Diebold hearing, Sacramento, May 19th - BE THERE!

From: Jim March <jmarch_at_prodigy_dot_net>
Date: Wed May 04 2005 - 12:20:26 CDT


On May 19th 2005 there will be a meeting regarding the certification of
a whole slew of Diebold voting products. You can refer to the SecState's
agenda here:


This hearing is our golden opportunity to throw Diebold out of this
state once and for all. Back around April of '04 the Shelley-era VSPP
came close but then pressure seems to have triggered a "back off on
Diebold" effect...culminating in some of the SecState's office's
documents damning Diebold getting *purged* as active links on the
SecState's site.

WE NEED BODIES. We need mass public protest of the level we achieved
January through April of '04. We need to come back and say WE'VE HAD ENOUGH.

Even if you're not going to speak, we STILL need you as a "time waver" -
you fill out the speaker card but give your two minutes of time to Bev
Harris, myself or some other key speaker. We need to organize this ahead
of time outside, look for organizers with black armbands if you can help
out in this critical area - two minutes isn't enough time to discuss the
crimes committed by Diebold Election Systems!


Office of the Secretary of State
1500 11th Street
1st Floor Auditorium
Sacramento, California 95814

This is at the "Archives Plaza" light rail station - the station is
literally right at the front door of the place.

WHEN: 10:00am but show up a bit early so we can organize.

y'all can do your proposal. Here's the cool part: anybody can speak on
multiple agenda items and a person who speaks on one item can be a
time-waver on another, or a time-waver on multiple. So we can get Alan
or other OVC people enough time to talk, although I recommend not going
overboard...use what time you need and no more.


* A few days before the meeting, the "staff report recommendations" (the
"discussion starting point") for the major agenda items will be posted
at the SecState's website next to the agenda. It's not there yet but
look for it and read it over as it's an important guide to "where their
heads are already at", what their concerns are, what they're glossing
over...it will be at:


Item: Instant Runoff Voting has been approved by public vote in Berkeley
but is being wrongfully held up in Alameda County. See also:


The BlackBoxVoting public comments on this meeting as prepared by myself
with the assistance of Bev and other members of the board of directors
of BBV is available at:


It is a VERY powerful document.

Issues in brief:

Just looking at the SecState's meeting agenda linked above, at least one
bit is brand new, a Diebold "paper trail version" touchscreen.

There's the obligatory "update du jure" to GEMS.

But MOST surprisingly, software that they've been distributing all along
and illegally withholding from certification are now supposedly
"Federally certified" and are being run through the state cert process.
These three bits are all connected to the smartcards and are items
complained about by Bev Harris and myself as far back as late 2003/early
2004: "Spyrus voter card encoder", "Key Card Tool software", "VC
Programmer software".

Three problems:

1) How come nobody at the state or Fed certification systems noticed
these needed cert before?

2) How is it that these "newly Federally certified pieces" are certified
to 2002 standards yet are closely integrated into everything else which
is certified to 1990 Federal Elections Commission standards? How can two
different security process standards be used to evaluate two different
parts of one overall package?

3) Why is it that ONLY those pieces of custom code Bev and I caught them
at are the ones being "brought into the light" now? Did Bev, myself and
the rest of the activist community spot EVERY problem? It doesn't seem
likely since we can't get full access to this stuff to check them out!!!

There are numberous other problems with continuing to rely on Diebold.
The legality of the certifications of all their products are in question
in part due to the individualized login requirements (a security
*basic*) found in the FEC standards from both 1990 and 2002 and
functionally missing from GEMS.

Details are in:


There will yet more damaging revelations on Diebold prior to the May
19th meeting that I can't go into right now. Let's just say...Bev has
been VERY busy :).


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