The "DVN Top 5" is a feature in the weekly voting newsletter of VoteTrustUSA. The January 23 edition can be found here. The selection of what will be the "Top 5" for each week and where it goes on the list is all mine. The fact that you may disagree with my choices is great because it shows that you have been reading the DVN articles that I've posted throughout the week here on The BRAD BLOG!...
#5 – It seems that some of the vendors are having trouble meeting their agreements for delivering voting machines. Remember that a couple weeks ago ES&S told the Leon County, FL Election Supervisor, Ion Sancho, they were going to back out of any further discussions with the county even though they had an unofficial agreement. This week, according to the Lebanon Daily News, AccuPoll backed out on an agreement with Lebanon County, PA because they were not able to deliver the machines on time. And in Tuscarawas County, OH, according to The Times Reporter, county officials found that Diebold had diverted machines that were sold to the county to Illinois. Are the vendors over extended?
#4 – It's not often that one article makes a splash like, "The Harri Hursti Hack and its Importance to our Nation", the article by Susan Pynchon of the Florida Fair Elections Coalition. This single article which was posted at VoteTrustUSA was reposted as, "I Saw It Hacked" at OpEdNews, CounterPunch, and many blogs that represent view points across the political spectrum.
#3 – This past week the state of Alaska told the state Democratic party that they would not give them any of the files of election results claiming that they were proprietary and owned by Diebold. In an article at VoteTrustUSA the following evidence is given as to exactly why Diebold does not want those results to get out.
#2 – On January 5, 2006 the Secretary of State of Pennsylvania received a letter from Diebold responding to an earlier letter from the state concerning Diebold's software issues. On January 17, 2006 the state certified the Diebold TSx for use in Pennsylvania. Responses to this letter, and to the subsequent state certification document have been posted at Verified Voting Foundation and VoteTrustUSA. And VoteTrustUSA posted a full analysis of how Pennsylvania made Diebold "Okay" for the state and potentially for other states as well.
#1 – The big news for the week is impending legislation; both national and state. As reported by VoteTrustUSA,
VoteTrustUSA has also reported that legislation for a voter verified paper ballot (not paper trail or paper record) has been filed in New Mexico; SB-295 and HB-430. And they have reported that Maryland has followed suit with a bill to guarantee a voter verified paper trail; HB-244. Citizens in New Mexico and Maryland, as well as Virginia and Pennsylvania where there is also vvpat legislation, need to call their state representatives and voice their support for these bills.