Broward voters won't be able to double-check ballot with printout
By Buddy Nevins
A printer that can be attached to Broward County voting machines and provide a "paper trail" has been invented and built and is ready to be installed, but it will be months, possibly years, before the state allows voters to use it.
Almost from the moment the computerized machines were introduced in Florida in 2002, many voters have been skeptical of their reliability and security. U. S. Rep. Robert Wexler, D-Boca Raton, has sued in federal court stating that the inability of the touch screen machines in 15 counties to provide a printed record violates the equal protection clause of the U. S. Constitution, because 52 other Florida counties have optical scanners that use paper that can be manually recounted....
The certification process of the Sequoia device has been under way most of this year. If there are no problems, the Sequoia printer could be certified next year.
Another Law Suit... I wonder what 52 counties he is speficly reffering to, it would be interesting to compare their 2002 election results to the counties which did not have a way to recount manually. I wonder if one of those 52 counties was where the Post Office truck filled with Democrat Ballots was found. What county was this famous 'riot' staged in? One of the 52 Counties that were going to manually recount their votes, you can bet on it.
The picture below is what stopped the ballot recounts in Florida shortly after it seemed that Legitimate President Gore had a lead. The "citizens" started what was later called "the preppy riot". Screaming, yelling, pounding on the walls, these "outraged citizens" intimidated the polling officials to halt the recount. A closer look reveals who they really were. They were bussed and flown in at Republican lawmakers expense. Some even flew in on Tom Delay's private plane.
Corwin said it would take a rewrite of state law for the printer to be allowed in election recounts. Broward and Snipes are requesting that the 2006 Legislature make that change.
Their reasons for not putting thr printers on the machines? They say because Blind People can't read them or the recounts, and the Prohibitive costs of the printers which according to them would amount to "Each printer would cost approximately $1,000, or a total price tag of $6.8 million, Klenet said."
I can go to Wallyworld and get a printer for 80 bucks folks. The costs of these printers is a red herring to buy them time until they shuffle us through the next election and figure another way around this accountibility.
A written record of your vote would require a rewriting of State Law eh? I suggest they get a legal dictionary and look up the word Ballot.
Yet another State Laws Violated to implement these voting machines...
NM Machine Purchase May Violate State Law
Monday, 19 December 2005, 5:26 pm
Press Release: United Voters of New Mexico
For IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DECEMBER 16, 2005
United Voters of New Mexico Further Investigation Reveals
Machine Purchase May Violate State Law
Sequoia Edge Voting Machines Do Not Meet New Federal Standards
Albuquerque – December 16 - Secretary of State Vigil-Giron is set to purchase hundreds of electronic machines that meet 15-year-old standards, but not the current 2002 standards. The machines proposed for purchase, furthermore, don’t produce a paper record of votes as required by state law. Stephen Fettig, a citizen involved in voting issues, says, “Last winter many citizens worked with many legislators to get the state law as it is written. We are asking that the secretary of state purchase only machines that comply with both state and federal law.”
The National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) is the organization that determines when voting machines meeting federal standards. The 17-page list of these machines, dated November 18, 2005 doesn’t list any Sequoia Edge machines as meeting current standards. By “current,” the NASED means standards set in 2002. The list does identify some Sequoia software and firmware that meets the current standards, but no complete Sequoia machines meet the 2002 standards....
A week ago, citizen groups from around the state asked Bernalillo County Clerk Mary Herrera and Santa Fe County Clerk Valerie Espanoza to select the AutoMark voting system which is currently certified at both the state and federal levels. Instead, they asked Secretary of State Vigil-Giron to buy some 800 Sequoia Edge machines that are not certified to current federal standards and are in potential violation of state law because they don’t produce a paper record of votes.
What’s driving this seemingly unwise and potentially unlawful action by the Secretary of State - an action that could waste millions of dollars of taxpayers money? We don't know.
[edit on 20-12-2005 by twitchy]