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Black Box Voting : Latest Investigations from Black Box Voting: 1-24-08: Now posting - New Hampshire video evidence

Posted by Bev Harris on Friday, January 25, 2008 - 12:31 am:

We have collected over 20 hours of video taken by six different people. It will tell much of the story of the New Hampshire recount.

After some thought, I think the best way to do this is with as little
editing as possible, to allow viewers to reach their own conclusions
based on what they see. I will organize clips into uniform topics and
will keep them short, with a few captions to provide context.

Links will appear on the Black Box Voting home page. For those of you
who receive automatic e-mails, I'll post an announcement with a link
when each new video goes up.

While Gardner may win the prize for the most circuitous and
nonresponsive answers, ballot guy David Scanlan will win the award for

The New Hampshire Chain of Custody Sham

I posted this one first because I was so haunted by New Hampshire
Secretary of State Bill Gardner's demeanor and the expression on his
face on the night he chose not to put the ballots in the vault. This
6-minute video contains three related clips: Frank Mevers, who holds a
key to the ballot vaults, describing that the white tape seals the
boxes; Sec. State Bill Gardner along with Frank Mevers, Brian Burford
and Karen Ladd, as he is questioned about the decision not to use the
vault; and a demonstration of the sham seal.

Here it is:


The first voice you hear, questioning Mevers about the seal, is that
of Paddy Shaffer of the Ohio Election Justice Project.

The voice questioning Bill Gardner over the decision not to use the
vault is mine. The voice telling him he did not answer the question is
Sally Castleman of Election Defense Alliance.

Susan Pynchon (Florida Fair Elections Coalition) and I chased the
ballot van on Jan. 17; on Jan. 22, Vickie Karp (Vote Rescue) and I
chased the van, and on Jan. 23, due to speeding and evasive maneuvers
by the ballot van, two teams followed the van with video cameras: Team one, Vickie Karp and Jeannie Dean (Sarasota, Florida); Team Two, me and Kathy Greenwell (Bullitt County, Kentucky.)

How we came to find ballot boxes and a supply box containing unused

We returned to the archive building to wait for Butch and Hoppy to
return the ballots they'd picked up. We were shocked to see that the
building appeared to be deserted, but was unlocked, and the counting
room was unlocked, and contained empty ballot boxes and a supply box
with seals, tape etc.

For the benefit of the police

In order to determine whether there were ballots in the boxes or not,
I gently nudged the boxes with my shoe. The light weight indicated the
ballot boxes were empty. At least one ballot box, for the town of
Plaistow, contained the original sham seal signed by the moderator and
selectmen. It was empty.

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