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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-03-09 02:15 AM
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(Diebold Makes it) Hard to Know Who Actually Won in Maryland Political Races
This story reminds me of Humboldt County.

Hard to Know Who Actually Won in Maryland Political Races

MARYLAND - 1/2/2009

Based on a lawsuit filed by Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler in late December 2008 against the supplier of Marylands voting machines, it is conceivable that election results may have been inaccurate since the machines were purchased in 2001.

As stated in the suit, Maryland discovered that the approximately $90 million purchase of equipment landed the state with machines that were susceptible to fraud and breeches of security. The lawsuit names Premier Election Solutions (formerly Global Election Systems and Diebold Election Systems) as defendant in the $8.47 million action.

Independent investigations of the machines and the system, which were initiated in 2004 demonstrated the flaws in the system. Since that time, the state has spent in excess of $8 million to repair the machines. The lawsuit seeks to recoup the moneys spent trying to correct the identified flaws.

The 2004 study concluded that the voting system did not meet the states information Security Policy and Standards and that further work was required to ensure that there was, in place, a process checks and balances, which ensured the integrity of the system. Perhaps one of the most disconcerting findings showed that the system neither guaranteed election vote totals nor transmitted election results with 100 percent verifiably accurate results.

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http://www.thebaynet.com/news/index.cfm/fa/viewstory/st...

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GuvWurld Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-03-09 02:25 AM
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1. Does it really remind you of Humboldt County,
or some dude there who likes to say election conditions guarantee inconclusive outcomes with no basis for confidence in the reported results?

:shrug:
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kster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-03-09 03:04 AM
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2. We are a lawless country, thats is for sure
we can debate HCPB but, if I am in charge of the TV media then I will give to you the two candidates that you get to pick from, before the first vote is cast and or counted.

If we had real media in this lawless country we would have been voting for Dennis Kucinich and/or Ron Paul, but that wasn't the case.

The media forced us to vote for Obama/Hillary and/or McCain on the republican side.

The media can fix an election before the first vote is cast and or counted (PERIOD)

My two cents.

Hand Counted Paper Ballots And Fairness in the TV Media in 2009!!!!!!!!!

Happy New Year!
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-03-09 10:54 AM
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3. Hmmm. Some dude. Humboldt. No Basis for Confidence. Lemme think a sec.
:think:

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kster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-04-09 01:12 AM
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6. I can change all of this If I controlled the media,
and I could do this before the first vote was cast or counted........


In the first real test of grassroots support for the eight Democratic Presidential candidates, Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich scored a stunning first place finish nationally and topped every other candidate in 41 of 50 states, according to results released on November 6th by Democracy for America (DFA).


http://www.opednews.com/maxwrite/link.php?id=46503

Another:

Dennis Kucinich

As I pass through the stage door of one auditorium after another, I now hear the ominous name of Darth Vader, as edgy audiences shudder at the horrible direction our political discourse has taken. Ever eager as I am to shed light, I sometimes drop the name of the least publicized applicant to the creaky throne of the West: Dennis Kucinich. It takes a moment for the name to sink in. Then genuine applause begins. He is very much a favorite out there in the amber fields of grain, and I work him into the text. A member of the House of Representatives for five terms since 1997, although many of his legislative measures have been too useful and original for our brain-dead media to comprehend. I note his well-wrought articles proposing the impeachment of Vice President Cheney, testing the patriotic nerves of his fellow Democrats, but then the fact of his useful existence often causes distress to those who genuinely hate that democracy he is so eager to extend. "Don't waste your vote," they whine in unison--as if our votes are not quadrennially wasted on those marvelous occasions when they are actually counted and recorded.

http://www.opednews.com/articles/genera_gore_vid_071110...

Peace........
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Bill Bored Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-03-09 06:59 PM
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4. But they make it real easy to know who LOST! nt
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kster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-04-09 12:37 AM
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5. Kick.nt
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eppur_se_muova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jan-04-09 01:13 PM
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7. Yay MD! Not gonna roll over and take it any more!
Maryland Activists Want E-Voting Receipts

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


Md. files claim to recover voting machine expenses (Balto Sun) {$8.5 M}

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