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Some Legal Assistance Requested
By Brad Friedman on 11/13/2004 7:27pm PT  

BlackBoxVoting.org has issued the following items on their website today:

  • Fraud audit launched in Florida.
    "...will initiate hand counts on selected counties that have not fully complied with our Nov. 2 Freedom of Information request by Monday (Diebold counties) or Tuesday (other counties)."
  • Fraud diagnostics implimented in New Mexico.
    "Information we recently received is indicative of widespread vote manipulation. We are not going to publicize the specifics here."
  • Legal assistance requested in specific county in Georgia.
    "Indications of corrupt voting processes, with possible criminal actions by local officials."
  • Fraud investigation launched in Pima County, Arizona.
  • Fraud investigation launched on state of Nevada.
    "Pro bono legal help certified to practice in Nevada, needed immediately. Multiple irregularities. Need people to take affidavits from election workers, statewide."
  • See their website for more info, explanations, and if you are able to help in either Georgia or Nevada as requested.

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    And Counts All the Republican Ones!
    By Brad Friedman on 11/13/2004 4:59pm PT  

    According to The Albuquerque Tribune, in one Bernalillo County, New Mexico precinct, the judge assigned to determine the validity of provisional ballots, has determined that all the Democratic ballots cast in that precinct are invalid, while declaring that all of the Republican provisionals cast there may indeed be counted!

    From what I am reading, the "standards" for determining acceptance/rejection of provisional ballots across the countries, seems haphazard at best. If anyone wishes to provide more info in comments on how validity is determined in various areas, it would be most welcome.

    The current difference in the popular vote for President in New Mexico, according to AP, has George W. Bush leading John Kerry by just 6,061 votes. The total number of rejected provisional ballots in Bernalillo County now stands at 6,600.

    (Thanks again to tipster Ryan for this one!)

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    Presidential, Senatorial Totals Appear Out of Line with Rest of Election Numbers
    By Brad Friedman on 11/13/2004 3:04pm PT  

    As I've previously mentioned, I'm currently a bit snowed-under working on some background stuff related to all of this mess. So my ability to report the latest here is somewhat hobbled for the (hopefully) very short term. I hope it'll soon prove to have been worthwhile however.

    I am still keeping an eye on everything however, and will report the most notable stuff as it comes up.

    That said, lemme just throw out a raw link to this Democratic Underground posting which presents a potentially very troubling analysis of the results data in regards to the North Carolina Presidential and Senatorial races there.

    I highly recommend you give it a look. It's a detailed post and analysis, demonstrating some disturbing results. I have gotten into the habit of waiting to report such analysis until all the "debunkers" have had there go at things, just to make sure the analysis is solid, and then have attempted to summarize the key pieces.

    For now though, since the story is holding up for the moment, and I'm pulled over to related work, I'm just giving you the link to look at without my own analysis for now. I hope to have some, along with a summary, later for you.

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    Punch-card counter drops straight-party ballots from initial totals!
    By Brad Friedman on 11/13/2004 1:43pm PT  

    From The Salt Lake Tribune:

    Voters in Utah County had more than a one in five chance that their ballots did not get counted in the initial, unofficial tally from Election Day.

    A programming glitch in the punch-card counter dropped 33,000 ballots from the totals - all of them straight-party ballots. That was more than 22 percent of the 145,769 ballots cast in the Republican stronghold.

    "The card readers were fine; it was just the way it was programmed initially," Utah County elections coordinator Kristen Swensen said Friday. "It was just off by one letter."

    The ballots were recounted Wednesday and the 33,000 missing votes were distributed to the candidates for whom they were cast.

    I should note that this is the first story of it's kind that I've come across, where such an error actually seems to have hurt the Republicans more than it did Democrats. While, for now, this error does seem to be just a "glitch", it adds to the growing body of evidence that our counting systems and software in this country is a pure and unadultered mess which needs strict reform and oversight by non-partisan, non-political officials!

    (Thanks reader Katrina W. for the heads-up on this one!)

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    The most 'Conservative' of papers admits the truth!
    By Brad Friedman on 11/13/2004 12:43pm PT  

    This story has been percolating in the blogosphere for some time, but I've yet to report it here as I've been trying to look into it to make sure that it held up first.

