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Ehrlich Wants Paper Ballots For Nov. Vote

Ehrlich Wants Paper Ballots For Nov. Vote

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State Election Chief Says Staff Toiling to Fix Electronic Glitches

By Christian Davenport and Ann E. Marimow
Washington Post Staff Writers
Thursday, September 21, 2006

A week after the primary election was plagued by human error and technical glitches, Maryland Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) called yesterday for the state to scrap its $106 million electronic voting apparatus and revert to a paper ballot system for the November election.

"When in doubt, go paper, go low-tech," he said.

Linda H. Lamone, the administrator of the Maryland State Board of Elections, quickly denounced the plan to swap voting systems just seven weeks before the general election as "crazy." And Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (D-Calvert) said it "cannot happen. It will not happen."

Ehrlich said that, if necessary, he would call a special session of the Maryland General Assembly to change the law to allow paper ballots. But Miller and House Speaker Michael E. Busch (D-Anne Arundel) dismissed the idea of a special session, saying elections officials should focus instead on fixing the current system.

"We paid millions. These are state-of-the-art machines," said Miller, who called Ehrlich's announcement a political ploy to energize his Republican supporters.

In Montgomery and Prince George's counties yesterday, election officials continued to count the thousands of paper provisional ballots that could determine the outcome of the 4th Congressional District Democratic primary race between incumbent U.S. Rep. Albert R. Wynn and challenger Donna Edwards. Prince George's officials cracked opened 26 machines yesterday and retrieved votes that had not been counted.

The problems playing out in Maryland have created unease elsewhere in the nation, where more than 80 percent of voters will use electronic voting machines in the Nov. 7 election and a third of all precincts are using them for the first time.

Ehrlich's statement came after a State Board of Public Works hearing at which Lamone said her staff would "work around the clock" to correct the problems that plagued the primary. She vowed that her office would help local election boards retrain judges, recruit new ones and force Diebold Election Systems to fix the problems that caused some of its machines to malfunction.

The idea of switching systems now worried local election officials who said testing new equipment and educating election judges and voters about a new system would be a daunting -- if not impossible -- task.

"There isn't a lot of time," said Marjorie Roher, a spokeswoman for the Montgomery Board of Elections.

Henry Fawell, a spokesman for Ehrlich, said the governor's top priority is to replace the electronic poll books, used to check in voters. But he said Ehrlich "is also interested in moving voters to a paper ballot for this year's general election."

"He realizes it's a tall order," Fawell said. But moving to paper ballots would "eliminate the chronic problems that electronic voting machines demonstrated [Sept. 12] with respect to crashing and susceptibility to tampering."

In the spring, Ehrlich advocated leasing optical scan machines that use paper ballots, a proposal that won unanimous support in the House of Delegates but was rejected by the Senate.

Many of the problems that marred this month's primary resulted from human error. Election judges in Baltimore failed to show up, meaning the polls opened late. In Montgomery, voting at nearly all 238 precincts was delayed because officials forgot to distribute plastic cards needed to operate voting machines.

In Prince George's, election officials struggled to transmit data electronically from polling places to a central office on election night, delaying the counting process for hours. In the days since, they have also discovered that dozens of memory cards were not counted after the election; some remained locked in voting machines for days.

Yesterday, county election officials began opening selected machines to locate the missing cards and capture the voting information contained on them.

Also yesterday, Gene Raynor, the Baltimore election director, resigned, saying Lamone and the General Assembly "have set dangerous precedents that, in my opinion, threaten the integrity of November's elections." Raynor previously sat on the State Board of Elections, where he had joined members in trying to oust Lamone two years ago.

There were also technical problems during the primary, mainly with the electronic poll books that were used in the state for the first time. They replaced the paper printouts of the voter registration rolls, allowing election judges to check in voters electronically.

Some crashed and needed to be rebooted, election judges reported. Others failed to transmit the name of a checked-in voter to the other machines in the same polling place. That meant, theoretically, that a voter could cast more than one ballot. Officials said they had no evidence of any voter fraud.

Lamone said the electronic poll books, purchased from Diebold in June and July, were tested in the days before the election. But those tests did not reveal any problems.

Mark Radke, a Diebold spokesman, said many of the poll books crashed because software created exclusively for Maryland caused the machines' memories to fill up after about 40 people had checked in to vote.

He said the company was investigating the synchronization problems.

But Ehrlich said he wasn't willing to risk the possibility that such glitches would remain for the November election, in which he is seeking a second term.

"I'm not sure we can afford another experiment," Ehrlich said after the Board of Public Works hearing. "I want to play it safe."

His position was supported in the hearing by Avi Rubin, a Johns Hopkins University computer scientist who worked as an elections judge during the primary and has long been critical of the touch-screen voting machines.

Gilles W. Burger, chairman of the State Board of Elections, said his panel has requested that Diebold officials appear at its meeting Tuesday.

"Their feet are going to be held to the fire," Burger said.

Maryland's election law leaves it to the State Elections Board to pick a voting system and certify its reliability and security. Mark Davis, the assistant attorney general who represents the board, said it has already performed required tests on the touch-screen machines.

"The board feels it would be catastrophic to try to do that for another system between now and the general election," he said. "It just doesn't make any sense."

Staff writer Rosalind S. Helderman contributed to this report.

