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Biggest citizen election auditing team tries to authenticate June primary results

By Save R Vote, Riverside County, CA  Posted by Joan Brunwasser (about the submitter)     Permalink
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Posted by From the Mailbag on Friday, July 28, 2006 - 03:16 pm:

By the fantastic citizen oversight team in Riverside County, Calif.
known as SAVE R VOTE

Verification of the June 6 election was undertaken by the biggest
citizen election auditing team assembled yet in one county:
Approximately 70 Riverside residents set out to see if it was even
possible to authenticate the results of the June primary.

Their conclusion: Impossible.

The reason: Riverside County staff impeded the citizen observer teams.

Riverside officials refused to post poll tapes at the precinct -- a
critically important safeguard, and the main safeguard against
undetected election manipulation through the central tabulator.

Oddly, Riverside chose to invest money in disabling the paper trail.
Why not have one? Why spend money to make it impossible to audit?
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WHAT WERE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT FINDINGS?

I. LEGAL AND REGULATORY COMPLIANCE:

A. Potential disqualification of voting system due to B and C below.

B. Refusal to post precinct results and purposeful disabling of voting
machines from printing election day results at close of polls.
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C. Noncompliance with state election code laws and federal HAVA
qualifications.

II. SECURITY AND EQUIPMENT:

A. Failure to establish, maintain and log a chain of custody resulting
in the temporary loss of 17 voting cartridges.

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