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Cover-up for Diebold in Alaska

NO, YES, NO: Alaska Now Refuses Release of 2004 Election Data Citing Security Concerns!
State’s Top Security Officer Refuses Public Record Release of Diebold GEMS Database Files
The Latest Chapter in the Rollercoaster Battle to Audit Puzzling 2004 Poll Numbers Continues…

A bizarre story concerning Alaska’s 2004 Election has taken yet another even more bizarre turn this week, The BRAD BLOG has learned.

A long-standing public records request for the release of Election 2004 database files created by Diebold’s voting system had been long delayed after several odd twists and turns, including the revelation of a contract with the state claiming the information to be a “company secret.”

But while it finally appeared as though the state had agreed to release the information (after reserving the right to “manipulate the data” in consultation with Diebold before releasing it), the state’s top Security Official has now — at the last minute — stepped in to deny the request. The grounds for the denial: the release of the information poses a “security risk” to the state of Alaska.

We couldn’t make this stuff up…

Full Story, including the Letters from Election & Security Officials and Much More:
http://www.bradblog.com/archives/00002467.htm

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Cleveland's disappearing Democrats

Cleveland Audit Reveals Vote Count Discrepancy in Bush’s Favor-Need Help!

Time for change (1000+ posts) Fri Feb-24-06 02:28 AM

We are requesting help in attempting to confirm vote count discrepancies in Cuyahoga County, which could prove election fraud in the 2004 Presidential election. Here is the background to this effort, the current status of our efforts to audit the Cuyahoga County election returns, and details of our future plans and request for help.

Background

It was well known in the days prior to the 2004 Presidential election that a Kerry/Edwards victory was almost certain if they carried either Ohio or Florida. Central to Kerry’s chances of carrying Ohio was a good turnout in Cuyahoga County, and especially in Cleveland, the most heavily Democratic city in the state.
Therefore, Cleveland was very heavily targeted by Democrats, with a massive voter registration drive and an intense voter turnout effort on Election Day. And these efforts appeared to be highly successful by Election Day, with 230 thousand new voters registered in Cuyahoga County in 2004, the success of the voter turnout effort evidenced by the presence of impressively long voting lines throughout Cleveland, and the Ohio exit poll showing a comfortable Kerry lead throughout the day. Even CNN’s right wing hack, Robert Novak, acknowledged that it would be an uphill climb for Bush.

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AP: 100,000 errors in Palm Beach vote!

AP: 100,000 ERRORS REPORTED ON SEQUOIA VOTING MACHINES IN PALM BEACH, FL 2004 ELECTION!
Audit Shows Electronic Voting in Disarray, Thousands of Re-boots, Re-Calibrations Required Throughout Election

AP — yes, AP — is now reporting the just released audit information obtained from Palm Beach County, Florida’s 2004 Election. And the picture of the Sequoia paperless touch-screen voting machines used that night is not pretty. To say the least…

URL: http://www.bradblog.com/archives/00002466.htm
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DOJ threatening to sue Pennsylvania

From Mary Ann G.:

What are YOU…WE …going to do? The Bush Dept of Justice has come in with strong arm tactics and threatened, based on info I’ve given (more coming) , that if the State does NOT sign a consent decree agreeing that State and EVERY County meet HAVA compliance (their interpretation) by 3/16, Bush DOJ will take immediate legal action. See story below…unbelievableand completely unacceptable!

IMO, based on how this has been reported to me, they are seeking to force immediate “obedience”, give Commissioners & State “cover” and find way to get rid of or undermine Westmoreland case and our own suit by Coalition for Voting Integrity…and FORCE the Citizens of PA (remember the 2006 election and critical PA races ) to vote on machines which even our own federal government (GAO) found as having “significant concerns about the security and reliability of electronic voting systems”(p. 22). GAO indicated that “some of these concerns have been realized and have caused problems with recent elections, resulting in the loss and miscount of votes” (p. 23).

