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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

Fraud Vitiates (Corrupts) Everthing

Why Diebold DRE’s have no valid NASED numbers.

The centuries old legal principal, Fraus omnia vitiate, “Fraud vitiates everything” renders the following NASED qualification numbers
N-1-06-22-22-003, and
null and void. Thus, for Wisconsin and 37 other states1, these Diebold systems identified by the qualification numbers above are not certified for use in the state because the required2, legally valid NASED qualification number does not exist. In particular, the certifications for systems N-1-06-22-22-001 and N-1-06-22-22-004 are now void in Wisconsin.

Here is a link to the complete article.

I will be prssing the Wisconsin State Elections Board to recognize they also have fallen prey to this fraud and must, in the interest of Justice, recind the certification of any Diebold system which includes either of the untested DRE touch screen offered by Debold Election Systems Incorporated.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aug 15, 10:22 PM EDT

Ohio Voting Problems Deemed Severe

Associated Press Writer

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Problems with elections in Ohio's most populous county are so severe that it's unlikely they can be completely fixed by November, or even by the 2008 presidential election, a report commissioned by Cuyahoga County and released Tuesday says.

A nonprofit group hired to review the county's first election with new electronic voting machines found several problems with the May 2 primary, the results of which were delayed six days because roughly 18,000 absentee ballots had to be hand counted.

The absentee ballots had been improperly formatted for new optical scan voting machines. Poll workers also had problems operating the machines, some poll workers didn't show up, vote memory cards disappeared and one precinct opened hours late. Researchers also found that the four sources used to keep track of vote totals on machines did not always add up.

"The election system in its entirety exhibits shortcomings with extremely serious consequences, especially in the event of a close election," wrote Steven Hertzberg, director of the study by the San Francisco-based Election Science Institute.

The report, part of a $341,000 review ordered by county commissioners, suggests that the county revamp poll worker training, develop a plan to ensure all electronic votes are counted in the case of a manual count and consider adding machines to avoid long lines that might scare voters away.

An official with the maker of the voting machines, North Canton-based Diebold Inc., said the report was flawed because the researchers did not properly review electronic votes in some cases.

Mark Radke, director of marketing for Diebold subsidiary Diebold Election Systems, also blamed inadequately trained poll workers, saying the totals didn't always add up because some changed memory cards without also changing the paper receipt rolls.

County elections chief Michael Vu said he could not comment on the report until Diebold and ESI worked out any issues. Then he wants ESI to present its findings to the elections board "so that we can make an informed decision to the report as a whole."

Wed Aug 16, 09:17:00 AM CDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good Day John,
It's good to have overseers in just about every activity regarding the public. However if your energy was redirected towards the real causes of voter fraud as well as educating the public on how to vote the vote count would be significatly closer to correct they any possible errors the machines may have.
How about the simple act of having voter I.D. I can not believe this State. Without that nothing else "really" matters. And the voter must take some responsibility !!!! FILL THE BALLOT OUT CORRECTLY !!!! In another State I had a chance to see some ballots that the machines didn't like. My god ... from a dot, to filling out all all ovals for a particular office. It's absurd to think a machine can correctly determine a voters intent. I can't believe it is any different in Wisconsin ... from what I seen there are not alot of rocket scientists.
In closing ... why not start out picking some low hanging fruit. If you real stand for voting integrity go after fixing 1 of these problems. Your time investment would return 100 (more like 1000) times over any machine errors you will find.
I and many others in the watch dog underground will be looking for response :-)

Wed Aug 16, 12:26:00 PM CDT  
Blogger John Washburn said...

And preventing the use of unreliable and untest software is not low hanging fruit?

I have been accused of being just a negative Nelly. I am all complaint and no offering of solutions. This is not true and the verification of the "sort and weigh" option in another post.

Let me counter with this question: Assume we have an accruate and correct registration list as well as stringent ID requirement. What good does that do when the untested (that is the charge here BTW) ignores your screen touches or marks on the paper and records what ever the machine wants?

And make no mistake:

This behavior has been observed and documented in the Diebold equipment in Florida and on ES&S equipment both in Wisconsin (in 2004) and in Iowa in June of this year.

Thu Aug 17, 12:50:00 AM CDT  

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