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Arizona: Computer Scientist Releases Report on Maricopa County Voting Machine Problems PDF  | Print |  Email
By Warren Stewart, Director of Legislative Issues and Policy, VoteTrustUSA   
January 12, 2006
Jones Report Questions the Quality of State and Federal Oversight of Voting Technology

Douglas Jones, a highly respected computer scientist who has written extensively on the history and technology of voting, has released a report detailing the results of his investigation of voting machine problems in Maricopa County Arizona (Phoenix). Dr. Jones, a professor at the University of Iowa, was invited on December 20, 2005 to perform extensive testing on the county's 8 Optech 4C vote tabulating machines.  These machines are used to scan absentee ballots, which make up approximately half of all ballots cast in a typical election in Maricopa County.

The circumstances surrounding the request for Dr. Jones' report have created some controversy in Arizona. Sen. Jack Harper (R-Surprise) is investigating voting irregularities in the 2004 District 20 primary. Harper initially requested that the State Senate to fund the report, but when Senate President Ken Bennett denied his request, Harper arranged  to fund the investigation privately by the Phoenix New Times. The newspaper agreed to pay $3,000 for Jones to examine voting machines used in the 2004 District 20 primary race and Jones, was allowed to inspect the machines last month as a result of Harper's subpoenas.

Arizona Secretary of State Calls Transparent Election Advocates 'Anarchists', 'Conspiracy Theorists" PDF  | Print |  Email
By Brad Friedman, The BradBlog   
January 05, 2006
Republican Jan Brewer's Re-Election Announcement Interrupted by Demonstrators

Activists Object to Her Recent Decision to Allow Unsecure, Hackable Diebold Voting Machines for Use in Virtually Every Arizona Precinct!

This article was originally posted at The BradBlog. It is reposted with permission of the author.

Perhaps it's a step up from "dissidents" as the AP once called them, but Election Transparency Advocates who turned out today at Arizona's Sec. of State Jan Brewer's speech to...

Perhaps it's a step up from "dissidents" as the AP once called them, but Election Transparency Advocates who turned out today at Arizona's Sec. of State Jan Brewer's speech to announce her re-election bid were labeled "anarchists" and "conspiracy theorists" by the woman who recently approved Diebold's flawed "AccuVote" touch-screen voting machines for use in virtually every precinct in the state.

During her speech today, according to the Arizona Star, "which boasted of the state getting rid of the last punch card ballots as part of her accomplishments since being elected in 2002 but one that never mentioned the Diebold contract" the Republican official in charge of ensuring free, fair and accurate elections in the state was repeatedly interrupted by advocates for transparent election who objected to the use of Diebold's failed machinery in the state.
Arizona: Senators Call on County Attorney Andy Thomas to Approve Release of Ballots PDF  | Print |  Email
By Jack Harper, Arizona State Senator   
December 08, 2005
“It’s Time to Restore Integrity and Confidence to Election Process”
Arizona State Senator Jack Harper, a Republican, has issued subpoenas for access to ballots and tabulation equipment used in the 2004 LD20 Republican primary election, in which a machine recount in Maricopa County resulted in nearly 500 more votes counted on the same ballots. The data shows pretty conclusively that either the optical scanners failed (ES&S Optech IV-C) or there was tampering or at least mishandling of the ballots. The Maricopa County election officials have not been forthcoming as to the cause of the discrepancy. Harper has been talking with Doug Jones about conducting tests here later this month. The state senators supporting Harper are all Republicans, which is great, as this makes this a bipartisan concern here. Unfortunately, Harper is getting a lot of pressure from the Senate leadership to drop this investigation. Nevertheless, he just released the following message:

Stating that it is time to restore integrity and confidence to Arizona’s election process, Senators Jack Harper, Karen Johnson, Thayer Verschoor, and Ron Gould called on Maricopa County Attorney Andy Thomas to respect the legislative subpoena issued by the Senate Government Accountability and Reform Committee and direct Maricopa County Treasurer David Schweikert to comply with the legislative subpoena and release the ballots from the 2004 District 20 Republican Primary to the Committee.
Last week, Senate Government Accountability and Reform committee chairman Jack W. Harper issued subpoenas to both the Maricopa County Recorders office and the Maricopa County Treasurer’s office directing them to provide information and ballots from the District 20 Republican primary race for a review by the committee and its staff.   As of today, County Treasurer David Schweikert has indicated that his office may not comply with the valid legislative subpoena and release the ballots.  Schweikert has turned over the subpoena to the Maricopa County Attorney’s office for review and has redirected all inquiries from the Committee.
Arizona: New Law Keeps Thousands of Legal Voters From Voting PDF  | Print |  Email
By John Gideon, Information Manager, and VoteTrustUSA   
November 06, 2005
Little did Arizona voters know when they voted in favor of Proposition 200 last year that they may be removing their right to register to vote. Thousands of voters in the state are now realizing their mistake.

