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