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https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCBy...9fmDg8PyZv1AlQ

Analysis: Professor exposes more voting system flaws
By Dave Schechter, CNN Senior National Editor
Analysis: Professor exposes more voting system flaws - CNN.com

Bern, NC - Voting machines displayed the names of all Democrats, with checkmarks voting for them, and took many corrections from election staff before they finally allowed voter to vote for any Republicans.
Voting machine again displays wrong choice | News | greensboro.com

Florida voters mistakenly purged in 2000
Florida voters mistakenly purged in 2000

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well worth the watch...
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GOP Suing to Keep Third Parties Off Ballot in November
http://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews...ot-in-november

Felon purge sacrificed innocent voters
Election 2000: Fla. Vote - May 27, 2001
By Scott Hiaasen, Gary Kane and Elliot Jaspin
Palm Beach Post Staff Writers
While millions of Floridians spent Nov. 7 casting their votes for president, Clarence Mayville was fighting, and failing, to clear his name.
Mayville went to his precinct in Polk County's Auburndale that Tuesday morning to cast his vote for George W. Bush. Poll workers told him he was on a state list of suspected felons, making him ineligible to vote.
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/co...0_felons2.html


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http://www.philly.com/philly/news/ye...ero_votes.html


Quote:
QUESTIONER: I would just like to know what you can say to reassure us that this election will not be rigged or stolen?

SEN. BARACK OBAMA: Well, I tell you what, it helps in Ohio that we’ve got Democrats in charge of the machines. But, look, I come from Chicago. So I want to be honest, it is not as if it is just Republicans who have monkeyed around with elections in the past. Sometimes Democrats have, too. You know, whenever people are in power, they have this tendency to try to, you know, tilt things in their direction. That’s why we have got to have, I believe, a Voting Rights Division in the Justice Department that is non-partisan and that is serious about investigating cases of voter fraud, is serious about making sure the people are not being discouraged to vote. That is why the voting rights legislation that was put in place a couple years ago to help the county clerks to make sure the machines were in place that were needed are important. That is why we need paper trails on these new electronic machines, so that you actually have something that you can hang on to after you punched that letter to make sure it has not been hacked into.
I mean, those are all part of the process of making sure that our democracy works for everyone. And one of the great things about this election has been all the interest that has been taken in this election. I mean, when I spoke Thursday night, there were more of yours then watched the finals of “American Idol.” Now that is big. That’s big. That’s big.
And I hope a lot of people are watching the Republican convention. I want people to have information. Then I want to make sure that our democracy is working the way it should be. And this is near and dear to my heart because when I was a lawyer, I practiced voting rights law. And I filed a lot of lawsuits.
In Illinois, I helped to make sure that you could go ahead and get registered at driver’s license facilities – at the DMV. So I’ve been working on this for a long time. I think the more people participate, the more they are paying attention ultimately, the better off everybody is.

September 4, 2008 – Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama election at a rally at Ohio’s Kent State University.
Election rigging for Bush
https://youtu.be/FJopOtIa5Xo


Election fixing on the left, People for the American Way, NYC dems
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDc8PVCvfKs
Alan Schulkin, commissioner of board of elections, New York City 2015
Alan Schulkin: I think there’s a lot of voter fraud.
Alan Schulkin:Right like i say, people don’t realize certain neighborhoods in particular, they bus people around to vote.
-They do what?
Alan Schulkin: They bus them around they put them in a and go poll site to poll site.
-Like what kind of neighborhoods?
well, I don't WANT to say.
>...minority neighborhoods...<
Alan Schulkin::They get buses they move people around
Voter Fraud Proof:18 Million Invalid & 2 Million Dead Registration.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6FqbLrP1FQ
summery 1 of 8 registered details are flawed, and about 2 million dead people


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12. Mysterious Death of Mike Connell?Karl Rove?s Election Thief – Top 25 of 2010

No Paper Trail Left Behind: the Theft of the 2004 Presidential Election*
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No Paper Trail Left Behind: the Theft of the 2004 Presidential Election – Censored Notebook, Investigative Research

ELECTION 2008: VANISHING VOTES, DISAPPEARING DEMOCRACY AND MEDIA MISDIRECTION
May 3, 2010
ELECTION 2008: VANISHING VOTES, DISAPPEARING DEMOCRACY AND MEDIA MISDIRECTION – Censored Notebook, Investigative Research

BlackBoxVoting.org

U.S. Commission on Civil Rights did a letghly investigation of the florida vote in 2000 and produced a Report titled
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Dems primary voting "rules" mean the dem votes don't count AT ALL.
rigged by the rules
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGeyhgp2N8A


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U.S. Commission on Civil Rights did a letghly investigation of the Florida vote in 2000 and produced a Report titled
“Voting Irregularities in Florida During the 2000 Presidential Election”
Political Wrinkles - View Single Post - QUESTION: Election Fraud


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BUSTED: Wisconsin Clerk Gets Caught Trying To Rig The Election For Trump
BUSTED: Wisconsin Clerk Gets Caught Trying To Rig The Election For Trump | Addicting Info | The Knowledge You Crave

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Florid...ral_Voter_File

Context of '1998 and After: Florida Ramps Up Disenfranchisement Strategies for Minority Voters via Error-Riddled ‘Purge Lists’'

Context of '1999 and After: Florida Disenfranchises Voters via Obsolete, Error-Prone Voting Machines'

Context of 'June 12, 2012: Press Reports State Efforts to Prevent ‘Voter Fraud’ Disenfranchises Poor, Minority, Elderly Voters'


http://www.theguardian.com/world/200...ctions2000.usa


http://www.cnn.com/2016/03/09/politi...te-fact-check/


http://www.prnewswire.com/news-relea...-76491792.html
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Lets go back to punch cards and let states do recounts if necessary.

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Yep, some form of Paper Ballots. that stay on record for recounts.
that's a start
Also the purging of voter roles must be a multi-partisan public event. OFF season. with certified acknowledgements required BEFORE a name is removed.
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