A new court filing in the King Lincoln Bronzeville v. Blackwell case revealed an election system configuration at use in Ohio's 2004 presidential election when there was a "sudden and unexpected" shift in votes for George W. Bush, according to Bob Fitrakis, a columnist at freepress.org and co-counsel in the litigation.
Evidence from the filing suggests private computer firms retained to manage the electronic voting data in Ohio were compromised, Benzinga.com reported.
An IT expert and whistleblower, Stephen Spoonamore, interviewed by the lead attorney in the case, said, Smartech had "data input capacities... In my opinion they were designed not as a mirror, they were designed specifically to be a man in the middle," he concluded based on the architectural maps of the election reporting system.
SmarTech was one of three computer companies brought to manage the elections process for Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, a Republican. The others were Triad and GovTech Solutions.
Mike Connell who ran GovTech, was outed as a partisan by Spoonamore and gave an initial deposition that amounted to stonewalling, Raw Story reported in 2008.
In one of the more inflamatory theories surrounding this conspiracy— Connell made it know to reporter Larisa Alexandrov of Raw Story that he wanted to talk, but was scared. Before he could give a second deposition, he was killed in a plane crash.