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Diebold Admits Systemic Audit Log Failure; State Vows Inquiry (CA)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Kim Zetter Wired 18 March 2009
Premier Election Solutions (formerly Diebold Election Systems) admitted in a state hearing Tuesday that the audit logs produced by its tabulation software miss significant events, including the act of someone deleting votes on election day.

'Daily Voting News' For March 18, 2009    Story Here
Published:Wednesday, March 18, 2009
John Gideon

Yesterday the s**t hit the fan for Diebold/Premier in California and the splatter may be even more widespread than just in California. If you think that is a bit graphic then read the articles from California about the revelations that came from the public hearing held by the Secretary of State, Debra Bowen. One panelist asked Diebold’s western area representative if the company has done anything at all about problems revealed as a result of the Humboldt County Transparency Project. On the subject of audit logs being wiped with no trace and inaccurate timestamps, Justin Bale could only say “We’re now looking at it as a priority”. Bale also admitted that these problems existed, and have always existed in their software. It was correctly pointed out by Lowell Finley of Bowen’s office that each of these problems should have kept that system from passing testing at both the federal and state levels. Bales tried as best he could to put as much of the blame over onto Humbold Co. Clerk Carolyn Crnich but in the best line of the hearing she shot back, "if you are saying that your system needs to be checked every damn time you turn it on, then I agree with you."



Big Questions about Voting Machines (VA)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Julia O'Donoghue Reston Connection 18 March 2009
After the polls closed last week, one voting machine reported that 724 people had used it, even though officials at the Fairview precinct had recorded only 707 people walking through the door. There was also another voting machine at Fairview, which had already tallied 348 of the 707 votes.

'Daily Voting News' For March 17, 2009    Story Here
Published:Tuesday, March 17, 2009
John Gideon

Dia duit! [Good day] The Irish government spent 52 million Irish pounds for DRE voting machines made by Nedap a few years ago. This was done over the objections of the minority parties. Since that time computer scientists proved the machines to be dangerously insecure. Instead of scrapping the whole lot the government has put them in warehouses and by the end of this year they will have spent 3.5 million Irish pounds for storage. And to compound the mistakes the government has contracted with those warehouses for leases of 20 to 30 years. I hope we can do better than this. &&& Today was the public hearing in California to discuss the Premier/Diebold 1.18.19 lost votes. The Secretary of State will decide soon what action she will take. Will she just decertify the system or will she go for the jugular?  Slan go foill[Goodbye for now] and Happy St. Patrick’s Day



'Daily Voting News' For March 16, 2009    Story Here
Published:Monday, March 16, 2009
John Gideon

If it wasn’t for VoterID and PhotoID news there wouldn’t be much news at all this evening. There is a bad precedent being set, however, in New York where New York City school council elections are being held over the Internet. The company that has been hired to do this election does it all from programming the system to tallying the votes. It will be interesting to learn how much this election is going to cost per vote.



'Daily Voting News' For March 14 and 15, 2009    Story Here
Published:Sunday, March 15, 2009
John Gideon

This weekend finds a short list of articles on varied subjects. I’d like to suggest that all of you read the ‘Featured’ article. It’s amazing how one activist can be so poorly treated by county employees who are clearly concerned that they are going to be found out for what they may be doing. But that’s just my take. You may disagree.



'Daily Voting News' For March 13, 2009    Story Here
Published:Friday, March 13, 2009
John Gideon
Yes, two Friday the 13ths in a row. Another unpopular day for the Paraskevadecatriaphobiacs and the Triskaidekaphobiacs out there. This will be the last one until Nov. &&& The judges in Minnesota now have the Franken-Coleman case as their responsibility. Both candidate’s attorneys presented their closing arguments. 

