Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Charges Potential Republican Fraud Minnesota

One thing is clear, there is a need to check the optical scanners time/stamps, and digital machine memory of paper ballot images against the actual paper ballots utilized.

should the officials be unable to produce those that 'match' with the date of the actual election, November 4, 2008, all should be suspect.

The writer of the following piece presents a potential scenario for scanners to misread paper ballots. But that misses the point that if this were the case, it only happened in 3 counties, wouldn't that alone be suspect.

One would expect Democrat votes for Franken, of course, but maybe he wasn't as popular as he and others thought.

Maybe Democrat voters simply didn't choose to vote in that race leaving blanks.

One immediate solution for subsequent elections wherein paper ballots are used - have a block for None of the Above or No Choice. That way, officials reviewing both the machine's memory of activity and the paper ballot records would be able to determine voter 'intent.' Without question.

That this hasn't been done is unconscionable. It's so simple a solution. So what if the voter has to go through one additional step per selection.

It's the least one can do to carry out the voter's responsibility.

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With optical scanners recording actions and digital images, it would be known what occurred and when.

Net the Truth Online

Headlined on 11/10/08:
Evidence of Republican Election Fraud in the Al Franken, Norm Coleman Senate Race?

by E. Nelson
...Could cyber-attacks and manipulation of transmitted vote tallies still have occurred in Minnesota - like what was described during Mike Connell's testimony the day before - altering vote tallies in the Presidential and Senate elections as they were tabulated throughout the early morning hours of November 5th? Of course the Presidential election turned out to be a landslide and so attempts at fraud would have been overwhelmed by the lopsided victory for Barack Obama. However, the Senate race between Republican incumbent Norm Coleman and Democratic challenger Al Franken was always expected to be very close. And these expectations did not disappoint. A neck and neck running vote tally occurred throughout the night with numerous lead changes and by Wednesday morning Norm Coleman had a slight lead of 762 votes in the uncertified results. This lead was however well within the guidelines of Minnesota election law dictating a recount by hand of the paper ballots if the final difference between candidates is within 0.5% of the total votes cast. In this case a 762 vote difference out of 2.9 million votes cast was a difference of only 0.01%, well within the designated 0.5% that would trigger an automatic recount...

...An Associated Press story over the weekend discovered there were as many as 25,000 "undervotes" where voters picked a President but apparently did not vote in the Senate race and many of these "undervotes" occurred in heavily democratic voting precincts. While some of these "undervotes" are expected to occur, especially in a bitter mud-slinging contest such as the Franken – Coleman race, it is also possible that many other ballots might have been incorrectly marked or were misread by the optical scanning machines. These are ballots that are expected to be discovered during a manual hand recount. It has also been reported that the error rate for the optical scanning machines can be as high as 2 ballots missed for every 1000 counted. This could mean an additional 6000 uncounted ballots could be discovered and counted during the hand recount...

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