But when you look at the facts Cathy Cox should be ashamed. She has failed the voters of Georgia. She has ensured that our elections are subject to fraud (1); she has knowingly allowed software that violates certification standards to be used in elections. (2) She has wasted huge amounts of taxpayer funds on an election system that is proven to be ineffective at best, a downright scam at worst. And she has hidden or lied about these problems, not only to the voters of Georgia, but also to the state legislature. (3)
A trail of Amendments
In May of 2002 the state signed a contract with Diebold to provide DRE (Direct Record Electronic) voting machines for the entire state at a cost of $54 million. In July of the same year the first Amendment to that contract was signed. It stated that:
Diebold is to create and prepare all election ballots for every county in Georgia.
Diebold is to deliver and install the election database and memory card in every county on or before October 25, 2002.
Despite this written contract, during the November elections there was massive failure of the voting machines which was later documented -- and admitted to, quietly -- by Cathy Cox herself. This information came to light in internal documents obtained through FOIA requests. To the press Ms. Cox consistently praised Diebold and admitted nothing. She even appeared in a promotional video and sales brochures for Diebold.
The second Amendment in December 2002 granted Diebold authority to test the GEMS software with Wyle Labs, certification due in January 2003. Wyle Labs is another privately owned enterprise. Diebold pays Wyle to conduct the tests and the results are made available only to their customer - Diebold. Cost to Georgia voters? $10,029,167.
Third Amendment: Certification has still not been accomplished. Paragraph three states that Federal Certification has not been received but a $1 million dollar payment is demanded, and paid.
August 25, 2003, Amendment Four: The state of Georgia requests three more GEMS servers at a cost of $51,459, which have still not been certified and an additional $23,700 for Kennesaw State testing labs.
Amendment Five: is for a "Security Adjustment" for software glitches, to be obtained by April 29, 2005. Installation of the security patch is not to be completed until after the November 2004 election.
No one in the Georgia legislature knew about any of these Amendments. They were not in the loop. There was no legislative oversight whatsoever.
A trail of money