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Bill Bored Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Jun-27-10 01:34 PM
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6. It should be compared to 2004 -- not 2008.
Edited on Sun Jun-27-10 01:42 PM by Bill Bored
In 2004, the lever machines were properly maintained.

In 2008, not only was maintenance deferred because of the anticipation of doing away with the levers, but we also know that in at least one county, the residual vote rate was deliberately exaggerated. It was nowhere near as high as reported, and there's proof because the reported result was IMPOSSIBLE. The State Board of Elections did nothing to correct this when it was called to their attention. This may be a felony in New York but it was never prosecuted.

This is the kind of stuff that really undermines public confidence in our elections, perhaps more than the machines themselves. Officials knowingly reported wrong results, and although it didn't affect the outcome of a contest, it made the voting system look worse than it actually was, possibly resulting in many millions of taxpayer dollars being spent unnecessarily to replace it with a system that is far more vulnerable to widespread manipulation.

The other thing that undermines public confidence is that whenever officials were warned about obvious, predictable problems with the new machines, they didn't do anything to prevent them. Everyone knew about the overvoting problem in Florida's 2008 elections. But no one in New York did anything about it. Not the "verified voting" people, the election officials, the Dept. of Justice (and I mean Obama's -- not just the Bushies!), the state Attorney General, or the elected office holders.

The attitude of some officials is: if the voters are that stupid, there's no cure.

Even the Brennan Center is unhappy about this, and they LOVE electronic voting!
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