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Two Florida Candidates File Election Contests in the U.S. House PDF  | Print |  Email
By Warren Stewart, VoteTrustUSA   
December 21, 2006

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Two candidates for Florida Congressional Districts have filed formal election contests with the U.S. House yesterday under the Federal Contested Election Act of 1969. Clint Curtis was a candidate for Florida’s District 24, while Christine Jennings ran for the state’s District 13 seat. Both elections are also being challenged in State Circuit court in Tallahassee. The contest will be referred to the House Administration Committee.

Curtis makes the argument that it is unconstitutional and a violation of UN Human Rights conventions and international law to refuse to disclose source coding on electronic machinery such as is the case in Florida and elsewhere.  In a press statement Curtis, citing his background as a computer programmer, noted that elections may be rigged and stolen completely in the software and so to refuse the ability to audit source code and test same is not worthy of any self-respecting democracy.
 
Meanwhile, with the outcome of the state level legal challenges of the certified lection results in Florida’s hotly contested 13th District race still unresolved, Jennings is asking Congress to consider a revote if the legal challenge in Florida is unsuccessful. In both the contest and the lawsuit, Jennings is seeking access to the source code used to program the ES&S iVotronics used in early voting and on Election Day in Sarasota county. ES&S is refusing to allow an independent review of their source code, claiming that it is protected by contractual trade secret agreements.


Sarasota County has become a test case on the the problems posed by voting machines on which votes are recorded directly to memory, or direct recording electronic (DRE) machines. The fundamentally opaque principle on which such machines operate, coupled with the manufactrurers’ general refusal to allow independent review of source code has led many to question whether DREs are really an appropriate voting system for a democractic form of government that depends on transparency and accountability for its legitimacy.

The contests present incoming Speaker Nancy Pelosi with a difficult decision about whether or not to seat the declared winners, Vern Buchanan in the 13th and Tom Feeney in the 24th, if a single member challenges Buchanan’s right to the seat. The members would then have to choose between seating Buchanan and or Feeney unconditionally, seating them conditionally “pending the outcome of an investigation” or leaving the seat vacant pending resolution of the contests.
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