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With Trachtenberg's off-the-shelf hardware and open-source software, developed in a short time, and at no cost at all to the tax-payer, he has virtually on his own, revealed the federal e-voting system to be little more than a scam.
If Trachtenberg could develop such a system on his own, with no federal funding whatsoever, no proprietary software and simple, off-the-shelf scanners, such that it seems to have counted votes more accurately than the one developed for years by Diebold, at enormous tax-payer expense, why shouldn't every voting jurisdiction that insists on op-scan voting systems immediately sue Diebold (and the other companies) for fraud, breach of contract --- or anything else they can find in order to recoup the millions spent on these broken systems --- and immediately switch to the Trachtenberg system?
We hope Crnich, Bowen, and election officials around the entire country who insist on such systems will give that notion serious thought. Trachtenburg just proved how easily it can be done, even while proving, yet again, as the Times-Standard noted, that those of us who have been yelling and screaming about these matters for years were "right to make noise, and right to complain about [companies] that [have] been less than responsible in dealing with the problem."
Brodksy has an impressive record of finding serious problems with counting and election procedures in Broward County, which undoubtedly helped foster the animus from her opponent Snipes. Shamefully, as we pointed out in our original coverage, Brodsky is only the latest in a string of EI advocates around the country who have been arrested recently while trying to peacefully carry out public observation of our public elections.
Here now is the video tape of the incident that results in her arrest, as captured on a small flip camera provided by election watchdog organization VideoTheVote.org. The man seen on the phone, at the beginning of the tape, calling the police, is Snipes' deputy Fred Bellis. It's clear that Bellis, in cahoots with Snipes --- again, Snipes was Brodsky's election opponent --- clearly seems to have been choreographing the entire arrest.