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.
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.
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" - http://www.hackingdemocracy.com - Black Box Voting demonstrated in a project with computer security expert Harri Hursti that election results can be altered using the memory card.
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.
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