Trey Grayson's 'disturbing history' overseeing e-voting -- as he will oversee his own election vs. Rand PaulSubmitted by sailingaway on Tue, 03/30/2010 - 10:31
" For his part, Grayson had been accused by the state's Attorney General, the now-retired Democrat Greg Stumbo, of lying about the use of uncertified voting machines in the state. In the Summer of 2007, Diebold, who had recently renamed its election division "Premier Election Solutions", notified the state that Jefferson County had been using uncertified voting systems for the past three elections. The then-AG's investigation into the matter revealed that Grayson had blatantly mislead the public about the certification of those systems.
Stumbo's inquiry had been made in the wake of CA Sec. of State Debra Bowen's "Top-to-Bottom Review" of their e-voting systems, which subsequently found startling security and accuracy issues with the very same Diebold and Hart Intercivic voting systems used in Kentucky. Stumbo had sought to ensure that immediate security upgrades demanded by the Sec. of State in California would be similarly implemented in the Bluegrass State where, he said, "Waiting and hoping for the best is not an option when the problems are obvious. Kentucky deserves the same prompt corrective action as California."
During his investigation, Stumbo had criticized Grayson's "do-nothing attitude" after the Secretary of State dismissed his call for "the same voter security and protection as the California Secretary of State demanded and received." Those protections were never granted by Grayson.
Grayson's attitude is particularly disturbing given Kentucky's rich history of insider election fraud, as illustrated again most recently by last week's federal felony convictions of eight conspirators in Clay County after they'd been found to have fixed elections by buying and selling votes in 2002, 2004 and 2006, and having manipulated e-voting machines made by ES&S in the 2006 election. The federal prosecutors argued the long-running criminal cabal --- led by six high-ranking election officials, including a Circuit Court Judge, the County Clerk and the School Superintendent --- had made millions for themselves in their years-long schemes to undermine democracy. Those schemes, the prosecutors charged, are said to have stretched back "for decades" in the rural, poor, heavily-Republican county. " (more at link)