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2,261,000 Stolen Votes & Counting. ES&S: “A time bomb waiting to go off.”

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What does it mean when 22,619 of your individual voting machines are flipping and losing votes? The severity of the nationwide impact of defective voting machines cannot be over exaggerated. Particularly when an error rate of 20 to 25 percent per defective machine is not out of line. In an election with just 5 races on the ballot, potentially 2,261,900 votes are lost or flipped. (Please see Checking the Numbers and more importantly Counting the Machines at the end of this article. While 22,619 is the publically cited number of defective machines, this batch of machines has been replaced by a new batch of machines that also proves to be defective.)

The implications of failed voting machines are staggering for every election, big and small, current and past. Consider the winner and loser of your favorite election. If the race was close, or the exit polls disagreed with the win, or even if the winning candidate's name was placed above the losing candidate on the ballot . . . this favorite election of yours is profoundly suspect.m

While this article concentrates on the implications of the defective touchscreens, every election, every race, every vote in which votes were cast and counted on any ES&S equipment is suspect.

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Over 76 million voters in 1,992 jurisdictions across America will vote on ES&S equipment when they vote. Of these, nearly 26 million registered voters in 415 jurisdictions across America will vote on ES&S iVotronic touchscreens. (VerifiedVoting.org)

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ES&S: Every election, every race, every vote is suspect:

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