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Melissa G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 10:23 AM
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Monday /Tuesday Election Reform, Fraud, & Related News May 7&8,07

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Election Reform, Fraud, & Related News Tuesday,5/8/07


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Please post Election Reform, Fraud, & Related News on this thread.

If you can:
1. Post stories and announcements you find on the web.


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Melissa G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 10:28 AM
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1. EMERGENCY ACTION: Don't Let The House Dismiss The FL-24 Election Challenge
Thanks to nicknameless for the post and the DU discussion here...
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

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EMERGENCY ACTION: Don't Let The House Dismiss The FL-24 Election Challenge
(From The PEN)

Everyone has heard about the dramatically suspicious results in the Jennings congressional race in FL-13, but did you know that there were massive parallel shenanigans going on in FL-24 as well? And yet we got a tip late today that tomorrow the House Administration committee is secretly, and without public notice, preparing to dismiss their own inquiry into this other still NOT conceded race run by Clint Curtis, the famous voting software rigging whistle blower.

Since the election, dedicated volunteers have spent massive hours painstakingly collecting affidavits from citizens block by block in the district that constitute direct proof that the results in FL-24 are also not only beyond credulity, they are patently fraudulent. There is a still LIVE challenge to this election the Florida state courts, JUST AS in the Jennings case. So why is the House administration even considering refusal to hear this evidence, where it may even constitute evidence of a broader statewide conspiracy, and give additional weight to the Jennings FL-24 challenge as well?

Because of the shortness of time this will be primarily a PHONE action. Please locate the member of the House Administration committee closest to you from the list below and call them first thing in the morning. Distance being equal you may find the Democrat more receptive. Tell them that even if you are not in their particular district, they are the closest House member to represent you on this committee. And ask them to give the evidence in the FL-24 ALSO the fair and just congressional hearing it deserves.

You can call toll free at 800-828-0498, 800-459-1887 or 800-614-2803 and ask for your choice of House member below, in particular the CHIEF OF STAFF listed, or you can use their direct dial phone/fax numbers.

MORE here...
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Melissa G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 10:31 AM
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2. New York to Grill Voting Machine Testing Lab
Way to go NY!
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New York to Grill Voting Machine Testing Lab
Friday, May 04, 2007

by Kim Zetter

Vote_2 Congress is holding a special field hearing in New York on Monday to discuss problems the state has had in switching to new e-voting machines. But that's less interesting than the fact that testifying at the hearing will be Mac Slingerland, president & CEO of CIBER. CIBER is the lab that has been responsible for testing and certifying the majority of voting machines in the country. The lab, however, lost its accreditation last summer after federal officials newly tasked with overseeing voting machine testing labs discovered that CIBER had a long-standing problem with quality-assurance procedures and documentation of tests performed on machines. Strangely, the federal Election Assistance Commission that evaluated CIBER kept the news about CIBER's problems quiet from the public and from election officials purchasing machines. EAC's report on CIBER's problems became public only when the New York Times disclosed it (registration required) in January.

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This is just one problem with the testing, however. I chronicled many other problems with the testing and certification of voting machines in this 2004 story.

BTW, here's the EAC's latest letter to CIBER detailing what the lab still needs to do to satisfy the commission.

The hearing in New York will be held Monday, May 7th at 9:30 am at the city council chambers in New York's city hall by the Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives. EAC chairwoman Donetta L. Davidson will also be testifying -- conceivably about why the committee withheld its report on CIBER for so long.

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http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2007/05/new_york_to_gr...

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Melissa G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 10:38 AM
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3. OHIO 2004: 6.15% Kerry-Bush vote-switch found in probability study
Edited on Tue May-08-07 10:39 AM by Melissa G
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http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

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OHIO 2004: 6.15% Kerry-Bush vote-switch found in probability study
Discussion here: http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph ...

Defining the vote outcome probabilities of wrong-precinct voting has revealed, in a sample of 166,953 votes (1/34th of the Ohio vote), the Kerry-Bush margin changes 6.15% when the population is sorted by probable outcomes of wrong-precinct voting.

The Kerry to Bush 6.15% vote-switch differential is seen when the large sample is sorted by probability a Kerry wrong-precinct vote counts for Bush. When the same large voter sample is sorted by the probability Kerry votes count for third-party candidates, Kerry votes are instead equal in both subsets.

