[sane-devel] Fwd: SANE project used for possible election fraud

Kelly Price strredwolf at gmail.com
Tue Nov 17 21:39:53 GMT 2020

This was caught by processes instituted by the Georgia (USA) state
board of elections.  The election count was too close and a
law-mandated recount requiring hand-recounting was enacted.

Ether way, it is outside SANE's scope (from what I understand of it).
We should keep an eye if we get any blow-back but I doubt we'll see
much of anything over it.

On Tue, Nov 17, 2020 at 10:43 AM Ralph Little <skelband at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi,
> On 2020-11-17 4:24 a.m., Olaf Meeuwissen wrote:
> > Hi list,
> >
> > I got this in the mail this evening.  Sigh.
> > Not sure how to best respond.
> >
> > Tyler Sharpe writes:
> >
> >> Employees from smartmatic contributed code to add support for a scanner
> >> used by dominion to count ballots. I'm not that familiar with SANE but it
> >> looks like it would be a perfect tool to rig an election. the code changes
> >> are here but I'm not sure what they do:
> >> https://gitlab.com/sane-project/backends/-/merge_requests/12#note_139722740
> >>
> >> Let me know what you think.
> There is a certain kind of madness going around in the US at the moment
> (I assume that is where this came from).
> It's inevitable that projects like this will get dragged into it from
> time to time. Heck, free software *is* a political movement.
> That someone would think it weird that a company that uses scanners
> would contribute code to a driver for said scanners speaks volumes.
> > To the best of my knowledge, those changes allow one to make a few
> > changes that affect how the scanner *hardware* processes the image
> > data before that data arrives at the SANE scanner "driver".
> > Whether any of that functionality is actually used is not something
> > that the SANE scanner "driver" controls.  This is controlled by the
> > software that uses the SANE scanner "driver".
> >
> Looks like hardware deskew among other things.
> Seems pretty reasonable that Smartmatic would be interested in that
> functionality considering what they do.
> Hopefully, this kind of thing will go away in a couple of months.
> Cheers,
> Ralph

Kelly "STrRedWolf" Price

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