A Look Back at the Most Notable Stories from the Week That Was In Our Continually Crumbling Democracy...
By John Gideon on 11/27/2005, 6:46pm PT  

Guest Blogged by John Gideon, of VotersUnite and VoteTrustUSA

As an introduction, the "DVN Top 5" is a feature that I have been providing in the weekly voting newsletter of VoteTrustUSA. The November 21 edition can be found here. The selection of what will be the "Top 5" for each week and where it goes on the list is all mine. The fact that you may disagree with my choices is great because it shows that you have been reading the DVN articles that I've posted throughout the week here on BRAD BLOG!...

#5 The day after the November 8 election in Ohio, Secretary of State Ken Blackwell issued a press release describing what a success the election was in Ohio. Lucas County is one of the counties who are still trying to figure out who won what and how they failed in their elections administrations.


#4 Many counties and large cities in Illinois are making decisions and signing contracts with voting machine vendors. The city of Peoria seems to have gotten a little help in their decision and resulting contract. Now the state's attorney and a grand jury are looking at ties between an elections commissioner, Eugene Wittry, and a vendor, Populex, that happens to be run by a relative. It helps that Wittry is also on their board and owns stock in the company.

Peoria Journal Star

#3 A superior court judge in Arizona found in favor of Secretary of State Jan Brewer and against a voter who sued her for not doing her job to determine if voting machines accurately count every vote.


#2 The California Secretary of State provided a venue for the public to give their opinion of the Diebold TSx. There were only one or two speakers in favor of the machines and many who spoke against them for various reasons. The speakers against included members of the disability community who correctly point out that the machines are NOT accessible.

Oakland Tribune
Stockton Record

#1 California, it seems, will allow someone to test the vulnerability of the Diebold voting system used in the state; or will they? There are claims and counter-claims and misinformation in the media. The below articles should do a good job of confusing the reader about the facts but the most recent article by Ian Hoffman, Oakland Tribune, will give you the most accurate information, but BRAD BLOG's latest article tries to clear up all of the confusion.

E-voting group invited to hack machines - FCW
Expert to try to hack into electronic voting machines as part of test - Contra Costa Times
Hacker to try to attack state voting machines - SF Chronicle
Hacker gets blessing to hole democracy - The Inquirer
Can Diebold machines pass the test? - Oakland Tribune
Confusion, Misreporting Surround Reports on CA Sec. of State Diebold Voting Machine 'Hack' Test! - BRAD BLOG