Read the revised article with graphs of new findings:

The 2004 Ohio Presidential Election: Cuyahoga County Analysis
How Kerry Votes Were Switched to Bush Votes

http://jqjacobs.net/politics/ohio.html

A small spreadsheet too:

http://jqjacobs.net/politics/xls/cuyahoga_t_tests.xls
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Melissa G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 10:51 AM
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4. Completely bizarre GOTV flyer in Texas. How 'bout your state?
Edited on Tue May-08-07 10:52 AM by Melissa G
DUer crispini posted this over in the Texas forum and I was checking to see if it was happening anywhere else in the country?

Post comments here...
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

Completely bizarre GOTV flyer


Okay, I got this extremely odd GOTV flyer in the mail and I don't know what to make of it. I have it scanned and will be happy to post the pdf if anyone wants me to. The complete text follows, my thoughts afterwards:


Dear Registered Voter:

YOU ARE BEING STUDIED!
Why do so many people fail to vote? We've been talking about the problem
for years, but it only seems to get worse.

This year, we're trying to figure out why people do or do not vote. We'll be
studying voter turnout in the May 1ih Municipal election.

Our analysis will be based on public records, so you will not be contacted
again or disturbed in any way. Anything we learn about your voting or not
voting will remain confidential and will not be disclosed to anyone else.

The chart shows your name from the list of registered voters, showing
past votes, as well as an empty box which we will fill in to show whether
you vote in the May 12th Municipal election.

We will leave the box blank if you do not vote.

DO YOUR CIVIC DUTY - VOTE!

(My Address) May 2003 May 2005 May 2007

(My Name) Voted Voted _____


Above information does not include early voting for this election.
Political advertising, paid for by New Voices.


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(Oh, and another thought which I didn't post to BOR: "Paid political advertising?" That TOTALLY does not sound like a nonprofit to me....)

Crispini has more comments at this link..
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...

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Melissa G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 11:16 AM
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5.  Congressional Hearing Reveals Voting Machine Flaws


Politics

Congressional Hearing Reveals Voting Machine Flaws

May 08, 2007

After years of criticism that the state was moving too slowly in certifying new electronic voting machines, many states nationwide are taking a second look at the machines that cost taxpayers millions of dollars and some possibly their votes. NY1s Molly Kroon filed the following report.

Experts testified at a Congressional hearing Monday that states scrambled to meet federal deadlines after the widespread problems back in the 2000 presidential election. But now, many states may have to go back to the drawing board.

"The testing labs have approved systems that have lost thousands of votes, approved systems that are unreliable, said Dr. David Wagner, a computer scientist who testified at the hearings. They've approved systems with serious security vulnerabilities."

One of those labs, Ciber Technologies, tested 70 percent of the electronic voting machines in use today, but is now barred from approving machines after it failed to properly document its inspections.

http://www.ny1.com/ny1/content/index.jsp?stid=3&aid=694...
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Melissa G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 11:18 AM
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6. BOTH Chief US Attorney and Senior US Prosecuting Attorney found DEAD in their homes.
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BOTH Chief US Attorney and Senior US Prosecuting Attorney found DEAD in their homes.
When did the US Attorney Firings controversy really begin? Two attorneys involved in prosecuting the case implicated in a USA firing were found dead in their homes in July and Sept. 2004. FROM researching this thread:
Missouri attorney a focus in USA firings = Bradley Schlozman
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph ...

Former MO US Attorney Todd Graves the Ninth Attorney Targeted by Alberto Gonzales
http://www.pressrelease365.com/pr/government/federal/gr ...

Kansas City, MO 04/09/07 - Medical Supply Chain founder Samuel Lipari unearthed a US Department of Justice memo revealing the Office of the Attorney General had targeted not eight but ten US Attorneys including the former attorney for the Western District of Missouri, Todd P. Graves. The documents were obtained during Medical Supply Chain's discovery ..... e-mail dated January 9th, 2006 from Kyle Sampson, .....

The Western District of Missouri US Attorney office under Todd P. Graves had been active in prosecuting Medicare fraud.....

......

