Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Electronic Voting Machines Steal Elections?


"[C]oncerns about electronic voting machines have been realized and have caused problems with recent elections, resulting in the loss and miscount of votes."That's just one of the chilling revelations from the non-partisan Government Accountability Office's (GAO) 107-page report on the security of Election Voting Machines in America

North Carolina Illegally Certifies Diebold E-voting SystemBoard of Elections Ignores Rules to Escrow Code, Identify Programmers

Raleigh, North Carolina - The North Carolina Board of Elections certified
Diebold Election Systems to sell electronic voting equipment in the state
yesterday, despite Diebold's repeated admission that it could not comply with
North Carolina's tough election law. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)
believes that this raises important questions about the Board of Elections'
procedures as well as the integrity of Diebold's bid for certification.In all,
three companies were certified for e-voting in North Carolina: Diebold, Sequoia
Voting Systems, and Election Systems & Software. However, Keith Long, an
advisor to the Board of Elections who was formerly employed by both Diebold and
Sequoia, has said that "none of them" could meet the statutory requirement to
place their system code in escrow. Instead of rejecting all applications and
issuing a new call for bids as required by law, the Board chose to approve all
of the applicants....

North Carolina Sued for Illegally Certifying Voting Equipment

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on Thursday filed a complaint (pdf) against the North Carolina Board of Elections and the North Carolina Office of Information Technology Services on behalf of voting integrity advocate Joyce McCloy, asking that the Superior Court void the recent illegal certification of three electronic voting systems.

December 9, 2005 E-voting Dispute Hits North Carolina Courts

California: Diebold Voting Machines Must Pass the Hack Test! By Debra Bowen, California State Senator

December 02, 2005 It's time to restore the public's trust in how our votes are counted here in California. But, if Secretary of State Bruce McPherson has his way, that may not happen. With a January 1, 2006 deadline looming, Secretary of State McPherson is considering recertification of Diebold electronic voting machines for use in California elections -- even though recent studies have shown failure rates of up to 20% on some Diebold systems. That's outrageous! The very integrity of our elections is on the line -- and the people of California deserve a thorough, rigorous testing of these Diebold voting machines before they're used in our state ever again.Unfortunately, these Diebold electronic voting machines have shown themselves to be extremely vulnerable to hacking. Last May, computer expert Harri Hursti from Finland successfully hacked into a Diebold machine in Florida, flashing a message that read "Are we having fun yet?" across the screen

And apparently, it wasn't too hard to do....

The Staggeringly Impossible Results of Ohio's '05 Election 11-13-2005

and in 2004...

Proof of Ohio Election Fraud Exposed

Among activists and investigators looking into allegations of vote fraud in the 2004 Presidential election, the company always mentioned was Diebold and its suspicious electronic touch-screen voting machines. It is Diebold that has multiple avowed Republicans on its Board of Directors. It was Diebold that gave hundreds of thousands of dollars to Bush’s election campaign. It was Diebold CEO Walden O’Dell who vowed to deliver Ohio’s electoral votes to Bush....

Where does it end?

[Update] Ok, now it's official. Diebold, the company responsible for tabulating 35% of the US vote count, is the new Enron.

via bradblog...


Eight Current and Former Executives Named as Co-Defendants, Including former CEO O'Dell and New CEO SwidarskiClass Action Suit Alleges Fraud, Insider Trading, Manipulation of Stock Prices, Concealment of Known Flaws in Voting Machines and Company Structural Problems....


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