On Wednesday, January 20, Bev Harris of BlackBoxVoting.org reported, "According to preliminary media results by municipality, Democrat Martha Coakley won Massachusetts overall in its hand counted locations,* with 51.12% of the vote (32,247 hand counted votes) to Brown's 30,136, which garnered him 47.77% of hand counted votes. Margin: 3.35% lead for Coakley. Massachusetts has 71 hand count locations, 91 ES&S locations, and 187 Diebold locations, with two I call the mystery municipalities (Northbridge and Milton) apparently using optical scanners, not sure what kind."
"Several supporters of Democrat Martha Coakley were injured during her rush to get to the phone as quickly as possible in order to concede the race for the U.S. Senate in MA to Scott Brown even before AP called the race in favor of the Republican. That, while some 25% of the precincts had yet to report even how Diebold's easily-hacked, oft-failed optical-scan machines (which are in violation of federal voting system standards and programmed by a company with a disturbing and criminal background), had even reported their tabulation and, more disturbingly, while 0% of the voters' cast ballots in Massachusetts had been counted or examined by any human being on the face of the earth" http://www.bradblog.com/?p=7656
That's happened before, too. In a2006 article, I wrote, "Democrats have considerable cause to be concerned about their candidates. Last spring, San Diego Democrats were flabbergasted when Francine Busby conceded the election to Republican Brian Bilbray before all the ballots were counted. She left thousands of absentee ballots uncounted, more than enough to win her the election." http://www.thelandesreport.com/2006MidtermElections.htm
"Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) released a statement upon hearing the news, proclaiming he was "proud of the speed at which Martha (Coakley) was able to concede the race with even fewer of the votes counted by anyone --- zero in Martha's case --- than when I conceded the race for President of the United States in 2004." Kerry added that he had prepared his statement on Monday, so as to save valuable time on Election Night, since American Idol was also scheduled to be on."
There are a couple of exceptions to this 'need to concede'. In 2005, Republican candidate Steve Troxlerfor North Carolina's Commissioner of Agriculture, rounded up affidavits from more than 1,400 voters who said they had voted for him in precincts where voting machines had lost votes. As a result, his Democratic opponent conceded. Clint Curtis, computer programmer and election fraud whistleblower, discovered that the official election results of his November 2006 race for Congress, differed from his own audit by an average of 16%! Like Troxler, Curtis's post election audit consisted of collecting voters signed statements indicating for whom they voted.It showed that Curtis should have won the election. Curtis took his evidence to the U.S. Committee on House Administration, chaired by Philadelphia Democrat, Congressman Robert Brady, whereupon the entire committee, both Democrats and Republicans, unanimously voted not to investigate.
I've been advising (sometimes begging) candidates and activists to conduct audits (or Parallel Elections), since 2005. In 2006, I e-mailed every Democratic congressional candidate urging them to audit. Last summer, I went to the DemocracyFest in New Hampshire for the same purpose.The conference was sponsored by Democracy for America (DFA).According to their website: "As the chair of Democracy for America (DFA), Jim Dean is committed to carrying on what his brother, Governor Howard Dean, started - strengthening grassroots participation; and the recruitment and election of fiscally responsible and socially progressive candidates to all levels of government. This is a long-term investment that will pay off if we are willing to stand up for what we believe in and support candidates at every level of political office."At the conference Clint Curtis, Judy Alter, myself, and a few other activists met with Jim Dean. We requested that he give our effort some much needed publicity by adding our information to the curriculum, or at least posting something on his website. We pleaded our case, pointing out that if candidates didn't verity the vote count, what was the point of running for office? Although polite, Jim Dean has, thus far, refused our request. You would think he would know better, given his own brother's history.I received the same reaction a few months later at the Claim Democracy Conference in Washington, DC. It was another effort dedicated to candidate training. And their organizers,like Jim Dean,also acted like they had never considered the idea of checking up on the vote count in any other way, but to request an official recount.http://www.thelandesreport.com/NewHampshirePrimary.htm
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