Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org
First I want to welcome Kim Zetter to the "blogosphere". She has been a respected reporter for Wired News and has covered voting technology for a few years now. You can find her work at Informed Consent.
As reported by both Kim and BradBlog, "(t)he private voting machine company [ES&S] who manufactured the touch-screen hardware and software used during the Sarasota Florida contested District 13 Congressional election between Christine Jennings (D) and Vern Buchanan (R) sent a letter in December of 2006 to David Drury, the chief of the state's Bureau of Voting Systems Certification, dictating the terms of the state-run audit convened to investigate the causes for massive undervote rate which seems to have tipped the election."
""David, below are ES&S source code review guidelines for the conduction of any review of source code to be performed by the Department of State and any agent acting on your behalf as a result of the under vote investigation from the Sarasota County mid-term election. It is our desire the methodology and focus of the review be performed in a manner that incorporates the items described below," the agreement begins, before including a long, bullet-pointed and very narrow litany of specific dictates concerning what may and may not be done and disclosed by the state-convened panel of investigators"....
NAtional: BREAKING FL-13 - New Undisclosed Letter From ES&S To State Unearthed! LINK
NAtional: Second ES&S Letter Shows Company Tried to Dictate What Florida Test Reports Could Say LINK
NAtional: S.A. representative part of Fla. election inquiry LINK
CA: House bill would require paper ballots next year LINK
CA: Many fear 'paper trail' law moving too fast LINK
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