by Harri Hursti voted “yes” indicating a belief that the Diebold machines could be hacked.
At the beginning of the test election the memory card programmed by Harri Hursti was inserted into an Optical Scan Diebold voting machine. A “zero report” was run indicating zero votes on the memory card. In fact, however, Hursti had pre-loaded the memory card with plus and minus votes.
The eight ballots were run through the optical scan machine. The standard Diebold-supplied “ender card” was run through as is normal procedure ending the election. A results tape was run from the voting machine.
Correct results should have been:
However the results tape read:
I really do not see why these machines are needed. I used them in the last few elections, and they were convenient and easy to use. but if they are not secure, and they do not leave the voter confident that his/her vote is safe and will be counted, we shold not be moving forward with them.
Last night in Morgantown, the League of Women Voters held a debate on the purchase of these machines for Mon. County. I will check around tosee if I can find what came out of the town hall/meeting.
BTW- Leon County is one of ‘those’ 2000 Florida election counties.
I am an idiot. See the comments as to why.