Fraction Magic


Do you still believe that your vote counts — or is even counted? If so, you need to watch this video.

During the biannual and seemingly interminable media circus termed the election cycle, citizens are proffered, under a barrage of propaganda, the sole opportunity to voice a collective opinion both on key issues of the day (a yea or a nay) and/or to make choices from a pre-determined list of hopefuls, those who will ostensibly represent the public in managing a given municipality, State and/or The Republic at large for an upcoming term, albeit having no Say in determining what the issues are or who qualifies as a candidate for inclusion on that list in the first place, which has historically remained opaque to public scrutiny.  It is called “The Vote”.   So it goes without saying, both for electorate and electee, that the process for counting ballots is important in determining that votes are recorded accurately and securely.

Bev Harris, writer, activist, documentarian, founder of Black Box Voting Inc., a national nonpartisan, nonprofit elections watchdog group, who helped popularize along with David Allen, the term Black Box Voting, and producer of the 2006 HBO documentary Hacking Democracy, has just published a new documentary entitled “Fraction Magic” in which she calls into question the security of voting systems deployed throughout the U.S., specifically those featuring the Microsoft Windows  based GEMS election management and tabulation software.

Fraction Magic summarizes the results of a review of the GEMS election management system, which counts approximately 25 percent of all votes in the United States. GEMS vote-counting systems are and have been operated under five trade names: Global Election Systems, Diebold Election Systems, Premier Election Systems, Dominion Voting Systems, and Election Systems & Software. At the time of this writing, this system is used statewide in Alaska, Connecticut, Georgia, Mississippi, New Hampshire, Utah and Vermont, and for counties in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming. It is also used in Canada.

The results of this study demonstrate that a fractional vote feature is embedded in each GEMS application which can be used to invisibly, yet radically, alter election outcomes by pre-setting desired vote percentages to redistribute votes. This tampering is not visible to election observers, even if they were standing in the room and watching the computer. Use of this decimalized vote feature in GEMS would likely remain un-detected by auditing or canvassing procedures, and can even be applied across large jurisdictions in less than 60 seconds as demonstrated here.

The scenario depicted in Fraction Magic uses a real voting system (GEMS) and real voting databases that takes place in seconds across multiple jurisdictions. Over 5000 subcontractors and middlemen have the appropriate user access which would allow them to produce voting results like this for any client, since the GEMS system can grant contract signing authority to whomever an Admin user chooses.

GEMS is a commercial product. It is scaleable. It can learn from its environment and can be programmed to function in any political scenario and any demographic. It runs silently, invisibly, and can produce plausible results that pass for the real thing.

Do you still believe that your vote is actually your vote?

Produced and Directed by Bev Harris for BlackBoxVoting.org.


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