As Attorney Arnebeck declared (and which all the simpletons who postulate "conspiracy theories" need to note):
"Before you add new software you need approval of a state board. They are installing an uncertified, suspect software patch that interfaces between the county's vote tabulation equipment and state tabulators."
Meanwhile, Jim March, a longtime Libertarian election integrity and software expert, as well as a member of the Pima County, Ariz., Election Integrity Commission and a founding and current board member of BlackBoxVoting.org, is highly suspicious of the last-minute installation of software. In an affidavit [PDF] submitted to Fitrakis and Arnebeck for their legal case, March says he believes “that this custom software is not necessary for the conduct of elections and is in fact highly dangerous.” (Note again, this is a Libertarian speaking, NOT a liberal!)
March has been involved in numerous cases involving suspicious elections and election software. In 2005 he received part of a multimillion-dollar settlement from Diebold as the result of a qui tam case with the state of California, after it had been discovered that the company had secretly installed uncertified software on its voting systems in the state. The secretary of state decertified the systems as a result.
“What ES&S has chosen to do here is extremely dangerous and exactly what you’d want to do if you wanted to plant a ‘cheat’ onto the central tabulator,” March declared in his affidavit.
But the spin from these thieving Repuke Ohio miscreants just keeps on keeping on! Matt McClellan, a spokesman for Secretary of State Husted's office, told theGrio blog site that "no patches were installed", describing instead a reporting tool software meant to "assist counties and to help them simplify the process by which they report the results to our system.’”
McClellan’s reported claim that “no patches were installed,” but rather it was simply “a reporting tool software” to assist counties, is in direct contradiction with the contract itself. (See .pdf)
At the bottom of Page 17, the contract states explicitly that:
“the current ES&S ERM Results Export Program (EXP) product version 18.104.22.168″ will be “MODIFIED to meet the Customers request.”
The contract goes on to say that it “shall be modified” into two different EXP versions, 22.214.171.124 and 126.96.36.199, to work with two different versions of the ERM software variously installed in different Ohio counties.
While it's not entirely clear how this new version of EXP will differ from the existing one, the contract does specify the older version created XML-formatted files instead of plain-text CSV files. The new version of the EXP program is installed onto the tabulation computing systems of the
Only a total moron would not be suspicious of this move, given the desperation of the Romneyites and the fact that Husted was a Rove hireling when Ohio was also stolen in 2004 via electronic voting machines. (See the documentary 'So Goes the Nation').
Anyway, Democrats - I am talking of the rank and file of the Obama campaign and administration (including top advisors like Plouffe and Axelrod), and even the Justice Department - ought to be getting involved right now, right this day. If not, and Obama loses both Florida and Ohio because of Repuke hijinks, the powers that- be, counting exclusively on voter turnout, will have missed the fact they also need votes COUNTED and will have only themselves to blame for missing the opportunity to stop Mittens and the 'Pukes from succeeding in a well-orchestrated coup via black box electronic machines!
Remember that tomorrow - if Ohio falls to Romney - the 'smoking gun' will be the exit poll tally. If you see Obama has won the exit poll, but Romney has taken the state's 18 electoral votes - then you will KNOW something is rotten in Denmark.....errrrr......Columbus!