August 2008

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RoundUp – Documented Failures & Real Risks

Update: Another recent story: 1. Brad interviews Gov. Don Siegelman, former political prisoner and now a free man: Computers don’t steal elections – people steal them with computers: people don’t want to believe that elections are stolen in this country. They don’t want to believe that we go to war under false premises. And they […]

Caught Between The Glitches and The Gotyas

We have been covering a significant report by, Vendors are Undermining the Structure of U.S. Elections. , the report summarizes the bind Connecticut and other states are in: Violations of Federal Law Leave States in a Double Bind. The federal government fails to meet its HAVA deadlines for giving guidance to the states on […]

The Outsourced State

Last week we covered a significant report by, Vendors are Undermining the Structure of U.S. Elections. The report describes the multiple ways that states have become dependent on vendors for elections, how Federal laws and actions have placed election officials in an impossible bind, how arrogant vendors take advantage of the situation, that elections […]

via Outsourcing: Democracy is Lost

A report this week from describes the devastating damage caused by outsourcing our elections and giving over complete control to vendors: Vendors are Undermining the Structure of U.S. Elections A VotersUnite report on the current situation and how to reclaim elecitons — in 2008 and beyond The report comes with an Executive Summary A […]

In Memoriam: Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones

She was the leader in moving that the 2004 vote be examined by congress. Here she is in “Help America Vote…On Paper” (about 4min 40sec in and 8min20 sec) <video> This whole video is also a good 18 minute primer on electronic voting issues: The risks of electronic voting, the perils of outsourcing, the advantages […]

Secretary Bysiewicz Orders Expanded Post-Election Audit

Update: 8/20 Checking with Dr. Shvartsman about the Secretary’s “98% or 99% probability”, he said: Indeed, 10% sample from the population of about 800, counting all CT districts, gives about the same statistical result as 33% sample from the population of about 250, counting only the districts involved in the August primary…there is no inference […]

Times: Blames the Messinger

We have been complementary of late of the New York Times Editorials that have gotten it right: Nailed Problems With Federal Bill, Three Lessons Learned, and Strongly Favoring Post-Election Audits. However a story on Saturday gets it wrong and blames the Election Assistance Commission for being slow in approving voting machines – but the problem […]

EVEREST Reports Devistating

Earlier I had promised more on the USENIX/ACCURATE Conference in San Jose. In addition to the panels, the presentations on the Ohio EVEREST studies provided information that we have not covered here at Released in mid December, following the California Top-To-Bottom review the Ohio reports have gotten less attention by many, including me. Two […]

Election Fraud In Bridgeport?

Update 6 /17/2009: Head of CA GOP Voter Registration Firm Pleads Guilty to Voter Registration Fraud
Update: 10/07/2008: Election Enforcement Commission investigation opened
Update: Secretary Bysiewicz Responds

Election Costs $ – Democracy? Priceless!

We have said that conducting elections cost from $5.00 to $20.00 per ballot cast and that our estimate of $0.20 to $0.50 for an audit is a small price to pay to assure that the votes are counted as the voters intended. But the news from Norwalk indicates we may need to revise the high-end […]