Campaign to Force Calif. Senate Rules Committee to
Subpoena Key Voting Industry Witnesses to Testify
Please take action and forward to your contacts.
This has national implications. For the first time ever, we have the
opportunity to subpoena key voting industry witnesses to get them
under oath in front of a senate hearing to investigate what the Sam
Hill they were doing when they created and recommended tamper-friendly
We're sure by now you're aware that Calif. did an about face and
certified Diebold's entire line of products -- hackable touch screens,
hackable optical scanners, and extremely hackable GEMS tabulators
-- despite 100% public opposition and numerous attacks proving the
sytems' fatal flaws and insecurities.
But this isn't just California. Get these people under oath in
California,and you get them questioned for the whole nation.
Everything is at stake.
We are putting some very important phone numbers and emails here
along with simple instructions for what we all need to do.
We have everything to lose if we don't all take a few simple steps
immediately. EVERY STATE is experiencing issues with secret,
privatized voting equipment examined by mysterious private contractors who won't
answer any questions at all about what they do.
Here is the most efficient, easiest strategy to counteract shoving
Illegal and insecure systems that we never asked for down our throats. This
action is the culmination of years of hard-core work by Black Box
Voting and others. JUST DO IT.
Here are the simple, painless suggestions. See below for why they are
This comes down to only FIVE emails, FIVE faxes, FIVE calls.
Do you have one good excuse for not being able to make five contacts?
On second thought-- don't think one up. Just do it, please.
Remember; your tax dollars are paying not only for this equipment,
but for the voting machine examiners who refused to answer any
questions in last week's Calif. Senate Elections Committee hearing.
WHAT'S DIFFERENT ABOUT THIS CALL TO ACTION:
1) All we need is three out of five senators.
2) All five are interested and willing to listen
3) This is the FIRST time Black Box Voting has issued a call to
We believe grass roots calls to action lose their punch when overused.
We have waited until now because, like the Black Box Voting Hursti
project, we know THIS effort is highly strategic and can create real
WHO TO CONTACT:
California Senate Rules Committee. Only they have the power to
WHY DO WE NEED SUBPOENAS?
Key voting industry witnesses, including all federal testing lab
personnel,chickened out of Calif. Senate Election Committee's Feb. 16 hearing on
howthis stuff got certified in the first place. They don't want to
Subpoenas will legally compel them to show up so they can be
questionedunder oath. Black Box Voting believes that perjury will follow. A plan
is in the wings for what to do if/when key witnesses perjure themselves.
By the way, documents can also be subpoenad - like the NONDISCLOSURE
AGREEMENTS signed by voting system examiners, which reportedly have
prevented them from telling what they know. And like the documents
requested under Calif. public record law by the Senate Elections
which the current secretary of state -- in violation of the law -- has
to answer or provide.
HERE IS THE CONTACT LIST FOR THE FIVE RULES COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
Urge support for subpoenas of election industry and certification
(Among those who chickened out of testimony on Feb. 16: Diebold, ES&S,
Sequoia and Hart Intercivic; Ciber labs, Wyle labs, and voting system
IT'S ONLY 5 EMAILS/FAXES/CALLS. MAKE THEM ALL.
Senator Don Perata (Chair) D
District office (510) 286-1333
Fax (510) 286-3885 Perata
Senator Jim Battin (Vice-Chair) R
Fax: (951) 653-9524 Battin
Senator Roy Ashburn R
Fax: (661) 323-0446 Ashburn
Senator Debra Bowen D - She is on the rules committee and
is also the chairperson of the Senate Elections Committee.
(Ms. Bowen is mounting this case and will be busy preparing,
emails are welcomed-- See below*)
Fax (310) 318-6733 Bowen
Senator Gilbert Cedillo D
Fax (916) 327-8817 Cedillo
This is about volume of calls logged, emails sent.
Make the contacts and make sure this goes out to your list.
WHAT TO SAY:
Be concise, be polite, be professional. Here's your message:
You want Rules Committee support for subpoenas of election
industry and certification insiders to answer the Elections
Committee's questions about voting machine programming, examination and
A sample letter is provided below in this email.
That's it. Short and simple. Polite, professional, firm. Short clear
WHO ARE THE KEY WITNESSES?
Diebold head programmers, federal testing labs (Ciber, Wyle) that
repeatedly certified flawed systems, voting system examiners who
took taxpayer money, spent hours on so-called "security exams" on
systems a 12-year old can hack, repeatedly recommending for
The Calif. Secretary of State's office decided to certify Diebold --
Again despite the new UC Berkeley report.
QUOTES FROM THE LATEST REPORT, COMMISSIONED BY THE STATE
"Harri Hursti's attack does work: Mr. Hursti's attack on the AV-OS
(Optical scanner)is definitely real. He was indeed able to change the
election results by doing nothing more than modifying the contents of
memory card. He needed no passwords, no cryptographic keys, and no
access to any other part of the voting system, including the GEMS
-- (Comment from Black Box Voting: Note that Diebold has lied
to election officials and secretaries of state about this. We have
and documents from Diebold documenting this posted at our Web site) --
"Interpreted code is contrary to standards: Interpreted code in
general is prohibited by the 2002 FEC Voluntary Voting System Standards, and also
by the successor standard, the EAC's Voluntary Voting System
Guidelines due to take effect in two years. In order for the Diebold software
Architecture to be in compliance, it would appear that either the AccuBasic
language and interpreter have to be removed, or the standard will have to be
-- (Comment from Black Box Voting: Note that California can only run
Software certified by the Federal ITA process, by state law. The "Berkeley
team" is saying flat-out that such certification was not done correctly. It follows
that the entire Diebold product line should be illegal under state law.)
