Another Voting Machines Story

Global Eye — Vanishing Act:

“Who’s behind these private companies? It’s hard to tell: The corporate lines — even the bloodlines — of these ‘competitors’ are so intricately mixed. For example, at Diebold — whose corporate chief, Wally O’Dell, a top Bush fundraiser, has publicly committed himself to ‘delivering’ his home state’s votes to Bush next year — the election division is run by Bob Urosevich. Bob’s brother, Todd, is a top executive at ‘rival’ ES&S. The brothers were originally staked in the vote-count business by Howard Ahmanson, a member of the Council for National Policy, a right-wing ‘steering group’ stacked with Bushist faithful.

Ahmanson is also one of the bagmen behind the extremist ‘Christian Reconstructionist’ movement, which openly advocates a theocratic takeover of American democracy, placing the entire society under the ‘dominion’ of ‘Christ the King.’ This ‘dominion’ includes the death penalty for homosexuals, exclusion of citizenship for non-Christians, stoning of sinners and — we kid you not — slavery, ‘one of the most beneficent of Biblical laws.’

Ahmanson also has major holdings in ES&S, whose former CEO is Republican Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska. When Hagel ran for office, his own company counted the votes; needless to say, his initial victory was reported as ‘an amazing upset.’ Hagel still has a million-dollar stake in the parent company of ES&S. In Florida, Jeb Bush’s first choice for a running mate in his 1998 gubernatorial race was ES&S lobbyist Sandra Mortham, who made a mint installing the machines that counted Jeb’s votes.”