E-vote giants called to account in Florida!

Investigation Into Refusal by Companies to do Business with Leon County, FL Election Supervisor Who Discovered Diebold E-Voting Security Flaw!

Just out from AP, the Florida state Attorney General has subpoenaed the three Electronic Voting Machine companies who have all now refused to do business with Leon County, FL Election Supervisor Ion Sancho since he discovered that Diebold’s optical-scan voting system was vulnerable to hackers.

Sancho’s discovery, revealed via a mock election test last December, showed in no uncertain terms that Diebold’s systems could be hacked, the results of an election flipped, without a trace being left behind.

Since then, as The BRAD BLOG has previously reported, all three Voting Machine Vendors certified to do business in the state have all refused to sign contracts with the heroic elected official (even though sales reps from both ES&S and Sequoia had initially promised to do so)…

Italy beware!

in studio Martino Seniga
con Edoardo Fleischner e Stefano Lamorgese
in collegamento da NEW YORK
Mark Crispin Miller – professore di “Ecologia dei media” alla New York University

Viaggio nel sito di RAINEWS24 per vedere lo speciale dedicato alle elezioni e i link ai siti elettorali piu’ interessanti. Tra questi anche due siti pensati per aiutare chi e’ ancora indeciso sul proprio voto e sulla propria collocazione politica: www.chivotare.it e http://bweb.voisietequi.it/



Electoral snafu in Pennsylvania

From Bo Lipari:

A problem with Sequoia Advantage DREs in Pennsylvania, similar to recent problems in Cook County Illinois. Notice the article suffers from common media misrepresentations – failures are always called “glitches”, errors are always “minor” (as in, “wouldn’t have affected the outcome of the election”), and it doesn’t discuss the potential impact of the problem (cast votes have disappeared and can not be retrieved).

Note also that this particular “test” involved casting only 12 votes, which is not a real test, but even then the cards carrying the vote totals were corrupted.


Minor glitch found in Allegheny County voting machines

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Wednesday, March 29, 2006
Expert tricks county’s new electronic system but calls the problem a minor one
By Tracie Mauriello, Post-Gazette Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG — After four hours of testing yesterday, a glitch was found in the voting system Allegheny County is planning to use in the May 16 primary.

“So far, it’s not fatal,” said Michael Shamos, the Carnegie Mellon University professor who will recommend whether the system should be certified in Pennsylvania.

“You do have some diagnosing to do,” he told representatives of Sequoia Voting Systems, the Oakland, Calif.-based manufacturer of the AVC Advantage voting machines tested yesterday.

Keep the machines out of Dutchess County!

Hosted by Assemblyman Joel Miller & Supervisor Joan Pagones
March 30th, 6:30pm at the Fishkill Town Hall
located on Route 52 in Fishkill.

In Attendance:

Mr. Bob Brehm, Deputy Director of Public Information at the New York State Board of Elections

Mr. David Gamache and Ms. Fran Knapp, Commissioners of the Dutchess County Board of Elections
State and Local government officials

Machine vendors currently seeking federal and state certification are expected to give formal demonstrations of their touch screen and optical scan equipment. We will discuss the pros and cons of the different machines, the costs and technology involved, and the process of certifying and choosing a machine that’s right for New York State and Dutchess County. This event is free and open to the public.

For questions or directions, please contact
(845) 463-1635 or millerj[at]assembly.state.ny.us
Vicky Perry,
MidHudson Verified Voting, coordinator, mhvv.org

Keep the machines out of Westchester County!

This is your chance to let our Westchester Commissioners know what you think.

Please forward this notice to others.

Our Westchester Commissioners, like the other Election Commissioners all over the state, have been heavily lobbied by the vendors of electronic machines. They will choose the electronic voting machines unless they hear from us. This demonstration has not been widely publicized, so it is up to you to pass the word and get to the demo if you possibly can.

Be sure to fill out on the survey card that you want to vote on paper ballots.

