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1206 LESSON 11614 WEDNESDAY FREE ONLINE E-Nālanda Research and Practice UNIVERSITY KINDLY RENDER CORRECT TRANSLATION TO THIS IN YOUR CLASSICAL MOTHER TONGUE AND ALL THE OTHER LANGUAGES YOU KNOW AND PUBLISH. Please send a copy to awakenmedia.prabandhak@gmail.com chandrasekhara.tipitaka@gmail.com KINDLY RENDER CORRECT TRANSLATION TO THIS IN YOUR CLASSICAL MOTHER TONGUE AND ALL THE OTHER LANGUAGES YOU KNOW AND 
PUBLISH. Please send a copy to awakenmedia.prabandhak@gmail.com chandrasekhara.tipitaka@gmail.com The Origin of the Pali Canon ALL SENTIENT AND NON SENTIENT BEINGS RESEARCHING AND PRACTICING THE TEACHINGS OF THE AWAKENEND ONE WITH AWARENESS ARE EVER HAPPY, WELL, SECURE, CALM , QUIET, ALERT, ATTENTIVE, HAVE EQUANIMITY MIND WITH A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING THAT EVERYTHING IS CHANGING RESEARCH AND PRACTICE ON LATEST MODERN ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES, INSTRUMENTS, GADGETS
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11614 WEDNESDAY FREE ONLINE E-Nālanda Research and Practice UNIVERSITY

KINDLY RENDER CORRECT TRANSLATION TO THIS  IN YOUR


CLASSICAL MOTHER TONGUE AND ALL THE OTHER LANGUAGES YOU KNOW AND


PUBLISH.

Please send a copy to
awakenmedia.prabandhak@gmail.com
chandrasekhara.tipitaka@gmail.com

KINDLY RENDER CORRECT TRANSLATION TO THIS  IN YOUR

CLASSICAL MOTHER TONGUE AND ALL THE OTHER LANGUAGES YOU KNOW AND

PUBLISH.

Please send a copy to
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chandrasekhara.tipitaka@gmail.com

The Origin of the Pali Canon


 ALL SENTIENT AND NON SENTIENT BEINGS RESEARCHING AND PRACTICING

THE TEACHINGS OF THE AWAKENEND ONE WITH AWARENESS ARE

EVER HAPPY, WELL, SECURE, CALM , QUIET, ALERT, ATTENTIVE,

HAVE EQUANIMITY MIND WITH A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING

THAT EVERYTHING IS CHANGING

RESEARCH AND PRACTICE ON LATEST MODERN ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES, INSTRUMENTS, GADGETS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwifMmjCQ50

Tipitaka Chanting Ceremony - Sri Dalada Maligawa - Kandy 7:23:28hrs


Streamed live on Dec 20, 2013

Tipitaka
Chanting ceremony organized by the International Tipitaka organization
will have the chanting this time at the historic audience hall of the
Sri Dalada Maligawa, Kandy. Tipitaka chanting ceremony had been held in
India on several occasions and this chanting is held in Sri lanka for
the 3rd time.
Tipitaka chanting ceremony was held at Anuradhapura at
the premises of the Sacred Bo Tree in the year 2011 and this chanting is
performed in this time at the Audience hall of Sri Dalada Maligawa for
the 3rd time. Local and foreign Bikkus will participate to chant 30 Nos.
selected Sutta followed by a discussion at the end of each Sutta.
With
advice of and guidance of the Most Venerable Nayaka Theros of Malwatta
and Asgiriya chapters Honorable Diyawadana Nilame has extended his
assistance and corporation for Tipitaka chanting. The Organizing
Committee heartily welcomes all Buddhists to participate at this
Tipitaka chanting ceremony on 20th 21st and 22nd December 2013.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQxV7LOWXiE

Tipitaka Chanting Ceremony - Sri Dalada Maligawa (2nd Day)8:19:23 Hrs
Streamed live on Dec 21, 2013


