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HOLT STATEMENT ON NEW JERSEY (Insecurities and Inaccuracies of the Sequoia AVC Advantage) Report
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October 17, 2008

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202-225-5801 (office)

West Windsor U.S. Representative Holt commended the New Jersey Superior Court for releasing today a redacted copy of the voting machine inspection report, Insecurities and Inaccuracies of the Sequoia AVC Advantage 9.00 DRE Voting Machine.

As I indicated last week when the report was withheld at the request of New Jerseys voting system vendor, if it indicated that the voting equipment was reliable Sequoia would have been eager to see it published, Holt said. Now we know why the vendor wanted the report suppressed.

Among other things, the report concluded that:

    Anomalies noticed by County Clerks in the New Jersey 2008 Presidential Primary were caused by two different programming errors on the part of Sequoia, and had the effect of disenfranchising voters.

    New Jersey should not use any version of the AVC Advantage that it has not actually examined with the assistance of skilled computer-security experts.

    The AVC Advantages susceptibility to installation of a fraudulent vote-counting program is far more than an imperfection: it is a fatal flaw.

    The AVC Advantage is too insecure to use in New Jersey. New Jersey should immediately implement the 2005 law passed by the Legislature, requiring an individual voter-verified record of each vote cast, by adopting precinct-count optical-scan voting equipment.

The State should take whatever action it can to detect and remedy these and other vulnerabilities and to provide back-up measures in time for the November election, Holt said.

Holt previously has urged the Secretary of State to deploy emergency back-up ballots to be used and counted as regular ballots in the election.

The emergency back-up paper ballots would be offered to voters if there is an apparent malfunction of the machines on Election Day. If an error is subtle and undetected, the voter would not be given the alternative of an emergency back-up paper ballot. The voter can avoid using suspect voting machines by requesting and using an absentee paper ballot, by mail or in person, per regular absentee voting procedures.

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  -HOLT STATEMENT ON NEW JERSEY (Insecurities and Inaccuracies of the Sequoia AVC Advantage) Report Wilms  Oct-17-08 09:27 PM   #0 
  - Seems to me a lot of stuff is coming to a head.  Jackpine Radical   Oct-17-08 09:32 PM   #1 
  - wow, just in time...  tomp   Oct-18-08 07:50 AM   #5 
     - well, Holt busted his butt  OnTheOtherHand   Oct-18-08 08:12 AM   #6 
        - Quit pushing Holt's legislation, OTOH.  Wilms   Oct-18-08 10:03 AM   #8 
        - I wasn't, even  OnTheOtherHand   Oct-18-08 10:20 AM   #10 
        - it's a problem that effects the party as a whole...  tomp   Oct-19-08 08:02 AM   #13 
           - You are sbsolutely right. They were more interested in blocking Republican Voter ID  Bill Bored   Oct-20-08 03:35 AM   #23 
        - Maybe some people will quit pushing it, when other people quit bashing it -- and him...  demodonkey   Oct-19-08 07:11 PM   #15 
        - Perhaps. But the sequence here was OTOH mentioning it, then me.  Wilms   Oct-19-08 08:09 PM   #18 
        - I did NOT say YOU are the Holt basher directly, but you blame ME for my recalcitrant legislature?  demodonkey   Oct-19-08 10:50 PM   #19 
        - But HR811 never came to a vote in the House!  Bill Bored   Oct-20-08 03:27 AM   #21 
           - That's been explained to her over and over.  Wilms   Oct-20-08 09:26 AM   #24 
              - I doubt the idea of finding another sponsor for the bill has been seriously discussed.  Bill Bored   Oct-20-08 12:05 PM   #27 
        - fixed tiered reeks of that california audit, that gold audit or some such  FogerRox   Oct-19-08 08:01 PM   #17 
           - How come NJ isn't auditing absentee ballots?  Bill Bored   Oct-20-08 03:03 AM   #20 
              - I'm firing up the task force for 2009, I'm speaking at the Eithical Culture Society Nov 9th  FogerRox   Oct-20-08 09:50 AM   #25 
                 - That's NOT going to be easy. NJ does NOT sort absentee ballots by precinct.  Bill Bored   Oct-20-08 12:02 PM   #26 
        - Actually, Democrats in General and the Party Leadership in particular KILLED the Holt bill.  Bill Bored   Oct-18-08 06:50 PM   #11 
           - yeah, Hoyer was no friend of the bill n/t  OnTheOtherHand   Oct-19-08 03:59 PM   #14 
  - He wants opti-scan equipment?  eowyn_of_rohan   Oct-17-08 11:23 PM   #2 
  - two thoughts about that  OnTheOtherHand   Oct-18-08 06:06 AM   #3 
     - Op-scan problems in the 2004 election  eowyn_of_rohan   Oct-18-08 10:01 AM   #7 
     - point by point  OnTheOtherHand   Oct-18-08 10:11 AM   #9 
     - Wasn't the Berekley 2004 stuff re FL DREs?  Bill Bored   Oct-18-08 06:55 PM   #12 
  - K & R  machI   Oct-18-08 06:29 AM   #4 
  - Congressman Holt, where you 3 years ago ?  FogerRox   Oct-19-08 07:56 PM   #16 
     - Ooooooo. Redacted. Sounds juicy. Was it in the newspapers at the time? nt  Bill Bored   Oct-20-08 03:31 AM   #22 

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