Samuel Lipari became concerned that Attorney General Alberto Gonzales was using the firing of appointed US Attorneys and senior assistant US Attorneys to obstruct justice in investigations involving public corruption on October 18, 2004 when white collar crime prosecuting Assistant US Attorneys Leonard Senerote, Michael Uhl and Michael Snipes were fired from the Ft. Worth Texas office of the US Attorney that had issued subpoenas in an ongoing investigation of Novation LLC and other hospital suppliers for anticompetitive practices. Samuel Lipari was especially concerned over the firings in the Ft. Worth office where the chief US Attorney responsible for Medicare fraud, Thelma Louise Quince Colbert had been found dead in her swimming pool on July 20th, 2004 and the Ft. Worth office Senior US Prosecuting Attorney that had signed the subpoenas, Shannon Ross (formerly of Kansas) was found dead in her home on September 13th, 2004. ......
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Melissa G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 11:20 AM
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7.  Testimony on Voting System Testing and Cerification
National Issues




Testimony on Voting System Testing and Cerification

By David Wagner, Computer Science Division, University of California, Berkeley
May 08, 2007

The following written testimony was submitted for the public hearing of the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census, and National Archives on May 7, 2007.



Summary

We have seen dramatic changes in election technology over the past decade. This new technology was introduced for laudable reasons and has brought important benefits. However, it has come at a cost.

Many of todays electronic voting machines have security problems. The ones at greatest risk are the paperless DRE voting machines. These paperless machines are vulnerable to attack: a single person with insider access and some technical knowledge could switch votes, perhaps undetected, and potentially swing an election. With this technology, we cannot be certain that our elections have not been corrupted.

In my research into electronic voting, I have come to the conclusion that the federal certification process is not adequate. The testing labs are failing to weed out insecure and unreliable voting systems. The federal certification process has approved systems that have lost thousands of votes, systems with reliability problems, and systems with serious security vulnerabilities. Over the past four years, independent researchers have discovered security vulnerabilities in voting machines used throughout the country vulnerabilities that were not detected by state and federal certification processes. Unfortunately, the standards and certification process has not kept pace
with the advances in election technology over the past decade.

One of the most promising directions may be to reduce our reliance upon software. With todays paperless voting machines, flaws in the software can potentially cause undetectable errors in the outcome of the election. That places an impossible burden on vendors and testing labs, because it requires perfection: a single overlooked defect can be enough to render the whole system insecure, unreliable, or inaccurate, and experience has proven that it is common for even the most capable experts to overlook flaws and defects in software. It is unreasonable to expect perfection from vendors or testing labs given the complexity of modern election technology. If the system is completely reliant upon software, failures and security flaws are inevitable.
http://www.votetrustusa.org/index.php?option=com_conten...


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Melissa G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 11:27 AM
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8. From Pseudo Democracy to Flagrant Farce


From Pseudo Democracy to Flagrant Farce
Posted: 2007/05/08
From: Mathaba

Heartland Australia is moving swiftly towards independents as the realisation sinks in that only an independent has the realistic capacity to represent the electorate...


By Tony Ryan

Four decades ago, Australian politicians and aspiring candidates still trudged door to door in their electorates, initiating discussion with resident families and identifying their needs and aspirations.

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Although industrialists, in addition to their own personal voting power, were able to exert undue influence on government, this was balanced by the trade unions and a variety of social influences; the RSL, the Churches, and thousands of social clubs; a situation famously analysed by Horner in his book The Lucky Country.

By 1960, the age of company takeovers had well and truly arrived and companies that had been part of a familiar landscape for a century or more, were suddenly engulfed by giant corporations; many of them owned in foreign countries. Foreign corporations placed no value on national interest or on the welfare of workers. Their sole focus was profit and, increasingly, global market penetration and expansion.

Nevertheless, more rapacious elements, making up what came to be known as the military-industrial complex, overstepped the tolerance mark and launched a no longer covert Vietnam War. For the first time, through television, ordinary voters around the world got to see the reality of war and, suitably horrified, rose up in protest. This forced a by now industry-driven US government to temporarily abandon its aggressive colonialism, and a lesson was well learned. It became very apparent to the managements of corporations and banks that not only governments must be controlled, so too must the media, especially TV.

http://mathaba.net/news/?x=554014
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Melissa G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 11:30 AM
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9. Voting delayed, workers don't show


Voting delayed, workers don't show
Star report

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. today for the primary election. Check with IndyStar.com throughout the day for the latest election news. The first results will be available after the polls close.




