October 31st, 2008

According to http://www.blackboxvoting.org/

You may have read about this, and Black Box Voting has sent an ELECTION ALERT about this. Here are the details and what to do about it:

THE PROBLEM: “Straight party voting” on voting machines is revealing a bad pattern of miscounting and omitting your vote, especially if you are a Democrat.

Most recently (Oct. 2008), a firm called Automated Election Services was found to have mis-coded the system in heavily Democratic Santa Fe County, New Mexico such that straight party voters would not have the presidential vote counted.

Straight party voting is allowed in 15 states. Basically, it means that you can take a shortcut to actually looking at who you are voting for and instead just select a party preference. Then the voting machine makes your candidate choices, supposedly for the party you requested.

Additional details follow, but first: PROTECT THE COUNT

1) NEVER CHOOSE THE STRAIGHT PARTY VOTE OPTION, because it alerts the computer as to your party preference and allows software code to trigger whatever function the programmer has designed.

2) SEND THIS INFORMATION OUT TO AS MANY PEOPLE AS YOU CAN, blog it, root n’ toot it out there to get the word out.

3) ESPECIALLY GET THE WORD OUT TO PEOPLE IN THE FOLLOWING STATES, which have straight party voting options:

- Alabama
- Indiana
- Iowa
- Kentucky
- Michigan
- New Mexico
- North Carolina
- Oklahoma
- Pennsylvania
- Rhode Island
- South Carolina
- Texas
- Utah
- West Virginia
- Wisconsin

(Missouri and New Hampshire had straight party voting in earlier years, but have cancelled the straight party option for the Nov. 2008 election; however, the Straight Party software is still on Missouri and New Hampshire election management computers.)

4) DEMAND COMPLETE AND CAREFUL TESTING OF THE STRAIGHT PARTY OPTION IN LOGIC & ACCURACY TESTS. Bring copies of the citations in this article to buttress your case for why this is needed, if you have to. Witnesses for L&A tests in the straight party option states should specifically watch for and note whether (a) the tests were done and (b) the results were accurate.

5) LOOK FOR UNDERVOTES (high profile races with lower-than-average number of votes cast) and flag them, post them, bring them to the attention of others for additional scrutiny.

Undervotes may reveal straight-party programming fraud after the fact, but can never be reconstructed to know who the voter would have voted for. Such programming malfeasance, when found, disenfranchises voters.

There’s more, much more, but visit the site and protect your right to vote. Canada cares about your country!

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14 Responses to “US Voters Beware”

Ree Says:

Thanks babe!

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lceel Says:

Thanks, Witchy. Used to be, in Illinois you could vote a straight party ticket. But Illinois is a strange place. The Democrats predominate in Cook County – and in the City of Chicago, which is IN Cook County. The rest of the state, but especially the ‘collar counties’ – the counties immediately adjacent to Cook County – is predominately Republican. So, the State Legislature took away straight ticket voting in Illinois. But they may have shot themselves in the foot. They have eliminated one of the ‘tricks’ they like to use to manipulate election results.

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Joie at Canned Laughter Says:

We have new machines that are incredibly confusing. There are at least three separate opportunities for your vote to be voided if you press the wrong button. Not good. The elderly were having a terrible time with it yesterday.

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Memarie Lane Says:

how is this kind of iodiotic technological error even possible in this day and age??

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Jenny Says:

My hair is falling out over the whole ridiculous nature of the most important election in history. Ohio is a complete mess with voting problems in other areas. I cannot CANNOT believe that in the year 2008 we don’t have technology that is standard across the country AND is trackable for recounts (there most certainly will be recounts) and that we’re bumbling around like a bunch of morons. In my house, we’ve voted at home, via absentee ballot for years and years. I haven’t even SEEN what voter booths look like these days.

I believe beyond a shadow of a doubt that the number of votes will not be correct–and then the electoral college will vote to their own liking anyway. And we’ll be left to live with the consequences.

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Cat Says:

Thanks for the heads-up!

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Donna B. Says:

Call me old-fashioned, but I’d like to see the whole country go back to paper ballots. While that system can be manipulated (anything can) it requires that more people at the local level be involved in the cheating and that’s much harder to do.

Machines can be manipulated at a higher level involving fewer cheaters and far more voters.

With the savings generated from not having to buy, upgrade, and re-program machines, the states and counties can set up more voting places to make it easier for people to get to and reduce long lines.

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Natasha Says:

My tiny little town doesn’t have any type of voting machine. We pencil in the circles like a standardized test. Makes me thankful.

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Goddess in the Groove Says:

wow :(

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kailani Says:

I haven’t heard about this before. Thank goodness Hawaii isn’t on the list.

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warriorwoman Says:

I don’t like politics

I don’t like politicians

I do like the States

I’m glad you’re trying save honesty and integrity

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Talina Says:

We saw the option when we went to vote on the 31st… Made us weary so we just skipped that option and picked each person we liked best.

Besides, just because someone has the same party affiliation doesn’t mean they are the best with regards to views and beliefs.

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Minnesota Matron Says:

Okay, the Matron is officially terrified. She does NOT trust the system. Sigh.

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