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Posted on Jan 5, 2007
Bowen and McPherson
from bradblog.com

California’s incoming and outgoing secretaries of state: Debra Bowen and Bruce McPherson.

California’s incoming secretary of state, Debra Bowen, says her office will conduct “a top to bottom review of every voting system in use anywhere in California.” What’s more, Bowen has indicated she is willing to decertify machines approved by her predecessor, Bruce McPherson. We can only hope Bowen’s investigation will spark a national trend.


Brad Blog:

On Bowen’s plans for full ‘top to bottom review’ of outgoing SoS’ McPherson’s rubber-stamp certification of all electronic voting machines…
“We are going to do a top to bottom review of every voting system in use anywhere in California,” Bowen said in an interview. “Yes, I would consider decertifying machines that my predecessor approved. Unfortunately, we’ve spent a lot of money on equipment that’s not ready for prime time. Any Fortune 500 company would have sent those machines back with a letter saying they just don’t do what they’re supposed to.”

On the truth (finally!) about the feckless and incompetent McPherson…
Her appointed predecessor and defeated autumn opponent, the former Republican state Sen. Bruce McPherson of Santa Cruz, was anything but a skeptic, certifying virtually any machine any county registrar wanted to buy and imposing questionable checks on their performance.

On the infamous voting machine “sleepovers” (as first revealed by The BRAD BLOG)...
“I believe the sleepovers are illegal,” said Bowen, an attorney. “If a system is designed so it can’t be used without sitting in someone’s garage for two weeks, we should not be using that system. We could fix this by using a bonded delivery service like Brinks to deliver machines to polling places at a set time.”

In short, the voting machine status quo will not be lasting long in the nascent Bowen era.

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By diamondanalytics, January 17, 2007 at 11:55 am Link to this comment
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Here is some interesting experience getting to the bottom with electronic voting issues in Cook County in Chicago, using some advanced data forensics.
http://diamondinfoanalytics.com/blog1/2007/01/16/analytics-as-the-instrument-for-election-process-forensics/

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By Rickinsf, January 6, 2007 at 7:50 pm Link to this comment
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Asitje;
Arnold S. didn’t need crooked voting machines to win re-election.
Der Gubernator is a quick study and, after having his head handed to him in the special election, trimmed his sails accordingly, started saying things the corrupt Calif. Democratic elite knew would “sell” in California. (Helps being married to a Shriver/Kennedy.) He’s hardly put a foot wrong in the progressive pose he’s assumed.
Having a charismatic “republican they can work with’” the dem leaders all but abandoned Angelides by September. (Arnold gives better photo op, anyway.)
I quit listening to Air America Radio (KQKE) because I got tired of hearing Willie Brown pimping Schwarzenegger and dissing Angelides.

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By HeadlessHessian, January 6, 2007 at 4:23 pm Link to this comment
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Go Bwen go!  Everyone kows(suspects) that all of these guys have nothing but trash.  Open source is the way to go.  That way all of us computer geeks can put our hands on it and find the corrupt republican leanings.
Go Bowen go!

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By Aaitje, January 5, 2007 at 9:21 pm Link to this comment
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I sure hope Bowen does as she’s campaigned, and promised! We’ve voted for her during the primary, and she won, then voted for her again against Machine-luvin’ McPherson, and she (duh) won again be*cause* she promised to do away with e-voting machines like Kevin Shelley rightfully had done.

However, I’m still “stumped” as to why Schwarzenegger’s “special election” went down in flames so devestatingly in November 2005 *before* McPherson could “re"certify the e-voting machines, yet he rose like a Phoenix out of the ashes of his defeat last November *after* Diebold/Others recertification.

Who was that famous person who said “there is no such thing as coincidence”?

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