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Diebold - The face of modern ballot tampering
         by Faun Otter 

 You can't vote them out if....
 You never voted them in.

The lack of any exit polling on November 5 has been oddly ignored by the media. Those pesky tracking polls 
leading up to the elections have been explained away by a 'late surge to the Republicans' caused by.... hmmmm, 
how about sun spot activity? With no exit polls, there was no other feedback to conflict with the "official" results, 
this allowed the Diebold touch screen machines to change the way election fraud is carried out. 

Previously, election cheating was a complex matter of ballot tampering combined with sample skewing. 
That is to say, you screwed up ballots for your opponent with under or over votes, made sure that people likely to 
vote against you wouldn't even get that chance (the program of voter disenfranchisement in Florida) and padded 
your own vote total with such things as falsified absentee ballots. 

In the much more high tech world of Diebold electronics we are seeing a wonderfully efficient vote rigging system, 
the long proposed 'black box' technology. Imagine a black box in which you cannot see the workings. The only things 
you can discern are an input and an output; in this case votes go in and collated totals come out. There is no paper or
ink cartridges recording each individual vote cast to enable any cross check of the collated output.
The only information
you can 
know for sure is the total number of votes cast on the machine. Each vote is stripped of any information as
to who
cast that ballot to guarantee anonymity for the voters. You now have a system in which you have no way
to check
vote recording, vote collation and transmission of the collated totals out of the black box. 

The perfect crime? 

Not quite. 
Let me suggest an experiment. We take two 'markets' with similar socioeconomic mixtures and a well 
established record of moving in the same political direction. We provide them with candidates from party 
X and party Y. We then expose them to similar news stories, we spill TV and radio ads over between the 
markets to make the effects less 'local' and give them identical weather on election day. The differences 
between the markets are 1. the candidates and 2. the method of casting and counting the votes. 
We then take a series of tracking polls on the gap between the candidates leading up to election day. 

If we express the tracking poll data as the relative preference for the candidates (12 point lead by X, down one 
point from last week etc.), any substantial discrepancy between the forecast and actual election outcomes should 
arise from major news changes, the weather effects on turn out or a a social tendency to misrepresent voting intent. 
Since both groups get the same news, the same weather and have the same social tendencies, any difference 
between tracking poll and actual poll data should be in the same direction and of a similar magnitude. 

Sooooo...... how come the South Carolina elections had the Democrats doing much better than the  tracking 
poll data showed and the Georgia elections, in an area with the same weather, same news and same social values, 
had a massive swing in a single day after the last tracking poll, in the opposite direction? 
Could it be the Diebold touch screen machines in use across the entire state of Georgia but not used at all in SC? 

Of course, such a perfect method of mischief has been attempted before, 

http://www.votescam.com/frame.html
-- Go to the link marked "Chapters" and read all about it. 
Watch how few lines pass before the names Bush and Sununu come up. 
 

You can trim the wheels in mechanical voting machines but that is easier to spot than a computer program set 
up to be date sensitive so it causes only to 'misfunction' on November 5. The current problem with virtual ballot 
tampering was apparent as long ago as 1989.  Jonathan Vankin made this warning in "Metro: Silicon Valley's 
Weekly Newspaper," of Sept. 28, 1989 

"A single, Berkeley- based firm manufactures the software used in the machines that compile more than 
two-thirds of the nation's electronically-counted votes. Analysts describe the software as "spaghetti code," 
tangled strands of instructions indecipherable to outsiders. The experts say the code could be manipulated 
without detection. In fact, that may have happened already." 

http://www.conspire.com/vote-fraud.html

After systematic punch card fraud was revealed in the 2000 election, touch screens were proposed as a 
panacea and have been rapidly adopted against the warning of experts, 

"Critics warn local election officials could be trading one set of problems for another potentially as 
bad, or worse, than last year's election debacle. They vigorously argue that fully electronic systems 
pose data-security problems and lack a paper trail. "There's no way to independently verify that the 
voter's ballot as cast was actually the ballot being recorded by the machine,'' said Rebecca Mercuri, a 
computer scientist and visiting lecturer at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania." 

http://www.kioskcom.com/article_detail.php?ident=1021

It would be interesting to impound a few machines from the heaviest leaning Democratic areas in Georgia and 
reset the date in the machine to November 5, 2002. A hand counted series of inputs could be made to the 
machines. Note to James Baker: hand counting is the gold standard against which we check machine counting 
efficiency. An input of 500 or so 'dummy' votes could then be tabulated and the outcome checked against the 
inputs.  Of course, you could just check the software code. Except for one problem;  the company refuses to 
let anyone see their code on the grounds that is a trade secret. 

