[LINK] Florida vote inquiry
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Wed Apr 18 09:16:54 EST 2007
House to Begin Probe Into Florida Election
By Phil Davis
The Associated Press
Tuesday 16 April 2007
A House task force will take the first steps Tuesday in an
investigation of a Florida congressional election decided by 369
votes amid complaints that voting machines failed to count thousands
of electronic ballots.
Republican Vern Buchanan was declared the winner of the
election, a result Democrat Christine Jennings is challenging in Florida court.
The House, which has final authority over its membership,
typically waits until legal challenges are completed before taking
action. But Florida Democrats last month asked the House
Administration Committee to begin reviewing the election after
reports of an anomaly in the touch-screen voting machines that
recorded about 18,000 skipped votes in Sarasota County.
Committee Chairwoman Juanita Millender-McDonald, D-Calif.,
created the three-member task force to investigate the issue and
report back to the full committee.
Jennings' spokesman David Kochman said it is time for
congressional intervention and order a revote.
"We think this is an important step," Kochman said Monday. "It's
already been more than five months since the election and we don't
have any answers. Hopefully this will bring answers."
The controversy in Florida's 13th Congressional District has
become a rallying point for advocates challenging the accuracy of
electronic voting machines.
News reports last month revealed that voting machine
manufacturer Elections Systems & Software informed state and local
election officials of the machine's slow response times nearly three
months before the November election.
Kochman said the company's memo is significant because it shows
there were problems with the iVotronic machines that were not
disclosed to the public or Jennings' lawyers, although they had
requested all correspondence about issues with the machines.
The company has said the slow response is not the reason no
votes were recorded in the race for some 18,000 Sarasota County
voters who cast ballots in other contests.
The rate of non-votes in the county was far beyond the norm, but
a state audit and two recounts found no evidence of a malfunction in
Jennings and several voter advocacy groups have appealed a
circuit judge's decision not to allow them access to ES&S source
code, which the company says is proprietary. A decision on those
cases is still pending.
Buchanan and Jennings campaigned for the House seat Katherine
Harris left to make an unsuccessful Senate run. As Florida's
secretary of state in 2000, Harris presided over the presidential
election recount that gave George W. Bush the presidency.
Voting Machines Vulnerable to "Serious" Vote-Flipping Attack
By Michael Richardson and Brad Friedman
Monday 16 April 2007
Scientific report finds "serious security vulnerability" similar to
"Princeton Diebold virus hack" in widely used iVotronic system,
allowing a single person to change election results across entire
county without detection. Despite GAO confirmed mandate to serve as
info "clearinghouse," embattled EAC says they will take no action to
alert elections officials, public.
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