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Another public official steps up to the plate!

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Another public official steps up to the plate.

Rep. Dennis Kucinich pulled his name off the dangerous "Holt Bill," HR
811, on June 10. Kucinich also stood up to Diebold in Nov. 2003,
posting their memos on his Web site and daring them to issue a cease
and desist. That action caused Diebold to withdraw a cease and desist
order against's Internet service provider, and many
other Web sites.

Other public officials who have taken strong reform stances:

Ion Sancho, election supervisor Leon County Florida, who was
blackballed by elections industry vendors after he permitted a series
of security examinations revealing problems with Diebold optical
scanners and the GEMS election management system.

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Bruce Funk, former elections chief Emery County Utah. Funk was locked
out of his office and fired after allowing a security test on Diebold
touch-screens, which resulted in notification to authorities of critical security flaws that resulted in at least three states pulling the voting machines for emergency security measures shortly before the 2006 primary election.

Debra Bowen, California Secretary of State. Ordering top to bottom evaluation of voting systems in California, currently fighting it out with Election Systems & Software over a refusal to turn over source code. Conducted perhaps the ONLY really tough cross examination of elections industry officials in a California Senate hearing on certification.

Jennifer Bruner, Ohio Secretary of State; Ordered the entire Cuhahoga
County Board of Elections to resign after two employees were convicted
of rigging the recount.

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"Never back down. They have to know we will never back down, and just
because they retreated doesn't mean they won't be back for more." --
Bill Gardner, NH Secretary of State.


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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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