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kpete Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-26-06 12:08 PM
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11. Lawless Elections: Sleepovers, Voter Vault and San Diego

Mimi Kennedy

Lawless Elections: Sleepovers, Voter Vault and San Diego

On June 6, the first federal election regulated by HAVA - the Help America Vote Act - was held in San Diego, CA between Francine Busby (D) and Brian Bilbray(R) to decide which would take convicted Randy "Duke" Cunningham's (R) House seat in CA-50. The election drew nationwide scrutiny as a "bellwether" for the November hopes of both parties.

Diebold counted the vote - opti-scanning paper ballots and recording directly on touch-screen machines with a paper trail. Both types of machine use memory cards to transfer their totals to a central tabulator. The memory cards can contain code that can manipulate votes if so programmed and are small enough to pocket. Because both types of machine had been hacked in highly-publicized tests, federal and state regulators issued emergency security procedures to protect them from tampering. San Diego Registrar Mikel Haas defied those regulations by sending home hundreds of the machines with volunteer pollworkers for unsecured 'sleepovers' days and weeks before the election. This speech was given to activists gathering to prepare legal action at an Emergency Town Hall in Oceanside, CA (San Diego County.)

Brad Friedman told me to stress the bi-partisan nature of this gathering by saying I'm waiting for the Progressive Republicans of America to show up.

A lot of Republicans did show up in San Diego county the weekend before the election, according to the LA Times Opinion section last Sunday. They 'poured in' to CA-50, wrote authors Tom Hamburger and Peter Wallsten - but I don't think those were progressives. However, Lou Dobbs is doing stories on machine fraud capacity - so there's hope.

The LA Times article is one of many burbling up in the mainstream media lately about voting machines - Newsweek, USA Today. The Washington Post's headline tells the problem: "ONE PERSON CAN SWING AN ELECTION."

The Op-Ed piece began: "Four days before the election, Republican strategists in Washington were worried."

Who were these 'strategists?' It didn't give their names. In fact, the whole article stated things that were unsourced.

much more at:
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