Thursday, August 17, 2006

20 Reasons not to trust the election system.

It's a sad day when you can list so many reasons NOT to vote when there are so many reasons we should. One thing is for sure, though...we should ALL be receiving a receipt for our vote that shows everyone we voted for so that we can report errors IMMEDIATELY.

And for those of you who still insist Bush won the 2000 election...kindly explain why EVERY SINGLE vote that ended up in error went FOR Bush. Why did not one single errored vote go towards Kerry? See #18-20.

Interesting Bull Mucaca indead... read on...

1. 80% of all votes in America are counted by only two companies: Diebold and ES&S.

2. There is no federal agency with regulatory authority or oversight of the U.S. voting machine industry.

3. The vice-president of Diebold and the president of ES&S are brothers.

4. The chairman and CEO of Diebold is a major Bush campaign organizer and donor who wrote in 2003 that he was "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year."

5. Republican Senator Chuck Hagel used to be chairman of ES&S. He became Senator based on votes counted by ES&S machines.

6. Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, long-connected with the Bush family, was recently caught lying about his ownership of ES&S by the Senate Ethics Committee.

7. Senator Chuck Hagel was on a short list of George W. Bush's vice-presidential candidates.

8. ES&S is the largest voting machine manufacturer in the U.S. and counts almost 60% of all U.S. votes.

9. Diebold's new touch screen voting machines have no paper trail of any votes. In other words, there is no way to verify that the data coming out of the machine is the same as what was legitimately put in by voters.

10. Diebold also makes ATMs, checkout scanners, and ticket machines, all of which log each transaction and can generate a paper trail.

11. Diebold is based in Ohio.

12. Diebold employed 5 convicted felons as consultants and developers to help write the central compiler computer code that counted 50% of the votes in 30 states.,2645,61640,00.html

13. Jeff Dean was Senior Vice-President of Global Election Systems when it was bought by Diebold. Even though he had been convicted of 23 counts of felony theft in the first degree, Jeff Dean was retained as a consultant by Diebold and was largely responsible for programming the optical scanning software now used in most of the United States.

14. Diebold consultant Jeff Dean was convicted of planting back doors in his software and using a "high degree of sophistication" to evade detection over a period of 2 years.

15. None of the international election observers were allowed in the polls in Ohio.

16. California banned the use of Diebold machines because the security was so bad. Despite Diebold's claims that the audit logs could not be hacked, a chimpanzee was able to do it! (See the movie here:,2645,63298,00.html

17. 30% of all U.S. votes are carried out on unverifiable touch screen voting machines with no paper trail.

18. All -- not some -- but all the voting machine errors detected and reported in Florida went in favor of Bush or Republican candidates.,2645,65757,00.html

19. The governor of the state of Florida, Jeb Bush, is the President's brother.

20. Serious voting anomalies in Florida -- again always favoring Bush -- have been mathematically demonstrated and experts are recommending further investigation.,10801,97614,00.html


Gray Fedora 738 said...

"Those who cast the votes decide nothing.
Those who count the votes decide everything."

—Communist Tyrant and mass murderer Josef Stalin

Gray Fedora 738 said...

"Those who cast the votes decide nothing.
Those who count the votes decide everything."

—Communist Tyrant and mass murderer Josef Stalin

themikeuno said...

#2 flies in the face of states rights and smacks of federalism. So I can't go with you on that one. That is just the way it is and I like it that way.

Aren't #s 9 & 10 really the same thing.

#11 - What's wrong with Ohio?

Does #19 carry over to other states and future elections that give us cause not to trust the system or has that concern passed?

Aren't #'s 12, 13, & 14 really addressing the same issue as well.

The support for #15 are both dated before the election. I think you may need more support then that.

Looks like #s 18 and 20 are really the same thing and seem unlikely given #17.

The bad news is that after culling the duplicates, the inaccurate, and the unrelated you are left with about 10 items.

The good news is that 10 reasons not to trust the election system still sounds catchy.