Update: More Groups Show Concern For Elections Procedures In San Diego County
By John Gideon on 8/7/2006, 12:08pm PT  

Guest Blogged By John Gideon

Just released by the Green Party US is a Press Release from San Diego County, CA that states, in part, "The Green Party of San Diego County does not endorse the protocols used for obtaining and tabulating votes during the June 6 primary and previous elections. As we outline below, the process is fundamentally insecure leading to election results that are neither accurate nor verifiable."

The complete Press Release is below:

San Diego Greens Call for Removal of Electronic Voting Machines

THE GREEN PARTY OF CALIFORNIA
www.cagreens.org

GREEN PARTY OF SAN DIEGO, CA
www.sdgreens.org

August 07, 2006
Released Aug 04, 2006

A Resolution of the Green Party of San Diego County, California calling for the removal of electronic voting machines from the County of San Diego.

The Green Party of San Diego County does not endorse the protocols used for obtaining and tabulating votes during the June 6 primary and previous elections.. As we outline below, the process is fundamentally insecure leading to election results that are neither accurate nor verifiable.

Whereas voting machines are known to have gone home overnight with poll workers who had not undergone background checks, and who had unsupervised access to these voting machines, as documented by Pamela Smith, Nationwide Coordinator, www.VerifiedVoting.org and Verified Voting Foundation, and poll workers Terry Olson, Brian C. Baer, Patricia Mack Newton, and others, and admitted to by Registrar of Voters Mikel Haas, who told the Union Tribune, that the practice of sending home voting machines with poll workers "has been followed without incident for about 40 years." (Electronic voting machines have not been in use for 40 years, so the Registrar's statement appears to be inaccurate.)... (1)

Whereas the multiple means of a single individual undetectably "hacking" both optical scan and touch-screen machines have been documented by the Brennan Center Report, the second report of the Irish Commission on Electronic Voting, and the Hursti Reports... (2)

Whereas the Secretary of State has ignored his own technical advisory panel regarding security safeguards submitted in their report on November 8, 2005...(3)

Whereas the machine count on optical scan machines used in two different Iowa primary elections were found by a hand recount to have been inaccurate and to have altered the results of the elections...(4)

Whereas observers have noted that there does not appear to be any public oversight of the security of ballots between an election and a recount, the recount process is no more transparent than the first tally, and the costs of recounts are prohibitive ..(5)

Whereas the electronic voting machines to be used in the November election in San Diego county produce no paper trail and cannot be verified or audited to ensure accuracy...(6)

Whereas all vote counting must be public and it is humanly impossible to view any tallying of votes which takes place within optical scan, touch screen machines or central tabulators so as to ascertain that they have not been programmed to display an incorrect result....(7)

Whereas the costs of the maintenance of electronic voting machines are prohibitive... (8)

Whereas the Registrar of Voters apparently plans to hire, at taxpayer expense, at least one extra poll worker per precinct, a specialist whose duties include turning the new voting machines on and off..(9)

And whereas all electronics quickly become obsolete and must be replaced, while the costs and reliability of paper and pencil have remained relatively steady for hundreds of years......

It has been resolved by the Green Party of San Diego County to call for the Board of Supervisors of San Diego County to terminate the contracts with Diebold for costly voting machines that do not and cannot meet certification standards, and to put in place verifiable elections procedures, preferably paper ballots that would be hand counted at the precincts in full public view.

This resolution adopted by the County Council of the Green Party of San Diego County:

SOURCES:

1 http://votetrustusa.org/
http://www.bradblog.com/?p=2932
http://www.bbvforums.org...73/32802.html?1152131323

2 http://brennancenter.org.../Executive%20Summary.pdf http://www.cev.ie/htm/report/download_second.htm
http://www.blackboxvoting.org/

3 http://www.ss.ca.gov/ele...005_pmp_report_final.pdf

4 http://votetrustusa.org/

5 http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/070706B.shtml

6 http://www.votetrustusa.org/

7 http://brennancenter.org.../Executive%20Summary.pdf http://www.cev.ie/htm/report/download_second.htm
http://www.blackboxvoting.org/

8 http://www.bbvforums.org...ms/messages/8/19518.html
http://www.bbvforums.org...ums/messages/8/9658.html

9 Registrar of Voters employment application
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Also making recent statements regarding CA-50:

Oregon VRC
http://www.oregonvrc.org..._a_warning_to_the_nation
Bilbray/Busby Problems a Warning to the Nation
NO CONF

VotersUnite.org joins Oregon VRC's statement...
http://www.votersunite.o...g/info/ovrcstatement.asp

"Bilbray/Busby Election a Warning to the Nation"
VotersUnite.Org joins Oregon Voter Rights Coalition in their statement applauding the actions being taken in San Diego Co., California and warning that voting system security is essential to the substance of democracy.

DFA Temecula Valley
NO CONF

NY Verified Voting
NO CONF

J30 (in Columbus, Ohio) passed the following Resolution of No Confidence, which supports CEPN efforts. ~ Rady
Resolution of No Confidence
in Current U.S. Elections
by J30 Coalition
http://wedonotconsent.bl...n-adopts-resolution.html

From Conyers on CA-50 (included with an as-ever gracious hat-tip to our work here)
http://www.conyersblog.us/archives/00000487.htm

As reported by Lou Dobbs on CNN, the electronic voting machines used for the special election in California's 50th District were taken home by poll workers the night before the election. We don't know that anything happenend to them. But we should never have to wonder.