Tipitaka Chanting ceremony organized by the International Tipitaka
organization will have the chanting this time at the historic audience
hall of the Sri Dalada Maligawa, Kandy. Tipitaka chanting ceremony had
been held in India on several occasions and this chanting is held in Sri
lanka for the 3rd time.
Tipitaka chanting ceremony was held at
Anuradhapura at the premises of the Sacred Bo Tree in the year 2011 and
this chanting is performed in this time at the Audience hall of Sri
Dalada Maligawa for the 3rd time. Local and foreign Bikkus will
participate to chant 30 Nos. selected Sutta followed by a discussion at
the end of each Sutta.
With advice of and guidance of the Most
Venerable Nayaka Theros of Malwatta and Asgiriya chapters Honorable
Diyawadana Nilame has extended his assistance and corporation for
Tipitaka chanting. The Organizing Committee heartily welcomes all
Buddhists to participate at this Tipitaka chanting ceremony on 20th 21st
and 22nd December 2013.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SraNRm7ZFro

Tipitaka Chanting Ceremony - Sri Dalada Maligawa (3rd Day)8:13:12 Hrs


Streamed
live on Dec 22, 2013
Tipitaka Chanting ceremony organized by the
International Tipitaka organization will have the chanting this time at
the historic audience hall of the Sri Dalada Maligawa, Kandy. Tipitaka
chanting ceremony had been held in India on several occasions and this
chanting is held in Sri lanka for the 3rd time.
Tipitaka chanting
ceremony was held at Anuradhapura at the premises of the Sacred Bo Tree
in the year 2011 and this chanting is performed in this time at the
Audience hall of Sri Dalada Maligawa for the 3rd time. Local and foreign
Bikkus will participate to chant 30 Nos. selected Sutta followed by a
discussion at the end of each Sutta.
With advice of and guidance of the
Most Venerable Nayaka Theros of Malwatta and Asgiriya chapters
Honorable Diyawadana Nilame has extended his assistance and corporation
for Tipitaka chanting. The Organizing Committee heartily welcomes all
Buddhists to participate at this Tipitaka chanting ceremony on 20th 21st
and 22nd December 2013.


http://ignca.nic.in/PDF_data/IGNCA_buddhagaya_report.pdf
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ttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fC26x_C59Q4
Bojjhanga :

Pali Recitation from Pali Tipitaka (Audio) 2007 2:17mins
Bojjhanga :

Pali
Recitation from Pali Tipitaka (Audio) 2007.
Bojjhanga : Pali
Recitation from the Pali Tipitaka (Audio) This Dhamma Society production
is part of of the multimedia and teaching tools for Tipitaka Studies in
Roman script. This Pali-language passage is taken from the
International Council manuscript B.E. 2500 (1956), or the World Tipitaka
Edition in Roman script, first published by the Dhamma Society in 2005.
Recited and translated in to Thai Language by Pali & Tipitaka
Master Siri Petchai, Chairman of the M.L. Maniratana Bunnag Dhamma
Society Fund under the Patronage of His Holiness the Supreme Patriarch
of Thailand. Produced by Tipitaka patrons and volunteers.
http://www.audtip.org/

The Origin of the Pali Canon

Suppose
a monk were to say: “Friends, I heard and received this from the Lord’s
own lips: this is the Dhamma, this is the discipline,this is the 
Master’s
 
teaching”, then, monks, you should neither approve nor disapprove
his words. Then, without approving or disapproving, his words and
ex­pressions

should be carefully noted and compared with the
Suttas and reviewed in the light of the discipline. If they, on such
comparison and review, are found

not to conform to the Suttas or the discipline, the conclusion must
be: “Assuredly this is not the word of the Buddha, it has been wrongly
un­derstood by

this monk”, and the matter is to be rejected. But
where on such comparison and review they are found to con­form to the
Suttas or the discipline, the

conclusion must be: “Assuredly this is the word of the Buddha, it has been rightly understood by this monk.”

- DN 16 Mahāparinibbāna Sutta - The Great Passing, The Buddha’s Last Days

The
authentic teachings of Gotama the Buddha have been preserved and handed
down to us and are to be found in the Tipiṭaka. The Pāli word,
‘Tipiṭaka’,

literally means ‘the three baskets’ (ti=three + piṭaka=collections
of scriptures). All of the Buddha’s teachings were divided into three
parts.