Oddly enough, Diebold aren't the only Republican partisans who "helped" select our candidates for office yesterday: 

"According to his press office, in 1995 Chuck Hagel resigned as CEO of American Information Systems (AIS), 
the voting machine company that counted the votes in his first Senatorial election in 1996. In January 1996 
Hagel resigned as president of McCarthy & Company, part of the McCarthy Group that are one of the current 
owners of Election Systems and Software (ES&S), which itself resulted from the merger of AIS and Business 
Records Corporation. According to publicist/writer Bev Harris, Hagel is still an investor in the McCarthy 
Group. ES&S is now the largest voting machine company in America. One of its largest owners is the 
ultra-conservative Omaha World-Herald Company." 

http://www.dissidentvoice.org/Articles/Landes_Ambush.htm
 

For more background reading on who gets to play with your ballot, see: 

http://www.talion.com/election-machines.html
 

Who are Diebold? 
The corporate officers are as thick as thieves with the Republican hard right religious nut division. 
For those who have been lucky enough to forget, Senator Faircloth was the protege of Jesse Helms in NC. 
It looks like the board and the directors were all putting up money for a Faircloth victory when Edwards 
took that senate seat. I wonder if they conspired to put things right.....? 

http://www.diebold.com/

Board of Directors 
Louis V. Bockius III (2,4,5) 
6/28/00 $15,000.00 
REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE - RNC 
11/3/00 $10,000.00 
REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE - RNC 
10/9/97 $1,000.00 
VOINOVICH FOR SENATE COMMITTEE 
10/9/97 $1,000.00 
VOINOVICH FOR SENATE COMMITTEE 

Christopher M. Connor 
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The 
Sherwin-Williams Company 
5/22/00 $1,000.00 
VOINOVICH FOR SENATE COMMITTEE 
3/30/00 $1,000.00 
DEWINE FOR US SENATE 
 

Gale S. Fitzgerald (2, 6) 
President and Chief Executive Officer , QP Group, Inc. 
7/12/00 $500.00 
NEW YORK REPUBLICAN FEDERAL CAMPAIGN COMMITTEE 
10/12/98 $200.00 
FRIENDS OF JOHN LAFALCE 
10/18/99 $1,000.00 
BUSH FOR PRESIDENT INC 
 

Donald R. Gant (1,3,5) 
Senior Director, The Goldman Sachs Group, L.P. 
 

L. Lindsey Halstead (2,3,6) 
Retired Chairman of the Board, Ford of Europe 
12/22/98 $500.00 
RNC REPUBLICAN NATIONAL STATE ELECTIONS COMMITTEE 
1/23/97 $500.00 
REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE - RNC 
5/27/97 $200.00 
REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE - RNC 
10/31/97 $500.00 
REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE - RNC 
12/28/99 $500.00 
REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE - RNC 
3/7/01 $300.00 
REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE 
6/12/01 $200.00 
REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE 
11/27/01 $200.00 
REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE 
1/24/02 $500.00 
REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE 
 

Phillip B. Lassiter (1,3,6) 
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Ambac Financial Group, Inc. 
4/16/98 $250.00 
NATIONAL REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE 
CONTRIBUTIONS 
9/21/98 $250.00 
NATIONAL REPUBLICAN CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEE 
CONTRIBUTIONS 

John N. Lauer (1,4,5) 
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Oglebay Norton Co. 
10/10/00 $1,000.00 
DEWINE FOR US SENATE 
8/23/00 $250.00 
REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE - RNC 
3/17/97 $1,000.00 
VOINOVICH FOR SENATE COMMITTEE 

