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Bev Harris is executive director of Black Box Voting, Inc. an advocacy group committed to restoring citizen oversight to elections.

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Thursday, November 1, 2012     

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Colorado Sets the Stage for a Bogus Election
Colorado election integrity and transparency is now officially out the window, with a series of corruption protection rules and new laws that prevent the public from verifying the outcome. And then there is the matter of alleged Romney ties to the second-biggest voting machine manufacturer in America.

Monday, July 30, 2012     

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Georgia City Fighting Sunshine Laws -
(1 comments) The city of Cumming, Georgia is litigating against public right to videotape open meetings, a move that could spill over into election monitoring. Videotaping in a freedom of information context is a crucial part of transparent elections because it lets citizens capture durable evidence in the election. Election processes are (or should be) subject to public observation, yet sometimes public officials try to block this.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012     

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Judge Threatens Gag Order on Lawsuit to Protect Ballot Privacy
Don't be confused, and don't let anyone tell you that you shouldn't talk about this. To be clear, you have BOTH the right to inspect ballots and the right to a secret ballot. If you hear this: "It would violate the secrecy of the ballot to allow the public to examine ballots" it simply means "We can figure out how you voted and we don't want you to know that."

Thursday, June 21, 2012     

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Bev Harris: Actual Accenture Voter List Software Discovered and Downloadable to the Public
(2 comments) Bev Harrs discovered the actual highly problematic voter list software used widely throughout the USA for Accenture voter registration and voter histories. The software has been reported to switch voter parties and delete voter histories. Programmers and other interested parties can download the software and try to figure out why Accenture product gets it so WRONG so often.

Friday, June 15, 2012     

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Now 11,000 voter histories missing; Purge rates as high as 35% of wrong histories
(2 comments) Two important new developments: An internal analysis conducted by the Tennessee Democratic Party has found that more than 11,000 voters statewide, who are still active on the voter file, have had parts of their voting history disappear; 2) BLACK BOX VOTING investigation reveals that up to 35% of wrongful "inactives" are actually purged

Wednesday, May 23, 2012     

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Caught Red Handed: Systematic Purge Setup for Black Voters
(2 comments) Four hundred and eighty-eight voters, every one of them in the Tennessee district of US Rep Steve Cohen (D-09), all but four lifelong Democrats, and nearly all Black, had their voting history erased by Shelby County election workers, setting them up for purge from the voter list.

Saturday, February 25, 2012     

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"Dirtiest politician" hired for Nevada caucus?
It turns out that at least three of the top guns hired to oversee Republican caucuses had been involved in the campaign of a single top candidate, and then went on to run the (botched, but beneficially so) caucuses.

Friday, February 17, 2012     

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Dear Maine GOP: 1+1+1 does not = 4. Official results are wrong
(8 comments) Evidence that Maine's GOP caucus results were miscounted.

Monday, November 7, 2011     

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15,000 Voters Left Off 2008 Voter List In Shelby Co. Tennessee
20% of All 18-year Olds Omitted -- Data Entry Failure for Last-Minute Registration Forms to Blame

Wednesday, August 31, 2011     

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New Report on Key Public Safeguards -- Who Can Vote -- Who Did Vote
Are there any problems with the software design in the ES&S/Diebold ExpressPoll system? (You betcha.) As they say, humans err but a computer can REALLY mess things up. In absentee voting locations -- and over 25 states now have no-fault absentee voting -- inaccurate "who voted" lists offer a direct connection to vote stuffing for insiders willing to exploit the lists.

Thursday, April 28, 2011     

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THE INVISIBLE HAND: CASE STUDY IN STRIPPING AWAY ELECTION RIGHTS
New questions on election transparency have surfaced in New Hampshire, where the powerful First-In-The-Nation presidential primary will take place in 2012. If New Hampshire is to have its thumb on the scale in presidential politics, transparency needs to be an absolute requirement. In a bizarre chain of events, nontransparency was entered surreptitiously into a New Hampshire statute in 2003.

Friday, April 15, 2011     

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Colo. Election Clerks at War with the Public
Colorado has some of the most shocking local election administrators in the nation. This long-standing problem is reaching broader public awareness through an unseemly situation in tiny Saguache County.