1. The first part is known as the Vinaya Piṭaka and it contains all the rules which Buddha laid down for monks and nuns.
2. The second part is called the Suttaṅta Piṭaka and it contains the Discourses.
3. The third part is known as the Abhidhamma Piṭaka and comprises the psycho-ethical teachings of the Buddha.

http://www.indianembassy.in.th/mynews.php?nid=157

Planting of Holy Bodhi Tree Sapling from…

Press Release
Planting of Holy Bodhi Tree Sapling from Bodhgaya at Buddhamonthon, Nakhonpathom Province on Wisakha Bucha Day (13 May 2014)
1.H.
E. Mr. Krit Garjana-Goonchorn, Principal Private Secretary to His
Majesty the King and H. E. Mr. Harsh Vardhan Shringla, Ambassador of
India to the Kingdom of Thailand are to jointly plant the sapling of
Holy Bodhi tree at the southern ceremonial area of the temple of Marble
Pali Canon (Tripitaka) on the auspicious occasion of Wisakha Bucha Day
on 13 May 2014 at 0909 hrs.
2.The sapling of the original Holy Bodhi Tree from Bodhgaya, India was
presented to His Majesty the King of Thailand during the official visit
of Dr. Manmohan Singh, Hon’ble Prime Minister of India to Thailand on 30
May 2013 as a special gift. This was for the first time in the history
of bilateral relations and symbol of the shared cultural heritage of
Thailand and India that such gesture was made.
3.Wisakha, which commemorates the three signal events in the life of
Lord Buddha - Birth, Enlightenment and Passing Away – is also known as
Buddha Purnima in India. The Bodhi Tree at the Mahabodhi Temple located
in Bodhgaya is the exact place where Prince Siddhartha of Kapilavastu
Kingdom attained enlightenment 2600 years ago and became the Lord
Buddha. Due to the close association with enlightenment ‘Nirvana’, which
is the goal of all Buddhists, the Holy Bodhi tree has great sacred
significance.
4.The profound message of Lord Buddha has inspired generations of monks,
scholars and pilgrims in India and Thailand. It is undoubtedly one of
the most valued strands of the shared heritage of our countries. Wisakha
offers to all of us an opportunity to reflect on the life and teachings
of Lord Buddha. The plantation of sacred Bodhi Tree at the prestigious
Buddhamonthon on the auspicious day Wisakha Bucha will be a symbol of
peace and an inspiration of the ultimate potential that lies within us
all.
***

RESEARCH AND PRACTICE ON LATEST MODERN ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES, INSTRUMENTS, GADGETS

After
It had been conclusively proved to the satisfaction of the Hon’ble
Supreme Court that our country’s EVMs ARE tamperable,  the country’s
Hon’ble Supreme Court has directed the country’s Election Commission to
introduce a paper backup of votes cast through electronic voting
machines, but allowed the commission to introduce it in stages during
general elections next year.Election Commission agreed in principle to
voting machines with printouts.

Last year, the Supreme Court of this country, having been convinced
of an undeniable, edible possibility of EVMs getting tampered with and
that easily hacked — even from afar — had ordered the imbecilic Election
Commission and the indolent Government to provide about 1600 crore
(1600, 0000000) rupees — convert this into your respective
currency! — for manufacturing these VVPAT (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit
Trail) voting machines; which show a verifiable paper receipt to the
voter.

That the Hon’ble Supreme Court of this country too, while passing
the order of putting new VVAT voting machines in use in a “phased
manner”, has unwittingly shirked its duty. In fact, it committed a grave
error of judgment. Perhaps dealt a fatal blow to the Country’s
democracy. It should have ordered, as a caution, that till the time this
newer set of about 1300000 voting machines is manufactured in full and
so deployed throughout the country, ballot paper system would be brought
in. No such precautionary measure was decreed by the apex court. Till
such time the people of this country who honour the Constitution that
guarantees Liberty, Fraternity and Equality for the welfare, happiness,
and peace of all societies will not recognise and respect all “so called
patriotic” Militant Stealth Hindutva Cult of RSS
crook brahmins BJP  hackers.

