U.S. Vote Count Is Not Audited & Is Being Fraudulently Modified
Forum on the 2004 Presidential Election, Dec 13, 2001 interview of Clinton Eugene Curtis, Computer Programmer:
Moderator: “Mr. Curtis are there programs that can be secretly used to fix elections?”
Mr. Curtis: “Yes”
Moderator: “How do you know that to be the case?”
Mr. Curtis: “Because in October of 2000 I wrote a prototype for present congressman Tom Feeney at the company I work for in Lobeto Floreda that did just that.
Moderator: “And when you say it did just that it would rig an election?
Mr. Curtis: “It would flip the vote 51 – 49 to whoever you wanted it to go to and whichever race you wanted to win.”
Moderator: “And would that program that you designed be something that elections officials that might be on county boards of elections could detect?”
Mr. Curtis: “They would never see it.”
In the 2000 elections, the U.S. Civil Rights Commission stated that 180,000 ballots were ignored in Florida for alleged multiple votes for multiple presidential candidates. 54% of these discarded votes were cast by African Americans who most likely voted for Gore. Florida Secretary of State, Glenda Hood, claimed the State's voting system "worked flawlessly".
"2004 Ohio Precinct exit poll data shows virtually irrefutable evidence of vote miscount." – National Election Data Archive.
"Integrity of 2006 elections cannot be ensured." - Government Accountability Office
In a GOP fund-raising letter for George W. Bush, Walden O'Dell wrote "I am committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year." Walden O'Dell at the time was CEO and Chairman of Diebold corporation who’s un-audited machines count over 40% of the vote across the United States. (Reported in many sources such as CBS). December 2005, O'Dell resigned following reports that the company was facing securities fraud litigation surrounding charges of insider trading.
The Senior Vice-President and Senior Programmer at Global Election Systems (GES) now called Diebold Election Systems, Jeff Dean, was convicted of 23 counts of felony theft for planting back doors in software he created for ATM. Court documents indicate Jeff Dean used a "high degree of sophistication" to evade detection. GES employed other convicted felons in senior positions, including a fraudulent securities trader and a drug trafficker. (Ref 1, 2)
A joint study by the California and Massachusetts Institutes of Technology following the 2000 election determined that between 1.5 and 2 million votes were not counted due to confusing paper ballots or faulty equipment.
The Professor of Computer Science at Johns Hopkins University and Technical Director of the Information Security Institute, Avi Rubin, analyzed source code used in Diebold voting machines and reported the software contained “stunning flaws” that were "far below even the most minimal security standards applicable in other contexts.". The research concluded that vote totals could be altered at the voting machines and by remote access. (Ref 1, 2)
Johns Hopkins and Rice universities of a popular voting system manufactured by Diebold in Comal County, Texas, 2002, three Republican candidates each received exactly the same number of votes, 18,181 votes. An audit revealed that Diebold installed uncertified software on 17 Counties machines.
In November 2002, Broward County officials admitted that software glitches had caused a failure to report 100,000 votes from turnout figures.
A survey by South Florida's Sun-Sentinel determined that touch-screen voting machines made by ES&S and Sequoia Voting Systems failed to record votes eight times more often than optical scanners.
June 2006, A Pottawattamie County, Iowa election official hand counted her ballots and was surprised to find a total entirely different than the results noted on the voting machines. The manufacturer, Election Systems & Software, admitted that it had programmed the machines incorrectly.
Cuyahoga County, Ohio's May 2, 2006 primary:
- Machines were turned off and on many times by overwhelmed poll workers trying desperately to make them work;
- Memory cards replaced midstream; paper trails that got thrown away
- Voters who were told they were done when the machine was reading 'error';
- After the screen went blank, ballots without all the appropriate issues appeared in some precincts.
Boone County, Indiana had 19,000 registered voters, however the voting machines counted 144,000 votes when in fact only 5,352 votes had been cast. see the CBS report
Tarrant County, Texas: 58,000 votes cast, 158,103 votes counted (Mar. 9, 2006; The Fort-Worth Star-Telegram "Vote spike blamed on program snafu")
Allamakee County, Iowa: 300 votes fed into the machine, 4 million votes came out (Nov. 2000; According to the Wall Street Journal, Nov. 17, 2000 "Fuzzy Numbers")
On Aug. 8, 2004, Black Box Voting founder Bev Harris taught former presidential candidate Howard Dean how to hack the "mother ship" that tallies all incoming votes from precincts.
