Patriotic Techs – All Hands On Deck!!

24 08 2008

The election watchdog group Black Box Voting, has sent out the following request.  If you are not familiar with this group, you should be.  The website is extensive, and there’s also a great documentary Hacking Democracy  (available on Netflix) which tells the story of this organization and the amazing woman who started it all.  This is possibly the single most important issue facing our country, because without preserving the integrity of the vote, we have nothing

They also have a downloadable Tool Kit for the upcoming election on the website.

So do what you can.  If you’re a blogger, post this.  If you’re a tech, read below to see what you can do.  Engaged citizen?  Go to the website to learn more.  Download a tool kit.  Be prepared and know what to look for at your polling place.  Keep your power and take back the vote.

Widest possible distribution needed. Please do spread this in blogs, etc:

This post will no doubt produce howls of objection for the vendors that read it. Black Box Voting is encouraging all individuals with a technical background to search and apply for temporary tech ELECTION SUPPORT jobs for the November 2008 election.

Hiring is underway for temporary technicians to help with voting machines this fall. Vendor dependence is undermining the structure of US elections, as described here in the new report by


We want to see You, the People, enter into the vendor mix directly.


In a presidential election year, voting machine vendors will hire and train thousands of technicians staffed around the country. For example, anywhere that Election Systems & Software has a machine, they are under contract to provide an on-site support tech. Hart Intercivic, Premier (Diebold), and Sequoia also use Election Day support technicians.

Temporary election tech support jobs have been spotted on,, and local tech temp firms like (in 2006) DecisionOne. The tech services firm may be a subcontractor for the big four voting machine companies. Sometimes you’ll find the positions advertised by your local county.

Sites like have you register in their E-tech database. They search for techs based on skill set and area. There isn’t much in the way of a skill set needed for the election projects.


Anyone with tech skills interested in safeguarding the November election is encouraged to register at technical recruiting sites and apply for any election-related projects.

CONSIDER ASKING FOR TIME OFF ON YOUR FULL TIME JOB TO DO THIS.  This November, there may be no better way to watch the behind-the-scenes process than to be a stagehand, so to speak.

It is not the vendor, and not the government, that has the right to elections information, it is the PUBLIC. Citizens have inalienable rights to sovereignty over the government they created and pay for. These rights cannot be honored without mechanisms to see all information related to elections, and ultimately, to have control processes that honor citizen sovereignty.

That said, it ain’t gonna happen this November. Therefore it is entirely appropriate, patriotic, and important, for citizens to apply for temporary positions as voting machine technicians to provide inside public oversight for the process.

There will be nondisclosure agreements, which are not appropriate at all for public elections, but it’s a reality now that vendors are trespassing on citizen right to know. There may be issues that arise which the public clearly has a right to know. When that happens, a decision must be made.


We have already been in communications with other patriotic volunteers who have successfully obtained these positions in the past, and are doing this for November.

THERE ARE ALWAYS WAYS TO DEAL WITH IMPORTANT ISSUES IF THEY ENDANGER THE PUBLIC GOOD. You, the People, are needed on the inside of the elections industry this November.

This is a public service bulletin from Black Box Voting.

Black Box Voting Tool Kit 2008 – free download here:

Empower more election watchdog actions:
Black Box Voting
330 SW 43rd St Suite K
PMB 547
Renton WA 98057

Alaskans Arrive in Denver!

24 08 2008

The Alaskan Delegation has arrived in Denver for the big show! 

Check out the great post from delegate Cal Williams HERE on the newly launched online magazine Alaska Dispatch.

Linda Kellen, aka local blogger Celtic Diva, is also there with her entourage.

Republican Fairbanks mayor Jim Whittaker, who formally endorsed Barack Obama last week, has accepted an invitation to speak at the convention on Tuesday night. 

“The decision to support Sen. Obama was not one that I took lightly,” he said. “Nor was it one that was going to be halfhearted, so when the call came and the request was made I said I would do it”.

And rumors are flying that Hillary Clinton will release her delegates to Obama.

Will wonders never cease…

State of the Senate Race

24 08 2008

Brownsox over at Daily Kos has an interesting Senate race summary, claiming 5 certain Democratic pick ups if the election were held today, with many races trending Democratic.

Alaska (Stevens – R incumbent): At this point, the only thing that can save indicted Alaska Republican Ted Stevens is an acquittal at his September 24 trial. Orange to Blue candidate Mark Begich, the Democratic Mayor of Anchorage, now sports an impressive 18-point lead over Stevens, per Pollster’s average. His leads over Stevens’ primary opponents are even wider, and since April, Begich has been outraising Stevens quite substantially.

It’s unlikely that Stevens will lose his primary, and almost certain that he will not remove his name from the ballot if he wins (thus enabling the GOP to nominate a potentially stronger candidate).

I do not expect Stevens’ reelect numbers to remain mired in the thirties, as they are now. Still, Begich has evidently taken control of this race, and he is sufficiently popular in his own right that he should be able to maintain his advantage over the coming months. Stevens is an Alaska institution and a 40-yar incumbent, but an outright acquittal may be the only thing to save his bacon. And even an acquittal may not be enough.

The Republican brand in Alaska is so badly damaged it’s doubtful even an acquittal would turn the race at this point.  It would doubtless entrench the current Stevens supporters, and might net a bit of a pick up for him…but 18 points?  Not going to happen.  An acquittal plus the discovery that Begich is an axe murderer….maybe.

We should not rule out a 60-seat filibuster-proof Democratic majority in the Senate, either.  The only thing Dems should fear is a pickup that would net a 59-seat majority…allowing Lieberman to retain his power by threatening to withhold his vote.  If it falls out with 58 seats or less, or over 59 without him  he can be swiftly and joyously stripped of his committee positions and banished from the kingdom…