Monday, July 07, 2008

Vote for any candidate, but who counts your vote and how?

checkmark on voting ballotI'd love to see the opposing view (add your comment) to this set of links: Amazing Facts About Voting in the USA. They outline how voting in America is not secure, has been and is being hacked, and has been controlled by and skewed for Republicans. Many of these 20 "facts" are too inflammatory to take at face value, yet each fact has a lot of supporting data.

Here is a sampling from Amazing Facts About Voting in the USA---click over to the site for the data (each fact has supporting links):

Who benefits from errors?

Not some but all---ALL---the voting machine errors found and reported in Florida favored Republicans. Math experts have shown serious voting anomalies in Florida -- ALWAYS favoring Bush -- and recommend immediate investigation. (Facts 18 and 20.)

Nearly one-third of all votes in America happen on machines with no paper trail: They cannot verify that the machines are reporting actual votes. Yet Diebold machine security is so bad California banned their use. Despite Diebold's claims that the audit logs could not be hacked, a chimpanzee was able to do it--there is a video of this! (Facts 16 and 17.)

And still Diebold's latest touch screen voting machines have no paper trail. Why not? They make ATMs, ticket machines and checkout scanners: all of which log each transaction and can easily create a paper trail. (Facts 9 and 10.)

Insecure and unverifiable, or actually criminal?

Jeff Dean is possibly the most important person in several elections. He was largely responsible for programming the optical scanning software currently used in most of the U.S. After Dean was convicted (23 counts of felony theft in the first degree) of planting back doors in his election software and using a "high degree of sophistication" to evade detection over a period of 2 years the company he created software for was bought by Dieblod and he was retained as a consultant by Diebold. (Fact 13 and 14.)

Dean was one of five convicted felons employed as consultants and developers by Diebold to help write the central compiler computer code that counted 50% of the votes in 30 states. (Facts 12 and 13.)

Who is behind it all?

In the U.S., eighty percent of votes are counted by Diebold and ES&S. Diebold's vice-president and the president of ES&S are brothers. (Facts 1 and 3.)

election ballot box drawingDiebold's chairman and CEO is a top donor and campaign organizer for Bush who said (2003) he was "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes TO THE PRESIDENT next year." No international election observers were allowed in Ohio's polls. Diebold is based in Ohio. (Facts 4, 11 and 15.)

The prior chairman of ES&S was one of George W. Bush's top vice-presidential candidates, and recently lied about his ES&S ownership. How do we know this? The Senate Ethics Committee caught him. Note: ES&S equipment counted the votes that he became a U.S. Senator based on. (Facts 5, 6 and 7.)

The U.S. voting machine industry is not regulated or overseen by any federal agency. (Fact 2.)

Contact your representative to let them know what you think! Have different information? Comment!

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  1. AnonymousJuly 08, 2008

    You need to look further into that Jeff Dean thing. Not sure that is accurate, and there is also more to be said.

  2. I wish I could have an opposing view - but after the last 8 years - I'm not so sure this is as 'out there' as I would have thought 8 years ago.

    A reformed Republican, now fervent Democrat since 2004