11.05.2006

Machines don't Count but your Vote still does


With another election scheduled for 11/7 (and with all the drama surrounding the two previous elections), it is reasonable to scrutinize the integrity of the vote count. Many reputable media and political members have questioned the legitimacy of recent elections. This healthy skepticism derives from the proven security glitches common to paperless machines.

Diebold, a company this post seeks to further discredit, engineers many of your ATM machines. Ever get a receipt from an ATM machine? Funny how they can construct thousands of ATM machines complete with two kinds of paper yet their voting machines can't hold a single spool.


Election Systems and Software is one of the two largest voting machine companies in the US. The ten year old company has counted over 50% of U.S. ballots since '96. The company's brief history has been littered with intrigue. In 1996, former ES&S CEO Chuck Hagel's opportunistic resignation favorably positioned his former company to count the votes for his first senatorial campaign. Naturally, in an "amazing upset" Chuck Hagel was victorious. Despite that apparently rigged election, ES&S's glaring shortcomings did not take center stage until the 2000 elections; where a bevy of absurd errors occurred in their machines nationwide.

Many precincts would have been better off using a standard $4.00 calculator versus Election Systems' pricey "software". In some precincts there were more votes counted than number of ballots cast. Can you imagine having not only your vote counted; but your eight year old son and his imaginary friend as well? It happened in San Francisco.

Western Addition typifies this somewhat normal (when it comes to ES&S) abnormality. In polling place 2214 the city counted 416 ballots, but only 362 were cast. Can you say, fraud-u-lent?

Diebold is another questionable voting machine company. (By the way, we have got to find shorter nomenclature for this type of company. What about - VMCs? Okay, maybe not; but if I have to type the phrase voting machine com--- again, I'm gonna develop carpal tunnel syndrome; another title that's too long.)

Chairman of the board and CEO, Walden "Wally" O'Dell, raised over $100,000 for the Bush reelection campaign. O'Dell’s pledge prior to the ’04 election was this, "to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the President". Now I don't know about you Wally; but at my job we call that conflict of interest.

A public, or private, pledge by the CEO of one of the nations largest VMCs (it'll catch on) to deliver thumbs-ups to a specific candidate wreaks of chicanery. But this isn't the only smoking gun. Click on the blue tools below for further study with reputable tour guids.


The hyperlinks
A) http://blackboxvoting.org/ Run by
Diebold whistle blower Bev Harris, who settled with Diebold for $2.6 million in December 
B) Robert Kennedy Jr. a study done by Mr. Kennedy regarding Ohio 
C) A Princeton study that evaluates the security of voting machines 
D)itpolicy.princeton.edu/voting more of the same

This is an interactive site so please direct your attention to the right, under "Suggested Sites",
select "Bang Your Monkey" and start telling your congressman to rid America of voting machines. 
Thanks for reading and remember:
If it really were a "war on terror", they'd arrest the KKK.



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