INTERNATIONAL PUBLIC RELATIONS
CANDIDATE CLINT CURTIS JOINS PROGRESSIVE DEMOCRATS OF AMERICA AND ELECTION REFORM ADVOCATES IN DECLARING ‘NO CONFIDENCE’ IN SAN DIEGO BUSBY/BILBRAY ELECTION RESULTS
JOINS CALL FOR IMMEDIATE HAND-COUNT OF ALL BALLOTS
Titusville, FL — Clint Curtis, candidate for the U.S. House in Florida’s 24th District, joins the Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) and the California Election Protection Network (CEPN) in calling for a full hand-count of paper ballots “to determine the level of accuracy or error in the Diebold voting system used” in the recent special election to replace jailed Republican San Diego Congressman Randy “Duke” Cunningham.
The San Diego County registrar allowed poll workers to store the Diebold voting machines overnight in their homes, cars and garages in the days and weeks prior to the election — in direct violation of state and federal voting machine security rules, provisions and laws rendering them uncertified for use in the election.
Therefore, Curtis joins PDA and CEPN in declaring “No Confidence” in the machine tally results of the closely-watched Busby/Bilbray contest.
“Election officials are required to follow the rules and laws,” says Curtis, a long-time election integrity advocate. “We pay them to conduct accurate elections in which the voters can have confidence. Nobody can have confidence in the way the election in San Diego County was run on June 6th.”
Curtis continued, “A hand-count of the paper ballots in CA-50 must occur in order for the election to have any legitimacy. We must address these overall problems before the nationwide Election Day in November. As is, we are now looking at a massive meltdown in these hackable and unreliable voting systems on a national scale. Our current electoral situation is at a critical crisis point, and we must take decisive action now on these matters. “
Software engineer Jim Soper, of the non-partisan CEPN, says, “These elections were conducted under illegal conditionsÅ The results could very well have been compromised, and we have no basis for confidence in the reported results.”
PDA Board Chair Mimi Kennedy says, “The Diebold machines, which have memory cards, were not kept in proper custody as prescribed in guidelines issued…(by) the National Association of State Elections Directors (NASED) Å Failure to comply with [these security requirements] negates the voting system’s status as a NASED-qualified voting system.“
As the San Diego registrar has admitted, storage of voting machines in the cares and garages of poll workers cannot be considered secure as required by NASED.
Curtis, a government whistleblower and election reform expert, knows from personal experience the extreme vulnerability of electronic voting machines. In 2000, while working as a computer programmer, he was asked by an elected state official to create a prototype vote-rigging computer program. That official was Tom Feeney, now a Congressman (FL-24), close ally of disgraced former legislators Tom Delay and Duke Cunningham, and a guest of Jack Abramoff on his infamous golf junkets to Scotland.
Curtis is now running to unseat Feeney in the November election. “Without verifiable, transparent elections, there’s no guarantee that our government is being run by officials who have been elected by the people, which raises serious questions about the legitimacy of our democracy. I have been working with groups like PDA, VelvetRevolution.org, VoteTrustUSA.org, and other election integrity advocates to open the eyes of the American people about this critical issue. These matters are important to Republican and Democrat alike. These are not matters of right or left – but matters of right and wrong.”
More information on the Clint Curtis for Congress Campaign can be found at www.clintcurtis.com.
PDA Press Release: http://pdamerica.org/articles/campaigns/busby-handcount.php
CEPN Press Release: http://www.califelectprotect.net/home.html
Security Analysis of the Diebold AccuBasic Interpreter: http://tinyurl.com/hga4h
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