Voting advocates challenge Pinellas Election By Mitch E. Perry

03/13/06

The Voting Integrity Alliance of Tampa Bay , or VIA Tampa Bay has requested to Florida Secretary of State Sue Cobb that she investigate what the group says are the failures of Pinellas County's Sequoia election system during last Tuesday’s elections and the Logic & Accuracy Tests conducted in February .

Pamela Hengal is Executive Director of the Voter Integrity Alliance of Tampa Bay. She says that Sequoia Voting system failed last week (roll tape# 1 o.q.�tabulation back on track�)

And Hengal explains that e-mailing codes is in itself problematic (roll tape#2 o.q.�it could be a felony�)

The Voting Integrity Alliance is also making a Public Records request to Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Deborah Clark , asking for a slew of documents related to last week’s election, AND to a Logic and Accuracy test that was held with Sequoia Machines last week.

WMNF contacted the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections office. A spokeswoman said the office did not have any official comment, mainly because they say that there were errors made by the official observer of last week’s election .

This coming Tuesday, there will be more elections in the County, as 14 different local jurisdictions will be hosting elections of some sorts.

Pamela Hengal from the Voter Integrity Alliance of Tampa says their nonpartisan group is concerned about the lack of transparency involved with touch screen voting machines (roll tape#3 o.q.�paper ballot�)

The Voting Integrity Alliance is affiliated with Vote Trustusa……They’re looking for people to help out with public records request, as well as getting help from people with Information Technology skills. They can be contacted at viatampabay@aol.com

The Sequora machines rejected memory cards as if they had already been read….

1) what were the failures of last week’s election…And the L&A 2)

Additionally, VIA Tampa Bay has submitted a Public Records Request to Deborah Clark, Supervisor of Elections of Pinellas County, to produce all documentation in connection with the elections and L&A test.

It is critical the Supervisor of Elections produce all documentation promptly as Florida election law provides only ten (10) days after certification for the contest of an election. The election was certified on March 11, 2006.

VIA Tampa Bay is a non-partisan organization dedicated to ensuring that every citizen’s vote is counted in a manner that is fair, secure, accurate, transparent, verifiable, and instills complete confidence in voters that their voice has been heard and their votes have been counted. VIA Tampa Bay is also affiliated with VoteTrust USA, a non-partisan, national coalition of election integrity experts all across the country. You can visit their website at www.votetrustusa.org.

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