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Tightening the Net: An indictment of Sequoia voting system security & legality

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Black Box Voting : Latest Investigations from Black Box Voting: 3-19-08 - Tightening the net: An indictment of the Sequoia voting system security & legality

Posted by Bev Harris on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 - 2:02 pm:

Jim March, John Brakey and Michael Shelby have pulled a coup in

They have studied and reported on the presidential primary election in
the largest county in that state, Maricopa, with 56% of the AZ vote.

The report they've published sets new ground in how to monitor the
security and sanity of an election.


1) Appendix A is a scathing indictment of the security and legality of
the Sequoia product line. Taking advantage of material that wasn't
available to California Secretary of State Debra Bowen's top-to-bottom
review team, they've shown that Sequoia must now be considered the
least secure and most illegal black box voting system in America -
"dethroning" Diebold. Appendix A is a standalone section that can be
read independently of the full report.

2) Also of national interest: this report forms a blueprint on how to
do central tabulator observation missions, whether as a citizen or
partisan representative. By carefully observing the hardware being
used and asking pointed questions and public records digging, they've
shown that it's possible to pierce the veil of secrecy over election

Findings include the outsourcing of the entire mail-in vote process
including the use of a private company to print, mail out, -=receive=-
and scan the ballot signatures ... all by a private company outside of
the scope of public records access and proper accountability.

3) For any Arizona voter, the report is a must-read to see just how
badly an election can be run in the 4th largest county in America!
It's also a message of hope - they can't get away with running a
system this sloppy without getting caught.

The barriers these three faced in producing this document were
unbelievable. Arizona is one of the states where the rights of the
citizenry to observe and control their own elections are not
recognized by the government. Instead, you must be a political party
election observer in order to observe. Turned down as observers by the
Maricopa Republican and Democratic parties after a slander campaign by
the county elections department to both of those party chairs, March
and Shelby were credentialed as observers by the Maricopa
Libertarians...who by statute have observer rights. But since the
Libertarian Party wasn't on the ballot, the county attempted to deny
them credentials, which was reversed by a judge on election day in an
emergency hearing called by attorney Michael Kielsky - the LP STATE
party chair.

Based on what's come out in this report, the nation owes a debt to the
Arizona Libertarian Party.

(5,769 KB)

Maricopa County Elections:
A Security Report for the Maricopa
Libertarian, Republican and Democratic Parties

by Jim March, John Brakey and Michael Shelby


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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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