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  • Investigate the Election

    Have the feeling that there was corruption during the election? Here's what you can do...

    THURSDAY Nov. 4 2004: If you are concerned about what happened Tuesday, Nov. 2, you have found a home with our organization. Help America Audit.

    Black Box Voting has taken the position that fraud took place in the 2004 election through electronic voting machines. We base this on hard evidence, documents obtained in public records requests, inside information, and other data indicative of manipulation of electronic voting systems. What we do not know is the specific scope of the fraud. We are working now to compile the proof, based not on soft evidence -- red flags, exit polls -- but core documents obtained by Black Box Voting in the most massive Freedom of Information action in history.

    We need: Lawyers to enforce public records laws. Some counties have already notified us that they plan to stonewall by delaying delivery of the records. We need citizen volunteers for a number of specific actions. We need computer security professionals willing to GO PUBLIC with formal opinions on the evidence we provide, whether or not it involves DMCA complications. We need funds to pay for copies of the evidence.

    TUESDAY Nov 2 2004: BREAKING NEWS: New information indicates that hackers may have targeted the central computers that are counting our votes.

    Media calls: 206-335-7747 (congestion) - 206-778-0524

    Freedom of Information requests are not free. We need to raise $50,000 as quickly as possible to pay for records and the fees some states charge for them. We launched one major FOIA action last night, and have two more on the way, pell-mell. Now is the time. If you can't donate funds, please donate time. E-mail to join the Cleanup Crew.

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    Diebold promises to deliver Ohio to Bush

    Published on Thursday, August 28, 2003 by the Cleveland Plain Dealer

    Voting Machine Controversy

    by Julie Carr Smyth

    COLUMBUS - 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.
    O'Dell attended a strategy pow-wow with wealthy Bush benefactors - known as Rangers and Pioneers - at the president's Crawford, Texas, ranch earlier this month. The next week, he penned invitations to a $1,000-a-plate fund-raiser to benefit the Ohio Republican Party's federal campaign fund - partially benefiting Bush - at his mansion in the Columbus suburb of Upper Arlington.
    The letter went out the day before Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, also a Republican, was set to qualify Diebold as one of three firms eligible to sell upgraded electronic voting machines to Ohio counties in time for the 2004 election.
    Blackwell's announcement is still in limbo because of a court challenge over the fairness of the selection process by a disqualified bidder, Sequoia Voting Systems.
    In his invitation letter, O'Dell asked guests to consider donating or raising up to $10,000 each for the federal account that the state GOP will use to help Bush and other federal candidates - money that legislative Democratic leaders charged could come back to benefit Blackwell.
    They urged Blackwell to remove Diebold from the field of voting-machine companies eligible to sell to Ohio counties.
    This is the second such request in as many months. State Sen. Jeff Jacobson, a Dayton-area Republican, asked Blackwell in July to disqualify Diebold after security concerns arose over its equipment.
    "Ordinary Ohioans may infer that Blackwell's office is looking past Diebold's security issues because its CEO is seeking $10,000 donations for Blackwell's party - donations that could be made with statewide elected officials right there in the same room," said Senate Democratic Leader Greg DiDonato.
    Diebold spokeswoman Michelle Griggy said O'Dell - who was unavailable to comment personally - has held fund-raisers in his home for many causes, including the Columbus Zoo, Op era Columbus, Catholic Social Services and Ohio State University.
    Ohio GOP spokesman Jason Mauk said the party approached O'Dell about hosting the event at his home, the historic Cotswold Manor, and not the other way around. Mauk said that under federal campaign finance rules, the party cannot use any money from its federal account for state- level candidates.
    "To think that Diebold is somehow tainted because they have a couple folks on their board who support the president is just unfair," Mauk said.
    Griggy said in an e-mail statement that Diebold could not comment on the political contributions of individual company employees.
    Blackwell said Diebold is not the only company with political connections - noting that lobbyists for voting-machine makers read like a who's who of Columbus' powerful and politically connected.
    "Let me put it to you this way: If there was one person uniquely involved in the political process, that might be troubling," he said. "But there's no one that hasn't used every legitimate avenue and bit of leverage that they could legally use to get their product looked at. Believe me, if there is a political lever to be pulled, all of them have pulled it."
    Blackwell said he stands by the process used for selecting voting machine vendors as fair, thorough and impartial.
    As of yesterday, however, that determination lay with Ohio Court of Claims Judge Fred Shoemaker.
    He heard closing arguments yesterday over whether Sequoia was unfairly eliminated by Blackwell midway through the final phase of negotiations.
    Shoemaker extended a temporary restraining order in the case for 14 days, but said he hopes to issue his opinion sooner than that.
    آ© 2003 The Plain Dealer

    6 news agencies sue Ohio over exit poll barring

    Six news groups sue Ohio elections chief


    COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Six national news organizations filed a federal lawsuit Monday seeking additional access at the polls on Election Day.
    ABC, CNN, CBS, Fox News, NBC and The Associated Press sued Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell over a policy that would prevent exit polling within 100 feet of a voting place.

    The organizations have formed a consortium to collect exit-polling data.

    The news organizations said the prohibition hinders their ability to gather information about the political process and violates constitutional guarantees of free speech. They contend exit-poll reporters were allowed access within 100 feet of polls in the March primary.

    Blackwell's spokesman Carlo LoParo cited increased media interest in the November election.

    Anticipating a crush of voters and media Tuesday, Blackwell told county boards of election to enforce a state law barring anyone except voters, election officials, challengers and witnesses from inside the 100-foot limit, LoParo said.

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    VotersUnite! presents the following compilation of problems reported in the media about the 2004 general election. Starting with early voting, we are seeing a wide array of problems, some of which appear in multiple states. This page allows you to see how widespread the problems are as they accumulate.

    Ohio Acknowledges Errors in Vote Tally For Bush
    Too little, too late? But how often might this have happened?

    An error with an electronic voting system gave President Bush 3,893 extra votes in suburban Columbus, elections officials said.

    Franklin County's unofficial results had Bush receiving 4,258 votes to Democrat John Kerry's 260 votes in a precinct in Gahanna. Records show only 638 voters cast ballots in that precinct.

    Bush actually received 365 votes in the precinct, Matthew Damschroder, director of the Franklin County Board of Elections, told The Columbus Dispatch.

    Voting machine malfunctions were the cause. In North Carolina, 4,500 votes were lost. With all our resources, you would think we could figure out a reliable voting system. It's not like we didn't have four years to prepare for this election.


    10,000 Extra Votes Added in Nebraska County Another ES&S computer "failure".

    50,000 Votes could be LOST in Dem Indiana County! Yet another ES&S computer "failure".

    19,000+ new ballots were added after all precincts reported for Miami county ohio

    268,159 more votes than voters in florida

    22000 votes in Guilford county NC

    11,283 votes in Craven county NC

    4,530 votes lost in Carteret county

    4000 extra votes in Mecklenburg NC

    4000 votes in PA

    3893 votes in Franklin county OH

    4000+ lost votes in mercer county OH
    \"Bush\'s army of barmy bigots is the worst thing that\'s happened to the US in some years...\"
    Michael Moorcock - 3am Magazine Interview


    • #3
      Not well documented, but one of the many ways that a favorite (of the voting machine industry) candidate collects extra votes is through the use of default values in the aquisition software. Many machines (both DRE and scanned/punchcard types) will count votes as for a default candidate when the vote does not register correctly. Presumably this is to avoid reporting the machine errors, but it sure is handy if your guy just happens to be the default on a closely contested race.