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Republican IT Specialist Dies In Plane Crash

Posted in Uncategorized by allisonkilkenny on December 22, 2008

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A top Republican internet strategist who was set to testify in a case alleging election tampering in 2004 in Ohio has died in a plane crash. Michael Connell was the chief IT consultant to Karl Rove and created websites for the Bush and McCain electoral campaigns. Michael Connell was deposed one day before the election this year by attorneys Cliff Arnebeck and Bob Fitrakis about his actions during the 2004 vote count in Ohio and his access to Karl Rove’s email files and how they went missing.

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Reports of Vote-Flipping Widespread

Posted in Barack Obama, voter disenfranchisement by allisonkilkenny on November 8, 2008

voterfraud1Despite an Obama victory, there are numerous reports of vote-flipping.

From John Gideon:

Today we have reports that ES&S software actually flipped votes in three races at one polling place in Crawford Co Kansas. We also have reports that ES&S software incorrectly reported results in one race in Polk Co North Carolina.

The long count of votes in Hillsborough Co Florida seems to be over with the blame for problems being put, where else, on “human error”. It seems that Premier/Diebold had warned Florida users of their high-speed OSX voting machines that those machines could not take a high-volume of ballots without bogging down and causing problems. Hillsborough ignored that warning. However, why would a vendor put out a system for use in elections that cannot be used in a high-volume of ballots. King Co. Washington wanted badly to use that system. If they had it would have been a disaster.

National: Push to Expand Voter Rolls and Early Balloting in U.S.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/07/us/politics/07voting.html?hp

National: Election gives early-balloting initiatives a boost
http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/election2008/2008-11-06-voting_N.htm

National: Election-Day Problems — Part Deux
http://blog.wired.com/27bstroke6/2008/11/election-day-pr.html

CA: Election Night traffic slowed Secretary of State’s computers
http://www.capitolweekly.net/article.php?_adctlid=v|jq2q43wvsl855o|xj9ez54zy35esf&issueId=xj4ev62g1hdw61&xid=xj91sfkny7hmq4

FL: Leon County elections officials still counting votes; Boulware needs 158 for House 9 recount
http://www.tallahassee.com/article/20081107/CAPITOLNEWS/81107011

FL: Hillsborough County – Two days after polls close, Johnson concedes Hillsborough elections supervisor race to Busansky ‘ [Diebold/Premier OSX optical-scan system]
http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/article893690.ece

FL: Hillsborough County – Hillsborough election fixes up to Busansky
http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/elections/article893707.ece

FL: Hillsborough County – Human Error Suspected In Election Results Delay
http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/nov/07/na-human-error-suspected-in-election-results-delay/news-politics/

FL: Hillsborough County – Ousted Johnson Still Blames Voting Machine Firm
http://www2.tbo.com/content/2008/nov/07/ousted-elections-supervisor-still-blames-voting-ma/news-politics/

FL: Hillsborough County – Editorial – Cleaning up after Johnson’s disaster
http://www.tampabay.com/opinion/editorials/article894912.ece

KS: Crawford County sees voting machine error 

[ES&S ballot programming error that flipped votes in some local races]

http://www.morningsun.net/news/x1772937985/County-sees-voting-machine-error

KS: Machine error could affect Crawford County attorney race
http://www.joplinglobe.com/Campaigns_and_Politics/local_story_311233642.html?keyword=topstory

KS: Crawford County – Error comes from voting machine programming 

Officials to test machines Saturday in Frontenac
http://www.morningsun.net/news/x635432391/Error-comes-from-voting-machine-programming

KS: Crawford County – Error in voting machine could affect four races
Officials to test machines Saturday in Frontenac
http://www.morningsun.net/kansas/x1772939006/Error-in-voting-machine-could-affect-four-races

IA: Plymouth County – Speedy ballot count? Result of paper voting machines
http://www.lemarssentinel.com/story/1476419.html

IN: Hamilton County – 350 Hamilton Co. ballots tossed after error
http://www.indystar.com/article/20081107/LOCAL0101/811070499

