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Monday, January 14, 2008

Election board meeting: GOP only

The Associated Press reports:

The Ohio Republican Party has invited Republican elections board members from around the state to gather at a private meeting Tuesday to discuss “the party’s response to the Secretary of State’s voting proposals,” according to an e-mail from a party official obtained Monday by The Associated Press.

The e-mail, which said, “your efforts to keep the information above confidential are appreciated,” comes at a time when Democratic Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner has directed and recommended widespread changes to touch-screen voting systems across the state.

Elections officials in at least three counties have balked at Brunner’s directive that counties with touch-screen machines make a certain number of paper ballots available during the March primary for voters who don’t want to use the machines.

The counties have also said they will have trouble complying with Brunner’s recommendation that the 57 counties that use touch-screen machines scrap them in favor of an optical-scan system, in which ballots filled out by hand are tabulated by computer scanners.

The private Republican meeting injects partisanship into a debate over voting technology that shouldn’t be political, Brunner said Monday.

“This is not about political gamesmanship,” Brunner said. “It’s about doing what’s right for the voters of Ohio of both parties.”

The meeting is an effort to gather feedback from Republican elections board members, said Jason Mauk, executive director of the Ohio Republican Party, who sent the e-mail. With Republican and Democratic members evenly making up each elections board, the process is partisan in nature, he said.

“I don’t think it’s any secret that Ohio has election boards made up of partisan members and we believe it’s important to communicate with those people on the boards who are affiliated with the Republican Party,” Mauk said.

“Our board members would not argue that this is a partisan decision.”

When asked whether Democrats were holding a similar meeting, Brunner said, “Absolutely not.”


at 3:34 PM, January 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Republicans are absolutely correct to have this meeting. They have a right do determine their next strategy for trying to disenfranchises poor people and minorities.

at 5:27 PM, January 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

1-12-08: Red Flags over New Hampshire
New Hampshire's 2008 primary election may prove to be the most fascinating presidential preference race in history.

- Both Democrat and Republican candidates have requested recounts

- More than half of New Hampshire's elections administrators hand count paper ballots in public at the polling place, with a public chain of custody. The rest of New Hampshire's towns and cities use Diebold voting machines to count votes in secret, with a secret chain of custody.

- Hand count and machine count locations, when calculated statewide, show an eerie statistic:

Clinton Optical scan 91,717 52.95%
Obama Optical scan 81,495 47.05%

Clinton Hand-counted 20,889 47.05%
Obama Hand-counted 23,509 52.95%

- Two hand count towns reported "zero" votes for candidate Ron Paul to the media, even though they did have votes for him. The town of Sutton reported zero, but had 31 votes; the town of Greenville reported zero, but had 25 votes. The two towns had misreported results affecting exactly the same candidate in exactly the same way.

- Results in many locations arrived up to four hours late on Election Night, surprisingly, from machine-counted locations -- not hand count locations;

- A single private entity had control over coding for every memory card in New Hampshire. According to the contract for LHS Associates, this firm requires a right of access to any voting machine at any time, services the machines, maintains the machines and handles repairs, replacements and troubleshooting on Election Day.

- Ken Hajjar, a key employee of this sole source private entity, LHS Associates, has a criminal record for narcotics trafficking. The state of New Hampshire knew of this conviction but approved the contractor anyway. According to a complaint filed with the New Hampshire Attorney General, Hajjar had called the Dan Pierce radio show in 1999 and threatened to rig an election.

- A high number of "other" votes appeared in Manchester, where over 570 people apparently decided to go to the polls and choose none of the first tier OR second tier candidates.

- The voting system in New Hampshire was updated, but to a version that had been proven to be vulnerable in studies in Florida and California. Instead of upgrading to newer versions which at least claim to address known security vulnerabilities, New Hampshire chose to implement none of the beefed up procedures or upgraded versions that other states are using.

Citizens from many different states are now ex... More


at 5:42 PM, January 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

The rethuglicans are panicking because Brunner is undoing all of the corrupt, rigged machines that Blackwell put into place. Blackwell ownes a substantial amount of Diebold stock, incidentally.

at 6:36 PM, January 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Carl, you forgot to mention that Brunner's report said the voting systems used in Ohio's 2004 election were rife with "critical security failures". That ought to be worth a mention don't you think?

By the way, since her report (like the Conyers report before it) said these machines could be easily hacked with somebody near by using a blackberry or computer with Wi-Fi. And the exit polls were way off beyond the margin of error, don't you think the public deserves to know what "expert" told you there was no conspiracy to steal the election?

at 6:41 PM, January 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


'Must See' !


at 8:06 PM, January 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...


So, the wRong wingnut whacko, culture of corruption, are getting behind closed doors to talk about how the election process should function ?

What else is new ?

The citizens will be watching them every step of the way !

Least we forget who the poll supervisor shall be !



at 10:00 PM, January 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are employees, then there are employers !

There are conformists, then there are leaders !

Poor soul that consumes themselves with the inner working of "Bold Endeavors" and the Gay Rights Community!

PATHETIC 'HypocRite" !

HAD ENOUGH, VOTE, for a real foot-tapping DEMOCRAT

at 10:01 PM, January 14, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe the Democratic takeover in '06 is rife with fraud. There were no complaints then.

at 12:22 AM, January 15, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exactly how screwed up or corrupt can this nation be if we can't even hold an election that is beyond reproach and withstands any criticism --- this is ridiculous!!!!!

As to the GOP calling a meeting of election board members - this sounds so outrageous. A secret meeting, at that! What could they possibly plan to do without it being to corrupt results?

This is nuts - this has conspiracy written all over it - right in our faces

at 11:56 AM, January 15, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why can't the GOP meet with its members in private? Do the Dems hold all of their meetings in public? Are all of Brunner's meetings public? Give me a break.

at 5:01 PM, January 15, 2008 Anonymous Anonymous said...

"...Do the Dems hold all of their meetings in public?..."

Yes, it is a requirement in the by-laws !

PATHETIC 'clue-less family values' !


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