By John Gideon on 3/24/2007, 10:00pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of VotersUnite.org

First I want to welcome Kim Zetter to the “blogosphere”. She has been a respected reporter for Wired News and has covered voting technology for a few years now. You can find her work at Informed Consent.

As reported by both Kim and The BRAD BLOG:

[T]he private voting machine company [ES&S] who manufactured the touch-screen hardware and software used during the Sarasota Florida contested District 13 Congressional election between Christine Jennings (D) and Vern Buchanan (R) sent a letter in December of 2006 to David Drury, the chief of the state's Bureau of Voting Systems Certification, dictating the terms of the state-run audit convened to investigate the causes for massive undervote rate which seems to have tipped the election.

"David, below are ES&S source code review guidelines for the conduction of any review of source code to be performed by the Department of State and any agent acting on your behalf as a result of the under vote investigation from the Sarasota County mid-term election. It is our desire the methodology and focus of the review be performed in a manner that incorporates the items described below," the agreement begins, before including a long, bullet-pointed and very narrow litany of specific dictates concerning what may and may not be done and disclosed by the state-convened panel of investigators."

That story, and much more from around the country today, all linked below...

  • NAtional: BREAKING FL-13 - New Undisclosed Letter From ES&S To State Unearthed! LINK
  • NAtional: Second ES&S Letter Shows Company Tried to Dictate What Florida Test Reports Could Say LINK
  • NAtional: S.A. representative part of Fla. election inquiry LINK
  • CA: House bill would require paper ballots next year LINK
  • CA: Many fear 'paper trail' law moving too fast LINK
  • CA: A recount on election savings LINK
  • CA: San Diego County - County looking for registrar ---- again LINK
  • CA: San Diego County - One of America's Worst Elections Administrators Gets a Promotion! Congratulations Mikel Haas! LINK
  • FL: Numbers shrink for League of Women Voters LINK
  • FL: Crist: Get rid of touch screens
    The governor tells Congress that he will push for optical-scan ballots in Florida. LINK
  • FL: Crist's push for paper ballots runs into resistance over funding LINK
  • FL: Crist takes push for paper trail to Congress
    Lawmakers call his state election plan a potential national model. LINK
  • FL: Sarasota County - Jennings' case evidence could lead to new election LINK
  • MD: Voting Rights Advocates Applaud House Passage of Paper Trail Bill LINK
  • MS: Laurel-Jones County - NAACP working to add voters LINK
  • NY: Unanimous vote for scanners, paper ballots - NYC Council runs from the idea of elections using electronic touch screen voting LINK
  • NY: Elections commissioners: Let judge rule on Sleepy Hollow recount LINK
  • NY: Clinton County - County needs new software for Board of Elections LINK
  • TX: Jefferson County - Commissioners to vote on ES&S ballots LINK
  • Venezuela - Questionable machines LINK
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