about Sequoia, and connects the dots:
I’m not issuing this warning lightly, but I think it deserves urgent consideration by the EI movement.
Consider the following facts:
1. On November 1 an election judge volunteer in Arapahoe County, CO reported that in their training session, their Sequoia rep was warning about electoral manipulation, especially that BBV (!) was planning election fraud (original note attached below). He specifically used the phrase “mess with the election”!
3. NYT and other mainstream media recently emerged from their long slumber to focus on…. Sequoia’s ties to Venezuela (read Chavez).
Here’s what kept me awake last night – combine all those facts above with the following nightmare scenario:
4. Suppose Democrats win some, even many races by surprising margins; many but not all of these counties turn out to have Sequoia equipment. We are all initially surprised, and before we can figure out what’s happening…
5. Anecdotal reports of “people messing with the machines” surface in those jurisdictions, and so suspicion is immediately cast on Democrat “zealots”, and, of course – get this – by implication the people who’ve demonstrated they knew about the vulnerability all along by actually writing about it, and thereby also being open to accusations of “publicizing” the attack to their “followers”!
6. Bottom line: the EI movement would be publicly discredited in a firestorm of vengeful right wing round-the-clock spin, or even forced to attack Democrats who would have won an honest election, but apparently won via a tainted election. And EI’s findings about other more serious problems elsewhere would go unheard and we would be taken out of the debate in the crucial post-election debate in either case.
This kind of reverse double-whammy – making Democrats who would have won anyway in an honest count, look guilty of fraud by manipulating the vote too much in their favor – would generate the illusion of a stolen election; one stolen by the Democrats. This is the inverse of what happened in 2000, 2002 and 2004 – which involved generating the illusion of electing their own candidates. Obvio
usly it’s the last thing the public expects; even most of the EI movement would be taken by surprise.
The pattern of using an opponent’s strengths against them, to enlist them to advance your own cause – while short circuiting theirs – is so. totally. the. MO. of. Karl. Rove. Just ask Dan Rather.
So what do I think we should do? I think pre-emption is our only option.
Raise an immediate publicity and legal campaign to file an injunction to require Sequoia to physically secure the “yellow button” before any of their machines can be used tomorrow!
More black propaganda from the GOP
THIS IS NOT AN OFFICIAL DEMOCRATIC VOTER GUIDE!
PASS THIS TO ALL YOUR DEMOCRATIC FRIENDS!
“Wes Boyd, MoveOn.org Political Action”
Date: Sun, 05 Nov 2006 08:03:13 -0800
From: “Wes Boyd, MoveOn.org Political Action”
Subject: Beware: Phony “Democratic” Mailer in California from Oil Companies
Don’t Be Fooled.
Spread the word.
** BEWARE: PHONY VOTING GUIDE IN CALIFORNIA **
Dear MoveOn member,
I just received an election ballot slate card in the mail called “Information Guide for Democrats.” I’ll bet you have too. Look for it. Then throw it away. It’s pure deception. And then get mad. Pretending to be a Democratic slate, this mailer recommends against Propositions 87 and 89, the Clean Energy and Clean Money Initiatives. There’s a picture of this mailer in the sidebar to the right, so you can identify it.
Corporate interests are spending tens of millions of dollars to defeat these two initiatives. And they don’t mind lying and cheating to get what they want. We have to fight this with the simple truth. And with word of mouth. Please pass this email on to all your friends and relatives in California. We’ve got to get out to vote and defeat these guys.
Here’s the slate of endorsements made by MoveOn members themselves:
(based on member votes)
NO on Proposition 85:
Parental Notification for Abortion
YES on Proposition 86:
Fund Health Care / Cigarette Tax
YES on Proposition 87:
YES on Proposition 89:
Clean Money / Public Financing
NO on Proposition 90:
This is a REAL progressive slate. We’ve included a copy of this slate designed for printing and taking to the polls, after this email below. Or go online and check out the endorsements of any public interest organization.