1) Mr.Sadasivam CJI, a brahmin who passed the order of putting
new VVAT voting machines in use in a “phased manner”, has unwittingly
shirked its duty & committed a grave error of judgment dealt a fatal
blow to the Country’s democracy  who should have ordered, as a caution,
that till the time this newer set of about 1300000 voting machines is
manufactured in full and so deployed throughout the country, ballot
paper system would be brought in. No such precautionary measure was
decreed by the apex court.

2) Mr. Mohan Bagawath, a brahmin and a drop out who is not a
Constitutional expert says that there should not be any caste based 
reservation which is against the Constitution that provides reservation
for SC/ST/OBCs.

3) Mr.Narendra Modi, a baniya who contested elections saying that he
belonged to Backward Caste though he belonged to the Gandhi’s upper
baniya caste and violated all the Silas such as responsible for killing
large number of  human beings in 2002 Gujarat riots in the name of
religion as a result who was not given American VISA. He lied that he
was not married and became CM of Gujarat for 4 times. He looted the
Country’s wealth along with Capitalists and Industrialists and spent
crores of rupees to become the PM by way of paid news and advertisements
to almost all the media of our motherland made hay in May!

As this is a nation where intelligence of the Militant Stealth
Hindutva Cult of RSS brahmins rules in closed quarters, idiocy democracy
in the open. We make gods out of mud, then, prostrating before them, we
remain, as before, a dud. And, some times, in the name of our fancied
little god and his glory, my motherland’s favorite sons also kill each
other, with the deep ingrained vigor of all our bestial ancestry, and
like a whiff of wind are gone — dead.

Lest it becomes confusing, let’s say it as it is — we are , like
every other human being, are truly one really, really queer kin of apes.
In some fields, ahead of others and beyond compare; in other areas, we
are as silly and supercilious as a bull-hounded mare. In a nutshell, at
least in the loftier mystical and evolved spiritual circles “get” some
things well — like higher metaphysics — while failing miserably,
simplistically, in simple, elementary physics.

After all, who in one’s right mind would yet allow the use of
absolutely antiquated, completely out-dated, easily hack-able and highly
tamper-able “high school technology” based, obsolete EVMs (electronic
voting machines) in national elections, even now — in 2014?

More than 80 democracies in the world have simply done away with
them, dumping them in the trash, or simply declared the usage of this
simplistic voting system susceptible to fraud, and hence declaring the
same as illegal — as the Supreme Courts of Germany and Holland indeed
have done. Even Japan, from where EVMs originated, has long abandoned
its rogue babies, and is using paper ballot system since then. All the
advanced democracies in the West, except the most dull-headed ones, have
reverted to a voter verifiable system or the ballot paper. In Canada,
even at the ,most basic school level, ballot paper voting is in use.

Last year, the Supreme Court of this country, having been convinced
of an undeniable, edible possibility of EVMs getting tampered with and
that easily hacked — even from afar — had ordered the imbecilic Election
Commission and the indolent Government to provide about 1600 crore
(1600, 0000000) rupees — convert this into your respective
currency! — for manufacturing these VVPAT (Voter Verifiable Paper Audit
Trail) voting machines; which show a verifiable paper receipt to the
voter.

This is the Fundamental Right of a citizen of any democracy, as per
the laws laid down by the Constitution. Only 20, 000 such voting
machines have been provided for the entire country in this, 2014
election! The Country  has 29 states now — with Telagana being the
latest. In most of them, depending upon their size etc., either about
400 VVPAT machines are being deployed, or some such similar ridiculous
number — more or less — has been made available in the length and
breadth of the country. It’s an asinine, bland, cruel, demeaning joke we
1.25 billion jokers have been “blessed” with by the powers that be.

As to how EVMs can be hacked into, tampered with, and results
favorably manipulated via software interference and other means — from
near and from far, far away — this can easily be found by anybody by
just going to Google etc. and filling “EVM HACKING, TAMPERING” or
something to this effect in the Search. And lo, behold! a plethora of
information will just overwhelm your overly chilled-out, lesser
employed, un-billed brains.

