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August 30, 2010

Miller Campaign: Murkowski "Observers" Are Screwing With Vote-Counting Computer Servers

Read the document; it's, as the Miller campaign says, "beyond troubling."

Then, Murkowski observer Mike insisted he had the right to access the Division of Election computer database and "check voter records." Over the Miller Campaign's objection, Mike was allowed to use the state computer for 20 minutes before Division Director Gail Fenumiai fortunately ordered him off the state computer. For 20 minutes this Murkowski observer was in the state's voter records viewing private information and, we are told, accessed the state's election managment system. Katrine explained to those present that allowing observers access to the Division of Election computers compromises voter privacy, since it displays Social Security numbers, dates of birth and drivers license numbers and other information. That is true, and bad enough.

But there is also another aspect of Mkie's use of the state's election computer. As you know, Alaska uses electronic voting. The Diebold software contains vulnerabilities that may allow someone to install malicious software to miscount votes. In an election security report to the Lt. Governor submitted in 2007, it was noted that someone could "alter[] election results" by installing software. Further, software installed into the election management system could lead, according to the report, "large scale election fraud."


This is a close election. Even just a few ballots illegally tampered with could alter the outcome. How can Joe Miller, and the thousands of honest voters in Alaska who voted for him, have confidence in the result if a Murkowski observer had 20 minutes of unfettered access to the State's GEMS server? And the state's own report states tampering can be accomplished within a minute.

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