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Mainly responsible for this years election is ES&S.

ES&S has eight different tabulation products:
www.essvote.com/index.php...tnav=about
Electronic Ballot, Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) Voting Systems - The iVotronic, Votronic® and V-2000 are decentralized touch screen / touch-panel voting systems that count and tabulate electronic ballots at the polling place, as votes are cast.

Paper Ballot, Optical Mark Read (OMR) Systems - These are systems that read voters' marks on paper ballots. The ES&S Model 100 and Optech 3P Eagle are decentralized OMR systems where ballots are counted and tabulated as they are cast, right at the polling place. The ES&S Model 650, Model 150, Model 550, and Optech 4C are centralized OMR systems that count and tabulate ballots at a central or regional location.

Punch Card Ballot, Punch Card Reader Systems - The PBC-2100 is a decentralized system that counts and tabulates punch card ballots at the polling place, as they are cast. ES&S also supports high-speed central card reading systems.

www.essvote.com/index.php...tnav=about
Internationally, ES&S has installations in the Republic of Venezuela, Guam, Republic of Palau, Canada, Saipan, and the ARMM region of the Philippines.

ES&S products are tested by Wyle Laboratories in Huntsville, Alabama, an Independent Testing Authority

The patented iVotronicTM Touch Screen Voting System is the newest ES&S voting solution for jurisdictions who prefer paperless voting. Available with a 12.1” or 15” full-color display, the iVotronic is wireless, multilingual, and ADA-compliant. Voters securely cast their vote for each race and/or ballot proposition simply through the touch of the screen. Its Audio Ballot feature easily assists those voters who are visually impaired. Weighing only 9.75 pounds, the iVotronic is the most portable system in the industry enabling curbside voting and wheelchair access, and it is powered either by 120-volt AC current or a rechargeable battery cartridge. To ensure voter intent and ballot correctness, the iVotronic prevents the voter from over-voting and alerts the voter of under-voted races.

The iVotronic is the first touch screen voting device officially certified for use in the State of Florida, and its innovative technology enables all voters—especially those visually impaired—to easily and correctly cast their vote in complete privacy.

About the profile of the company ES&S:

www.essvote.com/index.php..._exec_id=1
William F. Welsh II Chairman had "ten years management experience with GE." and was "six years as President and CEO of Valmont Industries"
He "structured the newly formed ES&S"

www.essvote.com/index.php..._exec_id=2
Aldo Tesi is President and Chief Executive Officer.

Before joining ES&S, Aldo served as president of First Data Resources, a unit of First Data Corporation, the world's largest third-party credit card processing company.

www.essvote.com/index.php..._exec_id=3
Michael P. Limas is Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

Before joining ES&S, he was director of internal controls for MFS Communications Systems.

www.essvote.com/index.php..._exec_id=4
Todd Urosevich is Vice President, Aftermarket Sales

He managed the installation of comprehensive systems for Multnomah County (Portland), Oregon; Bexar County (San Antonio), Texas; Travis County (Austin), Texas; Dallas County (Dallas), Texas; and the state of Hawaii.

Urosevich established the ES&S Election Management Training Center (EMTC) school, a state of the art facility for new and existing users of ES&S products.

NOTE:
Maybe William F. Welsh is the most interesting character,
because he worked for General Electric, then comes Urosevich, who seems to be the technical supervisor.


ES&S f**ed up before-in 1999
===================================

In 1999 ES&S had already at least once "problems" with their systems in Hawaii.
www.state.hi.us/elections/review98.html
March 15, 1999
Statement by Marion Higa, State Auditor, and Chair of Elections Oversight Committee

"...There was an obvious problem with seven voting units from Election Systems and Software -- out of 361 units used on Election Day...

...Five units had lens occlusion
One unit had a defective cable
One unit had a defective "read head"

To its credit, ES&S admitted its problem and worked with the state to fix the problems created by its equipment. As a result of the problems, the integrity of the election was called into question. The controversy was compounded by close races which led to charges made - but with no proof offered - of all kinds of voting irregularities.

This led to the Legislature calling for a statewide elections review - the first of its kind in the history of Hawaii and the first in the history of the U.S. as far as we know.

...I want to give Mr. Todd Urosevich time to talk about ES&S's failures and then successes in this process...."

But Urosevichs statement was not findable.

 • Todd...

Posted by Unregistered User at 11-05-2002 08:10 AM

Todd is the ES&S rep that sticks around his hometown on national election days. You are correct, he is the head of the programmers, or so it seems. Their top programmer is named Darwin, and I do believe he's sitting in Broward county today.

