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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-17-10 09:08 AM
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SHELBY, TN: 3,221 PHANTOM VOTES FOUND; SAME LOCATIONS HAD UPLOADS DAY BEFORE ELECTION
For OpEdNews: Bev Harris - Writer

Consultants examining the Aug. 5 Shelby County election found 3,221
more votes than voters on documents provided by Shelby County
elections officials pursuant to a court order.

*Use this link to go directly to full article:
http://www.bbvforums.org/cgi-bin/forums/show.cgi?8/8117...



Most voterless votes were found in large Republican precincts, a
non-random distribution.

The inspection team sought and obtained documents in connection with a lawsuit filed by ten defeated candidates over irregularities in the
election.

FOUR KINDS OF INFORMATION ARE NEEDED TO AUTHENTICATE AN ELECTION:
1. Who can vote (the voter list)
2. Who did vote (the list of participating voters)
3. Were votes cast the real ones (chain of custody)
4. Was the counting accurate (public verification of the count)


Shelby County admitted that they installed an invalid voter list in
Election Day electronic poll books, altering #1 (WHO CAN VOTE). The
list said thousands of people could not vote because they had already
voted, even though they had not voted.

Shelby County withheld the list of WHO DID VOTE (#2 ) until ordered by the court to produce it. When consultants analyzed the list of who did vote, they found names missing for 3,221 votes counted in the final certified results.

Shelby County computer logs show uploaded invisible data from 16
polling places the day before the polls opened. The premature uploads
were done out of public view, and no testing procedure or work order
record matches documents the uploads of invisible votes into the
central tally machine, raising questions on WHETHER VOTES COUNTED WERE
THE REAL ONES(#3).

#4, COUNTING OF THE VOTE: Shelby County declined to provide precinct results after the election and even after they certified the results; Elections Administrator Richard Holden stated in front of a court reporter on Aug. 16 that it was not possible to produce them, a
misrepresentation to the court, but the inspection team discovered
copies of precinct results reports sitting on Shelby County computers.
The results had been there since Aug. 6. Shelby County precinct
results ("Statement of Votes Cast" or "SOVC") do not match the list of
participating voters.

* * * * *
A meeting is being held tonight, Thursday Sept. 16, for all citizens
and the media to hear details on the evidence. Shelby County Voter
Protection meeting: 6:00 pm at Morning Star Holiness Church - 3161
Park Ave Memphis TN 38111-3043

* * * * *

Shelby County's certified "SOVC" results show 85,290 votes cast at
polls (not early votes, or absentee votes, but Election Day polling
place votes. But Shelby County's Participating Voter List shows only
82,069 voters who cast votes at polls.

Also, in at least five locations containing phantom votes -- votes
without voters -- Shelby County had performed secret uploads from
voting machines the day before the election.

PRECINCT: COR09

The heavily Republican COR09 precinct, location HOPE PRESBYTERIAN
CHURCH shows just 20 people who voted at the polling place, but the
certified "SOVC" results counted 619 votes. This is a discrepancy of
599 votes.
http://www.opednews.com/articles/SHELBY-TN-3-221-PHANTO...
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Systematic Chaos Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-17-10 09:10 AM
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1. We can just give up on this play-some-PacMan touch screen voting ANY DAY NOW!!
Anyone who isn't completely pissed about this must not be fully human.