The fact is, the Democratic Party, every major Democratic leader in the state, and the most prominent Democrats nationally including President Clinton and Vice President Gore all strongly support the Clean Energy Initiative, Proposition 87. Of course, big oil is absolutely determined to kill it.
And every major civic organization supports the Clean Money initiative, Proposition 89, including Common Cause and the League of Women Voters. You can check out the endorsements in the links for each proposition above.
Why are big oil and other big money interests working so hard to defeat these progressive initiatives? Because if the truth gets out, they lose. Because if the Clean Money initiative, Proposition 89, passes, they won’t be able to do deceptive mailers like this one. So they’re pulling out all the stops.
We have to counter their lying with truth. We have to counter their money with passion and word of mouth.
Please pass this email on to everyone you know.
And please vote on November 7th.
-Wes Boyd and Joan Blades
November 5, 2006
P.S. Speak Out California has produced an excellent progressive voter guide that summarizes the initiatives and key endorsements:
For a copy of the MoveOn endorsements slate that’s easy to print and take to the polls, you can get a PDF here:
Karl Rove’s Last-Minute “Robocalling” Tactic to Steal the Election
By Bernard Weiner, The Crisis Papers
We all waited for Karl Rove’s “October Surprise,” but it turns out he saved
it for the final 72 hours before Election Day. It’s been termed “robocalling,”
and Democratic and swing voters urgently need to hear about it in these last
moments before voting.
In various key states and districts, Republicans have initiated this dirty
“robocalling” trick. Here, based on preliminary reporting coming in — and Josh
Marshall’s website (www.talkingpointsmemo.com) is right on it — is how it
On an automatic-redial system, registered Democrats are called again and
again and again and again, at any time during the day or night, to hear what
appears to be a message from the Democratic Party in support of the local
Democratic Senate or House candidate. The object is to harass and
annoy the hell out of
these voters, to the point that they’ll take out their anger on the
Democratic candidate by not voting for him or her, or maybe deciding
not to vote in the
election at all.
In other words, yet another version of voter suppression in tight races,
reminiscent of what Republican operatives (with ties to the White House) were
convincted of in New Hampshire last year. In that case, involving the
election, the Republicans automatic-redialed the Democratic Party
headquarters’ phone lines in the final days before the election so
that the Dems’
get-out-the-vote campaign was totally jammed and rendered useless.
The GOP candidate
won the election. (Check out the story at
The point here is that these 2006 “robocalling” attacks aimed at Democrats
are happening at the last minute, and many Democrats may believe them
to be real
and get thoroughly pissed off at the Democratic candidates and decide to not
vote for them or to stay home and not vote at all.
Our job today, the last day before most voters will go to the polls, is to
get the word out across the country, alerting Democrats about this desperation
GOP tactic — and traditional Republicans and swing voters as well, who, if
they found out about this despicable ploy, might well be appalled at
done to manipulate the vote. Let’s shine the light of truth on these rats.
Bob Fertik at Democrats.com recommends the following: “It’s too late for
legal action or even newspaper stories. If you receive one of these
down the time and candidate and call every radio and TV show you can and urge
everyone listening to vote against the disgusting Republican dirty tricksters.
And [[ write an email and ]] forward this email to everyone you know so they
aren’t fooled by Karl Rove’s dirty trick.”
The Republicans aver that they’re doing nothing “illegal” by making their
last-minute phone calls to voters, but it would be a tragedy for our democratic republic if their dastardly tactic worked, only to indict
and convict these guys a year from now for trying to subvert the electoral process.
Apparently, there are variations of last-minute push-phoning in use as well.
In the tight Tennessee Senate race between Repubican Bob Corker and Democrat
Harold Ford Jr., calls are being received by African-American voters, among
others, saying that if they voted for Ford in the primary, they don’t need to
vote again in tomorrow’s general election.
