Ohio Election Machines Flawed

Wow… ya think?

In an article published yesterday by the New York Times, 12-15-07, Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner stated that a study concerning the accuracy of the voting machines was “Worse than I had anticipated”.

“All five voting systems used in Ohio, a state whose electoral votes narrowly swung two elections toward President Bush, have critical flaws that could undermine the integrity of the 2008 general election, a report commissioned by the state’s top elections official has found.

Study researchers were able to pick the locks on the machines to access memory cards and also use devices to put false vote counts into the machines. At election boards, the researchers were also able to introduce malignant software ont the servers.”

Mr.Brunner is calling for legislation and funding to replace the machines with electronic scan machines that scan ballots that have been filled in manually by voters. This would leave a paper trail of election votes.

Ms. Brunner is the successor to J. Kenneth Blackwell, a republican, who was implicated in 2004 for overseeing the election and serving as a co chairman of Bush’s re-election campaign in Ohio.

Machines implicated in this study included:

  • Elections Systems and Software
  • Premier Election Solutions, formerly Diebold
  • Hart InterCivic (on the election tab of their website, it states “Let Us Make Your Next Election Easier“, they sure do!)

Florida, another state implicated in fraudulent elections, will also be changing voting machines.

All this 7 years later.

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  1. Alert- hear SOS Wed
    Please circulate … important to hear directly from the Secretary as she addresses key questions on findings and recommendations “EVEREST: The View from the Top”
    Ohio’s top election official, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, shares her views on Ohio’s Voting System Review

    Wednesday, December 19
    8pm ET 1360 AM and on the Internet
    Ohio’s top election official, Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner, shares her views on Ohio’s Voting System Review, known as EVEREST (Evaluation and Validation of Election Related Equipment, Standards and Testing). This week’s Voice of the Voters will explore the key findings and recommendations from Ohio, a state that is a hotbed of election integrity activity.

    How do the findings affect the election integrity landscape across Ohio? Across America? With Presidential primaries just weeks away, where do we go from here?

    Find out this Wednesday, December 19, 8 pm EST on the Voice of the Voters.

    John Gideon (www.Votersunite.org) will join us for a weekly update at the end of the hour.


    Voice of the Voters, hosted by Mary Ann Gould, is an hour devoted to voting rights and election reform. Ultimately it is an exploration of Representative Democracy itself and the responsibilities of citizens and their elected representatives. It airs every Wednesday night at 8:00 PM ET on 1360 AM and on the Internet. (http://wnjc.duxpond.com/)

    Note: If you use dial up internet, it is best to turn off all other programs in order to receive clearest broadcast.

    Listeners can call in questions live at 856-227-1360 and submit questions in advance at the SaveOurVote website.

    Archived shows are available at http://mysite.verizon.net/resq4lzq/cvi/id267.html. Click here.

    Voice of the Voters is Heard on

    1360 AM, Philadelphia’s Renaissance Radio,
    and the Internet (http://wnjc.duxpond.com/ )
    Wednesday, December 19 — 8PM ET
    or through http://www.voiceofthevoters.org
    (archives, podcast; recent shows)
    Coalition for Voting Integrity

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