Thursday, December 23, 2004

Kerry comes back for more

Watch this must see video of the Traid Technician, Michael, being interviewed about his tampering with the voting machines and his willingness to help the election officials in Ohio, his client, avoid a full recount. Also read the eyewitness affidavit of the incident.

It also appears that Triad Election Systems had remote access to their voting machines that were controlled by the Board of Elections in Ohio. Representative John Conyers, from the House Judiciary Committee, sent a follow-up letter (to the original) to the President of Triad and the Ohio Field Rep for Triad, inquiring into the nature of this connectivity. Remote access obviously threatens the integrity of the system tallies. This is a clear violation of election security, which could allow someone to remotely program the voting computer to count only the Presidential ballots by remote dial-up, for example.

Representative Conyers also sent a letter to campaign officials and candidates requesting information about recount problems.

The rash of stories regarding the Ohio recount makes it look more and more like the system was rigged to ensure that the random sampling of precincts was not so random and the Triad machines were fixed to produce the desired result. This because Ohio law states that in a recount, random samplings of counties are selected. An entire county is only recounted if a preliminary sample of 3% shows anomalies. There is lots of incentive by tired election workers and Triad Systems officials to thwart a full hand recount, which takes time, money, and effort, and could call the integrity of the machines into question. Bad for business, you know.

Meanwhile, Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell continues to stonewall the recount process.

Kerry (remember him?) has reemerged, filing a motion for expedited discovery regarding the Triad voting machines and for preservation of all pertinent and potential evidence. The article states, “It should be noted that Kerry's filing of these requests does not indicate his complete entry into the recount process, but does clearly indicate that he is moving decisively in that direction. His previous stance on the matter was based simply on his desire to defend the right to have a recount in the first place. The evidence of election tampering in Ohio, specifically surrounding Triad, has motivated him to actively join the fight. The Democratic Party is also quietly putting financial resources into the Ohio recount effort.

Perhaps the most significant aspect of all this, from the activist point of view, has been the effectiveness of the telephone calls and letters to Kerry. The activist push to get him involved had a very significant effect on his decision to enter this effort. Likewise, calls to other Senators in order to convince them to join House members in challenging the election have likewise had significant effect. If such an effort continues, the activists involved will very likely see the desired result unfold.”

Alluding to the larger requirement for election reform, an article entitled, Election study finds widespread ballot-counting problems from the Scripps Howard New Service states, “A review of election results in a 10-county sampling revealed more than 12,000 ballots that failed to record a vote for president, almost one in every 10 ballots cast. The unofficial audit by Scripps Howard News Service uncovered malfunctioning voting machines, improperly designed ballots and poor accounting procedures around the nation.”

Lastly, this story from The Free Press, entitled Default settings in Mahoning County, stating the evidence that touch screen voting machines, all over the county, had default settings programmed for Bush. In other words, Bush would be selected by default, ensuring he would get the vote if the voter did not overwrite the default. There are examples of precincts with no under votes (practically impossible), where voters stated that their vote was recorded for Bush when they had definitely not voted for him. Good trick!

2 Comments:

Blogger Karass said...

What's sad as that many of my law school classmates voted for Bush...not because they agreed with his foreign policy, not because he believed in his Social security or tort reform, but because they "thought" they were going to be making 6 figures when they graduated. Then, right after the election, many of them found out that they were NOT going to have a job because the market sucks. HA! suckers! the only unfortunate part of these assholes digging their own grave is that they are going to drag us down in it with them.

Here's how it screwed me over:
http://enemykombatant.blogspot.com/2004/12/saddest-thing.html

and here's why i think the average idiot american voted for bush:
http://enemykombatant.blogspot.com/2004/11/plastic-patriotism-filled-bra-inserts.html

12:33 AM  
Blogger justice said...

Hello jin,

It is amazing how many people vote selfishly, without any regard for how their vote impacts the world. Greed is a powerful motivator and often antithetical to ethics and morality.

I like your site and your writing. I have empathy for you in Iowa. Seems like you have learned to amuse yourself, though. Hang in there.

justice

2:19 AM  

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