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jen4clark Donating Member (812 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 03:30 PM
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5 Phone Calls, Emails, Faxes Can Save CA and the Nation
Please take action and forward to your contacts.

This has national implications. For the first time ever, we have the opportunity to subpoena key voting industry witnesses to get them under oath in front of a senate hearing to investigate what the Sam Hill they were doing when they created and recommended tamper-friendly voting systems.

We're sure by now you're aware that Calif. did an about face and certified Diebold's entire line of products -- hackable touch screens, hackable optical scanners, and extremely hackable GEMS tabulators
-- despite 100% public opposition and numerous attacks proving the sytems' fatal flaws and insecurities.

But this isn't just California. Get these people under oath in California,and you get them questioned for the whole nation.

Everything is at stake.

We are putting some very important phone numbers, fax numbers and emails here along with simple instructions for what we all need to do.

We have everything to lose if we don't all take a few simple steps immediately. EVERY STATE is experiencing issues with secret, privatized voting equipment examined by mysterious private contractors who won't answer any questions at all about what they do.


Here is the most efficient, easiest strategy to counteract shoving illegal and insecure systems that we never asked for down our throats. This action is the culmination of years of hard-core work by Black Box Voting and others. JUST DO IT.

Here are the simple, painless suggestions. See below for why they are so important.

This comes down to only FIVE emails, FIVE faxes, FOUR calls.

Do you have one good excuse for not being able to make five contacts?

On second thought-- don't think one up. Just do it, please.

Remember; your tax dollars are paying not only for this equipment, but for the voting machine examiners who refused to answer any questions in last week's Calif. Senate Elections Committee hearing.

WHAT'S DIFFERENT ABOUT THIS CALL TO ACTION:

1) All we need is three out of five senators.
2) All five are interested and willing to listen
3) This is the FIRST time Black Box Voting has issued a call to action.

We believe grass roots calls to action lose their punch when overused. We have waited until now because, like the Black Box Voting Hursti project, we know THIS effort is highly strategic and can create real change, quickly.

WHO TO CONTACT:

California Senate Rules Committee. Only they have the power to authorize subpoenas.


WHY DO WE NEED SUBPOENAS?

Key voting industry witnesses, including all federal testing lab personnel, chickened out of Calif. Senate Election Committee's Feb. 16 hearing on how this stuff got certified in the first place. They don't want to answer questions.

Subpoenas will legally compel them to show up so they can be questioned under oath. Black Box Voting believes that perjury will follow. A plan is in the wings for what to do if/when key witnesses perjure themselves.


By the way, documents can also be subpoenad - like the NONDISCLOSURE AGREEMENTS signed by voting system examiners, which reportedly have prevented them from telling what they know. And like the documents requested under Calif. public record law by the Senate Elections Committee which the current secretary of state -- in violation of the law -- has failed to answer or provide.

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HERE IS THE CONTACT LIST FOR THE FIVE RULES COMMITTEE MEMBERS:


Urge support for subpoenas of election industry and certification insiders. (Among those who chickened out of testimony on Feb. 16: Diebold, ES&S, Sequoia and Hart Intercivic; Ciber labs, Wyle labs, and voting system examiners).

IT'S ONLY 5 EMAILS/FAXES/CALLS. MAKE THEM ALL.

Senator Don Perata (Chair) D
(916) 651-4009
District office (510) 286-1333
Senator.Perata@sen.ca.gov
Fax (510) 286-3885 Perata

Senator Jim Battin (Vice-Chair) R
(916) 651-4037
Jim.Battin@sen.ca.gov
Fax: (951) 653-9524 Battin

Senator Roy Ashburn R
(916) 651-4018
senator.ashburn@sen.ca.gov
Fax: (661) 323-0446 Ashburn

Senator Debra Bowen D - She is on the rules committee and
is also the chairperson of the Senate Elections Committee.
EMAIL ONLY PLEASE
Debra@debrabowen.com -
(Ms. Bowen is mounting this case and will be busy preparing -- emails are welcomed-- See below*)
Fax (310) 318-6733 Bowen

Senator Gilbert Cedillo D
(916) 651-4022
Fax (916) 327-8817 Cedillo

* This is about volume of calls logged, emails sent. Make the contacts and make sure this goes out to your list.

