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GAO Sarasota D-13: Blood on the floor, bullet in the head, where did that smoking gun go?

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As Florida focuses on the GAO findings in Sarasota’s District-13. Think duped again. For Florida and the rest of the country, the bigger picture here is not where did those pesky 18,000 votes go in one county? The bigger question is where did 89,000 votes go across the state?


Yes, 89,000 votes. While Sarasota took the heat, Florida’s statewide Attorney General’s race actually provides a more revealing example of voting machine failure. In part because it is a statewide race, not simply a contentious race in one isolated county.


In Florida’s Attorney General’s race none of the voting machines registered greater than 3.04% undervote. Except ES&S iVotronic touchscreens. These iVotronics recorded (or not) a whopping 8.65% undervotes.** That’s a loss of 89K votes. Same race, same ballots, same state, same day, different machines.


If we are to accept a finding that machines were not the cause of Sarasota’s missing 18,000 votes, then do we assume Florida voters across the state walked up to the iVotronic touchscreens and decided not to vote for Attorney General? Or do we observe the blood on the floor, the bullet in the head and perhaps wonder, where did that smoking gun go?


Lani Massey Brown

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**The numbers below were compiled by Florida Fair Elections Coalition in their “Florida’s Vanished Votes Reports.” This is a must read report for all voters, not just those in Florida. “Florida’s Vanished Votes is presented on


Voters cast 4,877,757 ballots in Florida’s Attorney General’s race. 232,039 voters chose not to vote for Attorney General. Or did they?


Diebold Optical Scanner 42,336 - 2.272%; ES&S Optical Scanner 22,171 - 3.04%; Sequoia Touchscreen 30,087 - 3.0%; ES&S Touchscreen 137,415 - 8.65%

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