Quite a few unscrupulous politicians and every other most
“honorable” political party worthy of its “salt”, such as Militant
Stealth Hindutva Cult RSS’s BJP  with the support of Supreme Court and
Chief Election Commission surely played this comic-tragic game of
hacking into and hijacking the votes of a billion people! Thus, one who
outsmarts the other such fine folks, armed with their hacking forks in
this merry-go-around, won.

The rest — this or that “tsunami” or wave in favor of one or the
other, poll forecasts and the “newbie”, the over enthused, seeming game
changers in the making — well, they may well fall flat on their dumb
faces.

Well, crib all you want. But don’t cry, my dear countrymen. After all,
the same model of EVMs is yet very much in use in South Africa, Bangla
Desh, Bhutan, Nepal, Nigeria, Venezuela etc. These poor folks of the
said “non-techy” countries — millions of them — too cannot figure out as
to what the hell had, yet is happening, in their dear short-circuited
“developed” democracies. Nor will you.

The process of elections is the most sacrosanct duty in a Republic
which ECI should carry out with utmost diligence. Caesar’s wife should
be above suspicion. Free and fair polls should not only be ensured but
APPEAR to be ensured to the satisfaction of the voters.

India first tested EVMs in a by-election in 1982, but the machines
were first deployed on a large scale of over 1 million in a general
election in 2004.
In 2010, security researcher Hari Prasad and his
associates released a video that they said demonstrated vulnerabilities
in the EVMs, after hacking an EVM that had already been used in an
election.

Prasad and his team replaced the display board of the machine with a
look-alike component that could be instructed through a Bluetooth
connection on a mobile phone to steal a percentage of the votes in favor
of a chosen candidate. The researchers also used a pocket-size device
that could be attached to the memory of the EVM to change the votes
stored in the machine during the period between the election and the
public counting session.

www.wired.com/politics/security/news/2006/10/71957

Building a Better Voting Machine

Kim Zetter  10.18.06

It’s been six years since the Florida
presidential fiasco launched a flurry of spending around the country to
replace antiquated punch-card and lever voting machines with expensive
new electronic touch-screen machines. Yet new controversies over the
security of e-voting machines continue to crop up, making it clear that
the new machines are just as problematic as the ones they replaced.
Why can’t the voting machine companies get it right?
With election
season upon us, Wired News spoke with two of the top computer scientists
in the field, UC Berkeley’s David Wagner and Princeton’s Ed Felten, and
came up with a wish list of features we would include in a voting
machine, if we were asked to create one.
These recommendations can’t guarantee clean results on their own. Voting
machines, no matter how secure, are no remedy for poor election
procedures and ill-conceived election laws. So our system would include
thorough auditing and verification capabilities and require faithful
adherence to good election practices, as wells as topnotch usability and
security features.
Here, then, is our nomination for the best voting machine for 2008. Use
the comments tool below to tell us how your perfect voting machine would
look.
Hardware

Combine the best features of touch-screen and
optical-scan machines in a single device. Touch-screens are easy to use
and are flexible enough to accommodate disabled voters and multiple
languages. Optical-scan devices provide reliable paper trails.
We recommend a third alternative that combines the best attributes of
both — a ballot marking machine, such as one made by Election Systems
and Software.
http://gab.wi.gov/elections-voting/voting-equipment-ess

http://www.misterwhat.co.uk/company/1570130-election-systems-and-software-newbury
http://gab.wi.gov/publications/other/ess-unity-3400-approval-letter

http://www.tn.gov/attorneygeneral/cases/ess/ess.htm

Government Accountability Board
STATE OF WISCONSIN
https://www.verifiedvoting.org/resources/voting-equipment/ess/automark/

AutoMARK
The AutoMARK Voter Assist Terminal (VAT) is an optical scan ballot marker designed for use
by people who are unable to personally mark an optical scan ballot due to physical impairments
or language barriers. Originally patented by Eugene Cummings in 2003 and developed by