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WHAT TO SAY:

Be concise, be polite, be professional. Here's your message:


You want Rules Committee support for subpoenas of election industry and certification insiders to answer the Elections Committee's questions about voting machine programming, examination and certification.


A sample letter is provided below.

That's it. Short and simple. Polite, professional, firm. Short clear message.

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SAMPLE LETTER

Senator ____,

California Senate Election Committee

Dear Senator ____,

I urge you to take a courageous stand to issue port subpeonas to key representatives and officials from Diebold, ES&S, Sequoia and Hart Intercivic, as well as Wyle and Ciber Testing Labs and state voting system examiners who fail to appear for your hearings on this matter.

I also urge you to subpoena documents as needed, including the non-disclosure agreements signed between examiners and vendors, and all other documents needed to assess the integrity of the certification process.

Voters must be able to ensure that voting systems are secure from tampering,either by outsiders or by insiders. If the citizenry cannot see for itself that elections are secure, that our votes are being counted as we cast them, it is only a matter of time before the very fabric of our nation is torn to
pieces.

Flawed, hackable systems have been approved that violate FEC guidelines. Some of these systems are so deeply flawed that they defy common sense. It is imperative that the elections industry insiders who were party to the design, examination and recommendation of these systems appear before California's Senate Election Committee in open hearings under oath to answer questions and address these serious concerns.

Sincerely,



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WHO ARE THE KEY WITNESSES?

Diebold head programmers, federal testing labs (Ciber, Wyle) that repeatedly certified flawed systems, voting system examiners who took taxpayer money, spent hours on so-called "security exams" on systems a 12-year old can hack, repeatedly recommending for certification.

BACKGROUND

The Calif. Secretary of State's office decided to certify Diebold -- again --despite the new UC Berkeley report.

QUOTES FROM THE LATEST REPORT, COMMISSIONED BY THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA:

"Harri Hursti's attack does work: Mr. Hursti's attack on the AV-OS (Optical scanner) is definitely real. He was indeed able to change the election results by doing nothing more than modifying the contents of a memory card. He needed no passwords, no cryptographic keys, and no access to any other part of the voting system, including the GEMS election management server."

-- (Comment from Black Box Voting: Note that Diebold has lied repeatedly to election officials and secretaries of state about this. We have videotape and documents from Diebold documenting this posted at our Web site) --

...and:

"Interpreted code is contrary to standards: Interpreted code in general is prohibited by the 2002 FEC Voluntary Voting System Standards, and also by the successor standard, the EAC's Voluntary Voting System Guidelines due to take effect in two years. In order for the Diebold software architecture
to be in compliance, it would appear that either the AccuBasic language and interpreter have to be removed, or the standard will have to be changed."

-- (Comment from Black Box Voting: Note that California can only run software certified by the Federal ITA process, by state law. The "Berkeley team" is saying flat-out that such certification was not done correctly. It follows that the entire Diebold product line should be illegal under state law.)

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WHAT'S ALL THIS ABOUT KEY WITNESSES CHICKENING OUT?

The Feb. 16 California Senate Elections Committee hearing on certification was hit with no-shows by ALL FOUR major vendors (Diebold, ES&S, Sequoia and Hart Intercivic). Representatives from Wyle and Ciber testing labs also declined to appear. The Secretary of State's office is now "legally late" on a series of public records requests made by California Elections Committee Chairperson Debra Bowen.

Sen. Bowen has to get permission from the California Senate Rules Committee to have subpoenas issued.

Only three of the Rules Committee Senators are needed to invoke port subpoenas.

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FROM CALIF. SENATE ELECTIONS COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON BOWEN:


"We are going to need an enormous amount of people power in the next couple of weeks. Together we can change this whole pathetic mess. Let's stand up for our democracy RIGHT NOW."

"Email is great because it is easy for us to log and report -- and we can actually prove how many emails we've received!"

"Please email me in support of issuing subpoenas rather than calling you will save my staff a great deal of time logging calls, and you know what kind work we have to do right now. You can always call and fax later!"

