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Einsteinia Donating Member (645 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-05-05 05:00 PM
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Is Los Angeles Above the Law?
Is Los Angeles Above the Law?

Ask the media:


Please help us, the California Election Protection Network, a non-partisan organization of over 25 groups across California coming together to achieve our mutual election integrity goals, to inform the public that Los Angeles voters have a double-standard of vote integrity. This is illegal and it is an outrage.

Did you know that Los Angeles has informed the public by way of emails that they do NOT intend to subject "early voting" to the rigors of the 1 percent MANDATORY manual audit (per Election Code 15360), which is a flagrant violation of the law?

To make things worse, Los Angeles spentoverone million dollars to convince people to vote early, which on the face of it sounds like an admirable convenience. Yet, when Los Angeles has had no intention of securing these votes with the important safeguards provided in our Election Code--and when Los Angeles is a voting area second in size only to the United States itself--then to permit this OPTIONAL form of voting is a dramatic violation of election integrity affecting, not just Los Angeles, but the entire State of California.

Los Angeles has no business using taxpayer money to encourage anoptional form of voting when it cannot satisfy the minimal vote safeguards provided in the Election Code.(And it appears that Riverside county is doing the same thing?) By contrast, why is it that other counties, such as Yolo and Santa Clara, seem to have no difficulty abiding by laws of the Election Code?

We realize that early voting was over on Nov. 4th, but it certainly is NOT too late to see to it that some safeguards are applied to the Special Election votes cast, particularly, because:

1) The 1 percent MANDATORY audit (Election Code 15360) does not occur until after the official canvass (post-election day).
2) The data batching for posting from the official canvass and early voting does not occur until post-election. We have emails from the Los Angeles County Clerk's Office advising us that they intend to batch the data results by type, which if true, is also a violation of the law (Election Codes 15373 and 15374).

For these reasons, it is our duty to mitigate foreseeable damages caused by our allowing County Clerks to flout important safeguards placed in our Election Code. To do so, we must insist that the "insecure" Early Voting (a/k/a "absentee" phase voting) data tallies NOT be mixed in with the "more secure" Election Day vote data. If we keep these separate--the "insecure" from the "more secure"--at least we can compare them for inexplicable vote pattern anomalies indicating that vote tampering may have occurred. ]

We have notified the Attorney General's Office to no avail, and we are at a loss to understand why Los Angeles election officials think they are above the law? With the advent of our hard-earned paper trails just two months away--and the recent GAO report affirming the lack of security on our voting systems--ignorance can no longer be used an excuse for inaction.

We must now determine just who is responsible for minding the election integrity in this State? Where does the buck stop after ALL the finger pointing? The Secretary of State? The Attorney General? The Governor? The legislators?

Let's find out today. Please leave messages and emails <& Scroll to end to read the Ten Key Issues>:

1) Attorney General Lockyer: 916.445.4533
web form:

2) Secretary of State Bruce McPherson:
email: [email protected]

3) Write your local media:

4) Governor Schwarzenegger: (916) 445-2841
email: [email protected]

5) Barbara Boxer, U.S. Senator: (202) 224-3553
web form:

6) Dianne Feinstein, U.S. Senator: (202) 224-3841
web form:

7) House of Representatives (find your rep):

Ten Key issues:

1) Los Angeles violates critical Election Code safeguards laws applicalble to all voting--including early voting

2) Inferior Early Voting protocols are substandard to those of Election Day creating a double-standard of election integrity

3) Early Voting is an optional form of voting

4) Los Angeles spent over a million dollars to encourage early voting

5) Los Angeles Countys voting jurisdiction is second in size only to the United States

6) Early voting will be cast on Diebolds paperless DREs

7) Also, we can do what San Diegos City Attorney is doing:

8) We demand enforcement of Election Code 15360 (the MANDATORY 1% manual random recount on ALL votes).

9) We demand nforement of Election Code EC 15373 & 15374 (the rules about how the vote data must be tallied and reported)

10) We demand that the sloppiness of this Special Election mitigate the damages caused: Separate insecure early voting from more secure Election Day voting, because at least then we can compare them for drastic vote anomalies that might suggest vote tampering.
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philb Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-06-05 10:54 AM
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1. Touch screen switching and other problems in California in 2004
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Einsteinia Donating Member (645 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-07-05 06:07 PM
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2. Thanks, and to realize this is happening right now!
The future of California is at stake.

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