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Date: 12/10/2005

Rumblings in Vanuatu

The volcano is getting active just just two islands north of MisterSugar’s paradise.

eVoting – EFF to sue NC

Just asking the Elections Board to obey and enforce the good laws of the state of North Carolina.

A bit from the middle of the EFF press release linked above:

North Carolina law requires the Board of Elections to rigorously review all voting system code “prior to certification.” Ignoring this requirement, the Board of Elections on December 1st certified voting systems offered by Diebold Election Systems, Sequoia Voting Systems, and Election Systems and Software without having first obtained – let alone reviewed – the system code.

“This is about the rule of law,” said EFF Staff Attorney Matt Zimmerman. “The Board of Elections has simply ignored its mandatory obligations under North Carolina election law. This statute was enacted to require election officials to investigate the quality and security of voting systems before approval, and only approve those that are safe and secure. By certifying without a full review of all relevant code, the Board of Elections has now opened the door for North Carolina counties to purchase untested and potentially insecure voting equipment.”

North Carolina experienced one of the most serious malfunctions of e-voting systems in the 2004 presidential election when over 4,500 ballots were lost in a voting system provided by e-voting vendor UniLect Corp. Electronic voting systems across the country have come under fire during the past several years as unexplained malfunctions combined with efforts by vendors to protect their proprietary systems from meaningful review have left voters with serious questions about the integrity of the voting process.

“North Carolina voters deserve to have their election laws enforced,” said co-counsel Don Beskind of the Raleigh law firm of Twiggs, Beskind, Strickland & Rabenau, P.A. “Election transparency is a requirement, not an option. The General Assembly passed this law unanimously, and it is now time for the Board of Elections to meet their obligations.”

See earlier eVoting articles here.

Eugene McCarthy dies at 89

From Minnesota Public Radio.

McCarthy for President
In 1968, my friend Russell went “clean for Eugene” and took off to campaign for McCarthy. When he came back, we all pitched in to make posters and then to meet McCarthy as he stopped in at Charlotte’s Douglas Airport. I also helped (mostly stood around since is was 18 and shy) as we put on a fundraiser for McCarthy. I remember Ben Chavis (now Chavis Muhammad) dancing with Paula Prentiss. I remember having a sideways conversation with Elliot Gould — but what did he or I say? I was too shy to say anything likely. Whatever actually happened, I did get energized by Eugene even at a great distance. Like my favorite poster of him standing on a brickyard read “He stood up and something happened.” Not just movie stars visiting Charlotte, but the beginning of political awarenesses for so many people.

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