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eowyn_of_rohan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 07:43 AM
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Wisconsin Recount - Another Chain of Custody Problem in Waukesha County -This makes *4*
Edited on Tue May-03-11 07:48 AM by eowyn_of_rohan
May 2, 2011

Just after 1:15 p.m., Waukesha County canvassers began the recount for the Town of Genesee, wards 6, 9, and 10. They immediately identified a bag of ballots where the bag and label serial numbers matched each other but did not match the number written on the official inspection report from that precinct. The numbers were off by one. The bag and label ended with an 8 and the report number ended with a 9.

Shortly after that, someone found another version of the inspection report in the accompanying materials from the ballot bags.
One was suggested to be the original and the other a copy, but the original had numbers that did not match the tags and one was a photocopy that had the correct numbers written in by a different person, but after the document had been signed.

That person, presumably an official from the town of Genesee, claimed she made a copy of the report and wrote the correct serial number on the copy the morning after the election when she noticed it was incorrect. She was asked where the ballots were during that time and she answered that they were in a vault at the Genessee town hall.

What's odd is that she was not the official who wrote the number on the original report, but says she winessed the other person writing the original number. The bag and reports were entered as exhibits, and counted separately.

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More "anomolies" from yesterday's Waukesha Co. counting session from Giles Boat Boy @ Daily Kos
http://www.dailykos.com/story/2011/05/02/972357/-Anothe...

WAUKESHA COUNTY RECOUNT - LIVE VIDEO - http://www.waukeshacounty.gov/defaultwc.aspx?id=40097

Something's brewing...
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DCKit Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 07:55 AM
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1. K&R for the continuing incompetence in commiting election fraud.
If they were actually good at stealing elections, we'd be in far more serious trouble.
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PeaceNikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 07:58 AM
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2. We also had a bag on Saturday with no signatures on it.
Edited on Tue May-03-11 08:04 AM by PeaceNikki
From the Village of Chenequa. There were 233 votes in it. It reconciled to the tapes- though Prosser picked up one. It's a VERY rich, VERY elite community and is was like 204 to 25 or something (a few no votes).

Here's the picture I got of it:
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eowyn_of_rohan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 08:20 AM
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4. So many human "errors" ....
Replacement of ballots is a possibility - would still reconcile with the tape count.
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PeaceNikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 08:23 AM
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6. Only if replaced ballots match altered Optiscan from election night
In order to be fraud, they would have had to alter those and then tamper with ballots to make them match.
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eowyn_of_rohan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 08:34 AM
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8. That is true. -nt
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PeaceNikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 08:37 AM
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12. NOT impossible, just much more difficult to pull off.
And it would involve local clerks from the municipalities as well.

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eowyn_of_rohan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 08:43 AM
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14. Yes, it would be tricky
Edited on Tue May-03-11 08:53 AM by eowyn_of_rohan
and would mean there would have to be a mole in each municipality affected...and/or someone who is able to gain access to these offices.
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FBaggins Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 10:03 AM
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31. It would be an awful lot of work for a very small gain.
The demographics of the precinct appear to imply a heavy "red" slant. If we speculate that some blue votes are replaced with red ones... how many could there be in such an area? If we instead speculate that some votes were entirely invented (adding another layer of fraud), how many fewer voters could there have been in real life?

What I mean is... how many votes could be manufactured here? Twenty? Fifty?

That's an awful large amount of fraud and coverup required to net you a couple dozen votes.
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PeaceNikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 10:12 AM
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33. That's where my brain goes in all of this.
Chenequa is a great example. Election night reported 233 votes with only 25 for Kloppenburg. There's no WAY she got much more than that without someone tampering on her behalf. That is a very rich, VERY elite, VERY Republican lil place on the lakes (there's a Sensenbrenner estate there).

BUT... let's pretend it got hit with a liberal hippie bomb on April 5 and she got 100 votes there. Someone would have had to tamper with the Optiscan to pre-program or change the votes to 204/25, pick 75 Kloppenburg votes out of the bag and replace them 75 with properly initialed Prosser votes. That's a stretch. Not impossible, but a stretch.
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eowyn_of_rohan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 10:38 AM
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35. A change of 10 ballots per precinct in Wisconsin = 36,300 votes
Just sayin'....
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jsamuel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 10:40 AM
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36. or 75 votes per precinct in Waukesha County (194 precincts) = 14550 votes
Edited on Tue May-03-11 10:42 AM by jsamuel
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eowyn_of_rohan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 10:54 AM
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37. Recent Waukesha County election results
Recent Waukesha County election results
2000: Bush gets 65% of the vote
2002: McCallum gets 62% of the vote
2004: Bush gets 67% of the vote
2006: Green gets 63% of the vote
2008: McCain gets 62% of the vote
2010: Walker gets 71% of the vote
2011: Prosser gets 74% of the vote