    It's big. And now that The Washington Times(!) --- the Bush Administration's #1 mouthpiece in the print media, in other words, the Fox News of newspapers --- has admitted and reported the problem via this breaking UPI report, I'm happy to take that as confirmation of the huge and hackable security hole smack dab in the middle of Diebold's proprietary vote-counting software source code that those "reckless conspiracy-theorists (American citizens) in the blogosphere" have been reporting for some time!


    Washington, DC, Nov. 12 (UPI) - The voting machine controversy likely will linger after a look at the systems source code software from Ohio-based Diebold yielded reports of numerous bugs.
    ...
    Computer Science Professor Avi Rubin of John Hopkins University analyzed Diebold's 47,609 lines of code and found it uses an encryption key that was hacked in 1997 and no longer is used in secure programs.
    ...
    The Digital Encryption Standard 56-bit encryption key used can be unlocked by a key embedded in all the source code, meaning all Diebold machines would respond to the same key.

    Rubin, his graduate students and a colleague from Rice University found other bugs, that the administrator's PIN code was "1111" and that one programmer had inserted, "This is just a hack for now."

    The implication is that by hacking one machine you could have access to all Diebold machines.

    The story also notes that "Diebold has said it repaired the security flaws in subsequent programs, but that the company has not produced the code for analysis." In other words, they claim that they've fixed the software they said was secure in the first place, but wouldn't allow anyone to verify it. The security hole was only discovered in the first place when BlackBoxVoting.org discovered thousands of Diebold's "secret" source-code files sitting out in the open on a publically-accessable internet file-transfer site. Somehow or another, they are legally allowed to keep their source-code secret and unverified by any oversight committees!

    I should also note that while the fact that their vote-counting software could be hacked, it doesn't necessarily mean that it has been hacked. However, the disturbing admission now in the Mainstream Media --- confirming what so many have been "running around with their hair on fire" warning people about for so long --- that the private, Ohio-based corporation and huge Republican supporter Diebold, Inc. has created hackable software to manage the bulk of our country's electoral system, and all without governmental and/or nonpartisan oversight is a startling milestone in this matter.

    For data-heads interested in more of the actually geeky background details on this gaping, hackable, security hole in Diebold's software, please see this discussion over at DailyKos where they've been reporting, discussing and examining it for some time.

    This is now --- officially --- very major and very notable news!

    (Thanks Desi for the tip on the UPI/Washington Times breaking news report on this!)

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    Get on board! Make some signs! Stand up for your Democracy!
    By Brad Friedman on 11/12/2004 5:17pm PT  

    The great Freeway Blogger strikes again this weekend with an all-out effort to bring the issue of voter irregularities in Ohio and Florida to the attention of the American people on November 13th & 14th.

    Please check out this page for how you can help raise awareness for the issue over the weekend, have a bit of guerrilla fun and do something positive for your country --- wherever you may live in America! Whether it be Red, Blue or Purple!

    It's your country! And your democracy! And it's not gonna save itself!

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    Filers of Original Suit call it 'Peanuts', 'Premature'
    Company admits Security Needs Strengthening
    By Brad Friedman on 11/12/2004 3:18pm PT  

    Sorry...had been meaning to report this here previously...(Thanks reader Ryan for the reminder!)

    From AP yesterday:

    Diebold Inc. agreed to pay $2.6 million to settle a lawsuit filed by California alleging that the electronic voting company sold the state and several counties shoddy voting equipment.
    ...
    According to the settlement, the North Canton, Ohio-based company must also upgrade ballot tabulation software that Los Angeles County and others used Nov. 2. Diebold must also strengthen the security of its paperless voting machines and computer servers and promise never to connect voting systems to outside networks.

    "There is no more fundamental right in our democracy than the right to vote and have your vote counted," California Attorney General Bill Lockyer said in a statement. "In making false claims about its equipment, Diebold treated that right, and the taxpayers who bought its machines, cavalierly. This settlement holds Diebold accountable and helps ensure the future quality and security of its voting systems."
    ...
    The original lawsuit was filed a year ago by Seattle-based electronic voting critic Bev Harris and Sacramento-based activist Jim March, who characterized the $2.6 million settlement as "peanuts."
    ...
    "This settlement will shut down a major avenue of investigation before evidence starts trickling in," March said. "It's very premature."

