Did You Know A Foreign Company Has Acquired the Leading U.S. Vote Processing Company?

A Spanish Company, SCYTL, has acquired SOE, the leading vote processing company in the United States. According to some reports, this means votes will now be transferred to a central server overseas, where they will be counted, rather than being counted at the local precinct level.

This news was reported on the Market Watch website, back in January and received scant attention in the MSM:

SCYTL is the global leader in online voting solutions with a presence in over twenty countries

— SOE Software is the leading software company for election management solutions in the United States

— The combination of the two companies creates the industry leader in election software with a strong market presence worldwide

SCYTL, the global leader in secure electronic voting technologies, announced today the acquisition of 100% of SOE Software, the leading software provider of election management solutions in the United States. The integration of these two software companies creates the industry leader in the election software market with a full range of solutions covering from Internet voting to election night reporting and online pollworker training, and a strong market presence worldwide.

SCYTL is currently the worldwide leader in the Internet voting space and the acquisition of SOE Software, with its Clarity election management software suite, significantly expands SCYTL’s product portfolio beyond electronic voting. Furthermore, SOE Software’s strong US presence with 900 jurisdictions as customers in 26 states, including 14 state-wide customers, complements very effectively SCYTL’s customer base in the United States and internationally with customers in over 20 different countries across 5 continents, including France, Spain, Canada, Norway, Switzerland, South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Mexico, India and Australia.

Um…Is this reason for concern?

Michael Savage certainly thinks so.

Okay, that may have been a bit over-dramatic….

But has anybody else but me been wondering how this incompetent boob could be declaring war against the Catholic church, stopping the Keystone oil pipeline and drilling , destroying the coal mine industry, destroying jobs left and right with reckless abandon – all during an election year, unless some kind of fix was in?

The caller from Fresno was correct –  the CEO of SCYTL, Pere Valles, is the former VP and Chief Financial officer of Global Net.

Mr. Valles joined Scytl in March 2004 after spending most of his professional career in the United States. Prior to joining Scytl, Mr. Valles was Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of GlobalNet, a NASDAQ publicly-traded telecommunications company headquartered in Chicago. Mr. Valles assisted GlobalNet in becoming one of the leading providers of Voice-over-IP in the world and was instrumental in the successful sale of the company to the Titan Corporation, a NYSE defense company. At GlobalNet, Mr. Valles was responsible for designing and executing the strategic plan that led to an increase in revenues from US$ 25 million to over US$ 100 million and brought the company to profitability. Previously, Mr. Valles had worked as Senior Manager for KPMG’s Mergers & Acquisitions group in Los Angeles and Miami providing financial and strategic consulting services to private equity groups and corporations involved in acquisitions in the United States, Latin America and Europe. During his career at KPMG, Mr. Valles actively participated in more than 20 transactions in the telecommunications and technology areas. Mr. Valles has a bachelor degree in Economics and a bachelor degree in Law from the University of Barcelona and a MBA (summa cum laude) from Indiana University.

But I didn’t see his name among the Obama Inauguration Fund top donors. I don’t know where people are getting that.

Klein Online reported the news of the acquisition in January:

National security concerns

With the purchase of SOE Software, meanwhile, SCYTL has increased its involvement in the U.S. elections process.  SOE Software boasts a strong U.S. presence, providing results in over 900 jurisdictions.

In 2009, SCYTL formally registered with the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (AEC) as the first Internet voting manufacturer in the U.S. under the EAC Voting System Testing and Certification Program.

Also that year, SCYTL entered into an agreement with another firm, Hart InterCivic, to jointly market a flexible and secure electronic pollbook purportedly to allow U.S. election officials and poll-workers to easily manage the electoral roll on Election Day in an efficient and convenient manner.

SCYTL’s ePollBookTM already replaced the paper precinct roster in Washington, DC.

During the midterm elections in November 2010, SCYTL successfully carried out electoral modernization projects in 14 States. The company boasted that  a “great variety” of SCYTL’s technologies were involved in these projects, including an online platform for the delivery of blank ballots to overseas voters, an Internet voting platform and e-pollbook software to manage the electoral roll at the polling stations.