Computer programmer Jeremiah Akin has demonstrated how to hack the Sequoia "WinEds" election management system to flip Spanish language votes to the wrong candidate.
Computerized election management systems assign a number to each candidate. By editing the file to flip the candidate number, Bev Harris has demonstrated that the Diebold GEMS central tabulator can swap votes between candidates. Harris has also demonstrated this manipulation targeting only the absentee votes.
According to the Diebold sales literature provided to the state of Georgia, "no human" can alter the audit log. Black Box Voting engaged the services of Baxter the Chimpanzee, a former TV chimp in Europe. Baxter was taught to alter the audit log in less than an hour. Here is a video: Chimp Video
Central tabulators that use Microsoft-based programs can usually be hacked using a trojan horse-like script. This is simply a set of text commands typed into "notepad" or other devices; at the right time, the program can alter the votes undetectably. This was demonstrated using a real voting system in Leon County, Florida by Black Box Voting with Dr. Herbert Thompson.
The electronic ballot boxes, now stored on removable credit-card-sized disks called memory cards, can be stuffed and hacked as well. This was demonstrated in another Black Box Voting project, by computer expert Harri Hursti -- again using real voting systems in Leon County Florida.
In Emery County, Utah, in a Black Box Voting project, researcher Harri Hursti and an expert from Security Innovation learned that simply by knowing the name of the voter file on the Diebold TSx system, the file can be replaced with fraudulent vote counts through a variety of interfaces including: memory cards, wireless devices or cable attached to the motherboard. Many of the voting machines can be opened up with a screwdriver and controlled from ports on the motherboard. The Diebold TS-R6 contains an iRda port allowing unmonitored wireless device access to the system without even opening the system. THe Diebold TSx machine has a slot to fit an SD wireless card on the motherboard. It was also demonstrated in Emery County that the foundation of the voting systems itself can be altered, leaving a contaminated system that cannot be cleaned, giving total control to the hacker.
Evidence illustrates that the Reagan and Bush administration supported computer manipulation in both Noriega’s rise to power in Panama and in Marcos’ attempt to retain power in the Philippines. Former CIA Station Chief John Stockwell wrote that one of the favorite tactics of the CIA during the Reagan-Bush administration in the 1980s was to control countries by manipulating their election process.
"The politicians don't own this country... we do. I propose going to the polls on Election Day and voting against every single incumbent on the ballot. Think about it. How much worse could it be to have a whole new group of people in Washington who haven't learned how to steal and lie yet?" - Jack Cafferty, CNN Commentator: 10/17/2006
DECEMBER 2004 GALLUP POLLS
1 in 5 Americans believe the elections were fraudulent.
That's over 41 Million Americans.
You are NOT alone!
See Democracy or Republic - Voting By Billboard & Proposed Constitutional Amendment
Hacking Democracy DVD
The documentary by Simon Ardizzone, Russell Michaels and Robert Carrillo Cohen. Order online at www.hackingdemocracy.com
The documentary, broadcast on HBO throughout November & December 2006, exposes the dangers of voting machines used during America's mid term and presidential elections. Electronic voting machines count approximately 90% of America's votes in county, state and federal elections. The technology is also increasingly being used across the world, including in Canada, the United Kingdom, Europe and Latin America. Filmed over three years this exposé follows the investigations of a team of citizen activists and hackers as they take on the electronic voting industry, targeting the Diebold corporation.
"Hacking Democracy" uncovers incendiary evidence from the trash cans of Texas to the ballot boxes of Ohio, exposing secrecy, votes in the trash, hackable software and election officials rigging the presidential recount.
Ultimately proving our votes can be stolen without a trace "Hacking Democracy" culminates in the famous 'Hursti Hack'; a duel between the Diebold voting machines and a computer hacker from Finland - with America's democracy at stake.
"Hacking Democracy" was Executive Produced by Sarah Teale & Sian Edwards of Teale-Edwards Productions LLC
News from the Hacking Democracy Site:
The two Ohio election staff who feature in "Hacking Democracy" were sentenced on March 13th 2007 for rigging the 2004 presidential recount. Incriminating footage from the documentary was used in their court case as evidence.
