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The GEMS DB has not been designed to adhere to fundamental normalization principles that can permit a DB to reach high standards of accuracy and reliability. But the federal regulatory apparatus has also failed, for it imposes differential documentation requirements and financial burdens on vendors seeking certification for their election DB software. Those vendors who attempt to achieve higher design standards face far greater burdens and costs, including possibly more delays, than vendors who settle for DB designs with lower horizons. None of the 2005 VSS standards constitute a mandatory federal floor for voting systems to be deployed in federal elections. The certification of the GEMS software notwithstanding the significant demonstrable design flaws, offer a clear demonstration of the inadequacy of the current certification regime.
But it appears float values are being used, which is either an extreme waste of memory/processor time that indicates a thorough lack of expertise on the part of the programmers, or an attempt to allow fractional or weighted voting.
Ahead of General Election, Democrat’s Most Powerful Campaign Software Gets Makeover
Chris Bing // DCInno
D.C.-based NGP VAN, a software-as-a-service (SaaS) tech company that specializes in providing campaign software to progressive campaign organizations, has been working to add a new and important feature to it's platform: a sidebar navigation bar feature. The update, however, is more significant than perhaps understood at face value because it represents a larger development trend for NGP VAN ahead of a complex general election. The move effectively comes at a time when NGP VAN's internal design team, led by Justin Lewis, is following through on multiple projects that aim to make the platform—which is used by volunteers, canvassers and campaign staff to run on-ground operations—more user-friendly.
Creating a list of strong Democrats by precinct
(+ MiniVAN) v1.2
Votebuilder is our Democratic voter database that we use to keep track of our volunteers and voters so we can communicate with them and get them out to vote on Election Day. Votebuilder is supported by NGP/VAN. The precinct is the basic building block for all of our elections and getting volunteers connected and talking to their neighbors is the most effective way to increase turn out and win elections. The first step of organizing your precinct is recruiting volunteers and we use Votebuilder to create lists of likely volunteers (Strong Democrats) and then call or knock on their door to recruit them to attend events and help contact voters by phone banking or knocking on doors.
"The American vote count is controlled by three major corporate players, Diebold, ESS, Sequoia, and a fourth, SAIC, Science Applications International. All four are hard-wired into the Bush power structure, the Bush crime family.
"They have been given millions of dollars by the Bush regime to complete a sweeping computerization of voting machines that were used in the 2004 election. The technology involved had a trial run during the 2002 mid-term elections. Georgia had Diebold machines in every precinct. As a result, a popular Democratic governor and senator were both unseated in what the media called an "amazing" 16 percent swing.
"Diebold's Walden O'Dell, a top Bush fundraiser, publicly committed himself to delivering his home state Ohio's votes to Bush. At Diebold, the election division is run by Bob Urosevich. Bob's brother, Todd, is a top executive at "rival" ES&S. The brothers were originally staked by Howard Ahmanson, a member of the Council For National Policy, a right-wing steering group stacked with Bush true believers. Ahmanson is also one of the bagmen behind the extremist Christian Reconstruction Movement, which advocates the theocratic takeover of American democracy.
"The four companies are interconnected; they are not four "competitors". Ahmanson has large stakes in ES&S, whose former CEO was Republican Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska. When Hagel ran for office, his own company counted the votes, and his victory was considered "an amazing upset". Hagel still has a million dollar stake in ES&S.
"Sequoia is the corporate parent of a private equity firm, Madison Dearborn, which is partner in the Carlyle Group.
"Meanwhile, SAIC is referred to a "shadowy defense contractor". They have gotten into the vote count game both directly and through spinoffs by its top brass, including Admiral Bill Owens, former military aide to Dick Cheney, and Carlyle Group honcho Frank Carlucci and ex-CIA chief Robert Gates. SAIC's history of fraud charges and security "lapses" haven't prevented it from becoming one of the largest Pentagon and CIA contractors, and will doubtless encounter few obstacles in its entrance into the vote counting business. "
Surveillance video in Saguache County, Colorado, taken with an ES&S M650 tabulator, shows an unusual sequence of events. First, it is reported that the election administrator, who was running for her own position in the election, lost the election. Then, she sits down with the voting system technician and berates him so aggressively that he reaches for a box of tissue and cries. Then, the technician surreptitiously locks the door and inserts a zip disk into the ES&S M650 tabulator. Next, the elections administrator announced that she has, after all, won the election. 22
To sum it up, direct access to central tabulation data appears to be accessible to multiple persons from each jurisdiction, and there are over 3,000 jurisdictions. Access is also granted to voting system vendors for support services, and to a number of middlemen who have access to multiple jurisdictions, and whose role is often unclear and also undisclosed to the public.
originally posted by: bbarkow
a reply to: Starbuck799
In your estimation, would that be because of poor coding or purposely leaving a lot of doors open?
Look - I don't know how much I don't know. The reason I'm asking is because I got engrossed in the series because it was utterly unbelievable that a system like that would be in place.
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.