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December 23, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A major voting machine company owned by Venezuelan investors said Friday that it would sell its U.S. subsidiary, ending a federal investigation into questions of possible ties between the company and Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. In 2005, Smartmatic Corp. acquired Sequoia Voting Systems Inc., which produces touch-screen and other machines and is one of the largest voting equipment makers in the U.S. The U.S.
October 31, 2006 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
The maker of electronic voting machines to be used in next week's election in parts of California and 15 other states sought Monday to quell concern about its connections with the Venezuelan government and its anti-American president, Hugo Chavez. Executives at Oakland-based Sequoia Voting Systems Inc. and its parent company said they had asked for a U.S. government investigation "to put to rest baseless but persistent rumors" about the parent company's ties to Chavez.
June 3, 2006 | Marc Lifsher, Times Staff Writer
An Oakland company that provides electronic voting machines in California and 19 other states is drawing scrutiny over its acquisition last year by a group of Venezuelan investors with past business ties to the government of President Hugo Chavez. Voters in 20 California counties Tuesday will use voting machines provided by Sequoia Voting Systems, the country's oldest maker of election equipment.
August 16, 2004 | Carol J. Williams, Times Staff Writer
Millions of Venezuelans eager to cast ballots on whether to recall President Hugo Chavez overwhelmed polling stations across this polarized nation Sunday, prompting organizers to extend voting into this morning. The massive turnout was one of the highest ever in Venezuela, forcing some people to wait as long as 10 hours to vote.
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