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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 01:24 PM
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State (Alaska) to turn over voting files from 2004 to Democrats
http://www.adn.com/news/alaska/story/7434587p-7345457c.... (probably need a subscription to view)

By RACHEL D'ORO
The Associated Press

The state plans to turn over recently barred electronic voting files from the 2004 election to the Alaska Democratic Party, an official said Thursday. Elections director Whitney Brewster said officials expect to submit a proposed plan to the Democratic party by Monday, the agreed-upon deadline.

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The Division of Elections in late January rejected the party's request for the files, saying the data format belonged to a private company and could not be made public. But Diebold Election Systems Inc., which provided Alaska's electronic voting machines, agreed to waive propriety rights to the files, the North Canton, Ohio-based company said in a Jan. 31 letter to the division.

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In the Alaska election, Democrats point out, U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, appeared to have received 226,992 votes in a district-by-district tally in her successful election bid. But official totals show Murkowski got only 149,446 votes. Brewster blamed the discrepancy on a faulty tabulating method. In 2004, the state allowed residents to cast their ballots as many as 15 days early at four regional centers. On election night, however, those votes were added in their entirety to results tabulated within each separate district -- which skewed the total numbers.

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Democrats contend the discrepancies go beyond early votes. There also were problems with absentee and questioned ballots, said Kay Brown, a spokeswoman with the Alaska Democratic Party. "Overall there are multiple errors in the presentation of the votes," Brown said. "We want to make sense of the numbers. The numbers do not add up. ... The public deserves clean, clear straightforward reports."

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mzmolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 01:27 PM
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1. "Democrats" are looking into election irregularities?
Huh? ;)

Go Dems!
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Talismom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 01:34 PM
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4. About effing time! n/t
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mzmolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 01:51 PM
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7. They have been actually, but the press is not concerned.
It's kind of like the old analogy about a tree falling in the forest. If the election was stolen, but the media doesn't educate people, was it really stolen? ;)

Without a paper trail one needs a snitch to prove anything, and you can bet any snitch would be called a liar anyhow.

Hopefully we'll uncover some shenanigans in spite of it all.
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JeffR Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 01:28 PM
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2. Thanks!
This brightened the day considerably.
B-)
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TayTay Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 01:30 PM
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3. Thanks Blue!
Edited on Fri Feb-10-06 01:30 PM by TayTay
And tell those wonderful Alaska Dems to keep taking names and kicking butt on this. We appreciate it!
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glitch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 01:36 PM
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5. Second that. nt
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kster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 01:48 PM
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6. All of it
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Blue_In_AK Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 01:58 PM
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8. Interesting - I had missed that post...
Geez, these guys will stop at nothing. Pretty bold to out-and-out say that they reserve the right to manipulate the data. Wow.
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zbdent Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 02:25 PM
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9. Bet they're going to receive
a bunch of empty pizza boxes full of trash . . .
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mzmolly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 07:53 PM
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10. Just two more recommendations needed to make the greatest.
I think we need to know that DEMS are pursuing these issues folks. ;)
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MissWaverly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Feb-10-06 10:31 PM
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11. Well, I am kicking & recommending
I am a baby boomer and I heard the "domino theory" a million times, well let's do
some domino theory with election reform. Let's open these electronic monsters up and see what really happened. My tin foil hat is beginning to glow.

Kick to the greatest page and beyond.

Miss Waverly
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Wilms Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Feb-11-06 05:09 AM
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12. kick
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