Send a Tweet
Most Popular Choices
Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Reddit Tell A Friend Printer Friendly Page Save As Favorite View Favorites
OpEdNews Op Eds

About those so-called "Election Audits" - Missing Info

By       Message Bev Harris       (Page 1 of 1 pages)     Permalink    (# of views)   1 comment

Related Topic(s): ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; (more...) ; ; ; ; ; ; ; , Add Tags  (less...)
Add to My Group(s)

View Ratings | Rate It

Author 2399
Become a Fan
  (5 fans)
- Advertisement -

ABOUT THOSE SO-CALLED "AUDITS" ... - The Connecticut report of Feb. 2008 audit results is missing. Connecticut is required to issue a report after evaluating the towns' manual spot check reports, which it calls "audits". Unlike real audit reports, the Connecticut process seems to be light on evaluating management controls and missing any methodology at all for dealing with expanded audits if significant problems are found.

Voting machines and memory cards in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine are programmed by a single firm, LHS Associates.

Memory cards contain both the votes and the instructions to the voting machine for how to print results reports. The University of Connecticut ("UCONN") discovered "duplicate memory cards" existed, but has been unable to examine all of them. UCONN researchers discovered a memory card failure rate of 4.8% due to the presence of "junk data." The study found unexplained instances of duplicated memory cards in the towns of Monroe and New Milford.

UCONN researcher Dr. Alexander Allister Shvartsman tried to get both the master and duplicated cards back, but was unable to get the duplicate card from the town of Monroe.

- Advertisement -
In the 2007 Connecticut audit report, fully 30 percent of audit data is identified as missing or unusable. These audits are paid for by the taxpayers. One has to wonder: "What are we paying for?"

Connecticut uses Diebold/Premier optical scan voting machines. In a 2006 Emmy-nominated HBO documentary "Hacking Democracy" - - Black Box Voting demonstrated in a project with computer security expert Harri Hursti that election results can be altered using the memory card.

LHS Associates is led by a senior management team that includes convicted narcotics trafficker Ken Hajjar. LHS programs all the memory cards and handles all voting machine maintenance for New England. Connecticut, New Hampshire, and Vermont use Diebold/Premier optical scanners exclusively; in Maine and Massachusetts the same system predominates but a few locations are still using Optech voting machines from Election Systems & Software (ES&S).

- Advertisement -
Of the five states that use the Diebold/Premier scanners programmed by LHS, only Connecticut has attempted to analyze what's on the memory cards at all.

More information on the missing audit report:

More information on junk data and duplicated memory cards:

More information on 30 percent of information unusable in 2007 audits:

- Advertisement -



- Advertisement -

View Ratings | Rate It

Bev Harris is executive director of Black Box Voting, Inc. an advocacy group committed to restoring citizen oversight to elections.

Bev Harris Social Media Pages: Facebook page url on login Profile not filled in       Twitter page url on login Profile not filled in       Linkedin page url on login Profile not filled in       Instagram page url on login Profile not filled in

Go To Commenting
The views expressed herein are the sole responsibility of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of this website or its editors.
Writers Guidelines
Contact AuthorContact Author Contact EditorContact Editor Author PageView Authors' Articles
Support OpEdNews

OpEdNews depends upon can't survive without your help.

If you value this article and the work of OpEdNews, please either Donate or Purchase a premium membership.

If you've enjoyed this, sign up for our daily or weekly newsletter to get lots of great progressive content.
Daily Weekly     OpEdNews Newsletter
   (Opens new browser window)

Most Popular Articles by this Author:     (View All Most Popular Articles by this Author)

Black Box Voting: WISCONSIN VOTE SPREAD 29,207? 7,500? Or 6,744?

Dear Maine GOP: 1+1+1 does not = 4. Official results are wrong

2008 election results to be routed to private middlemen in Illinois, Colorado & Kentucky

Racial Profiling on Tennessee Voter Reg Cards

Bev Harris: Actual Accenture Voter List Software Discovered and Downloadable to the Public