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ryan griffis on Fri, 5 Nov 2004 00:34:44 +0100 (CET)


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<nettime> Call for audit of election results - computers may have been hacked


This nonpartisan, nonprofit consumer protection group for elections is

filing a FOIA calling for an independent audit of the elections,
following evidence that the central computers were hacked on election
night.
Please see this site: http://www.blackboxvoting.org/
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Voting without auditing. (Are we insane?)

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON Nov 3 2004 -- Did the voting machines trump exit
polls? There's a way to find out.

Black Box Voting (.ORG) is conducting the largest Freedom of Information
action in history. At 8:30 p.m. Election Night, Black Box Voting
blanketed the U.S. with the first in a series of public records
requests, to obtain internal computer logs and other documents from
3,000 individual counties and townships. Networks called the election
before anyone bothered to perform even the most rudimentary audit.

America: We have permission to say No to unaudited voting. It is our
right.  Among the first requests sent to counties (with all kinds of
voting systems -- optical scan, touch-screen, and punch card) is a
formal records request for internal audit logs, polling place results
slips, modem transmission logs, and computer trouble slips.  An earlier
FOIA is more sensitive, and has not been disclosed here. We will notify
you as soon as we can go public with it.

Such a request filed in King County, Washington on Sept. 15, following
the primary election six weeks ago, uncovered an internal audit log
containing a three-hour deletion on election night; "trouble slips"
revealing suspicious modem activity; and profound problems with
security, including accidental disclosure of critically sensitive remote
access information to poll workers, office personnel, and even, in a
shocking blunder, to Black Box Voting activists.

Black Box Voting is a nonpartisan, nonprofit consumer protection group
for elections. You may view the first volley of public records requests
here: Freedom of Information requests here

Responses from public officials will be posted in the forum, is
organized by state and county, so that any news organization or citizens
group has access to the information. Black Box Voting will assist in
analysis, by providing expertise in evaluating the records. Watch for
the records online; Black Box Voting will be posting the results as they
come in. And by the way, these are not free. The more donations we get,
the more FOIAs we are empowered to do. Time's a'wasting.

We look forward to seeing you participate in this process. Join us in
evaluating the previously undisclosed inside information about how our
voting system works.

Play a part in reclaiming transparency. It's the only way.


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