Why trust Republican machines to count Democratic votes?If the following hadn't been falsely attributed (by many people) to Josef Stalin,
I would love to be able to claim credit for it myself :
"It's not the people who CAST votes who matter,
but the people who COUNT them."
So long as the Republicans continue to be the sole providers of the voting machines, they could care less how many "voters" the Democrats can get to the polls! The chart on this page was designed to clarify and reinforce the extremely important revelations uncovered by reporter Bev Harris, in a new book called "Black Box Voting". The original story is at www.blackboxvoting.com/hagel.html.
When Chuck Hagel became the first Republican in generations to win a U.S. Senate seat in the state of Nebraska, the Washington Post characterized Hagelís election as the biggest upset of the 1996 election season.
What the public did not know then, nor when he ran for re-election and won in 2002 was that Chuck Hagel was the Owner, Chairman and/or CEO of the company that did all of the counting of the votes in the elections that declared HIM the winner!
( from LarryFlynt.com, if I am not mistaken )
|The TRUTH about Hagel :||What Sen. Hagel SAYS :||JUDGEMENT :|
|Chuck Hagel ran for one of Nebraskaís two U.S. Senate seats in 1996 and then in 2002. When the votes were counted by the machines and the software provided by the company which he owned and/or headed, Chuck Hagel was declared "the winner".||Far from informing those with the right to know about the phenomenal "conflict of interest" involved here, Chuck Hagel has done his best to hide and/or deny it.||Is it proper for the judge or referee of any contest to even be a contestant in such a contest, let alone declare himself the winner?|
|Hagel was Chairman of American Information Systems, now called E.S.& S., from July 1992 until March 15 1995.||He did not disclose these positions on his Federal Election Commission "Personal Disclosure" statements, as the law requires.||Is it ethical, legal and/or compatible with Christianity for Chuck Hagel to be in the U.S. Senate?|
|Hagel was CEO of American Information Systems, now called E.S.& S., from November 1993 through June 2, 1994.||He did not disclose these positions on his Federal Election Commission "Personal Disclosure" statements, as the law requires.||Is it ethical, legal and/or compatible with Christianity for Chuck Hagel to be in the U.S. Senate?|
|INSTEAD, his office issued a fact sheet claiming that he had made full disclosure|
|Just recently (Jan. 2003) Hagel's campaign finance director, admitted to The Hill newspaper that Hagel is still an owner* of the McCarthy Group, ( E.S.& S.' parent company,) (*Hagel has had up to $5 million the McCarthy Group throughout 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, and 2001.)||when interviewed by Channel 8 News in Lincoln, Nebraska for the evening news on October 22, 2002, Hagelís office said he had sold his shares before he was elected.||Is it ethical, legal and/or compatible with Christianity for Chuck Hagel to be in the U.S. Senate?|
|Hagelís campaign finance director, admitted to The Hill newspaper that Hagel also had owned shares in AIS Investors Inc., a group of investors in E.S.& S. itself.||Hagel did not disclose owning or selling shares in American Information Systems Investors Inc. on his FEC documents, a required disclosure, nor did he disclose||Is it ethical, legal and/or compatible with Christianity for Chuck Hagel to be in the U.S. Senate?|
|Although Hagel's campaign finance director, admitted to The Hill newspaper that Hagel was a $5 million owner of the McCarthy Group throughout 1996-2001,||
when Victor Baird of the Senate Ethics Committee asked Hagel in 1997 to clarify the nature of his investment in McCarthy Group reported on his 1996 FEC statement, Hagel wrote "none" next to "type of investment" for McCarthy Group.
In response to Bairdís letter, Hagel filed an amendment characterizing the McCarthy Group as an "Excepted Investment Fund," a designation for widely held, publicly available mutual funds.
Although Chuck Hagel never disclosed his indirect ownership of E.S.& S., it appears no one questioned either this omission, nor his curious characterization of the McCarthy Group, a privately held company that is not listed on any public brokerage.