Walden W. O'Dell 
Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer, Diebold 
2/14/01 $2,015.00 
RNC REPUBLICAN NATIONAL STATE ELECTIONS COMMITTEE 
12/17/97 $1,000.00 
VOINOVICH FOR SENATE COMMITTEE 
1/30/01 $3,950.00 
RNC REPUBLICAN NATIONAL STATE ELECTIONS COMMITTEE 
8/16/01 $500.00 
VOINOVICH FOR SENATE COMMITTEE 
12/17/97 $1,000.00 
VOINOVICH FOR SENATE COMMITTEE 
6/30/00 $1,000.00 
DEWINE FOR US SENATE 
 

Eric J. Roorda 
Former Chairman, Procomp Amazonia Industria Eletronica, S.A. 
W.R. Timken Jr. (2,3,4) 
Chairman , The Timken Company 
6/23/00 $50,000.00 
RNC REPUBLICAN NATIONAL STATE ELECTIONS COMMITTEE 
6/8/01 $100,000.00 
2001 PRESIDENT'S DINNER - NON-FEDERAL TRUST 
3/14/01 $10,000.00 
RNC REPUBLICAN NATIONAL STATE ELECTIONS COMMITTEE 
8/19/99 $15,000.00 
RNC REPUBLICAN NATIONAL STATE ELECTIONS COMMITTEE 
11/3/00 $15,000.00 
RNC REPUBLICAN NATIONAL STATE ELECTIONS COMMITTEE 
2/22/02 $1,000.00 
RELY ON YOUR BELIEFS FUND 
6/12/02 $1,000.00 
OHIO'S REPUBLICAN SALUTE 

Corporate Officers 

Walden W. O'Dell 
Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer, Diebold (See above) 

Wesley B. Vance 
Chief Operating Officer 
8/16/01 $500.00 
VOINOVICH FOR SENATE COMMITTEE 

Michael J. Hillock 
President, Diebold International 
11/18/97 $500.00 
FAIRCLOTH FOR SENATE COMMITTEE 1998 

David Bucci 
Senior Vice President, Customer Solutions Group 
11/18/97 $500.00 
FAIRCLOTH FOR SENATE COMMITTEE 1998 

James L.M. Chen 
Vice President and Managing Director, Asia-Pacific 

Warren W. Dettinger 
Vice President, General Counsel and Assistant 
Secretary 
11/18/97 $300.00 
FAIRCLOTH FOR SENATE COMMITTEE 1998 
1/30/97 $250.00 
DEWINE FOR U S SENATE (2000) 

Donald E. Eagon, Jr. 
Vice President, Global Communications & Investor 
Relations 
11/18/97 $300.00 
FAIRCLOTH FOR SENATE COMMITTEE 1998 

Charee Francis-Vogelsang 
Vice President and Secretary 

Larry D. Ingram 
Vice President, Procurement and Services 
1/30/97 $250.00 
DEWINE FOR U S SENATE (2000) 
11/18/97 $300.00 
FAIRCLOTH FOR SENATE COMMITTEE 1998 

Dennis M. Moriarty 
Vice President, Customer Business Solutions 
11/18/97 $300.00 
FAIRCLOTH FOR SENATE COMMITTEE 1998 

Anthony J. Rusciano 
Vice President, National Accounts 
11/18/97 $300.00 
FAIRCLOTH FOR SENATE COMMITTEE 1998 
--- Hey Tony! Listing yourself as "retired" and using 
your vacation home address to avoid campaign donation 
limits is a tad naughty don't you think? 

Charles B. Scheurer 
Vice President, Corporate Human Resources 
11/18/97 $300.00 
FAIRCLOTH FOR SENATE COMMITTEE 1998 

Ernesto R. Unanue 
Vice President and Managing Director, Latin America 

Robert J. Warren 
Vice President and Treasurer 
11/18/97 $300.00 
FAIRCLOTH FOR SENATE COMMITTEE 1998 

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