Sender: Smith, Ed [address redacted]@sequoiavote.com
To: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Subject: Sequoia Advantage voting machines from New Jersey
Date: Fri, Mar 14, 2008 at 6:16 PM
Dear Professors Felten and Appel:
As you have likely read in the news media, certain New Jersey election officials have stated that they plan to send to you one or more Sequoia Advantage voting machines for analysis. I want to make you aware that if the County does so, it violates their established Sequoia licensing Agreement for use of the voting system. Sequoia has also retained counsel to stop any infringement of our intellectual properties, including any non-compliant analysis. We will also take appropriate steps to protect against any publication of Sequoia software, its behavior, reports regarding same or any other infringement of our intellectual property.
Very truly yours,
Sequoia Voting Systems
Let me translate this: If you attempt to analyze or audit our machines outside of a testing framework we approve, we will sue somebody. If you publish the results of any such analysis or audit so that the voters can learn how horrible our machines are, we will sue somebody.
I only hope that *one* (oh, lord, just *ONE*) of the voting districts that purchased a block of these machines was smart enough to buy them without having anyone in authority sign one of these stupid agreements. Please, let one of these county voting authorities have sent back their legal agreement with a rider expressly detailing the county’s right to audit these machines. Somewhere, some voting official have the gumption to file suit against their e-voting machine vendor for gross negligence and incompetence.