22
Jun
2005

Election Protection - A Voters' Bill of Rights

PDLA, Ventura Progressives, & other CA voting rights activists are urging you to immediately fax the SOS's office (FAX: 916-653-3214) to demand a real paper trail -- and also to deny e-voting vendors wireless and internet capability, insist on non-proprietary software, and ban Diebold from doing business in California for three years. Don't let California go the way of Florida or Ohio where thousands of voters were disenfranchised. Below is more info and a sample letter to fax. Please circulate to your lists.

Thank you,

Marcy Winograd, PDLA Pres. (scroll)


FAX: 916-653-3214.

Voting Systems and Procedures Panel,
Office of the California Secretary of State,
1500 11th St., 5th fl., Sacramento CA 95814,
Attn: Bruce McDannold/ SOS Bruce McPherson

TEL: 916-657-2166

Dear Secretary of State McPherson:

To protect, defend and deserve the integrity of the vote in CA, please deny certification to the following voting systems in violation of the California Constitution: (Article 2, Sec. 2.5 . A voter who casts a vote in an election in accordance with the laws of this state shall have that vote counted).

1. DIEBOLD GEMS 1.18.22 AV-TSX 4.6.1 VOTING SYSTEM with The ACCU VIEW PRINTER MODULE

2. E S & S TABULATORS, Models 100, 550, and 650

3. ANY SYSTEM WITH WIRELESS and INTERNET CAPABILITIES

The so-called AVVPAT technology being submitted by Diebold for certification is a travesty. The thermal paper and miniature type are designed to make a cost-effective hand count impossible. Diebold will have to be paid additional sums to do such hand counts. Predictably, these will be costly.

We need Accessible Voter Verified Paper Ballots that provide an auditable trail by being printed on archival paper in readable font on separate sheets for each ballot. These ballots or audit trails should be capable of being handled and read by vote counters hired and trained by the Counties. The ballots/audit trails must preserve voter confidentiality. They must not be issued as a continued paper roll in which the order of voting is obvious and privacy compromised.

Both the Diebold System and the E S &S Tabulators operate on Proprietary Closed Source Code Software. Their tabulating processes are so secretive and hidden from public scrutiny and observation as to make the verification and observation process hidden and non-transparent to the Voter. This is antithetical to the foundation of American Democracy.

Voting systems with wireless and Internet capabilities MUST be denied as they compromise the entire integrity, secrecy, and security of the voting process. Any knowledgeable hacker with a good encryption cracking program can access and corrupt and alter the voting data in a matter of minutes. The E S & S tabulators have a Dell Laptop which contains wireless capabilities.

Further, BAN DIEBOLD From Doing Business in California for 3 years, by enforcing California Election Code Section 19214.5, subsection (a) and (3) which penalize voting companies that sell and install uncertified software.

(Assoc. Press) "Diebold paid $2.6 million to settle a lawsuit filed by California alleging that the electronic voting company sold the state and several counties shoddy voting equipment." (Mercury News) "State auditors reported that voters in 17 California counties cast ballots in recent elections using software that had not been certified by the state. Voters in Los Angeles County and two smaller counties voted on machines installed with software that was not approved by the Federal Election Commission."

In conclusion, please require a paper trail that will ensure ballots are counted as cast, oppose wireless capabilities for e-voting systems, promote open source software, and ban Diebold from doing business in California for three years.

Sincerely,



Reminder: Sunday, June 26th, 11-1 PM, State Senator Bowen, Candidate for Secretary of State, will discuss "Election Protection -- A Voters' Bill of Rights" at Marcy Winograd's home in Pacific Palisades. Harry Kiely, Pres. of Santa Monica-Malibu Teachers Assoc., will talk about the Governor's special election initiatives. After a short lunch break, at 2 PM Alan Dechert, co-founder, President, and CEO of the Open Voting Consortium will discuss nonproprietary open source software. $10 suggested donation to Pacific Palisades Democratic Club. For directions and to RSVP, contact 310-230-2084 or ppaldemoclub.org
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