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WolverineDG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-20-08 10:41 PM
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x-post from Texas forum: TRO prevents use of electronic machines in Webb County; hearing tomorrow
Edited on Mon Oct-20-08 10:41 PM by WolverineDG
The story broke on Saturday in the Laredo paper. www.lmtonline.com Unfortunately, you can't search the archives for free anymore (damn republican owner!). There is a hearing set for tomorrow morning (quite possibly will be postponed until at least the afternoon, as most attorneys & all the judges will be attending the funeral of a prominent local attorney). Here is a link to the story which ran tonight on the local news station though:

http://www.pro8news.com/news/local/31328619.html

dg

on edit: there is at least one machine at each early voting site, but only the hearing or visually impaired are allowed to use it, if they request. Despite warnings that the election process would be "disrupted" by forcing voters to vote on paper ballots, everything was running smoothly at the polling sites today.
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Eric J in MN Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-20-08 10:45 PM
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1. What is TRO? NT
NT
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WolverineDG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-20-08 10:49 PM
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2. Temporary restraining order--prevents the use of the machines
except for the disabled.

sorry for the legalese. :)

dg
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billyoc Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-20-08 10:49 PM
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3. Temporary Restraining Order
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stillcool Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-20-08 11:34 PM
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4. that's great!..
I think this election is going to keep the courts busy. Hopefully they're not all over-run with cons.
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sonias Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-21-08 12:22 AM
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5. Wow - you get to use paper
Lucky!

Check out this interactive election map at DVICE
http://dvice.com/voting / - they have Texas on code orange - "Texas is significantly vulnerable to hacking because of it's heavy reliance on optical scan machines.

Actually we should be "code red". Extremely vulnerable to hacking because 70% of our voting population votes on paperless DREs. They didn't take into account where the voters are located on the map. Just because the majority of our counties don't use paperless DREs doesn't mean that's where the majority of the votes are.


Houston (Harris County) alone is almost 2 million voters or about 15% of the whole vote in Texas.

Sonia
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-21-08 12:31 AM
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6. Webb County Equipment Detail
Centrally Counted, ES&S Model 650 Optical Scan

Accessible Polling Place Equipment ES&S iVotronic DRE-Touchscreen


http://www.verifiedvoting.org/verifier/map.php?topic_st...

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WolverineDG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-21-08 07:56 AM
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7. Update: article from today's paper
http://www.lmtonline.com/articles/2008/10/21/news/doc48...

Many officials subpoenaed for today's hearing. More later when I get it.

dg
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Gman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-21-08 08:36 AM
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8. LOL! Laredo is the Mos Eisley of Texas politics
you will never find a more vicious hive of scum and villainy.
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WolverineDG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-21-08 09:44 AM
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9. So nothing that happens here matters?
:eyes:

dg
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Gman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-21-08 03:19 PM
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10. As long as it stays confined to Laredo (and Zapata)
that's fine with everyone else. Nothing that happens there is ever of any surprise to anyone. There are no allegiances, there are no political parties in Laredo. It's all about who puts out the most street money wins, Democrat or Republican. And that street money likely includes hacking voting machines. In Laredo, you don't know if it's the Democrats or the Republicans that are hacking voting machines. It can even include taking ballot boxes across the river for a little "work" as happened a few years ago in a certain primary race. Then, there's Zapata that waits until noon of the day after election day to report results once they know how many votes are needed for someone to win. Strange place, Zapata. They can have as much as a 95% turnout, but no one claims that they voted.

Nothing at all surprises anyone about there.
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WolverineDG Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-21-08 07:03 PM
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11. UPDATE: NO MACHINES DURING EARLY VOTING
An agreement was reached today between candidate Louis Bruni & Webb County that the electronic voting machines will not be used during the early voting period. A hearing will be held next week to determine if they will be used on Election Day. BTW, the vast majority of voters in Webb County vote during early voting, which ends next week.

dg
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emlev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-21-08 09:04 PM
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12. That's great news. Thank you! eom
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