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GOP Continues to Steal Elections

Posted in Barack Obama, politics, voter disenfranchisement by allisonkilkenny on November 5, 2008

voterfraudThis isn’t over yet.

From John Gideon:

As we suspected tabulation of ballots has revealed problems with voting systems from all of the vendors. Hillsborough Co Florida is rethinking their contract with Premier/Diebold for $6M after having big problems counting votes. Manatee Co Florida also had a problem with Premier. Palm Beach Co had bad memory cartridges from Sequoia. Counties in Pennsylvania and South Carolina had problems with their ES&S system. We also have a run-off for senator from Georgia and a recount for senator from Minnesota. This election will last for another month at least.

National: Malfunctioning Machines, Ballot Glitches, Election-Law Litigation — and a Busy Day for Lawyers
http://www.law.com/jsp/article.jsp?id=1202425803382

National: Voting Rights Watch: Relatively few e-voting problems, but GOP still readies for possible action
http://southernstudies.org/facingsouth/2008/11/voting-rights-watch-relatively-few-e.asp

AZ: Pima County: 10 precincts and number of early, provisional ballots still uncounted
http://www.azstarnet.com/sn/hourlyupdate/265824.php

CA: Santa Cruz County – Vandals hit Santa Cruz County polling places, campaign offices
http://www.santacruzsentinel.com/localnews/ci_10904483

FL: Hillsborough County – Count Resumes With Hillsborough Elections Chief Race In Limbo
[Johnson said Premier, which he hired for $6 million this year, was dishonest with him and at fault for much of Tuesday’s problems with voting machines.]
http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/nov/05/051256/state-monitoring-hillsboroughs-tight-elections-chi/news-politics/

FL: Hillsborough results tied up by software glitch
http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=7794805&version=10&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=3.2.1

FL: Hillsborough vote count likely to continue until Thursday
http://www.tampabays10.com/news/local/story.aspx?storyid=93568&catid=8

FL: Count Resumes With Hillsborough Elections Chief Race In Limbo [Diebold/Premier admits the system was bogged down and stalled due to overload]
http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/nov/05/051711/state-monitoring-hillsboroughs-tight-elections-chi/news-politics/

FL: Manatee County – Manatee solves vote-counting problem [Premier/Diebold]
http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20081105/BREAKING/811050262?Title=Still_no_solution_to_vote_counting_woes_in_Manatee_County

FL: Manatee County – Small glitch causes big problems in Manatee
http://www.myfoxtampabay.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=7798848&version=1&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=3.2.1

FL: Palm Beach County vote results still incomplete [Bad Sequoia memory cartridges]
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/localnews/content/local_news/epaper/2008/11/05/1105stillcounting.html

GA: The OTHER Election Night Story in Georgia: No Early Votes Included in Reported Results
http://savdailynews.com/main.asp?SectionID=2&SubSectionID=19&ArticleID=20488

GA: Chambliss and Martin prepare for another four weeks
http://www.walb.com/Global/story.asp?S=9300183&nav=menu37_2

GA: Gwinnett County – Gwinnett Officials Still Counting Ballots Day After Election
http://www.myfoxatlanta.com/myfox/pages/News/Detail?contentId=7797006&version=4&locale=EN-US&layoutCode=TSTY&pageId=3.2.1

KY: Kenton Co. Judge Rules For Vote Recount
http://www.kypost.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=ba97601c-a01a-431e-a8ac-acc0d2bc399e

KY: Madison County – Local turnout heavy as computer glitch delays count
http://www.richmondregister.com/localnews/local_story_310073742.html?keyword=secondarystory

MN: Ritchie: Senate recount will involve hundreds, cost $90K
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/11/05/recount_details/

MN: E-Voting Machines Used in Franken, Coleman Race Failed Tests
http://www.pubrecord.org/politics/474-e-voting-machines-used-in-franken-coleman-race-failed-tests.html

NC: Onslow County – Padgett wants recount
http://www.enctoday.com/news/padgett_60506_jdn__article.html/votes_county.html

NH: Long night of ballot snafus marks voting in Kennebunk
http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20081105-NEWS-81105056