'Daily Voting News' For March 12, 2009    Story Here
Published:Thursday, March 12, 2009
John Gideon
The Al Franken attorneys rested their case in Minnesota today. Now there is an expected few days of closing arguments and statements and the judges begin deliberation. Meanwhile Franken has picked-up a few more votes and is now around 270 votes ahead of Norm Coleman. The whole contested election issue may come to a screeching halt when there is a decision by the court. The election contest process works on a “loser pays” system. If Coleman loses he will owe all legal costs of Team Franken and that is estimated to be between $1 and $3 Million. &&& As we expected ex-Hillsborough Co Florida election supervisor Buddy Johnson may have used taxpayer’s money in his campaign for re-election. During last years primary election he was being trashed by a local community activist. He appears to have then sent $16,000 to this activist who suddenly became one of his most vocal supporters.

Ballot Machine Malfunctions, Fairfax Race Left in Limbo (VA)    Story Here  Archive
Published:Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Sandhya Somashekhar Washington Post 11 March 2009
A voting machine broke down last night as Fairfax County elections officials were tallying the results of a hotly contested special election to fill a vacant seat on the board of supervisors, leaving the outcome too close to call.

'Daily Voting News' For March 11, 2009    Story Here
Published:Wednesday, March 11, 2009
John Gideon

The Texas legislature battle over a new expanded Voter ID bill included an all-nighter for testimony from invited ‘experts’. This was supposed to be followed by public testimony but that did not begin until 6:30 in the morning so the large list of interested public was whittled down by people leaving during the 20 hours of ‘expert’ testimony. It is telling that proponents of the bill did not call either the US Attorney or the Texas Attorney General to testify about the amount of voter fraud that would be stopped by more restrictive ID requirements. The bill was passed by one vote in the Senate. There will be one more procedural vote and the bill will then go to the House.



'Daily Voting News' For March 10, 2009    Story Here
Published:Tuesday, March 10, 2009
John Gideon

Today a very heated debate began in the Texas legislature over a more robust Voter ID law than the state presently has. The new legislation would require a photo identification or the use of alternative forms of identification such as utility bills or bank statements on top of a voter registration card or other personal identification. The GOP will call witnesses to include officials from Georgia and Indiana, two of the states that require a photo identification. Democrats will be calling witnesses from civil rights organizations.

 

Al Franken’s attorneys, in Minnesota, have said they will probably rest their case tomorrow.



'Daily Voting News' For March 08 and 09, 2009    Story Here
Published:Monday, March 9, 2009
John Gideon
It has been called to my attention that when I speak about the issue of ‘Voter ID’ I really mean ‘Photo ID’. Most, if not all, states require that a voter show some form of ID when they go to the polls to vote. That is a requirement that makes sense and the ID can be in the form of a driver’s license, passport, or even a utility bill. A requirement for a ‘Photo ID’ requirement for voting, based on some unsubstantiated concerns about voter fraud, is the issue.

'Daily Voting News' For March 07, 2009    Story Here
Published:Saturday, March 7, 2009
John Gideon

Voter ID news dominates today’s election news. Lawmakers in Mississippi are trying to figure out a way to revive a bill that the State Senate let die. In Oklahoma legislative hearings will be held next week. And in Texas members of the State Senate will be debating a bill next week. It appears likely that proponents of a Voter ID law will be using reports of voter impersonation from a 2008 Hidalgo Co. school board election as evidence of the need for a voter ID law. However opponents have found that these reports may have been manufactured and the state’s Attorney General may have been hiding these records so the proponents could use the evidence without any argument from the opponents. The AG has previously made statements about wide-spread voter fraud and voter impersonation but when these charges were investigated by the AG’s office they failed to find any but very technical violations and nothing at all that could be considered to be wide-spread. &&& Don’t forget to set your clock ahead for Daylight’s Savings Time tonight.



'Daily Voting News' For March 06, 2009    Story Here
Published:Friday, March 6, 2009
John Gideon

The large majority of this evenings news is, again, from Minnesota. This is a story that just keeps on giving. A month or so ago some were predicting a final decision as to whom is the Senator from Minnesota would not be made until sometime in April. It looks good for that prediction. Have A Good Weekend!