The lesson: Stay alert, get the word out, get Democratic voters to the polls
tomorrow in huge, landslide numbers. We can’t let Rove & his minions steal
yet another election.
Investigators: Political Phone Messages May Be Illegal In N.H.
POSTED: 11:48 pm EST November 3, 2006
UPDATED: 12:09 am EST November 4, 2006
CONCORD, N.H. — It turns out that some of the political phone messages Granite Staters are receiving as Election Day nears may be illegal. The issue revolves around the national Do Not Call registry.
A homeowner in Hillsboro received the same message several times in one day. It began by stating it had information about Paul Hodes, the Democratic challenger for the 2nd Congressional District.
After a few seconds, the ad turns on the attack. It isn’t until the end that you find out it was sponsored by the Republican National Congressional Committee.
“I think this is wrong,” said Martha Child. “When you go out to campaign, you say what you believe. You use radio, TV and other things. I don’t think you call up and say, ‘So-and-so is nasty’ on someone’s private line.”
Child’s frustration with the ad caused her to file a complaint with the New Hampshire attorney general’s office. Her telephone number is listed on the Do Not Call registry, and she felt that she shouldn’t have received the calls.
“It is not permissable to send prerecorded political calls to individuals who are on the Do Not Call list in New Hampshire,” said Assistant Attorney General Jim Kennedy.
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The following email has been sent to various listservs by the party who received these phone calls. It is only one complaint from one party but it is probably indicative of phone calls made to hundreds of voters in the state of New Mexico. Everyone needs to be wary of any phone calls alerting them to last minute changes of polling places. Call your county to find out if there are any changes and then call 1-866-Our-Vote and report the incident:
Yesterday (11/04), about 1pm MST, I rec’d a phone message from the
Republican Party of NM telling me that my polling location was John Adams
Middle School. My polling place is usually Longfellow Elementary about 1
block away. John Adams is about 7 1/2 miles away. In my horror and disgust
I quickly deleted the message.
Thinking that maybe my polling place changed, I then called the **Republican
Party** here and simply asked if they could tell me my polling place. They
asked my address only, I told them, and they said, “You vote at Longfellow.”
This is correct and I hung up.
About 5pm MST, the Republican Party of NM called AGAIN and left a message
telling me that my election day polling place was West Mesa High School,
even further away than John Adams. They gave the full address and zip code.
My Caller ID shows “REPUBLICAN PART.” I DID NOT DELETE THIS MESSAGE.
Then around 7pm MST, the same thing happened. The Republican Party of NM
called and left a message telling me that my election day polling place was
back to John Adams Middle School. My Caller ID shows “NEW MEXICO VICT.” I
did a Google search on the phone number and this entry came up:
New Mexico Republican Party :: CalendarSummary:,
Contact your local county party or call the Victory Office
at (505) XXX-XXXX to find out what you can do to
help our 2006 Republican candidates.
I DID NOT DELETE THIS MESSAGE.
If you want the actual phone numbers, I can give them to you.
I’ve heard that this has been happening in other parts of the country, and I
want to help get the word out that it’s happening in NM. I called TV news
stations, contacted the newspapers, and progressive talk show hosts. I’m
warning people to be on the lookout. Please help me spread the word.
Follow-up: The aggrieved party contacted DNC attorneys who got an injunction against the state Republican party to stop them from giving polling location information to non-Republican voters. There is thought that voters with Hispanic surnames were targeted.
The judge who issued the injunction via cell-phone while she was at a basketball game, has scheduled a hearing for tomorrow. The Dems need to have more voters who will step forward and join in the lawsuit.
NOTE: We will follow-up with contact information for the attorneys just as soon as we can get it.
Executive Director www.votersunite.org and
“We know more today about how to build a machine to take pictures of rocks on Mars than we know about how to build a machine to safeguard the American right to vote.” Rev. DeForest Soaries, the first Chairman of the Election Assistance Commission
VotersUnite! is a national non-partisan organization dedicated to fair and accurate elections. It focuses on distributing well-researched information to elections officials, elected officials, the media, and the public; as well as providing activists with information they need to work toward transparent elections in their communities.