Sunday, April 10, 2011     

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Black Box Voting: WISCONSIN VOTE SPREAD 29,207? 7,500? Or 6,744?
(9 comments) We should not be urging the public to trust what the public cannot see and authenticate. We have a structural problem with US election procedures, and instead of focusing on politics, we should be working together to restore the public ability to see what's going on.

Monday, November 1, 2010     

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Straight scoop on tons of races up for grabs in Tuesday election
Don't believe what you hear right now on who will control congress, because it is still very much up in the air. Not only do we not have any idea how the computer programming really affects vote counts with many different locations, vendors and IT guys, but going by the polls alone there are really a TON of very close races.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010     

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Vote by mail is HIGH RISK
(1 comments) Vote by mail conceals who actually voted and hides chain of custody. It is a way of transferring power from the many to the few, a centralization and consolidation of power. And claims cited by its supporters are untrue; it does not increase turnout. Don't fall for the absentee voting craze.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010     

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Two convicted felons involved with vote by mail
The USA's vote by mail system is rapidly expanding, and as it expands, it automates and outsources. Two convicted felons have been heavily involved in the automation of absentee vote mailing and signature authentication processes used in current elections.

Thursday, September 16, 2010     

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SHELBY, TN: 3,221 PHANTOM VOTES FOUND; SAME LOCATIONS HAD UPLOADS DAY BEFORE ELECTION
(5 comments) Shelby Cty admitted that they installed an invalid voter list in Election Day electronic poll books, altering WHO CAN VOTE.The list said 1000s of people could not vote because they had already voted,even though they had not voted.They withheld the list of WHO DID VOTE until ordered by the court to produce it.When consultants analyzed the list,they found names missing for 3,221 votes counted in the final certified results.

Saturday, May 8, 2010     

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Does the US want a back door into other nation's elections?
(1 comments) While citizens easily grasp the idea that you don't have a democracy without public elections -- the key word being PUBLIC -- and that you don't have public elections when government insiders control essential processes in concealment, many national leaders pretend not to understand these fundamental concepts. They continue to claim that the machines are "tamperproof", "safe", and deserving of "confidence."

Friday, May 7, 2010     

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QUESTIONABLE LEADERSHIP ON WORLD DEMOCRACY -
(5 comments) Does the US want a back door into other nation's elections? Tidier than involvement in a coup, and less expensive than investing in enough propaganda to thwart a democratic election, e-voting has now proven to provide the opportunity for a "Plan B." If desired. In case it's necessary.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010     

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BIPARTISANLY YOURS: COAKLEY WON THE HAND COUNTS
(14 comments) According to preliminary media results by municipality, Democrat Martha Coakley won Massachusetts overall in its hand counted locations,* with 51.12% of the vote (32,247 hand counted votes) to Brown's 30,136, which garnered him 47.77% of hand counted votes. Margin: 3.35% lead for Coakley.

Monday, January 18, 2010     

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SHINING A BRIGHT LIGHT ON AN UNDEMOCRATIC TACTIC
(1 comments) If a media outlet calls the MA race based on verbal reports from names that are never disclosed,we need to call this what it is:Journalistic malpractice,and a danger to democracy.If what you see Tuesday night ain't right,be prepared to speak up.Or shout loudly.It's our duty."It does not take a majority to prevail...but rather an irate, tireless minority,keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men." Samuel Adams

Sunday, January 17, 2010     

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BBV 2010: WHAT TO DO ABOUT MASSACHUSETTS
Here are suggestions for effective actions everyone can take, whether you live in Massachusetts or not, to help protect the truthfulness of Tuesday's Massachusetts senate special election.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010     

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Detroit - Criminal investigation requested for elections violations
Black Box Voting calling for Detroit elections officials to be removed. Let's watch Detroit carefully, because today's request to prosecute election violations may help with a rotten elections culture elsewhere in the USA. Ex-candidate Tom Barrow has filed a formal request for investigation along with stunning documentation of chain of custody breach in the recent Detroit mayoral election.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009     

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Aspen's Slippery Slopes: Constitutional rights violation, denial of crucial public records
(2 comments) During post-election jockeying between mayor-elect Ireland and former candidate Marilyn Marks, a voting rights conflict of national importance was exposed. When the City chose to deny a crucial open records request by Marks, she filed a lawsuit to compel compliance with Colorado Open Records Laws.