Vogue Election Systems, the AutoMARK ballot marking device received certification to the 2002
VSS in 2005 and later changed its name to AutoMARK Technical Systems. ES&S announced
its purchase of AutoMARK Technical Systems on January 28, 2008. While the AutoMARK is

most often used in configuration with optical scanners manufactured by ES&S, it is also used
together with scanners from Sequoia and Premier/Diebold in some jurisdictions.
The AutoMARK is a hybrid of several devices: a scanner, printer, touch screen display, and

input device. The data for a given election is stored on a compact flash card. Using the system
software, an election official is able to convert election data created for use in the AutoMARK.
During this process it is also possible to customize the election data, including adding

translations or phonetic pronunciation of difficult names for use with the synthesized speech.
Once the flash card has been programmed, it is inserted and locked into the AutoMARK.

http://www.xssl.co.uk/

About Xpress
Xpress is part of the ERS group and is the leading
supplier of electoral management software in the UK. We work with over
170 local authorities and our expert team primarily consisting of
electoral software development specialists and former electoral
administrators, provides our customers with access to a first class
telephone service to support our robust and functionally rich, market
leading software.

What We Do
Xpress provides a complete electoral registration and
election management system and support services throughout the UK. All
features of the system are accessed via intuitive and easy-to-use
Windows styled interfaces, providing optimum performance and
functionality while harnessing the power and flexibility offered by
Microsoft® products.
As part of the ERS Group, we provide; telephone, Internet and SMS
electoral registration services, Election Stationery and Postal Voting
Packs, Poll Cards, Ballot Papers and Pre-Election Mailings, Referendum
Services and Business Improvement District Ballots to name a few.

http://thevotingnews.com/tag/election-systems-and-software/
Election systems and Software
Tag Archive
New York: Nassau to probe voting machine failures | Newsday

Nov 8 2012
» The Voting News
More than 200 new electronic voting
machines in Nassau County jammed on Election Day, forcing voters to cast
some 20,000 paper ballots and delaying final tabulations in some close
races, election officials said. About 4 percent of the 463,000 Nassau
voters who went to the polls Tuesday


had to place paper ballots into emergency ballot boxes when the
machines malfunctioned, said Democratic Board of Elections Commissioner
William Biamonte. In 2010 and 2011, such breakdowns affected less than 1
percent of voters, he said. Similar problems were reported in New York
City. Suffolk Republican Deputy Elections Commissioner Bill Ellis said
the county experienced only minor issues “that were easily corrected.”
Suffolk uses a different vendor than Nassau and the city. Close

“This level of failure is unacceptable,” Biamonte said. “Going
forward, we are going to have to take a second look at this contract.”
Nassau’s vendor acknowledged the problems, but said a small percentage of jams were not uncommon during high turnout elections.
“We are working now to determine the exact nature, extent and cause of
these reports and will work with our customer to correct any identified
issues,” said Kathy Rogers, spokeswoman for Election Systems &
Software of Omaha, Neb. “We are confident that every voter was able to
correctly and accurately cast their ballot and that each of those
ballots will be counted.”
Full Article: Nassau to probe voting machine failures.

Tennessee: Davidson County election chief says ES&S is reason for ballot problems | The Tennessean
Oct 1 2012
» The Voting News
Davidson County voting machines that defaulted to Republican ballots during the Aug. 2
primary elections had been programmed like those used in a
closed-primary system, which Tennessee doesn’t have, an election
official said this week. Election Commissioner Steve Abernathy, who has
defended the county’s use of the machines, known as “electronic poll
books,” confirmed that vendor ES&S programmed them like the ones
used in Maryland, where voters generally must be registered members of a
party to vote in its primary. In Tennessee, the system is open, meaning
voters don’t register as party members, and they can cast ballots in
either primary. But the machines in 60 of Davidson County’s 160
precincts didn’t always work that way last month. Some voters, including
Sheriff Daron Hall, an elected Democrat, have said the electronic poll
books gave them Republican ballots if poll workers didn’t ask them which
primary they wanted to vote in. The problem has drawn howls of outrage
from Democrats, including Metro Council members and U.S. Rep. Jim
Cooper. Close