During the lead-up to the November 7th
midterm congressional election, the Republican
Party has appeared to be in serious trouble.
George W. Bush’s approval ratings have been so
consistently low (they’re currently hovering
around the mid-30s) that most Republican
candidates for seats in the Senate and the House
of Representatives have been about as eager to be
seen in his company as to fall into the embrace
of a carrier of bubonic plague. The Democrats
have led by growing margins in every one of the
110 generic opinion polls taken since September
2005, and currently hold a more than 14 percent
lead over the Republicans in the “5-poll moving
average” used by pollsters as the most reliable
guide to trends in public opinion.1
On the reasonable assumption that the
Democrats could expect to receive 60 percent of
the undecided vote, the noted polling and
exit-poll analyst who posts at the Progressive
Independent website under the name ‘TruthIsAll’
has calculated their average anticipated share of
the November 7th vote, as of October 28th, to be
57.8 percent. He estimates that in an election
free from fraud, there is a 97.5 percent
probability that Democratic candidates should
garner, on average, more that 56.4 percent of the
votes cast. Even if the Democrats were to win
only half of the undecided vote, they would quite
certainly-in a fraud-free election-recover
control of the House of Representatives, gaining
at least 25 seats. Whether or not they win
control of the Senate as well would depend-again
assuming a clean election-upon the share of the
undecided vote that they receive: the probability
that with two-thirds of the undecided vote the
Democrats would win control of the Senate is
calculated by ‘TruthIsAll’ as 78 percent.2
But it might be premature to get excited
over the prospect of the United States ceasing to
be a one-party state. For if the Republican party
is in trouble with the electorate, American
democracy is in a much more parlous
condition-thanks largely to the devious
machinations of the Bush Republicans. Given the
accumulating evidence of large-scale and
systematic preparations by the Republicans and
their corporate allies for suppression of the
Democratic vote, for mis- or non-counting of the
vote in Democratic strongholds, and for an
unprecedented level of electronic vote-tabulation
fraud, the likelihood of these midterm elections
being clean is approximately zero.
In order to “tighten” this year’s races, the Busheviki are deploying black propaganda to get people not to vote for Democrats: frequent robocalls apparently promoting Democratic candidates. The calls are highly irritating by design, and meant to so infuriate their targets that the latter will decide not to go out and vote.
So where’s the press coverage of this massive dirty trick?
Contact the media, and demand that they deal with this story NOW!
Stef Cannon writes:
It’s happening all over the country – Kansas, New Hampshire, PA, TN
“(November 05, 2006 — 08:23 PM EST)
A bit more info on the robocall scam coming out of New York state. People on the ground seem to be putting the pieces together. A wave of harassing calls paid for by the NRCC targetting probable Democratic voters and uncommitteds with the intent of getting them pissed off at multiple repeat call-backs from what they think is the Dem campaign.
If you’ve gotten the calls, let us know. We want specifics.
— Josh Marshall “
They’re doing this to John Hall big time. I was up volunteering and went to do GOTV calls after a day of canvassing. I had a huge number of hang ups until finally someone told me why… It seems the RNC has actually hired someone to record the message PRETENDING to be John Hall and then they send out this ROBO call targeting Democrats and waivering Republicans, specifically to turn them away from Hall. Once I realized this I alerted the other callers, who were also getting a lot of hang ups and we switched the script and started aplogizing and asking people if they’d had these calls. I had at least 6 people give me details and we put them in touch with the campaign. We expect that Hall will launch a lawsuite tomorrow and a press release. This also needs to get reported upline to the Feds…
It is unconscionable.
