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New Uncertified Diebold "Vote Remote" Program

Black Box Voting Exclusive:

NEW UNCERTIFIED DIEBOLD "VOTE REMOTE" PROGRAM -- REMOVING HUMANS FROM ABSENTEE VOTE AUTHENTICATION


http://www.blackboxvoting.org

System allows election officials to set acceptance for the ballots high, low, or anywhere they want. This system is not certified. It interacts with the voter registration system, which also contains party affiliation of voters. It may never be tested or certified, since it slips through a loophole in the certification language. Financial documents obtained by BLACK BOX VOTING show completed billings for Vote Remote, indicating that it is already in use.

Here is a link to documents obtained by Black Box Voting: http://www.bbvdocs.org/diebold/voteremote.pdf

(Note: If you experience problems loading these documents, go here and do a free update on your Adobe Acrobat reader: http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readstep2.html)

VOTE REMOTE, for the most part, uses old technology like automated envelope stuffing and bar coding. What is new, though, is the use of automated signature comparison.

When you vote by mail, the signature on the envelope is matched with the signature on your voter registration card. Vote Remote automates this process. A thermometer- like acceptance level can be set wherever the election official wants to put it.

WE HAVE FOUND NO PROCEDURES, NO STANDARDS, NO AUDITING TOOL FOR HOW ACCEPTANCE IS SET, BY WHOM, OR EVEN WHETHER THE SYSTEM IS ACCURATE OR CONSISTENT.

A quick Google on "Vote by mail" will reveal that cookie- cutter legislation has made its way into many states, switching many counties to an all vote-by mail system. Many of these mail-in voting bills have already passed. (Just in time for Diebold.)

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Video: EXPERTS CONFIRM -- ELECTION OFFICIALS ARE AVOIDING SECURITY REPORTS

Ion Sancho and Dr. Doug Jones report what they've learned. Ion Sancho is the Leon County elections official who allowed Harri Hursti to test the security of his Diebold system (Hursti quickly penetrated the system: See Hursti's report: http://www.blackboxvoting.org/BBVreport.pdf) Sancho reports that the Florida Election Supervisors meetings have not been covering the topic of security.

Dr. Doug Jones is the former Chair of the Iowa State Voting Machine Examiners. He describes election officials refusal to look at security reports.

Here is the 3 minute clip, taken by Kathleen Wynne: http://www.bbvdocs/videos/security-obscurity2.mpg

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WE NEED YOUR HELP ON THIS MYSTERY

$20,450 was paid by Diebold to an obscure entity. This is according to an "open payables" ledger from Diebold ( http://www.bbvdocs.org/diebold/accts-payable1.pdf).

ALL OF THE FOLLOWING IS A RESULT OF ORIGINAL INVESTIGATIVE WORK BY BLACK BOX VOTING:

-- Note that the same document shows a similarly coded $144,000 payment to "Lottery Services of Georgia," a firm which has previously been found to be involved in "pass through payments." (Payments for which no apparent work was done).

-- The amount is similar to the amount paid to Juan Andrade. That money turned out to be traveling through ACG Group, LLC in Illinois/Ohio, and $10,000 of it made its way through the Franklin County Elections Director into the pockets of the Franklin County Republican Party.

-- Another document shows that Diebold is working with a Louisiana lobbyist, Darrell Hunt, who discovered was tied into the bribery investigation of Senator Larry Bankston.

YOU CAN'T HAVE LARGE SCALE ELECTION FRAUD WITHOUT BRIBES.

Here is more information about the mechanics of bribery: ( http://www.bbvforums.org/forums/messages/1954/8458.html)

In a nutshell, bribes are getting more elegant. In the 1980s, they consisted of stuffing a wad of cash into an envelope and handing it to a politician. Nowadays, bribes tend to hide in gray areas of the law, using clever ideas to slip through disclosure nets. Like this:

-- Politician buys fancy condo.

-- Lobbyists fork out premium prices to "rent the condo," a week at a time.

-- Check out a condo rental by the current Diebold guy, Darrell W. Hunt, in Louisiana shortly before a senator was convicted for using that condo as a conduit for bribery.

DO YOU KNOW WHO THIS MIGHT BE?

The $20,450 to "'DMJ Systems' (Diodato, Ruben)" is probably completely legitimate. However, we've not been able to locate the identity of this vendor yet. If anyone has a tip for us, we're all ears.

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100 pages of Diebold documents were released by Black Box Voting on July 22. On July 25, another 58 pages were released. All of these documents were obtained through the original investigative work of Black Box Voting investigator Kathleen Wynne.

Among them:

Urosevich son, emails about foreign investments: http://www.bbvdocs.org/diebold/Urosevich--banking.pdf (Bob Urosevich was the president of Diebold Election Systems)

A very pricey employment litigation matter in Canada http://www.bbvdocs.org/diebold/employment--litigation.pdf

Smoking gun: Juan Andrade check stub http://www.bbvdocs.org/diebold/Andrade.pdf (Andrade has not filed the dicslosure documents on expenditures and payments recieved, as required by law. Fine for failure to file: $100 per day. Anyone want to call the Chicago Trib about this?)

More documents, including sales strategy memos, a general Ledger page and trial balance printouts are now posted here: http://www.bbvforums.org/forums/messages/2197/8541.html

Information on Diebold vendors (parts, staffing, more) http://www.bbvforums.org/forums/messages/2197/8467.html

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NEWS REPORTERS: Contact info – 425-793-1030, 206-354-5723, or 206-335-7747 bev@blackboxvoting.org or Kathleen@blackboxvoting.org

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July 25, 2005 -- Please forward to your lists and to online blogs as appropriate. Permission granted to reprint, with link. http://www.blackboxvoting.org

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