(I am an ex Ohio resident and still have many friends and family living there. I published this piece earlier today on very excellent The Man With The Muckrake blog from Toledo which I am very proud to be a member of and occasional co author.) Hart Intercivic? What’s that? Why, that is the Tech Company that manufactures the E voting machines used in Ohio and a few other states now. Yes, we all have our suspicions about the reliability and flawed software about electronic voting and how it has been hacked in previous elections. Why do we even need them? They seem to cause more problems than they purport to solve, even when they function correctly. In fact, they are banned in most democratic countries. We still have clear glass or plastic ballot boxes here in France and the public is invited to witness the vote counting procedure.
Hart Intercivic Technologies was recently acquired as a “strategic investment” by a Company called H.I.G. Capital which is directly controlled by the Romney/Bain Investment team and a partner with Solamere Capital, the investment group the Romneys are involved in and under investigation at the present time for unethical business practices, even though they are trying desperately to cover it up before the election This trail leads directly to Tagg Romney.
This seems to be a pattern followed by many of the Bain Capital Alumni who are the money bundlers for the Romney campaign. They are all involved in the E Voting business. This seems to be a repeat of the involvement of Wally O’Neil, the former CEO of Diebold, who raised money for Bush while supplying the infamous Diebold E Voting Machines and hackable software in the 2004 election.
Demand a traceable, physical paper ballot if you can. You can now vote early in Ohio after the Court Ruling earlier this week. I would urge everyone to encourage all concerned Ohioans to vote early and on paper! Make sure your vote is counted! I voted early as an overseas voter from France last week.