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Latest voting rumbles: Hear the train a'comin', comin' round the bend...

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Black Box Voting : From BBV:: Latest voting rumbles: Hear the train a'comin',
comin' round the bend...

Posted by Bev Harris on Tuesday, June 06, 2006 - 05:48 pm:

We ain't seen the sunshine since, we don' know when
We're stuck in Blackbox prison, this ain't democracy
But that train keeps a rollin , over you and me. UPDATES EVERY 15 MINUTES ON ELECTION

(But first: Check this out - Diebold employee secretly involved in
election reform attack Website: )

NEW: Machine records vote for wrong candidate in Iowa - A Drake
University law professor, Neil Hamilton, reported confusion with the
new touch-screen voting machines, which are designed to help voters
with disabilities who can't use a pen to fill in the ballot ovals.

Hamilton, who voted in Dallas County, said the electronic print-out of
his vote showed a different candidate than the name he'd touched on
the screen.

"I went and told the officials, 'You've got a problem. This isn't who
voted for,'" he said.

Election officials marked two of Hamilton's ballots as spoiled before
he was sure his third ballot had been tallied correctly.

Officials in the Dallas County auditor's office could not be
immediately reached for comment, but Polk County Auditor Michael Mauro
said he'd heard a couple similar reports from around the area.

"They think the voting machine's broke. They're not," Mauro said.
"Let's put this to bed right now. It's a marking device, it doesn't
count any type of ballot. They're not voting machines at all. Think of
the marking device as an electronic pencil. All you do is turn off the
marking device and use the regular pencil."

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Turnout light frustration heavy in Warren County Mississippi - Turnout
light; frustration heavy...Frustration was clear at the American
Legion box. That precinct had six of the new machines but none was
working for the first 25 minutes polls were open, and at least 10
voters were delayed. "They're not working at all," manager Marilyn
Patterson said. "We're having problems."

Voters were offered the chance to cast affidavit ballots or to return
later in the day.

One poll worker summed it up like this: "If this election isn't thrown
out, I'll eat my hat."

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Joan Brunwasser is a co-founder of Citizens for Election Reform (CER) which since 2005 existed for the sole purpose of raising the public awareness of the critical need for election reform. Our goal: to restore fair, accurate, transparent, secure elections where votes are cast in private and counted in public. Because the problems with electronic (computerized) voting systems include a lack of (more...)

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