Voting machines "security" is WORTHLESS

Voting machine security seals penetrated

A couple of 54-year old women from Black Box Voting
bought $12 worth of tools and in four minutes penetrated the memory card
seals, removed, replaced the memory card, and sealed it all up again without
leaving a trace. This experiment shows that the seals do nothing whatever to
protect against access by insiders after testing, and the seals also are
worthless in jurisdictions like Washington, Florida, California, and many
other locations where voting machines are sent home with poll workers for
days before the election.

The Busby-Bilbray contest in San Diego now has proof that the optical scan
machines sent home with poll workers subjected the tamper-friendly memory
cards to an non-recoverable lapse in chain of custody. The recipe for
tampering has been on the Internet for over a year:

The photos below blow apart claims by elections officials that voting
machine “sleepovers” — sending voting machines home with poll workers for
days or weeks prior to elections — are secure because of seals over the
memory card.

Two Black Box Voting studies in Leon County, Florida proved that election
results can be altered in such a way that the supervisor of elections cannot
detect the tampering. Not to worry, we were told by elections officials. The
memory cards are sealed inside the machines.

But then Black Box Voting purchased an optical scan machine and obtained
discarded voting machine seals from King County, Washington. Here’s what we


The cover can be removed without detection by removing five screws. Inside,
all that stands between a pollworker (or an insider at the warehouse or
elections office) and the open-for-business memory card is a washer which
you can unscrew.

See the memory card: It is the item in the slot that says “this side up.”
Diebold’s first line of defense is a metal door that pivots down over the
memory card slot.

See how the door works: The hole in the right side of the door is
over-large, so you can move the right-side bolt in and out at will.
Therefore, they seal the right-side bolt.

See the hole in the top of the right-side bolt: The plastic seal is threaded
through that.

See the plastic seal: This plastic seal was used by King County. It had been
broken and discarded, so we used the high-tech method of putting an orange
rubber band on it to hold it together for this demo. The seal is pointless
anyway, as you’ll soon see.

See the screws holding the Diebold AccuVote optical scan machine together:
There are five. We tried a Phillips-head screwdriver on the thing.

See the screws come out: What’s inside?

See the left-side bolt. Can you remove it? We stuck a small Allen wrench
into the bolt.

See that nut on the screw: (Red arrow) We got out a pair of pliers.

Is it possible that Diebold does not know this??? Grasp nut with pliers,
twirl Allen wrench and see what happens.

See the bolt come off. But can you get the memory card out?

See the metal door pivot to the right: Remove the memory card.

We then put it all back together without leaving a trace. Cost for
materials: $12. Time: 4 minutes to open, remove card, re-insert card and
re-seal everything.

San Diego, June 6 2006: Sent these voting machines home with poll workers
for sleepovers. They said the seal on the memory card bay made it secure.

STILL GOING HOME FOR SLEEPOVERS in King County, Washington: King County
elections officials told citizens on Aug. 29 2006 in a videotaped statement
that they are using the door and plastic tab seal as shown in these
pictures, and they are sending the voting machines home with poll workers
for the September primary election.


Black Box Voting has prepared a Citizen’s Tool Kit — basically a brain dump
of the things that worked during our last three years in the field. It is
organized into modules, each only a few pages long, bullet points, easy to

Two modules can help you address this issue in your area:
Media Module: (tips to get
this into the media in your location)
Adopt a public official module: (tips to
educate, persuade, and hold public officials accountable)

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Say NO to Disney's pro-Bush propaganda!

Hi Mark and all,

You probably know about this idiotic “docudrama” Path to 9/11. There
is a petition circulating to try and stop this nonsense.




The ABC television network — a cog in the Walt Disney empire —
unleashed a promotional blitz in the last week for a new “docudrama”
called “The Path to 9/11”. ABC has thrown its corporate might behind
the two-night production, and bills it as a public service: a TV
event, to quote the ABC tagline, “based on the 9/11 Commission

That’s false. “The Path to 9/11” is actually a bald-faced attempt to
slander Democrats and revise history right before Americans vote in a
major election.

