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General News    H4'ed 9/16/10

SHELBY, TN: 3,221 PHANTOM VOTES FOUND; SAME LOCATIONS HAD UPLOADS DAY BEFORE ELECTION

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The discrepancy shows 18 votes without voters, even after two sets of
polling place voters are entered into the PVL. This is a particularly
interesting discrepancy because it is consistent with a manual
override typo. Someone wrote 579 as 597 in the vote database, a common transposition when you manually enter a number but not the kind of thing a computer will do when it adds up numbers.

The day before the election, the poster log shows uploads from FOR02,
but these uploads are OMITTED on the GEMS audit log, indicating either that the audit log was tampered with or that there is yet another off-the-books database somewhere.

A memory card with a piece of tape stuck on it that said "FOR02" was
observed out on a table in the Shelby County Elections Warehouse on
Aug. 12, unsealed and unattended.

PHOTO: FOR02 MEMORY CARD SEEN ON TABLE UNSECURED, MASKING TAPE STUCK
ON FOR ID
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photo by George Monger

PHOTO: NORMAL MEMORY CARD
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Many precincts showed phantom votes for a total of 3,221 more votes
than voters. About 16 locations have been identified which had Aug. 4
uploads, spread out in at least two poster logs housed on two
different computers, some showing vote uploads and others reporting
"no ballots". There is a correlation but not a one-to-one match
between premature uploads and the phantom votes.

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Bev Harris has eight years of field experience examining election
records and procedures. She is the author of Black Box Voting, and
founder of the nonpartisan, nonprofit public education organization
Black Box Voting Inc.; Harris's forensic work was featured in the
Emmy-nominated HBO documentary "Hacking Democracy" and has been
covered by the New York Times, Time Magazine, the Associated Press,
and all major television networks. Susan Pynchon assisted with
research for this report. She founded Florida Fair Elections Coalition
(FFEC), a voting rights organization, and its educational arm Florida
Fair Elections Center, in 2004. Among other accomplishments, Pynchon
initiated a forensic investigation of the failed 2006 Sarasota
election and contributed to reports on the exceptionally high
undervotes on ES&S iVotronic touchscreens. Pynchon's New Hampshire
field work for the 2008 presidential primary helped produce important
statewide election reforms. In 2008, Pynchon was a recipient of the
prestigious Nelson Poynter Award for protecting Florida voting rights.

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