WHAT'S ALL THIS ABOUT KEY WITNESSES CHICKENING OUT?
The Feb. 16 California Senate Elections Committee hearing on
Certification was hit with no-shows by ALL FOUR major vendors (Diebold, ES&S,
Sequoia and Hart Intercivic). Representatives from Wyle and Ciber testing labs
also declined to appear. The Secretary of State's office is now "legally late"
on a series of public records requests made by California Elections Committee
Chairperson Debra Bowen.
Sen. Bowen has to get permission from the California Senate Rules
Committee to have subpoenas issued.
Only three of the Rules Committee Senators are needed to invoke port
California Senate Election Committee
Dear Senator ____,
I urge you to take a courageous stand to issue port subpoenas to
key representatives and officials from Diebold, ES&S, Sequoia and Hart
Intercivic, as well as Wyle and Ciber Testing Labs and state voting
System examiners who fail to appear for your hearings on this matter.
I also urge you to subpoena documents as needed, including the non-
disclosure agreements signed between examiners and vendors, and
all other documents needed to assess the integrity of the
Voters must be able to ensure that voting systems are secure from
tampering,either by outsiders or by insiders. If the citizenry cannot see for
itself that elections are secure, that our votes are being counted as we cast
them, it is only a matter of time before the very fabric of our nation is torn to
Flawed, hackable systems have been approved that violate FEC
guidelines. Some of these systems are so deeply flawed that they defy common
sense. It is imperative that the elections industry insiders who were party
to the design, examination and recommendation of these systems appear before
California's Senate Election Committee in open hearings under oath to answer
Questions and address these serious concerns.
FROM CALIF. SENATE ELECTIONS COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON BOWEN:
"We are going to need an enormous amount of people power in the next
couple of weeks. Together we can change this whole pathetic mess.
Let's stand up for our democracy RIGHT NOW."
"Email is great because it is easy for us to log and report -- and we
Can actually prove how many emails we've received!"
"Please email me in support of issuing subpoenas rather than calling
you will save my staff a great deal of time logging calls, and you
know what kind work we have to do right now. You can always call and
THANKS EVERYONE, IN ADVANCE, FOR MAKING FIVE EXTREMELY
IMPORTANT CONTACTS FOR DEMOCRACY.
Thanks to M.S. English for collaborating with Black Box Voting to
Craft this message quickly and effectively. Her Web site is recommended for
those who want to get up to speed on the history of the voting machine
Recommend the Chapters on "Technology" and "The Companies" as a
For more information, see the free online chapters of Black Box
Available in .pdf format on the home page at
(scroll down, look in right hand column)
HERE ARE MORE LINKS YOU MAY FIND OF INTEREST:
Here is a copy of the Diebold GEMS program. Thirty million votes will
counted on GEMS in the brutal battle for control of congress in 2006.
Be your own "federal testing lab" -- see for yourself:
(Is this not ridiculous? You could teach a pigeon to hack the audit
log. Your 12-year-old sister and all her giggly friends can change
administrative passwords and election results.)
Details: The true scariness of the Herbert Thompson GEMS hack:
With Visual Basic script, a one-minute access by anyone -- even
years ahead of time -- can implant a trojan horse. Thompson's
script demonstrated May 2 in Leon County, Florida was able to
make "intelligent guesses" to find names and ballot questions and
then manipulate them.
Article: Key Witnesses chickening out on hearing:
More extensive article on Calif. certification issues:
Voting system examiners blocked from telling what they know:
Electronic voting machines: Who cooked this turkey?
IF YOU WANT TO DO MORE:
Now comes gathering evidence in the form of public records.
Black Box Voting will work with any who volunteer to send customized
public records request letters. We will help you learn the ropes, will
suggest strategic records to start collecting NOW to protect Election
This year, it is all about mentoring individuals to regain their power
citizens. It takes no more effort to write a public records letter
write your congressman -- but when you write for public records, you
end up with something tangible: Evidence.
To participate in the 2006 Election Cleanup Crew, email
firstname.lastname@example.org. Please allow a few days to respond, due to
our heavy schedules -- this is a one-on-one, personalized project, and
we are so very proud of the many citizens who are stepping up to the
We are quietly developing leaders in "cells" throughout the country,
helping citizens learn the skills to oversee their own government.
Black Box Voting is a nonpartisan, nonprofit 501c(3) organization
that is teaching citizens how to take back oversight of our own
We do not accept funding from any vendor or anyone associated
with any corporation that stands to benefit from electronic voting.
We are funded solely by citizen donations.
Our expenditures right now are dedicated to further work with
Hursti and specific one-on-one empowerment and training of local
citizens, mentoring how to take effective action to collect evidence
that will help protect Election 2006.
We need to make sure we can survive into the 2008 presidential
election cycle. If you believe our work is important and should
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