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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:24 AM
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X-posted: Official STOP DIEBOLD IN CA HERE Daily Thread
Edited on Mon Feb-20-06 06:35 AM by sfexpat2000
Good Morning, DU Campers! Let's MOVE!

On Friday, the unelected, Grope appointed Republican Secretary of State Bruce McPherson issued a statement indicating that HE WILL CERTIFY DIEBOLD "VOTING" MACHINES in contravention of federal election standards.

1. Call Bruce and tell him you HAVE NO CONFIDENCE your vote will be counted on Diebold machines.

(916) 653-6814

Contact page for email forms: http://www.ss.ca.gov/contacts.htm

2. Contact the San Francisco Chronicle and the Los Angeles Times. ask if they intend to cover the illegal certification of Diebold machines in California. :evilgrin:

SF Chronicle: Reader representative: If you have comments on The Chronicle's coverage, standards or accuracy, please call Dick Rogers, the readers' representative, at (415) 777-7870. Written comments can be e-mailed to [email protected], faxed to (415) 442-1847.

LA Times: Los Angeles Times Readers' Representative Office
E-mail: [email protected]
Telephone message line: (877) 554-4000
Fax: (213) 237-3535


PLEASE DISTRIBUTE WIDELY TO YOU PEEPS! PLEASE CROSS POST, SHOUT FROM ROOFTOPS AND TALK TO ANYONE WHO WILL LISTEN. LET'S MAKE SOME NOISE. :)


:bounce::bounce::bounce::bounce::bounce:


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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:30 AM
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1. -- AND in violation of California laws:
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 06:40 AM
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2. I've gotta sleep a coupla hours. Please kick and call
and scream and DO NOT LET THIS HAPPEN.

:hi:
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 09:54 AM
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9. Isn't today a government holiday? (Presidents' Day)
Will those we're trying to contact be in their offices? :shrug:
If not, we can email and fax for now.
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 12:08 PM
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13. We can get out ahead of them!
Fill up their voicemail, emailboxes.

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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 07:00 AM
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3. One more kick
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Dinger Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 07:10 AM
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4. Will Do! K& R
:kick:
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stellanoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 08:16 AM
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5. K & R ed
and forwarded to every Californian of whom I can think.
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Swamp Rat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 08:17 AM
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6. kick and recommended n/t
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jen4clark Donating Member (812 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 08:41 AM
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7. Don't stop with McPherson!
Thank you sfexpat2000! We CAN do this!

There is also an important ACTION ALERT posted by ms in la in a kos diary that has steps to:

CALL/EMAIL/FAX 5 SENATORS on CA Senate Rules Committee


There are phone and fax #'s as well as email addys for the 5 Senators with instructions on what to say A few people posted their letters and offered them for others to use, so it's really easy.


The idea is to get Subpoenas on KEY WITNESSES -- on election industry and certification insiders (who did not come forth on the hearings held Feb. 16th), to testify under oath.


The Goal: Subpoena-induced sworn testimony from voting machine vendors and errant testing labs, voting machine examiners.


Subpoenas will trigger perjury. Watch the excuses fly. Watch people go on record trying to explain why they don't think they have to follow THE LAW.


The Action Alert post is also x-posted HERE at DU, Election Reform Forum, although the thread at kos contains sample letters.





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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 11:14 AM
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11. Excellent!
:kick:
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Peace Patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 09:09 AM
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8. Debra Bowen needs emails re: subpoenas of McPherson, Diebold.
Email: [email protected]

Bowen (D-Redondo Beach) is a chair* of the Senate Elections, Reapportionment, & Constitutional Amendments Committee, which is holding hearings on the Diebold and related matters. She is seeking subpoenas, and needs public support to obtain subpoena permission from the members of the Senate Rules Committee. Email to Bowen (she has requested no phone calls), and email or call these senators:

Senate Rules Committee:

Senator Don Perata (Chair) D
(916) 651-4009

Senator Jim Battin (Vice-Chair) R - but approachable
(916) 651-4037 - [email protected]

Senator Roy Ashburn R - approachable also
(916) 651-4018 - [email protected]

Senator Gilbert Cedillo D
(916) 651-4022

See comment #15 for webform link to other senators email:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=203x413375

Additional information at:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=203&topic_id=413258&mesg_id=413507
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=203&topic_id=413258&mesg_id=413510

___________________

Here's my email to Bowen:

Dear Senator Bowen,

Enough is enough! On behalf of my husband, my son and my big, extended, native California family--and also my extensive network of friends and public interest activists-- I urge you to subpoena all records pertaining to Bruce McPhersons handling of the Diebold certification and related issues.

