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Time for change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-09-05 03:27 PM
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The Role of Voter Registration Purging/Fraud in Kerry's loss of Ohio
The main reason that Al Gore lost Florida and the Presidency in 2000 was the illegal purge tens of thousands of mostly black voters from the Florida voter registration roles. "The reason" for the purge was that these voters were close computer matches to felons, who by law were not allowed to vote in Florida. Florida's Governor and the private company that he hired to conduct the purge knew that their process would disenfranchise not only real felons, but close computer matches as well. A very effective way to win an election.

I have posted threads on DU postulating that hundreds of thousands of mostly Democratic voters were illegally purged from Ohio's voter roles in 2004 and that this accounted for a net loss of over 40 thousand votes from John Kerry in Cuyahoga County alone. My rationale for those postulations was mostly the huge discrepancy between newspaper reports of new voter registration, compared to official Ohio Secretary of State figures. In the weeks prior to the election, for example, a New York Times report indicated that new voter registration in Ohio was ten times as great throughout the state in Democratic than in Republican precincts. Indeed, these reports provided reason for much optimism that the Kerry/Edwards ticket would win Ohio and the Presidency. But official figures by the time of the November election showed that Republican precincts actually exhibited greater gains in voter registration than Democratic precincts between March and November of 2004.

Subsequently, I tried to contact the NY Times and the reporters who reported the massive increases in Democratic voter registration, in order to see if I could obtain verification that illegal voter purges were indeed conducted, but they would not answer my letters.


Confirmatory evidence of illegal voter purging

Finally I found some good sources that provide a probable explanation and confirmation of my suspicions for much of the discrepancy between the newspaper reports and Kenneth Blackwell's official voter registration figures. The first source was Norman Robbins, leader of the Greater Cleveland Voter Registration Coalition. According to his figures, there were 160,894 new voter registrations received by the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in 2004, compared to only 31,903 registrations in 2000. This information is fully consistent with the NY Times and other newspaper reports. Yet, the number of Cuyahoga County registered voters for the 2004 election was actually LESS than the number of registered voters for the 2000 election! What happened to all those voters?

That is explained by research conducted and reported by Victoria Lovegren, which is posted at Ohio Vigilance.
The most important finding documented in these reports involves the purging, apparently illegal, of 165,224 voters from Cuyahoga County alone, for no other rationale than that they hadn't voted recently. Dr. Lovegren notes in her report that this practice violates the National Voting Rights Act. This matter is still being investigated. We don't know at this time precisely when these purges occurred, though it was some time between the 2002 and 2004 November elections. Perhaps the most troublesome aspect of these reports is that the purging appears to have been done discriminately, that is, with no specific criteria for who would be purged. This could account for the great discrepancy between the newspaper reports of massive increases in new Democratic voter registration and the reality that Republican precincts actually outdid Democratic precincts in increases in registered voters during 2004 if the purging was targeted at Democratic precincts (Cuyahoga County of course is heavily Democratic). This would be consistent with numerous findings from John Conyers' House Judiciary Committee Report, Preserving Democracy: What Went Wrong in Ohio, which related numerous instances of targeting Democratic voters for disenfranchisement. Of equal concern was the fact that thousands of these voters were not notified that their registration was purged, and therefore they were not able to take steps to correct the problem until they were notified on Election Day that they weren't eligible to vote.

Dr. Lovegren's report also notes numerous other issues of serious concern, including the following:

Registration applications being rejected because they lacked a date of birth, even though the applicant was not told that this needed to be included.

Insufficient staff to deal with all the applications for voter registration, despite repeated requests for additional staff.

Requests for absentee ballots not responded to.

Hundreds of long time voters missing from the voter roles

Phone lines were jammed on Election Day, so that most inquiries about how to handle voter registration issues could not be addressed adequately.

The public was not allowed to watch the provisional ballot verification process.

Numerous voters did not receive provisional ballots as required by law.

Numerous dirty tricks aimed at disenfranchising Democratic voters.


Conclusion and continuing efforts

Dr. Lovegren's reports provide confirmatory evidence that illegal purging targeted at Democratic voters may have cost John Kerry tens of thousands of votes, or even enough to cost him the election even without the assistance of other mechanisms of election fraud. She continues to investigate this issue, recently having submitted an official request to the Cuyahoga County BOE requesting detailed information on voter registration data, including registration cancellation date and justification for the cancellation.

