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BradBlog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-11 04:45 PM
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GOP Election Director Calls Into 'Malloy Show' on Probs With PA County's E-Voting Systems


Republican Election Director Calls Into 'Malloy Show' on Probs With PA County's E-Voting Systems
Venango County's Craig Adams says candidates reported to have received ZERO votes on ES&S voting machines in 2008 election...


Last week we wrote about Venango County, PA's landmark independent forensic audit of their 100% unverifiable ES&S iVotronic touch-screen voting machines. The heavily-Republican county will be moving to paper ballots this November, as their systems are now being examined by computer scientists from Pittsburgh College following what Marybeth Kuznik of the non-partisan Election Integrity group VotePA.us described to us as "numerous reports of vote-flipping, candidates missing from screens, write-ins missing, and high undervote rates in their May 17 Primary."

In our coverage last week, we highlighted the comments of Venango's Republican Election Director Craig Adams who asked at a presser, as the examination finally got underway following months of legal wrangling and opposition, "What is a vote worth?"

"If the vote is counted it is priceless," he continued. "If it is not counted, I don't care what it costs. Let's get a right."

On Friday night, as I was guest hosting the nationally-syndicated Mike Malloy Show last week, Adams was kind enough to call in to the show. (Audio posted at link below.) We didn't know we'd hear from him, but when he called in I was delighted to take his call, as he had more information to share on what had led to his Election Board --- currently comprised of two Republicans and one Democrat --- fighting together to move to paper ballots, and to see their machines independently examined.

"It started with an election in 2008 when the machines were basically showing a large number of undervotes," he explained. "And then there were candidates for positions in the county and they had zero votes, but there was like 250 or 260 undervotes..."

"Wait a minute," I interrupted. "There were people who had zero votes on the ballot? Is that normal?," I asked.

"No. No, it is not normal," he responded bluntly. "And so, ya know, that was a red flag"...

FULL STORY: http://www.bradblog.com/?p=8834
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Auntie Bush Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-11 04:50 PM
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1. I hate electronic voting...don't trust them. Thank goodness
we have paper ballots in VT.
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OffWithTheirHeads Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-11 05:38 PM
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8. You also have Bernie Sanders, coincedence?
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-11 04:55 PM
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2. Campaign financing and vote-flipping machines are the two things keeping us
Edited on Mon Oct-10-11 04:56 PM by valerief
from being free. And the propaganda machine is a close third.
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elleng Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-11 05:11 PM
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5. Right, and the propaganda machine is closely related to campaign financing.
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valerief Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-11 05:21 PM
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7. True. It's actually hard to rank all the abuses! nt
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Guy Whitey Corngood Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-11 04:56 PM
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3. K & R. nt
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Dont call me Shirley Donating Member (396 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-11 05:10 PM
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4. I sense he'll be fired or gone soon.
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Chan790 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-11 05:16 PM
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6. I think that's an elected position.
I doubt he's going anywhere frankly...elections that small are largely immune from influence by the national parties...and in a district that partisan, there is no chance of him losing to a Democrat.

I mean I guess Diebold could have him killed but that's about it.
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truedelphi Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-11 07:17 PM
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9. There are very few penalties that are attached to the voting issue,
Edited on Mon Oct-10-11 07:17 PM by truedelphi
In terms of mismanagement by the Registrar of Voters and other officials in office.


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BradBlog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-10-11 09:34 PM
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10. Actually, he was appointed by a judge...
In my interview with him (audio at http://www.bradblog.com/?p=8834 ), he explains how the County Commissioners are usually in charge of elections, except for years in which they are all on the ballot. Like this year. So he was appointed by a judge to the position this year.

He's making very good use of his position, it seems to me. He also seems like a helluva nice guy. Listen to that interview!
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