Beware: if this demonstration is like the others around the state, it will be a big sales pitch for touchscreens, put on by vendors who want to sell their touchscreens voting machines. Expect to be surrounded by vendors enthusiastically demonstrating the huge touchscreen machines with all their bells and whistles, and having to look to find the modest scanners.

Questions to ask the vendors about electronic voting machines:
Where is the voter verified paper audit trail that is required by law?
Where does the paper go after I push the button to cast my vote?
What happens if the printer runs out of ink or breaks down?
Who is going to count the paper audit trail slips of paper?
What happens if the computer registers a different candidate than I voted for?
What happens if the computer loses votes, adds votes or crashes during an election? (If they say that never happens, ask for proof. We have thousands of examples of malfunctions during elections.)
Voting Machine Demonstration
Thursday Mar 30 1-7 PM
Westchester County Center Room B
10-12 AM Private viewing for officials
1-7 PM` Public forum
This is your chance to give our Board of Elections your input into the selection of voting machines. Four vendors that will be applying for state certification will demonstrate their new voting systems in an effort to gain feedback from the Westchester community. They will show the optical scanners used to count paper ballots as well as the touchscreen voting machines that they are heavily promoting.

For more information, contact
Deputy-Commissioner Jeannie L. Palazola 995-2384

“… touch-screen machines are highly vulnerable to being hacked or maliciously programmed to change votes. And they cost far more than voting machines should.” New York Times editorial, March 9, 2005

New York City Council meeting cancelled


The Governmental Operations Committee of the NY City Council will NOT hold a hearing on HAVA Compliance on April 3. Our hearing on HAVA Compliance and new voting technology is now TENTATIVELY scheduled for Friday April 28

Please make phone calls today to support Resolution 131 for paper ballots/optical scanners and against electronic voting in NYC

1. Current Sponsors of Resolution 131 — Thank these sponsors!

Arroyo, Maria Del Carmen
Baez, Maria
Barron, Charles (Lead Sponsor)
Clarke, Yvette D.
Foster, Helen D.
Gonzalez, Sara M.
Jackson, Robert
Martinez, Miguel
Palma, Annabel
Sanders, Jr., James
Stewart, Kendall

2. Please call your own city council member

a. who is your council member?

b. Message: Please sponsor Resolution 131 or tell me why you are hesitating!
(Please send an email with their objections to

3. Council Leadership

Message: Please sponsor Resolution 131 or tell me why you are hesitating!
(Please send an email with their objections to
Speaker Christine Quinn, 212-788-7210
Majority Leader Joel Rivera, 212-788-6966
Deputy Majority Leader Bill deBlasio, 212-788-6969
Deputy Majority Leader Lewis Fidler, 212-788-7286
Majority Whip Leroy Comrie, 212-788-7084

4. Governmental Operations Committee

Message: Please sponsor Resolution 131, and vote it out of committee so the entire council can consider it.
Simcha Felder (Chairman), 718-853-2704
Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr., 212-788-7069
Inez E. Dickens, 212-788-7397
Erik Martin Dilan, 212-788-7284
Domenic M. Recchia, Jr., 212-788-7045
Larry B. Seabrook, 212-788-6873
Peter F. Vallone, Jr., 212-788-6963

5. Phone calls are needed!!!

Letters are also helpful — would you like us to send letters for you?
Please send your name, address, and phone to

Resolution 131

Teresa Hommel
Chair, Task Force on Election Integrity,

Community Church of New York

Pelosi starts to talk about it

Physician, heal thyself
It’s great to see a Democrat engage the issue, but her party must do more than talk about it now and then. The fact is that the Dems have not “led that effort.” In any case, there’s no need for the partisan approach. The high road could work wonders here.

What are democrats doing to prevent the election fraud we have had in the past?

Palm Harbor, Fl.

During the last the two Presidential elections, we know that there were not enough voting machines in poor and minority areas. This led to appallingly long wait times of up to 10 hours in certain places. There were credible reports of voter suppression on Election Day through intimidation and misinformation. And the patchwork use of provisional ballots led to unequal treatment under the law.

