Monday, October 15, 2007

US Attorney warned about voting machine companies

The Voting Integrity Project
A public interest initiative of The Peacemakers of Schoharie County
Po Box 214, Cobleskill, NY 12043

25 September 2007

Glenn T. Suddaby, United States AttorneyPost Office Box 7198100 South Clinton StreetSyracuse, NY 13261-7198

For the past several years The Voting Integrity Project has toiled to convince election officials and elected leaders that electronic voting machines and the companies that make them are not trustworthy.

The Peacemakers Voting Integrity Project and many similar citizen groups across the country have been frustrated by dismissive election administrators, disinterested political leaders, and a seemingly oblivious news media. Now, thankfully, it seems we are witnessing a resurgence of responsible journalism.

On August 14th the satellite channel HD Net aired an important production of Dan Rather Reports titled: The Trouble With Touch Screens? This hour long program included two investigative reports concerning apparent voting machine failures. Mr. Rather was successful in finding witnesses willing to speak out about the incompetence and criminality of two voting machine manufacturers, Election Software and Services (ES&S) and Sequoia Pacific.

If the New York State Board of Elections continues true to form there will be no reaction to the information provided by Dan Rather and HD NET. We have provided this same material to them because these two voting machine manufacturers are seeking contracts with New York State.

We have enclosed a copy of "The Trouble With Touchscreens" for your information. Also enclosed are copies of two letters to the New York State Board of Elections, one concerning the Dan Rather Report and an April 2007 communication concerning the probable criminal activity of the Nedap voting machine company.

The Voting Integrity Project is providing this information so the US Attorney’s office will be fully aware of the problems with electronic voting machines and the privatization of our elections. We believe this is critically important in light of the Justice Department’s legal challenge to New York State’s HAVA compliance, and, should electronic voting machines eventually be imposed on New York’s voters, the very real possibility that similar crimes as those visited upon Florida and The Netherlands will be again be committed in New York State.
Thank you for your attention to this matter.

For The Voting Integrity Project,

Wayne Stinson, Coordinator

Cc: New York State Attorney General, Andrew Como, State Capital, Albany, NY 12224-0341

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