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Diebold/Premier's Equipment and Software Must Be Immediately and
Permanently Decertified and a Criminal Investigation Launched



As A Result Of The California Secretary Of State's Findings and Diebold/Premier's Own Admissions That Its Voting Systems Do Not Meet Federal Standards, Velvet Revolution Calls on the Company to Return the Well Over $100 Million in Taxpayer Funds Spent by Californians on Failed, Faulty Voting System Hardware and Software

California officials recently revealed that ALL of Diebold/Premier's voting systems violate federal certifications guidelines!* These systems illegally do some or all of the following::*

  • delete ballots without notice
  • allow the "permanent" audit log records to be deleted
  • fail to properly record deletion of ballots
  • insert incorrect time stamps on audit log items.

Yet Diebold falsely claimed to meet all federal voting system standards. Accordingly, we demand that:

1) DIEBOLD: RETURN OUR MONEY!: Diebold/Premier has accepted well over $100 million in county, state and federal taxpayer funds for services which the company knew it could not perform. With California's devastating budget shortfall of $ 45.5 billion dollars, we demand the return of these funds from Diebold. The purchase price for hardware, software licenses, and maintenance fees should be returned to the State within 90 days. If Diebold's announced sale to Election Systems and Software becomes final, California must be fully reimbursed instead from ES&S.

2) SOS DEBRA BOWEN: DECERTIFY DIEBOLD!:, Diebold/Premier products, currently used in 20 California counties, violate federal voting system standards and must be immediately and permanently decertified by Secretary of State Debra Bowen.

3) AG JERRY BROWN: PROSECUTE DIEBOLD!: California's Attorney General Jerry Brown must immediately launch a comprehensive criminal investigation into Diebold/Premier's knowing use and sale of faulty election systems that have undermined our elections. Further, unless Diebold/Premier, within 90 days, refunds to California all monies paid for its fraudulent software and equipment, we call on the State of California to file suit against Diebold/Premier seeking the return of funds for breach of contract and fraud.

Velvet Revolution has been calling for accountability and transparency from electronic voting companies since launching its "Divestiture for Democracy campaign in 2005. We are now putting all such companies on notice: Across the nation, we are fed up with false promises, shoddy and faulty voting systems, and continued knowing violation of the law. We demand accountability and we insist that public officials enforce their contracts and applicable federal and state standards!

Our election system has been dangerously compromised. 'We the People' will not tolerate compromise on our freedoms, our liberty, our democracy. We will not compromise on our insistence that companies receiving taxpayer money act transparently and honestly.

Send an email to Diebold/Premier, California Secretary of State Debra Bowen and California Attorney General Jerry Brown. Tell them:

  1. Diebold/Premier: 'Return Our Money!'
  2. Secretary of State Bowen: Throw Diebold Out of Our State, Once and For All!
  3. Attorney General Brown: Investigate! Prosecute! Obtain a Refund!


Update 10/5/09: Our Letters To Diebold, Secretary of State and Attorney General

Diebold/Premier: 'Return Our Money!'
Secretary of State Bowen: Throw Diebold Out of Our State, Once and For All!
Attorney General Brown: Investigate! Prosecute! Obtain a Refund!




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Subject Line: Action Required re: Diebold/Premier Fraud Against California Voters and Taxpayers

I am writing in support of the campaign at DieboldReturnOurMoney.com.

The dependability of California's elections has been severely damaged by use of flawed voting systems made by made by Diebold Corporation, now operating under the name of Premiere Election Solutions. These faulty systems have been repeatedly decertified and recertified, yet serious problems persist, as outlined in California Secretary of State Debra Bowen’s Report to the Election Assistance Commission Concerning Errors and Deficiencies in Diebold/Premier GEMS Version 1.18.19 of March 2, 2009, which revealed that ALL of Diebold/Premier's voting systems violate federal certifications guidelines. Every one of these systems illlegally does some or all of the following:

  • delete ballots without notice
  • allow the "permanent" audit log records to be deleted
  • fail to properly record deletion of ballots
  • insert incorrect time stamps on audit log items.

Diebold/Premier has been paid well over $100 million in county, state and federal taxpayer funds for services which the company knew it could not perform. I demand the return of the purchase price for hardware, software licenses, and maintenance be returned to the State within 90 days.

Furthermore, I call upon Secretary of State Bowen to immediately and permanently decertify all Diebold/Premier products, forbidding their use in California elections.
Additionally, I ask that a comprehensive criminal investigation be launched by Attorney General Jerry Brown into Diebold/Premier's knowing use and sale of faulty election systems. Further, unless Diebold/Premier, within 90 days, refunds to California all monies paid for its fraudulent software and equipment, we call on the State of California to file suit against Diebold/Premier seeking the return of funds for breach of contract and fraud.

The reported sale of Premier Election Systems to Election Systems and Software (ES&S) presents serious antitrust issues, but doesn't get Diebold/Premier off the hook for their responsibilities. If ES&S would prefer to reimburse California themselves, I would not object.

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