WHY are Americans being forced to vote on such machines? just to meet an arbitrary deadline? Why hasn’t this been stopped? Why does Bush DOJ now threaten PA if we don’t get such machines immediately? Are they concerned our suit includes evidence of how unsecure, unreliable these machines are and that the State’s use of Hursti hacking to deny one machine, we believe is a precedent and we are demanding that every voting machine be given same rigorous test? That is something they must be concerned about! Can any of these machines pass such a test? Why does there seem to be an attempt to try to bypass our demand? Our suit also challenges HAVA interpretation. Our CVI suit challenges the Sate and federal constitutionality of voting on equipment selected. Why isn’t the DOJ worried about our voting rights rather than threatening that we better install the very machines we are challenging? Think about it!!!

In my opinion, this is one of the worst attacks against our freedom. Pennsylvania will have almost all paperless touchscreens with NO way to truly prove OUR vote …no real recounts…no real audits …. there is no paper verified by voter we just “trust” the machines….this is NOT Voting …. How can you vote if you can’t verify???? Why would any government want citizen to vote on such???? Think about it!!!

Remember CVI fundamental position “Democracy Begins with the Integrity of our Vote …and Ends without it” Is Democracy ending in Bucks, in PA…in USA …. well you judge …and if you think so …go to our site http://www.coalitionforvotingintegrity.org and please immediately contribute $10, 20, 30, 50,100 dollars or whatever you can to our legal defense fund and volunteer to help plus write Congress… PA Governor… letters to every paper you can…let them know it is the government’s role to PROTECT OUR VOTE….not threaten it! We MUST get this story out and WAKE UP America before all is lost!

It’s fighting time … or we just may lose our freedom …. yes, the ports are vital, yes Iraq is vital …YET if we lose our vote does the rest matter for who then will be in absolute full control? Help right now to STOP this insanity and threat! Send this info to everyone you can
U.S. threatens to sue Pa. over voting measures
The Justice Dept. said counties must comply with a federal law on voting systems by the May primary.By Nancy PetersenInquirer Staff WriterThe U.S. Department of Justice has waded into Pennsylvania’s growing crisis over voting systems, threatening to sue the state if its counties fail to be in compliance with federal law by the May primary election. In addition to the potential lawsuit, Wan J. Kim, assistant U.S. attorney general for civil rights, also warned in a letter to Pennsylvania Attorney General Thomas Corbett dated Feb. 21 that $23 million in federal funds might be at risk. He said he plans to file a complaint in federal court within 10 days.

“We hope to resolve this matter through a negotiated consent decree,” Kim wrote.

It is not clear with whom the U.S. Justice Department would negotiate a consent decree, and the federal agency did not return phone calls seeking to clarify the letter. In addition to Corbett, Kim’s letter went to the Pennsylvania Department of State and the solicitor of Westmoreland County, which was successfully sued in Commonwealth Court to block the switch to new
voting machines without voter approval.

The Westmoreland case has been appealed to the state Supreme Court, which is expected to issue its ruling next week.

Triggering the threatening missive from the federal agency is the Help America Vote Act, passed by Congress in 2002 in the wake of the 2000 election debacle in Florida. The law, which standardized voting procedures, mandates that all jurisdictions upgrade to electronic machines in time for the 2006 federal primaries. Levers and punch cards do not meet that standard. The law also mandates that each precinct in the country have at least one voting machine that can be used by handicapped voters. A similar letter was sent last month to New York, which is also struggling to comply with the federal law.

Three counties in the Philadelphia region need to replace their voting machines for the May primary: Delaware and Bucks Counties, which have lever machines, and Chester County, which has punch cards. Kim noted in his letter that several counties in the state that use lever machines and punch cards have failed to upgrade their systems as the federal law requires. That includes Bucks and Chester Counties; Delaware County has purchased new equipment.
Yesterday, Chester County officials said that for the May primary, they are considering running the punch-card system and augmenting it with a single electronic machine in each precinct that would comply with the federal requirements. Commissioner Don Mancini said a final decision could come next week after the full board meets with its solicitors and special counsel Lawrence Tabas.

“It’s murky; it’s just murky,” Mancini said. “We’re just trying to come to the right decisions.”

