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Open Letter to Utah Governor regarding Diebold fraud and collusion with Lt. Gov's office

By Kathy Dopp, Utah Count Votes  Posted by Joan Brunwasser (about the submitter)       (Page 1 of 3 pages)   1 comment
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Press Release: Letter to Utah Governor Huntsman Re. Collusion to Commit Fraud in the Lt. Governor's Office

Date: Wed Mar 29 01:21:38 2006

Public Release: This is a copy of a letter to Utah Governor Jon Huntsman regarding the fraud committed against Utah by Diebold in collusion with the Utah Lt. Governor's Office. This letter has been faxed and emailed, and will be mailed, and publicly posted at


Utah State Capitol Complex
East Office Building, Suite E220
PO Box 142220
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-2220


Dear Governor Jon Huntsman:

I am writing to apprise your office of a breech of the public trust within the Utah Lt. Governor's Office. Election Director Michael Cragun and the Lt. Governor have been colluding with Diebold to commit fraud and to cover up fraud committed against the state of Utah.

Utah paid Diebold for new voting machines but the evidence clearly shows that Diebold delivered a combination of new and used voting machines, some of which had been rejected after use in other states; and others which were rejected in other states' acceptance testing.

Utah Election Director Michael Cragun appears to be colluding with Diebold against Utah's interests in several ways:


Diebold has been given access to Utah's voting machines in several counties and other locations where the voting machines are stored to possibly cover up the evidence of the fraud that Diebold has committed against the state of Utah and its citizens.

It appears that Michael Cragun approves of the fraudulent charge to Emery County of $40,000 by Diebold to "repair" the voting machines after a world prominent computer security firm, whose clients include Microsoft and the National Security Administration (NSA), examined two of Emery County's voting machines upon the diligent request of Emery County Clerk Bruce Funk. We think that this punitive charge is possibly meant to discourage expert examination of any voting machines in the future.

Michael Cragun arranged a special commission meeting with an executive session, barring the public, on March 27, 2006. Present at that meeting were Emery County Commissioners, Emery County Attorney, Emery County Sheriff, Lt. Governor Chief of Staff Joe Demma, legal counsel from the Utah State Attorney General's Office, Diebold representative Dana LaTour, Diebold technician, Andrew Kahl, Emery County Commissioners, Utah Chief Election Official Michael Cragun. Arriving at the Huntington airport at the same time were Cragun, Demma, the two Diebold representatives, and the AG counsel. Did they use your private jet? Barred from the meeting, unbelievably, was Emery County's Elected Election Official, Bruce Funk!

It appears that Michael Cragun had no problem with the changing of the locks on the Emery County storage room for its voting machines and the refusal to give a key to Emery County's Elected Election Official Bruce Funk.

The preliminary findings by Security Innovation, the world-renowned security firm that examined Utah's "new" Diebold voting machines included:


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Joan Brunwasser is a co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform (CER) which since 2005 existed for the sole purpose of raising the public awareness of the critical need for election reform. Our goal: to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public. Because the problems with electronic (computerized) voting systems include a lack of (more...)

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