Scientific American, CBS News, AP, CNN, Wash.Post, NYT discuss U.S. Voting Machine Flaws

This was forwarded to me by Utah: Count Votes!

Dear Citizens and Voters,

Recent (August) articles and videos by Scientific American, The Associated Press, CBS News, The NY Times, The Washington Post, a top Republican cyber-security expert, and others, discuss the flaws of
U.S. voting machines.

These articles and videos are particularly important because our national press has not until now diligently informed us on election integrity and voting system issues.

Of specific interest are:

1.  the videos by Republican security expert Stephen Spoonamore,

2. articles by Ph.D. computer scientists rebutting the recent book
“Electronic Elections” by e-voting proponents,

3. *Today’s* CNN’s Lou Dobbs report that Diebold/Premier has publicly admitted that its machines drop votes from entire touch-screen memory cards and has warned all jurisdictions that use its machines of the
“bug” that can lose hundreds of votes in each county.  (Lou Dobbs video should be publicly available on U-Tube by tomorrow.)

NOTE: Any very close recent election outcomes implemented Diebold/Premier touchscreen voting machines are in doubt.

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Please read these articles or view these videos and support strong,
scientific post-election auditing procedures.

RECENT ARTICLES:

AP & USA Today:  States throw out costly electronic voting machines
Aug. 19, 2008
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jej6XIWrQn6-gw5O5bJa1ELx78DgD92LK3E00
http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5jej6XIWrQn6-gw5O5bJa1ELx78DgD92LLDO00
http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/election2008/2008-08-19-electronic-voting_N.htm

Scientific American: Planning to E-Vote? Read This First, Aug. 18, 2008
http://www.sciam.com/article.cfm?id=electronic-election-day

CBS News: Voting Machine Doubts Linger, Aug. 16, 2008
Concerns Over Vulnerability Of Electronic Machines Sending Many States
Back To Paper Ballots
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2008/08/16/eveningnews/main4355733.shtml

NY Times: Officials Say Flaws at Polls Will Remain in November, Aug. 16, 2008
[NOTE: Officials in two states admit that their voting machines are
not accurately casting or counting votes]
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/16/us/politics/16vote.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/16/us/politics/16vote.html

Washington Post: Ohio Voting Machines Contained Programming Error That Dropped Votes, Aug. 21, 2008 [Note: States like MD with paperless voting cannot detect these errors in their vote counts using audits.
States like OH and UT can detect the dropped votes *if* they do valid audits (Utah does not. Ohio does)]
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/the-trail/2008/08/21/ohio_voting_machines_contained.html

Company acknowledges voting machine error, Aug. 21, 2008
http://www.ohio.com/news/ap?articleID=688274&c=y

Did Washington waste millions on faulty voting machines? Aug 15, 2008
http://www.mcclatchydc.com/election2008/story/48508.html

Voting System Standards: All Form and No Substance, June 12, 2008
http://washburnsworld.blogspot.com/2008/06/voting-system-standards-all-form-and-no.html

Opinion – Help Our Veterans Vote, Aug. 11, 2008
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/11/opinion/11bysiewicz.html?_r=2&ref=opinion&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

Editorial – The Right to Vote, Aug. 9, 2008
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/09/opinion/09sat1.html?_r=1&oref=slogin

Editorial – A Bad Electronic Voting Bill, Aug. 3, 2008
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/03/opinion/03sun2.html?_r=3&ref=opinion&oref=slogin&oref=slogin

States seek workarounds for e-voting systems
http://www.securityfocus.com/brief/803

Veterans focus of Dem voting law reform
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0808/12624.html

How do you compare security across voting systems? Aug. 19, 2008 by Dan Wallach, Rice U. Computer Scientist [This paper refutes the work of two political scientists Thad Hall (U. of Utah) and Michael Alvarez
(CA IT) (http://press.princeton.edu/titles/8641.html)  who support e-voting and claim that “paper ballots would fail to meet the standards to which e-voting is held.” The computer scientists’ conclusion is that “Of voting technologies presently on the market and certified for use in most states, precinct-based optical scanning systems appear to have the best resistance to security attacks, based on our complexity analysis.” ]
http://www.freedom-to-tinker.com/?p=1367
http://accurate-voting.org/wp-content/uploads/2008/08/risk-eval-final.pdf
http://www.josephhall.org/nqb2/index.php/2008/08/16/nakedeval
definitions:
O(1) attacks where one or a handful of attackers can change an
arbitrary number of ballots
O(P) attacks where you may need to get all P poll workers involved if
you want to tamper with N ballots
O(N) attacks that require you to bribe each voter individually

States rush to dump touch-screen voting systems, Aug. 21, 2008
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20080820-states-rush-to-dump-touchscreen-voting-systems.html

Vote fraud, crumbling democracy’s bedrock, Aug. 21, 2008
http://www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/20080822_Vote_fraud__crumbling_democracy_s_bedrock.html

RECENT VIDEOS:

Republican Cyber Security expert, Stephen Spoonamore,  says Diebold is
stealing elections (see segment #3):
Segment #1 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZAyEfovA404
Segment #2  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTBLfgos5b8&feature=related
Segment #3  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzKbigGoMoo&feature=related
Segment #4  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vNvweInGFs&feature=related
Segment #5  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rX8fRwsTpoQ&feature=related

U-Tube UNCOUNTED CLIPS:
Each week until the election  UNCOUNTED will release a clip because
people need to see stories that will motivate them to stand up and
help save our democracy.

WEEK 7: The Electronic Voting Machine Hokey Pokey (You Put Your Right
Vote In. It Spits Your Wrong Vote Out
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqsL-KNiYJ8
Week 6:   The Sleeping Media  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mdpclsWYomM
Week 5: Playing to Win with a Full Deck of Race Cards
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-irWqvhpDo
Week 4: The Athan Gibbs Story http://youtube.com/watch?v=c8ewsDxXQD4
Week 3: [Utah discovery] Diebold’s Disreputable Distinction is Dead On
Deserved  http://youtube.com/watch?v=zwHX7zDVkuc
Week 2: Miller Dollar Programmer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7tjnuG-l6g
Week 1:  The Ballad of Steve Heller  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dkhXzW32Rrs

TO OBTAIN A COPY OF THE FILM UNCOUNTED: http://www.uncountedthemovie.com

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LWV, US links you to your State information. http://www.VOTE411.org
Check to be certain that you are registered to vote about a month
prior to the election.


The material expressed herein is the informed product of the author Kathy Dopp’s fact-finding and investigative efforts. Dopp is a Mathematician, Expert in election audit mathematics and procedures; in exit poll discrepancy analysis; and can be reached at

P.O. Box 680192
Park City, UT 84068
phone 435-658-4657

http://utahcountvotes.org
http://electionmathematics.org
http://electionarchive.org

How to Effectively Audit Election Outcome Accuracy
http://electionarchive.org/ucvAnalysis/US/paper-audits/VoteCountAuditBillRequest.pdf

History of Confidence Election Auditing Development & Overview of
Election Auditing Fundamentals
http://electionarchive.org/ucvAnalysis/US/paper-audits/History-of-Election-Auditing-Development.pdf

Voters Have Reason to Worry
http://utahcountvotes.org/UT/UtahCountVotes-ThadHall-Response.pd 

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