    A Diebold executive said the settlement would allow the company to spend more money on improving software and avoid "the distraction and cost of prolonged litigation."

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    Helping to Organize, 250 Million to 1 Odds on the Exit Polls, other odds and ends.
    By Brad Friedman on 11/12/2004 2:22pm PT  

    I'm working on a few different things at once for the moment, and thus, posting today has been a bit quieter than usual. Hopefully I'll have more information on some organizational efforts I'm trying to pull together soon...

    To that end, if you happen to be or know Attorneys, Web Design/Management organizations, Fundraising groups, PR groups and/or Political/Activist organizations who are interested (and/or aggravated) by everything that has been going on concerning the various Voting Irregularities issues, and who may be willing to invest time, resources and/or energy into the effort for positive change --- and quickly --- please have them contact me by email right away.

    For the moment, only seeking folks and/or organizations with serious credentials in any of the above areas, as opposed to citizen do-gooders who want to help out. If we're able to move things forward as I hope, we'll much need all the citizen do-gooders! But for the moment, I need people or organizations with the above creds who might like to come onboard in building a centralized effort for so much of what is going on. I can discuss further details via Email if you contact me.

    In the meantime, here's a quick round-up of a few notable items from the last 12 hours or so...

  • Via BuzzFlash, a university professor has published a study showing that "the odds of those exit poll statistical anomalies occurring by chance are 250,000,000 to one."

    In the full 11-page report, which can be downloaded here in PDF format, Dr. Steven F. Freeman of the U. of Penn. speaks of:

    "As much as we can say in social science that something is impossible, it is impossible that the discrepancies between predicted and actual vote counts in the three critical battleground states [Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania] of the 2004 election could have been due to chance or random error."
    ...
    "Systematic fraud or mistabulation is a premature conclusion, but the election's unexplained exit poll discrepancies make it an unavoidable hypothesis, one that is the responsibility of the media, academia, polling agencies, and the public to investigate."
  • MSNBC's Countdown continues to be the preeminent voice amongst the Mainstream Media organizations actually giving this story the coverage that it deserves. You can watch Olbermann's latest report on video here at "Crooks & Liars" (where all of this week's previous reports are also available if you scroll down).
  • Raw Story reports that as of this hour, the Green Party has received donations totalling $48,000 of the $113,000 they will require by Monday (earliest) to fund their demand, in concert with the Libertarian Party, for a full Ohio recount.
  • As usual...more to come...

    UPDATE: 11/15/04 Green/Libertarian Party Ohio Recount fundraising goal has been met! Now seeking funds for "mobilization" costs and also volunteers to serve as "recount witnesses"! Click here for more info...

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    Party Hackery Games the System
    Helps Deliver America to Bush
    By Brad Friedman on 11/12/2004 8:21am PT  

    With the very real possibility of an Ohio recount as announced yesterday by the new coalition of the Green and Libertarian Party candidates, I hope you'll take a look at this excellent article by David S. Bernstein in The Portland Phoenix. It's one of the best, most comprehensive overviews I've read of the situation, as it stands for the moment, on the ground in Ohio.

    It pulls together the bulk of the most troubling reports of mistabulation, voter intimidation and suppression and potential chicanery in the registration, voting and counting processes.

    Bernstein may have buried the lead though, because it's not until page 2 that he gets to the most scandalous nugget at the heart of the entire stinking mess there, and the systematic way in which the man in charge with regulating Ohio's election, Republican Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell (who also just happened to serve as the Bush/Cheney '04 Campaign Chair in Ohio!) suffocated the minority vote through the invidious gaming of voter management and supression at the precinct by precint level.

    Ohio received some $133 million from the Federal Government's "Help America Vote Act" earmarked to pay for new electronic machines in state.

    To pave the way for these machines, which, the theory goes, were to have been more efficient (and more expensive), the state narrowed down the number of voting precincts. Closing and consolodating many of them largely, of course, in minority areas.

    But at the last minute, after the precincts had already been gerrymandered, Blackwell decided the technology in the E-Voting machines was not proven secure.

