READER COMMENTS ON
"Pima County, AZ, Transportation Election Was Rigged, According to Affidavit from County Employee"
(19 Responses so far...)
COMMENT #1 [Permalink]
said on 7/10/2008 @ 3:38 am PT...
I think there are hundreds it not thousands of people just like the man in this post who know elections have been bought and paid for. Check out the recent FISA vote. 2/3 of the bought and paid for dems. voted with repubs. Maybe instead of investigating....we should all start going to bars in racist states where the worst election theft goes on....just hang out. Don't forget to include NC, the deep south , Ohio and Fl.
COMMENT #2 [Permalink]
said on 7/10/2008 @ 8:03 am PT...
With McCain being from AZ, this scares me a bit.
COMMENT #3 [Permalink]
John R Brakey
said on 7/10/2008 @ 9:05 am PT...
Some Facts Related to the RTA Election
1. The RTA passed by a surprisingly large margin. Polls taken before the election showed it losing. Sales tax increases for roads had lost badly in four previous elections.
2. Election Division staff printed unauthorized vote total summary reports after the first day of RTA early ballot scanning.
3. Before the second day of RTA early ballot scanning, Election Division staff erased the first day’s database backup by over-writing it. This required responding to two warning messages, one from GEMS and one from Windows.
4. Election systems expert Michael Shamos of Carnegie Mellon advised the AG investigator of possible RTA fraud to hand count ballots, echoing advice from local election activists.
5. The AG Investigator lied to Shamos in an email, saying that “local naysayers” were onboard with not looking at ballots. The opposite was true and the investigator knew it, because he had engaged in a shouting argument with local naysayers about this issue.
6. IBeta tests conducted under contract with the AG investigator of the RTA election should have included looking for possible swapping of yes and no votes, but did not.
7. County staff directed all aspects of the IBeta testing, and led the testers to look at irrelevant items and to disregard potentially important items.
8. A whistleblower has come forward saying in a sworn affidavit that Bryan Crane told him privately that he had “fixed” the RTA election, under direction from his bosses.
9. The County Treasurer has announced a plan to destroy the RTA ballots ASAP.
10. A Microsoft Access manual was seen and photographed in the vote tabulation room on election night. Use of MS Access on an election computer was and is illegal.
11. Democratic Party observers were prevented from investigating cables connected to the tabulation computer after the RTA on the pretext that it was a non-partisan election.
12. A tape of ballot layout held by the Secretary of State for use by the Attorney General in any fraud investigation was never examined during the RTA fraud investigation where it was potentially key evidence. Instead it was returned to the suspects, who “lost” it.
13. The Pima County Board of Supervisors, through their lawyers, claimed there was a substantial risk that all election employees handling the election computer would “take the fifth” and refuse to answer questions based on a fear of criminal prosecution.
14. The Pima County Board of Supervisors has never requested an internal investigation of the Election Division.
15. Neither Brad Nelson nor Bryan Crane nor any Election Division employee has been reprimanded for any violations of rules or procedures.
16. At the end of the RTA Election Day, the database was NOT backed up, as it has been in virtually every other election. The database was not backed up until three days later, after all results had been published.
17. The Pima County Election Division purchased a “crop scanner” computer-hacking tool ten months before the RTA election. This tool had no other purpose in the Election Division than to illegally alter the programming of precinct voting machines.
18. Jim Berry retired from his job as the County Administrator’s assistant in early 2005 and was immediately hired by the County to do a precinct by precinct study of how Pima voters had voted in bond elections, and “other duties” as assigned. Mr. Berry collected $75,000 from the County for this contract, while at the same time collecting $12,000 from a pro-RTA group for helping them with the RTA campaign.
COMMENT #4 [Permalink]
said on 7/10/2008 @ 9:49 am PT...
...and multiply Mr. Brakey's findings by about...how many counties around the country? times .75, you'll probably end up with a total shenanigans figure in the US elections.
COMMENT #5 [Permalink]
said on 7/10/2008 @ 11:12 am PT...
Wow. My gratitude to the Brad Blog for keeping these issues front and center.
COMMENT #6 [Permalink]
said on 7/10/2008 @ 3:16 pm PT...
If all early vote ballots are counted on election
day at their respective precincts only...
If all absentee ballots are counted on election
day at their respective precincts only...
If we rid ourselves of the provisional ballots and
alowing voters to vote with a regular ballot...
If a post election 100% "VERIFICATION COUNT" of
every position of every ballot by a manual
hand count is done...
If the VERIFICATION COUNT is performed after every
election (fed, state, county, local,,,etc.)
We will then (and only then) have our full voting
rights in reality. And the County of Pima would
not be in this mess 2 years after an election.
We Voters want our FULL rights NOW!!!
COMMENT #7 [Permalink]
said on 7/10/2008 @ 5:02 pm PT...
The implications are even greater than the actual statement:
"During that conversation Bryan Crane told me he "fixed" the RTA, or Regional Transportation Authority election on the instructions of his bosses and he did what he was told to do."
