Ranting and Venting

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Friday, February 24, 2006

Florida Voting Machine Logs Reveal Anomalies

No surprises here. Please move along.

boot1780 from Slashdot writes:
"Having 'successfully sued former Palm Beach County (FL) Supervisor of Elections Theresa LePore to get the audit records for the 2004 presidential election,' Black Box Voting reports that the 'internal logs of at least 40 Sequoia touch-screen voting machines reveal that votes were time and date-stamped as cast two weeks before the election, sometimes in the middle of the night.' Besides the date discrepancies, they claim to have discovered countless other errors and anomalies, including a case of one voting machine being 'powered down 128 times during the election'." Given the findings here, can we have a do-over?
Nope, no do over. Republican will never allow that to happen. No matter how much they stuffed the ballot box. Is it me? It seems like all this work the GOP is doing is just to make it easier to stage an election so they can seize power and make it look like it was legal.

You can see the raw voting logs for Palm Beach County Here:

From BlackBoxVoting.org:
After investing over $7,000 and waiting nine months for the records, Black Box Voting discovered that the voting machine logs contained approximately 100,000 errors. According to voting machine assignment logs, Palm Beach County used 4,313 machines in the Nov. 2004 election. During election day, 1,475 voting system calibrations were performed while the polls were open, providing documentation to substantiate reports from citizens indicating the wrong candidate was selected when they tried to vote.

Another disturbing find was several dozen voting machines with votes for the Nov. 2, 2004 election cast on dates like Oct. 16, 15, 19, 13, 25, 28 2004 and one tape dated in 2010. These machines did not contain any votes date-stamped on Nov. 2, 2004.


The logs rule out the possibility that these were Logic & Accuracy (L&A) test results, and verified that these results did appear in the final totals. In addition to the date discrepancies, most had incorrect polling times, with votes appearing throughout the wee hours of the night. These machines were L&A tested, and the L&A test activities appeared in the logs with the correct date and time.

According to the voting machine assignment log, these machines were not assigned to early voting locations. The number of votes on each machine also corresponds with the numbers typical of polling place machines rather than early voting.

Many of these machines showed unexplained log activity after the L&A test but before Election Day. In addition, many more machines without date anomalies showed this log activity, which revealed someone powering up the machine, opening the program, then powering it down again. In one instance, the date discrepancy appeared when someone accessed the machine two minutes after the L&A test was completed.
Scary huh? Any bets that the GOP will brush this off? How about the media never even reporting it?

The Slashdot post and discussion are here:
Florida Voting Machine Logs Reveal Anomalies

The BlackBoxVoting article can be found here:
Someone accessed 40 Palm Beach County voting machines Nov 2004

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

After viewing the logs, you can see some anomolies, but unless it's broken down by actual vote tallies for each candidate, you don't know who benefited.

Palm Beach is heavily Democratic. They control the county and the elections office, thus the voting machines. As I recall, Kerry easily carried Palm Beach County.

2/28/2006 10:42:00 PM  
Blogger fc said...

Good post. I will post on this for sure. These kinds of things can not be ignored.

Thanks for the info...

- fc ( fatcat politics )

3/02/2006 08:12:00 PM  
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3/05/2006 04:10:00 AM  
Anonymous allan said...

I'm not republican or a democrat.

You forgot to mention that Palm Beach is a democratic district run by democrats.

It is more likely that they cheated- and still couldn't win.

Why else would they have had a Daily come down from Chicago to "fix" things after Gore lost.

I'm sure you notice only people that agree with you read this tripe.

I'm equally sure they would not read something balanced.

It says something about those folks that only seek to reinforce their probable error.

The ignorant eagerly sharing their ignorance - but only with each other.

3/05/2006 03:36:00 PM  
Blogger Brad said...

One thing is quite telling that in the new state-by-state approval ratings. Not that Bush has lost a ton of ground in every state (he still has over 50% approval in only FOUR states). What is most telling is that BY FAR the largest swing was in Ohio, which is now roughly 67-33 against him. Remember, this is a state he "won". Every other state followed pretty predictable drop-offs, but Ohio's was huge.

Smells like fraud to me.

3/06/2006 04:35:00 PM  

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