2. There is no federal agency with regulatory authority or oversight of the U.S. voting machine industry.
3. The vice-president of Diebold and the president of ES&S are brothers.
4. The chairman and CEO of Diebold is a major Bush campaign organizerand donor who wrote in 2003 that he was "committed to helping Ohiodeliver its electoral votes to the president next year."
5. Republican Senator Chuck Hagel used to be chairman of ES&S. Hebecame Senator based on votes counted by ES&S machines.
6. Republican Senator Chuck Hagel, long-connected with the Bush family,was recently caught lying about his ownership of ES&S by the SenateEthics Committee.
7. Senator Chuck Hagel was on a short list of George W. Bush's vice-presidential candidates.
8. ES&S is the largest voting machine manufacturer in the U.S. and counts almost 60% of all U.S. votes.
9. Diebold's new touch screen voting machines have no paper trail ofany votes. In other words, there is no way to verify that the datacoming out of the machine is the same as what was legitimately put inby voters.
10. Diebold also makes ATMs, checkout scanners, and ticket machines,all of which log each transaction and can generate a paper trail.
11. Diebold is based in Ohio.
12. Diebold employed 5 convicted felons as consultants and developersto help write the central compiler computer code that counted 50% ofthe votes in 30 states.
13. Jeff Dean was Senior Vice-President of Global Election Systems whenit was bought by Diebold. Even though he had been convicted of 23counts of felony theft in the first degree, Jeff Dean was retained as aconsultant by Diebold and was largely responsible for programming theoptical scanning software now used in most of the United States.
14. Diebold consultant Jeff Dean was convicted of planting back doorsin his software and using a "high degree of sophistication" to evadedetection over a period of 2 years.
15. None of the international election observers were allowed in the polls in Ohio.