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A non-partisan national grassroots resource for fair and accurate elections! We believe in the power of facts. When will we come to our senses? VotersUnite.Org is only one of many, many websites full to overflowing with stories of how badly computerized voting equipment has performed, how easily a voting machine can be manipulated.
Highlights Lever Replacement Costs, Case Studies: New York City Small NY County X TIMELINE for Equipment Requirements in Rep. Holt's 2009 Election Reform Bill Vendors are Undermining the Structure of U.S. Elections Watch Lou Dobbs' segment on the report. Voting System Technical Guidelines: Faulty Premise? Must Read! Favorites 2004 to 2009 Previous Features Accessibility Issues Cost Comparisons Handouts insider or outsider could hack the equipment to fix an election, and how dangerous to democracy is the country's dependence on concealed vote-counting provided by private, unaccountable voting system vendors. No hypothetical danger, computerized vote-counting is a busy intersection WITHOUT A STOP SIGN, and the crashes have already been legion.
Flawed and failing computerized vote-counters have been reported in hundreds of news stories, experienced by thousands of voters, caused millions of dollars in official investigations and studies ... and yet the equipment is still in use in virtually every jurisdiction in the United States. Flawed and failing computers count the votes that determine who will make our laws, enforce our laws, establish foreign policy, declare wars, set the tax rates, and decide how to spend those taxes. Flawed and failing computerized vote-counters cost billions of taxpayer dollars, cause our election structure to become dangerously dependent on private companies, and require a 'testing and certification process' that is itself as flawed and failing as the vote-counting computers.
Voting machines can be manipulated.
One more demonstration of the ease with which a computerized voting machine can be 'fixed' to deliver the vote to the rightful loser has fallen silently in the forest of apathy. Read about it and watch it here. Computerized vote-counting must stop before the next victim is democracy itself -- unless it's already too late. Federal Certification Test for Vote-Counting Accuracy Cannot Determine the Error Rate of the Equipment by Ellen Theisen. March 21, 2009 permalink We live in a world of complex computerized systems -- medical equipment such as MRIs and CAT scans; flight control software; an automotive fuel injection system; the databases that store, retrieve, and collate data. All these systems undergo stringent testing. The primary purpose of any testing of computerized systems is to show either that the system works as designed or that it doesn’t.
If the system does not work as designed, then the test results are expected to provide information on the nature, and perhaps the cause, of the defective behavior. Using these criteria, this report evaluates one specific test -- a test designed to confirm or refute that a specific computerized vote-counting system meets the accuracy level required by federal law. The details that follow contain many numbers and many technical details, but the discussion centers on a single, simple question: did the test, which was approved by the federal agency tasked with certifying voting equipment, provide evidence that the accuracy requirement was met, or did the test provide evidence that the accuracy requirement was not met? As the author demonstrates in this specific instance, the answer is: the test provided neither.
The test, which was designed by a federally-accredited test lab for the sole purpose of testing the accuracy of the vote-counting equipment, cannot prove whether or not the system accurately counts votes, nor can the test yield any measure of the accuracy rate. The author wants the reader to understand that such testing provides false assurance that a federally-certified vote-counting machine meets the accuracy requirements of federal law. Read the report (pdf) The EAC Need Not Continue Violating Federal Law by John Gideon and Ellen Theisen. January 5, 2008 There can be little doubt that, of the issues springing from elections held since President Bush signed the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA), two are among the most significant. Those issues are failures of voting systems to meet the HAVA mandates for accuracy and accessibility and the confusion over the proper use of provisional ballots.
The states should have been able to look to the federal Election Assistance Commission (EAC) for guidance on both issues, but the EAC has failed to give the necessary Assistance, thus failing to fulfill duties assigned to the agency by federal law. Now the EAC is proposing to extend its dereliction of duty for another two years. The result will be the publication of these important guidelines a full eight years after HAVA was enacted. The delay is inexcusable and intolerable, and the cost to American elections, on many fronts, is nearly incalculable. More ... Counting the Vote in Four Paper Ballot States The Public Double-Checks the Count in Humboldt County, CA The Election Transparency Project (ETP) is introduced here, and you find out more by clicking on the links provided on that page. This project may be the key to using computers to INCREASE public vote-counting, rather than to decrease it.