K&R
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The Backlash Cometh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-17-10 10:26 AM
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6. Well said.
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molly77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-18-10 11:26 AM
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16. We should expect some prosecutions and convictions
from Shelby County.This is not an oops moment.
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xchrom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-17-10 09:30 AM
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2. Recommend
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safeinOhio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-17-10 09:42 AM
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3. Nothing to see here because
there is an acorn laying on the ground over there.
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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-17-10 09:44 AM
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4. Drip drip drip, little by little people are facing this experience personally, and getting it.
These machines aren't just hackable, they are EASILY hackable.
Trust your vote to them, you lose.
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indepat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-17-10 10:20 AM
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5. My recollection is the lily-white candidates swept offices, often running counter to previous
voting results which raises the question of whether it is now possible to steal elections under the circumstances described herein? :shrug:
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Bitwit1234 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-17-10 10:31 AM
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7. And this phantom voting system is exactly why the republicans and their media
is touting a republican win. They know they have the machines "fixed" to cover it.
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-17-10 12:07 PM
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8. Bev Harris previously reported 6,800+ "phantom" votes. Is this new figure ...
... a correction of that previous number or does it relate to something else?

I really believe the Shelby county elections were stolen. I just wish someone else besides Bev was doing the post-election analysis, given her very-checkered track record.
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-17-10 01:16 PM
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9. Here's an email I just sent to Bev and posted on the OpEd piece:
Bev,

Thank you for your work in Sheby county. Those of us who remain strongly protective of election integrity in Tennessee appreciate the opportunity to not only re-engage these issues but to (finally) put some Volunteer State election thieves in jail. Here's hoping you provide the "smoking guns" in short order in the birthplace of the blues. It appears you have.

One quick question: For those of us speaking and blogging about this issue in a variety of statewide forums right now, can you explain the two different "phantom vote" numbers we have now heard: the earlier number (a) (n=6,800+), or the new number (b) (3,221) presented in this article. (Please forgive me if I have mistated (b) -- I can't both type you this message and toggle back to the article.

Specifically, is (b) a subset of (a)?
Or is (b) an updated replacement for (a)?

Please help us use these numbers appropriately here in Tennessee. Believe me, they are being used already, from the birthplace of the blues to the birthplace of the nation (at the other end of our state). And many points in-between.

Including Athens, TN.

Thanks again.

Bernie Ellis, Organizer
Gathering To Save Our Democracy
tracevu@bellsouth.net
----

I will post any response I receive. I am willing to eat an enormous pile of crow (or catfish) if Bev helps us lock up some corrupt country-club crackers in the birthplace of the blues.

Fly by night
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demodonkey Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-17-10 08:00 PM
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12. +1000. nt
Edited on Fri Sep-17-10 08:01 PM by demodonkey

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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-18-10 07:38 AM
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15. My bad and apologies to Bev: she is not the source for the 6,802 "phantom votes" number
Edited on Sat Sep-18-10 07:45 AM by Fly by night
Bev emailed me to say she was not the source for the earlier number. I checked and found the source was an August 25 press release related to two lawsuits filed in Shelby County over the recent August 5 election theft. Here's a segment of the press release.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 25, 2010

A PRESS CONFERENCE WILL BE HELD ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25TH, AT 11:00 AM ON THE SOUTH SIDE OF THE COURTHOUSE AT 140 ADAMS AVENUE.

AUGUST CANDIDATES FORMALLY SUE DUE TO IMPROPRIETIES IN ELECTION

Ten countywide candidates in the August 5th election have formally filed an election contest in Shelby County Chancery Court requesting injunctive relief. The ten plaintiffs in the suit include certain non-partisan judicial candidates as well as certain Democratic nominees, all of whom competed in the County General Election earlier this month. Based on an inspection and investigation of the Shelby County Election Commission (SCEC) and of August 5th election records, the suit claims that the election process was incurably flawed to the extent that the citizens of Shelby County were denied a free and equal election as required by Article I of the Tennessee Constitution.

The suit alleges widespread irregularities, improprieties, discrepancies and voting problems so significant as to have affected the outcome of the August election and to have caused the election results to be incurably uncertain. Already known is the massive error already acknowledged by the SCEC and described by the SCEC itself as unacceptable where invalid and inaccurate voter eligibility records were provided to polls on Election Day potentially affecting 5,400 voters and turning away thousands.

