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AnIndependentTexan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:41 PM
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I have a mission for everyone here
Edited on Sun Nov-14-04 09:58 PM by AIndependentTexan
I know this is a cross-thread, but there is a reason. I want to get as many people as I can on this.

I need each and every one of you to search. Use the words RECOUNT and 2004. We already have two stories reported. Moderators need to keep it pinned and where everyone can see it.

Key point of this mission is locating all stories that have reports of a RECOUNT overturning a Local or State race. Find as many stories as you can saying due to a glitch with computer error or opt-scan a recount has over turned the election results. If you have any questions ask, but I think it is easy to understand.
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AnIndependentTexan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:44 PM
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1. Prime Example
http://www.indystar.com/articles/4/193887-1704-127.html

Computer glitch found in Franklin County ballot-counting


The Associated Press
November 12, 2004 2:28 PM


BROOKVILLE, IND. -- A Democrat gained enough votes to bump a Republican from victory in a county council race after a recount prompted by a computer glitch in optical-scan voting.

The glitch in the Fidlar Election Co. vote-scanning system had recorded straight-Democratic Party votes for Libertarians, and vice versa.

When votes in southeastern Indiana's Franklin County were recounted by hand Thursday night, Democrat Carroll Lanning leaped from fifth to third in the three-seat at-large commissioners race and Republican Roy Hall fell to fifth.

Lanning gained 628 votes in the recount and beat Hall, 4,564 to 4,470, county Clerk Marlene Flaspohler said.

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bri_in_austin Donating Member (141 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:44 PM
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2. if we all search the same search engine
won't we all come up with the same info? I'm confused.
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AnIndependentTexan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:47 PM
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3. good point USE DIFFERENT SEARCH ENGINES
I just wanted to get things started. I have a feeling this might end up big!
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Carl Brennan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 10:39 PM
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11. I tried Dogpile. Turned up a couple of things.
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Berserker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:48 PM
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4. Here is another
great search engine
http://clusty.com/#
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AnIndependentTexan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:50 PM
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5. We also have this group and forum working on it as well
Edited on Sun Nov-14-04 09:52 PM by AIndependentTexan
http://www.commongroundcommonsense.org/index.php?showto...

I'll post some from there to here as well
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AnIndependentTexan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 12:01 AM
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19. A List of search engines
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Syncronaut Seven Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:53 PM
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6. WTF???
3 of the first 4 on google are links to the onion!
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AnIndependentTexan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 09:54 PM
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7. SOUTH CAROLINA
Leventis declared winner after recount in Senate District 35 race, Jones plans protest
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Jennifer Miskewicz on the Sumter Senate seat recount

http://www.wistv.com/Global/story.asp?s=2553679
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Carl Brennan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 10:01 PM
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8. A New York race
Edited on Sun Nov-14-04 10:02 PM by Carl Brennan
NY state senate race may be overturned! "machine tampering".
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Brief summary... Senate race. Dem - Stewart-Cousins. Rep - Spano. Spano won the election. A recount is being done and as there were more Dem votes in the machines then were recorded during the election, the Dem is now winning in the recount. We may get a Senate seat to flip to a Dem.

<http://www.wnbc.com/politics/3902820/detail.html >

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"The two sides have traded allegations about irregularities in the voting, with Republicans claiming voters were imported from New York City and Democrats claiming voters were harassed and voting machines were tampered with. All machines and records were impounded by judges.

The county Board of Elections disclosed Friday that seals on 22 machines were damaged or missing.

As the recount progressed on Monday, election workers, closely watched by representatives of the campaigns, compared vote totals recorded on machines with the tallies reported by poll workers on Election Night.

Jonathan Rosen, director of the state Democrats' campaign committee, said Berger told him that nearly every machine had a higher count for Stewart-Cousins than was recorded. However, Spano also gained votes, including 80 from one machine, Rosen said."