Subj: [CVIvoter] Voter suppression: Fake Robo-Calls Across the Country to Voters into Not Voting Democratic
Date: 11/6/2006 12:11:14 AM Eastern Standard Time
Sent from the Internet
“The culprit in this race is the National Republican Congressional Committee, an organization that’s used such scurrilous campaign tactics this season that it has been disavowed in some instances by the candidates it is supporting.”
More GOP Dirty Tricks: Fake Robo-Calls Across the Country
Meant to Annoy Voters into NOT Voting Democraticâ€¦
Posted By Brad On 5th November 2006 @ 21:45 In Election Irregularities, Pennsylvania, Election 2006, New York, Connecticut, Dirty Tricks, New Hampshire, Kansas | No Comments
John Aravosis over at AMERICAblog reports  the dirty tricks are spreading. Note: The fake robo-calls reported here are distinct from the GOP phone-calls reported here by John Gideon earlier in New Mexico attempting to disinform Hispanic voters that their polling place had changedâ€¦
Republican “fake phone call” scandal spreads – now in Philly too
by John in DC – 11/05/2006 09:39:00 PM
This is turning into a big story.  They’re doing it across the country – Kansas, NH, and now PA. This is the Republican October Surprise, launched in November. It’s to cheat, pretend that they are Democrats calling voters and then piss the voters off so much that they don’t vote for the Democrats.
That’s called lying and cheating in order to suppress the vote, and it’s illegal. And the Republican party admits they’re doing it.
States in which GOP fake calls are happening so far:
* Philly 
* Kansas 
* NH 
* CT 
* NY 
Article printed from The BRAD BLOG: http://www.bradblog.com
(November 05, 2006 — 05:37 PM EDT)
More from NY-19 on the robo-calls from TPM Reader VO …
I was handing out leaflets for John Hall yesterday at a grocery store. There were two tables, a Democratic one and a Republican one.
When I was handing out palm cards, several people said to me something like, “I WAS going to vote for John Hall, until I got all those phone calls. I got seven or eight, right at dinner time.”
The guy from the Republican table, who was a local district leader– friendly and chatty, actually came over to me and said, “You know, most of those are coming from Sue’s office, but don’t tell anybody.”
I don’t know how high his connections are to the Kelly campaign, but that’s the information he volunteered.
CT (November 05, 2006 — 05:48 PM EDT)
More of the scam calls from the NRCC, from TPM Reader PS …
I was canvassing in Stamford, CT for Lamont and Farrel yesterday… some of the canvassers were talking about a nasty robocall hit on Farrell, which they said people at the doors had talked about. I didn’t hear that at the door personally, but I wasn’t focusing on the congressional race – i was talking about Lamont primarily.
Apparently the call starts with something along the lines of “Diane Farrell has some information for you,” then pauses, waiting for annoyed people to hang up, and then delivers a negative message about Farrell. The canvassers say the call has hit some people as much as 6 times, and at 5 – 6am as well. Presumably, the intent is to annoy people and stick Farrell with the negative name ID as somebody who keeps robo-calling them.
We won’t be able to get to the bottom of this operation until after Tuesday, which is the point. They’ll happily pay the fines for breaking the federal regs on misidentifying calls.
PA Posted on Wed, Nov. 01, 2006
Jill Porter | GOP ‘robocall’ tactics make me sick
BEING SICK in bed, which I was for the past couple of weeks, is bad enough.
But being sick in bed while living in a political combat zone – in this case, the 6th Congressional District – is enough to MAKE YOU WANT TO KILL SOMEBODY.
My God, the phone calls! Just as I’d begin to drift off to sleep, the phone would ring and it would be YET ANOTHER DAMN COMPUTERIZED MESSAGE ABOUT LOIS MURPHY.
One, two, three, four times a day it seemed, the phone rang with “robocalls” about the Democratic challenger to incumbent GOP Rep. Jim Gerlach in one of the nastiest races in the country.
I never listened to one word of it, just slammed the phone down and seethed with resentment.
Now, there’s an effective campaign strategy, I thought: Infuriate the voters so much that they won’t vote.
