|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
JANUARY 4, 2005
|CONTACT: The North Carolina Coalition for Verified Voting
Joyce McCloy, Coordinator, phone 336-794-1240
National Critics to Recommend Election Reform to North Carolina Lawmakers
North Carolina lawmakers to hear testimony from nationally recognized computer voting expert Rebecca Mercuri and Professional White Hat Hacker Chuck Herrin
WASHINGTON -- January 4 -- Joint Select Committee on Electronic Voting Systems will hear recommendations from nationally known computer scientists. A Florida-style nightmare unfolded in North Carolina in the days following November 2, 2004. Thousands of votes were missing and North Carolina will have to hold one statewide race over again at a cost of about $3 Million dollars to taxpayers.
North Carolina has a history of problems with paperless electronic voting, including the loss of 436 votes in 2002, followed by the loss of 4,532 votes in 2004. Critics call for Voter Verified Paper Ballots as a crucial part of reform. The State Legislature appointed the Joint Select Committee to study the issue and make recommendations on the fate of electronic voting in North Carolina. The upcoming meeting will feature heavy hitters of the electronic voting arena.
Date - January 7, 2005 at 10:00 a.m. Friday. - Key Speakers: Rebecca Mercuri and Chuck Herrin
Rebecca Mercuri has been a leading national critic of electronic voting for the past five years. She is on the faculty at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, long time verified voting advocate will present testimony. Her website: http://www.notablesoftware.com/evote.html /
Chuck Herrin, professional "white hat hacker" hired by Fortune 500 Companies to test their security. Mr. Herrin will be presenting testimony on security, standards and auditing of electronic voting. He also will demonstrate step by step the ease of hacking the Diebold Central Tabulator similar to the one used in Gaston County North Carolina. Chuck Herrin's website: http://www.chuckherrin.com / Mr. Herrin is a republican who in addition to writing how to hack Diebold Voting systems,also wrote "Empathy Training for Conservatives" and "Empathy Training for Liberals". There also will be a speaker opposed to voter verified paper ballots
If you cannot attend, listen to the hearings live online, see the Appropriations Committee Room (Rm 643) link:
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The North Carolina Coalition for Verified Voting is a grassroots organization fighting for clean and verified elections. Contact Joyce McCloy, Coordinator, N.C. Coalition for Verifiable Voting - phone 336-794-1240 - email: e-mail protected from spam bots