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AnIndependentTexan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 10:30 PM
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9. We also have new stuff coming in here
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Carl Brennan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 10:38 PM
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10. An earlier race tied on recount, hee, hee:
Past recount tied this election for a District Justice race: http://www.theclarionnews.com/General_News/23871.shtml

CLARION -- Unofficial tallies from the court-ordered recount of ballots from the District Justice 18-3-02 race put the contest at a tie with both challenger Nancy Kadunce and incumbent Duane Quinn collecting 1,508 votes.
The recount produced eight additional votes for Kadunce. The Clarion County Election Board in November 2003 declared Quinn the winner of the contest, 1,508 to 1,500.
Kadunce filed a petition for a recount of the votes and that request was granted by Senior Judge Carson Brown.
Clarion County Judge of Common Pleas James Arner and Senior Judge Charles Alexander both recused themselves from the case.
Carson appointed Kim E. Kesner to head the recount panel.
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AnIndependentTexan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 10:49 PM
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12. 41st Ohio House District seat in Summit County
Voting-rights groups are also organizing forums around Columbus to discuss other voting problems.

Though the presidential race has gotten most of the attention, several local contests could be decided by the provisional votes and any changes in the official tally.

In the race for the 41st Ohio House District seat in Summit County, Democrat Brian G. Williams and Republican Marilyn Slaby are now separated by just 268 votes; about 850 provisional ballots were cast in that district.

http://www.cleveland.com/news/plaindealer/index.ssf?/ba...
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AnIndependentTexan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:01 PM
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13. Evangelos seeks recount
http://www.courierpub.com/articles/2004/11/08/courierga...

Following the results of a close legislative race for House District 49, Democrat Jeffrey Evangelos has requested a recount, according to the Secretary of State's office.

Evangelos of Friendship lost the race by 126 votes to Republican Wesley Richardson of Warren during Tuesday's election. House District 49 includes the towns of Friendship, Cushing, Warren and Union.

Evangelos submitted a letter to the elections division of the Secretary of State on Thursday, according to Deputy Secretary of State Julie Flynn.

The candidate is requesting a recount due to the slim margin of votes during the election, Flynn said.
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Carl Brennan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:05 PM
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14. Note: Washington State Governor race may go to recount. nt
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AnIndependentTexan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:08 PM
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15. Judge's recount unsuccessful
http://www.gctelegram.com/news/2004/november/11/story1....

It came down to one vote.

District Magistrate Judge Kevin Campbell's requested recount of ballots Wednesday morning gained the magistrate five votes toward retaining his seat in Kearny County, but left him one shy of keeping his position by a count of 625 ?yes' votes to 626 ?nos.'

The Kearny County canvassing board certified the results Wednesday afternoon, without the board finding reason to request another recount, said Kearny County Clerk Jana Swank. It's a move that ensures the election can't be counted again, but that doesn't mean Campbell's out of options.

According to Kansas law, any resident allowed to vote in the election can file a motion to contest the election within five days of the county clerk certifying the abstract of votes and sending the abstract to the Secretary of State's Office.

Swank said she likely would certify the abstract Friday, which would allow anyone eligible to vote in the election - whether they actually voted or not - five business days to contest the election in district court.
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AnIndependentTexan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:15 PM
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16. Ballots lost by machine error in Carteret County
Ballots lost by machine error in Carteret County could force a special election

http://rdu.news14.com/content/nc_decides_2004/?ArID=587...

The Wake County Board of Elections starts recounting ballots Friday in several outstanding races.

The recount will determine who wins in two county judicial races as well as two statewide races.

In all of those races, the first place finishers lead by less than 10,000 votes so the losers were able to request a recount.

The ballot counting starts Friday after taking Thursday off for Veterans Day.

In Wake County, two district court judge contests head for a recount.
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Carl Brennan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:19 PM
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17. Concise analysis of Gore vs. Bush 2000
Wall Street Journal falsehood: Bush would've won under every recount scenario



In a June 23 editorial, The Wall Street Journal erroneously stated, "or the record, Mr. Bush won the last election under every single vote recount, including those painstakingly run by the media." The false claim came in response to comments by federal judge Guido Calabresi that "illegitimate acts" by the Supreme Court put George W. Bush into power.

