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Is my suggestion from '05 still crazy? Postcard Affidavits to check results?
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Here's my concern...I attended an Election Observer training put on by the Democratic Party in my state this past weekend. One of the things listed to immediately place a call into the Party boiler room is incidences of "VOTE FLIPPING". Now I recall being called a conspiracy theorist after '04 for even mentioning the occurrence. There was a State Senator from Ohio who was told not to go public with his experience. Now we have a party admitting this occurs but to wait until it is noticed to notify so that machines can be taken off line on election day. What if the voters miss it? What if they don't check but assume they have chosen the candidates they prefer?

So isn't this admitting that the machine tabulation might be fixed (which we know from multiple studies) but we are going to HOPE that we get a fair election?

I suggested back in '05 that when results vary from expected, the Party organize a postcard affidavit program where voters can sign that they chose X candidate. If the Dems can get enough signatures, it seems to me that they can prove that the results of DREs are in fact tainted. Of course, this would have to be organized by the campaign to effectively get enough involvement. I was shot down in '05 told this was impossible, but knowing what is at stake, isn't this one way we can challenge an outcome?

In my county we already have machines impounded and treated as a crime scene:

Sunday, March 16, 2008 3:22 AM
BY BARBARA CARMEN
THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

When Jennifer Brunner cast her vote last fall, she is certain she saw something so odd on her touch-screen voting machine that it prompted a state criminal investigation into the Franklin County Board of Elections.

At least 15 of the county's electronic machines are under double-lock at an Alum Creek warehouse. It is being treated as a crime scene.

County elections officials asked the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation to seize the machines during the investigation by Attorney General Marc Dann and forensics consultants.

Brunner said consultants from SysTest Labs in Colorado, however, were skeptical. When she described the gray box with the faint words "candidate withdrawn," the investigators told her, "That's exactly what you'd see if someone masked a name."

A SysTest report notes that voters in other precincts -- in Victorian Village, Clintonville and Hilliard -- also reported seeing "candidate withdrawn" on their machines.

SysTest investigators also found that the board had not performed a routine test of the computer software on each machine, instead testing just one machine in each precinct.

-SNIP

SysTest investigators also found that the board had not performed a routine test of the computer software on each machine, instead testing just one machine in each precinct.

-SNIP

Investigators also discovered that a board programmer turned off "audit logs" in the voting machines in April 2007, hindering investigators from reconstructing software changes. White found that the vendor had instructed a board employee on how to disable audits to speed programming.


http://www.columbusdispatch.com/live/content/local_news...

THE MACHINES CAN BE TAMPERED WITH, SHOULDN'T WE HAVE SOME BACK UP PLANS IN WHICH TO CHALLENGE THE OUTCOMES?
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