OH: Montgomery County election results delayed until late this evening
http://www.daytondailynews.com/n/content/oh/story/news/local/2008/11/05/ddn110608elexboardweb.html

PA: Centre County Recounts Ballots After Discrepancy [ES&S M-100 precinct based op-scan]
http://www.wjactv.com/news/17900285/detail.html

PA: Northumberland County – PA County’s Voting Machines Impounded Following Complaints
http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/11/pa-countys-voti.html

SC: Charleston County suffers voting problems on Election Day [ES&S problem. The county had to hand input the results from 17,000 ballots]
http://www.live5news.com/Global/story.asp?S=9300365

 

 


VOTE, VOTE, VOTE!

Posted in Barack Obama, politics, voter disenfranchisement by allisonkilkenny on November 4, 2008

vote-button1This is your eight millionth reminder to go vote today!

Find your polling place over here.

Remind your parents, friends, and coworkers to vote today. If possible, vote on paper ballots, and if you have any problems, call 1 866 OUR VOTE and report it.

If you have a car, offer to drive friends to polling places.

Mark Crispin Miller and Others Explain Voter Fraud

Posted in Barack Obama, politics, voter disenfranchisement by allisonkilkenny on November 3, 2008

Attorney Cliff Arnebeck, cyber-sleuth Steven Spoonamore and author Mark Crispin Miller explain the background the ‘Connell Anomaly,’ named for Mike Connell, allegedly Rove’s IT fixer, who, in a late-breaking story, has been ordered by District Judge Solomon Olive to testify on Monday.According to Arnebeck’s press release,”Connell was a key inside IT contractor for Ken Blackwell in the administration of the 2004 and 2006 elections, while managing the IT function for the Bush Presidential campaigns andother Republican partisan campaigns in 2000, 2004 and 2006. Plaintiffs’ counsel and Plaintiffs’ cyber security expert Stephen Spoonamore in the King Lincoln case before US District Judge Algenon in Columbus have identified Connell as a key witness to Karl Rove’s various maneuvers affecting elections during this decade.”

Remember: Mike Connell, Rove’s boy, is the guy who said he helped steal the election to “Save the babies.”

View the video here.

Download the Voter Incident Report

Posted in Barack Obama, politics, voter disenfranchisement by allisonkilkenny on November 1, 2008
From MCM
Dear Mark,
Please inform your readers around the country:
When you go to the polls, take an incident report with you.  Collecting signed, dated, paper-based evidence of voter fraud, suppression, or inefficiency is the most important action
any concerned citizen can take in this “once-in-a-century election.”
This is the simplest measure any voter can take:  Stand at their own polls, watch what happens,
report evidence on the (downloadable) Incident Report, and then fax it in to the Election Defense Alliance.
The Incident Report comes with the EDA’s fax number, legal help phone numbers and guidelines
for poll monitors.
The Indient Report will be used widely in Los Angeles–the largest voting county in the
nation–by Work the Vote LA org.
One more thing: If election results go bump late in the night, it may be less of a shock if
people are educated in advance.
Votes are being flipped in West VATexas and Tennessee.   Here’s a timely video.
Wake Up and Save Your Country has just released Part Two of the “Turdblossom Lecture Series” to explain HOW voting machines can be preprogrammed to crash or change vote totals using proprietary software.  
Please take a look, and share this with your audience.
Thank you for your tremendous leadership during this time.
 
Sheri Leigh Myers
Vern Tuck Taylor
The Wake Up and Save Your Country Team
http://wakeupandsaveyourcountry.com/
 Here is a cool visual of our Voters Guide.    Here is a visual of the incident report to grab attention
The Wake Up and Save Your Country Team www.wakeupandsaveyourcountry.com

What to Do November 5th

Posted in Barack Obama, politics, voter disenfranchisement by allisonkilkenny on October 31, 2008

 

MCM:
ALERT 7 – Register your Voter Assemblies now!
This may be the most important message you’ll receive today. Make plans to attend, or if need be, to organize a Voter Assembly in your community on the evening of Wednesday, November 5, the day after the election. Your participation in a Voter Assembly is very important.

