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BREAKING NEWS: Formal Complaint Filed with CA SOS re Riverside ROV Certifying election without all votes tallied and tal

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This story first appeared around 1 a.m. this morning (1/13/09) on the Desert
Sun newspaper Web site (see URL below).

Election Integrity activist Art Cassel filed a formal complaint with the
Secretary of State at 4:45 p.m. on Friday, January 9, 2009.

It has been confirmed that Registrar of Voters (ROV)Barbara Dunmore
certified the November 4, 2008 Election results on December 2, 2008 with
full knowledge that thousands or perhaps tens of thousands of paper trails
from electronic votes remained to be tallied. Under the strict conditions of
the State certification for the continued use of the electronic voting and
counting system in Riverside County, the paper trail of every electronic
ballot cast must be tallied manually as part of the 28-day "canvass", a
process of reconciliation and verification of the votes cast.  On December
2, 2008 Ms. Dunmore certified that all the conditions for certification of
the vote had been met.

It is now known that the 100% manual tally of the electronic votes cast in
the November 4, 2008 election is still not completed, a full 10 weeks after
the election.  And it has been discovered that instead of counting the votes
in clear public view as required by law, the ongoing counting process (now
predicted to be completed by "the end of January" by ROV Dunmore)has been taking place in a staff area generally out of the line of sight citizens.

As most of you know, this is not surprising for Riverside County's ROV, who
has commnonly complied with State Election Code and regulations on a
selective basis, including refusals in the past to post election results at
each precinct. Expect more as this story develops.

If this concerns you (see story below), perhaps an email or phone call to
your local Board of Supervisors member, your state legislator, or the
Secretary of State or Attorney General would be in order.  If there is no
public outcry over these violations, there may be less likelihood of
enforcement of these critical election laws.  You can make your voice heard,
or you can remain silent.  As Martin Luther King Jr. said, "Our lives begin
to end the day we remain silent about things that matter."

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