- April '09 - In Memoriam
We have lost John Gideon.
Very sad news (April 28, 2009) that our admired and beloved John Gideon passed away yesterday, of a sudden attack of bacterial meningitis.
John had researched and published, for five years, the "DVN" - Daily Voting News - keeping his readers informed on the bad and the good about election systems integrity. And with Ellen Thiesen, they maintained
Their byline - The Creekside Declaration - says it so very strongly and eloquently:
"Mission: To encourage citizen ownership of transparent, participatory democracy."
The Story of John Gideon, on BradBlog
- March '09 -
Internet Voting Keeps showing up
Time and again, place after place, we keep seeing proposals and actual use of internet voting -- a very dangerous proposition for democracy!
New Page; Just on Internet Voting
- October '08 -
A summary paper, by Steven Wolff
One of the members of our WFV group, Steven Wolff, has assembled a discussion paper which addresses the four major segments of
the voting system, and reviews the likelihood of integrity errors for each.
His paper (14 pages, PDF, 500KB) is available here:
Steven looks at the Election System in four sections/phases of the activity:
"...the categories of fraud which US voters and democracy face include:
Steven is open to suggestions for improvements to the paper. You may communicate to him through
this email address
- Registration Fraud
- Voter Fraud
- Voter Suppression
- Election Fraud...."
Supplementing his paper, here is a chart of the voter turnout and percentage VBM, in Whatcom County:
(click on thumbnail chart for large image)
- August '08 -
More from Brasil
4. Case of the Developments in Alagoas State - The Inquisition Impedided - compared to the Ohio case of 2006/2008
Until August 2008, almost two years after it found the
problems in the log files in Alagoas, the Brazilian Federal Electoral Administration
has not permitted that an independent review was developed regarding the
balloting system used in 2006.
It is interesting to the development of a comparison
legal / administrative process occurred in this case of Alagoas with that
occurred in the U.S. state of Ohio, also in 2006, to highlight the
differences that resulted in a lawsuit against the manufacturer of the voting machines.
- March '08 -
Another dangerous program - just starting
Brazil again. Not only do they have DRE's
without paper ballots or concurrent paper trails, now they have started a program
which is reported to fingerprint every voter, and use the fingerprints live at the DRE polling-places to
"identify the voters".
I have prepared a translation of
by Engineer Amilcar Brunazo Filho, from Portuguese to English.
- January '08 -
Holt's New Bill
Here is the new Bill by Rep Rush Holt, of NJ, (in two versions from two sources).
(Our thanks to colleague Steve Wolff for getting this copy)
- timeless -
What Black Box Voting says about us:
- February '08 -
A Dangerous Experiment - Ongoing Now!!
The Democratic Party's Dangerous Experiment
is actively running right now - Voting on the Internet!
Can you imagine this?
Well, more than just imagining - believe it -- it is real.
Here is the article about this next push for internet voting:
original: - at Vote Trust USA (VoteTrustUSA.org)
Related website: ServeSecurityReport.org
And, with my knowledge of Brazil and their situation, I have also prepared a translation of
this article into Portuguese.
- December '07 -
The Two-Votes Exploit
Why are we so insistent on hacopaba?
Protection against any and all computerized fraud is the sole reason.
We hesitated to publish this exploit, at the risk of facilitating its use,
but otherwise the public and elections offices might not know about it, thus not prepare defenses.
How one person can throw an election....
- November '07 -
The Costs of Hand Counting
The fundamental weakness of computerized voting and counting is the lack of transparency. What does the alternative and the double-checking method (HCPB) cost?
Calculate it yourself
- August '07 -
E-Voting in Brazil - The Risks to Democracy
"....Brazil's introduction of e-voting [in 2002] offers a cautionary tale of supply-driven technological implication.
The purpose of this paper is to demonstrate how the introduction of e-voting in Brazil is highly risky to democracy due to the lack of emphasis on security and the lack of a socially informed and socially driven approach to technological innovation...."
Rodrigues, Alexander & Batista
- October '07 -
My own county got hit with somebody else's error last week. We'll get thru it OK, but it points up the
fundamental weakness of computerized voting.
- October '07 -
Why I worry!
Federal Bills by Holt & Feinstein!
These bills are still pending. (See details below.)
- May '07 -
Teresa tell the US Congress...
Original Version, at: WheresThePaper.org
- July '07 -
Federal Bills by Holt & Feinstein!
These bills are still pending, while activists "discuss" the good and the bad of them, and the proponents do amendments.
For several months, a heated debate has been running, in the trenches of the national voting integrity movement.
And the text of the bills keeps changing (which can be good or bad)!
The latest (July 27) version of Holt HR 811 is here, at:
There is still no solid agreement among the activists, and
time is running out to be able to have good systems in place for the national elections of 2008!
One group of activists has decided to post a fascinating summary of the discussion.
Please visit Black Box Voting forums at:
6-28-07: Debate with a Chair (Part 1)...
and the successive segments of the pro's and con's.
Text was posted at Thomas
S. 1487 - copy here
There was a Senate Heading on this bill on July 18th, 2007.
Original bill in PDF at blackboxvoting.org
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