Quite a jump from 60-ish% to 70-ish % Repub votes in 10 years... I know McCain wasn't appealing to anyone, but Kathy Nickolaus she used her new computer "system" in the 2010 election, and that it worked very well without any problems.
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PeaceNikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 11:00 AM
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38. I spoke to that a bit here.
I can confirn Waukesha County *IS* that red and *IS* getting redder. I do believe that Republicans here used the April election as a vote of confidence for Walker. We have VERY few unions and VERY few public employees here.
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eowyn_of_rohan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 11:10 AM
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39. With all due respect, this is your impression but I don't believe it is proven fact
Just for the record, and I hope you can agree on that.
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PeaceNikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 11:15 AM
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40. It's proven fact that there are few unions and few public sector employees.
LOL, it's also proven fact to anyone who lives and works here that Waukesha County Republicans are a whole different breed.

This is a Repubican stronghold. The land of McMansions gaudily built on beautiful lakes and megachurches and private academy for their kids and country clubs and gated communities and confederate flags (YES, I swear) proudly waving in the wind on the homes in the "poorer" areas.
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FBaggins Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 12:07 PM
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41. Sure... but how many precincts have there been problems in?
Precincts where republicans control the machines and democrats aren't smart enough to catch it?
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eowyn_of_rohan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-04-11 07:22 AM
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56. Yes. If only we had more volunteers in each county we might know the answer to that
There have been known problems in many precincts. Not all are getting as much attention as those in Waukesha Co. though granted, theirs are the worst.

In Ozaukee County the workers were feeding the ballots back through the machines for the recount. They were supposed to go through them before sticking them in the machine, so that we observers could count our candidate's votes individually (as per statement by GAB supervisor Kevin Kennedy). Instead the workers there were NOT allowing the observers to do that. They were slamming ballots through the machine as fast as they could. Multiple complaints were filed with the Kloppenburg campaign, who assigned an attorney to the site on several occasions. "Reports" have been filed against Ozaukee Co., but what will come of them?

It is getting quite depressing.
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Lefta Dissenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 08:00 PM
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51. NO IT WOULDN'T
ONLY THE COUNTY CLERK!!!

The County Clerk provides the programmed prom pack to the municipalities. If she is used to being able to jack the numbers around in the programming and getting away with it, then she might do so, assuming that nobody would ever look at the ballots.

After the election, the ballots are turned over to the County Clerk by the municipalities.

Oh ohhhh, they're going to do a recount! :scared:

Well, if ballot bags are suddenly appearing at the recount with incorrect seals, and rips in the bags, what is one to infer?

all of this is hypothetical, of course...

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defendandprotect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 08:52 PM
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62. Is anyone checking them against the original records?
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jsamuel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 09:47 AM
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26. Is that technically a chain of custody problem?
No signatures = no verification of sealing?
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gkhouston Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 08:16 AM
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3. So they've had bags without signatures, bags without seals, and bags whose
numbers don't match the election night roster. I have one question: how many bags of ballots in Waukesha county aren't questionable in some way?
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PeaceNikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 08:32 AM
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We're only about 10% counted so that's tough to tell at this point.
All but one municipality we've done has had at least one issue.
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gkhouston Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 08:36 AM
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9. Wow. Granted, you've only done 10%, but still. n/t
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PeaceNikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 08:41 AM
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13. The total # of votes in those bags is still WAY too small to be alarming...
at THIS point. Now, if in the trend continues and that number increases significantly, something is rotten in Denmark.

Best case scenerio is that there's a LOT of slop. The good news is that the judge on the Board is getting PRETTY pissed at the slop and HE's pointing it out before any observers are now in most cases and encouraging pictures be taken and asking that items be submitted as evidence.
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eowyn_of_rohan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 08:45 AM
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15. Good that this judge seems to be handling this appropriately! -nt
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gkhouston Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 09:07 AM
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20. Yes, the numbers are small so far, but the odds of all the "problem children"
being encountered in one clump seem low. I'm glad the judge's patience is wearing thin. The first bag or two, you think, "yeah, elections aren't 100.00% accurate, but they're usually nowhere near close enough to matter". This far into the game, they're probably starting to cringe every time they reach for a new bag.
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PeaceNikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 09:09 AM
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21. Agreed. But also understand how difficult it would be to coordinate a tamper in every municipality.
Again, not impossible, but would be tough. They'd have to have altered Optiscans on election night and then they would have had to replace ballots to match those.
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eowyn_of_rohan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 09:23 AM
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22. It hasn't happened in every municipality, though - just 4 as of now
Edited on Tue May-03-11 09:27 AM by eowyn_of_rohan
1 in Chenequa, 1 in Town of Brookfield, 1 in Genessee, and 2 in Delafield (home of Prosser's campaign headquarters, site of his election night "Victory" party, town where he spent most of April 6 "trying to figure out what happened" before being driven to Madison to meet with Walker)