Mr. McPhersons behavior in this matter has been arbitrary, shrouded in secrecy and in violation of the law. The Senate should open this matter up to proper public scrutiny, and should hold Mr. McPherson accountable.

We further want to state our objection to all trade secret, proprietary programming code in any part of our election system. Secret programmingincluding the notorious and forbidden interpreted code--has no place in our election system. We also object to the partisan nature of the major vendorsDiebold, ES&S and Sequoia. Diebold until last month was headed by a Bush/Cheney campaign chair. ES&S, a spinoff of Diebold, was initially funded by rightwing billionaire Howard Ahmanson. Diebold and ES&Swho together counted 80% of the nations votes in the 2004 electionare run by two brothers, Todd and Bob Urosevich. The third vendor, Sequoia, now employs former California Republican Secretary of State Bill Jones and his chief aide Alfie Charles to peddle its voting machines.

It is outrageous that all three major vendors in our election system have close ties to the Republican Party. It would be equally objectionable if they had close ties to the Democratic Party. This is a non-partisan issue of basic fairness and transparency. That these Republican-connected corporations are counting our votes with SECRET programming makes the situation even worse. Non-transparent elections are NOT elections. They are tyranny.

This concern crosses political lines. Recently, the Republican governor of Maryland stated his serious concerns about electronic votingparticularly Diebolds machines, in view of Diebolds test failures in Florida, California and other states--and said that he no longer has confidence in his states ability to conduct fair and accurate elections in 2006.

See: http://www.verifiedvotingfoundation.org/article.php?id=6336

We support a return to paper ballot voting, hand-counted at the precinct level, as they do quite efficiently in Canadaor, as a compromise, all mail-in voting, as in Oregon, with the option of dropping the ballot off locally on election dayuntil this electronic voting mess is straightened out, and, in particular, until open source programming of electronic voting machines and central tabulators is available for use.

We are well aware that the Democratic Party, nationally and in California, has not acted to protect the integrity of our elections, as it should have. We are also aware that the Republican Party in California used to be a force for good governmentfor fairness, openness and accountability. On the matter of transparent elections, both parties have failed us. We believe that fear and corruption are the probable causes of this failure of leadership. And we hope and pray that your Senate committee, both Republicans and Democrats, will represent a new trend toward honesty and integrity in government that will spread across the nation.

California should be out front as a leader on transparent elections and good government. That is our reputation. Lets live up to it!

Sincerely,

XXXXX


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im10ashus Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 10:51 AM
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10. I will link up my friends in CA.
Diebold must die!
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 11:49 AM
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12. If we let them Diebold CA, good bye 2008
:kick:
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 01:55 PM
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14. Kick
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Amaryllis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 02:07 PM
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15. kick
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jen4clark Donating Member (812 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 02:09 PM
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16. and another KICK!
:kick:
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cascadiance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 02:12 PM
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17. Sign Debra Bowen's petition to McPherson to release all documents...

Go to this address and sign this petition. The more we can get our names on this list quickly, perhaps the bigger message it will send that we're not about to be "snookered" this time and won't "bend over" when they come.

http://ga3.org/campaign/mcpherson?rk=X1NuA_S1XzvkW
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Time for change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 03:08 PM
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18. I will e-mail the newspapers - thank you
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fooj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 05:39 PM
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19. KanR!!!
Peace.
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Time for change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 05:43 PM
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20. Here is what I wrote to them
Edited on Mon Feb-20-06 05:48 PM by Time for change
Dear editor:

Im writing to ask you, as a concerned American citizen, to please cover the pending acceptance of Diebold machines by Secretary McPherson, to be used in California elections.

