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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 07:38 PM
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-Voting Machines Used in Franken, Coleman Race Failed Tests
-Voting Machines Used in Franken, Coleman Race Failed Tests
Submitted by davidswanson on Thu, 2008-11-06 00:24.

* Elections

By Jason Leopold, The Public Record

Electronic voting machines that a Michigan election official said last week incorrectly tabulated vote counts during testing in the state were used in Minnesota where the senate race between Republican incumbent Norm Coleman and Democratic challenger Al Franken is in dispute.

According to an Oct. 24 letter sent to the federal Election Assistance Commission (EAC), Ruth Johnson, the Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds, warned that tabulating software in Election Systems & Software M-100 voting machines recorded conflicting vote counts during testing in her state.

The M-100 was also used in the Minnesota and in more than a dozen other states on Election Day. But there havent been reports from election officials in other states about irregularities. Nor have any of the congressional or senate races come as close as the Coleman and Franken battle.

On Wednesday, an unofficial vote count released by Minnesota election officials showed Coleman leading Franken by a razor-thin margin of less than .01%, or 462 votes.

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ORDagnabbit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 07:48 PM
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1. we overwhelmed their stealing but that doesnt mean they didnt try. Go Go Gadget hand recount!
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Bjorn Against Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 08:30 PM
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2. I am really glad we are getting a hand recount for this.
Who knows maybe we won't only get Senator Franken, but we could also get a major investigation into ES&S machines. If the hand count is significantly different than the total the machines gave it will open some eyes, people are going to be watching this recount very closely.
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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 08:37 PM
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3. It would be ironic if Franken won by exposing the flaws in the voting machines.
Delicious. :evilgrin:
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tbyg52 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-06-08 04:51 PM
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5. Wonderful! So glad you have *paper*! nt
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Nov-05-08 09:47 PM
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4. Undecided Minnesota Senate Race Used Machines that Flunked Accuracy Tests (Wired)
By Kim Zetter November 05, 2008 | 10:31:41 PMCategories: E-Voting, Election '08

Voting machines that recently failed pre-election accuracy tests in Michigan are at the center of a disputed U.S. Senate race in Minnesota that hangs in the balance over fewer than 500 votes at press time.

Minnesota Republican Senator Norm Coleman is leading Democratic challenger, and former Saturday Night Live comedian, Al Franken by less than half of 1 percent in a race with almost 3 million ballots cast. The narrow margin will trigger an automatic recount under Minnesota law.

But recent claims by an election official in Michigan indicate that the model of voting machines used statewide in Minnesota failed to record votes consistently and accurately in Michigan.

On Monday, Threat Level published a letter written by a Michigan election clerk to the chairwoman of the federal Election Assistance Commission asserting that optical-scan machines made by Election Systems & Software failed pre-election tests because they counted votes incorrectly ...

http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/11/ess-machines-t...
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