Tuesday, December 14, 2004

20 Amazing Facts About Voting in the USA

-By John Bray of D'Youville College and Paul Zarembka, UB
professor of economics.

  1. 80% of all votes in America are counted by only two companies: Diebold and ES&S.

  2. There is no federal agency with regulatory authority or oversight

    of the U.S. voting machine industry.

  3. The vice-president of Diebold and the president of ES&S are brothers.

  4. The chairman and CEO of Diebold is a major Bush campaign organizer

    and donor who wrote in 2003 that he was "committed to helping Ohio

    deliver its electoral votes to the president next year."

  5. Republican Senator Chuck Hagel used to be chairman of ES&S. He

    became Senator based on votes counted by ES&S machines.
  6. Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, long-connected with the Bush

    family, was recently caught lying about his ownership of ES&S by the

    Senate Ethics Committee.
  7. Senator Chuck Hagel was on a short list of George W. Bush's

    vice-presidential candidates.

  8. ES&S is the largest voting machine manufacturer in the U.S. and

    counts almost 60% of all U.S. votes.

  9. Diebold's new touch screen voting machines have no paper trail of

    any votes. In other words, there is no way to verify that the data

    coming out of the machine is the same as what was legitimately put in

    by voters.
  10. Diebold also makes ATMs, checkout scanners, and ticket machines,

    all of which log each transaction and can generate a paper trail.

  11. Diebold is based in Ohio.
  12. Diebold employed 5 convicted felons as senior managers and

    developers to help write the central compiler computer code that

    counted 50% of the votes in 30 states.

  13. Jeff Dean, Diebold's Senior Vice-President and senior programmer

    on Diebold's central compiler code, was convicted of 23 counts of

    felony theft in the first degree.

  14. Diebold Senior Vice-President Jeff Dean was convicted of planting

    back doors in his software and using a "high degree of sophistication"

    to evade detection over a period of 2 years.
  15. None of the international election observers were allowed in the

    polls in Ohio.

  16. California banned the use of Diebold machines because the security

    was so bad. Despite Diebold's claims that the audit logs could not be

    hacked, a chimpanzee was able to do it!
    (See the movie here


  17. 30% of all U.S. votes are carried out on unverifiable touch screen

    voting machines with no paper trail. 18. All -- not some -- but all the voting machine errors detected and

    reported in Florida went in favor of Bush or Republican candidates.
  18. All -- not some -- but all the voting machine errors detected and

    reported in Florida went in favor of Bush or Republican candidates.
  19. The governor of the state of Florida, Jeb Bush, is the President's

    brother. Does someone not know this?

  20. Serious voting anomalies in Florida -- again always favoring Bush

    -- have been mathematically demonstrated and experts are recommending

    further investigation.

Relevant Links:

American Free Press

Common Dreams
Online Journal - Voting

CBS News story

Mother Jones

Business Week

The Independant

ESS Vote


Wikipedia - Diebold

Hack the Vote
Yuricareport.com - Election Aftermath




Blogger Christian said...

I particularly like the chipmanzee movie. Cute little guy.

December 16, 2004 at 3:30 PM  

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