Computer scientists have been warning for years that DRE machines that lack paper trails are inherently unsafe because of their vulnerability to software bugs, malicious code, or hack attacks. Even in the best designed system, removing votes from the physical world and storing them exclusively in electronic form is a risky proposition, because there is no way to be sure that the data put into the machines during an election will be the same as the official data that later comes out of the machines. Furthermore, because of the proprietary nature of the software, election officials have to take assurances about security almost entirely on trust. This is a recipe for fraud, and since California has a major role to play in Presidential elections, the idea of them using DRE machines scares me a great deal.

The National Bureau of Standards has identified four problem areas in verifying the outcome of computerized elections: the absence of a paper audit trail, poor program design, trade secrecy provisions that stop public officials from examining those programs, and inadequate administrative oversight. They have said that the sum of all these problems is tantamount to an abdication of control over elections to the vendors who supply the machines.

Thank you for your interest in preserving our democracy.

Sincerely,

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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 08:38 PM
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21. One correction though:
DREs in CA are now required to have a paper trail.

The TSx machines, which now have to be connected to printers, were tested last summer. They suffered around a 30% failure rate. *That* is what this creep is trying to stick the voters with. What nerve!

http://www.verifiedvotingfoundation.org/article.php?id=6257
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freedomfries Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 09:03 PM
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22. k & r
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Time for change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 09:16 PM
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23. Thank you for the info
I guess that with a 30% failure rate they may as well not have a paper trail, huh?
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nicknameless Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Feb-20-06 09:40 PM
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24. Exactly. 30% of those using them won't get their votes counted?
How reassuring.
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Feb-21-06 05:42 PM
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25. There was a re-test done in September.
And the TSx did a lot better, though it's not clear to me that the test was as rigorous, or as publicly witnessed, as the June test.

AND it still fails, by a long stretch, the 163hr MTBF spec in the 2002/5 VVSG's!!

Volume Testing Results

As noted above, a second volume reliability test of the Diebold AccuVote-TSX was conducted in San Diego on September 28, 2005. For this test, the vendor supplied one hundred (100) TSX devices equipped with the AVPM. These units were configured for the standard test primary election. A minimum of one hundred (100) ballots was cast on each TSX between 9:15am and the conclusion of the test at 4:00pm. Temporary workers contracted by the Secretary of State did all test voting. Support operations, such as programming the voter activation cards, were performed by Diebold staff under the observation of Secretary of State staff. Finally, Secretary of State staff videotaped the instruction to the testers, as well as various views of the entire test.

Appendix A of this report details the protocol used for conducting this volume test. Appendix B of this report presents a summary of the errors encountered over the course of the test. Images of the actual error reports and error log will be available for download from the Secretary of States web site.

A total of twenty-nine (29) errors were logged over the course of the test. The majority of those errors, nineteen (19), were attributed to human error and not related to any kind of equipment failure. The remaining ten incidents were related to the TSX/AVPM equipment. In each case, there was a "graceful" recovery without rebooting the DRE. While three of these incidents involved a paper jam, there were no incidents of the "screen freeze" observed in the previous volume test.

None of the errors resulted in a loss of the record of a vote, either in the TSX memory or on the AVPM paper audit trail.

Of the three paper jams encountered, one was first detected when the voter noticed the paper was creased in the AVPM viewing window. The second was detected when the "low paper warning" was triggered. Both of these occurred between ballots. The final incident occurred mid-ballot, while printing the paper audit record for viewing. While the printed audit record was unreadable, the machine recovered by canceling that ballot so the voter could start over again. It should be noted that each incident of these paper jams required the pollworker to unlock and open the AVPM to take up the slack paper and clear the jam. In two incidents, previously voted ballots were briefly visible outside of the security canister. Therefore, official Use Procedures for this system must address this by specifying a process to clear paper jams while taking care not to observe previously printed ballots or, alternatively, requiring jammed machines to be taken out of service.

snip

The nineteen (19) human error incidents included: voter errors (nine incidents); voter access card incorrectly programmed for the wrong precinct by support staff (eight incidents); and errors in the election definition and configuration prior to the test (two incidents).


http://www.ss.ca.gov/elections/voting_systems/diebold_2005_06_staffreport__final.pdf


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