- Feeling a bit nervous about your vote actually being counted in this upcoming election? You should be. In Ohio, Republicans are blocking the registration of new Democrats, and who can forget Florida in 2000? And of course there’s the whole electronic voting debacle, where Republican company Diebold has built machines that will tally a winner in Tuesday’s election–without providing any method to check for accuracy.
- Bolder Colorado Weekly
Much confusion exists over the 2004 election, expected to be a sweep for
Kerry, which it in fact was. Did not the turnout indicate this,
the long and anxious faces on the Bush camp on election eve indicate this,
and the astonishing number of newspaper endorsements going to Kerry
indicate this? As was known going into the election, 1/3 of the votes
would be under the cover of Diebold computers, no paper trail, central
tabulating machines with an extra set of counts that could override the
real count, all designed to steal the vote, which it did,
particularly in Florida and Ohio. Would the massive turnout in Palm Beach
be for Bush, after what occurred in 2000? Could Florida be trusted after
losing 58,000 absentee ballots in a Democratic county in the month before
the election? We stated that Kerry would win the Popular
Vote, but as the election is in the hands of man, whether this means
he takes the White House would be unsure. As the Puppet Master’s choice
was Kerry, over half the vote fraud was deflected by the Puppet Master's
covert operations, else the Electoral win by Bush would have been 302
votes rather than 254 with Ohio contested. But fraud on the tabulating
machines was a constant battle ground, thrust and parry and counter moves,
thus the heat of battle allowed some Bush victories but for a
more narrow Electoral outcome. The Puppet Master is not pleased, and will
enact revenge, and the Puppet Master has more cards than can be imagined.
The mess Bush has made rests like a turd on the front steps of the White House. The spiral down into an increasingly hostile and resentful populace, a rebelling bureaucracy, and worldwide disgust will only accelerate. Bush has been weakened by the campaign, all manner of dirt about him coming forward from his AWOL status during the Vietnam era, to his sitting for several clueless minutes in a classroom after being told the nation is under attack, to needing a prompter strapped to his back during the debates, to the truth about Bin Laden remaining at large while Iraq remains a bungled disaster. The US will find itself without cooperation when reaching out for help to other countries in their endeavors while the Puppet Master enacts financial revenge, punishing the US to weaken Bush and Cheney. At home, the specter of assassination is not exempt, creating confusion in those trying to lead as one after another the head man falls ill or resigns. Bush will be very nervous in the days following the election, as he knows he is a target. For the likely next steps, one must look to the Puppet Master's goals. He wants the US Military under his control, which today it is not, as it has dual directives from Gore and Bush, confusion in what the public is told, and thus confusion in the ranks. For this goal, he would want to weaken the Bush administration, so that the US Military looks to their commanders and to Gore, and death and assassination and mass resignations in the Bush camp would create this. This would create a US shattered into many local fiefdoms, the federal increasingly isolated and distrusted, with the US Military continuing to consider Gore their legitimate Commander in Chief.
- Signs of the Times #1087
- http://www.surfingtheapocalypse.net/cgi-bin/forum.cgi?read=12516 Consumer Report Part 1: Look at this -- the Diebold GEMS central tabulator contains a stunning security hole. Submitted by Bev Harris on Thu, 08/26/2004 Issue: Manipulation technique found in the Diebold central tabulator - 1,000 of these systems are in place, and they count up to two million votes at a time. By entering a 2-digit code in a hidden location, a second set of votes is created. This set of votes can be changed, so that it no longer matches the correct votes. The voting system will then read the totals from the bogus vote set. Whether you vote absentee, on touch-screens, or on paper ballot (fill in the bubble) optical scan machines, all votes are ultimately brought to the central tabulator at the county which adds them all up and creates the results report. This problem appears to demonstrate intent to manipulate election. GEMS system contained three sets of books. Ask an accountant: It is never appropriate to have two sets of books inside accounting software. The data tables in accounting software automatically link up to each other to prevent illicit back door entries. In GEMS, however, the voting system will draw information from a combination of the real votes and a set of fake votes, which you can alter any way you see fit.
- Signs of the Times #1209
- Diebold Employed At Least Five Convicted Felons In Management Positions http://techdirt.com/ 'Not only has Diebold been shown to have incredibly insecure technology on their electronic voting machines (universal password: 1111), had their CEO say that he was going to help his party win the election, been trying to sue every whistle-blower who calls them on this, admitted that they're going to try to jack up prices for anyone who tries to force them to add a paper trail and been caught using uncertified software in a recent election, now it also turns out that they've employed at least five convicted felons in management roles at their voting machine subsidiary. In fact, a senior VP of the group, who was responsible for writing and maintaining the code used in their voting systems, served time in prison for stealing money and tampering with computer files.'
- [and from another source]
- Thousands of Florida ballots missing? [Oct 27] http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/6346293/ ‘Mailed Oct. 7-8, many have not been delivered yet. U.S Postal Service investigators Wednesday were trying to find thousands of absentee ballots which should have been delivered to voters in one of Florida’s most populous counties, officials said. Broward deputy supervisor of elections Gisela Salas said 60,000 absentee ballots, accounting for just over 5 percent of the electorate in the county north of Miami, were sent out between Oct. 7 and Oct. 8 to voters who would not be in town on election day. While some had begun to be delivered, her office had been inundated with calls from anxious voters who still had not received their ballots. U.S. Postal Service Inspector Del Alvarez, whose federal agency is independent from the U.S. Postal Service, said it had yet to be determined if the ballots reached the post office.’
- Signs of the Times #724
- Voting Paper Trail Advocate Dies In ´Tragic Accident´ [Mar 20] ‘Gibbs, an accountant for more than 30 years and the inventor of the TruVote system, died when his vehicle collided with an 18-wheeled truck which rolled his Chevy Blazer several times and forced it over the highway retaining wall where it came to rest on its roof. "I´ve been an accountant, an auditor, for more than 30 years. Electronic voting machines that don´t supply a paper trail go against every principle of accounting and auditing that´s being taught in American business schools," Gibbs insisted. "Diebold and ES&S are all Republicans.” [Note: if the death of democracy did not happen in Florida in the 2000 presidential elections, Diebold will finish the job.]
- Voting Machine Controversy
Aug 28, 2003 by the Cleveland Plain Dealer
- The head of a company vying to sell voting machines in Ohio told Republicans in a recent fund-raising letter that he is "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year." The Aug. 14 letter from Walden O´Dell, chief executive of Diebold Inc. - who has become active in the re-election effort of President Bush - prompted Democrats this week to question the propriety of allowing O´Dell´s company to calculate votes in the 2004 presidential election. O´Dell attended a strategy pow-wow with wealthy Bush benefactors - known as Rangers and Pioneers - at the president´s Crawford, Texas, ranch earlier this month. Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, also a Republican, was set to qualify Diebold as one of three firms eligible to sell upgraded electronic voting machines to Ohio counties in time for the 2004 election. State Sen. Jeff Jacobson, a Dayton-area Republican, asked Blackwell in July to disqualify Diebold after security concerns arose over its equipment. Blackwell said he stands by the process used for selecting voting machine vendors as fair, thorough and impartial.