'Daily Voting News' For March 05, 2009    Story Here
Published:Thursday, March 5, 2009
John Gideon

A Premier Election Solutions spokesman, Chris Riggall, has finally spoken about the California Secretary of State’s report on the discovery of violations of the accuracy standards required by federal law and violations of the voting systems standards. In our featured article Riggall shrugs off their violations by minimizing the report. ”I think it's fair, from our perspective, to say that the report editorializes in a number of ways that don't reflect the sort of even-handedness that one would like to see,” Riggall said, adding that he sees the software error simply as a “contributing factor” to Humboldt County's inaccurate election results. “To say it caused it and to solely attribute that discrepancy to the software is, in our judgment, not accurate and not objective.”  I say balderdash. Diebold knew they had a problem back in 2004 and they issued “work arounds”. If they had a problem and knew it why did they not recall the software and provide good software in its place? Why did they not provide warnings and instructions in their operator’s manual? Why did they only send an email with a two paragraph attachment that didn’t even have the company’s logo on it? What did/does the company have to hide? How many elections nationally were affected before Diebold discovered the problem? How many elections were affected after Diebold sent their unofficial “work around”?



'Daily Voting News' For March 04, 2009    Story Here
Published:Wednesday, March 4, 2009
John Gideon

On the heels of yesterday’s announcement of a letter to the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) and a full report on the findings of an investigation by the California Secretary of State’s office, we have articles from Kim Zetter in her blog for Wired Magazine and one from one of the principles of the “Humboldt County Election Transparency Project”, Mitch Trachtenberg that is posted on BradBlog.



'Daily Voting News' For March 03, 2009    Story Here
Published:Tuesday, March 3, 2009
John Gideon

Yesterday the California Secretary of State released a letter to the Election Assistance Commission and a report of their findings with regards to the problem discovered in early December in Humboldt Co. with Diebold GEMS v. 1.18.19. The letter actually challenges the EAC to take action in “requiring that, for every voting system certified by the EAC, the voting system vendor report any and all flaws and problems with the system to the EAC and to the elections officials in the states where the system is used when such flaws are discovered”. And Secretary Bowen has taken the action herself by sponsoring legislation in California that will do what she has challenged the EAC to do. The report is an amazing report that tells why our voting systems are failing. The issues with the GEMS software go much deeper than just the fact that the system may lose votes.  The state also found readily apparent violations of the voting system standards. These violations seem to have been ignored by the test labs, by NASED and their consultants who qualified the voting system, and by past CA Secretaries of State and their consultants. The big question, is will the EAC, staffed by people who were involved in the NASED “rubber-stamp” of GEMS 1.18.19 take any action? Will they post the letter and report in their “clearinghouse”? We certainly hope so. The present Secretary of State, Debra Bowen, and her staff deserve congratulations and appreciation for a job well done so far. It will be interesting to hear what follow-up actions will now be taken on the federal and state levels.



'Daily Voting News' For March 02, 2009    Story Here
Published:Monday, March 2, 2009
John Gideon

Lots more from Minnesota today. The Coleman lawyers have rested and now it is the Franken camp’s turn to present their case. They claim they will not take as much time as Coleman’s side. Time will tell.



'Daily Voting News' For February 28 and March 01, 2009    Story Here
Published:Sunday, March 1, 2009
John Gideon
It has been a very slow news weekend. Hope it was good for you.

'Daily Voting News' For February 27, 2009    Story Here
Published:Friday, February 27, 2009
John Gideon

It appears that Florida is going to join the growing list of states that are thinking about using Internet voting for their military and overseas voters. This is a terrible idea that will end-up costing the tax payers of the state millions of dollars to stand-up the scheme and then millions more each year for licensing. One vendor’s proposal of the scheme would cost WA State’s 39 counties up to $570 per affected voter per year. So, any state falling for these con-jobs will end up paying millions of tax payer dollars for an insecure means of getting ballots back from UOCAVA voters. There are low-tech solutions that should be investigated before we go high-tech.



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