    So the $133 million stayed in the bank, but the plan for the reduction of the number of polling sites in minority areas stayed in place! Game over.

    And what do you think happened next? Bernstein explains...

    HERE'S THE rub: a Phoenix analysis shows that the precinct reductions disproportionately hurt Ohio's Democratic turnout.

    Of Ohio's 88 counties, 20 suffered a significant reduction — shutting at least 20 percent (or at least 30) of their precincts. Most of those counties have Republicans serving as Board of Elections director, including the four biggest: Cuyahoga, Montgomery, Summit, and Lucas.

    Those 20 counties went heavily to Gore in 2000, 53 to 42 percent. The other 68 counties, which underwent little-to-no precinct consolidation, went exactly the opposite way in 2000: 53 to 42 percent to Bush.

    In the 68 counties that kept their precinct count at or near 2000 levels, Kerry benefited more than Bush from the high turnout, getting 24 percent more votes than Gore did in 2000, while Bush increased his vote total by only 17 percent.

    But in the 20 squeezed counties, the opposite happened. Bush increased his vote total by 22 percent, and Kerry won just 19 percent more than Gore in 2000.

    If the reduced number of precincts in those counties accounts for the difference, it cost Kerry about 45,000 votes.

    Mission accomplished. Infuriating. Our own electoral systems --- the very basis of our democracy --- are now officially and systematically gamed to within an inch of their life for the pure maximum partisan advantage of those in charge.

    So when will we see reform of the electoral system so it's run by Nonpartisan Elections Boards instead of Partisan Party Hacks? As long as those who've benefited from the hackery are still in charge and entrusted with regulating the system, I'm guessing that day may not come any time soon.

    Unless, of course, you're in the mood for a velvet revolution.

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    Another Error Counting AGAINST Kerry!
    By Brad Friedman on 11/11/2004 5:10pm PT  

    Democrat votes given to the Libertarians in Franklin County, Indiana.

    Can someone please explain to me how not one of the scores of counting errors discovered so far has benefited Kerry? Every single error that I've seen has taken votes away from Kerry. What are the odds?

    From the Indiana Star:

    Election equipment counted straight-party votes for Democratic candidates as Libertarian votes, an error that could affect election outcomes in as many as nine counties, the Richmond Palladium-Item reported today.

    Democrats discovered the error in Franklin County, where ballots will be counted again tonight.

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    Need $113,000 to pay for it!
    Paging Mr. Soros...Paging Mr. Soros...
    By Brad Friedman on 11/11/2004 4:10pm PT  

    In a bit of exciting news (which also tends on personal-level to give me some confidence that I I voted correctly), Green Party presidential candidate, David Cobb --- who was on the ballot in all 50 states, I'm sure you're surprised to learn --- and Libertarian presidential candidate Michael Badnarik will likely be calling for a full recount in the state of Ohio!

    KPFK (90.7 FM in Los Angeles) broke the news yesterday in an interview with Mr. Cobb...

    Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb declared that in all likelihood he would demand a recount of all the votes in the Presidential election in the state of Ohio. Since David Cobb's name appeared on the Ohio ballot, it is his legal right to ask for a statewide recount.
    ...
    In order for a statewide recount to proceed in Ohio, candidate Cobb will have to raise approximately $113,000; or ten dollars per precinct. The deadline to demand a recount occurs after the State's results are deemed official by Ohio's Secretary of State, which won't take place for a few days.

    The full radio interview can be heard here...

    They have issued a Press Release on the matter this morning with further details.

    Well, this could be it folks! As a presidential candidates in Ohio, Cobb and Badnark are within their rights to demand a recount! And I'd hope that there's enough folks with a few dollars left in their pockets to cover those costs for the Ohio recount!

    This is big (and very encouraging) news for a number of reasons, the least of which will be the ability to give all of the many punch-card ballots in the state a fresh look.