Abernathy, one of three Republicans on the five-member Election
Commission, said the machines weren’t supposed to work that way. “We had
specified in the information we gave (the vendor) to set it up where
the precinct registrar had to make a selection in order for them to be
able to print the application for a ballot,” he said. “So it was
supposed to be impossible for it to do what it did.”
Told of the closed-primary model, Metro Councilman Bo Mitchell, who is
running as a Democrat for a state House seat, said the situation arose
from one of two scenarios, neither of them good. He said ES&S’s
success as a business depends on making Democrats and Republicans feel
comfortable with the mechanics of voting, so he thinks the company was
instructed to program the default to the party in power in Tennessee
right now. “Someone had to tell them how to program those machines in
that fashion,” Mitchell said. “We’re still waiting for the Election
Commission to tell us who. They’re not going to alienate potentially
half of their business by favoring one party or the other.” But if
ES&S was at fault, “I don’t know why we’re doing business with
them,” he added. Election Administrator Albert Tieche said ES&S has
said publicly that it was at fault. He said he’s not happy with the
company.
Full Article: Davidson election chief says voting machine vendor is reason for ballot problems | The Tennessean | tennessean.com.
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Company Overview of Election Systems & Software, Inc.

Snapshot
 
People

Company Overview
Election
Systems & Software, Inc. provides voting software, equipment, and
services to support the election process. It offers local, state-level,
and statewide voter registration and candidate filing management
solutions, such as ES&S PowerProfile enterprise edition, a voter
registration database management application that enables state election
officials to maintain, track, and exchange voter registration
information with local election officials in their state; ES&S
PowerProfile, a software solution that enables local election officials
to register voters and manage elections, as well as supports absentee
and early voting, election worker training, voter database maintenance,
and petition validation; and DIMS-Net, a voter registration management
system. The company provides VoteRemote outgoing services to automate
processing, printing, and mailing aspects of the absentee/vote by mail
process; ballot on-demand and early voting print solutions; and
ExpressPoll, an electronic poll book solution that provides an automated
solution to streamline the voter verification process at polling
locations. It offers high speed digital image central-count scanners and
vote tabulators; software-election results reporting software; and
end-to-end election management software. The company also provides
election support services; and hands-on and comprehensive, and classroom
and Internet-based election staff and poll worker training services. It
works with election officials in the United States and internationally.
The company was formerly known as American Information Systems, Inc.
and changed its name to Election Systems & Software, Inc. in January
1997. Election Systems & Software was founded in 1979 and is
headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska.
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11208 John Galt Boulevard
Omaha, NE 68137
United States
Founded in 1979

http://www.essvote.com/home/These
devices let voters make their choices on a touch-screen. But instead of
directly recording the votes digitally onto a memory card, the machine
prints the votes onto a full-size paper ballot. Voters or election
officials then place the completed ballots onto an optical-scan reader
(.pdf), where the votes are recorded digitally.
This system provides the same level of accessibility to disabled voters
as touch-screen machines, while producing digital votes that can be
counted quickly.
The full-size paper ballot serves as a
voter-verified paper audit trail that’s far superior to the paper record
currently produced by touch-screen machines outfitted with printers.
That’s because most touch-screen printers use thermal paper — the kind
used in many cash registers — which produces poor-quality records that
tend to curl and tear easily. The printers also jam and can run out of
paper, forcing poll workers to replace them in mid-election — problems
that are absent with ballot-marking systems.
Eliminate removable memory cards. Removable memory cards pose an
unacceptable security risk for voting machines and we should do away
with them, advises UC Berkeley’s Wagner.
Current systems require
election staff or poll workers to install memory cards into a slot in
the voting machine to record the votes. To prevent someone from
tampering with the cards, workers are supposed to place tamper-evident
tape over the memory-card compartment. But workers often forget to
install the tape or take proper action when they discover that the tape
over a compartment has been broken.
Recently, Princeton’s Felten showed how it’s possible to open locks on
some voting machines using a standard issue hotel minibar key.
Eliminating removable memory cards and compartments would help minimize
risks from physical break-ins.
Barring that, Wagner is also looking at viable ways to store election
data on a voting machine memory card so it can’t be deleted or changed
once it’s written to the card.

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