John Aravosis over at AMERICAblog has been combing the web and news reports on the massive amount of voter machine fraud and malfunction that, if truly investigated, may show that the election results should be invalidated — there’s no paper trail on much of this nonsense. I’m posting his incredible examples here, but surf over to AMERICAblog and BradBlog, where Brad Friedman is working this one hard, for more info.
In Broward County, Florida, 97,434 ballots were affected by a glitch that basically erased votes (I believe the erasure was finally caught and reversed, but what if this happened in machines elsewhere and wasn’t caught?).
– “A computer error with a voting machine cartridge gave President Bush 3,893 extra votes in a Gahanna precinct. Franklin County’s unofficial results gave Bush 4,258 votes to Democratic challenger John Kerry’s 260 votes in Precinct 1B. Records show only 638 voters cast ballots in that precinct.” – Ohio.com
– In NC, 11,238 more presidential electronic votes were recorded than were actually cast.
– 4530 early votes were lost – LOST – in North Carolina: “Local officials said UniLect Corp., the maker of the county’s electronic voting system, told them that each storage unit could handle 10,500 votes, but the limit was actually 3,005 votes. Expecting the greater capacity, the county used only one unit during the early voting period. ‘If we had known, we would have had the units to handle the votes,’ said Sue Verdon, secretary of the county election board. Officials said 3,005 early votes were stored, but 4,530 were lost.” – Yahoo News
– “New information indicates that hackers may be targeting the central computers counting our votes tomorrow. All county elections officials who use modems to transfer votes from polling places to the central vote-counting server should disconnect the modems now…. It appears that such an attack may already have taken place, in a primary election 6 weeks ago in King County, Washington — a large jurisdiction with over one million registered voters. Documents, including internal audit logs for the central vote-counting computer, along with modem “trouble slips” consistent with hacker activity, show that the system may have been hacked on Sept. 14, 2004. Three hours is now missing from the vote-counting computer’s “audit log,” an automatically generated record, similar to the black box in an airplane, which registers certain kinds of events.” – BlackBoxVoting.com
You would rather believe it’s a tin-foil hat issue, but it’s really scary to see that we’ve totally handed control of our precious right to vote to Diebold and UniLect — what can be done at this point? Is the press going to pull this stuff together and investigate?