electronic vote fraud
"Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything." - Joseph Stalin
Bev Harris, a woman who operates a small public-relations business, would seem an unlikely person to be at the center of a national battle over electronic voting. Yet in recent months her muckraking, Web-based journalism has helped energize a growing movement of citizens and computer scientists concerned about the potential for fraud in America's increasingly high-tech elections. While seeking information last January about a voting-machine company for a book she was writing, she found a Web site "on about the 15th page of Google." The open, unprotected site held some 40,000 files that included user manuals, source code and executable files for voting machines made by Diebold, a corporation based in North Canton, Ohio. She had exposed a massive security breach.
Bev Harris Interview - Alex Jones Show 2/5/04
This is not another "left vs. right" issue. While the main focus is obviously on the upcoming presidential election, Bev Harris has exposed both Republicans and Democrats trying to take advantage of these machines at the local levels. Meanwhile, the most important thing here, the right to a free and fair election, is being lost in the shuffle. Election fraud is nothing new. It's been happening here in America for years. Any good history book or watchdog group will tell you how ballot stuffing has happened in the past to some extent with just about every election. However, with these new electronic machines, it's just going to be a lot easier.
There are a few companies that are making these machines, however the spotlight is on Diebold. They also make many of the ATM machines we use every day. Now when we use a secure ATM, it keeps accurate count of what we've got in our bank accounts and we get a receipt. When we use their voting machines, we get no paper receipt and they seem to have "problems" keeping count. Think about that.
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The head of a company vying to sell voting machines in Ohio told Republicans in a recent fund-raising letter that he is "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year." The Aug. 14 letter from Walden O'Dell, chief executive of Diebold Inc. - who has become active in the re-election effort of President Bush - prompted Democrats this week to question the propriety of allowing O'Dell's company to calculate votes in the 2004 presidential election.
They currently don't, and aren't required to do so until 2006.
"I do have a family; we do have a house," he said. "But I wouldn't be doing this if I didn't think... this is at the heart of our democracy."
Activist Jim March put the Diebold files on a new web site containing a selection of the Diebold files, designed so that you can create a demo CD and personally demonstrate the security flaws to reporters and your local election officials.
"While critics in the United States grow more concerned each day about the insecurity of electronic voting machines, Australians designed a system two years ago that addressed and eased most of those concerns: They chose to make the software running their system completely open to public scrutiny."
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