A growing database of Voter Assemblies is here:
http://www.nomorestolenelections.org/va

You should register the Voter Assembly you are organizing here:
http://www.nomorestolenelections.org/addva

Here is the plan. Regardless of the declared presidential victor, this Wednesday, we will gather in Voter Assemblies, and we will act:

    A.    If there is reason to believe that the election is likely to be stolen, as was the case in Florida 2000, we will act to prevent this from happening – pressing to prevent the theft and, if that is impossible, demanding a new, honest election.

    B.    If it is unclear whether voting rights violation rise to the level of election theft, as was the case in Ohio 2004, we will mobilize everywhere to demand a full and complete count of the vote.

    C.    If it appears that the election result was defined by the rigging of the process, we will rally nationwide to press for progress in enacting democratic reforms.

By Election Day, millions of people’s right to vote will have been violated. In the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” This is especially true with voting: Voting rights violations anywhere threaten voting rights everywhere. So please, don’t wait for a repeat of Florida 2000, or Ohio 2004, or worse, and don’t think that your community is too distant from the problem to be involved. Get organized, and plan to assemble on November 5. Thank you.

Bush Orders DOJ to Probe Ohio Voter Registrations

Posted in Barack Obama, politics by allisonkilkenny on October 25, 2008

 

By Jason Leopold
The Public Record
Friday, October 24, 2008
President George W. Bush late Friday asked Attorney General Michael Mukasey to investigate whether 200,000 newly registered voters in the battleground state of Ohio would have to reconfirm their voter registration information, an issue the U.S. Supreme Court weighed in on last week.
The unprecedented intervention by the White House less than two weeks before the presidential election may result in at least 200,000 newly registered voters in Ohio not being able to vote on Election Day if they are forced to provide additional identification when they head to the polls.

House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, sent a letter to Bush Friday asking that he order the Department of Justice to probe the matter.

“I strongly urge you to direct Attorney General Mukasey and the Department of Justice to act.” Boehner said in his letter “Unless action is taken by the Department immediately, thousands, if not tens or hundreds of thousands of names whose information has not been verified through the [Help America Vote Act] procedures mandated by Congress will remain on the voter rolls during the November 4 election; and there is a significant risk if not a certainty, that unlawful votes will be cast and counted. Given the Election Day is less than two weeks away, immediate action by the Department is not only warranted, but also crucial.”
Independent studies also have shown that phony registrations rarely result in illegally cast ballots because there are so many other safeguards built into the system.

For instance, from October 2002 to September 2005, a total of 70 people were convicted for federal election related crimes, according to figures compiled by the New York Times last year. Only 18 of those were for ineligible voting.

In recent years, federal prosecutors reached similar conclusions despite pressure from the Bush administration to lodge “election fraud” charges against ACORN and other groups seen as bringing more Democratic voters into the democratic process.

Some of the Bush administration prosecutors who refused to seek these indictments were then fired in 2006 as part of a purge of nine U.S. Attorneys deemed not “loyal Bushies.”

This “prosecutor-gate” scandal led to the resignations of several senior White House and Justice Department officials, including Attorney General Alberto GonzalesPresident Bush then asserted broad executive privilege to block testimony by Karl Rove and other top White House officials.

In a statement on his website, Boehner said starting today, “Ohio elections officials will begin removing ballots cast during the state’s early voting period from their identifying envelopes, eliminating any possibility of catching fraudulently cast ballots.”

“Franklin County officials yesterday tossed out a dozen fraudulently cast absentee ballots, and the Hamilton County prosecutor has appointed an independent counsel to investigate more than 200 ballots on which the name or address does not match to state records,” Boehner said. “Prosecutor Joe Deters has asked that at least the questionable ballots remain in their identifying envelopes until voter registration information can be confirmed.”

President Bush contacted Mukasey late Friday, White House spokeswoman Dana Perino said, and requested he investigate. A report released earlier this month by the Justice Department’s inspector general said Bush “spoke with Attorney General Gonzales in October 2006 about their concerns over voter fraud.”

Federal investigative guidelines strongly discourage election-related probes before ballots are cast because of the likelihood that the inquiries will become politicized and might influence the election outcomes.

