This is the way election machine corporations view your vote.
(Intro to Dominion Data System web site)
Take the boredom and anxiety out of election card programming and multiply your efficiency by a factor of 20. With Dominion’s 20-slot Election Data Exchange System you can rapidly complete the task of writing data to and from election cards Connect directly to your central election database and generate election cards along with labels. For those special applications when you absolutely have to program 80,000 tabulators in a very short time frame, rest easy knowing that you can daisy-chain the units together, turning a virtually impossible task into a relatively easy one.
Sounds more like you are buying an appliance for a quick and easy solution to lawn care, dirty bathtub rings, or pesky bugs.
Vote like a Pac Man
That video display with PacMan on it is supposed to look like this: Yes, that is a voting machine. A voting machine that can be hacked to load PacMan without so much as a whisper of tampering. Via BradBlog: Sequoia’s voting machines, used in some 20% of U.S. elections , employ Intellectual Property (IP) still owned by a Venezuelan firm tied to Hugo Chavez.
If you live in Wisconsin (or Brookfield or Waukesha), the Sequoia/Eagle electronic voting system is most like the machine you used to cast your vote in the last election. Many of the anomalies that have resulted from the recount in the Wisconsin Supreme Court election, are the direct result of the Sequoia machine system.
What do open, and ripped bags have to do with a machine?
If the machine software is altered to flip the vote, the flip must be matched with the contents of the bags; your votes. These are the same bags that were stored in Kathy Nickolaus’ office during the long and tedious Waukesha recount. Kathy and her minions had full, complete, and 24hr access to the bags of votes, machines, and software!
But is the Sequoia vote system all the easy to manipulate? Really?
Yes. In fact there is a list of problems with tabulation of votes with the Sequoia system in election after election all over the country.
This is from a “partial list at A “partial” list
Here is an account just one report of Sequoia “problems” in Florida.
Palm Beach County, Florida. In addition to seeing voters who had been told to go to the wrong precinct,
others who found their polling place closed with no sign telling them where it had been moved, and poll
workers giving incorrect instructions, one observer in Palm Beach saw touch screens repeatedly
registering incorrect votes and resisting correction.45
Tina [Knight] worked nine hours election day. She talked to a woman who said the voting machine had
repeatedly registered the wrong presidential candidate. After 8 or 9 tries, it finally showed the candidate she
“Another lady said when she got to her review screen,” at the end of the voting process, “the opposing
presidential candidate was listed. . . . She called the poll worker and demanded it be fixed. The poll worker
went back through the screens” and agreed the woman had voted for a different candidate than the review
screen showed. “The poll worker said, ‘The review screen is wrong, but just go ahead and punch the
confirmation button.’ The woman refused. She made the poll worker cancel out the transaction, and she
voted again. But how many people would do that — go against what the poll worker advised?”
The people of New Jersey wanted to find out about the Sequoia “problems” in 2008. The whole battle for answers was well reported and covered by the Star Ledger in that state. Where is the Wisconsin press? Why are they missing the story of the Wisconsin Supreme Court recount?
Jersey disputes report faulting voting machines
Saturday, October 18, 2008
BY DIANE C. WALSH
A computer expert from Princeton University has found New Jersey’s voting machines can be easily hacked, while a professor from Carnegie Mellon University scoffed at the findings, according to two divergent reports released yesterday by the Superior Court judge presiding over the case challenging the machines’ reliability.
“It takes about seven minutes, using simple tools” to hack into a voting machine made by Sequoia Voting Systems and install software that could steal votes and throw an election, Appel found. Most of New Jersey’s 3,500 polling places use Sequoia Advantage machines. Appel recommended switching to paper ballots read by optical scanners in the polling places.
The Coalition for Peace Action, which filed the lawsuit in 2004, prefers the optical scanners because, while they are also electronic devices, the system uses paper ballots that create a “verifiable record” that could be rechecked, said Irene Goldman, a chairwoman of the Princeton-based organization.
The media fueled investigation lead to real action
Last year, a judge ordered New Jersey election officials to give source code for the state’s Sequoia AVC Advantage touch-screen machines to Princeton University computer scientist Andrew Appel and others for a lawsuit that challenged the integrity of Sequoia’s paperless machines. Voting activists had sued the state to decommission the units out of security and reliability concerns. Appel’s team found several vulnerabilities with the system, but wasn’t able to discuss them publicly.
More from Wired
The Open Source Digital Voting Foundation (OSDV) announced the availability of source code for its prototype election system Wednesday.
The OSDV, co-founded by Gregory Miller and John Sebes, launched its Trust the Vote Project in 2006 and has an eight-year roadmap to produce a comprehensive, publicly owned, open source electronic election system. The system would be available for licensing to manufacturers or election districts, and would include a voter registration component; firmware for casting ballots on voting devices (either touch-screen systems with a paper trail, optical-scan machines or ballot-marking devices); and an election management system for creating ballots, administering elections and counting votes.
“How we vote has become just as important as who we vote for,” Miller told the audience of filmmakers and technologists who gathered at the Bel-Air home of film producer Lawrence Bender to hear about the project. “We think it is imperative that the infrastructure on which we cast and count our ballots is an infrastructure that is publicly owned.”
The Sequoia Corp. was finally pushed by the activists and the press to produce the software codes.
Application software for an appliance that tabulates election results from data produced by ballot counting devices. The software counts your vote.
You can find the codes here.Application Software
Now we can sleep easier?
It seems the Wisconsin media thinks so. Yet we know, that as easily as programing software can be opened to the public, it can be rewritten behind the doors of Sequoia Election Data System. In the end, Sequoia determines what is written.
The Sequoia system and the Wisconsin Supreme Court recount
There are enough irregularities in the chain of custody of votes, statistical vote percentage drops, and questionable history of Kathy Nickolaus to warrant a full investigation.
The media in New Jersey covered the questions posed by the voters in that state. Here, in Wisconsin, we are still waiting for the investigative reporting that shook up New Jersey and forced Sequoia to become more transparent in, at least in a “PR” sort of way.
In Wisconsin, the voters are still waiting.