With all the concern about the electronic manipulation of votes on Election Day we must not lose sight of the fact that voter registration data also can be manipulated, and that this may very well have cost both Al Gore and John Kerry the Presidency. This process too is highly computerized and privatized.
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-09-05 05:05 PM
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1. Thanks for posting this. n/t
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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-09-05 05:06 PM
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2. Premeditated murder of Democracy.
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roseBudd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-09-05 05:18 PM
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3. You said voter registration systems are computerized & private...
I found daughter of Triad Elections Systems Visual Fox Pro queries on a VFP forum. She had asked lots of questions and DU programmers reported that she was probably working on voter registration programming for Triad rather than tabulation since Triad punch cards were tabulating using DOS.

Still some of her questions seemed odd.

Her name is Cheryl Belluci, and there is quite a lot of info on her in demopedia. She brags on a a taxidermy forum about doing something involving elections in Alaska in 1999, but then says she shouldn't talk about it.
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Time for change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-09-05 05:25 PM
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4. Thanks for the info, but I'm not quite sure what you're getting at
You say that some of her questions seemed odd. What do you mean by that, and what do you think that has to do with Triad's role in voter registration fraud?
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roseBudd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-09-05 05:36 PM
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5. I'd have to go deep into my inbox and see what the DU programmers
pointed out as odd. At the time I was hoping it would be evidence of tabulation fraud, but it looks like the tabulation program was really old school programming language dating back to the father Tod Rapp's programming. It did run on DOS, that is why the old PC in Hocking County BoE so-called battery problem was probably the CMOS battery. Old PCs did not have autodetect HD in CMOS and HD parameters had to be manually set.

If you want to revisit what Cheryl was up to, you really need a programmer to check it out.
Cheryl on foxite.com
http://www.foxite.com/archives/search.aspx?q=Cheryl-Bel...

Demopedia:
http://demopedia.democraticunderground.com/index.php/Tr... .

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roseBudd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-09-05 05:59 PM
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8. from inbox various DU programmers said...
1. http://www.foxite.com/archives/0000052074.htm

2. http://www.foxite.com/archives/0000052081.htm

3. http://www.foxite.com/archives/0000052093.htm

On February 5, 2004, she does ask how to get on an outside site. If you follow that thread you will see that her friends have a lot of questions as to why she wants to do that. She tends to be cryptic such talking about R's and D's. It is really weird and why is locating records?

http://www.foxite.com/archives/0000034923.htm

Subject: "Admin" VFP Program to run 2 other VFP Programs
>From: Cheryl Bellucci
>Category: Projects & Design Xenia, United States
>Version: Visual FoxPro 6 Date: April 28, 2004
>
>Is it possible to have a VFP program that "runs" 2 other VFP
>programs and monitors a stat log file to generate log messages
>at the same time?
>
>That is, I have 2 VFP processes that are currently running. I
>do not want to merge them into one program because the entire
>process runs faster if these two programs run concurrently. I
>would like a third program that would display the forms from
>the 2 processes along with a status window that would display
>messages from the other two programs. (That part is not a
>problem, it would just have to monitor a status table.)
>
>As an alternative, is there a way to "attach" the forms of the
>3 programs so that it looks like one program? If this can't be
>done, not a big problem... I would just like to be able to
>start up one program that administrates the other two so that
>users don't have to worry about different screens.
>
>Thanks!
>Cheryl A Bellucci
>TRIAD GOVERNMENTAL SYSTEMS, INC

What it sounds like to be is she is trying to ask if you can combine 3 programs or 2 others into 1 program. Hence making it look as though it's just one program.

Saltman: An important procedure to assure system intergrity is to isolate vote tallying and support software from infulences over which the election admin (who ever has those rights on the pc) has no control.

After all software to be used together has been certified(they require all software be checked and certifed by state law, mainly make sure it tallies "correctly") It should be maintained separatley under the control of the election admin and not used togeter with uncertified software. It is strongly recommended that certified vote-tallying software NOT be allowed to run on a multiprogrammed general purpose computer (say the dell 486) on which uncertified support software or applications are also being run.


Subject: How does LOCK() work? From: Cheryl Bellucci
Category: General Xenia, United States
Version: Visual FoxPro 6 Date: October 30, 2003

How does LOCK() work if one application uses LOCK(), but another application (using the same tables) does not use LOCK()? I've got a problem where I'm storing a number that needs to be unique in one table. Once someone needs the "next" number, it looks up the current, adds 1 to it, then replaces it. The ADD function in my software actually LOCKS() the table, gets the number, updates the table, then UNLOCKs the table.

