I am providing testimony or comments for submission into the record of S1487 hearings. Debbie Boen, Clarksville,
After the election of 2004 mainstream media would not research or publish the following accusations about electronic voting. Along with no mainstream media attention or public outcry, these facts still exist.
- 80% of all votes in America are counted by only two companies: Diebold and ES&S.
- There is no federal agency with regulatory authority or oversight of the U.S. voting machine industry.
- The vice-president of Diebold and the president of ES&S are brothers.
- 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.”
- Republican Senator Chuck Hagel used to be chairman of ES&S. He became Senator based on votes counted by ES&S machines.
- Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, long-connected with the Bush family, was caught lying about his ownership of ES&S by the Senate Ethics Committee.
- Senator Chuck Hagel was on a short list of George W. Bush’s vice-presidential candidates.
- ES&S is the largest voting machine manufacturer in the U.S. and counts almost 60% of all U.S. votes.
- Diebold’s new touch screen voting machines have no paper trail of any votes. In other words, there is no way to verify that the data coming out of the machine is the same as what was legitimately put in by voters.
- Diebold also makes ATMs, checkout scanners, and ticket machines, all of which log each transaction and can generate a paper trail.
- Jeff Dean, Diebold’s Senior Vice-President and senior programmer on Diebold’s central compiler code, was convicted of 23 counts of felony theft in the first degree.
- Diebold Senior Vice-President Jeff Dean was convicted of planting back doors in his software and using a “high degree of sophistication” to evade detection over a period of 2 years.
- None of the international election observers were allowed in the polls in Ohio.
- California banned the use of Diebold machines because the security was so bad. Despite Diebold’s claims that the audit logs could not be hacked, a chimpanzee was able to do it!
- All, not some, of the voting machine errors detected and reported in the Florida 2004 elections went in favor of Bush or Republican candidates.
- A Republican computer programmer came forth and testified that he had been employed to make an untraceable hacking device for voting machines.
- Our exit poll results were worse than the discrepancies in the
Ukraine exit polls which caused them to demand a redo of their election; and we saluted them for demanding it.
I took part in a group from Nashville called “Gathering to Save our Democracy” in an effort to make a difference in Tennessee. I and others attended a three day meeting of hundreds of election officials in our state. What became clear to me at this meeting was that these people have strong convictions and integrity to delivering neutral and ethical elections. They know that nothing unethical happens under their noses, at their polls, and it was an effort for them to consider that electronic voting machines can be hacked without their knowledge. Their trust in the system needs to be defended.
At this meeting we all heard a speech given by an election official and Bush supporter who said that if we question the integrity of the voting process as it now exists, then we are questioning the integrity of the United States of America. Considering the honorable people I had met there, this statement was an insult to all present.
Sirs and Madams, I question the integrity of our voting machines in the United States. I have most certainly lost and I request that you restore faith in this system. This issue is essential to all parties but as a registered Republican, I expect the protection of integrity and honesty in this, our most important voice.
Verifiable elections and independent audits are something attainable and essential to our freedom.