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Urge CA SofS McPherson to reverse decision on Diebold

By CA State Senator Debra Bowen  Posted by Joan Brunwasser (about the submitter)       (Page 1 of 2 pages)   1 comment
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Last Friday afternoon, as millions of Californians were preparing for their Presidents' Day holiday weekend, Secretary of State Bruce McPherson quietly re-certified Diebold electronic voting machines for the 2006 elections.

To rush through this re-certification, the Secretary of State had to go back on his word -- twice -- and violate federal and state law in the process. Compounding this travesty is that the re-certification is based solely on the views and recommendations of people on the Secretary's payroll.

This is unacceptable!

Urge Secretary of State McPherson to reverse his decision on Diebold -- email him today!

The Secretary of State based his decision on what he called an "independent audit" -- which was really a review of the Diebold machines conducted by a board that he appointed himself. The results of this study were kept secret from you and every other California voter until after the Secretary made his decision to give Diebold the green light.

There was absolutely ZERO public review or input before this decision was made. That's not how you restore public confidence in California elections.

Why is Secretary McPherson so intent to rush through this Diebold certification?

Where are the results of tests conducted by the federal "Independent Testing Authorities?" McPherson told us last December that he wouldn't even consider Diebold's application until those tests were done.

And why didn't McPherson allow experts and the general public to review and comment on this latest report BEFORE he decided to flip-flop on the issue and re-certify these Diebold machines?

Urge the Secretary of State to reverse his decision to re-certify the Diebold machines -- and schedule a public hearing to independently review new and damaging information about Diebold's machines!

This report determined that "there are serious vulnerabilities" with the Diebold machines "that go beyond what was previously known."

Don't you think that Californians deserve voting systems without "serious vulnerabilities?"

Urge Secretary of State McPherson to stop the re-certification of these Diebold machines until we know the facts -- send him an email today!

So, just to recap the facts here:

* The Secretary of State's own rushed secret study points out "serious vulnerabilities... that go beyond what was previously known," yet the Secretary decided to re-certify the machines.

* There has been absolutely no opportunity for public comment or review on these latest findings.

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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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