Corrupting the American Vote- Part 3
This is part of an ongoing series on threats to the American Vote Count. The series will continue all week.
Today a look at the Technical Guidelines Development Committee:
Information on the government website states: The TGDC supports the Election Assistance Committee by providing recommendations on voluntary standards and guidelines related to voting equipment and technologies. It is composed of 14 members selected from various standards boards and for their technical and scientific expertise related to voting systems and equipment. NIST chairs and manages the TGDC.
Members include representatives from the EAC Standards Board, EAC Board of Advisors, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board, American National Standards Institute, The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, The National Association of State Election Directors (two representatives), and other individuals with technical and scientific expertise related to voting systems and voting equipment.
The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) specifies the organizational membership of the TGDC, as follows:
The Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) serves as chair
2 members of the EAC Standards Board
2 members of the EAC Board of Advisors
2 members of the Architectural and Transportation Barrier, and Compliance Board (Access Board)
A representative of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI)
A representative of the (IEEE)
2 representatives of the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED)
4 individuals with technical and scientific expertise relating to voting systems and voting equipment.
The individuals comprising the TGDC are as follows:
Patrick D. Gallagher
Deputy Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
EAC Standards Board – 2
City Clerk and Recorder
Director, Division of Elections
Florida Department of State, Division of Elections
EAC Board of Advisors – 2
Maricopa County Recorder
Administrator of Elections
Maryland State Board of Elections
Architectural and Transportation Barrier Compliance Board (Access Board) – 2
Director of Field Services, National Federation of the Blind
Senior Software Engineer
IBM Human Ability and Accessibility Center
American National Standards Institute (ANSI) – 1
Dr. David Wagner
Professor, University of California-Berkeley
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) – 1
National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) – 2
Dr. Brittain Williams
Retired professor- Kennesaw State- University of Georgia
Voting Systems Manager, Washington State
Other individuals with technical and scientific expertise – 4
As part of its development of new voting standards, NIST consults with TGDC subcommittees and holds regular subcommittee teleconferences and periodic TGDC meetings. Teleconference audio archives, TGDC meetings, and TGDC meetings and presentations and related NIST work material are open to the public. The public may also view and submit comments and position statements to the TGDC.
President Obama has named technical advisor to the Technical Guidelines Development Committee (TGDC), provided for in the “Help America Vote Act”, to assist US Election Assistance Commission (EAC) in developing federal voluntary voting system guidelines that are used to test and certify voting systems. Based on a column at VelvetRevolution and cross posted at the Brad Blog, comes the following:
Incredible. This would be the equivalent of appointing the sitting Vice President of Exxon Mobil to an EPA advisory committee, but Ed Smith has now been appointed to the disastrous U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s (EAC’s) Technical Guidelines Development Committee as one of their new “Technical and Scientific Experts.”
From the EAC’s email announcement on Friday:
Edwin B. Smith, III, vice president of compliance and certification at Dominion Voting Systems. Before joining Dominion Voting Systems, Mr. Smith was vice president of manufacturing, compliance, quality and certification at Sequoia Voting Systems. He also served as the operations manager at Hart InterCivic and the senior director of operations at K*TEC Electronics. He holds a Master of Business Administration from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelor of Science in engineering technology from Texas A&M.
So Smith went from voting machine company Hart Intercivic to voting machine company Sequoia Voting Systems and is now at voting machine company Dominion Voting Systems, where he is a VP, selling e-voting systems to jurisdictions around the country that receive federal money doled out by the EAC. And now he’ll also sit on an advisory board at the EAC helping to advise which one of those companies sees their systems certified for use in U.S. elections by the EAC. Just amazing.
Smith is the guy who, after years of paying a crackpot contractor named Mike Gibbons to do this and that for Sequoia with loads of federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) tax-payer cash, assigned him to do an “independent” analysis of Sequoia’s touch-screen machines after they failed in NJ’s 2008 Super Tuesday election. That was just after Smith had sent a letter threatening two Princeton computer scientists with legal action “to stop any infringement of our intellectual properties, including any non-compliant analysis,” if they performed the actually independent analysis of the machines as they were tasked by NJ election officials to do. (Additional outrage/irony shortly thereafter uncovered by The BRAD BLOG: Sequoia didn’t even own the Intellectual Property rights to the machines in question. Rather, the IP rights were, and are still to our knowledge, owned by Smartmatic, a Venezuelan firm tied to Hugo Chavez. Sequoia lied to both federal investigators and state election officials about that relationship.)
After The BRAD BLOG exposed who Smith’s friend Mike Gibbons actually was — a Sequoia insider, as well as a drunk and a philanderer with an obnoxious Facebook page seeking a “well endowed blonde nymphomaniac,” only to change the page after we’d outed him to feature a photo of him and George Bush Sr. and a professed love of Jesus Christ instead — Gibbons was fired. (He would be found dead a few months later, the actual cause of which we’ve never been able to ascertain.)
Smith was severely reprimanded at Sequoia for the embarrassing incident, and has now been rewarded by moving on to Dominion, which is in partnership with his old friends at Sequoia to supply the new, failed e-voting systems recently deployed, disastrously, for the first time in last November’s election — the one where the results of the NY-23 Special Election for U.S. House will now forever be in question. The Sequoia/Dominion contract to supply faulty, secret vote counting machines to NY-23 is worth some $20 million federal tax-payer dollars.
And now Smith’s been named to advise the EAC, the actual federal body tasked with overseeing, testing, and approving voting systems for federal approval — the very body that is supposed to oversee the very scams that Smith attempts to pull off with his worthless, broken, easily hacked, often-failed, computerized secret vote-counting systems. And, in the case of the NY systems, they’re being used even though they are neither federally nor state certified yet.
This is why I made the statement that the total disregard of the American vote and the voter’s wishes is permeating our government. I fear it will continue until such time as we as Americans stand up to them and tell them NO MORE!
In part four tomorrow, we will look at another assault to the vote count being proposed by the current administration called the “Universal Voter” bill.