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Eric J in MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-22-03 05:52 PM
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BBV:Teresa LaPore-created butterfly ballot, defends defective touchscreen
Edited on Mon Dec-22-03 05:53 PM by Eric J in MN
Teresa LaPore helped create the Butterfly Ballot used in Palm Beach, FL in the 2000 election, which caused many people who intended to vote for Al Gore to have their vote count for Pat Buchanan.

So did she leave public life in shame?

No, she's still a Palm Beach County Election Supervisor, and defends defective touchscreen machines used in the 2002 election.

http://www.americanradioworks.org/features/voting/a2.ht...
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The Dancius weren't allowed to handle the actual machines used in the vote, but Rebecca Mercuri did get her hands on a demonstration model.

With a Palm Beach County election official nervously looking on, Mercuri demonstrates how the machine could malfunction.

"See, I just did it again," Mercuri says. "Watch. You'll see. When you press two things, and you can see my fingers clearly aren't pressing that one... "

When she pressed her thumb and index finger simultaneously on two candidates' names, suddenly a third candidate was selected.

"I think that's a problem," noted Meruri. "I showed how it was possible using a touch screen to vote for something you didn't actually touch for."

This was precisely the kind of malfunction Mercuri suspected in the Danciu case. But Palm Beach County Election Supervisor Teresa Lapore told Mercuri it wasn't a malfunction. It was just a trick, she said.

"You're trying to trick the system," complained Lapore. "Normal persons wouldn't try to do that."

Lapore pointed out that voters could check their selections on a review page before the ballot was cast. Palm Beach County officials and the manufacturer Sequoia insisted the machines were just fine. Other officials suggested Danciu's complaint was really a case of sour grapes from a fading politician.

In the end, the circuit court judge dismissed the case. Though he agreed there were technical problems with a small number of voting machines, they weren't enough to change the outcome. And the judge said the Dancius failed to show evidence of deliberate fraud.




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Woodstock Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-22-03 05:56 PM
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1. She's the one who started out Republican then switched
to Democrat just in time to cheat millions of them out of their votes, then switched to Independent when it was all over.
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ElementaryPenguin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-22-03 05:59 PM
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2. Exactly! LaWhore is NOT a fucking Democrat!!
Any of us could just as easily go undercover and register as Repukes!!

:puke:
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proud patriot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-22-03 06:07 PM
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3. Yeah ...sceam it loud EP
I completely agree
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sendero Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-22-03 06:11 PM
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4. I've programmed...
... a lot of user interface code. As well as doing QA for the interfaces of others.

"a normal person wouldn't do that" - what a moron. If there is a way to break a computer interface, users will find it and find it fast. It's not that they aren't "normal". They may not be intending to do anything frivolous or malicious at all. The computer has to reasonably deal with such issues, period.
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Eric J in MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-22-03 06:24 PM
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5. Without paper ballots, the judge had little choice but to
Edited on Mon Dec-22-03 06:25 PM by Eric J in MN
Without paper ballots, the judge had little choice but to say, everything's probably fine, The End.

I guess he could have ordered a new election, but that would have been controversial.

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creativelcro Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-22-03 11:46 PM
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6. Teresa LaPore = brainless parasite...
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Must_B_Free Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-23-03 12:05 AM
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7. She worked for Adnan Khashoggi
Edited on Tue Dec-23-03 12:10 AM by Must_B_Free

here MSNBCGE proves to us that that doesn't matter:

Khashoggi has close ties, from Iran-Contra and elsewhere, to the Republicans, and vaguely defined ties to Dubya's father. (In a 1990 court case, Khashoggi's phone records revealed that Khashoggi had spoken at least twice with George Bush's vice-presidential office during 1985 and 1986.) LePore worked for Khashoggi during the 1980s, when, according to her official biography, she was chief deputy supervisor of elections in Palm Beach County, a job she held until 1996, when she was elected supervisor of elections. Ergo, LePore has been working as a Khashoggi asset to elect the son of Khashoggi's old comrade-in-arms, George Bush!

Chatterbox doesn't actually believe this, of course. But the Journal's tidbit does provide an occasion to play one of Chatterbox's favorite games, "Six Degrees of Adnan Khashoggi," in which the shadowy international arms merchant is connected to every scandal of the past 40 years and some that occurred even earlier.

http://slate.msn.com/id/1006609 /


here is her ballot design fan page
http://www.geocities.com/francis_uy/palmbeachvote.html
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dusty64 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-23-03 07:01 AM
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8. Why does this NOT
surprise me. What does amaze me however is that she still has a job, what gives?
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The Zanti Regent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Dec-23-03 07:28 AM
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9. KICK!
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