"Did what he was told to do"...IMPLIES...that elections around the country are hacked "on command" of superiors, and it implies widespread knowledge of the ability to hack elections.
COMMENT #8 [Permalink]
said on 7/10/2008 @ 5:04 pm PT...
It also implies DIEBOLD trains election officials how to swing elections on their e-vote machines. They might "train" them how to do it, how else would they know?
Use your heads, people!
COMMENT #9 [Permalink]
said on 7/10/2008 @ 5:06 pm PT...
Hope everyone who never believed e-vote machine hacking, is having a ball paying higher taxes. Good for all those who never believed it! Money talks.
Maybe all it took was hitting idiots in their wallet. Tune into Rush Limbaugh...this never happened...
COMMENT #10 [Permalink]
said on 7/10/2008 @ 8:23 pm PT...
...and maybe let's revisit Clint Curtis's claims, too while we're at it!
COMMENT #11 [Permalink]
said on 7/10/2008 @ 9:11 pm PT...
Brad: I agree that this is a potentially explosive story, but I have been unable to confirm that Osmolski is a former Pima County employee.
My reading of the affidavit is that he went to a bar and there met Crane who, according to Osmolski, admitted to rigging the Pima County election.
We need whistleblowers, but we need to ascertain the facts about the whistleblowers --- if you have information that Osmolski worked for Pima County, that would help with the plausibility evaluation. If this was the first time Osmolski met Crane, it's hard to understand why Crane would get to know his new buddy by confessing to a felony. If they had known each other for a while, that's another matter.
The smoking guns are all over the place on this story, and it is not acceptable to destroy the ballots.
COMMENT #12 [Permalink]
said on 7/11/2008 @ 4:29 am PT...
Why would you name your kid Zbig anyway?
COMMENT #13 [Permalink]
said on 7/11/2008 @ 11:00 am PT...
Now we know who the real terrorists are! They are those who do not wage war with weapons, but rather the enemies of freedom, with the stroke of a pen.
COMMENT #14 [Permalink]
said on 7/11/2008 @ 4:29 pm PT...
COMMENT #15 [Permalink]
said on 7/11/2008 @ 8:06 pm PT...
Can't speak specifically to the details, as this piece was edited by me but Guest Blogged by David Safier.
However, several of the local papers today reported Osmalski as a 16-year former transportation employee with the county. Also, when I spoke w/ John Brakey yesterday, he also confirmed that Osmalski was an employee, and a former one at that.
Haven't confirmed directly or personally however beyond that. But, as mentioned, several local papers reported him as a former cty employee.
COMMENT #16 [Permalink]
John R Brakey
said on 7/11/2008 @ 10:39 pm PT...
Zbigniew Osmolski blew the whistle on county road contract fixing scams-- as reported in the Star around Christmas of 2000. He had confirmed to the press all the allegations made by the Pima County Transportation Director at the time, Brooks Keenan.
The FBI came in and investigated. Dan Eckstrom was implicated, however they were no indictments, but eventually Eckstrom stepped down from the board of Supervisors in mid-term, citing health reasons (but he has been healthy enough to work as a lobbyist and consultant since).
Zbigniew was technically/officially fired for insubordination, after 16 years as a county employee with an excellent record. In reality he was fired for backing up Keenan's testimony.
Brooks Keenan would later quit and now works for the Tucson's transportation department.
Later news reports showed the county's messy procurement practices allowed some contracts, particularly those with campaign contributors, to balloon with little oversight. Dan Eckstrom was the Chair of the Pima County Board and a big part of that over site.
Our attorney "Bill Risner" and I stand by Zbigniew Osmolski. Soon more will be forth coming out to back up everything Zbig has stated and more.
COMMENT #17 [Permalink]
said on 7/13/2008 @ 8:05 am PT...
I hope this doesn't get swept under the rug & forgotten along with all their other crimes. I love you guys--Brad, Bev, all you fighters--
My kids are moving out of the country, expecting that one day soon they'll shut down the borders.
Are we "just being paranoid"? Yep.
COMMENT #18 [Permalink]
Jeannie Dean (not in) FL-13
said on 7/14/2008 @ 10:19 pm PT...
Floridiot (#4)~righto! My thoughts exactly after my neurons realigned themselves from the exploding grey matter effects of reading this story. For a moment I thought it had permanently snapped my last synaps.
Brad, Bev, Mr. Brakey--O! Do keep us up to date on this most critical of investigations.
And yes, Molly, I for one will happily volunteer to ferret out potential whistleblowers at bars in suspect states; ply them with enough Hennessey to soak their bloated conscience into speaking out involuntarily. In fact, I'm already half-way there, got the first part licked...
COMMENT #19 [Permalink]
said on 8/21/2008 @ 11:34 pm PT...
Don't mind me, I'm just testing a spam treatment. Treatment testing?