However, Bush did not win "every single vote recount," according to a study conducted by the University of Chicago's National Opinion Research Center (NORC), as The Washington Post reported on November 12, 2001. The NORC study was organized by a consortium of news organizations that included both the Post and The Wall Street Journal. The researchers "examined all ballots that were initially rejected by voting machines" and then applied "different standards for determining voter intent and tallied results based on several scenarios that sought to approximate conditions on the ground in Florida."

The results: former Vice President Al Gore, not George W. Bush, emerged the winner under four scenarios.

According to the Post, when the recount tallied ballots in which "at least one corner of a chad was detached from punch-card ballots," Gore won Florida by 60 votes. "nder the least-restrictive standard for interpreting voter intent, which counted all dimpled chads and any discernible optical mark (which in the case of optical ballots Florida's new election law now requires to be counted as votes)," the Post reported, "Gore had 107 more votes." One recount with a "more restrictive interpretation of what constitutes a valid mark on optical scan ballots" -- and in which chads had to be "fully punched" -- saw Gore win by 115 votes. And a recount that replicated "the standards established by each of the counties in their recounts" gave Gore 171 more votes than Bush.

http://www.norc.uchicago.edu/fl /
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AnIndependentTexan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-14-04 11:52 PM
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18. Criminal investigations in North Carolina: Ohio will it follow suit
http://www.newbernsj.com /

Election problems due to a software glitch
November 05, 2004
Sue Book
Sun Journal

A systems software glitch in Craven County's electronic voting equipment is being blamed for a vote miscount that, when corrected, changed the outcome of at least one race in Tuesday's election.

Then, in the rush to make right the miscalculation that swelled the number of votes for president here by 11,283 more votes than the total number cast, a human mistake further delayed accurate totals for the 40,534 who voted.

The glitch occurred Tuesday night as absentee ballot totals for one-stop early voting at three Craven County locations and ballots mailed-in were being entered, said Tiffiney Miller, Craven County Board of Elections director.

The Elections Systems and Software equipment had downloaded voting information from nine of the county's 26 precincts and as the absentee ballots were added, the precinct totals were added a second time. Precincts affected were Havelock East, Havelock West, River Bend, Cove City, Ernul, Fort Totten, Grover C. Fields, Glenburnie and West New Bern.

An override, like those occurring when one attempts to save a computer file that already exists, is supposed to prevent double counting, but did not function correctly, Miller said.
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Carl Brennan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 12:49 AM
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20. MAYORS RACE IN MIAMI IN 1997 OVERTURNED
The absentee ballots were found to be fraudulent.

39k) MIAMI MAYOR RACE OVERTURNED IN 1997 DUE TO ABSENTEE BALLOT FRAUD
http://www.indystar.com/articles/9/189981-4349-092.html

East Chicago, for example, replayed its 2003 mayoral primary this week because courts found widespread absentee ballot fraud. In Miami, the city's 1997 mayoral election results were overturned after absentee ballot fraud was discovered.
The accuracy of the registration list has improved little from the last presidential election in 2000, when a similar Star investigation found thousands of duplicate registrations and other irregularities.

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Carl Brennan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 02:13 AM
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21. another state (FLorida) Senate race overturned
State senate race:
http://www.dadesentinel.com/050504-3.htm
At the time of his announcement, Sen. Mullis said he faces no announced opposition. None surfaced by the time qualifying ended. In 1998, Mullis was elected to the State Senate but had the election overturned in a controversial recount. In 2000, Mullis was re-elected to the state Senate by a landslide over a long-term Democrat incumbent. He was unopposed in 2002.
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Carl Brennan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-15-04 09:49 AM
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22. Nearly 10% of Maine recounts result in reversals.
http://morningsentinel.mainetoday.com/news/local/113603...
Only 4 percent of 1,860 legislative elections between 1980 and 2000 were recounted, Flynn said. Of those 75 recounts, only seven victories were overturned.

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