Dear Fellow Americans;
The attached press release is a CALL TO ACTION for all
election integrity advocates and activists.
Historical and recent information regarding the security, accuracy, and
integrity of the elections in Maricopa
County has revealed
non-compliance with state and federal statutes. Election officials have been
derelict in their duties, and have made a concerted effort to deny
knowledgeable election integrity activists access to the verification
What is it that our elected representatives and elections
officials have against transparency in our elections processes? If they have nothing to hide, why are they
hiding everything? Today we have the opportunity to make a difference for our
Join us by contacting your state elected representatives (Toll
Free: 1-800-352-8404), your party officials, your friends and
neighbors, and alert them to these threats to our democratic republic.
John R Brakey, Democrat, Tucson
Randy Graf, Republican, Tucson
Dan Gutenkauf, Republican, Tempe
Michael Shelby, Democrat, Phoenix
Jim March, Libertarian, Tucson
Ask not what your country can do for you . . . ask what you can do for
-John F. Kennedy-
The Maricopa Vote: A Public Call For Transparency
Sen. Karen Johnson, (602) 926-3160 fax: (602) 926-3429 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Republicans and Libertarians Unite In A Call for Legal And Professional
Phoenix, AZ - New information regarding illegal and uncertified software
used to count our vote in Maricopa
County has generated
serious concerns by members of all three political parties and many informed citizens. Computer specialist Jim March and election
activist John Brakey from Pima county were recently denied credentials as
official observers of the pre-election logic and accuracy test by the Maricopa
County Elections Department. The two
“known critics” of electronic voting were deemed to be a “security risk”,
without a more definite explanation.
They want to limit our right to participate in the public election
process based on our informed beliefs regarding voting systems today.
Maricopa County Elections Department is resisting the activists’ efforts at
transparency, in the aftermath of a recent successful public records lawsuit
against the Pima County Elections Department. That suit led to the release of
300 databases, the largest release of electronic databases in the history of
electronic voting. March and Brakey
emphatically state “The voting is secret, but the counting is public” - Arizona Revised Statute 16-601 mandates
“The count shall be public, in the presence of bystanders”.
quality flaws in election software can produce unreliable vote counts, even
more disturbing is that it allows for rigged elections. To control either type of problem, a system
of testing labs and a Federal bureaucracy is supposed to inspect the code in
order to be certified for use in elections.
law prohibits any voting system that hasn't passed this scrutiny. The quality of that Federal oversight process
is suspect, with two of the three originally appointed test labs stripped of
credentials to date for poor performance – AFTER doing the certifications for
all of the Arizona
is the manufacturer of the computerized election equipment in Maricopa. Recent revelations from a former Sequoia employee shows that
an entire subsection of the Sequoia product line was withheld from all scrutiny
at the Federal and state levels. Only
Sequoia knows what's in the “BPS” ballot design tool. According to their own
manuals, BPS can take total control over the election database – and therefore
the vote itself. BPS is closely tied to
the election operation and, by law, should have been certified. It is integral and necessary to the whole
operation of the Sequoia product line.
fraudulent withholding of BPS from outside oversight makes the entire voting
system in Maricopa illegal. And that means that the county's refusal to allow
technically qualified oversight is a legal and moral travesty.
conference will be held on Monday, February 4th, at 12:30pm on the Arizona Senate's
lawn. Several Arizona Legislators and a tri-partisan coalition will present an
official complaint regarding election department misconduct. Copies of the public records request to
Maricopa County Elections Department will be distributed to the press,
political parties, and the public, giving more details about vital information
which election officials are concealing.
legislators, computer technicians and political activists from across the state
will be uniting with a common mission, demanding transparency and legality in
the operation of our elections.
Brakey and Jim March
ELECTION TRANSPARENCY PROJECT
5947 S. Placita
Picacho El Diablo
520-578-5678 / Jim
Press Package Monday,
February 04, 2008
Blaze PhD, University of Pennsylvania
was the red team leader for the Sequoia
voting system review and on Voice of the Voters August 8, 2007
Q: “What is the current condition of all electronic
voting equipment in United
States of America?”
Flawed!” …we’re 3 to 5
years before anything better will be available.
of his report is attached.
the complete report go to this site;
Review of all Voting Systems in California
Secretary of State Debra Bowen
began her top-to-bottom review of the voting machines certified for use in California in March
2007. The review was designed to restore the public's confidence in the
integrity of the electoral process and to ensure that California voters are being asked to cast
their ballots on machines that are secure, accurate, reliable, and accessible.
On August 3, 2007, Secretary Bowen announced her decisions regarding which
systems in the review will be permitted to be used in the 2008 elections and
beyond. The following documents detail Secretary Bowen's decisions.
mission is to restore public ownership and oversight of elections, work to
ensure the fundamental right of every “American Citizen” to vote, and to have
each vote counted as intended in a secure, transparent, impartial, and
independently audited election process.