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Wed Jan 9, 2013, 09:45 PM

Disturbing information about touchscreen voting machines in Wisconsin

The group that was doing recounts of the recall election sent out an email yesterday. (Brief summary: they did find some errors, and will come out with a final report later, after intense data analysis is complete.)

One thing really leaped out at me: "one of our most significant findings was that the use of touchscreen voting machines has expanded across the state. About 40% of voters in the recall election voted on touchscreen machines. Yet the GABís official documentation of voting equipment still portrays touchscreen machines as being used by a small number of voters mostly for accessibility purposes." Yikes!

At the Supreme Court recount, I remember, a few of the Milwaukee County suburbs had a lot of votes from the touchscreen machines (which produced extremely long tapes that had to be carefully wound up while hand-counting the votes). Also, I once observed at an Ozaukee County election site where the poll workers were encouraging the voters to use the same kind of touchscreen (because they said it was so much easier, as I recall). At the Milwaukee city wards the workers have said that nobody ever uses the machine they have (which is the kind that prints on a regular ballot that is counted like all the others).

Who has seen instances where the touchscreens were used extensively? We should be thinking about this. I had no idea that it was so widespread.

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Reply Disturbing information about touchscreen voting machines in Wisconsin (Original post)
dragonlady Jan 2013 OP
Scuba Jan 2013 #1
PeaceNikki Jan 2013 #2
dragonlady Jan 2013 #3
PeaceNikki Jan 2013 #4

Response to dragonlady (Original post)

Thu Jan 10, 2013, 07:22 AM

1. Also this little tidbit ...


Hand Count Votes Now! still has a lawsuit in progress against Waukesha County to gain access to their ballots. This is the last county that we are still pushing to schedule appointments for a citizen audit due to the electoral problems witnessed in Waukesha County during the 2011 Supreme Court election. It is unclear at this point when the lawsuit will be settled, but we will inform you of the final outcome once a settlement is reached.



In other words, Waukesha County is denying the auditors access to the ballots. Surprised? Then you haven't been paying attention.

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Response to dragonlady (Original post)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 02:11 PM

2. I don't believe 40% of voters in the recall election voted on touchscreen machines.

I don't think it's even double digits.... is there any proof of this?

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Response to PeaceNikki (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 05:29 PM

3. Apparently it will be covered in the forthcoming report of the recount group

I was very surprised at the size of the percentage so I asked if anyone had seen instances of significant voting on touchscreens and gave my own observations. If this is being pushed in certain polling places, we should be aware of it. I'm looking forward to the final report.

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Response to dragonlady (Reply #3)

Fri Jan 11, 2013, 05:34 PM

4. me, too. that seems off.

Hardly anyone uses in my polling place and there were virtually none in waukesha county supreme court recount. Literally at most 5 in a municipality.

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