Friday, November 6, 2009     

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Tools to help examine Maine's controversial rollback of gay rights
(2 comments) Maine rolled back gay marriage rights, just as California did last year with Prop 8. Here are some tools to help citizens investigate this election, and you don't need to live in Maine to help!

Monday, October 12, 2009     

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Here's do-it-yourself letter & cautionary note re: Diebold/ES&S senate antitrust hearing
(1 comments) Here is a copy of the letter BLACK BOX VOTING has sent to every senator on the committee, and a downloadable do-it-yourself letter in Word format so you can edit and customize to your own liking and send your own, plus all the addresses, fax numbers and phone numbers.

Thursday, October 8, 2009     

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Black Box Voting to Wash. DC Council re: Proposed Election Reforms
(1 comments) Black Box Voting letter to Washington D.C. Council: REQUEST TO HOLD OFF ON NO-FAULT VOTE-BY-MAIL, Checks and Balances need to be articulated for Same-Day Registration, Public rights in public elections

Tuesday, August 4, 2009     

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(WI) - 5-YEAR PLAN TOUTS FORCED MAIL-IN, INTERNET, SIGNATURE GAMES
(1 comments) Wisconsin is set to ratify a '5-year plan' which will advocate looking into forced mail-in voting, Etch-a-Sketch-style electronic voter registration tablets which eliminate the physical signature, and Internet voting. The combination of mail-in voting and physical signature removal pulls the wheels right off of mail-in voting checks and balances -- and safeguards for mail-in voting are already inadequate.

Thursday, July 30, 2009     

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Black Box Voting names Maine best in nation for voting rights
Black Box Voting has been researching nitty-gritty election issues state by state, community by community. Maine, it turns out, is a standout. Overall, Maine's current processes are better than any other state in America. This article explains why Maine is ahead of the pack, and what new threats exist that might cause problems.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009     

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Black Box Voting Blog-O-Lection 7/21: Burglars at the window
Each of the four election issues described here have broad implications, not just for the location involved but for your state and county as well. At issue: ballot remakes, ballot privacy, Internet voting, forced mail-in voting

Thursday, May 28, 2009     

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BlackBox Blog-O-Lection -- IMPORTANT! -- Thurs. May 28, 2009
(1 comments) The genius of democracy is dispersal of power. Consolidation of control under the EAC and secret, centralized counting under an Internet voting system combine to remove the framework for democratic elections. Like rats following the piper, most mainstream press articles write glowingly over this new concept, as if it were a foregone conclusion that all of America will vote this way soon.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009     

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Connecticut Election Audit: 'Ridiculous, Unacceptable, Unconscionable'
(1 comments) Connecticut released an "audit" (not really an audit) on May 12, 2009 -- more than six months after the Nov. 2008 election, and long past any possibility of rectifying errors, if found. Yet even this belated "audit" was procedurally flawed, and even this flawed belated "audit" uncovered "ridiculous, unacceptable, unconscionable" problems.

Friday, May 15, 2009     

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BlackBox Blog-O-Lection May 15, 2009
New Jersey groups beginning to use voting rights frame for e-voting; Patronage massacre in Tennessee, Republicans have fired (so far) 28 Democratic election officials; Awesome potential for public interest software programming; Philadelphia citizens overcome refusal to publish election results; "Stealth election" in Alabama, and helpful election stats now available for Los Angeles.

Friday, May 1, 2009     

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Blackbox BLOG-O-LECTION Clips
(2 comments) Quick updates on voting rights and election integrity, from Black Box Voting - Tennessee going nuts installing partisan election officials; King County withheld records showing wrongfully counted votes; New Hampshire legislation blocking freedom of information is in play right now...