The states that used SCYTL’s technologies during the Midterms were New York, Texas, Washington, California, Florida, Alabama, Missouri, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, New Mexico, Nebraska, West Virginia and Washington DC.

Just prior to the midterm’s however, the new electronic voting system in Washington, DC was hacked.

As a program security trial, the D.C. Board of Elections & Ethics reportedly encouraged outside parties to hack and find flaws in its new online balloting system. A group of University of Michigan students then hacked into the site and commanded it to play the University of Michigan fight song upon casting a vote.

This is not the first time SCYTL’S systems have been called into question.

Voter Action, an advocacy group that seeks elections integrity in the U.S., sent a lengthy complaint to the U.S. Election Assistance Commission in April 2010 charging the integration of SCYTL systems “raises national security concerns.”

“Foreign governments may also seek to undermine the national security interests of the United States, either directly or through other organizations,” Voter Action charged.

The document notes that SCYTL was founded in 2001 as a spin-off from a research group at the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, which was partially funded by the Spanish government’s Ministry of Science and Technology.

Project Vote noted that in 2008, the Florida Department of State commissioned a review of SCYTL’s remote voting software and concluded, in part, that:

. The system is vulnerable to attack from insiders.

· In a worst case scenario, the software could lead to (1) voters being unable to cast votes; (2) an election that does not accurately reflect the will of the voters; and (3) possible disclosure of confidential information, such as the votes cast by individual voters.

· The system may be subject to attacks that could compromise the integrity of the votes cast.

SEE ALSO:

American Freedom: How Obama Plans To Steal The Elections Through Scytl

Of course, I can’t say with any amount of confidence that this means Obama plans to steal the election using SCYTL, but I can’t say with any amount of confidence that he doesn’t…
It’s certainly reason for concern.
UPDATE:
Anthony Martin writes at the Conservative Examiner that most of the concern lies in the vulnerabilities and human errors associated with electronic voting systems:

…SCYTL has over 900 separate contracts with over 900 voter jurisdictions in over 14 states. There can be no blanket contract that covers all voter jurisdictions, given that each one is a separate entity.

Further, the nature of the contracts that SCYTL has signed with the 900 voter jurisdictions varies from entity to entity. In some areas the company will actually tally the vote through the software it has provided to state and local governments. These entities are using electronic voting machines exclusively, or what is known as e-voting. In addition, some states have implemented what is called remote online voting, which allows a voter to cast a ballot live, online, even from the comfort of their own homes. Comparatively speaking the jurisdictions that have implemented such a system are few in number. So far such a system has been utilized only on a limited basis in local municipal elections in certain selected test markets.

Most of the contracts state and local governments have signed with SCYTL are for the electronic reporting of votes after the votes have been counted and entered into the company’s software database. This allows states to provide detailed graphics concerning election results, but it does not involve the actual counting of votes.

The company has also contracted with numerous jurisdictions to handle absentee, overseas, and military ballots.

Thus, what, exactly, is the problem with the various jurisdictions using SCYTL?

Critics say that the machines and software the company provides are too vulnerable to hackers and to those intent on perpetrating voter fraud. In 2010, Washington, D.C.’s new electronic voting system installed by SCYTL was hacked. And during the South Carolina Republican Primary this year there were numerous reports of irregularities associated with the company’s electronic system.

The problems associated with electronic voting led to a major complaint being filed with the Election Assistance Commission by Voter Action.

Prior to 2012 much of the software being used for voting system upgrades came from a company called SOE. However, SCYTL acquired SOE in a purchase agreement in late 2011 and early 2012. The platform that SCYTL currently uses actually originated with SOE before the acquisition.

But herein lies yet another problem inherent with the software, according to critics. Elections and vote fraud expert Bev Harris of Black Box Voting says that the uniform system SCYTL now uses makes it nearly impossible to check for accuracy, given that it does not mandate a paper trail of votes. There is no proof, no written record, no documentation.