What part of “Do Not Call” don’t campaign advisers get?
Sure, “political speech” is exempt from FCC regulations prohibiting unwanted phone solicitations. But since most Americans consider unsolicited calls an invasion of privacy, why would any campaign flood voters with prefab rhetoric?
Yes, the tactic is cheap – in many cases, pennies a phone call, compared with the $15 to $30 an hour pols used to have to pay for telemarketers to call the old-fashioned way.
There are dozens of online computerized-call firms available to do the dirty work. And it’s much cheaper in a costly media market such as Philadelphia to use robocalls than to pay for TV ads.
But if they annoy voters rather than enlighten them, what’s the point?
That’s what I asked Lois Murphy’s campaign yesterday.
The answer was simple:
“It’s not us!”
Only three recorded calls have been made on behalf of Murphy’s campaign, including one from Gov. Rendell, which were sponsored by the Democratic State Committee.
The rest? A “dirty trick” by the Republicans, said communications director Amy Bonitatibus.
The calls, which begin by offering “important information about Lois Murphy,” are designed to mislead voters into thinking the m
s from her.
Most recipients slam down the phone before finding out otherwise – and then call to complain.
“We’ve got a ton of complaints, starting about two weeks ago,” Bonitatibus said.
“Some of our biggest supporters have said, ‘If you call me again, I’m not voting for Lois.’ “
Ah, a great tactic on behalf of Gerlach’s campaign, then?
Not so, said John Gentzel, communications director. “We’ve only done a handful – maybe five – in the last couple of months.”
Gentzel said they use admittedly unpopular robocalls only to respond quickly to misinformation in a political mailer about Gerlach’s voting record.
“This is not us. We’re sorry. We’re not making these calls.”
The culprit in this race is the National Republican Congressional Committee, an organization that’s used such scurrilous campaign tactics this season that it has been disavowed in some instances by the candidates it is supporting.
In the past week alone, FCC records reflect $22,119 for anti-Murphy phone-bank expenses, said NRCC spokesman Ed Petru.
If the robocalls cost a dime, which is a high estimate, that would be 220,000 calls right there.
As I’ve already reported, BushCo’s DoJ is now “investigating” the alleged connection between Sequoia, the e-voting machinery manufacturer, and Hugo Chavez, president of Venezuela. Sequoia is currently owned by SmartMatic, a Venezuelan firm, and one that Chavez uses for his own electoral purposes.
It doesn’t take a giant leap of the imagination to discern the actual propaganda purpose of that inquiry: BushCo’s ongoing attempt to cast the Democrats as the main perpetrators of election fraud in the United States. For that purpose it would help enormously to find some way of blaming the whole festering scandal of e-voting machinery on “the left,”which, in the minds of Bush & Co. and much of the media, includes Chavez, the Clintons, Jesse Jackson, Sean Penn, Barbara Streisand, Michael Moore, George Clooney, Rahm Emanuel, the Dixie Chicks, George Soros and the Shining Path
And so it may be useful to take note of where Sequoia’s product will in fact be used on this Election Day. Here, from my friend R. Miller (no relation), is a survey of Sequoia’s current reach–extending to such major sites of GOP’s electoral malfeasance as Arizona, Florida, Nevada, Pennsylvania and New Mexico.
If the Democrats do sweep such places, and perform especially well according to Sequoia’s DRE machines and op-scanners, I’ll then be willing to believe that Venezuela’s big, bad president may actually exert some influence on our elections. Otherwise, this notion of some sort of leftist plot to rob the GOP of votes should stand exposed as just another pack of crackpot lies cooked up and circulated for the sake of this regime.
Article link – (article also mentions Sequoia’s denial of ties to Venezuela)
As of October, various machines from Sequoia were certified for use in Arizona, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
List of Sequoia Glitches tallied by Rocky Mountain News last May (also includes specific cities that have had problems with Sequoia voting machines): http://tinyurl.com/wwuqo