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By VoteTrustUSA   
December 30, 2005
The following letter was sent to the Election Assistance Commission and Brian Hancock, ITA Secretariat on January 5, 2006. To add your organization to the list of additional signers write to . Individuals are encouraged to send this letter as an email to the Election Assistance Commission by visiting the Email Action Page.

Commissioners, Election Assistance Commission and
Brian Hancock, ITA Secretariat
United States Election Assistance Commission
1225 New York Avenue N.W. Suite 1100
Washington, DC 20005

We the undersigned request that the Federal Independent Testing Authority (ITA) who inspected, for federal qualification, the software used on Diebold Optical Scan and Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) voting machines be ordered to reinspect all source code, including any code used on memory cards, looking in particular for 'interpreted' code.

'Interpreted' code is expressly banned for use on any voting systems as per the 2002 Federal Election Commission Voting System Standards Volume 1; Section 4, Paragraph 4.2.2, yet Diebold Elections Systems Inc. has admitted, in California, that they use 'interpreted' code in their AccuBasic software and it may be used elsewhere in their code.

This revelation from Diebold representatives and from documents obtained through "Freedom Of Information Act" requests from various sources point to a failure on the part of the ITA to use due diligence in their inspection of Diebold source code and software.

It is because of this failure on the part of the ITA and Diebold's revelations that we ask that all Diebold software/source code be reinspected by the ITA. The ITA should then report publicly whether the software/source code includes any 'interpreted' code and if that is the case, as Diebold has admitted, the EAC must direct that all Diebold software be decertified until such time as they can show that they have removed all such prohibited software.

This action must not stop with the Diebold products alone, as there is ample evidence that other voting systems also contain 'interpreted' code.

It must be made clear that the Voting System Standards were written by experts in the field of computer sciences and elections. The ITA has been tasked with ensuring that the voting machine vendors follow those standards or be denied federal qualification. We demand that the rules be followed by everyone.

Original Signers

VoteTrustUSA
Arizona Citizens for Fair Elections
Broward Verified Voting (Florida)
California Election Protection Network
CASE Ohio
Citizens for Election Integrity (Minnesota)
Coalition for Peace Action (New Jersey)
Coloradoans for Voting Integrity
Count the Vote (Georgia)
(New Jersey)
Florida Fair Elections Coaliton
Gathering to Save Our Democracy (Tennesee)
GuvWurld (California)
Illinois Ballot Integrity Project
Illinois Ballot Integrity Project - DuPage Chapter
Las Vegas, NM Peace & Justice Center
Mercer County Citizens for Better Elections (Pennsylvania)
Missourians for Honest Elections - Kansas City
Missourians for Honest Elections - St. Louis
New Yorkers for Verified Voting
North Carolina Coalition for Verifiable Voting
Oregon Voter Rights Coalition
Palm Beach Coalition for Election Reform (Florida)
PA-VerifiedVoting.org
Scott for Congress Campaign (Illinois-6th)
TrueVoteMD
United Voters of New Mexico
Verified Voting New Mexico
VelvetRevolution.us
Virginia Verified Voting
VotePA
VoterAction (New Mexico)
VoteRescue (Texas)
VotersUnite
WheresThe Paper.org
Zeese for U.S. Senate (Maryland)

Additonal Signers
Coalition for Voting Integrity (Pennsylvania)

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