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BradBlog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-09-10 02:25 AM
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E-VOTE FAIL: I Was Unable to Cast a Vote on L.A. County's ES&S E-Voting System (Again) Today


I Was Unable to Cast a Vote on L.A. County's ES&S E-Voting System (Again) Today
Failure echoes 2008, as two different machines and at least six different failures stymie both poll workers and county officials at my own home precinct...

Two years ago, in June of '08, as I reported at the time, the ES&S "InkaVote Plus" e-vote system in Los Angeles County misprinted 4 out of 12 of my own votes.

Today, as I tried to vote on the same system, the failure was even worse. Incredibly. And not just because I'm a journalist who covers issues of Election Integrity for a "living".

I spent more than two and a half hours not casting a vote on the system before eventually I, the poll workers, and, apparently, the folks at the L.A. County Registrar's central help desk call center, simply gave up. A complete and total failure of the e-voting system for disabled voters in the nation's largest voting jurisdiction. Again. On a system the county spent millions to buy in order to comply with the federal Help America Vote Act (HAVA) boondoggle by allowing disabled voters to cast their vote independently. Complete and total failure

FULL STORY: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=7884
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-09-10 02:32 AM
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1. What is it about you that attracts such trouble!!!!!!
Edited on Wed Jun-09-10 02:33 AM by Wilms
:rofl:

Ya gotta understand, (and I know you do) you're the best person to have this happen to.

Go get 'em, Brad!



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BradBlog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-09-10 02:42 AM
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3. Glad you're laughin', Wilms!
Wishin' I was... :-(
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Iwillnevergiveup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-09-10 02:37 AM
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2. Kickin'
for Brad, not ES&S!

:kick:
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-09-10 02:51 AM
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4. Kick
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yurbud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-09-10 02:51 AM
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5. why do we still have that with Debra Bowen and a new LA County clerk?
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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-09-10 02:54 AM
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6. And weren't there big poblems in the primaries
and then, a recount of sorts in 2008?
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4lbs Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-09-10 12:26 PM
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14. It's only for CA's disabled voters. 95% of the voters in CA use the fill-in-the-bubble ScanTrons.
However, I do think there could be a better way for disabled voters to cast their ballot instead of using electronic voting.

Make larger multi-page ballots, with bigger square targets, i.e. two-inches square. Then the disabled voter casts with a bigger marker.

The ballots would be hand-counted.


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RoyGBiv Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-09-10 03:18 AM
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7. So the precinct chief's name was Hal?

Did he at any time say, "I'm sorry, Brad. I'm afraid I can't do that"?

Perhaps his mission was too important to let you jeopardize it.

You should have asked him to sing "Daisy."

At this point I think your only recourse is to find the people responsible for these machines and beat them until all they can say is, "My God. It's full of stars."

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BradBlog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-09-10 04:18 AM
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9. Thanks for that, Roy...
I rather enjoyed that comment. It was oddly satisfying, for some reason.
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notesdev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-09-10 04:08 AM
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8. I hate those damn things
no paper trail

no assurance that your vote was recorded properly

... or at all

I think it should be illegal to hold an election without a verifiable independent paper trail. The voting franchise is too important for this BS.
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DemReadingDU Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-09-10 06:01 AM
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10. Yikes, again!

They should know better than to keep picking on you!

But glad you are there to expose these worthless machines! Thanks for documenting everything.



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jtrockville Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-09-10 07:21 AM
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11. What's the penalty for not complying with HAVA?
Clearly the county is in violation.
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BradBlog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-09-10 12:18 PM
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13. More HAVA e-voting contracts apparently! :-(
If history is any indicaton, anyway.
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flyarm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-09-10 09:00 AM
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12. It's a terrible feeling when you lose your vote...for any reason..we in Fla experienced this in 2008
as well as in 2000...we get the feeling!!

2008 my primary vote was thrown out completely as well as 2 million + dems ..so I know exactly how you feel!
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Greyskye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-09-10 06:23 PM
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15. Wow, simply amazing.

Thanks for all of your work on this over the years. It never seems to end.

Sigh.
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Ellipsis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jun-09-10 08:27 PM
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16. Must be your human magnetism acting up again...
Edited on Wed Jun-09-10 08:28 PM by Ellipsis



K&R


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