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Is Ohio Sec. of State in violation of voting laws?

November 3, 2012

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I certainly hope not. But at least some have taken notice although it looks like the rethugs will try to ignore and stonewall as much as they can.

http://www.freepress.org/departments/display/19/2012/4766

 

Why did the Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office, in an end run around Ohio election law, have “experimental” software patches installed on vote counting tabulators in up to 39 Ohio counties? Voting rights activists are concerned that these uncertified and untested software patches may alter the election results.

 

The Free Press has learned that Election Systems and Solutions (ES&S) installed the software patches that will affect 4,041,056 registered voters, including those in metropolitan Columbus and Cleveland (click here for spread sheet from verifiedvoting.org).

A call to the Ohio Secretary of State’s office concerning the software patches was not returned by publication deadline. Previously, the Free Press requests for public records, including voting machine vendor contracts, have been stonewalled by Office Secretary of State John Husted’s office through his public records officer Chris Shea. Through other channels, the Free Press has obtained and has posted the possibly illegal full contract online here (see page 17).

The contract calls for ES & S technicians and county poll workers to “enter custom codes and interfaces” to the standard election reporting software just as was done with the controversial 2004 Ohio presidential election.

Last minute software patches may be deemed “experimental” because that designation does not require certification and testing. Uncertified and untested software for electronic voting systems are presumably illegal under Ohio law. All election systems hardware and software must be tested and certified by the state before being put into use, according to Ohio Revised Code 3506.05. By unilaterally deeming this new software “experimental,” Secretary of State Husted was able to have the software installed without any review, inspection or certification by anyone. ES & S, for their part, knows that this software will not be subject to the minimal legally required testing as stated in the contract on page 21 (Section 6.1).

 

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This was posted on face book.

 

http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=460330714006421&set=a.433295386709954.96727.433288343377325&type=1&theater

I believe that they stole Ohio in 2004. This time I have the knowledge and know how to post everywhere that I can think of and that’s what I’m going to do. They aren’t going to steal my state this year if I can help stop it.

I don’t have any delusions about how much I can help, but if I do something, at least I can say that I tried.

That may sound kind of dramatic but it’s how I feel. I really think that the GOP will stop at nothing to win.

Thanks for visiting.

 

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