Computer Vote Counts are Unverifiable

by Jim Condit, Jr.

Stalin would publish 100,000 of his own books and 2,000 of his enemies' books. In this way he could avoid the charge of total censorship. However, this clever Stalinistic tactic of suppression of news and/or viewpoints is in full use in the United States of America in the 1990's by America's Big Media. Joseph Stalin also reportedly said, "The people who cast the votes decide nothing. The people who count the votes decide everything."



In 1977, American Opinion magazine ran an article entitled How Elections Are Stolen by Dr. Susan L.M. Huck. (Dr. Huck was later assistant to Congressman Lawrence P. McDonald who was aboard Korean Flight 007 which was downed by the Soviet Union in the mid 80s).

This article represented, as far as we know, the first major expose' of the dangers of computerized voting. The Washington-based weekly, The Spotlight, later, in the mid 1980s carried a lengthy series of articles entitled Votescam: The Stealing of America by James and Kenneth Collier.

On the local level, perhaps no group has done more to expose, and call the public's attention to, the dangers of computerized voting than our Cincinnatus Political Action Committee in Cincinnati, Ohio. However, many other local organizations and individuals have been working in communities all across the country. (The New York Times carried a front page article by David Burnham on July 29, 1985 in which Burnham reported at least eight lawsuits against the most prominent supplier of computerized voting systems, Computer Election Services (CES), were in progress around the United States at that time.)

In 1985, after a four-year court battle with the local Board of Elections, Cincinnatus PAC obtained the first favorable court decision in the nation from Judge Richard Niehaus who stated in his ruling, "There is no adequate and proper safeguard against the computer being programmed to distort the election results." What the Judge was saying is that not one or two but THOUSANDS of votes can be switched in the blink of an eye when computers are being used to count your votes. At the request of the court, computer expert Robert Strunk a superb written analysis concluding that to accept the results of the CES computer vote counting system was "an act of faith."

However, when it came time to remedy the wrong he had found, Judge Niehaus apparently bowed to behind the scenes pressure by stating that he was a "pacifist" Judge and would not order the Board of Elections to change the unverifiable computerized system they were using to count the public's votes.



In 1985 Cincinnatus-hired investigators captured - on videotape - about 2 dozen women using household tweezers to pull votes out of ballots on election night at the Board of Elections. The very next morning, an excellent call-in radio talk show was aired on WCKY with Jan Mickelson as host. The program lasted about one hour. During the program WCKY's sister television channel - CBS affiliate WCPO - came to the studio. That night they ran about 10 seconds of the film of the women tweezing votes out of ballots, but then the media masters pulled down the Censorship curtain. No questions were asked of the Board of Elections. No media investigations. This was the tip of the iceberg.



In 1987, a Cincinnatus political commercial gave a forum to two former Cincinnati Bell phone installers who announced to the public that they had done massive wiretapping of people, places, and voting machines. The focus of the commercial was when installer Leonard Gates looked into the camera and said, "In 1979 I was told by my supervisor at Cincinnati Bell to wiretap the voting machine so that the votes could be altered. YOUR votes." Channel 12 Anchorman Nick Clooney and reporter Mary Krutko aired an excellent five minute report on the 6 PM news on the night these commercials aired in late October 1987.

The next day, Cincinnati Post reporter Randy Ludlow did a superb article summarizing the situation. But then the local media masters again slammed down the news curtain. No investigation. Not even a few tough questions for Cincinnati Bell or the Board of elections.

There's much, much more to this story including: eventually almost 400 articles in the local papers; dozens of television news reports; several radio talk shows in Cincinnati, Detroit, Washington D.C. and Florida; a two year lawsuit; the admission by policemen to being involved with illegal wiretaps on individuals; the admission by Cincinnati Bell that its truck had been used in wiretapping; the expose' by the former Bell employees of the MLT-2 monitor - which device - set in your office or living room and properly hooked into the phone lines - is capable of listening in on any phone number in the continental United States without trace or detection; and more.

We will try to investigate every aspect of votescam for the benefit of fair minded Americans all over this nation - with a view to having this farcical, to say nothing of criminal, situation remedied. In 1988 - eleven years after the American Opinion article and seven years after the filing of the Cincinnatus lawsuit concerning computer vote fraud and unverifiable elections, CBS evening news and THE NEW YORKER magazine finally brought the issue into the mainstream media. CBS's almost excellent report by Dan Rather was actually prompted by Ronnie Dugger's comprehensive article in the November, 1988 NEW YORKER magazine entitled The Dangers of Computerized Voting. In late 1989, Dugger came to Cincinnati to cover the wiretap exhibits and court records in the archives of the Cincinnatus Political Action Committee. Mr. Dugger assures us he will eventually publish the results of all his research.

There is hope on the horizon! Mr. Paul Ernst of Reading, Ohio has invented a voting machine called the SEED system. The name is an acronym for those who helped bring the machine into existence. But Ernst also says that - in contrast to the unverifiable computerized elections that are now being held - properly counted votes can be the SEEDS of freedom.

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