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garybeck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-05 01:29 AM
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'Serious problems' found in AZ election results
Balloting Irregularities

John Brakey insists there was fraud at one precinct during November's election--and he has evidence backing him up

By DAVE DEVINE


"No way was this gross error."

Pacing as he talks, John Brakey believes he has uncovered serious problems with November's election results in Pima County--results that could have national implications.

http://www.tucsonweekly.com/gbase/currents/Content?oid=...
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Carolab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-05 01:36 AM
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1. Evidence of fraud, and the supervisor treats it as "mistakes"...
Brakey thinks this process was intended both to create votes for George Bush and to switch some intended for John Kerry to Bush. "It was all part of a strategy," he says, "with the intent to convert enough Democratic votes to Republican to win the (national) popular vote."

Not satisfied with his own analysis, Brakey hooked up with David Griscom, a 33-year employee of the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., before his retirement to Tucson last year. Reviewing the precinct results statistically, Griscom says he found the data supports Brakey's views.

"There was fraud," Griscom insists after trying to mathematically reconstruct what happened at the polling place. "I think the poll workers arbitrarily picked some innocent people and were in cahoots with other voters."

These serious allegations were turned over to the Pima County Attorney's office. After an investigation, the case was recently closed, based in part on Nelson's written assertion that he found "the integrity of the November 2, 2004 General Election at (the) Precinct sound and reliable."

Brakey remains undeterred, saying of the county election's director: "He's a bureaucrat and wants this swept under the rug."

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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-05 01:39 AM
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2. Garybeck, What a perfect article to sleep on!
I love this guy! Just an American citizen who knows a lie and fraud when he sees it. I love how he connected with the government statistician who helped him nail it. This is great and it does have "national implications."

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tridim Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-05 01:41 AM
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3. Wow.. Two gigantic fraud stories in two days
Huge fucking chunks of concrete are falling out of the dam. BushCo should start inflating their life-rafts.
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Carolab Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-05 01:44 AM
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4. I see by this report Pima expected delays for heavy turnouts
Edited on Thu May-26-05 01:53 AM by Carolab
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Extra voting booths and poll workers have been assigned to handle the expected increase in voting, Nelson said. About six people staffed most precinct polling places during the September primary.

"Instead of five or six people, there may be eight or nine to handle the additional load of traffic," Nelson said.

http://www.tucsoncitizen.com/index.php?page=local&story...

They had to hire extra help. Where did that help come from? How were they trained? At which precincts were they stationed?

Also, look at the HEAVY number of provisional ballots! This Brad Nelson (I'll bet he's a Republican, too) said right after the election they had no idea how many--

http://www.azstarnet.com/dailystar/printSN/46420.php

Tens of thousands of provisional ballots remain to be counted in Pima County and across Arizona.

Pima County Elections Director Brad Nelson estimated the number of provisional ballots cast here on Tuesday exceeds the approximately 7,000 such ballots that remained to be counted after the polls closed in the 2002 gubernatorial election.

But an exact number was not available late Tuesday. "I just don't have a number at this point," Nelson said at about 10 p.m.

Elections officials have 10 days to count provisional ballots, which need to be verified to ensure that a voter was registered and voted in the correct precinct.

About 200,000 provisional ballots needed to be counted statewide two years ago, said Kevin Tyne, deputy secretary of state.

Tyne was not able to say how many provisional ballots were cast in Arizona's 15 counties.

In Pima County, stacks of provisional ballots are expected to be delivered to the Re-corder's Office by noon today for verification, Nelson said.

Typically, the reason a voter casts a provisional ballot concerns questions about his or her address, Nelson said. If the past is any indication, most of the ballots will be verified and counted.

Michael Friedman, a 50-year-old Democrat, voted with a provisional ballot on Tuesday because his name was not on the list of registered voters. He said he registered about two months ago but never received confirmation of his registration.

"I hope my vote counted," he said.

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emlev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-05 02:09 AM
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5. Very interesting. And it'll be interesting to see if
this story brings others forward with similar tales in AZ or elsewhere. Thanks, GaryBeck. Good find!
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emlev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-05 11:45 AM
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7. Someone told me BBV named Pima County for problems months ago
but didn't know details. Should be on the blackboxvoting.org site somewhere.
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snot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-05 04:17 AM
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6. Great find, I agree.
So what's been up, since his suspicions were first aroused (ca. 212 days)?

I'm sure there are legitmate reasons, but we shd ask, before someone less friendly does.
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AtLiberty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-05 12:40 PM
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8. Please write the journalist who wrote this piece...
Thank him for his courage and urge him to not to let this story die...

ddevine@tucsonweekly.com
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garybeck Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 01:24 AM
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10. thanks, done n/t
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-27-05 04:07 AM
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11. I emailed, but it kicked back.
Edited on Fri May-27-05 04:32 AM by Wilms
Found this address next to his "by line".

mailbag@tucsonweekly.com
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-26-05 07:44 PM
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9. kick n/t
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