The American people must have every confidence that every vote legally cast will be legally and accurately counted. But malfunctioning electronic voting machines in some areas led to an additional loss of confidence by the public.

As elected officials, we have a solemn responsibility to improve our election systems and its administration. Democrats have led that effort-through proposals to provide the Election Assistance Commission with resources to further reform the election process, and to improve the Help America Vote Act, including universal standards for provisional ballots and audit trails.

This Republican Congress, however, has been delinquent. Republicans have underfunded the requirements of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) by $800 million from authorized levels that are needed for provisional ballots, voting machines, and registration lists. Democrats stand united to provide these resources.

Read more.

Through the looking glass

From David Cogswell:

Isn’t this so very strange? It’s somehow objectionable when it happens in other countries. The mind reels.

U.S. to Impose Sanctions on Belarusan Leaders
By William Branigin
Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, March 24, 2006; 12:48 PM

The White House today denounced the suppression of political protests against election fraud in Belarus and said the United States plans to join European nations in imposing sanctions on Belarusan leaders.

In a morning news briefing, White House spokesman Scott McClellan said the United States demands the immediate release of hundreds of protesters who have been arrested for demonstrating against the reportedly rigged March 19 elections, which President Alexander Lukashenko claims to have won with 83 percent of the vote.

Read more.

Feeney running scared?

In the 3/14/06 issue of the Sentinel, columnist Scott Maxwell ran this article: “Is Rep. Feeney Running Hard or Running Scared?” That’s a very good question. Because Mr. Feeney certainly has reason to be scared–the man whom he asked to rig the vote is running against him for his congressional seat. This is Feeney’s worst nightmare–an honest conservative Democrat willing to speak the truth about election manipulation.


Help Clint Curtis beat Tom Feeney!

Why am I running for Congress?

My name is Clint Curtis. I am running for the U.S. House of Representatives in Florida’s 24th Congressional District. I will need your help.

Please visit my Blog

I am a former Republican who became a whistleblower that came forward and testified to Congress under oath, regarding the request from a sitting congressman to build a computer program that could, without detection, flip your vote in an election. This manipulation would allow a person or political party to take control of voting machine and decide who wins the election, regardless of the true vote count. In March of 2005, I passed a polygraph test as to the accuracy of my statements.

I believe our district is currently represented by one of the most corrupt politicians in history. I have attended closed-door meetings where Congressman Tom Feeney spoke candidly about altering election results.

Feeney is deeply involved with individuals like super-lobbyist Jack Abramoff and has been an active participant in this unprecedented decade of corruption. Listening to Feeney has given me the impression that he never had a vote he wouldn’t sell or a law he wouldn’t side-step. District 24 deserves an alternative to reelecting a corrupt congressman.

I am running because our democracy insists that Americans know that their vote will actually count and that elections must not be pre-determined by manipulating electronic voting machines. Feeney believes that elections are nothing but sporting events. He believes it is acceptable to fix elections through voting machines, suppressing the vote through all types of creative methods, or in simply letting those in power declare a winner regardless of the vote outcome. He attempted to do this in the 2000 Election. Feeney’s actions show he is a big believer in a controlled concept of democracy –where elections are pre-determined.

Feeney’s actions would seem to support: “The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything. ” I humbly –and wholeheartedly –disagree”. Your vote must be counted!

I have put my name and reputation on the line for several years. I have spoken to the press, law-enforcement officials and even members of the U.S. House Judiciary Committee –under oath and on video tape. Now I am putting my name on the line as a candidate against Mr. Feeney. His deliberate corruption forces me to provide this district with an alternative. I will need your help to achieve honesty in our district.

Feeney personally designed the boundaries of this district for himself when he was Florida House Speaker. It will take all of us to break his hold over our lives and future! Your contribution to my campaign will make a difference. Don’t lose your vote as others have. Send your check today, for a better tomorrow. Mail to:

“Clint Curtis for Congress Exploratory Campaign”- P.O. Box 1456 – Titusville, FL 32780 or online.