If the company utilized two separate counting systems, the two could be compared and contrasted to test for accuracy. But such a system of checks and balances is not being implemented by the company, and some states no longer require a paper record of votes.

Perhaps the most dangerous aspect of systems like that of SCYTL, however, is the fact that it is possible for elections officials in government, and the computer programmers who work with the machines and software, to see how each individual citizen votes. According to Harris, such a system is a direct threat to voter privacy.

Linked by iOWNTHEWORLD, and Doug Ross, and Lonely Conservative, thanks!
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38 thoughts on “Did You Know A Foreign Company Has Acquired the Leading U.S. Vote Processing Company?

  1. This is why we still use punch machines in NY and Scantrons in PA. So much easier to count and work with.

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  2. Like good ol’ Uncle Joe Stalin said many decades ago, it’s not who votes that counts, but who counts the votes.

    Maybe I was wrong all along, and Mr. Obhammud won’t have to declare a national emergency to avoid a resounding thumping at the polls because he already knows not only that he’ll win but by what percentage he’ll win by, too.

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  3. The leftists/statists/socialists are always accusing the GOP of being in the hip pocket of Wall Street and Big Business, but when was the last time they considered 1) giving nuclear and rocket technology to the Chinese (Clinton), 2) bowing to the leaders of foreign nations (Obhammud), 3) apologizing for our very existence (Obama) and 4) instituting voting procedures that nearly ensure crooked elections (both Obama and state Democrat elections officials nationwide)? Other than being statistically bogus to begin with (tell a lie often enough, especially a big lie, and people will believe it), the Democraps have done more in the last six years to make big Wall Street players richer than anything the Republicans have ever done.

    I can understand the last one, since the pesky voters just aren’t smart enough to vote correctly (in their view) so we can have Utopia tomorrow, but I never will understand the first three.

    We are now, officially, the prime joke of the world. I doubt there’s a nation on earth that would consider us a worthy adversary in any negotiations.

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  6. No offense, but that’s one of the worst jobs of “connecting the dots” I’ve ever seen. I know its all conspiracies, all the time with the WD crowd. But really. Lots of woulda, coulda, shoulda, but 0% hard evidence of anything. 100% fearful speculation.

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  7. Of course there’s no evidence of wrong doing, as was made plain in the post. But we have every reason to be fearful of the thoroughly corrupt criminals who are currently in power. You would be worried too, if you weren’t either a useful idiot, or a complicit “ends justify the means” true believer.

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  9. Tell ya’ll what. We’ll let the Birther Party folks hide in the cellar–afraid of their own shadow. Let the grownups run the country.

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  10. And exactly when will we be able to get “grown-ups” running the country, Lithia? We certainly haven’t had any in the last couple of decades. (And yes, I realize full well that the statement/question encompasses the GWB administration, too.)

    And as for stunted-growth people running government, I most certainly wouldn’t place any money on progs, who have to have the most emotionally stunted growth of all…

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  11. Let the grownups run the country.
    That’s pretty rich.

    The collectivists who want every US citizen infantilized and dependent on government are “the grown-ups, now? And the guy who takes five shots to finally make a basket (with a basketball with his own stupid mug on it) is the grown-up? The guy who thinks one of the basic functions of the Supreme Court (deciding on the constitutionality of laws) is unprecedented?

    Most 6th graders have more common sense and basic morals than the cretinous goons running the country right now.

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  15. This is very unnerving to read! We are continuing to see our borders dissolved….this is just another method that our ‘leader’ has found to blur the lines of our strong country and allow other countries to have their fingers in our government.

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  16. A guy from Lithia Springs… said: ” worst jobs of “connecting the dots” I’ve ever seen. ” I had no problem connecting the dots, champ. Deb asked a question after presenting a discovery. A discovery is an opportunity to learn about a relevant topic, ideas expanded from a new technique or practice, not a verdict of guilt. This fool from Lithia Springs provided no assurances or proof that the discovery is not valid nor to be feared.