Tuesday, April 7, 2009     

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BREAKING: Front lines report from AZ election fraud investigation
(2 comments) Update on a live investigation into possible election tampering on a $2 billion transportation bond ballot issue in Pima County, Arizona, by Jim March as he views the hand count investigation.

Thursday, March 19, 2009     

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Let's Get Off the Hamster Wheel
(4 comments) The media has given the impression that Germany banned e-voting due to bugs or security issues. Not so: The ban was based on human rights violations, which represents spectacular progress for the US voting rights groups who believe computerized, secret vote counting violates inalienable rights.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009     

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Counting votes in secret - PHOTO - 'Let there be consequences'
(1 comments) The photo says it all: Vote-counting in Pima County performed in secret, hidden even from official party observers and a member of the Pima County Election Integrity Commission. Please help. This is against the law, but without a demand for consequences, kiss your democracy good-bye.

Wednesday, March 4, 2009     

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"Where the hell are our ballots?"
Ballots in an apparently rigged election are scheduled to be recounted; they were secretly moved to a new location by the Arizona Attorney General, but no one seems to be able to find out where, or learn anything about the chain of custody.

Friday, January 9, 2009     

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Black Box Voting: Santa Barbara lawsuit would set dangerous precedents
(3 comments) An elections contest has been filed in Santa Barbara County (Calif) which -- if it succeeds -- would open the door for harassment, mass disenfranchisement, and election tampering using poison pills.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008     

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The mysterious disappearing candidate in Florida
(6 comments) This article shows how to use "time slice" data to view vote information as it flows in during the election. One unusual set of time slices led to more questions, about a disappearing candidate.

Sunday, November 2, 2008     

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The Count starts in 48 hours: Instructions for Protect the Count
(1 comments) The Black Box Voting Protect the Count series contains important information and several video clips never before made public.Please distribute immediately and as widely as you can. EASY INSTRUCTIONS: View the videos that best fit your location, find a buddy, pick an action, do it!

Thursday, October 16, 2008     

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New results middleman spotted - FL, KS, IL, CA, CO, NC, SC, NY, NM, TX
New election results private middleman spotted for 25 counties in 10 states

Monday, September 29, 2008     

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2008 election results to be routed to private middlemen in Illinois, Colorado & Kentucky
Black Box Voting has learned that private, inappropriate results middlemen are already set up in 2008 for Illinois, Colorado and Kentucky. This mirrors concerns from Ohio 2004, when a Tennessee server was found dishing out Ohio results. At this point citizens need to get on a search and expose mission for every state to learn the routing of election results p

Tuesday, September 23, 2008     

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Excruciating issues with voter list database
(1 comments) The second half of the Help America Vote Act is just now kicking into play nationwide, and it involves nationwide implementation of mandated, centralized tamper-friendly voter list databases. The new statewide databases enable centralized access for tampering the whole state, and targeted populations. Few checks and balances have even been contemplated to prevent this.

Sunday, September 21, 2008     

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Construction workers discover their secret ballot invaded
(1 comments) A construction worker who lives in a small cabin in the woods discovered that his ballot, with his votes on it, is being tracked.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008     

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The new Diebold 2-minute deadline: Welcome to SPEED VOTING
(3 comments) Diebold/Premier says it's too late to fix a new voting machine time-out feature - 2-min. delay kicks voters off to provisional ballots. Report says 1,700 locations, 34 states affected.

Tuesday, September 9, 2008     

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About those so-called "Election Audits" - Missing Info
(1 comments) NEW ENGLAND - Voting machines in Connecticut, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont and Maine are programmed by a single firm, LHS Associates. Connecticut report of Feb. 2008 audit results is MISSING, Univ. Connecticut discovered unchecked "duplicate memory cards" but has been unable to examine all of them, 30% of 2007 audit data missing or unusable. And the other four LHS-programmed states aren't even checking any of this.

Sunday, July 13, 2008     

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Former voting machine exec looking to become America's next Vice President?
Hagel did not disclose his ownership in the voting machine company.He did not disclose that he had been CEO of the voting machine company, even though that was clearly required. He was required to list every position held during the past two years; he listed a volunteer position with the Red Cross, but failed to mention that he was CEO of the voting machine company that counted his votes.

