Vote Rigging.

March 20, 2009 at 1:57 pm | Posted in Voting Rights | Leave a comment
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Townspeople going to vote by ballot on whether or not pinball machines should be allowed. Town meeting, Woodstock, Vermont.  1940 March.  (Photo: Marion Post Wolcott)

Townspeople going to vote by ballot on whether or not pinball machines should be allowed. Town meeting, Woodstock, Vermont. 1940 March. (Photo: Marion Post Wolcott)

The circuit court judge, the county clerk and election officers in Clay County (Kentucky) have been charged with “chang[ing] votes at the voting machine” and showing others how to do it.

The 10-count federal indictment charges them with using “corrupt tactics to obtain political power and personal gain.” They were all involved with changing votes cast in 2002, 2004 and 2006.

The Brad Blog is following this actual election fraud:

Clay County uses the horrible ES&S iVotronic system for all of its votes at the polling place. The iVotronic is a touch-screen Direct Recording Electronic (DRE) device, offering no evidence, of any kind, that any vote has ever been recorded as per the voter’s intent. If the allegations are correct here, there would likely have been no way to discover, via post-election examination of machines or election results, that votes had been manipulated on these machines.

ES&S is the largest distributor of voting systems in America and its iVotronic system — which is well-documented to have lost and flipped votes on many occasions — is likely the most widely-used DRE system in the nation. It’s currently in use in some 419 jurisdictions in 18 states including Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and West Virginia.

This makes me physically ill to read.

Sure paper ballots take longer to tabulate, but isn’t veracity more important than unverifiable instant results? Your vote is not just meaningless under the current system but can be turned against you, as happened in Clay County.

Local election departments are mostly used to reward staff and/or supporters of politicians. I know that’s how it works in Massachusetts. I would love to volunteer again as a poll worker, but I refuse to do so under the current broken system. The people running local election departments do not recognize or accept their actual responsibility but see it as an opportunity to move votes in a particular direction. Actual changing of votes is pretty extreme but there are a lot of more innocuous ways in which local election officials interfere with free and fair elections.

Congress and state legislatures need to get on this.


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