November 07, 2006
The finish line
Well, today's the day. If it feels like this has been a really really long election season, it has. That's good in a lot of ways, but it's also good to see it come to an end.
If you're in Harris County and you want to know where to vote, go here and enter your address. For other locations in Texas, try Local Voter or your County Clerk webpage. It looks like we're in for nice weather today, so get there early, as you may encounter lines. Polls are open from 7 AM to 7 PM. Vote now or forever hold your peace.
Posted by Charles Kuffner on November 07, 2006 to Election 2006
Some observations from early morning voting from precinct 439 in Harris County (CD7).
Unlike the primary, there were no supporters with signs testing the distance boundaries.
I arrived at the opening and the line was about half as long as I had seen normally and was about 80% men on arrival and it was over 95% Anglo.
The polling place was understaffed by at least 2 people but the length of the ballot allowed enough time to compensate.
That is one looong ballot and I hadn't thought about it until the guy in front of me mentioned it but he wondered if that would encourage people to vote a straight party ticket. I hope not. I think a discerning voter realizes that not one party has the best candidates in every race.
The lady behind me said to me that she was happy that so many people were out voting and that she hoped everybody would go out and vote....but she was sure glad that it would be over soon.
But I'm concerned that I may have had the wrong ballot because I must have missed a race or two because I didn't find George W. Bush or Rumsfeld or John Kerry anywhere on the ballot. Wierd.
A co-worker was not on the voter rolls this morning. His wife is, but he was turned away and not allowed to vote. He has voted at the same location for the last 8 years. I tried to look him up in the online database and sure enough only his wife shows up. He is listed in HCAD's database for 2006 property taxes. Does he have any recourse? Shouldn't he bel alloed to at least cast a provisional ballot?
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Another update this one courtesy of my boss voting out in Pecan Grove in Fort Bend County (CD22).
He said that he was in line for 35 minutes and when he asked about the turnout. According to the polling officials the 35 minute wait was as short as it had been all morning but it was because it was taking people longer to vote than normal. The speculation was that writing in some candidates was slowing people down.
Take that FWIW.
Sequoia may help Bush & Co. win
It's possible that Bush & Co. may use Sequoia not just to depict the Democrats as the main perpetrators of election fraud, but to invalidate the elections altogether.
Please skim through this entire post.
I. There is a huge security defect in Sequoia's DRE machines.
(better check those vote totals against the number of voters!!)
This information was obtained in a public records request
You will find it in the AVC Edge with VeriVote Printer Poll Worker's Guide Booklet 5 Troubleshooting Document version 2.01 with date Dec. 29 2005.
II. This defect is nothing new: Sequoia has known about it for some time, according to attorney Paul Lehto, who sued successfully last year to get Sequoia's DREs largely banned in Snohomish County, Washington. Paul writes:
The yellow button issue has been known to Sequoia since it existed (because it's a feature of their system -- manual mode) but even if the implications escaped them when I sued them in April 2005 on, inter alia, the yellow button they certainly were on notice of the issues. See Complaint link at bottom of page at www.votersunite.org/info/lehtolawsuit.asp and look at paragraphs 5.20 to 5.24 (on yellow button facts and allegations)
III. Now, computer expert Bruce O'Dell reveals still more details about Sequoia, and connects the dots:
I'm not issuing this warning lightly, but I think it deserves urgent consideration by the EI movement.
Consider the following facts:
1. On November 1 an election judge volunteer in Arapahoe County, CO reported that in their training session, their Sequoia rep was warning about electoral manipulation, especially that BBV (!) was planning election fraud (original note attached below). He specifically used the phrase "mess with the election"!
2. BradBlog and others have reported the Sequoia "Yellow Button" vulnerability http://www.bradblog.com/?p=3714 - to enable switching a machine to allow multiple voting - is exposed and available on Sequoia equipment.
3. NYT and other mainstream media recently emerged from their long slumber to focus on.... Sequoia's ties to Venezuela (read Chavez).
Here's what kept me awake last night - combine all those facts above with the following nightmare scenario:
4. Suppose Democrats win some, even many races by surprising margins; many but not all of these counties turn out to have Sequoia equipment. We are all initially surprised, and before we can figure out what's happening...
5. Anecdotal reports of "people messing with the machines" surface in those jurisdictions, and so suspicion is immediately cast on Democrat "zealots", and, of course - get this - by implication the people who've demonstrated they knew about the vulnerability all along by actually writing about it, and thereby also being open to accusations of "publicizing" the attack to their "followers"!
6. Bottom line: the EI movement would be publicly discredited in a firestorm of vengeful right wing round-the-clock spin, or even forced to attack Democrats who would have won an honest election, but apparently won via a tainted election. And EI's findings about other more serious problems elsewhere would go unheard and we would be taken out of the debate in the crucial post-election debate in either case.
This kind of reverse double-whammy - making Democrats who would have won anyway in an honest count, look guilty of fraud by manipulating the vote too much in their favor - would generate the illusion of a stolen election; one stolen by the Democrats. This is the inverse of what happened in 2000, 2002 and 2004 - which involved generating the illusion of electing their own candidates. Obviously it's the last thing the public expects; even most of the EI movement would be taken by surprise.
The pattern of using an opponent's strengths against them, to enlist them to advance your own cause - while short circuiting theirs - is so. totally. the. MO. of. Karl. Rove. Just ask Dan Rather.
So what do I think we should do? I think pre-emption is our only option.
Raise an immediate publicity and legal campaign to file an injunction to require Sequoia to physically secure the "yellow button" before any of their machines can be used tomorrow!
IV. Remember that the Bush regime is now "investigating" the alleged connection between Sequoia and Venezulea's Huge Chavez:
October 29, 2006
U.S. Investigates Voting MachinesÃ• Venezuela Ties
By TIM GOLDEN
The federal government is investigating the takeover last year of a leading American manufacturer of electronic voting systems by a small software company that has been linked to the leftist Venezuelan government of President Hugo Chavez.
The inquiry is focusing on the Venezuelan owners of the software company, the Smartmatic Corporation, and is trying to determine whether the government in Caracas has any control or influence over the firm's operations, government officials and others familiar with the investigation said.
V. Here is where Sequoia's product will be used throughout the nation on Election Day--and, therefore, where the pending Democratic victories may well be NULLIFIED:
As of October, various machines from Sequoia were certified for use in Arizona, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington and Wisconsin.
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD ABOUT THIS DANGER FAR AND WIDE RIGHT NOW