MN: Man will judge machine: scanner accuracy big in Senate race
http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20081107-man-will-judge-machine-scanner-accuracy-big-in-senate-race.html

MN: Coleman campaign questions big Franken gains
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/11/07/coleman_franken_recount/

MN: FAQ on the Senate recount
http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2008/11/06/recount_faq/

NC: Polk County – Revised results give Democrats sweep in county board race
[ES&S incorrectly reported results]
http://tryondailybulletin.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1370&Itemid=192

NC: CD-5 – Goode Issues Statement on 5th District Race
http://www.wset.com/news/stories/1108/567963.html

NE: Douglas County – Thousands of early ballots arrive late
http://www.ashland-gazette.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=20191610&BRD=2712&PAG=461&dept_id=556239&rfi=6

NY: [Governor] Paterson Seeks Voting Assessment
http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2008/11/paterson-seeks-voting-assessme.html

NY: Electronic Voting Machines Still in Limbo
http://www.longislandpress.com/articles/news/541/

SC: Charleston County – Like old times
Voting glitches bring delays of yesteryear to mind
http://www.charleston.net/news/2008/nov/07/like_old_times60766/

TN: Tenn. will pay $25M for voting machines
State spent millions on paperless version less than five years ago
http://www.tennessean.com/article/20081107/NEWS0201/811070412/1009/NEWS01

TN: TN to spend $25M grant on voting machines
http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2008/nov/07/tn-spend-25m-grant-voting-machines/

TX: Scanning paper ballots best election choice, study says
http://www.beaumontenterprise.com/news/local/scanning_paper_ballots_best_election_choice__study_says_11-06-2008.html

VA: North Carolina early voting eliminated hassles
http://hamptonroads.com/2008/11/north-carolina-early-voting-eliminated-hassles

VA: Recount Fictions in Virginia’s Fifth
http://www.americanchronicle.com/articles/80324

VA: Goode cites ‘irregularities’ in reporting votes
http://www.thefranklinnewspost.com/article.cfm?ID=12261

WV: Release of returns delayed
http://www.herald-dispatch.com/news/x766434407/Release-of-returns-delayed

Vote-flipping in Tennessee

Posted in voter disenfranchisement by allisonkilkenny on October 20, 2008

From MCM:

Mark,

My wife, Patricia Earnhardt, had an early voting experience here in Nashville, Tennessee, where she saw her vote momentarily flip from Barack Obama to Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney.  She voted on a touch-screen paperless machine.  Here is her story:

 

“A poll worker directed me to a touch screen voting machine & instructed me how to use it.  I touched “Obama” for president & nothing lit up.  I touched 2 or 3 more times & still nothing lit up. I called the poll worker back over to tell him I was having a problem. He said I just needed to touch it more lightly.  I tried it 2 or 3 more times more lightly with the poll worker watching & still nothing lit up.  The poll worker then touched it for me twice — nothing lit up.  The third time he touched the Obama button, the Cynthia McKinney space lit up!  The McKinney button was located five rows below the Obama button.  The poll worker just kind of laughed and cancelled the vote.  He hit the Obama button again & it finally lit up.  I continued on to cast the rest of my votes.  After completing the process & reviewing my votes, I went to the VOTE page, hit the VOTE button & nothing happened.  Again after several tries, I called the poll worker over & he finally got the machine to register my votes. Hurray! I voted!–or did I?  I left the polling place feeling uncertain.”  

-Patricia Earnhardt – Friday, Oct. 17 – Howard School Building – Nashville, Tennessee

 

I also had similar problems with the machine I was voting on that same day, although no vote flipping.  I would touch the screen numerous times before I could get my various candidate choices to light up.  It was strange and very frustrating.  When I finally got through my slate of candidate choices, I could not get the VOTE button to light up when I touched it.  I finally called over a poll worker and he told me that I needed to touch lightly. I touched the VOTE button more lightly, but was only able to get it to work after several more failed attempts.

 

David Earnhardt
Producer/director/writer, “Uncounted”
www.UncountedTheMovie.com