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Fly by night Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-10 06:38 AM
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3. "Move along, nothing to see here" in Tennessee (not hardly)
Edited on Tue Aug-17-10 06:41 AM by Fly by night
Our Tennessee "train wreck" occurred in 2008 when, contrary to our state's voting history and the analyses of every national political scientist who studies voting patterns, our state's Rethugligans took control of our legislature for the first time in 140 years by winning EVERY OPEN SEAT in our legislature from Memphis to Bristol. Talk about swimming against the 2008 blue tidal wave. At that time, Dems out-polled Rethugs in Tennessee by 8% among likely voters and TN Dems had out-registered new voters by at least a 4-to-1 margin. Yet we still lost our legislature (and control of our county and state election commissions), according to the "just trust us" voting machines.

BTW, that train-wreck was facilitated by the brain-washing that our county election officials had endured for years at the direction of Brook Thompson, our former State Election Coordinator who was the only state election official on the Board of Directors of the Election Center (a front organization established with funding from the DRE manufacturers to "educate" election officials about the superiority of vapor ballots) at the time. Brook had taken the place of a North Carolina official who had to resign from the EC board because of the obvious conflict of interest. Obvious, that is, to everyone but Tennessee officials.

Here is what I posted this morning in response to the Memphis Flyer article above:

"It may be worthwhile to re-visit similar shenanigans in Memphis in other recent elections using the same Diebold/Premiere/Dominion/(pick a new name and think your history won't catch up to you) voting equipment.

"In 2006, as I remember, similar manual override problems were detected in the EC's central tabulator which (it turns out) was connected via the internet to every other Shelby county government computer. It was discovered that, with very little effort, the vote tabulations could be accessed and changed with little time or skill required to do so. One computer expert at the time testified (in a sworn affidavit) that the Shelby county voting system contained the most egregious (and obvious) insecurity "features" that he had ever found in examining any county's election systems in this country.

"That expert testimony (and the facts behind it) was disallowed in a subsequent court proceeding.

"Everything old is new again ... in the birthplace of the blues."
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