Lawsuit to stop the transmission of votes over telephone lines
and/or the Internet.
by Bob Babson
Hart InterCivic (Hart) of Austin, Texas, has the contract to conduct elections for the State of Hawaii. They write the software and design the hardware and it is top secret. No one can inspect it because it is "proprietary property." They claim the version they are using has been inspected by an independent testing agency (ITA) on the mainland. But we don't know if what they inspected is the same as what is
actually used here in Hawaii. We must blindly trust them to be honest.
Each voting machine at the precincts has a memory card with votes on it. After the polls close on election day, the current procedure is to forward all memory cards to the county count center (8th floor of the Maui County Building for Maui) and hand them to the Hart technician who then "reads" them into the Hart tabulator (a laptop in 2006). The laptop is connected to a telephone line and the vote count files are then supposedly transmitted directly to the State count center using a wide area network (WAN). WAN's use the internet. We believe the transmission method is either by email with files attached or file transfer protocol (FTP).
Not only can outsiders hack into anything on the internet but we believe Hart itself, our election vendor, could actually transmit the files to a bogus remote email address or a remote website where the files could be flipped and immediately transmitted directly onto the State count center. Flipping votes means taking votes from one candidate and giving them to another. Since the total vote count
remains the same, no one would know the difference. On top of all of this, the Office of Elections never manually counts the absentee ballots precinct (aka AB-Mail) because it is "too big." So there you have it. Hart could easily flip votes in the AB-Mail precinct and no one would ever know. AB-Mail is the biggest precinct in all four counties.
This lawsuit could have national implications, because most states do transmit their votes over telephone lines and the internet and are therefore vulnerable to the same vote flipping by election vendors as described above. Eighty percent of the votes counted in America are counted by just four election vendors: Hart InterCivic, Election Systems and Software, Diebold and Sequoia. It is hoped that voters and elected officials in all states will move in the direction of demanding and passing laws to ban the use of telephone lines and the internet for all election vendors in all 50 states.
Our lawyer, Lance Collins, Esq., is representing us pro bono. However, we, the plaintiffs, have agreed to pay all court costs, sheriff fees, copies, postage, etc. If you would like to help support this worthy cause for Democracy (every vote counted accurately), please consider making a small donation, such as $25.00 or $50.00, to our lawyer to help with the court costs. Please make your check out to Lance D. Collins, Esq., and mail it to 2070 W. Vineyard, Suite 5, Wailuku, HI 96793-1618.
Reposted per Mr. Babson's request, lightly edited email.