The miniseries, which was put together by right-wing conservative
writers, relies on the old GOP playbook of using terrorism to scare
Americans. “The Path to 9/11” mocks the truth and dishonors the
memory of 9/11 victims to serve a cheap, callous political agenda.
It irresponsibly misrepresents the facts and completely distorts the

Join me in telling Walt Disney CEO Robert Iger to keep this
propaganda off the air.


The world can't wait!

I’ll be speaking at the NY event tonight, at the Metropolitan Community Church, 446 W. 36th St., at 7:00 p.m.


“So, taking the lead in full page advertisements in The New York Times is a new group by the name of The World Can’t Wait. They are not waiting for Congress to impeach Bush. They want a mass mobilization to make Bush/Cheney resign. Richard Nixon resigned and Vice President, Spiro Agnew, resigned for causes far less momentous than the crimes of these stubborn recidivists in control of our federal government.” – Ralph Nader

Thursday, September 7: Nationwide Organizing Meetings 7pm
In every city where the movement to Drive Out the Bush Regime is, and places were it isn’t yet, people will gather simultaneously at 7pm on Thursday September 7 to get organized. Learn more about making October 5 a giant step toward driving the Bush Regime from office, and meet others ready to organize for a day of mass protest exactly 4 weeks later.
Then, on Thursday October 5, in those cities, and more, people will make a huge political statement that cannot be ignored by massing in large numbers to say: “Bring This to a Halt! The World Can’t Wait! Drive Out the Bush Regime!”

Paul Lehto on "election nullification"

Court Rules Against Voter-Supervised Elections
A RawStory exclusive Interview with Paul Lehto, covering recent election nullification of yet another congressional challenge, this time on the Republican primary ballot in Nevada (the judge favoring congressional candidate and secretary of state Dean Heller of Nevada (R-Sequoia Voting Systems)), and also covering the possible application of the constitutional Art I, sec. 5 “election nullification” arguments overbroadly but successfully applied in California’s 50th Cong. District to the congressional seat recently vacated by Tom DeLay in Texas in order to steal a seat presently slated as a pickup for the Democrats in Congress.
Lehto argues that there MUST BE AND THERE ARE public rights and ability to supervise elections, consistent with his Zogby poll he commission in August 2006 showing 92% support in the public for public witnessing of vote counting and public right to information regarding vote counting. See
The few critics of Lehto’s position regarding congressional election contests by citizens that have emerged state (in essence) that Lehto is wrong on the law and it simply does not provide citizen rights in elections, and they claim that only congressional candidates can file and only with the Clerk of the House of Representatives, where the House gets to “check and balance” its own exercise of absolute power to swear someone in prematurely, before well over ten thousand ballots are counted and weeks before completion of vote counting and certification. They say the exclusive jurisdiction of the legislative branch must be protected and is protected by the clear language of Art. 1 sec 5.
Lehto’s response: “This ignores the issue of whether the premature swearing was a constitutionally valid act, because if it is, then we need not have elections at all since the power to swear in will trump at any time. Indeed the North County Times quotes the judge as specifically stating “once the House selects its member,” exclusive authority passes to the House. The use of the phrase that Congress “selects” rather than the People “elect” is important, I think, if you’re serious about democracy. See Democracy Denied: Meet the New Boss, at paragraph 1
Furthermore, if my critics were right and the citizens have indeed been left bereft of any meaningful rights in elections, then this case and these arguments need EVEN MORE attention, since the public definitely does not know or expect that their politicians and judges are operating this way. I expect that 92% or more of all Americans will be angry about this kind of premature election nullification where congresspeople are selected by the House instead of elected by the People, and any reduction from that high figure will be from overly partisan folks who take the other side because they like the political party that won. But ultimately, stripped of party labels, all Americans know this is dead wrong, it’s just easier to clarify the law through the Courts than storming the halls of Congress to demand our democracy back.”

Has Bush gone over the edge?

An increasing number of Republicans, ranging from former conservative Congressman Joe Scarborough to former President George H.W. Bush, worry that President George W. Bush’s tenuous hold on reality is slipping away and the leader of the free world may be sliding into a full-fledged mental breakdown.