“In most cases, voters should not be interviewed, or other voter-related investigation done, until after the election is over,” according to the Justice Department’s guidelines for election offenses as revised in May 2007 during Gonzales’s tenure as Attorney General.

Even though those May 2007 guidelines watered down even stricter language in previous editions, the Gonzales-era rules still cautioned:

“Overt investigative steps may chill legitimate voting activities. They are also likely to be perceived by voters and candidates as an intrusion into the election. Indeed, the fact of a federal criminal investigation may itself become an issue in the election.”

In 2004, Ohio was the state where tens of thousands of votes cast on electronic voting machines intended for Sen. John Kerry, the 2004Democratic presidential candidate, were handed to Bush. Additionally, tens of thousands of voters were purged from voter registration rolls. Exit polls on election night 2004 showed Kerry leading Bush in many Ohio counties. Bush carried Ohio by 119,000 votes.

The Nov. 4 presidential election may very well boil down to Ohio if Mukasey’s DOJ gets involved.

At issue is a federal law that requires states to verify the eligibility of voters.

federal appeals court recently upheld a lower court ruling and ordered Ohio election officials to help counties set up a computer system to ensure the veracity of voter registrations.  

That would have required a total overhaul of the computer system just weeks before election and would have jeopardized as many as 200,000 voters, forcing them to cast provisional ballots that may go uncounted, Brunner said.

She said it was impossible to set up a new system or reprogram the existing one before the Nov. 4 election.

The appeals court ruling was in response to a lawsuit filed last month against Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Bruner, a Democrat, by the Ohio Republican Party. The lawsuit claimed voter registration information for hundreds of thousands of new voters did not match up with official government data, such as social security records and driver’s licenses, and was evidence of voter registration fraud. More than 600,000 people registered to vote in the state in this election cycle.

But in court filings, GOP officials did not provide documentary evidence to back up their claims.

The Ohio Republican Party argued that the 2002 Help America Vote Act (HAVA), a law that grew out of the disastrous 2000 election between Bush and Al Gore, required Brunner to share any voter registration discrepancies with county election boards so they can identify voter fraud prior to vote counts.

Republicans faulted Brunner for her “steadfast refusal to provide the HAVA “mismatch” data to the county boards of elections in a meaningful way.”

The Ohio GOP wanted Brunner to provide the lists of the newly registered voters whose voter registration information on did not match government records with 88 Ohio counties in an attempt to weed out voter registration fraud.

Republicans accused Brunner of violating federal election laws and that she was “actively working to conceal fraudulent activity.”

Brunner said the lawsuit was “politically motivated.” She said “misstated technical information or glitches in databases” was the explanation for some mismatched information on voter registration forms.

“Many of those discrepancies bear no relationship whatsoever to a voter’s eligibility to vote a regular, as opposed to a provisional, ballot,” Brunner said last week in a court filing. The mismatches “may well be used at the county level unnecessarily to challenge fully qualified voters and severely disrupt the voting process.”

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court took up the case and, in a two-page unanimous opinion, dismissed the lower court’s ruling on a technicality. The justices said lawsuits “brought by a private litigant” could not be used to enforce states to abide by federal laws.
“We express no opinion on the question whether HAVA is being properly implemented,” the unsigned opinion said.  

In a statement, Boehner said he wants Mukasey to intervene and enforce Brunner to comply with HAVA and verify votes.  

The Court ruled that the a private entity did not have the legal standing to enforce federal laws, leading Boehner to ask Attorney General Mukasey to compel Brunner to comply, which would mean providing access to a computerized statewide database, as required under HAVA,” Boehner’s statement says.   

Rick DavisSen. John McCain‘s campaign manager, said Brunner is seeking to “minimize the level of fairness and transparency in this election.”

Various polling data show McCain’s opponent, Sen. Barack Obama, leading in Ohio by five to seven percentage points.

But Republicans, perhaps fearing a Democratic victory, have called into question the integrity of hundreds of thousands new voter registrations.

One of the most notable targets is the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN), a grassroots group that has registered hundreds of thousands of new voters this year. ACORN is reportedly under federal investigation for engaging in what Republicans believe is a nationwide voter registration fraud scheme.

