Media Advisory Contact: Abbe Waldman DeLozier 512/736-5802
April 2, 2007 Vickie Karp 512/775-3737
TECHNOLOGY SECURITY EXPERT CONCURS
ELECTRONIC VOTING “UNSAFE FOR VOTERS”;
TEXAS HAND-COUNTED PAPER BALLOT BILL OF 2007, HB 3894
INTRODUCED BY REP. LON BURNAM
Wednesday, April 4th, 2pm CST, Austin Capitol, Rm. E2.028, Texas House Committee on Elections hearing: Bruce Oâ€™Dell, an award-winning software designer specializing in software security for American Express, General Motors, and other Fortune 100 companies, will deliver a 20 minute presentation to the Committee on why electronic voting is neither secure nor reliable and should be banned for use in Texas.
Thursday, April 5th, Austin Capitol, Rm E2.002, Legislative Conference Room, 11:15 am CST: Press Conference
Rep Lon Burnam, Texas House District 90, will make the announcement of new HB 3894, mandating paper ballots, hand-counted in public view with citizen oversight, with totals posted at the precinct level.
- David Rogers, assistant general counsel of the Texas Legal Foundation and former campaign manager for Republican Texas Supreme Court Justice Candidate Steve Smith, will make a statement about his experience in the Texas 2006 primary regarding e-voting disaster and huge cost of recounts that do not even reflect voter intent. Rogers is a longtime conservative Republican activist.
- Bruce Oâ€™Dell, (mentioned above), will give a statement about why electronic voting is unsafe and can not technically be made “easier, faster, nor secureâ€¦”
- Sputnik, Founder and State Chairman of the Texas Motorcycle Bikersâ€™ Association, member of the National Legislation Task Force and a member of the Texas Chapter of the Lawmakers Club. Sputnik will speak in support of HB 3894.
- Vickie Karp, PR Director, Vote Rescue and Board Member, Black Box Voting, will address why “voter verifiable paper audit trails” wonâ€™t solve e-voting fraud, and introduce VoteRescueâ€™s Cost Analysis of E-Voting Elections vs. Hand-Counted Paper Ballots. Joni Ashbrook of VoteRescue will present a short summary of the astronomical costs of electronically held elections as reported through interviews with Texas county election officials.
Karen Renick, Founder and Director of VoteRescue, Austin election integrity group supporting HB 3894, will introduce the “Vote-PAD”, the non-electronic voting system which allows the disabled to vote without assistance, fulfilling the mandate of the Help America Vote Act of 2002.
Thursday, April 5th, Austin Capitol, Rm. E2.002, Legislative Conference Room, Noon CST â€“ 1:30 pm. A video presentation of a hacking of real Diebold electronic voting equipment (a vendor used in Texas), and a presentation by Bruce Oâ€™Dell on the acute security issues with electronic voting in Texas. Lunch, plus three repeat presentations: Noon â€“ 12:30pm; 12:30pm â€“ 1pm; and 1pm â€“ 1:30 pm. All Texas Representatives, Senators, and their Legislative Staff have been personally invited. The media is welcome to attend.
Thursday, April 5th, First Unitarian Universalist Church, 4700 Grover, Austin, Texas, 7-10 pm: Showing of the startling and revealing HBO documentary, “Hacking Democracy”, featuring the electronic vote fraud research of Bev Harris of Black Box Voting and ending with the hacking of real Diebold electronic Optical Scan voting equipment in a sanctioned setting in Leon County, Florida under direct supervision of the Superviser of Elections, Ion Sancho on certified election equipment; and presentation and follow up explanation by Bruce Oâ€™Dell. Media welcome.