Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Numerous Election Irregularities

Diebold's GEMS - Vote-Counting Software Bugs

It seems that Obama's Democrats have more than just John McCain's republicans to worry about come election day, November 4, 2008. Oblivious to the press, there are countless election irregularities taking place in the election process.

According to votersunite.org, in Palm Beach County, Florida elections officials have been stumped about 3,400 missing ballots. Problems have been reported with the Sequoia Optical-Scan Voting Systems and some 16,632 votes have been reportedly unaccounted for in the County's Primary Election.

In Colorado, Holly Lowder - State Election Director abruptly resigned after it was revealed that she was having an extra-marital affair with the contractor that provided the registration roll software to the State. This is in the face of what promises to be one of the largest, most important and potentially closest elections in the state's history.

The dysfunctional state of certification, de-certification and re-certification of e-voting system in the Centennial State for the last 2-years are under the current Secretary of State, Republican Mike Coffman who is overseeing his own election for the U.S. House this November. What could be more incredulous?

This gets more intriguing - the Texas-based Premier Elections Solutions (Diebold) sold $1.5 billion worth of voting equipment nationwide since 2003 but refused to address a problem in the tabulation software affecting all 19 of its models dating back a decade. Diebold has confirmed that their tabulator software, known as GEMS, used all across the nation, in as many as 34 states, does not count votes correctly.

Worse than not counting, it actually loses votes by not counting them but does not alert the system operator that the votes were not counted. Instead, it tells the system administrator that the votes were correctly counted. This is a bug in Diebold's software and this has not been fixed to date, less than 60-days away from the 2008 Presidential elections. What, are we serious about the democratic process? Aren't we the democracy that the whole world watches and looks to for advice and guidance on how to run FREE and FAIR elections?

Film-maker, David Earnhardt and a crew have produced a documentary on the integrity of the elections called: Uncounted: The New Math of American Elections that premiered on several pay cable network outlets starting on August 25th. It is a searing indictment of the election process as it affected 2004 and 2006 elections and it appears is well on track to also affect the outcome of 2008 elections. You can watch it on several Starz cable network channels from August 25 through early October 2008.

It is in the interest of everyone that is registered to vote and plans to cast a ballot on election day, November 4th to read The Brad Blog as the amount of discrepancies and irregularities are numerous and far-reaching. This is an even more compelling reason that everyone - EVERYONE OF VOTING AGE needs to register and GO TO THE POLLS.

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