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Black Box Voting : Latest Investigations from Black Box Voting: 5-6-08: Cancelled or changed, there's a whole lotta shuffling going on w. IN database

Posted by Bev Harris on Tuesday, May 6, 2008 - 6:22 am:

Yesterday, we reported that according to Indiana's own figures, 1.1
million voter registrations had been cancelled, one-quarter of a
million of those in just two counties. Another researcher, Steve
Rosenfeld, began tracking back through data from the Election
Assistance Commission, finding that the cancellation quantities didn't
jive with the numbers you'd expect. According to Rosenfeld, after
talking with the office of the Indiana Secretary of State the
explanation is that "cancelled" does not mean "cancelled
registrations" it means "changes" to registrations.


Because Indiana is implementing an ID requirement, and this will
require that voters name and address match when the voter registration
database is compared with their ID, an unscrupulous data entry person
would no longer need to PURGE registrations in order to knock people
off the voting rolls. All that's required is CHANGING the registration
slightly, to introduce typos.

Many locations are now enamored of using "electronic pollbooks"
instead of the paper printouts. We all know what happens when you
enter a name with a typo: The computer says "can't find".

Try it. Use any computer program you have, and enter your name with a
typo. Then do a search for your name. If I typo "Ben Harris" and
search for "Bev Harris" I won't find it. Now, with the paper
pollbooks, a pollworker might see that it's a typo, if my address is
the same. Whether they accept that Bev Harris is Ben Harris is open to
how flexible they feel at the moment.

With electronic pollbooks, they may not find the typo-name at all. And
if an unscrupulous political hack enters "changes" or "updates" that
introduce a typo into the address, or name and address, it may be
impossible to find you at all. Example: I alter "Bev Harris" to make
it read "Ben Harris" and then change "973 SW 43rd St" to "793 SW
43rd". Gone. Poof.

Some say the problems with the Florida 2000 election have now been
codified into federal law nationwide. In terms of the now-mandatory
statewide voter lists, that's true. These centralized records allow
changes to be introduced from either your county or the state, and a
single person can cook the list.

When you add voter ID into the mix, it allows very subtle attacks that
will produce mismatches. Mark my words, the new watchword for 2008
will be "human error." Add "human error" to the term "computer glitch"
for meaningless and unacceptable terms that introduce voter
disenfranchisment without accountability.


If your name is not found on the voter rolls, you are entitled to vote
on a provisional ballot. However: The networks will call the race,
engaging in their traditional journalistic malpractice of saying who
"won" when they mean who they "project WILL win". NO PROVISIONAL
BALLOTS ARE CONSIDERED AT ALL when the networks "call the race." They
are taking their projections from called and faxed-in reports of the
voting machine results tapes -- and no provisional ballots are in
those results.

Provisional ballots are also "second class" ballots because:
- They are not counted until many days later
- Some of the rules applied to which ballots count or don't count
actually disenfranchise voters based on pollworker errors. For
example, in Volusia County Florida, citizen extraordinaire Susan
Pynchon fought to get a whole set of provisional ballots counted that
they were about to deny, based on the reason that "the poll worker
didn't write the REASON it was a provisional ballot" on each one.


The word "cancelled" is the one chosen by the Indiana election
officials and their computers. They say it doesn't mean "cancelled."
Here is a picture of Porter County from their report. Cancelled means
cancelled, or cancelled means changed, but something happened in
Porter County and there is no explanation as to what:


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Bev Harris is executive director of Black Box Voting, Inc. an advocacy group committed to restoring citizen oversight to elections.
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