The GEMS election vote counting system, used in whole or in part in 25 different states, can assign values for individual votes that can be either less than or greater than one. They can be whole numbers or fractional, decimalized numbers, and the weightings can be coordinated with preassigned percentages for each candidate. Weights can be based on individual demographics that indicate how a person will probably vote The weights are tied to a desired outcome. To give a simplified example, Candidate A may have 20 people who vote for him and Candidate B may have 50. A’s votes get a weighting of 5 and B’s a weighting of 1/3, or .33, so the vote totals 100 votes for A and only 16.666 for B, although the vote should be 20 for A and 50 for B. The computer coding then rounds up B’s votes to 17 so that the vote count is not reported as a fraction. Essentially, the GEMS system’s differential and fractionalized vote weightings allow for precise and extremely difficult to detect manipulation of vote totals from the precinct level on up. From Bev Harris and Bennie Smith at blackboxvoting.org, with a hat tip to Stucky at The Burning Platform:
1 – Summary –
This report summarizes the results of our review of the GEMS election management system, which counts approximately 25 percent of all votes in the United States. 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 are standing in the room and watching the computer. Use of the decimalized vote feature is unlikely to be detected by auditing or canvass procedures, and can be applied across large jurisdictions in less than 60 seconds.
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, in addition to a number of private regional subcontractors. 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.