Who Counts Your Vote?
Below are a number of crucial, little-known voting facts for all who value
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Former language interpreter
for Presidents Bush and Clinton
30% of all 2004 U.S. votes were cast on touch screen voting machines. Most
of them, including all of Florida's, lack paper records that could be used to
verify the electronic results in a recount. Over 20 percent of the machines
tested by observers around the country failed to record votes properly.
http://www.usatoday.com/tech/news/techpolicy/2004-11-03-evote-trouble_x.htm - USA Today
- CBS News
Federal regulators have virtually no oversight over testing of the
touchscreen technology. The three companies that certify the nation's voting
technologies operate in secrecy, and refuse to discuss flaws in the voting
- MSNBC/Associated Press
www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/03/25/AR2006032500805.html - Washington Post
Diebold Election Systems is the world's largest voting-machine
company, with over 50 % of the world market. Diebold's headquarters are
located in Ohio, the state which decided the 2004 presidential election.
- CBS News
- Diebold website
- Diebold website with headquarters address
Diebold bought Global Elections Systems (GES) in 2002. At
least five convicted felons had previously secured management
positions at GES. Now a wholly owned subsidiary of Diebold, GES produces the operating
system used on touch-screen voting terminals.
- Associated Press article
- PBS Website
http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/election/2001855390_felons11m0.html - Seattle Times
- Seattle Weekly
Elections Systems & Software, Inc. (ES&S) counted
approximately 56 percent of the U.S. national vote in each of the last four
presidential and congressional elections, amounting to more than 100 million
ballots cast in each election.
- ES&S website
- State of North Dakota website
80% of all U.S. votes (not just electronic) are counted by these
two companies: Diebold and ES&S.
www.sun-sentinel.com/news/elections/sfl-pn.pre.7a4oct30,0,4018585.story - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
The president of Diebold and a vice president of ES&S
- USA Today: Bob Urosevich as
president of Diebold Elections Systems
- USA Today: Todd Urosevich as VP of ES&S
- Diebold website, Bob Urosevich president
- shows how to access original webpage on ES&S website, now removed,
which lists Todd Urosevich as VP of Customer Support and Company Spokesperson
These two brothers founded American Information Systems (AIS), which
later became ES&S
Senator Chuck Hagel was chairman of ES&S precursor AIS.
He became Senator in an upset victory based on votes counted by ES&S
Senator Hagel was on a short list of George W. Bush's
vice-presidential candidates in 2000.
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."
New York Times, 11/9/03 –
New York Times
- CBS News
California's Secretary of State Kevin Shelley called for a criminal
investigation of Diebold, saying the company had lied to state officials.
"There was a wholesale breakdown in the election last March. Untold
thousands of individuals were turned away and denied their right to vote
because the voting equipment couldn't start." So many of the machines
malfunctioned or ran unapproved software that Shelley took the extraordinary
step of decertifying them.
- CBS News
- MSNBC News
- USA Today
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