Polling place inspector Jo Johnson (left) and Democratic precinct committeeman Daniel Kunz get a voting machine started at 5879 Central Ave. - Tom Leyden / For The Star

10:31 AM -- GOP leader blasts county clerk

The head of the Marion County Republican party says Democrat Clerk Beth White needs to answer questions from voters about what went wrong in todays primary.
Where is the countys chief election officer? GOP chairman Tom John said in a written statement. Beth White cannot hide in a warehouse. She needs to explain to the thousands of voters who were turned away from the polls why they were disenfranchised. What is she going to do for them? Her first election has resulted in utter failure.

The statement said that the results of the entire 2007 Primary Election are now in question.
9:41 AM -- County clerk vows to do better

Marion County Clerk Beth White, who is overseeing her first election, said about 200 inspectors failed to pick up election materials on Monday night.
Without an inspector, the precinct does not operate.
http://www.indystar.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/2007...
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Melissa G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 11:35 AM
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10. Procuring polling places takes a lot of persuasion

Procuring polling places takes a lot of persuasion
Elections scout needs to arrange 550 sites
Tuesday, May 8, 2007 3:30 AM
By Barbara Carmen

THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH

DORAL CHENOWETH III DISPATCH
Harold E. Fielder, shown with voting machines, must be part salesman, part legal wrangler to persuade people to host polling places.

ELECTION GUIDE: Index of Dispatch stories for today's primary Harold E. Fielder has never run for office, but he's waged a bulldog campaign for the past 25 years.

Fielder wheedles and cajoles. He appeals to logic and patriotism. He quotes the Gospel. And when all that fails, he begs:

"Please, please -- please, let us put a polling place in your school or business. We have nowhere else to go."

As logistics manager for the Franklin County Board of Elections, Fielder and his team must scout for all 550 locations needed to hold an election.

http://www.columbusdispatch.com/dispatch/content/local_...
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Melissa G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 11:38 AM
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11. House Admin Committee Set to Dismiss Clint Curtis/Tom Feeney Election Challenge According to Curtis


BLOGGED BY Brad Friedman ON 5/8/2007 12:58AM
House Admin Committee Set to Dismiss Clint Curtis/Tom Feeney Election Challenge According to Curtis Campaign
Contest to be Dismissed During Tuesday Mark-up Session of Rush Holt's Election Reform Bill
'Insufficient Evidence' Given as Reason, Despite Failure by Committee to Review 'Hard Evidence' Collected...
This came to us too late this afternoon to get confirm from Capitol Hill sources, so we're gonna run with what we have for now with that caveat.

The campaign of Clint Curtis (D), the vote-rigging/Tom Feeney whistleblower who challenged Feeney (R-Abramoff) for the U.S. House seat in Florida's 24h Congressional district last November, has told The BRAD BLOG that the U.S. House Administrative Committee is set to dismiss Curtis' Congressional contest of the race --- filed under the Federal Contested Elections Act --- when the committee meets on Tuesday morning.

Though they've yet to examine the "hard evidence" the Curtis campaign says they've collected in the matter, the reason for the dismissal, as given to campaign manager, Marty Ward by a Capitol Hill staffer, was "insufficient evidence". Ward says that two different offices have informed the campaign of the committee's plan to dismiss the case tomorrow.

Ward told us tonight, however, that Congress hasn't even seen, much less investigated, the "hard evidence" in the form of sworn affidavits from voters that the campaign's volunteers have collected over the past several months via door-to-door canvassing in the district. The results of that canvass, the campaign says, reveal that Curtis' votes, as tallied on Florida's paperless touch-screen voting systems, were under-reported by anywhere from 12% to 24% per precinct so far canvassed.

http://www.bradblog.com/?p=4522
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Melissa G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 11:46 AM
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12. New game, new rules


New game, new rules
By John Aloysius Farrell
Denver Post Staff Writer
Article Launched: 05/08/2007 01:00:00 AM MDT


Washington

When the Florida Legislature passed a bill last week to move that state's presidential primary to a prime early slot in the campaign calendar, it was the latest in a series of jolts to the candidates and their strategists, who are trying to grapple with a nominating process gone amok.

Eight months out, and the 2008 primary calendar remains in flux, with major players such as Illinois and Texas, and a whole contingent of Western states, still deciding when and how to stage their contests.

The only certainty is uncertainty.

"Whatever we think is going to happen is not going to happen," says Stuart Stevens, a political consultant who worked for President Bush and now advises Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz.

http://www.currentargus.com/ci_5841452
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Melissa G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 11:58 AM
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13. This bill does a lot more than advertised


This bill does a lot more than advertised
By HOWARD TROXLER
Published May 8, 2007



The big elections law just passed by our Legislature, known as House Bill 537, is supposed to return Florida to a "paper trail" for elections. No more touch screen machines, just like Gov. Charlie Crist wanted.

