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DREs may be nefarious BUT they are faithful -- TN "vote flipped to Obama" story debunked
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Edited on Fri Oct-24-08 11:26 AM by Fly by night

Lordy, I would give anything if the story publicized earlier this week on BradBlog and here -- that three voters in a rural Tennessee county using ES&S iVotronic DREs had witnessed their votes jump from McCain to Obama -- were true. Why? Because a story like that is so rare but, if true, it would affirm that electronic voting carries risks for all voters, not just "tin-foil-hat" Democrats. As we worked our TN Voter Confidence Act bill through our legislature (to ban DREs and move to paper ballots/random audits), it would have really helped us if there had been examples of Republicans being harmed by this equipment as often as Democrats, or at all. Unfortunately, my follow-up on the Tennessee story this morning proves to me what my OP title says: DREs may be nefarious BUT they are faithful -- to their Republican masters.

Here's the link to an earlier thread on this story:

I would strongly recommend that DUers also read the original story published in the Decatur County Chronicle (weekly, circulation 2,700, motto: "Blessed in the nation whose God is the Lord" (Psalm 33:12)) this past Tuesday. Here's the link:

Here's what I learned in speaking with the local reporter and the Decatur County Election Registrar who was interviewed for the story:

--- The newspaper learned about the story "... when the voters called the paper to report the vote flips from McCain to Obama". Or maybe it was a call from the two county election commissioners quoted in the story -- both Republican party members of the five person local commission -- one of whose father-in-law happens to be the newspaper publisher.

--- The three voters who reported the vote-flips (but only to the newspaper -- they have still not contacted anyone at the Election Commission) were the mother, father-in-law and either cousin or uncle of the Decatur County Republican Party Chairman

--- All of them are in business with each other at the local sawmill.

--- None of the aggrieved voters have listed phone numbers.

--- When the Decatur County Election Registrar offered to call a county election commission meeting to discuss the vote-flipping incident, the Republican commissioners declined.

--- Neither of the Republican commission members have been back to the county election commission office to file any formal complaint about the equipment or to ask that it be de-commissioned.

So folks -- I report, you decide. As for me, my initial skepticism has (sadly) been confirmed. What looked like a rare glimpse at bi-partisan harm caused by DREs has sadly been -- once again -- another debunked exception that reinforces the rule.

When I finished my conversation with the county Election Registrar (who was completely open and helpful throughout our conversation) by saying "You know, when I heard this story, I smelled a fish. And it weren't fresh-caught", she said "Exactly."

Folks, we've just witnessed a little bamboozlry on the banks of the Tennessee River, in a sleepy little backwoods county whose Republicans are as slimy as they are stupid. Their little attempt at small town psy-ops has plopped pathetically -- like poop from a dying pachyderm.

Like the ACORN brou-ha-ha-ha-ha, this story has no merit.

DREs may be nefarious BUT they are faithful.

That's all folks.

Peace out. GOBAMA.

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  -DREs may be nefarious BUT they are faithful -- TN "vote flipped to Obama" story debunked Fly by night  Oct-24-08 11:20 AM   #0 
  - Faithful to those who programmed them. nt  NCevilDUer   Oct-24-08 11:31 AM   #1 
  - K&R  InternalDialogue   Oct-24-08 11:44 AM   #2 
  - K&R. Get this to the Greatest.  bleever   Oct-24-08 12:00 PM   #3 
  - That's why all vote switching should be done the old fashioned way:  Bill Bored   Oct-24-08 01:14 PM   #4 
  - I agree that opscans without mandatory random manual audits is no solution.  Fly by night   Oct-24-08 01:28 PM   #6 
  - An update after speaking w/ one of the Repub county election commissioners  Fly by night   Oct-24-08 01:17 PM   #5 
  - K & R  politicasista   Oct-24-08 01:59 PM   #7 
  - Thank you for the info. Important enough to be posted in GD.  clear eye   Oct-24-08 02:54 PM   #8 
  - I would think they would want it to ACTUALLY flip a few, just to keep a good face...  newtothegame   Oct-24-08 03:00 PM   #9 
  - Exactamundo  Fly by night   Oct-24-08 03:18 PM   #10 
  - Very interesting  last_texas_dem   Oct-24-08 07:20 PM   #11 
  - Oh shit. Bill Moyers just mentioned this non-story as if it were fact.  Fly by night   Oct-24-08 08:19 PM   #12 
  - K&R  IsItJustMe   Oct-24-08 10:09 PM   #13 
  - Google follow-up on this faux story  Fly by night   Oct-25-08 08:58 AM   #14 
  - NC machines flip to Obama, not McCain  WillYourVoteBCounted   Oct-25-08 01:44 PM   #15 
  - It is interesting that all the R to D stories have come out in past 2 days.  Fly by night   Oct-25-08 02:12 PM   #16 
  - ... and appear to ALWAYS involve local Repub officials ...  Fly by night   Oct-26-08 10:49 AM   #17 
  - In NC, it was a Democratic official running election that flipped to Obama  WillYourVoteBCounted   Oct-29-08 11:42 PM   # 
  - In NC, it was a Democratic official running election that flipped to Obama  WillYourVoteBCounted   Oct-29-08 11:42 PM   #26 
  - The NC election director (DEM) was interviewed - here's article  WillYourVoteBCounted   Oct-29-08 11:48 PM   #27 
     - Your multiple posts confirm the TN "false equivalence" pattern, rather than contradicting it.  Fly by night   Oct-30-08 07:53 AM   #28 
        - The full article didn't say much else so here's what I wrote the reporter:  Fly by night   Oct-30-08 08:20 AM   #29 
           - And here's how the reporter responded:  Fly by night   Oct-30-08 09:26 AM   #30 
  - Imagine if our ATM machines made as many mistakes  drosenfeld33   Oct-29-08 06:54 PM   #25 
  - Can you get a copy of the ballot from that county?  SoCalDemocrat   Oct-26-08 04:17 PM   #18 
  - Democrats are at the top of the Presidential ballot in all TN counties.  Fly by night   Oct-27-08 07:55 AM   #21 
  - Wow! Vote flipping for Obama is so rare they have to make it up  Time for change   Oct-26-08 08:52 PM   #19 
  - The TN Republican Party told them to do this, via an email from the party chairman.  Fly by night   Oct-27-08 07:53 AM   #20 
  - The Fascists are so gifted when it comes to techniques of disinformation.  JohnWxy   Oct-27-08 06:02 PM   #22 
  - Let's point out some of Bernie's inaccuracies....  bc123   Oct-29-08 12:08 PM   #23 
     - Welcome to DU. While you're still here, let me respond to your attempt to debunk my debunking.  Fly by night   Oct-29-08 03:04 PM   #24 

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