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Days Before Election:'Experimental' Software Installed on ES&S Tabulation Systems in 39 OH Counties'

November 5, 2012

What's Up With Ohio Vote-Counting Machines?

-- by Dave Johnson


This is not about the voting machines, that is an entirely separate story. This is a new story about the vote counting machines. These machines have a different function, and this is a different company from the one that the Romney associates purchased.

Please read this at Brad Blog, Why Was Uncertified 'Experimental' Software Installed on ES&S Tabulation Systems in 39 OH Counties Just Days Before Presidential Election?

... text said to be from a November 1 memo sent from the OH SoS Election Counsel Brandi Laser Seske to a number of state election officials confirming the use of the new, uncertified software on Ohio's tabulator systems. The memo claims that "its function is to aid in the reporting of results" by converting them "into a format that can be read by the Secretary of State's election night reporting system."

"Said to be from" is a warning bell that this might just be a wild-ass rumor right before the election. On the other hand, if they are installing new software in the vote-tabulating machines this is a very big deal. IF they are changing the software in Ohio's vote-counting machines just before the election, the public needs to know what is going on.

But then it gets interesting:

According to Pam Smith, President of the non-partisan watchdog group VerifiedVoting.org, her organization also sought explanations for the last minute software changes from the Sec. of State's office.

She tells me that she was told that "the Secretary of State team installed the EXP tool" themselves in the counties that use the ES&S system. "It was not left to the counties to figure out the installation or the configuration."

So apparently the Ohio Sec State IS confirming that new software is being installed on the machines.

Before going on, this is not a "conspiracy theory" or a charge that vote-rigging is taking place. This is honest questions about some disturbing reports. I and others would like to know what is going on. That does not make us kooks.



Wheeeeeeeeeee: Romney Flip-Floppulence

Sen Lindsey Graham: "If I hear anybody say Romney wasn't conservative enough I'm going to go nuts"

Quote of the Day
"If I hear anybody say it was because Romney wasn't conservative enough I'm going to go nuts. We're not losing 95% of African-Americans and two-thirds of Hispanics and voters under 30 because we're not being hard-ass enough."

-- Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), quoted by Politico, saying that demographics would be the only reason for a hypothetical Mitt Romney loss Tuesday.


Salt Lake Tribune: "President Has Earned A 2nd Term-Romney In Whatever Guise-Does Not Deserve A 1st"


Sabato: Projection: Obama Will Likely Win Second Term

Projection: Obama Will Likely Win Second Term


With a slight, unexpected lift provided by Hurricane Sandy, Mother Natureís October surprise, President Barack Obama appears poised to win his second term tomorrow. Our final Electoral College projection has the president winning the key swing states of Colorado, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, Ohio and Wisconsin and topping Mitt Romney, with 290 electoral votes.

This has been a roller-coaster campaign, though very tight ever since Romney dramatically outshone Obama in the first debate in Denver on Oct. 3. Yet for a challenger to defeat an incumbent, the fates must be with the challenger again and again. Who could have imagined that a Frankenstorm would act as a circuit-breaker on the Republicanís campaign, blowing Romney off center stage for three critical days in the campaignís last week, while enabling Obama to dominate as presidential comforter-in-chief, assisted by his new bipartisan best friend, Gov. Chris Christie (R)?

Adding to the presidentís good fortune was a final jobs report that was basically helpful because it wasnít disastrously bad ó that is, the unemployment rate failed to jump back above the psychologically damaging level of 8%. Romney could have used that number to build a crescendo for change. Instead, the final potential obstacle to Obamaís reelection passed by as a one-day story. While Romney surged after the first debate, he never quite closed the deal in the key swing states. And now, we believe he has run out of time.

Romney staff refusing to let frostbitten children leave PA rally

Source: America Blog

Romney staff refusing to let frostbitten children leave PA rally
11/4/2012 7:17pm by John Aravosis 108 Comments Print

This is happening right now at Mitt Romneyís rally in Pennsylvania. Apparently itís freezing, and Romneyís staff is refusing to let rally-goers leave. People are begging reporters for help.

Absolutely incredible.

From the NYTís Michael Barbaro:

Read more: http://americablog.com/2012/11/romney-staff-refusing-to-let-frostbitten-children-leave-pa-rally.html

Politico senior editors: Only white men give president "mandates"

Politico's Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen decide that only people who look like them can deliver mandates.

If President Barack Obama wins, he will be the popular choice of Hispanics, African-Americans, single women and highly educated urban whites. Thatís what the polling has consistently shown in the final days of the campaign. It looks more likely than not that he will lose independents, and itís possible he will get a lower percentage of white voters than George W. Bush got of Hispanic voters in 2000.

A broad mandate this is not.



OUTSIDE: "we want to vote! Miami-Dade shuts down voting-Will reopen for voters by 5pm

Just going to repost the tweets about the mess that is currently going on down there. They can describe it better than I ever could. Absolutely a travesty what is happening right now. After the squiggly ..

Marc Caputo ‏@MarcACaputo
Miami-Dade voting P.R. fiasco: The county shuts down its limited early vote offer, citing too few workers & 1 printer ht @msanchezMIA

Kathleen McGrory ‏@kmcgrory
People staying in line, even though in-person absentee voting has been suspended for the day. Crowd chanting "let us vote!" @MiamiHerald

Kathleen McGrory ‏@kmcgrory
They just locked the doors at the Miami-Dade Elections Department. Nobody allowed in. @PatriciaMazzei @MiamiHerald

Kathleen McGrory ‏@kmcgrory
County elections office will no longer be providing absentee ballots today. People shouting. @PatriciaMazzei @MiamiHerald

Kathleen McGrory ‏@kmcgrory
Miami-Dade elections officials say they don't have the capacity to accommodate anyone else. @PatriciaMazzei @MiamiHerald

Marc Caputo ‏@MarcACaputo
Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez is in hiding after his election office over-promised extra early voting and under-delivered.

Kathleen McGrory ‏@kmcgrory
Cars being towed from the parking lot across the street from Miami-Dade elections. "This is intimidation!" one woman yells. @MiamiHerald

Melissa Sanchez ‏@msanchezMIA
"we want to vote! We want to vote!" people scream outside locked doors #miamivotingfiasco2012

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