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Biggest citizen election auditing team tries to authenticate June primary results

By Save R Vote, Riverside County, CA  Posted by Joan Brunwasser (about the submitter)       (Page 1 of 4 pages)     Permalink    (# of views)   No comments

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Posted by From the Mailbag on Friday, July 28, 2006 - 03:16 pm:

By the fantastic citizen oversight team in Riverside County, Calif.
known as SAVE R VOTE

Verification of the June 6 election was undertaken by the biggest
citizen election auditing team assembled yet in one county:
Approximately 70 Riverside residents set out to see if it was even
possible to authenticate the results of the June primary.

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Their conclusion: Impossible.

The reason: Riverside County staff impeded the citizen observer teams.

Riverside officials refused to post poll tapes at the precinct -- a
critically important safeguard, and the main safeguard against
undetected election manipulation through the central tabulator.

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Oddly, Riverside chose to invest money in disabling the paper trail.
Why not have one? Why spend money to make it impossible to audit?

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WHAT WERE THE MOST SIGNIFICANT FINDINGS?

I. LEGAL AND REGULATORY COMPLIANCE:

A. Potential disqualification of voting system due to B and C below.

B. Refusal to post precinct results and purposeful disabling of voting
machines from printing election day results at close of polls.

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C. Noncompliance with state election code laws and federal HAVA
qualifications.

II. SECURITY AND EQUIPMENT:

A. Failure to establish, maintain and log a chain of custody resulting
in the temporary loss of 17 voting cartridges.

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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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