This lawsuit is intended to assure that the OTHER substantial and appalling improprieties which occurred in the August election are brought to light, investigated and resolved for all citizens and for every future election. The handling and mishandling of the August election by the SCEC is an embarrassment to our county and a violation of every principle on which our country was founded. Regardless of race, party or gender, every citizen is entitled to better and is entitled to an unimpeded and transparent voting process. Our upcoming November election, including the vote on consolidation of Memphis and Shelby County, is important to many, and we intend to do everything in our power, with the approval of the courts, to assure that every citizens vote counts. None of us should tolerate incompetence or impropriety.

Examples of problems from the suit:

1. Votes Without Voters: According to SCEC records, the Participating Voters List for the August election includes 176,119 voters. Without explanation, the Certified Statement of Votes Cast shows 182,921 votes as being cast in the August 2010 election. Thus, according to SCECs own records, 6,802 more votes were cast than individuals who participated in the August 2010 election.
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Here's a link to the entire story. It is amazing what we already know about the Shelby county election theft. One wonders just how much we'll see in the next few weeks.

http://blogs.tennessean.com/politics/2010/democratic-ca... /


The good news about all this is that this larger number was data provided directly by the Shelby County Election Commission that reflected the entire election and not just the election day votes cast at the polls (which was the focus of Bev's report.) Thus, the great news is that both Bev's announced number and this larger number may be correct, with Bev's number being a subset of the larger figure.

It's clear that these numbers support allegations that a multi-faceted election fraud was committed at all levels of the recent Shelby county election and affected not only the fraudulent counts of votes cast on August 5 but also the early voting and absentee voter numbers. This mounting evidence of felonious election fraud demands that any and all questions about the recent election be answered without further delay AND that any and all data, hardware, software and related materials relevant to a forensic investigation of this election be surrendered immediately.

Anything less is more evidence of the crime and adds other felony charges against these corrupt country-club cracker perps ... in the birthplace of the blues.
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molly77 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-18-10 11:27 AM
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17. What is so checkered about Bev Harris' past?
She is one of the few who is interested in election fraud.
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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-19-10 05:51 AM
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18. Welcome to DU. My apologies for changing the subject (and criticizing the researcher).
Edited on Sun Sep-19-10 05:59 AM by Fly by night
There is a history, here and elsewhere, that I should not have allowed to enter this discussion. I will behave better from this point on, in great part because every Tennessean owes a debt to Bev and Susan for doing the dirty work to uncover election theft in the birthplace of the blues.

My guess is that our TN elections have been manipulated on unverifiable voting equipment for a decade or more (e.g., the 2008 legislative races are a case in point.) However, the Memphis election thieves are both ignorant AND arrogant -- they thought they could get away with anything. (It's not like they don't have good models for similar success. Witness the South Carolina Democratic primary this year.) Fortunately, these Shelby county corrupt country-club crackers seem to have left fingerprints all over the place.

Hurry sundown ... and justice ... in the birthplace of the blues.

Thanks again, Bev and Susan. I will be sending out a separate press notice to my statewide contacts to make sure this Memphis election cess-pool gets uncovered.

BTW, molly77, welcome to DU. Contribute and then you can search the archives here. The DU Election Reform forum is a treasure-trove of history of this movement, beginning (for me) the day after President Kerry was denied his day and we were denied our consent.

One thing's for sure: there are some mighty big egos up in here (present company included).

Eyes on the prize, folks, eyes on the prize.
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BeFree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-17-10 02:16 PM
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10. It ain't who votes, it's what counts the votes
Is this another 'smoking gun' or what?

How many more votes must be stolen before we decide to use a system that can't be easily corrupted?
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Ellipsis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-17-10 07:14 PM
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11. 'Tis intriguing this one... K&R
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tomp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Sep-17-10 10:03 PM
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13. weird shit in electronic voting systems?
no way!
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bobburgster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-18-10 05:41 AM
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14. Electronic Voting...will be the downfall of democracy
That makes me so mad, because little is being done to stop it.
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