Part of Proposition 200 requires a photo ID at the polls. That's not bad enough but another part of the Proposition requires that all voters prove their citizenship when they register. This has caught tens of thousands of voters unawares and will keep thousands from voting this Tuesday. Elections officials say that only a small percentage of those voters affected by this law are illegal voters.

Arizona: Vote Machine Suit Designed to Protect Election Process PDF  | Print |  Email
By Tom Ryan, Arizona Citizens for Fair Elections   
November 05, 2005
Arizona Secretary of State Jan Brewer dismisses my lawsuit as "bogus" ("Brewer sued over voting equipment standards," Republic, Oct. 24). My lawsuit asks the court to require Brewer to produce election equipment decertification standards that are required by state law, and which her office admits it has not produced.

Currently, there are no procedures or criteria of any kind for removing defective equipment from use in this state, or even determining that equipment should be subject to evaluation. Yet we have very good evidence that equipment is defective.
Arizona: Pandora's Box PDF  | Print |  Email
By John Dougherty, Phoenix New Times   
October 28, 2005
Is Arizona's Speaker of the House afraid of what might happen if the truth is learned about a local election?

Published by Phoenix New Times: Thursday, October 27, 2005. Reprinted by permission of the author.

State Republican Senator Jack Harper's enraging a powerful legislator with his determined effort to get to the bottom of a potentially explosive vote-counting scandal at the Maricopa County Elections Department.

The second-term senator from Surprise plans to hold legislative hearings early next year into the controversial September 7, 2004, District 20 recount, where the inexplicable appearance of nearly 500 new votes between the primary and the recount challenge the accuracy and integrity of elections in the nation's fourth-largest county.
Arizona: Election Fraud – Chicago? Florida? Ohio? Not this time PDF  | Print |  Email
By John Gideon, Information Manager, and VoteTrustUSA   
October 28, 2005
How about Maricopa County, Arizona, the fourth most populous county in the United States? Yes, sunny, laid back Arizona. It seems that the results of the September 7, 2004 Republican primary have Republicans challenging Republicans in the state legislature and in the media. Also emerging are reports that county jail inmates were being used to handle ballots in exchange for early release.
In an article in the Phoenix New Times, reporter John Dougherty tells a tale of seeming election fraud, a quid pro quo offer, new votes that appear like magic, failure by an assistant county attorney to serve a subpoena, political pressure, and one hell of a mess.
Arizona Secretary of State Jan Brewer Ordered to Appear in Court PDF  | Print |  Email
By Tom Ryan, Arizona Citizens for Fair Elections   
October 07, 2005
Lawsuit alleges failure to perform duty to adopt voting equipment decertification standards

Arizona Secretary of State Jan Brewer has been ordered to appear in Pima County Superior Court on October 18, 2005 at 9:00am to explain why she has not complied with Arizona law that requires adoption of voting system decertification standards. This order is the result of a Complaint for Special Action filed on October 6, 2005 for plaintiff Thomas W. Ryan, head of Arizona Citizens for Fair Elections.

Arizona Election Administration Information PDF  | Print |  Email
By VoteTrustUSA   
July 28, 2005
 Chief State Elections Official

Jan Brewer (Elected, R), Secretary of State
State Capitol, West Wing, 7th Floor
1700 West Washington
Phoenix, Arizona  85007-2808

Public Office Experience: Senator, Arizona State Senate, 1986-1996
Representative, Arizona State House, 1982-1996, Chair, Maricopa County Board of Supervisors

Reelection Date: 2006

Responsibilities: Prescribes voter registration forms, Determines ballot eligibility of parties, Approves new voting systems/ devices, Advertises statewide ballot questions, Prepares election calendar, Canvasses election returns, Handles state recounts

Kevin Tyne, Deputy Secretary of State

Joe Kanefield, State Election Director
602/542-8683   FAX 602/542-6172
Citizens Commission on Clean Elections
David G. McKay, Chairman
1616 West Adams, Suite 110
Phoenix, Arizona  85007
602/364-3477   FAX 602/364-3487

Responsibilities: Full Public Funding to Statewide and Legislative, Candidates, Candidate Statement Pamphlet, Voter Education, Sponsorship of Candidate Debates, Regulation of Campaign Finance Reports 
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