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Public Enemy 2006: Populex

So given the heightened awareness regarding the vulnerabilities of electronic voting machines, not to mention the freindliness of the execs at these companies public partisanship favoring Republicans, one might think that the next voting machine supplier to emerge would be a little bit less likely to raise any eyebrows.

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Well, sorry folks, that couldn't be further from the truth.  Just on the 5 member management team, together they have been seved as executives at over 50 corporations.  Three of them have been execs at about a dozen oil companies, several of those in Texas.  And of course they wouldn't leave out defense contractor Lockheed Martin and also the boards of a few investment firms.  Now let's move on to the advisory board. 











Management Team

Sanford J. Morganstein
President and Founder

David Patterson
Vice President and Chief Technical Officer

David Henderson
Vice President, Public Affairs

Robert W. Oliver
Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Paul H. Fricke-Board Director
Leading the pack for the advisors is none other than former deputy director of the CIA, Secretary of Defense and National Security Advisor under President Reagan, Frank Carlucci.  And of course after holding government positions like those, it's practically mandatory to serve as chair at The Carlyle Group, which he did for over a decade, followed by executive positions at nearly a dozen additional corporations.  Then there is former congressman Tony Coelho, who resigned early under a cloud of controversy and quickly became a multi-millionaire.  The remaining four members have held positions on several state election boards and state Supreme Courts.

Advisory Team

Frank C. Carlucci

Tony Coelho

Justice John L. Nickels

Loren S. Golden, Esq.

Eric J. Mlyn, Ph.D.

Eugene J. Wittry


Now that you have a little background on the men who will be running Populex, here is their PR release from today.


New Populex Voting Machine Receives Federal Approval Electronic/Paper-Ballot Hybrid Provides Unique Approach to Meet New Federal Requirements


16 December 2004

CHICAGO, Dec. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- The federal Election Assistance Commission (EAC) and National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) have approved a new, innovative voting machine that is the first electronic system to meet new federal standards by combining the advantages, flexibility and simplicity of computer-based touch screen voting with the assurances provided by a tangible paper ballot. By using the best of both approaches, the Populex system is designed to restore voter confidence that their votes will be counted accurately.

The Populex voting system is one of the first to be certified under the new, more stringent 2002 federal voting system standards, which many states will require for state certification. Systems used in the 2004 elections were certified to the 1990 standards that permit a host of problems that are still coming to light. Many companies are jury-rigging these older systems in an attempt to compensate for their shortcomings. In contrast, the Populex voting system was designed from the start with the new regulations, customer demands and people with disabilities in mind.

"We are excited to have a voting solution that is affordable, practical and gives voters full confidence that their votes will be counted and, if necessary, re-counted correctly," said Sanford Morganstein, president of Populex. "Comparing the Populex voting system to the machines used in the 2004 election is like comparing a Lexus to an Edsel."

Unlike most other touch screen systems that risk losing votes, the Populex system doesn't collect and store votes electronically in the voting computer.

Instead, Populex prints an official ballot, equipped with a bar code that is scanned to reliably record and count the votes. This paper ballot is the official ballot that's counted on Election Day and also the audit trail needed for recounts. Additionally, Populex's technology helps prevent voters from making errors and provides several opportunities for them to verify their selections.

"If the Populex voting system was used during the 2004 election in Florida and Ohio, the resulting conspiracy theories would not exist," said Morganstein. "After voting on the Populex system, each voter can leave the polls with the confidence that his or her votes have been accurately recorded and will be accurately counted."

Populex Corporation's advisory board includes both Democrats and Republicans -- including Tony Coelho, former Democratic Congressman and author of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Frank Carlucci, former Secretary of Defense and Advisor to the President for National Security Affairs during the Reagan Administration. This bi-partisan participation helps ensure that Populex focuses on protecting and increasing confidence in the democratic process without favoring or even being perceived as favoring one political party over another.

"Counting votes accurately is neither a Democratic nor a Republican ideal, it's an American ideal," said Coelho. "Frank and I are involved with Populex because we believe it provides the best option across the country to bring confidence back to our voting process."

Carlucci added, "I have found that once people see this machine, they scratch their heads and wonder three things: 'What took so long?'; 'Why didn't I think of this?'; and 'When can I get it?'."

Now, with federal approval, Populex will be marketing its innovative system to the election officials and voters who are eagerly awaiting a system that provides both the benefits of touch screen voting with the confidence of an official paper ballot.

Sanford Morganstein, president of Populex, is the man who brought us the automated attendant, "press 1 for ... " phone technology, and now he's created the Populex voting system, which eliminates the problems associated with the touch screen, punch card and optical scan voting systems of the past, and directly addresses the ongoing controversy about the reliability, accuracy and security of touch screen voting systems.

About Populex

Populex Corporation provides a touch screen voting system that prints an official voter-verified paper ballot. This official paper ballot can be privately verified by all voters, including the blind and visually impaired, in the language in which they voted. It also has features which prevent counterfeiting or accidentally counting the same ballot more than once. Using bar code technology, the ballots can be counted at high speed with unparalleled accuracy. They can also be recounted both mechanically and manually, if necessary. Because the Populex "Digital Paper Ballot(TM)" is the official record of each voter's choices, if a voting machine goes down, votes are not lost, providing voters with the confidence their votes will be counted. In addition, both the Populex system and its Digital Paper Ballots are easy for election officials to handle and store. The Populex system complies with the 2002 Help America Vote Act and the latest (2002) federal voting system standards.


Carlucci: http://rightweb.irc-online.org/ind/carlucci/carlucci.php

Henderson: http://www.geol.vt.edu/general/newsletter/nov2000/henderson.html

Pitch to Congress: http://reform.house.gov/UploadedFiles/Morganstein1.pdf

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Most other info I got in Lexis-Nexis by doing a biography search under "reference" of the peoples' names.


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