Meet Command Central: The People in Charge of Wisconsin Voting Machines

Writes Barbara With, Marianne M. Moonhouse and John Washburn on Wisconsin Citizens Media Co-op:

Command Central is one of Wisconsin’s leading vendors of voting machines and election supplies. They are distributors for Dominion Voting Systems, a privately-owned electronic voting equipment company. Founded in Canada in 2002, Dominion is now based in Denver, CO, since their acquisitions of Premier Election Solutions, from Election Systems & Software (ES&S), and Sequoia Voting Systems.

Command Central deals directly with Wisconsin county and municipal clerks and is closely involved in their selection of voting machines, ballots, and other election supplies. Command Central does all the maintenance on the voting machines and provides tech support throughout the year, with a special “hot line” should clerks need help with glitches, etc., on election day.

In June 2011, the Wisconsin County Clerks Association held their annual summer conference in Ladysmith. Seventy-five county clerks from across the state came together to, among other things, “assist the legislators in developing sound legislation that affects county clerks and county government by providing accurate and useful information.” WCCA Legislation Committee chair at the time was Kathy Nickolaus.

Last summer’s meeting featured a break-out session entitled, “Mastering Tough Questions from News Media, Directors and Other Audiences”…

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3 Responses to Meet Command Central: The People in Charge of Wisconsin Voting Machines

  1. Liam_McGonagle June 7, 2012 at 3:05 pm #

    I am 100% in favor of improving transparency and reliability of results by challenging if not ditching altogether electronic voting machine companies.

    But let’s not kid ourselves about what happened on Tuesday:  the Democratic Party Machine threw the election away.  In an environment where the general electorate want change, they chose an insincere hack like Barrett to go against Walker in the general election.  Walker may be a lot of things, including a jail-bound felon, but one thing he definitely is NOT is orthodox.

    Early on the national cabal of senior office holders, donors and consultants stepped in and decided they knew better than grass-roots voters, and hacks like David Obey shouted down fresh faces like Kathleen Falk in favor of known quantity and two- (now three-) time loser Barrett.  Whereas Falk commanded ALL the major union endorsements from the folks who actually worked to make the recall possible, Barrett is best known for balancing Milwaukee’s budget by using the union-busting Walker law he later claimed to find so offensive during the general election.

    Primaries are fundamentally different creatures from general elections, because–SURPRISE–it’s mostly loyal partisans who vote.  Loyal partisans who are not likely to question the judgement of their so-called “leaders” and their decision to totally ignore the opinions of crucial non-ideological voters who wanted change, even if they don’t have really clear ideas as to what kind of change. Democratic primaries are essentially machines designed to lose general elections.

    Even Walker’s worst enemies (myself included) cannot deny that he represents change and that Barrett does not.

    • Vasily343 June 7, 2012 at 9:17 pm #

       an unusually rational point for a disinfo commenter

      “It was a dumb political fight – I would have waited until Walker’s reelection,” former Democratic Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell told The Hill.” Plus, the recall election was a rerun of the state’s 2010 gubernatorial race, with Walker facing the same opponent.
      The “Groundhog Day” aspect of the vote only added to voter perceptions
      that it was somehow a distortion of the normal political process,
      according to Rendell.”

      http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/DC-Decoder/Decoder-Wire/2012/0607/Was-Democratic-push-for-Wisconsin-recall-a-mistake

      • Liam_McGonagle June 8, 2012 at 4:36 pm #

        I liked, but it’s hard to believe you’re the same person who implied something as stupid as that the SEIU run a cabal that’s more powerful than JP Morgan.  The SEIU couldn’t even get their candidate nominated for sh*tty like backwater state like Wisconsin, much less run up $3, maybe $5 billion dollars in losses over a month.

        But you don’t let your lack of knowledge stop you from commenting.  You’ll eventually hit upon something.

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