Last week, Delaware County, which is in the midst of rolling out its new Danaher electronic voting machines, decided to haul its old lever machines out of storage and get them ready for the primary. That move came in response to the Commonwealth Court ruling in Westmoreland County.

The Department of Justice letter will not interfere with the court proceedings in that case, Department of State spokeswoman Allison Hrestak said. She said the letter confirms the state’s position that the federal law trumps the state election code.

“The DOJ letter serves to reinforce our belief that we have chosen the correct course of action since the beginning,” she said.

In addition to the purchase of new equipment in Delaware, Chester and Bucks Counties, one other county in the region – Montgomery – had to upgrade its equipment to comply with the federal law.

Joe Passarella, director of voter services in Montgomery County, said that at least one machine in each precinct will be outf

itted with a special audio device by Election Day so that blind voters can use them. The device, which will allow the blind to vote without assistance, is in the federal certification process now and is expected to be certified by the state by mid-March. As with Montgomery County, Philadelphia will also add equipment to its existing electronic machines to comply with the federal law.

But given the problems around the state, he said the date for compliance – which in Pennsylvania’s case is May 16 – should be pushed back. A bill to that effect has been introduced by U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R., Pa.) but appears to be languishing in committee.

“Counties are being rushed into a decision,” Passarella said. “That is not the best way to do business.”

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Bush/Cheney testing nukes!

… and doing it quietly!
Shouldn’t we be making noise about this?
MCM

Krakatau Subcritical Experiment Scheduled

For Immediate Release February 21, 2006
National Nuclear Security Administration

Krakatau, a joint United States/United Kingdom (US/UK) subcritical experiment, will be conducted on February 23, 2006, at the Nevada Test Site. The experiment will be conducted in the U1a complex. The Atomic Weapons Establishment of the United Kingdom and Los Alamos National Laboratory are conducting the experiment to gather scientific data that provides crucial information to maintain the safety and reliability of each nation’s nuclear weapons without having to conduct underground nuclear tests.

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MCM on "The Digital Age" (with Ed Rollins)

Did the GOP steal the last election? Will it steal the next? Mark Crispin Miller, author of “Fooled Again” thinks so. But is he right? Ed Rollins, former GOP White House Political Director attacks. Are the new digital voting machines part of the problem? Do we need a paper trail?

Tune in to “Digital Age” with James Goodale on WNYE/Ch. 25, Sunday, February 26 at 5:00 PM and Ch. 67 Thursday, March 2 at 7:30 PM.

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Reinstate Ohio recount lawsuit!

NEWS RELEASE
For immediate release: February 22, 2006
Contact: Blair Bobier, Media Director at 541.929.5755

COBB DEMANDS REINSTATEMENT OF OHIO RECOUNT LAWSUIT
The Ohio Recount lawsuit, which was dismissed by a federal judge earlier this month, should be re-instated because Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell is still using the same flawed recount procedures he did in 2004, according to a Motion filed Friday by lawyers for 2004 Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb.
Our suit was dismissed on the basis that Blackwell’s obstruction of the 2004 presidential recount is now a moot issue. However, in making his ruling, the judge was unaware that Blackwell issued recount guidelines in 2005 which are identical to the inadequate procedures he used in 2004. Our Motion to the Court asks the judge to take this new information into account and to deny Blackwell’s Motion to Dismiss the case, said Blair Bobier, the Media Director for the Green Partyâs 2004 presidential campaign.
Lawyers representing Cobb and his Libertarian counterpart, Michael Badnarik, filed the Motion to Alter and Amend on February 17, 2006, in the U.S. District Court in Toledo, Ohio.
On November 17, 2005, Secretary Blackwell issued Directive No. 2005-32 which established that the recount procedures used in Ohio in 2005 would be identical to those used in 2004.
Blackwell’s actions constitute a continuing violation of federal and state law. We have clearly met the legal standards to ensure that this case should go to trial,ä said Bobier
Cobb’s lawsuit before federal Judge James Carr says the Ohio Recount was marred by:
  • Inadequate procedures to preserve and secure ballots, voting machines and other voting materials;
  • Inadequate standards for the random selection of the initial 3% of the statewide votes to be hand counted in the recount;
  • The absence of procedures to conduct a recount of votes cast on electronic voting machines; and
  • Inadequate procedures to ensure uniform and proper treatment throughout the state of access by recount observers to provisional, absentee, and spoiled ballots, to poll books, to voting machines and to other materials.
The Ohio election and recount have been the subject of a number of investigations and reports. A report by the U.S. House Judiciary Committee’s Democratic staff states that there were massive and unprecedented voter irregularities and anomalies in Ohio. In many cases these irregularities were caused by intentional misconduct and illegal behavior, much of it involving Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell, the co-chair of the Bush-Cheney campaign in Ohio.
Information about the Ohio Recount is available at http://iwantmyvote.com. The website for the national Green Party is http://www.gp.org.
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ACTION ALERT FOR NEW YORKERS

