Re: Drive Carefully

From: Eron Lloyd <elloyd_at_lancaster_dot_lib_dot_pa_dot_us>
Date: Fri Mar 19 2004 - 11:28:08 CST

Wow, that's horrible. You won't see this make the news (because Courtney Love
getting arrested and Whitney Houston checking herself into rehab are much
more important. We need to take this project very seriously.

Taking a closer look at their solution, it looks (UI-wise) exactly like the
kind of system I'd like to see. I'm assuming though, however it is not
open-source nor is it a paper-ballot based system. Is this correct?


On Friday 19 March 2004 12:03 pm, Arthur Keller wrote:
> >Date: Fri, 19 Mar 2004 01:13:05 -0800
> >From: Debbie Mytels
> >Subject: "Another mysterioius accident"
> >
> >Stories like this make me wonder about the
> >possibility that something really nasty is going
> >on...
> >and whatever one can speculate about his death,
> >it's clear that this man was a hero. What a
> >loss!
> >
> >Looking forward to seeing you at Joan Paulin's on Sunday afternoon, 3 to
> > 6.
> >
> >Debbie
> >- - - - - - - - -
> >
> >Published on Wednesday, March 17, 2004 by the Free Press / Columbus, Ohio
> >Death of a Patriot: No More 'Blind Faith Voting'
> >by Bob Fitrakis
> >
> >The subject line on yesterday's email read: "Another mysterious accident
> >solves a Bush problem. Athan Gibbs dead, Diebold
> >lives." The attached news story
> >briefly described the untimely Friday, March 12th death of perhaps
> > America's most influential advocate of a verified voting paper trail in
> > the era of touch screen computer voting. Gibbs, an accountant for more
> > than 30 years and the inventor of the TruVote system, died when his
> >vehicle collided with an 18-wheeled
> >truck which rolled his Chevy Blazer several times and forced it over the
> >highway retaining wall where it came to rest on its roof.
> >
> >Gibbs' death bears heightened scrutiny because of the way he lived his
> > life after the 2000 Florida election debacle. I interviewed Athan Gibbs
> > in January of this year. "I've been an accountant, an
> >auditor, for more than thirty years.
> >Electronic voting machines that don't supply a paper trail go against
> > every principle of accounting and auditing that's being taught in
> > American business schools," he insisted.
> >
> >"These machines are set up to provide paper trails. No business in America
> >would buy a machine that didn't provide a paper trail to audit and verify
> > its transaction. Now, they want the people to purchase machines that you
> > can't audit? It's absurd."
> >
> >Gibbs was in Columbus, Ohio proudly displaying his TruVote machine that
> >offered a "VVPAT, that's a voter verified paper audit trail" he noted.
> >
> >Gibbs also suggested that I look into the "people behind the other
> > machines." He offered that "Diebold and ES& S are real interesting and
> > all Republicans. If you're an investigative reporter go ahead and
> > investigate. You'll find some interesting material."
> >
> >Gibbs' TruVote machine is a marvel. After voters touch the screen, a paper
> >ballot prints out under plexiglass and once the
> >voter compares it to his actual
> >vote and approves it, the ballot drops into a lockbox and is issued a
> > numbered receipt. The voter's receipt allows the track his particular
> > vote to make sure that it was transferred from the polling place to the
> > election tabulation center.
> >
> >My encounter with Gibbs led to a cover story in the Columbus Free Press
> >March-April issue, entitled, "Diebold,
> >electronic voting and the vast right-wing
> >conspiracy." The thesis I advanced in the Free
> >Press article is that some of the
> >same right-wing individuals who backed the CIA's covert actions and
> >overthrowing of democratic elections in the
> >Third World in the 1980s are now involved
> >in privatized touch screen voting. Additionally I co-wrote an article with
> >Harvey Wasserman that was posted at on March 5, 2004. Both
> >articles outlined ties between far right
> >elements of the Republican Party and Diebold
> >and ES&S, which count the majority of the nation's electronic votes.
> >
> >As I wrote in the Free Press article, "Proponents of a paper trail were
> >emboldened when Athan Gibbs, President and CEO of TruVote International,
> >demonstrated a voting machine at a vendor's fair
> >in Columbus that provides two separate
> >voting receipts."
> >
> >In an interview on WVKO radio, Gibbs calmly and methodically explained the
> >dangers of "black box" touch screen voting. "It
> >absolutely makes no sense to buy
> >electronic voting machines that can't produce a paper trail. Inevitably,
> >computers mess up. How are you going to have a
> >recount, or correct malfunctions
> >without a paper trail?
> >
> >Now, the man asking the obvious question, and demonstrating an obvious
> >tangible solution is dead in another tragic
> >accident, a week after both articles
> >were in circulation. When I called TruVote
> >International to verify Gibbs' death,
> >I reached Chief Financial Officer Adrenne Brandon who assured me "We're
> > going on in his memory. We're going to make this happen." Every American
> > concerned with democracy should pledge to make this happen. To beat back
> > the rush for state governments to purchase privatized, partisan and
> > unreliable electronic voting machines without verified paper trails.
> >
> >Gibbs' last words to me were "How do explain what happened to Senator Max
> >Cleland in Georgia. How do you explain that? The Maryland study and the
> > Johns Hopkins scientists have warned us against 'blind
> >faith voting.' These systems can
> >be hacked into. They found patches in Georgia and the people servicing the
> >machine had entered the machines during the voting process. How can we the
> >people accept this? No more blind faith voting."
> >
> >Dr. Bob Fitrakis is Senior Editor of The Free Press
> > (, a political science professor, and author of
> > numerous articles and books.
> >
> > 1970-2004 The Columbus Free Press
> >
> >--

Eron Lloyd
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