Just sayin', it is because of the countless known incidents of hacking and adjusting of Op-scan software that this possibility shouldn't be dismissed here.

edit for typos & because I forgot about Chenaqua. Also, there may be some other method to make this reconcile that we aren't thinking about
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PeaceNikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 09:35 AM
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24. I agree, but we've only counted 5 municipalities.
I am not dismissing, just looking at all angles while trying to remain pragmatic and logical. That's why I am going every day, so I can see it with my own two eyes.
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eowyn_of_rohan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 09:41 AM
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25. We're doing the same thing...
Edited on Tue May-03-11 09:42 AM by eowyn_of_rohan
looking at all angles, trying to remain pragmatic and logical. We're just approaching it from opposite sides of the fence. cheers!
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jsamuel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 09:50 AM
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27. which manicupality did you count that didn't have one of these bags?
Edited on Tue May-03-11 09:53 AM by jsamuel
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PeaceNikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 09:51 AM
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28. Eagle.
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jsamuel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 09:53 AM
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29. Good to know
Edited on Tue May-03-11 09:54 AM by jsamuel
someone else mentioned that there were also some bags with tears large enough to put ballots through
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PeaceNikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 09:59 AM
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30. I saw and photographed small tears in some bags, none big enough for that
but there was one from Delafield (I think) that I heard this to be the case with.

Also, if the just added ballots, the total count would be off and we'd end up with a draw-down. To accomplish what we're seeing, ballots would have had to have been removed and replaced.
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jsamuel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 10:05 AM
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32. are they also checking the vote counts for other races?
Edited on Tue May-03-11 10:09 AM by jsamuel
One thing that worries me is that the vote counts are wrong to begin with, although I admittedly don't know how this is all documented. The scenario I have in my head would suggest that they only added votes. This would ether be accomplished by adding a whole bunch of supreme court only votes (would be pretty obvious though) or by just not caring that the other races won't add up during a recount. However, if the recount isn't looking at the counts from other races, no one would notice.

This is just a hypothetical, of course. We will just have to wait and see how this turns out.
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PeaceNikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 10:14 AM
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34. No, we're only counting SC race.
Chenequa is a great example of how your theory falls short. Election night reported 233 votes with only 25 for Kloppenburg. There's no WAY she got much more than that without someone tampering on her behalf. That is a very rich, VERY elite, VERY Republican lil place on the lakes (there's a Sensenbrenner estate there).

BUT... let's pretend it got hit with a liberal hippie bomb on April 5 and she got 100 votes there. Someone would have had to tamper with the Optiscan to pre-program or change the votes to 204/25, pick 75 Kloppenburg votes out of the bag and replace them 75 with properly initialed Prosser votes. That's a stretch. Not impossible, but a stretch.
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Lefta Dissenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 08:10 PM
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52. PN,
do you know the total number of ballots affected by these issues? That would be interesting to know...
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PeaceNikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-04-11 01:35 PM
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61. It's ABOUT 1500 at this point
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eowyn_of_rohan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 08:32 AM
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7. IMO it is to the point where ballots should not be included if the chain of custody is broken
There has to be some enforcement of the rules, and penalties if they are not followed. Even if the number of ballots reconciles with the number of votes cast, how can we know these are the original ballots? We can't. By human error or malfeasance, these ballots are tainted.

an aside - The unbagged stack of 90+ ballots found on a tabletop in Verona, Dane County, favored Prosser 2 to 1 in a county that voted for Kloppenburg 2 to 1.
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PeaceNikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 08:36 AM
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10. Again, the Optiscans from election night would have had to have been altered first.
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eowyn_of_rohan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 08:37 AM
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11. Again, that is true.
Edited on Tue May-03-11 08:40 AM by eowyn_of_rohan
Hack the software then replace ballots. Sounds like a a big job, but it's not impossible.
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Hubert Flottz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 08:22 AM
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5. There needs to be another election with adult supervision.
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 08:52 AM
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16. Here is how *I* would steal an election (not that I ever would). Please tell me this would not work.
Edited on Tue May-03-11 08:53 AM by Ian David
Before election day, fill-out a whole stack of ballots for your candidates.

On election day, have a scanning machine that is placed NEAR the polling place, but not actually IN the polling place.

Throughout the day, periodically scan the ballots into the machine, a few votes per hour.

Maybe throw-in a few votes for the competition, just so it looks good.

At the end of the day, run over to the polling place and randomly cross-off the correct number of additional people from the books that indicate who voted.

Now, please, PLEASE tell me this plan is somehow fatally flawed and that it cannot be THAT easy.


