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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:01 PM
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Press release from Rep. Cynthia McKinney's Diebold press conference
Here is the press release from Rep. McKinney's recent press conference about Diebold and the death of verified voting in Georgia. As you will see at the end, Rep. McKinney plans two more press conferences on this issue in the near future. When I receive those press releases, I will post them here.

I am very thankful that we have some brave, bright and ball-busting Black women in Congress like Rep. McKinney representing ALL of us. (The entire press release is posted with Mr. Searcy's permission.)
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For Immediate Release
Contact: Richard Searcy, Press Secretary
Richard.searcy@mail.house.gov

July 17, 2005

Congresswoman McKinney Reveals Shocking Data on Diebold and Elections in Georgia

I have been investigating Diebold and electronic voting as a citizen, a candidate, and a Congresswoman. We reveal the first results of our investigation today. Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney

(Decatur, GA) .. www.house.gov/mckinney Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney held a press conference on Diebold and electronic voting in her District office today. With her at the event was Mr. Sam Barber, owner of American Computer Technology (ACT). Mr. Barber was a former partner with Diebold Elections Systems on the original 54 million dollar contract with the State of Georgia to provide equipment and services for Georgia elections. Mr. Barbers company was to provide assembly and testing services for the Diebold DRE machines. Together, McKinney and Barber painted a very different picture of the problems with testing, certification, and the machines themselves than the picture of an almost flawless election that has been painted by the State of Georgia.

With internal memos between Diebold and the State of Georgia, which were acquired through open records, and Mr. Barbers testimony, it was revealed that the voting machines used in the 2002 election were not adequately tested, the training provided by Diebold for Georgia election officials was seriously flawed, and in some cases nonexistent. It appears that the election was almost completely turned over to Diebold by the State of Georgia. We continue to focus on the symptoms of the problem, instead of focusing on the source of the problems, stated Barber. One of the documents shown to the audience and given to the press was a draft of the Georgia Punch List, dated December 3, 2002, which was after the general election had already been held. The List contained numerous bugs and errors that were encountered during the election, but kept from the public.

Although the State of Georgia declared that the election went smoothly and encountered few problems, the Punch List revealed problems with the memory cards running low or out of memory, defective voting units, defective encoder performance, and deficient training on safeguards to detect tampering or theft. The list states, Diebold staff providing training to counties, in many cases, were not adequately trained themselves and at times provided inaccurate information. The list indicated that during the election, at least 5 county servers failed, and that there was evidence of failure with additional servers. Some CDs received from the counties that were supposed to contain election results were blank. There were also problems with a patch that was installed, and problems with jumping selections of candidates. Overall, the election was fraught with very serious problems, many of which had the potential to alter the results of the election.

This was the first in a series of press conferences that McKinney has planned to inform the public of the danger of electronic voting without a verifiable paper trail.

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RubyDuby in GA Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:08 PM
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1. I wish my asshat rep, David Scott, had half as many balls as she does
He totally sucks! I'm glad someone is out there proving that the Republicans did not win in GA in 2002 and they took even more away from us in 2004.

See people....Georgia is not a Republican state. It's just not.
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ooglymoogly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 04:24 PM
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2. looks like the minority of rednecks in ga have a strangle
hold on the state. like a lot of the south i think...maybe thats why dean thinks we can win there.
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:43 PM
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3. kick
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Stevepol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 08:53 PM
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4. Great great news. Kick!!!!!!!!
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Time for change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-20-05 09:20 PM
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5. Cynthia McKinney is terrific n/t
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Bill Bored Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 12:43 AM
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6. Can we get Max Cleland on board with any of this or what?
Most of you should know by now that machine accessibility for disabled voters is being used effectively as a wedge issue to push the implementation of paperless, unverifiable DREs.

What better spokesman for our side (if he could be recruited) than Max Cleland, and what better time than now, given the revelations about elections in his state. He may have lost his Senate seat to these machines in 2002, but even if this cannot be proven, he would make an excellent advocate for voter-verified paper ballots (or DRE VVPATs) as well as accessible voting.

Does anyone have any influence with this patriot who lost three limbs in Viet Nam only to be maligned by the chicken hawks?
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jul-21-05 07:26 AM
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7. Great idea. We have disabled voters' support for VVPB in the Orange State
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kster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jul-22-05 01:29 AM
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8. kick...nt
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