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When Voting Officials Do Their Job, Kick Them Out
Posted by: MacMagus
Date: March 09, 2006 09:59AM
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I heard on the radio this morning that the governor is talking about removing Ion Sancho from office now.

His crime: After signing a contract with Diebold for them to supply his county with voting machines, he had the machines tested by an independent security auditor who discovered serious flaws. Then he refused to deploy those machines until Diebold fixed them.

The auditor found that the machines could be easily rigged without leaving any sign of tampering. His findings were instrumental in California's decision not to use Diebold voting machines (tho' he's in Florida) and now the big three voting machine manufacturers refuse to do business with Sancho. By stonewalling, it looks like they can force him out of office.

They held closed meetings with the board of elections to try and oust him.

The big problem is that without a contract from a voting machine company, he has blown thousands of dollars in federal money.

He has filed a breach of contract claim against Diebold in an attempt to get them to supply machines with the fixes recommended by his expert, but by the time it's resolved in court, he's probably going to be long gone.
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Re: When Voting Officials Do Their Job, Kick Them Out
Posted by: Refurbvirgin
Date: March 09, 2006 12:04PM
What do you expect Florida to do when their governor's brother was elected with those machines?

Diebold (& ESS & Sequoia) machines have been suspect for a long time. Any voting official too out of the loop to know this and require tests before signing a contract with these outlaws is too dumb to be in control of elections anyway. Good riddance.

>His findings were instrumental in
> California's decision not to use Diebold voting
> machines

And yet California's GOP sec'y of state has certified those same machines, despite his own experts warnings.
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> The big problem is that without a contract from a
> voting machine company, he has blown thousands of
> dollars in federal money.

Diebold and ESS are owned by two GOP brothers. Blood is thicker than water. The refusal of other vendors to sell to Sancho suggests they all have something to hide.

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Re: When Voting Officials Do Their Job, Kick Them Out
Posted by: MacMagus
Date: March 10, 2006 05:04PM
Update: Maryland kills Diebold deployment based largely on Florida and California test results...

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