By John Gideon on 8/20/2007, 8:00pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon of

Have voting machine vendors violated state and federal fraud statutes?

I’ll leave the answer for that question to the attorneys. Have the vendors sold their voting systems with a promise of maintaining the secrecy of the vote? Have any of the vendors represented their DREs as being accessible? Have vendors represented their systems as being totally in compliance with the federal voting systems standards? If the answer to any one of these questions is yes then the vendor misrepresented their products. Hundreds of millions of dollars have now flowed from the tax payer, through state and local election offices to the vendors. Instead of buying more lies the people spending our money need to go back to the vendors and begin to ask questions. Prove to us that your system meets all of the accessibility mandates in the law.

Prove to us that the system you sold us maintains secrecy of the vote.

Prove to us that your system does not contain banned interpreted code.

If you can’t prove it then give us our money back. If you refuse to give our money back then be prepared to go to court.

Much more to back up the above, and the other notable voting news stories today, all linked below...

  • CA: Voting officials criticized for vendor support
    Election watchdogs say authorities influenced by 'friendly' relationships with e-vote companies LINK
  • CA: Opinion - Bowen's good work doesn't go far enough LINK
  • CA: Kern County – Editorial - End vote-count turmoil LINK
  • CA: Nevada County Elections Department: Frequently Asked Questions About Voting Equipment LINK
  • CO: Montrose County, back to paper? LINK
  • OH: E-voting predicament: Not-so-secret ballots LINK
  • OH: Illustrating Ohio's e-voting problems LINK
  • OH: E-Voting Game Over: Touch-Screen Voting Machines in Ohio Found to Reveal Secret Ballot, Who Voted For What LINK
  • OH: E-Voting Ballots Not Secret; Vendors Don’t See Problem LINK
  • PA: Northampton County - Voting machine decision due
    County executive expected to say today if old lever devices to be used in November election. LINK
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