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Black Box Voting: Ballot Tampering In The 21st Century

by Bev Harris And David Allen, Ed. By Lex Alexander

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Vanity Fair magazine, April 2004
"Riveting...scoops that would have made her [Bev Harris's] career at the New York Times or Washington Post."

Salon.com, Feb. 2003
"Some...call her [Harris] the 'Erin Brockovich of elections.' Her facts check out.

Book Description
This book is a meticulously researched investigation into the cryptic voting machine industry. The people who make the machines which count our votes are answerable to virtually no one. Some of these machines, which are literally trusted with our democracy, are the products of convicted felons working in almost complete secrecy for corporations with openly stated political agendas. From Diebold's CEO Wally O'Dell openly promising to "deliver" Ohio to George W. Bush, to Election.com's ownership by a private Saudi corporation, to ES&S counting the votes of a U.S. senator who owns stock in the company, these companies have an arrogant disregard for conflict of interest.

If we cannot trust out votes to be counted accurately, then our democracy is null and void.

From the Publisher
This book started out as a simple look at ES&S and other voting machine companies and their curious ties to elected officials, foreign nationals, and political parties. Within a few months it morphed into an expose of bad software, criminal activity, and fraudulent use of taxpayer money.

Bev Harris and David Allen were a very unlikely "Woodward & Bernstein", she being a 53 year-old grandmother and he a 43 year-old comic publisher. Initially, David was simply playing the role of publisher. But as Bev's investigation became more technical, he was able to draw upon his 18 years as a computer systems tech and engineer to help Bev unravel the technical aspects of the story. Not that she needed much help. She was a quick study on techical issues and soon mastered many of the intricacies of the topic.

David would later wind up sitting in on a secret phone conference between the voting machine industry and the lobbying firm seeking to get itself hired.

Bev Harris has attacked this story with the tenacity of a terrier and refused to back away from the truth despite threats of legal attack from Diebold and ES&S. In one year the story went from an obscure topic in computer forums to a international discussion.

About the Author
Harris is a writer and literary publicist who became curious about electronic voting in October 2002. She spent over 2000 hours investigating the voting industry, interviewing county election officials, voting industry executives, and even the programmers who write the secret code that controls the systems. Her work has now been covered on ABC, CNN, CNBC, FOX, CBS, and the New York Times, and was the feature article for the April 2004 issue of Vanity Fair magazine.



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