|Is it ethical, legal and/or compatible with Christianity for Chuck Hagel to be in the U.S. Senate?|
|Hagel's campaign finance director, Michael McCarthy is currently an owner and a director of E.S.& S.)|
|What are the ramifications of the immoral and illegal seating of Republican Chuck Hagel, instead of Democrat , Charlie Matulka, in the U.S. Senate? There are no doubt consequences for the state of Nebraska, but the consequences for the whole of the United States are ENORMOUS, because control of the U.S. Senate hinged on the Republicans having more Senate seats than the Democrats during several of these years, and that was NOT the case if Republican Hagel's seat rightfully belonged to his Democratic rival.||Would the nation have accepted the election of a Republican, which gave control of the U.S. Senate to the Republican Party, if it had known that Hagel owned and/or held key positions in the company that counted the votes in his and in OTHER important elections in America.|
|Paragons of ethics, morality and godliness that they are, the leaders of the Republican Party and of the Religious Right, are no doubt all going to compete with one another to be the first to condemn these offenses against ethics, the law and/or religion.|
Efforts to ACHIEVE Justice
Efforts to DENY Justice
|Hagelís challenger in the Nebraska Senate race, Charlie Matulka, wrote to Baird in October 2002 to request an investigation into Hagelís ownership in and nondisclosure of E.S.& S.||Baird replied, "Your complaint lacks merit and no further action is appropriate with respect to the matter, which is hereby dismissed," in a letter dated November 18, 2002.|
|Harris spoke with Victor Baird of the Senate Ethics Committee office January 9, and asked him who is responsible for ensuring that FEC disclosures are complete. She asked whether anyone had followed up to see why Senator Hagel did not list his positions with the voting machine company, and she asked about his characterization of the McCarthy Group as an "excepted investment fund" and his failure to disclose that it owned E.S.& S..||Baird was silent, and then said "If you want to look into this, youíll need to come in and get hold of the documents."|
|When Alexander Bolton, a reporter at The Hill, went to the Senate Public Documents Room to retrieve originals of Hagelís 1995 and 1996 documents . . .||Bolton was told they were destroyed "They said anything over five years old is destroyed by law, and they pulled out the law," says Bolton.|
|However, when Bolton spoke with Hagelís staff, they said they had obtained the documents from Senate Ethics Committee files.|
|Baird told Bolton that the McCarthy Group did not seem to qualify as an "excepted investment fund."||Baird reportedly met with Hagelís staff on Friday, Jan. 25 and Monday, Jan. 27, 2002. Then, also on Monday, he resigned.|
|(Though experts disagree, saying that a privately held company like the McCarthy Group cannot be called "publicly available" in order to avoid disclosing underlying assetsÖ)||On Monday afternoon Bairdís replacement, Robert Walker, provided a new, looser interpretation of "publicly available"|
|Charlie Matulka, the candidate who ran against Chuck Hagel in Nebraskaís U.S. Senate race in November 2002, also wrote to the Nebraska Secretary of State and to state elections officials in October 2002. He pointed out that his opponent had ties to E.S.& S., and asked them to look into the conflict of interest,||but candidate Matulka received no answer.|
|Several Nebraska E.S.& S. machines malfunctioned on Election Day, and Matulka filed a request for a hand count on December 10, 2002.||Matulkaís appeal was denied, because Nebraska has a new law that prohibits election workers from looking at the paper ballots, even in a recount. The only machines permitted to count votes in Nebraska are E.S.& S, i.e. Chuck Hagelís.|
Dan Spillane, a former Senior Test Engineer for a voting machine company, believes that the computerized voting machine industry is riddled with system integrity flaws.
"The problems are systemic," Spillane says, and he contends that the certification process itself cannot be trusted.
Shortly before a General Accounting Office audit, Dan Spillane was fired, and so was his supervisor, who had also expressed concerns about system integrity.
|Despite industry characterizations that the code is checked line by line, this does not appear to be the case. Spillane points to frequent, critical errors that occur in actual elections and identifies omissions in the testing procedures themselves. His own experience as a voting machine test engineer led him to address his concerns about integrity flaws with the owner of the voting machine company, who then suggested that he resign. He did not, but||But even if certification becomes adequate, nothing guarantees that machines used in actual elections use the same programming code that was certified. Machines with adjusted code can be loaded onto delivery trucks with inside involvement of only ONE person. To make matters worse, "program patches" and substitutions are made in vote-counting programs without examination of the new codes, and manufacturers often e-mail technicians uncertified program "updates" which they install on machines immediately before and on Election Day.|
|Election Technology Labs quit certifying voting machines in 1992. Its founder, Arnold B. Urken, says that the manufacturers, specifically E.S.& S. (then American Information Systems), refused to allow the detailed examination of code needed to ensure system integrity.||Both Sequoia touch screen machines and Diebold Accuvote machines appear to have "back door" mechanisms which may allow reprogramming after votes have been cast. Dieboldís Accuvote machines were developed by a company founded by Bob Urosevich, a CEO of Diebold Election Systems and Global Election Systems, which Diebold acquired. Together with his brother Todd, he also founded E.S.& S., where Todd Urosevich still works. E.S.& S. and Sequoia use identical software and hardware in their optical scan machines. All three companiesí machines have miscounted recent elections, sometimes electing the wrong candidates in races that were not particularly close|
|Wyle Labs refused to test voting machine software after 1996; testing then went to Nichols Research, and then passed to PSINet, and then to Metamor, and most recently to Ciber.|
|Copies of the documents are available at OpenSecrets.org/pfds
– a repository for FEC disclosures.
For more information, call 425-228-7131.
for his "TruVote System"
"After more than 1 million votes went uncounted in the last presidential election, Athan Gibbs Sr. devoted his life to making sure voters in future elections would know their votes mattered.
The enterprising 57-year-old saw his invention of the TruVote vote-casting system as nothing less than the key to social justice and democracy in America. . .
Mr. Gibbs spent about three years and roughly $2 million ó including thousands of dollars from his own bank account ó to develop and market the electronic vote-casting system. TruVote allows voters to touch their candidates' names on a computer screen and receive receipts of their vote at the end of the process. They can then go to a Web site, punch in their voter validation number and make sure their vote was recorded.
U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, a Democrat who represents Davidson, the eastern half of Cheatham and the western half of Wilson County in Congress, said the TruVote system was ''one of the most promising technologies in the world for fixing democracies.''
'He loved God, he loved people and he loved democracy, and we're going to keep his dream going,'' said Mr. Gibbs' 25-year-old son, Jonathan, who worked with his father on the project. ''It's more important than ever now to make sure his vision becomes a reality'. . .
His quests for democracy and social equality also were driven by his religious faith, and he served as an associate minister at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Nashville. 'As an African-American clergyman, Athan was consumed by a desire for justice, equality and freedom for all people,' said the Rev. Enoch Fuzz, pastor of Corinthian Missionary Baptist Church. 'And, he just ran out full speed ahead and tried to accomplish that.'
There is much more where this came from, at