I have two friends that work for ES&S...one is in Tallahassee, the other in Des Moines today. ES&S also hires part time people that know their machines for election day...I know one of them is in Jackson, Mississippi and the other up in South Dakota today.

 • Re: Todd...

Posted by Unregistered User at 11-05-2002 08:17 AM

Thanks Lightfinger for this helpful information.

I'm especially interested in possible manipulations of the customization of these machines.

PS:

Albanian and Russian observers sent to monitor American elections

By Andrew Gumbel
31 October 2002
news.independent.co.uk/wo...ory=347515

"...The joke, during the endless presidential election recounts in Florida two years ago, was that Russia and Albania would send poll monitors to help the United States with its unexpected bump on the road to democracy. Now, the joke has become reality.

A high-level delegation of European and North American election observers – including members from Russia and Albania – arrived yesterday for a week-long mission to watch Florida's mid-term elections, which take place on Tuesday.




www.worldnews.com/p/ed/39...?id=fb473d
Bush Signs Election Overhaul Bill
The Associated Press
Tue, 29 Oct 2002

By the 2004 vote, states will be required to provide provisional ballots to voters whose names do not appear on voter rolls. Those provisional ballots would counted once valid registration is verified.

For 2006 balloting, states will be required to maintain computerized, statewide voter registration lists linked to their driver's license databases. States will also be required to have voting machines that allow voters to confirm the way they marked their ballot — and, if necessary, change their votes — before they are finally cast.

Such voting software was tested in one jurisdiction in the 2001 Virginia gubernatorial election. The Century Foundation, which reviewed the results, found that the ``lost vote'' rate went from between 600-700 votes in the 2000 election to just one vote in 2001, said Tova Andrea Wang, a staffer to the National Commission on Federal Election Reform who later oversaw the foundation's study..."

 • The rothschilds are part owners of voting machines

http://denvervoice.org/protest_rally_11-20-04.htm

You Have The Right To Be Heard.

You Have The Right To NOT BE SILENT.

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO HAVE YOUR VOTE COUNT!

 UNFAIR - UNVERIFIABLE - ILLEGITIMATE

ELECTIONS

Press Release from 11/18/04:

On Saturday at noon on the Capitol steps, a rally will protest the unfairness and illegitimacy of the 2004 election, and call for remedies, now and for future elections. It is called by 150 people from diverse organizations who have met six times in the past week at the Mercury Cafe.

First, 50 million people - over 40 per cent of the actual electorate - voted on machines that leave no paper trail. Republicans and Democrats wanted a trail at the time of the Help America Vote Act. But a resolution to require it was never allowed to come to the floor of the House by Dennis Hastert and Tom Delay. Nevada had a primary which combined electronic machines with a paper trail. It is neither difficult nor expensive. Yet no move was made to make voting verifiable or transparent to ordinary citizens.

Second, exit polls are never wrong. They have been used in Georgia to overturn the Shevardnadze government and in Mexico for Vicente Fox against the PRI. The exit polls were accurate within a point in Utah, New York, Texas, and many other states. Swing states, however, show a large and unexplained differential, from 4 to 6 points, in one direction only: from Kerry in the exit polls to Bush in the final results. Randomness would require a scatter of votes, some for Kerry, some for Bush. Further, For Pennsylvania (where Kerry won but by 4 points less than the exit polls predicted), Ohio and Florida, the odds against this happening are 1 in 250 million. See the paper of Steven Freeman (www.truthout.org/docs_04/111404A.shtml). There may be a plausible explanation aside from the obvious one - that the machines and other measures somehow skewed the votes illegitimately for George Bush - but it needs to be argued and documented to put doubts about our democracy to rest. Contrary to the wave of publicity about anomalies in Florida - that the vote was supposedly fair - these two considerations show that a) the election was dramatically unfair and un-transparent compared to any other American election and all contemporary foreign democratic elections, except Afghanistan and Iraq and b) that no reasonable person can have confidence in the result.

Third, a large registration of black and Chicano voters occurred in this election. Yet challenges produced long lines and a disproportionate number of provisional ballots. In addition, "spoiled" ballots come disproportionately from minority communities. These special measures to disenfranchise minority votes (referred to as "Jim Crow" techniques in the New York Times editorials on Making Votes Count) are violations of the Civil Rights Act.

We will have a diversity of speakers, including some who are working on Colorado data.

contacts:
Professor Alan Gilbert, Graduate School of International Studies, 303-697-7105, 303-881-1656 (cell), Ken Seaman 303-986-1773, or contact The Denver Voice by email at
denvervoice@denvervoice.org.