The Voting Integrity Project
A public interest initiative of The Peacemakers of Schoharie County
Po Box 214, Cobleskill, NY 12043
25 September 2007
New York State Board of Elections
Neil W. Kelleher, Co-Chairman
Douglas A. Kellner, Co-Chairman
Evelyn J. Aquila, Commissioner
Helena Moses Donohue, Commissioner
40 Steuben St.
Albany, NY 12207-2108
This communication concerns the responsibility and trustworthiness of two potential New York State Board of Elections vendors.
The Voting Integrity Project has become aware of two investigative reports prepared by Dan Rather and first aired on satellite channel HD Net August 14 2007.
In the first half of his program, "The Trouble With Touchscreens," Rather deals with manufacturing problems with ES&S ivotronics machines. The report reveals that ES&S was aware of the vote-flipping problems with the ivotronics but chose to deliver the defective machines anyway. The defective ivotronics machines are apparently the cause of the unusually large under vote in the 2006 13th CD contest in Florida. That contest result has been challenged by candidate Jennings and remains unresolved.
The second half of Dan Rather’s report concerns Sequoia Pacific’s sabotage of the 2000 presidential election. Sabotage might sound severe but after viewing the video you will appreciate the gravity of Sequoia’s actions. The report features interviews with seven former employees of Sequoia Pacific who provide considerable detail about sub-standard paper and non-standard printing specifications employed in the manufacture of the punch cards used in Florida.
The defective Sequoia punch card ballots resulted in the hanging chads infamous from the Gore-Bush contest recount.
The Voting Integrity Project believes that ES&S and Sequoia are revealed to be untrustworthy by the evidence provided in these reports and must not be considered viable New York State Board of Elections voting system vendors. A review of the evidence presented in these investigative reports will surely result in a negative Vendor Responsibility Investigation finding.
For The Voting Integrity Project,
Wayne Stinson, Coordinator
Cc: Governor Eliot Spitzer,
New York State Comptroller
Enclosure: "The Trouble With Touchscreens" DVD.
Also available at http://www.hd.net/drr227.html .