Election Workers Sentenced for Fraud
(Fox 8, Cleveland)
A grand jury indicted three Cuyahoga county elections workers, and earlier this year, a jury convicted two of them - Jacqueline Maiden and Kathy Dreamer. Watch the video
Elections Workers Get 18 Months For Rigging
(newsnet5.com & Associated Press)
Two election workers in Ohio's most populous county were sentenced Tuesday to 18 months in prison for rigging the 2004 presidential election recount so they could avoid a more thorough review of the votes. Details & video.
Another Criminal Investigation into Board of
(Fox 8, Cleveland)
Concern surrounding security breaches at the Board of Elections during last November's Election has led Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate. Watch the video
Diebold Attacks "Hacking Democracy"
Two days before HBO's premier broadcast of "Hacking Democracy", Diebold issued an outraged letter to the channel's Chairman, demanding that HBO "pull the documentary" from the schedule. While Diebold had not even seen "Hacking Democracy" their error filled letter also contained this extraordinary statement about the film:
"Harri Hursti is shown attacking a Diebold machine in Florida. But his attack proved later to be a complete sham."
Download the letter from Diebold President, David Byrd.
The 'Hursti Hack' forms the climax of the film and proved for the first time that votes stored on Diebold's memory cards can be changed undetectably. In fact our ground breaking hack was scientifically proven to be completely true. California's Secretary of State commissioned a special report by scientists at UC Berkeley to investigate the Hursti Hack. Page 2 of their report states:
"Harri Hursti's attack does work: Mr. Hursti's attack on the AV-OS is definitely real. He was indeed able to change the election results by doing nothing more than modifying the contents of a memory card. He needed no passwords, no cryptographic keys, and no access to any other part of the voting system, including the GEMS election management server."
Download the report from the University of California, Berkeley
HR 811 Government Vote Fraud
Turning the vote theft issue on its head By Bev Conover Online Journal Editor & Publisher http://onlinejournal.com/artman/publish/article_1781.shtml
Feb 22, 2007, 00:59
The issue isn't voter fraud; it's politicians and election officials who opt for the convenience of computerized vote counting -- whether it's optical scanners or touch screens containing memory cards.
The name of the game is blame the voters. Make them jump through hoops to cast their votes. Make ballots as confusing as possible. Pass laws that severely restrict or totally ban hand recounts of optically scanned ballots. Add to the mix an insufficient number of machines that cause unconscionably long waits in districts where you want to suppress voter turnout, in case intimidation and dirty tricks aren't enough to keep the number down.
Yes, optically scanned ballots create a paper trail. But what good are they if the machine count is manipulated enough not to trigger the percentage the law requires for a hand recount or if the law prohibits hand recounting?
Touch screens or direct electronic recording (DRE) machines leave no paper trail. Even if the courts reversed themselves to allow election officials, independent computer experts and the public to look at the proprietary computer code, votes can be flipped with no electronic trace.
Yet, Rep. Rush Holt (D-NJ) would have people believe that his bill, HR 811, to require voter verified printouts would solve the problem. As Bev Harris, founder of Black Box Voting, has pointed out, among other flaws in Holt's bill, that it would cost $7,000 per machine for 185,000 polling places for the text conversion technology to produce printouts.
Apparently Holt, like most politicians, favors expensive, complicated and impractical devices that accomplish nothing, while conning people into believing the contrary, over inexpensive simple solutions. Can you say Rube Goldberg contraptions?
The simple solution is hand-counted paper ballots. Paper and pencils are way less expensive, require no company technicians to set them up and maintain them, and have no need of costly storage facilities. Moreover, local printers would benefit from printing ballots.
Limit each voting district to 500 voters to reduce waiting time for both voters and the time it takes to count the votes. Open the doors so the public, in an orderly fashion, can witness the counting.
Provide each registered voter with a registration card, which is all that is required to cast a ballot, rather than the ridiculous number of documents some states are now mandating as proof of identity -- something which The New York Times reported is keeping people away from the polls.
Since voting on Sundays, as many countries do, or even on Saturdays would get some religious folks' knickers in a twist, make the Tuesday primary and general election days holidays for national and state elections.
See also http://www.peaceteam.net/hr811.php