Lawsuit to stop the transmission of votes over telephone lines
and/or the Internet.
by Bob BabsonWe filed a lawsuit on July 14, 2008, asking the Court to order the Hawaii Chief Elections Officer to stop using telephone lines or the internet for transmitting ballot counts and election results for final tabulation until such time as administrative rules can be legally promulgated in accordance with Hawaii Administrative Law, Chapter 91, HRS, and all other laws can also be legally followed.
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.
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.
For the above reasons, we believe it is imperative to ban the use of any telephone or internet connections to any voting machines or tabulators used by any election vendor. Instead, the memory cards could easily be flown to the State Capitol and "read" directly into Hart's tabulator there. The polls close at 6 pm and the memory cards could be at the airport by 8 pm and arrive in Honolulu by 9 pm and driven to the State count center in plenty of time to tabulate the results by 11 pm which is the usual release time for the final votes in Hawaii elections. Memory cards from a few outlying precincts in the State might not get to Honolulu until the next day for the final, final vote results. But I believe the people of Hawaii would readily accept this knowing that it has removed the huge risk of flipping votes by flying them to Honolulu.
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.