Debra Bowen

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THANKS EVERYONE, IN ADVANCE, FOR MAKING FIVE EXTREMELY IMPORTANT CONTACTS FOR DEMOCRACY.

Thanks to M.S. English for collaborating with Black Box Voting to craft this message quickly and effectively. Her Web site is recommended for those who want to get up to speed on the history of the voting machine issue:

http://www.whoscounting.net

Recommend the Chapters on "Technology" and "The Companies" as a Primer.

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For more information, see the free online chapters of Black Box Voting:

Available in .pdf format on the home page at

http://www.blackboxvoting.org

(scroll down, look in right hand column)
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AndyTiedye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 03:48 PM
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1. Sent
:kick:
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Peace Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 06:33 PM
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18. PLEASE NOTE! DEBRA BOWEN, who is leading this fight, has asked us
NOT to call her office, but to email her. debra@debrabowen.com

She does NOT need to be convinced--although she DOES need a show of public support. Thus, the emails (or snail mails). It is the other Senators on the RULES COMMITTEE who need to be convinced to authorize subpoena power to the Senate Elections Committee that Bowen heads. Bowen is asking for this authority.
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laheina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 04:05 PM
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2. done.
Emails sent, will follow up with faxes.
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laheina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 04:16 PM
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3. ..
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laheina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 05:50 PM
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8. ..
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jen4clark Donating Member (812 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 04:40 PM
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4. Here's more sample letters
that people are welcome to use as templates to write. Thanks to Neutron, KnightRider and pi1304 over at kos.

Dear Senator _________________,

I couldn't believe my eyes today when I saw SoS McPherson's press release on friday (taking out the trash day). Perhaps you saw it as well?
http://www.ss.ca.gov /...



I am petitioning you, the rules committee to support subpoenas of election industry and certification insiders immediately.

This situation is dire, and the "public hearings" on the matter have been a joke, I am reminded of Douglas Adams quote from the Hitchiker's guide to the Galaxy:

"Whatever information your looking for you can find it by following these simple direction. You just have to go down to the basement, the one without stairs, with a torch. It's in the bottom of a locked cabinet stuck in a disused bathroom with a sign on the door saying Beware of Leopard."

Is there some political kickback going on? Why on earth is this happening??

These machines not only do not work, they have been proven time and time again to be fraudulent.
Look at this PDF:
http://www.ss.ca.gov /...
Anything with OS is where one of these unsecure machines are, this is cause for concern.

Especially on this day when we celebrate the lives of our presidents and our Democracy itself.

I very eagerly await your response on this matter.


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Senator ____,
California Senate Election Committee

Dear Senator ____,

Thank you for taking (or I urge you to take) a courageous stand against the actions of Californias' SoS McPherson, whose decision to confirm the use of Diebold voting machines without due process, was a clear violation of Federal ITA rules. It is critical that voters are fully assured of their vote and the integrity of the electoral process.

I urge you and your committee members to the issue port subpeonas to the key representatives and officials from Diebold, ES&S, Sequoia and Hart Intercivic, as well as Wyle and Ciber Testing Labs, who failed to appear before your committee.

Given the serious findings from the UC Berkeley Report, California voters must be gauranteed with total confidence that electoral systems are free from hacking and corruption abuses. Therefore, it is imperative that they appear before California's Senate Election Committee in open hearings under oath and address these serious concerns.

Sincerely,


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Honorable Senator -

As an American seriously concerned about the integrity of our voting process and thus the state of our democracy, I urge you: please, please do everything in your power to fully investigate electronic voting problems.

Please support Rules Committee subpoenas of election industry and certification insiders who won't otherwise inform the Elections Committee as to what's going on with the serious problems, liabilities, and flaws within their voting systems. These officials from Diebold, ES&S, Sequoia and Hart Intercivic, as well as Wyle and Ciber Testing Labs, must provide credible answers for why their systems are flawed, vulnerable, and illegal.

After the Berkley team's posited that "... the entire Diebold product line is illegal under state law," my understanding is that all major e-voting vendors insulted law and the committee by not bothering to show up to the California Senate Elections Committee hearing. This has, of course, left legitimate questions unanswered.

