Monday, November 21, 2005

McPherson Springs Bogus Diebold Hearing - TODAY!!!

A non-partisan organization of over 25 groups across California
coming together to achieve their mutual election integrity goals

Saturday, November 19, 2005

Contact: Karen 916/812-1793 or Dagmar Zakim 415/389.0250

ATTN: DAYBOOK /Assignment Desk for Monday

Rally, confrontation with Secretary of State over inadequate Diebold certification review process

SACRAMENTO – The non-partisan California Election Protection Network and other like organizations – concerned about the integrity of California elections--will hold a rally Monday to protest the decision by the Secretary of State to hold a near-secret certification hearing that appears foreordained to recertify the notorious Diebold TSx DRE voting machines and associated revisions to the trade-secret software of the Diebold voting systems used in 17 California counties.

A news conference and rally is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. MONDAY at the Secretary of State's Office (11th & O Streets).

The hearing by the Secretary of State is set for 10 a.m. Members of the public are allotted two minutes for verbal comments.

Demonstrators will attend the hearing and then may confront Sec. of State Bruce McPherson in his office.

Among those expected to attend the news conference are experts in voting systems from throughout California, several candidates for Secretary of State, and talk-show host Christine Craft.

Citizens opposing Diebold cite numerous academic, technical and investigative studies that have demonstrated known security holes that could allow undetectable vote-counting manipulation to defraud elections.

The CEPN is also concerned because McPherson has not held a Voting Systems Panel meeting since June, and has now completely disbanded the panel – to be replaced with a hearing officer, stenographer and tape recorder. This virtually non-publicized meeting has been scheduled for Thanksgiving week, when the genral public is least likely to be aware or participate in this critical decision affecting the security and verifiability of elections.



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