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Black Box Voting: Six Major Developments for Elections!

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1) Diebold agrees to waive proprietary claims to GEMS database files

This is big, and has nationwide implications as it can open up access
for Volusia County, San Diego County, DuPage County, and other
areas where questions have arisen on voting machine results.

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Black Box Voting has been assisting the Alaska Democratic Party
in fighting for the right to obtain the Diebold "central tabulator"
database files.

The crux of the dispute: According to Alaska Democrats, official
results from Alaska's 2004 election are riddled with discrepancies
but the Alaska Division of Elections refused to turn over the
voting files to the Democrats, arguing that the data format belongs
to Diebold and can't be made public. Diebold told Alaska officials it
owns the "structure of the database."

Today, Diebold caved and released its proprietary claims. The
formal letter from Diebold and the implications of this, which are
significant, can be read at the link above.


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2) Though you may already have heard that the US Supreme Court
is getting a case on electronic voting, you may not have seen the

Pennsylvania's Lynn Landes is fighting the suit in the Supreme Court
as a citizen, by herself, with no lawyer (called a "Pro Se" case). She
follows in the footsteps of the founder of Pennsyvlania, William Penn,
who himself fought a Pro Se case which established the power of
citizen juries in English and American jurisprudence. Others who
fought and won Pro Se cases include Nelson Mandela and Emma
Goldman. Landes, in taking this on by herself, honors the Sufragettes,
who also fought a seemingly unwinnable battle. (Until they won.)

Landes has asked the Supreme Court to examine the important issue
of financial penalities invoked against those who file civil rights cases.
She has also asked the court to allow her to have her voting civil rights
case heard. For an analysis of the important and creative issues in her
case, and to view the lawsuit itself, go to the link above, and also see
Lynn Landes's site:


3) Important new information is coming out by way of transcripts and
depositions obtained by Black Box Voting. Grab some popcorn. These
documents are available here:

The documents, which include personal sworn testimony by 23-count
felon (for computer crimes) Jeffrey Dean, who ended up creating the
programs that process ballots and votes in much of the USA, are
filled with new information:

- Dean achieved remote access into several California counties for
the 2000 election. He did this to run a "VoteRemote" program, and
it involved transferring data back and forth from his office in a suburb
of Seattle.

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- Dean sold vaporware to the state of Colorado

- In one election, on software for an absentee ballot counter that
Dean helped create, Sacramento County was unable to get
results out of the system until days after the election

- The documents contain testimony indicating that Jeffrey Dean
began programming components for King County absentee balloting

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