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AtLiberty Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-23-06 01:17 PM
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Chi-Town E-Voting Meltdown -- 414 Memory Cartridges Missing
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Chi-Town E-Voting Meltdown

414 Memory Cartridges Missing In Chicago and Cook County


Brad Blog
Blogged by John Gideon on 3/23/2006 @ 6:27am PT...


It was only early last month that the state of Illinois certified the Sequoia voting system that was used in the Illinois primary in Chicago...

It was only early last month that the state of Illinois certified the Sequoia voting system that was used in the Illinois primary in Chicago and suburban Cook County this week. In that 6 week period over 23,000 election judges had to be trained to set-up and use the voting machines and they had to learn a completely new set of procedures for opening and closing the polls.

The county and city failed to do that training or failed to do enough of it for those who were trained at all. According to this morning's Chicago Tribune:

Langdon Neal, chairman of the Chicago Board of Election Commissioners, further said that 4,000 of Chicago's 14,000 election judges attended no training and instead relied on a judge's manual that was sent in the mail and was written in a complicated and confusing manner.

Training for county judges emphasized videos and not hands-on instruction. None of the 9,600 election judges in suburban Cook County had ever touched the scanning device used to process paper ballots, said Cook County Clerk David Orr.


This clear lack of training and the introduction of new, un-reliable voting machines has caused what amounts to a disaster in vote counting. Three days after the voters went to the polls votes are still being tallied. In fact, memory cartridges were still being located as of Wednesday afternoon:

At noon Wednesday, Chicago was missing 252 memory cartridges, 93 from machines that scanned in paper ballots and 159 from touch screens. County officials couldn't find 162 memory cartridges from suburban precincts--68 from optical-scanning machines and 94 for touch-screen balloting.

The problems led midday to the sight of Cook County Director of Elections Clem Balanoff--his tie loosened and eyes bleary--rifling through blue duffel bags at a county warehouse for precinct returns for uncounted votes on missing memory cartridges.


http://www.bradblog.com/archives/00002595.htm
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texpatriot2004 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-23-06 01:19 PM
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1. "...a disaster in vote counting..." You got that right! nm
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tanyev Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-23-06 01:51 PM
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2. Wow.
:wow:
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sinkingfeeling Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-23-06 02:33 PM
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3. Let's burn all the voting machines and all the scanners. Force paper
ballots and hand counted results!
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dweller Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-24-06 01:40 AM
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6. ...
bust them into bits (bytes?) and dump them in a harbor near you.

dp
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mopinko Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-23-06 02:37 PM
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4. i hope claypool is going to fight.
concessions mean nothing, of course. i hope he is fully lawyered up and burning the midnight oil.
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MissWaverly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-23-06 05:33 PM
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5. They will all show up in November
loaded for a Republican landslide.

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Usrename Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-24-06 04:13 AM
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7. But they said they will do better next time.
argghhhhhhh :nuke:
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