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Black Box Voting: Ballot Tampering in the 21st Century Paperback – March, 2004

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"Riveting...scoops that would have made her [Bev Harris's] career at the New York Times or Washington Post." -- Vanity Fair magazine, April 2004

" her [Harris] the 'Erin Brockovich of elections.' Her facts check out. --, Feb. 2003

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This book started out as a simple look at ES&S and other voting machine companies and their curious ties to elected officials, foreign nationals, and political parties. Within a few months it morphed into an expose of bad software, criminal activity, and fraudulent use of taxpayer money.

Bev Harris and David Allen were a very unlikely "Woodward & Bernstein", she being a 53 year-old grandmother and he a 43 year-old comic publisher. Initially, David was simply playing the role of publisher. But as Bev's investigation became more technical, he was able to draw upon his 18 years as a computer systems tech and engineer to help Bev unravel the technical aspects of the story. Not that she needed much help. She was a quick study on techical issues and soon mastered many of the intricacies of the topic.

David would later wind up sitting in on a secret phone conference between the voting machine industry and the lobbying firm seeking to get itself hired.

Bev Harris has attacked this story with the tenacity of a terrier and refused to back away from the truth despite threats of legal attack from Diebold and ES&S. In one year the story went from an obscure topic in computer forums to a international discussion. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Talion Publishing; No Edition Listed edition (March 2004)
  • ISBN-10: 1890916900
  • ISBN-13: 978-1890916909
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.3 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #808,766 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful By Malvin VINE VOICE on May 23, 2004
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Voting is a right that has been denied to many throughout U.S. history, but author Bev Harris makes clear in the book "Black Box Voting" that electronic voting machines open up massive new possibilities for mischief that could make past indiscretions seem small by comparison.
On the whole, the evidence collected by Ms. Harris suggests that the machines in use today are unreliable. In fact, the book's appendix details hundreds of documented instances of largely unexplained voting irregularities. However, problems that may at first glance be explained away as merely examples of isolated system malfunctions comprises only part of the story.
Ms. Harris tells us how she aggressively researched the voting machine industry and learned how it works. Far from working solely for the public interest, she found that these privately-owned companies have their own special interests and political agendas in mind when they are not seeking to maximize sales and profits. The author makes clear that these companies have much to gain from placing their own representatives in office, opening up what would appear to be an almost overwhelming temptation to use the technology to engage in fraudulent activities. Indeed, it was interesting to see how many of these corporate roads lead to the state of Texas, individuals who identify themselves as Christian Conservatives, oil industry consultants, and supporters of the Republican Party.
Ms. Harris dedicated a great deal of time and effort researching Diebold, whose questionable business practices and unsecure voting machines have been exposed in the media largely due to her efforts. Her discussion with Diebold programmers and others about the mysterious rob-georgia.
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By S. G Peer on August 11, 2004
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This book does an excellent job of bringing to the public the insecurity of the bulk of the commercial electronic voting machines, and their threat to democracy. We in the computing industry have been pleading for someone to pay attention to this issue for years, and the world's two leading computing professional associations (ACM and IEEE) have both blasted these machines repeatedly. As an engineer since the 1970's, having worked on high security DOD and high reliability NASA projects, I'm appalled by the blemish on our profession that companies like ESS and Diebold are. Critics claim that the book is partisan, but if defending democracy has become a partisan issue, so be it, I won't desert democracy simply because I'm called partisan. And to those who support election fraud when it produces the desired result, shame on you! Thanks to Bev for having the courage to write the book, and thanks to you for reading the book and passing it to a friend when you're done!
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Eric A. Smith on April 18, 2004
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The "one star" reviews here are from DRE shills hoping to discredit this very frightening -- and bang-on -- expose. Don't listen to them.
This is the one book they hope you never read, and which you absolutely must if we are to keep America alive.
The book has been available for download for several months, and much of Ms. Harris' work was drawn from internal emails from the voting companies themselves; employee emails that reveal, among other lightning bolts, how Diebold "lost" 16,000 Gore votes in the 2000 election.
The e-vote corporations fought for -- and lost -- suppression of Harris's work in a historic Internet battle in which the Electronic Frontier Foundation and several university students saved the day by refusing to knuckle under to legal pressure.
With nearly half of Congress and virtually every computer programmer that has examined them repeatedly warning that these paperless machines are a huge threat to free elections, Ms. Harris has been a pioneer in exposing how the theft of America's democracy is one push of a button away.
As a journalist with over 20 years' experience, I commend Ms. Harris on her courage, integrity and investigative skills.
Read it, and join the fight to save your country -- while you still can.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 2, 2003
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The two largest Voting Machine companies in the United States have been trying to shut down this author's websites!
Read her book to find out why! Remember Florida and those hanging chads? A human can make mistakes, but it takes a computer to really screw things up and the new voting machines are basically computers. This book reveals how badly those voting computers have been programmed. How, in many instances in the 2000 elections they failed to count votes correctly.
Most importantly of all, the security against vote tampering is totally inadequate as demonstrated by many different computer scientists.
To make it worst, politically active owners known to be strong conservatives with ties to the Bush Whitehouse own all these companies!
This book should be REQUIRED reading for all state election officials and for all of the members of congress.
Bev Harris's is a must read for all American voters. If you value your Democracy, you will value this major breakthrough book!
Remember Florida and don't be snookered again!
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jack Franco on July 9, 2004
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I downloaded the free internet version of this book (I suggest buying it, as the binding process was time-consuming) several months after hearing this great American, the author, Bev Harris on Coast2Coast with George Noory, Art Bell's successor. Thank God he got her on and got the word out. Her story about how we are on the brink of having our vote, hence our government, stolen on such a huge scale as to dwarf the "anomalies" of the Florida vote is the most important story of the year, or decade (OK, our nation's history). Folks, the plan to manipulate electronic voting machines, BOTH touch-screens AND scanners is a story that is now exploding, like an atom bomb in cyberspace, all over the Web. Just put in various search words and you'll see. However, don't look for it in mainstream media, as it is hugely downplayed. Get the point? A bill in Congress to mandate a secure method of voting, with paper receipts and so on, HR 2239, is currently stalled in committee and would federally mandate a secure election, but the "usual suspects" are blocking it at every turn. Don't settle for this America: read this great patriot's book, and just tell me if her facts don't check out. Update: Lynn Landes has filed a suit in court against John Ashcroft, et al., to ban electronic machines AND absentee votes (which are scanned by easily riggable machines)and wrote an article several months ago "Two Companies and Two Brothers Will Count 80% of the Vote" that reveals how Bob and Todd Urosevich are the ones who oversaw programming of both ES&S and Diebold and that the machines cannot be reprogrammed securely because they have embedded "firmware".Read more ›
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