From Vicky Perry:
Please, even though busy, send an email tonight or tomorrow to LDAGHLIAN[at]elections.state.ny.us
Say that the revisions to the voting machines regulations are very disappointing and unacceptable.
The revisions do not spell out how we can safeguard election from fraud. Please select AND THEN CUSTOMIZE from the text below.
The DEADLINE IS TOMORROW.
Here are some talking points:
  • The entire certification process is hidden from the public.
  • Procedures used to conduct testing, the tests themselves, and the results of such testing should be available to the public should be in the regulations.
  • We are primary stakeholders, and deserve to be included.
  • The State Board should not be allowed to “waive” any testing at its discretion.
  • The revised regulations do not prohibit wired networked connections; just this week we learned about infared wireless connectors on Diebold voting machines.
  • Independent security experts must be able to petition the Board to perform tests.
  • Penalties to vendors for installing uncertified code should be spelled out.
  • Controlled disclosure of source code to independent experts to evaluate source code for vulnerabilities and flaws MUST be allowed.
  • Require for a professional “Red Team” test, whose reports would confirm the accuracy and security of the voting system.
  • We need volume testing; some outlines for comprehensive testing including “Mock Election Tests”.
  • Essential and explicit security standards and specifications are absent.
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"My port deal is bad for national security," Bush says

“This deal wouldn’t go forward if we were concerned about the security for the United States of America.”
G. W. Bush, source

(Good on-line discussion here.)

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Say NO to the "modernization" of NY's voting system!

Two items:

I.
New York Times
February 23, 2006
Voter Groups See Flaws in Plan to Upgrade Balloting
By JENNIFER MEDINA

ALBANY, Feb. 22 Voter advocacy groups contended on Wednesday that New York was moving forward with a flawed proposal to modernize its voting system that could lead to widespread security problems on Election Day.

Next week, the State Board of Elections is scheduled to discuss proposed regulations for the brands and types of voting machines that will be certified for this fall’s elections. Legislation passed last year allows local election boards to choose their own machines as long as they meet the state board’s standards.

But the advocacy groups said the measures did not require enough tests to see if the machines would work or independent tests to determine if hackers could penetrate the machines’ security systems. Tests conducted by other states, including California, have found that nearly 20 percent of the machines tested did not count votes properly, said Bo Lipari, the executive director of New Yorkers for Verified Voting, a nonprofit advocacy group.

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II

The proposed Final Voting Systems Standards do very little to improve the many serious weaknesses present in the Draft Standards. It is troubling that the detailed technical commentary the State Board received from our organization and other experts was simply ignored in this latest revision.

New Yorkers for Verified Voting finds the proposed Final Standards in their present form to be unacceptable. Approving these standards as written will jeopardize the integrity of our vote in New York. It is incumbent upon theNew York State Board of Elections to guarantee each citizen’s right to vote, and to prove to the public that they can be confident that their votes will be accurately counted. The Final Standards fail in this regard. We need to do better.

Attached (below) is the introduction to our commentary on the Final Standards. Because so few changes were made to the draft regulations, we feel the only adequate response to the Final Standards is to resubmit our original commentary to the Draft Standards.

The full version submitted to the NYS Board of Elections contains NYVV’s complete commentary for the Draft Standards.

-Bo Lipari