Author Archives: Gerry Bello and Bob Fitrakis

Romney may have lost, but the voting system is still broken

More than weeks have passed since the night of the Rove meltdown and Romney’s electoral loss. Like the days after a major sports championship, everybody has an opinion on two things: why victory was achieved this time and how victory can be achieved the next time. However, political reality is quite different than sports. Democracy is more than a game. And if our current democracy is a game, the people lost in 2012. Continue reading

Another Husted dirty trick in Ohio

Secretary of State's Office admits direct reporting function of untested election software

Citizen concerns about untested software have multiplied since the Columbus Free Press broke the news that Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office installed uncertified and untested software on the central vote tabulation machines in up to 39 counties in the state. Continue reading

The electronic architecture of voter suppression

The Ohio Secretary of State’s office may be incorrectly removing thousands of legally registered voters from the voting rolls. The Columbus Free Press has obtained suspect election-related software contracts signed by the Ohio Secretary of State’s office. These newly uncovered contracts, signed with Election Systems and Solutions (ES&S) [pdf] and Triad Governmental Services [pdf], may be involved with Ohio Secretary of State John Husted’s office erroneously, undetectably and possibly illegally removing thousands of registered voters from the voting rolls just prior to the presidential election. Continue reading

Partisan lies about the security of Hart e-voting machines continue to flow from Hamilton County

Amy Searcy, the Hamilton County Board of Elections Supervisor, is currently the chief spin doctor for the Romney campaign, continually discounting his ties to the Hart InterCivic vote counting company. Since the Columbus Free Press began its reporting on the Romney presidential campaign and Romney family ties between voting machine manufacturer Hart InterCivic, Searcy has stepped forward in the press and in social media to repair public perception about the security of these deeply flawed devices. Continue reading

Romney family and friends will help tabulate the vote count in Cincinnati

Hart Intercivic holds maintenance contracts on their own machines

Since the Columbus Free Press broke the story of Tagg, Mitt, HIG Capital and your e-vote, there has been a bi-partisan effort on the Internet to restore faith in the system. Continue reading

Vote counting company tied to Romney

Several tanker trucks full of political ink have been spilled on Mitt Romney’s tenure as a vulture capitalist at Bain Capital. A more important story, however, is the fact that Bain alumni, now raising big money as Romney bundlers are also in the electronic voting machine business. This appears to be a repeat of the infamous former CEO of Diebold, Wally O’Dell, who raised money for Bush while his company supplied voting machines and election management software in the 2004 election. Continue reading