Three eVoting Whistleblowers Interviewed Together for the First Time
Guest Host, Ion Sancho with Stephen Heller, Bruce Funk
Wednesday, May 2, 8-9 PM Eastern
1360 AM Philadelphia’s Renaissance Station
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“A Republic, if you can keep it”
3 American heroes address Franklin’s challenge & 2008
Tune in to Voice of the Voters this Wednesday, May 2 at 8PM as guest host Ion Sancho leads a timely exploration of the REAL and fundamental issues which will determine the answer to Ben Franklinâ€™s famous challenge…. and impact YOUR Vote and the integrity of and confidence in OUR Election System.
Three American heroes, who have paid a high price to find and speak the truth about our serious election problems, share their personal experiences, as they paint a comprehensive picture of electronic voting problems, the deceptive practices of corporations, the often misguided relationships between election officials and voting machine vendors, political appointees making key (& often controversial) decisions with little oversight, and the various system insecurities…and how the voice/involvement of citizens is left out.
Together, they provide a concise and compelling perspective of what is really happening in our election system, and WHAT most needs to be done and WHY, IF we are to secure fair and open elections in 2008 and beyond.
As always, John Gideon, Executive Director of Voters Unite will give Voice of the Voters listeners a round-up of all the week’s voting news.
PLEASE SHARE/POST THIS MESSAGE WIDELY…. ALSO CALL/WRITE TO ADD YOUR QUESTIONS/CONCERNS. AS CONGRESS CONSIDERS ELECTION LEGISLATION, THIS WEEK’S SHOW BEGINS AN IMPORTANT THREE-PART SERIES TO SEEK THE VITAL FACTS AND PROVIDE INPUT FROM VARIOUS SIDES OF THIS DEBATE.
Steve Heller became known as the “Diebold Whistle blower” when in January 2004, he stole and exposed legal documents providing smoking gun evidence about Diebold Election Systems’ nefarious activities in the State of California. Partly as a result of Heller’s actions, in April 2004, former California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley de-certified Diebold in California for what he called their “fraudulent,” “despicable,” and “deceitful behavior.”
From Utah, Bruce Funk , who with Harry Hursti, was able to prove the insecurity of Diebold machines and the fact that votes could be made to disappear without evidence. He is the Emery County Clerk, who, under pressure, resigned his position rather than preside over elections that used Diebold machinery.
This week’s special guest host, Ion Sancho is the Supervisor of Elections in Leon County, Florida, and the first elected official in the country to call for and carry out independent testing of electronic voting machines in his county and with Harri Hurst’s famed hacking demonstration, proved just how easily votes could be changed without trace of the . He is a legend in voting rights circles. In December of 2005, Mr. Sancho stepped onto the national stage when he became the first elected official in the country to call for and carry out independent testing of his county’s electronic voting machines.
Voice of the Voters is an hour devoted to voting rights, election reform and voter-verified paper ballots. Ultimately it is an exploration of Representative Democracy itself and the responsibilities of citizens and their elected representatives. It airs every Wednesday night at 8:00 PM ET on 1360 AM and on the Internet. (http://wnjc.duxpond.com/)
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As congress considers H.R. 811, this week’s show begins an important three-part series to get the truth and provide input from both sides of this debate.
May 9: Discussion/Debate from both sides of the H.R. 811 controversy.
May 16: A special guest who will bring it all together.
Ion Sancho was elected to his first term as the Supervisor Of Elections for Leon County, Florida in November 1988. He was re-elected in 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004, serving his fifth term as of January 2, 2005.
During his years of service as Leon County’s Supervisor Of Elections, Mr. Sancho has devoted special attention to modernizing the county’s voting system and increasing the participation of citizens in the democratic process.
Mr. Sancho’s credentials include: J.D. Florida State University Law School, 1987: B.A. Social Science, Stetson University, 1978; A.A. Valencia Community College, 1973; State Certified Supervisor Of Elections; Nationally certified by the Elections Center as a Certified Elections/Registration Administrator (CERA); Former staff member, Florida House of Representatives, Corrections, Probation & Parole Committee; Center for Policy Alternatives, Voter Participation Advisory Board; Member, The Elections Center; Past Member, Big Bend Saltwater Classic.
Steve Heller became known as the “Diebold Whistle-blower” when in January 2004, he stole and exposed legal documents providing smoking gun evidence about Diebold Election Systems’ nefarious activities in the State of California. Partly as a result of Heller’s actions, in April 2004, former California Secretary of State Kevin Shelley de-certified Diebold in California for what he called their “fraudulent,” “despicable,” and “deceitful behavior.”
For stealing and exposing the documents, Steve was charged by the Los Angeles District Attorney with three felonies. In November 2006, he pleaded guilty to one felony count of unauthorized access to a computer. He is currently on felony probation.
Steve is an actor, writer, political progressive and election integrity activist. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife, actor and writer Michele Gregory.
Mr. Funk’s story and selected biographical information can be found here.