But I gotta tell you, the Legislature tacked so much extra junk onto this sucker that it looks like a frat-house refrigerator door - and the contents are just about as unknown and dangerous.

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Besides getting rid of touch-screen machines, the bill:

- Moves Florida's presidential primary from March to the end of January.

- Changes the "resign to run" law, so that Florida politicians can keep their state jobs and run for federal office at the same time.

- Cracks down further on citizen petitions, and creates a mischievous counterprocess in which opponents can get petition signatures revoked.

- Restricts complaints to the already-puny Florida Elections Commission to the point that rule breakers just about have to turn themselves in.

Stacks the executive committees of political parties, and gives the state party bosses absolute power to remove local party officers.

- Deals with the ability of political committees to raise money under various names, and to conduct polling.

Good grief! That's still only a partial list. Here are some more topics thrown into the hodgepodge:

City election dates.

State party control over the names of political clubs.

The definition of when a county commissioner is "elected" (the subject of a dispute in Hernando County).

A generous rule for reporting free private air travel given to political candidates.

Detailed election-return reporting that mostly benefits consultants and candidates.

http://www.sptimes.com/2007/05/08/Columns/This_bill_doe...
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Melissa G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 12:00 PM
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14. Bill limits number of voters at single precinct
Edited on Tue May-08-07 12:01 PM by Melissa G
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Legislation restricting the number of people registered to vote at a single precinct is headed to the governor for his consideration after unanimously passing the Tennessee House.

The companion bill to the measure was unanimously approved by the Senate last month.

The legislation would require precincts to be limited to 6,000 voters and no more than 800 persons per voting machine.

http://www.wmcstations.com/Global/story.asp?S=6482454
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Melissa G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 12:03 PM
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15. 


Electronic Voting May Be Ready by Fall 08, Official Says



By JONATHAN P. HICKS
Published: May 8, 2007
Despite earlier predictions to the contrary, New York State could well replace its aging voting machines by September 2008, a co-chairman of the New York State Board of Elections said yesterday.

Douglas A. Kellner, one of two board chairmen, said after a Congressional hearing held in City Hall that state officials were now reviewing the voting machines of five companies. He said that while there was little to no chance that new machines would be in place by the states presidential primary in February, they could be installed by the November 2008 presidential election and possibly in time for the primary elections for Congress and the State Legislature in September 2008.

Earlier this year, an association of county election officials passed a resolution urging the state to wait until 2009 to install new electronic voting machines. At that time, Mr. Kellner said that most members of the Board of Elections agreed that it would be better if the state did not have to make such sweeping changes amid the 2008 presidential election, when a high turnout is anticipated.

If the equipment that has been submitted for testing passes, then we will have a timeline that we can meet to have new equipment in place for the 2008 election, Mr. Kellner said yesterday. If we certify the new machines by December, they should be able to get most of the system in place for the November 2008 election. And I think the September primary, too.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/08/nyregion/08vote.html?...
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Melissa G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 12:22 PM
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16. UK- Even greater threat to our democracy


Even greater threat to our democracy (Scotland)

The disenfranchisement of more than 100,000 electors by the inadquacies of the balloting and counting procedures was bad enough, but doesn't Mike Dailly, the solicitor at Govan Law Centre (The Herald, May 7), realise his proposal that 9000 electors be contacted by the returning officer to "ascertain their clear intentions" poses an even greater threat to our democratic freedoms than the original cock-up?

If we can identify from a number on the ballot papers the identity of each voter, then a terrifying potential is created by his ill-considered proposal. Imagine a fictional country that was edging gradually towards an elective dictatorship, one where a powerful Prime Minister, aided by a compliant chief law officer, had been gradually eroding the democratic and legal rights of its citizens (sound familiar?). Then consider what such a Prime Minister, faced with a loss of a key part of his power base, could do with the opportunity to go back to each elector whose vote he didn't like and say: "Did you really mean it? What were your true voting intentions?"

We have already had insidious voices suggesting that those who had trouble with the ballot papers perhaps were not intelligent enough to be allowed a vote, and now we are faced with this appalling proposal. It must not be countenanced under any circumstances. Scotland has just made a great thrust for freedom from the old machine politics. Let us not allow our embarrassment and frustration at the flawed nature of the balloting system lead us into greater threats to that freedom.