We, the American people, deserve answers. We deserve for our votes to be counted fairly. We deserve to be a bastion of democracy for the free world. If we don't know, with 100% certainty, that our voting system is safe and fair - we fail in all of these.

Please, Senator. You are in a position to act now in defense of what America stands for - our free, fair, and honest process which is being blighted by these dubious machines. Please, subpoena these guys, so we can get to the bottom of this.

Sincerely,


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Donna Zen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 04:45 PM
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5. 5 Democracy Calls
That seems like something we can all do without a fuss.
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Dread Pirate KR Read Donating Member (234 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 05:05 PM
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6. Thanks Jen,...
kick up and recommended! I think that it's important that you contact Senator Bowen and ask her to comment with an update, soon. She may also rally this forward!
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Wisconsin Larry Donating Member (293 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 05:14 PM
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7. Just made the phones and the voice mail boxes are not full hopefully
this will not be the case tomorrow morning. Faxes next, then the emails, then will forward your post on.

Thanks for the heads up.
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newyawker99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Feb-22-06 02:29 PM
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23. Hi Wisconsin Larry!
Welcome to DU!! :toast:
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Amaryllis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:08 PM
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9. Kick
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jen4clark Donating Member (812 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:38 PM
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10. Thanks everybody!
It's a little shocking to me how few responses this is getting. Such a simple thing for us to do and such a HUGE difference we could make! Kinda sad isn't it? :(

The only way we can make any changes and have any hope of impeaching the thugs in the WH is if our votes are counted correctly and we take back the Senate and House. If the vendors and experts are forced to answer questions under oath, the truth will be exposed and the walls of silence surrounding electronic voting will crack.

Knight I'll check at Senator Bowen's website and see if there's any updates. I have a feeling she'd stop in at CCN if she had "news."
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mirandapriestly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 09:28 PM
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11. I sent them even though I'm Not from California
hope that's OK
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jen4clark Donating Member (812 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 09:02 AM
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14. Yes, it's okay
It's not required to be in CA - in fact, if they call for the electronic vote machine insiders subpoena-induced sworn testimony it could save us all!
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kimchi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 11:57 PM
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12. Another kick.
yup.
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Donna Zen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 08:47 AM
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13. Such an important thread needs some love:
Democracy calls need to be made when democracy calls.
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capi888 Donating Member (819 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 09:37 AM
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15. Done...fax, phone, and email...n/t
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caligirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 12:29 PM
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16. sent and called, ..................
Edited on Tue Feb-21-06 12:30 PM by caligirl
They were all happy to get my calls. VERY happy to get the calls. Please email and CALL they are tallying them.
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Wisconsin Larry Donating Member (293 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 04:14 PM
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17. I've gotten this linked on http://vichydems.blogspot.com/
Let's get this linked as many places as possible!

Here's the intro to the link on vichydems.globspot.com

And Another, Itsy Bitsy, Game Plan...
I really do try to keep the focus here on Vichys and their chemical precursors, swing votes (ergo the frequent Game Plans). This seems both to match those criteria and to be worthwhile: five California politicians have the power to subpoena otherwise-proprietary info from the makers of black box voting machines. Only three of them need to say yes. Especially if you live in California, give these guys a call and give them both a gentle push in the right direction, and political cover.
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roody Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 07:28 PM
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19. kick
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freedomfries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 09:21 PM
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20. kick
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AndyTiedye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 10:15 PM
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21. Last Years Initiatives Were a Test of The Repubs' Vote Stealing Systems
In Ohio, they passed with flying colors: They stole 30% of the vote, turning a landslide FOR into a landslide AGAINST.
This guarantees their victory in Ohio in '06 and most likely '08 and beyond.

In California, there are fewer voting machines that they can control, and it is a very blue state.
Their initiatives went down in flames.
They have to get a lot more Diebold Republican Electing Machinez in here to "win",
so our new Secretary of State is back again telling us that they are all OK now, despite even more evidence to the contrary.



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quaoar Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 10:34 PM
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22. No more Diebold!
Edited on Tue Feb-21-06 10:35 PM by quaoar
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calimary Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Feb-23-06 07:54 AM
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24. Kick!
Important stuff here!

:thumbsup:
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