I'm getting duplicate numbers, and we're thinking it is the DELETE function in the application. If the number to be deleted matches the current number in the master list, it will decrement that number to be picked up by the next ADD. I've not added any LOCK functions in this part.

If one part of the application uses LOCK, but the other doesn't... yet there are multiple users bombarding (adding/updating/deleting) the tables at the same time, could this be where my duplicates are coming from?

Cheryl A Bellucci
TRIAD GOVERNMENTAL SYSTEMS, INC

>http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph ...

Thanks! I agree with most of the points made in this post, though a few of them don't go far enough. If, for example, the tabulator is running MSDOS, it is almost certain that it wasn't attached to an eithernet or the internet. MSDOS TCP/IP stacks are a #%@! to get or keep working. I know of some people at Novell who did it, and there was a university that lasted less than a semester IIRC, but I've never heard of anyone who had it working in a production environment, nor anyone who got it set up with a guru to DOS box ratio less than one. To put it in further perspective: it is my understanding that Microsoft (the people who _wrote_ MSDOS) was never able to get a TCP/IP stack working under DOS.

As a consequence, I think it's unlikely that the FoxPro program for accessing the Access database was run on the machine in question, which makes me further question its significance.

The points about "un-rigging" are also sound. They also point the way to our best hope of getting to the bottom of this. If there was machine hacking, the traces of it should still be there; impounding _all_ the machines and getting someone with forensic experience (or even better, lots of someones) going over them with fine tooth combs should show us what's up. If anything is found, evidence such as the questions on web forums may well help prove _who_ did it.

But I fear there are too many posibilities for them to lead us to the what.





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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-09-05 06:02 PM
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10. WTF? DELETEs decrement what should be an identity column???
:wtf:


Dangerous programming there.
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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-09-05 06:01 PM
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9. Not very heartening >>>
http://www.foxite.com/archives/foxpro_26_to_vfp_learnin...

Wow! I'm just a couple of steps ahead of you! We have been talking about upgrading our FPD2.5 and FPW2.6 programs for years. Now, with the advancement of the OS and hardware, that talk is becoming hard reality.

I'll admit, I was terrified of trying to program in VFP6! Everytime I would even look at it, I would break out in a cold sweat and run away. However, I found the best thing for learning for me was just to start playing with it. I've only got one full VFP6 program "suite" (a combination of 3 programs) under my belt... but I have a lot more confidence now. I still have a way to climb on the learning curve, but the curve doesn't seem so steep now.

...


Cheryl A Bellucci
Vice President
Rapp Systems Corporation



A Vice President of a software development company "would break out in a cold sweat" when using a new version of a language?

:scared:
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Time for change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-09-05 06:08 PM
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11. I don't understand much of this computer stuff
Does this sound to you like foul play, or is it simply that they're using computer programs that are beyond their understanding and therefore likely to result in random errors?
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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-09-05 06:11 PM
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13. She comes off like people I've known in the development world
They read a couple of books; fart around writing apps for a department of a company using Access or Foxpro; take a one-day class here and there; and then all of a sudden they're experts on programming and know no wrong when, in fact, they are completely incompetent and couldn't write anything approaching a stable, relatively bug-free application.

And their code will look like total shit. Horrible naming conventions, convoluted code, poor or non-existent comments in the code, etc.
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Time for change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-09-05 07:40 PM
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17. So, do you think that this is what is responsible for the purging of 165 K
voters in Cuyahoga County? -- apparently with the excuse being given that it was because they hadn't voted recently?
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Roland99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-09-05 07:57 PM
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18. Various ways to explain that purging.
Perhaps we're seeing the 2004 version of the ChoicePoint DBT purging in Florida.
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roseBudd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-09-05 08:25 PM
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21. I don't believe Triad had Cuyahoga, they had a lot of counties in OH
more than half but they were the mostly non populous counties. I am pretty sure Cuyahoga was ES&S punch cards.
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Time for change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-09-05 09:43 PM
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23. Right, that was for the vote counting
But I understand that Diebold was in charge of the voter registration system (DIMS)
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Time for change Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-10-05 02:56 AM
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25. Here is a report from Vickie Lovegren
that I just encountered after posting this thread, on the problem with the DIMS software used for voter registration in Cuyahoga County:

http://ohiovigilance.org/Counties/Cuyahoga/Analysis/Cuy... .
What do you make of this?
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