Scarborough sounded the warning recently when he devoted an episode of his MSNBC talk show to the topic “Is Bush an Idiot?” Other published reports say Bush’s own father is worried about his son’s mental state. Psychiatrists who have observed Bush during his presidency share this concern.

Bush family insiders say the former President’s concern over his son’s mental state was a primary reason why the President made a rare appearance at the family home in Connecticut during August. Bush rarely visits his father. In fact, NBC news anchor Brian Williams recently reported that former President Bill Clinton, who defeated the elder Bush after one term, visits his former rival more often.

Read more.

Five things to do before Election Day

Five things to do before Election Day (and starting now):

1. Call, write and email the press–newspapers, magazines, radio and TV stations, Web sites, etc. –and demand that they start covering election fraud, and efforts at election reform, locally and nationwide.
2. Call, write and email your elected representatives, demanding that they start to talk about the issue, and asking where they stand on it. (Concerning it, the Democrats have been all talk–and not very much of that. A few months ago, Hillary Clinton, in Columbus, gave a powerful speech about election fraud in Ohio. She got a huge response, then dropped the issue. Why? Does she not want to be elected president some day? If she intends to do it honestly, she ought to face this problem now.)
3. Work to build the turn-out on Election Day. The bigger the turn-out, the harder it will be to justify the GOP’s next “upset victory.” This time, we must cast the act of going out to vote as itself a crucial gesture on behalf of free and fair elections. This next national turn-out must be larger than it’s ever been in any mid-term cycle.
4. Volunteer to monitor the voting in your precinct, or wherever you decide you’re needed most.
You’ll need to be prepared, because “observing” per se just won’t cut it any more. Be an exit-polling volunteer, or track the precinct postings and record the data, or watch the vote-count, or see how long the lines are. Be sure to bring a video camera, so that you have the footage to support your claims.
5. At the same time, look past this next election, and get ready, psychologically, to stand up and say “NO” if there is reason to believe that the official outcome is suspicious. In 2000, 2002 and 2004, we let the Bush Republicans waltz off with three unlikely “victories” (and we let the Democrats, by and large, sit there as limp as noodle). The time for such passivity is over. If we regard ourselves as citizens of a democracy, we are now morally obliged to say “Enough!”–as they did in Ukraine, and as they’re doing now in Mexico.

A letter to the Washington Post

To the Editor of the Washington Post

In his op-ed column “México: Democracy Under Threat”
Enrique Krause gives a delightful short history of
democracy in México. Oddly, however, he asserts that
“[2006 presidential candidate] López Obrador isn’t the
heir of liberal democrats Benito Juárez and Francisco
I. Madero, but of Porfirio Díaz and Victoriano Huerta,
the coup leaders who smothered Mexico’s two initial
attempts at democracy.” In fact, like Juárez and
Madero, López Obrador has dedicated his life to
improving the lot of lower income citizens, while Díaz
and Huerta were military generals unswervingly
friendly to big business. A notable omission in Dr.
Krause’s history was populist Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas’
early lead in his 1988 bid for the Mexican presidency,
which mysteriously vanished after a computer crash.
In the 2004 U.S. Election, the exit polls showed Kerry
leading nationally by nearly 3% all day long, but
following a computer blackout they had him losing by
about 3%. Dr. Krause wonders what Americans would
have thought had Kerry claimed “massive fraud” and
asked his followers to protest on the Mall in
Washington. I wonder too.

David G.
San Carlos, Sonora, México

Phone briefing on military vote! Today!

From: DoD Advisories [mailto:dladvisories_sender@DTIC.MIL]
Sent: Tuesday, September 05, 2006 10:06 AM
Subject: Armed Forces Federal Voting Assistance Program
U.S. Department of Defense
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No. 076-06 September 05, 2006
Armed Forces Federal Voting Assistance Program
Michael L. Dominguez, principal Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, will conduct a media telephone roundtable today, Tuesday, Sept. 5, at 2:30 p.m. EDT to discuss the departments’ electronic voting system and the casting of absentee ballots from military personnel stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
In order to gain access to this call, please dial 1 (866) 866-2244. The password will be 9120436.
For additional information, call (703) 697-5133.

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