Trying to salvage his campaign, John McCain has jumped into the ACORN case, too, citing it at the third presidential debate. He declared ACORN “is now on the verge of maybe perpetrating one of the greatest frauds in voter history in this country, maybe destroying the fabric of democracy.”

However, the investigations launched against ACORN – now including the reported involvement of the FBI – have raised other concerns, especially that Republicans are flogging this issue in an effort to stir up anger, to revive McCain’s campaign, and to intimidate new voters.

For its part, ACORN has insisted that its own quality control flagged many of the suspicious registration forms before they were submitted to state officials and that state laws often require outside registration groups to submit all forms regardless of obvious problems.

CO: Problem with Mail-in Ballots

Posted in voter disenfranchisement by allisonkilkenny on October 21, 2008

Just received this email from a reader in Colorado

Just letting you know what’s already being reported (but without the urgency necessary). 

I just went and got a replacement mail-in ballot, because they said they sent mine on Oct. 15th and it never arrived. I met a lady who said that they told her that hers was sent on the 8th.

In Colorado, an estimated one-third of the voters are voting mail-in, and at the Denver Elections Commission, they said there’s a problem with about half of the mail-in ballots.

My intention was to go mail-in without the mail, but I did get suckered into waiting for mine to arrive. It’s no problem getting a replacement, beyond the hassle of getting to the location. There are plenty of places where mail-in voters can put their filled-in ballots in an actual ballot box, to avoid the same hassles with outgoing mail as there are with incoming.

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Early voting begins as some wait for mail-in ballots

With Election Day just two weeks from today, tens of thousands of Coloradans who requested mail-in ballots still have yet to receive them.

County clerks, however, say they are now largely caught up processing the flood of mail-in ballot applications and that voters who have not received their requested mail-in ballots will soon get them.

“They’re done with voter registration now, so they can devote more resources to the mail ballots,” said Rich Coolidge, a spokesman for the secretary of state’s office, which oversees the counties’ election efforts. Oct. 6 was the final day for people to register to vote.

So far, more than 1.5 million mail-in ballots have been mailed out to voters in Colorado, according to secretary of state figures. But tens of thousands more people who have requested a mail-in ballot still have yet to receive theirs.

Denver elections spokesman Alton Dillard said 150,000 of the requested 174,000 mail-in ballots have been sent to Denver voters. The city’s elections vendor, Sequoia Voting Systems, plans to send another batch of 23,000 mail-in ballots Friday and the city has begun mailing out smaller batches of ballots as well, Dillard said.

In Douglas County, Clerk Jack Arrowsmith said the county will send out a batch of 4,500 more ballots today, but he added that the shipment won’t eliminate the county’s backlog of applications.

“We plan to be caught up by the end of the week,” Arrowsmith said.

The assurances do little to relieve the anxiety of voters who have watched the days to Election Day count down without receiving their mail-in ballots.

“It’s a big mess,” said Ernesto Alvarado, a retired school administrator in Thornton who said he heeded officials’ calls to vote by mail and avoid Election Day lines but has yet to receive his ballot.

Voters can check their requested mail-in ballots’ progress by going to www.GoVoteColorado.com and clicking the “Verify your Voter Registration Information” link. Alvarado said he did that, and the site told him his ballot had been mailed out on Oct. 13.

“But I suspect that they’re so far behind that they haven’t mailed it,” Alvarado said. “And it’s getting close.”

By law, county clerks have 72 hours after processing a mail-in ballot application to send out the ballot, Coolidge said. Voters can request a mail-in ballot until Oct. 28 and until Oct. 31 if they apply in person.

Voters who requested mail-in ballots but haven’t received them by Election Day — or voters who want to vote early at polling places instead of waiting to receive their mail-in ballots — can do so by casting provisional ballots. Before being counted, a provisional ballot mustbe verified after the polls close as having been cast by an eligible voter.

The potential complexities of it all have clerks making a new plea to voters: Return your mail-in ballots quickly.

“There’s an unprecedented number of people voting mail ballots this year,” said Larimer County Clerk Scott Doyle.

“With this long of a ballot and as long as it takes to process them, we need people to vote them and get them back to us.”

John Ingold: 303-954-1068 or jingold@denverpost.com.