Saturday, January 20, 2007


Foreign governments not involved in U.S. voting

Re the Jan. 8 editorial Sale could ease doubt about elections: A Miami Herald story in October reported that Smartmatic Corp. voluntarily submitted information to the U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. The editorial uses the word ``resisted.''
Smartmatic has provided the media documents detailing the company's ownership structure -- 97 percent of Smartmatic is owned by its four founders -- Antonio Mugica Rivero, a citizen of Spain and Venezuela, Roger Pinate and Alfredo Anzola, both Venezuelan citizens, and Jorge Massa, a citizen of France and Venezuela. The remaining stock is held by Smartmatic's senior executives and the founders' family members.
The Oct. 28 story U.S. digs for vote-machine links to Hugo Chávez says that business records obtained by The Miami Herald in Willemstad's commercial registry provide no evidence of any Venezuelan government official or agency as director, associate, employee or proxy in Smartmatic.
Most important, the idea that foreigners could somehow influence the U.S. voting process is untrue and ignores the numerous safeguards and stringent regulations in place to ensure fair and accurate elections. Sequoia Voting Systems' election equipment and software have been tested and qualified by federal Independent Testing Authorities and certified by individual states.
ANTONIO MUGICA, CEO and president, Smartmatic Corp., Boca Raton
JACK A. BLAINE, president, Sequoia Voting Systems, Boca Raton