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PeaceNikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 08:56 AM
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17. You'd also have to sneak the tapes from the scanner into the mix.
How would an extra tape for a machine not on site be explained?
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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 08:59 AM
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18. What if you wheeled the machine into the polling place during the last hour? n/t
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PeaceNikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 09:00 AM
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19. I would hope that the local clerk and/or election inspector and/or poll workers would notice such a
thing. :shrug:

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LiberalAndProud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 09:27 AM
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23. Maybe it's been sloppy enough that they wouldn't notice an extra set of tapes in the mix?
It's a stretch, but in Waukesha, I have little confidence. Not accusing, just noting that the degree of slop has been disconcerting.
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Ellipsis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 12:25 PM
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42. Thats just weird!



Only ten percent eh? They will never finish by May 9th. This is turning into one major clusterfuck.


If this keeps up Kloppenburgs attorney will move to nullify the votes in Waukesha county because of Nichols violating chain of custody.

Won't that be wild.
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WinkyDink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 12:27 PM
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43. Come on! You know the only voter fraud is perpetrated by fake and dead "Democrats"!
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bobthedrummer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 12:41 PM
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44. Some folks need to be chained and taken into the custody of we, the people imo k&r n/t
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Lefta Dissenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 08:17 PM
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53. I'll K&R that post!
:hi:
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Blue Owl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 03:25 PM
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45. I say give Kathy Nickolaus a lie detector test
Something weird is going on there, something that should not be so ridiculously complicated.
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PeaceNikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 03:58 PM
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46. Another weird bag


Set aside to count separately.

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jsamuel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 04:05 PM
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47. what is wrong with that one?
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PeaceNikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 04:08 PM
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48. It's not closed/sealed properly
Ballots can fit through that gap.
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jsamuel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 04:08 PM
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49. oh, I see
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jsamuel Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 04:22 PM
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50. Thanks for keeping us up to date.
Edited on Tue May-03-11 04:32 PM by jsamuel
I know this is kind of an awkward thing to ask, but maybe I should mention checking another race's totals on that bag? I imagine that is not within the set out parameters of the recount. However, if the SC votes are correct to the tapes, but another race isn't, that would be a big big finding.

I'll send an email to the campaign suggesting this.
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Lefta Dissenter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 08:19 PM
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54. BINGO
that's what the election integrity group I've been talking to has been asking for.

It's in the fucking rules that the campaigns and the (republican) GAB agreed to ahead of time - count only the supreme court race. :banghead:

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Cieran_WI Donating Member (104 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-04-11 09:54 AM
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57. Nikki, is that bag the one from district 3?
Edited on Wed May-04-11 09:57 AM by Cieran_WI
I think I heard this bag being discussed yesterday on the live stream, a bag from district 3 (In Oconomowoc I believe, but not sure) that wasn't sealed properly and had a gap large enough to commit ballot stuffing and that they merely taped up and put in a vault with no tamper-evident safeguards. I'd like to make sure this is the one before adding it to my running tally of suspicious ballot bags in WI.

Also, any info on how many ballots were in this new bag? Is it the number reported below the Waukesha county line, and if so, I can't quite make it out. Looks like maybe 311?
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PeaceNikki Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-04-11 01:35 PM
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60. There were 423 ish votes in that bag. It was from
CITY OF OCONOMOWOC Wards 10 - 13, 15, 16, 23 - 25, 27-33.

We counted it separately and it was 288 for Prosser and 131 for Kloppenburg (I may be SLIGHTLY off on these #'s, working from memory). It was slanted slightly more towards Kloppenburg than the sum of the other 2 bags. There was also a DRE tape in it, only 3 DRE ballots from unit - ALL 3 for JoAnne.

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Cieran_WI Donating Member (104 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-04-11 09:56 AM
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58. deleted, dupe. n/t
Edited on Wed May-04-11 09:56 AM by Cieran_WI
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texpatriot2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-03-11 10:55 PM
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55. Election fraud is not a partisan issue. No transparency = no
Democracy.
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eowyn_of_rohan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-04-11 11:15 AM
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59. I'm heading for Milwaukee for a couple days
for the recount. This will be a big change from observing the Dane Co recount. I sure hope something big happens, somewhere - ANYWHERE- in our favor... We're down to 15 counties that haven't yet finished their counting.
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gkhouston Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-05-11 09:19 PM
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63. Milwaukee has a higher than average number of ballots with
no vote recorded for the SC race. Don't know if an invalid vote was cast or vote was unrecognized. It would be nice to know what the situation is. Mind you, we're still not talking about that many votes. I was looking at last night's stats. Many counties don't tell you how many ballots were cast. If you assume that the total number of votes cast equals the total number of ballots cast (which is a conservative assumption, and not a very good one, but all I've got), the statewide average of "no votes" in the SC race was about 1.3%. "No vote" for Waukesha was only .68%, about 1% for Dane, and 1.5% for Milwaukee. It could be that those machines were calibrated in an interesting fashion.
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