It has been suggested (The Herald, May 7) that some 9000 voters in the Glasgow list election, whose voting papers were discounted, may be contacted to ascertain their clear voting intention as part of a legal challenge to the election. Presumably, the intent is to allow the revised opinion of those voters then to adjust retrospectively the count and consequently the result of that ballot.

http://www.theherald.co.uk/features/letters/display.var...
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Melissa G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 12:39 PM
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17. Problems with state voter database not a problem locally


Problems with state voter database not a problem locally

By Libby Cluett
lcluett@mineralwellsindex.com

With less than a week before the May 12 election, voter registrars around Texas have reported massive delays caused by the states $14 million computer system that stores voter information.

The Texas Election Administration Management database is used in all but 30 Texas counties, including Palo Pinto and Parker counties. The system faces its first test during this election and reports from last week indicate that millions of voters face long waits and potential voting problems.


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Tuggle explained that other county voter registrars were having difficulty producing early voting lists in a timely manner and had to wait for the TEAM system to create them and then they had to download the lists. She said that at times it seemed like being on a dial-up system.

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In other counties, emotions were not as calm as they were here. Tuggle said she saw many e-mails floating around the Internet with voter registrars telling stories of people screaming at them last week.

http://www.mineralwellsindex.com/local/local_story_1271...
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Melissa G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 12:44 PM
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18. City May Go Back To Paper Ballots
/www.charlottesvillenewsplex.tv /

City May Go Back To Paper Ballots
Reporter: Whitney Holmes


May 7, 2007

New state and federal laws may force Charlottesville, a pioneer in electronic voting, to ditch the new machines and go back to paper ballots.

The problem is, when it comes to voting, people are uneasy with the so-called digital age.

In 2002, Charlottesville was the first precinct in the state to use the electronic voting machines, which store votes digitally without any proof on paper of the vote.

Many people fear that without the physical evidence of their vote, it did not count.

For this reason, a new state law says no more of those machines can be bought and used. Furthermore, a federal bill may outlaw those machines all together for the 2008 presidential election.

http://www.charlottesvillenewsplex.tv/news/headlines/73...
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Melissa G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 02:11 PM
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19. Robert F Kennedy Jr Calls For PRISON TIME FOR ROVE & GRIFFIN
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Robert F Kennedy Jr Calls For PRISON TIME FOR ROVE & GRIFFIN
Edited on Mon May-07-07 05:15 PM by kpete
RFK: ROVE AND ROVES BRAIN, SHOULD BE IN JAIL, NOT IN OFFICE
Published May 7th, 2007 in Articles, Interviews & Chats, Podcasts, Audio Reports
Monday, May 7, 2007

NEW YORK Voting rights attorney Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has called for prison time for the new US Attorney for Arkansas, Timothy Griffin and investigation of Griffins former boss, Karl Rove, chief political advisor to President Bush.

Timothy Griffin, said Kennedy,who is the new US attorney in Arkansas, was actually the mastermind behind the voter fraud efforts by the Bush Administration to disenfranchise over a million voters through caging techniques - which are illegal.

..Kennedy, a voting rights attorney, fumed, What he (Griffin) did was absolutely illegal and he should be in jail. Instead (Griffin) was rewarded with the US Attorneys office.

They (Griffin, Rove and their confederates at the RNC) knew it was illegal.
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more at:
http://www.gregpalast.com/rfk-rove-and-roves-brain-shou...
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Melissa G Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-08-07 02:13 PM
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20. County election costs to get higher


County election costs to get higher
By Katie Stallcup
The Natchez Democrat



NATCHEZ Everyone knows theres a price to pay for democracy. But for Adams County, the meaning is literal.

The county board of supervisors increased the election commissions budget to $45,000 at Mondays meeting just for the upcoming primary elections.

Supply costs for the Democratic and Republican primaries which for all practical purposes serve as two elections are adding up, Election Commission Chairman Larry Gardner said.

Because the upcoming election has the highest number of candidates running possibly in the countys recent history Gardner said it was more expensive.

http://www.natchezdemocrat.com/articles/2007/05/08/news...
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Kurovski Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-09-07 12:42 AM
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21. Kick to the top!
Sorry for the lateness of my reply, MG. Thanks!
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