(2 comments) SHARE Monday, August 27, 2007 ES&S Pouts, Stamps Foot, Complies Anyway, After Minor Spanking by the EAC
As a result of the recent Dan Rather Reports investigation titled "The Trouble With Touchscreens" the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) discovered that Election Systems and Software (ES&S) had manufactured their touch-screen voting systems in a sweatshop in Manila, The Philippines, and that they had failed to declare that fact to the EAC as required by law.
SHARE Saturday, August 30, 2008 Meet the New Flaws
Last week Premier/Diebold admitted that their GEMS software used in as many as 34 states may have failed any number of times over the last 10 years. This week the same company had to admit that their software used in Florida has more problems. We also learned that their high-speed optical scan machines failed in Sarasota Co. Voting machine vendors don't want the test labs to actually test their systems and report problems.
SHARE Sunday, April 23, 2006 The Approaching 2006 E-Voting 'Train Wreck' - Are We Making Headway or Losing The Battle?
It is a fact that this primary season is proving to be a disaster.
The locomotives of the voting machine vendors and unwary, naive elections officials are headed down the same tracks, straight towards each other, in many states. The vendors only have the bags of government provided cash in sight and they don't seem to care about anything but putting those bags into their coffers.
SHARE Monday, May 15, 2006 E-VOTING TRAIN WRECK 2006: The Wheels Begin to Come Off
Yes, the wheels are wobbling on the locomotives. The vendors --ES&S, Diebold, and the rest -- attempt to keep a stiff upper lip as they both fail to perform, yet continue collecting tax-payer dollars from the county election coffers.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, January 6, 2007 Testing Lab Failure Leads To Obfuscation By The Election Assistance Commission
The EAC seems to be hiding a lot with regard to their not giving interim accreditation to Ciber for testing voting systems. One commissioner says there is no report that led to the lack of accreditation by the EAC. Part of that interim accreditation is an inspection of the labs facilities and procedures. No matter what it is called there must be a report. Why is the EAC obfuscating? What are they not telling us and why?
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 23, 2007 Overwhelming Evidence of Voting Machine Failure --Why is it Not Enough?
Have we become a nation of idiots? When a clear and present danger to democracy becomes evident, why can't our public servants figure out what to do? Even the most corrupt among them must realize that if democracy dies, their own life style will die along with it. The NYT is calling for a national ban on electronic voting machines. So are untold numbers of citizens who have been studying the issue for years. So are we.
SHARE Sunday, April 9, 2006 E-VOTING 2006: The Approaching Train Wreck
While we have been involved in all of our issues about Direct Recording Electronic (DRE or 'touch screen') voting machines or paper ballots the electronic voting machine vendors have been wreaking complete havoc across the country.
(2 comments) SHARE Thursday, December 14, 2006 Thirty-Four Election Reform Organizations Urge Congress To Require Paper Ballots
Responding to the electronic voting machine failures that marred the 2006 elections, 34 non-partisan election reform organizations launched a new campaign today urging Congress to enact legislation requiring a paper ballot for every vote cast. They expect this grassroots campaign to have broad public support and generate thousands of emails to the incoming Congress.
SHARE Tuesday, February 27, 2007 Essential Revisions to HR 811
The groups and individuals endorsing this statement commend Rep. Rush Holt for all that is excellent in HR 811, the "Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2007." However, before we give our endorsement, we want to note the bill's shortcomings and call for some needed changes...
(4 comments) SHARE Wednesday, November 22, 2006 HR-2239, HR-550, What Now?
For three years, we have been among the strongest supporters of Congressman Rush Holt's election reform bills. Having watched the growth of momentum for election integrity, we are fully aware of the essential part his legislation has played in this growth. In 2003 and 2004, it gave activists a place to stand - a focus. Working toward gaining sponsorship for the bill was a catalyst for unity among activists across the nation.
(1 comments) SHARE Tuesday, July 15, 2008 The EAC Gets Bad Advice From Their Board of Advisors
The EAC is getting bad advice from their Board of Advisors with regard to voting system certification and testing. The Board wants corners cut rather than well engineered and tested voting systems.
SHARE Monday, April 17, 2006 The Approaching 2006 E-Voting 'Train Wreck' Continues On Course
In an article last week I pointed to the copious evidence that our elections are headed straight towards disaster; a "Train Wreck". That "Train Wreck," however, may still be avoided ..The disaster can be avoided, but it will require the election officials to switch their train to a different track by first acknowledging that there are problems.
SHARE Tuesday, February 13, 2007 Essential Revisions to HR 811
There are some needed changes to the new Holt Bill HR-811, "Voter Confidence and Increased Accessibility Act of 2007". In order for the endorsing groups and individuals to support the legislation those changes must be made.
SHARE Sunday, October 15, 2006 Maryland: Diebold E-Poll Book Modifications Come Into Question
Maryland's Diebold E-Poll Books failed in the primary and the state and Diebold have been working to fix the problems. Unfortunately those fixes have caused this equipment to no longer be a certified part of the state's voting system. The state is ignoring that fact, as is the EAC who only tries to deflect any questions to someone else.