The 2008 Minnesota Hand Recount Read the blog with reports from non-partisan recount observers who were spread across the state to observe the recount of the U.S. Senate contest. Compliments of Citizens for Election Integrity MN. Read about the recount process in Minnesota. An Inside Look at Vote-Counting in Oregon Watch a 13-minute video documentary of the county elections office in Washington County, Oregon on November 4, 2008, covering the internal process that happens in a vote-by-mail state. Compliments of K. Shawn Edgar Vote-Tallying is "private SoS business" in New Hampshire When citizens tried to observe the central tabulation of election results, the NH Secretary of State told them they could not enter the "nonpublic" rooms where the tally was occurring and gave them a "warning" about videotaping events where the central tabulation was taking place.
Watch the 10-minute video, compliments of NH Protect the Count. Federal Vote-Counting Accuracy Mandate Is Ignored Violations abound, but no federal action is taken by Ellen Theisen. Last updated December 5, 2008 permalink The Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA), Section 301(a)(5), requires that the vote-counting error rate of each voting system used in federal elections must comply with the 2002 Voluntary Voting Systems Standards. UPDATE, May 5, 2008. It has come to our attention that the 1/500,000 error rate previously quoted here applies to the testing process. For operation in an election, the allowable error rate is 1 error in 10,000,000 ballot lines (0.00001%). Here are some examples of voting system error rates logged in elections since HAVA was enacted, yet no federal agency has taken action to stop the use of these systems.
Many other news stories tell of equally shocking error rates. Though we have not calculated the error rate per ballot line (choice on the ballot), it's clear that these miscounts are far beyond the legal limit of one error in 10,000,000 ballot choices. For example:
Phillips Co, AR. 2006. 432 of 2,011 ballots had "mistakenly been counted as Republican ballots, effectively nullifying them." (Thanks to ES&S programming of the iVotronic touch screens.) Pottawattamie Co, IA. 2006. A machine count of the absentee ballots showed Sciortino 79, Duran 99; but a subsequent hand count gave the correct count: Sciortino 153, Duran 25. (Thanks again, ES&S.) Johnson Co, KS. 2002. Results were misreported in six races. "The system miscounted hundreds of votes, and a re-count was ordered." (Diebold admitted it was a software error.) Sarasota Co, FL. 2006. ES&S touch screen voting machines reported 18,000 fewer votes than voters in a US Congressional contest won by less than 400 votes. Wait! My mistake. It's impossible to tell whether this was a miscount or not since the electronic evidence has long since vanished into thin air and cannot be recovered. The list goes on and on and on ...
Every election, federal law is being violated in hundreds, maybe thousands, of polling places, and no federal agency takes action. Worse yet, democracy is being violated. Furthermore, HAVA Section 301(a)(3), which requires that each poll site provide a means by which voters with disabilities can vote privately and independently, has been the driving force behind the widespread purchase of equipment that DOES NOT COMPLY with the very law it purports to satisfy. The official report from the California "Top to Bottom Review" of voting systems shows that much of the "accessible" equipment doesn't even meet common-sense standards, and stories from poll sites are heart-wrenching. Yet, the fact that "accessible" equipment is inaccessible is being ignored by virtually all officials. Certainly no action has been taken. Voting system vendors are taking billions of tax-payer dollars and, in return, giving us inaccurate, inaccessible, unauditable, unreliable voting equipment that counts our votes in secret.
You Can Take Action. It's time to call for accountability in the machinery of our electoral system. Please sign the petition in support of VoterAction's call for Congressional investigations into blatant and destructive commercial fraud in the electronic voting machine industry.
The bottom line is for the people to regain their original, moral principles, which have intentionally been watered out over the past generations by our press, TV, and other media owned by the Illuminati/Bilderberger Group, corrupting our morals by making misbehaviour acceptable to our society. Only in this way shall we conquer this oncoming wave of evil.
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