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The programmer claims that he designed and built a "vote rigging" software program at the behest of then Florida Congressman, now U.S. Congressman, Republican Tom Feeney of Florida's 24th Congressional District.
"He detailed, in his own words, that; (a) the program needed to be touch-screen capable (b) the user should be able to trigger the program without any additional equipment (c) the programming to accomplish this needed to stay hidden even if the source code was inspected."
Officials with ES&S competitor Diebold Election Systems are warning state and county officials against using Diebold equipment and software with other products. Diebold Election Systems Inc. is a McKinney, Texas-based subsidiary of Diebold Inc.
"The commingling of other election-related products with [Diebold products] is at the user's own risk," Diebold officials wrote in a "product-use advisory" to county officials. "Buyers of [Diebold products] should also be aware that the products carry licensing and intellectual property rights and restrictions."
Diebold's products can't be used with "any third party vendor's certification" process without the company's "prior written authorization," a company official wrote in a letter to the state.
The warnings, issued in separate letters last month to state and county officials, will likely delay tests of AutoMark and its possible certification as a federal deadline looms for Volusia and other counties to purchase disability-accessible voting devices.
The deadline is Jan. 1 under the federal Help America Vote Act.
But Volusia County Elections Supervisor Ann McFall said she needs to know this month whether the county wants to replace its entire voting system or if it wants to purchase supplemental -- but paperless -- touch-screens.
Watchdog Group Challenges Election Results
Citizens Question Reliability Of Machines
SAN DIEGO -- An election watchdog group is asking for a recount of last week's mayoral vote, saying there are serious questions about the reliability of the computer system used to count ballots.
Major concerns are coming from Brina-Rae Schuchman and the Citizens Audit Parallel Election project.
At this year's Neshoba County Fair, amid the usual political hyperbole, Secretary of State Eric Clark gave one of the most impassioned speeches — about machines.
Specifically: voting machines.
While it may seem passing strange for an outsider to understand how anyone could get hot and bothered about a machine, particularly one that would normally seem as dry as dust as a voting machine, there is, of course, a lot more to it.
In addition to the concern that surfaced in the 2000 presidential election over "hanging chads" in the Florida voting debacle (prompting every state, including Mississippi, to wonder if "it could happen here"), Mississippi has had its own heated election debate over voter fraud.
While Clark was most impassioned about the cost and efficiency of the new machines that will be offered to every county in the state, not said was that it should virtually eliminate the voter ID issue. Computerized voting with touch-screens connected to a central data base could finally kill off the "dead people" vote. Those looking for election fraud behind every bush will have to look elsewhere.
Viewing Diebold Vote-Tallying Screen Prohibited
Thursday, 28 July 2005, 1:28 pm
Viewing The Diebold Vote-Tallying Screen Prohibited
www.blackboxvoting.orgJim... March, a member of the Black Box Voting board of directors, was arrested Tuesday evening for trying to observe the Diebold central tabulator (vote tallying machine) as the votes were being counted in San Diego's mayoral election (July 26). (- online discussion: www.blackboxvoting.org... -)
According to Jim Hamilton, an elections integrity advocate from San Diego, he and March visited the office of the registrar of elections earlier in the day. During this visit, March made two requests, which were refused by Mikel Haas, the San Diego Registrar of elections.
1) March asked that the central tabulator, the computer that tallies up the votes from all the precincts, be positioned so that citizens could observe it. According to Hamilton, this would have required simply moving a table a few feet.
2) March also asked for a copy of the ".gbf" files -- the vote tally files collected during the course of tabulation – to be provided for examination after the election.
During the tallying of the election, the Diebold computer was positioned too far away for citizens to read the screen. Citizens could not watch error messages, or even perceive significant anomalies or malfunctions.
Unable to see the screen, March went into the office where the tabulator was housed. Two deputies followed him and escorted him out.
$10,000 check not from us, Diebold says
Election official punished for passing donation along
Diebold worse than reported
Alameda County officials eye other voting systems, promote absentee voting
By Ian Hoffman, STAFF WRITER
Diebold's latest electronic-voting machine, desired by dozens of counties nationwide, fared worse in the nation's first mass testing than previously disclosed, with almost 20 percent of the touch-screen machines crashing.
Those software failures are likely to send Diebold programmers back to work and perhaps force the firm into weeks of independent laboratory testing.
With 17 California counties — including Alameda, Marin and San Joaquin — considering purchase of the Diebold AccuVote TSx, as well as dozens of counties in Ohio, Utah and Mississippi, the delay could put at risk tens of millions of dollars in sales and throw open the door to Diebold competitors.
Counties that decide not to go with the Diebold machines must pay thousands of dollars for new machines, if they don't already have approved equipment. Counties that join Clark will receive the Diebold touch-screen machines at no cost.
NORTH CANTON, Ohio — Diebold Inc. entered into a reseller agreement with Hirsch Electronics Corp., which manufactures high-security access control and security-management systems for financial institutions and other entities and markets, according to a news release. Under the agreement Diebold will supply a line of protection products such as access-control and security-management systems to the government market.
"The addition of Hirsch's products allows Diebold to expand the range of choices available to our customers and re-emphasizes our commitment to provide high-end, advanced security systems that meet the needs of our federal clients," said Dennis Moriarty, vice president of Diebold Global Security.
Diebold competitor tells counties they have a choice
7/19/2005 7:14:11 AM
BY LEESHA FAULKNER
TUPELO - Diebold's competitor has reminded county officials that they have a choice in who provides their voting machines.
Election Systems & Software of Omaha, Neb., points out that Mississippi election law allows counties to conduct business with the vendor of their choice. The letter is signed by Steve Evans, regional sales manager for ES&S, and Mike Devereaux, vice president of the company.
Supervisor of Elections for Electronic Voting Michael Johnson, whose former company worked as a subcontractor for election equipment vendor ES&S
HERNANDO — Officials in DeSoto County are anxious to meet with Secretary of State Eric Clark to voice their strong opposition to a plan that calls for adopting touch screen voting machines in Mississippi.
A meeting had been set up for Friday but had to be canceled when a number of county officials said they were unavailable.
Originally posted by RyanC
how can we see to it that it never happens again?
It is not so much the machines, but how the results can be manipulated in the software source code.
The machines themselves are not changing the result, but since they print no permanent record, this makes the combination highly desirable if you wish to market " an election system"
The source code is either tweaked to maintain a certain advantage or it allows remote access
to manipulate the talleys at the server level.
As long as you have adminitrative remote access, you can overide any " unfavorable" results.
Without access to the source code by independant inspectors and no permanent verifiable
hard records, these systems can literally guarantee the results of ANY election.
Essentially they have created Stalin's dream machine.