World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search


Pima Democratic Party E-Voting Investigation

Pima Democratic Party - Results of E-Voting Investigation

Pima County Democratic Party (PCDP)
For Immediate Release July 25, 2003

Local Democratic Party Releases Results of Investigation into Voting Flaws

The Pima County Democratic Party (PCDP) today made public the results of a three-month investigation into Pima County’s vote counting procedures and safeguards.

“The results of this study are absolutely shocking. The intention of the procedures and safeguards in place with our voting systems are entirely inadequate to protect our vote from being tampered with by anyone with computer knowledge,” said Paul Eckerstrom, PCDP Chairman.

Back in the beginning of 2003, Chairman Eckerstrom commissioned a PCDP Committee on Computerized and Electronic Vote Counting Procedures and Safeguards. The committee investigated a compilation of data on voting problems in the last two elections nationwide, and a host of secrecy and conflict of interest issues related to ownership and operation of the major companies making vote counting machines and software.

“Once the national press brought to light the voting flaws with the Diebold Inc. system, it seemed we needed to take a serious look at how we are accountable to the people’s vote here in Pima County,” he said. The committee’s complete report is available to the public online at:

It concludes that although no evidence of problems with any vote counts in Pima county were uncovered, there remains vulnerabilities within the system that make it subject to potential significant manipulation. Committee Chair, Gordon Mustain goes on to explain, “one of the more significant findings was that there exists hidden back door access, erasable audit trails and a built in capability to keep one set of public books and two sets of hidden books of vote totals. Simply put, anyone with the right pass-code can go into our voting totals and change the results. That is an unacceptable risk to the integrity of the vote counting process.”

The report does makes several recommendations about methods to improve the system, from limited hand counting in random precincts in every election, to establishing a baseline against which to compare the machine count or even legislation enabling candidates to request hand recounts at their campaign’s expense.

“The PCDP is committed to ensuring the integrity of our vote here in Pima County. We plan on educating our voters, elected officials and both local and national press about these major voting flaws. And if we need to take legal action to repair those flaws, we’re ready to do just that,” Eckerstrom concluded.


- Source DemocraticUnderground.Com Forums

© Scoop Media

World Headlines


Gordon Campbell: On Collective Punishment In Venezuela

Yemen, Venezuela, Iran, Gaza… beyond the particulars of their suffering, each of these countries currently share one thing in common: their ordinary citizens are being subjected to collective punishment, in order to bring about regime change. More>>

Widely Ignored Report: 40,000 Dead Venezuelans Under US Sanctions

A new report on April 25 by a respected think tank has estimated that US sanctions imposed on Venezuela in August 2017 have caused around 40,000 deaths... Additional sanctions imposed in January 2019 are likely to lead to tens of thousands of further deaths. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Left-Wing Victory In Spain

Portugal and Spain continue to be striking exceptions to the rise of rightwing populism in Europe, a fact that’s commonly explained by the relatively recent experience both countries have had of living under fascist regimes. (Franco in Spain, and Salazar in Portugal.)

That horrific past still seems very much alive in the minds of voters... More>>

Easter Bombings Kill Hundreds: UN, World Leaders Condemn Sri Lanka Attacks

More than 200 have been killed and hundreds injured by a series of explosions inside churches and hotels in Sri Lanka, as Christians gathered for services to celebrate Easter.. More>>