Thursday, July 3, 2008     

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Flooded machines: Now who do you trust?
(3 comments) This Indiana county may be headed for a wild ride -- certainly an expensive one! -- because its voting machines were destroyed in the June floods. Mystery firms bid for the contract.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008     

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North Dakota, South Carolina, Virginia, Maine election watch
The following states go to the polls today: Maine, North Dakota, South Carolina, and Virginia. Statistical information, results analysis tools, problem reports and voting machine issues summarized here.

Friday, June 6, 2008     

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Utter failure of election transparency in Monterey County
(7 comments) Monterey County violated citizen oversight rights in a big way, hiding portable memory sticks, threatening to arrest citizens trying to document what they were seeing, and operating vote tabulators containing prohibited software. Jim March reports a hair-raising election oversight experience.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008     

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Election Storm Watchers Needed - New Tech Tools!
(1 comments) Three great new tools are now available for election protection, guaranteed to fascinate computer people numbers nerds. Automate the capture of data, spot anomalies instantly.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008     

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Bev Harris on Voice of the Voters May 28th, 8PM ET
(2 comments) Raising the bar on election protection vs. "Oops!" Why has a culture of "OOPS" permeated and been tolerated in the election industry, when it would not be acceptable for minimum wage workers in corporate America? It's as if our elections are now a game of limbo---"how low can we go?"

Tuesday, May 27, 2008     

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Racial Profiling on Tennessee Voter Reg Cards
It's time to play offense on voter registration and disenfranchisement. Those most likely to be targeted for disenfranchisement will be the traditional vote suppression targets: youth, new voters, ethnic minorities, senior citizens, independent and non-affiliated voters. Of special concern: States that have racial profiling embedded into their voter lists.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008     

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Oregon & Kentucky: Scribbled sigs & moonshine math
(3 comments) In this article you will find tools to help you analyze the numbers as they come in from Kentucky and Oregon's May 20 primary elections. Kentucky is a big problem, Oregon is just plain strange. In Oregon, 100 percent of votes are absentee, or mail-in. In Kentucky, one firm programs 96 of the 120 counties, and the state has a spectacularly bad history of election fraud.

Sunday, May 18, 2008     

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Voting Rights Advocate Susan Pynchon Honored by Florida ACLU
Susan Pynchon is one of the truly brilliant researchers and voting rights advocates in America today. Black Box Voting has worked with Susan and her organization,the Florida Fair Elections Coalition,quite often since both our organizations were founded in 2004.Pynchon is recognizable to those who watched "Hacking Democracy" as "the woman who cries at the end."But she consistently picks herself up and comes back swinging.

Tuesday, May 6, 2008     

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Cancelled or changed, there's a whole lotta shuffling going on in W. Indiana database
Because IN is implementing an ID requirement,& this requires that voters' name and address match when the voter registration database is compared with their ID,an unscrupulous data entry person would no longer need to PURGE registrations in order to knock people off the voting rolls.All that's required is CHANGING the registration slightly,to introduce typos.Alter Bev Harris to Ben Harris and change 973 to 793.Gone.Poof.

Friday, April 25, 2008     

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FINALLY: Someone is telling the U.S. Gov't where to put its e-voting
(10 comments) Black Box Voting was invited to submit comments into the record for the United States Election Assistance Commission's Round Table, which featured and agenda entirely devoted to a what is basically a celebration of computerized vote-counting. We took this opportunity to tell it like it is.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008     

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Pennsylvania: Worst Place to Vote in America - And What We Can Do About It
Black Box Voting will be trying to carve a few crumbs of information out of a state that treats elections like the personal and secret property of its government employees, and to do that we need the help of some dedicated Pennsylvania citizens.

Monday, April 14, 2008     

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Pennsylvania: The Worst Place to Vote in America
(6 comments) PA's worse than FL because FL has GREAT public records laws,which have an important feature,they explictly put ballots under public records laws.PA's worse than TX(a close second!)because it's got a more pervasive history of organized crime and TX has overly expensive,but semi-decent freedom of information laws.PA's worse than OH because OH has good, reasonably priced public records accessible to anyone &require paper ballots.

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