    When the Spanish, online voting company SKYTL bought the largest vote processing corporation in the United States, it also acquired the means of manufacturing the outcome of the 2012 election. For SOE, the Tampa-based corporation purchased by SKYTL in January supplies the election software which records, counts and reports the votes of Americans in 26 states–900 total jurisdictions–across the nation.

    As the largest election results reporting company in the US, SOE provides reports right down to the precinct level. But before going anywhere else, those election returns are routed to individual, company servers, where the people who run them “…get ‘first look’ at results and the ability to immediately and privately examine vote details throughout the USA.” In short, “this redirects results …to a centralized privately held server which is not just for Ohio, but national; not just USA-based, but global.”

    And although the votes will be cast in hometown, American precincts on election day, with the Barcelona-based SKYTL taking charge of the process, they will be routed and counted overseas.

    SKYTL itself is a leader in internet voting technology and in 2010 was involved in modernizing election systems for the midterm election in 14 American states.

    But although SKYTL’s self-proclaimed reputation for security had won the company the Congressionally approved task of handling internet voting for American citizens and members of the military overseas, upon opening the system for use in the District of Columbia, the University of Michigan fight song “The Victors” was suddenly heard after the casting of each ballot. The system had been hacked by U of M computer teachers and students in response to a challenge by SKYTL that anyone who wished to do so, might try!

    Nevertheless, in spite of warnings by experts across the nation, American soldiers overseas will once again vote via the internet in 2012. And because SKYTL will control the method of voting and—thanks to the purchase of SOE–the method of counting the votes as well, there will be no ballots, no physical evidence, no way for the public to authenticate who actually cast the votes…or the count.

    The American advocacy group Project Vote has concluded that SKYTL’s internet voting system is vulnerable to attack from the outside AND the inside, a situation which could result in “…an election that does not accurately reflect the will of the voters…”

    It has also been claimed that SKYTL CEO Pere Valles is a socialist who donated heavily to the 2008 Obama campaign and lived in Chicago during Obama’s time as Illinois State Senator. Unfortunately, given what is known about the character of Barack Obama, such rumors must be taken as serious threats to the integrity of the 2012 vote and the legitimate outcome of the election.

    It is still true that most election fraud is an “inside” job. And there now exists a purely electronic voting service which uses no physical ballots to which an electronic count can be matched should questions arise. Add to this the fact that the same company will have “first count” on all votes made in 14 US states and hundreds of jurisdictions in 12 others and the stage is set for election fraud on a scale unimaginable.

    How can ANYBODY defend the integrity of the totals provided by this “sweetheart” contract deal? I find it interesting that we will have a communist country counting the votes for our President. Are we to trust them? I don’t think so. Where’s Congress in all this? A quick look at the web site and it looks like the company is the product of and run by EU technocrats. http://www.scytl.com/en/index.html

    2012 – A Spanish company. 2016 – A Saudi company… Count on it.

    Use this site to contact your Congressional Representative: https://writerep.house.gov/writerep/welcome.shtml

    Thanks Deb for informing us all …. and a great write up!

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  17. Your comment is a post in itself. Very good analysis of what may happen in the upcoming Nov. elections. And not just for the Presidency…senate and Congressional seats might also be affected.

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  18. There is no “guilt by proximity fallacy,” heartlander, because one can very easily be judged by who one’s friend and common associates are.

    And that’s the entire deal with the lack of vetting by the LSM of the person who ended up being president this time – he and his associations were never properly vetted, and what little that did come out (like his 20-year association with his “spiritual mentor, the not-so-reverend Wright) was swept under the rug, explained away or excused as an anomoly.

    Yes, we have much need to be greatly concerned about this, it should become an election year issue, and gutless Republican “leaders” in both the House and Senate should be making this a top priority.

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  22. You guys do know this has been proven as a hoax now right. Face it, the Federal Government can’t sell the rights because the Fed Govt doesn’t perform the elections. The states manage all of their elections. Therefore, the states purchase all of their machines. That is why we still have machines from the sixties in my precinct of NY. They are simply the best system. Also, these Spanish systems are not designed to run in North America so it is doubtful any US states would purchase them in the first place. We are getting all worked up over nothing.

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