    One of the stories I haven't covered here, while many others have, is Greg Palast's "Kerry Won..." article. Palast discussed the sizeable number of potentially "spoiled" ballots that were not counted for Kerry in Ohio during the initial count. A recount, and I don't know yet if that means it'll be a "manual" recount or not, may likely shake out as many as 93,000 possible new Kerry votes (by Palasts reckoning anyway). It's unlikely that all of the spoiled ballots would go for Kerry, of course, many are likely for Bush, or have no vote or more than one vote on them and "spoiled" for good reason. But the idea of a carefully monitored recount is good news by any definition.

    (Perhaps we'll even get to figure out what the hell went on in Warren County on Election Night!)

    On this blog, I've mainly been focusing on the many computer-related counting errors and/or possible cases of fraud, since those are the issues that I find most haunting as the country moves towards its mandated 2006 deadline for all-electronic voting. So, I've not bothered to point out the more speculative nature of reports like Palast's until now, because until a re-count possibility came into play, his theory was mostly unprovable speculation. That may all now be changing...

    DONATIONS can be made for the recount to either of the following sites. They're working together...Can you imagine that?!:

  • David Cobb's website: www.votecobb.org
  • Michael Badnarik's website: www.badnarik.org
  • Third parties are good for America...don't ya think?

    UPDATE: 11/15/04 Recount fundraising goal has been met! Now seeking funds for "mobilization" costs and also volunteers to serve as "recount witnesses"! Click here for more info...

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    By Brad Friedman on 11/11/2004 12:01pm PT  

    Just received this email...

    Voter fraud allegations have now made it on CNN/Headline News!

    "Grand Theft America screams this blog" --- THE TOP OF YOUR PAGE!!!! shows the ribbon!

    Keep making noise, people! It works! (If anyone has a video clip, please let me know!)

    UPDATE: I'm told the BRAD BLOG was featured somehow or another on Anderson Cooper's 360 last night on CNN. If anybody happens to have tape from that show, or knows where it may be available online please let me know.

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    Took long enough! But glad they're now there!
    By Brad Friedman on 11/11/2004 11:28am PT  

    Encouraging news this morning! From News Channel 5 in Cleveland...

    Kerry Campaign Lawyers Checking Ohio Vote
    Senator Promises To Make Sure Every Vote Is Counted

    Lawyers with John Kerry's presidential campaign are in Ohio on what they describe as a "fact-finding mission" following the Democrat's election loss to President Bush last week.

    Dan Hoffheimer, the statewide counsel for the Kerry campaign, said they are not trying to challenge the election but are only carrying out Kerry's promise to make sure that all the votes in Ohio are counted.

    "We're not expecting to change the outcome of the election," Hoffheimer said.

    In unofficial returns, Bush outpolled Kerry by 136,000 votes in Ohio.

    Hoffheimer said the goal is to identify any voting problems and quell doubts about the legitimacy of the Ohio election being raised on the Internet.

    Click for rest of story...

    Happy to see them following up their promise! Finally! We'll see what will come of it. I've got some other encouraging news as well! But a few appointments shortly may keep me from reporting it until a bit later this afternoon...So, as they say...DEVELOPING...

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    Joins Petition Drive Calling for Congressional Investigation!
    [UPDATE] Election Protection / People for the American Way Show up too!
    By Brad Friedman on 11/11/2004 11:18am PT  

    Took 'em long enough, but MoveOn.org has finally gotten in the game as well! A mailing went out this morning to their enormous mailing list asking folks to join in their call to Congress for an immediate investigation into the Voting and Counting Irregularities in Election 2004!:

    Six prominent members of Congress have requested an investigation into the integrity of the vote. The decision could come as soon as Monday. Sign our petition demanding a full investigation into whether the election was conducted honestly or not. Also, share your personal story if you have one --- members of Congress will use it in their call for an investigation.
  • Please sign MoveOn's ONLINE PETITION now!
  • As well, if you haven't yet signed these others, please do so now...

  • Act for Change's EMAIL DRIVE
  • DTMagazine.com's ONLINE PETITION
  • UPDATE: Election Protection/People for the American Way get in the game as well!

  • Election Protection/People for the American Way EMAIL DRIVE
  • Making progress, people!

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    By Brad Friedman on 11/11/2004 10:59am PT  

    On John Ashcroft's announcement...

    JON STEWART: The resignation comes in the wake of health problems. Earlier this year, the Attorney General underwent surgery to remove a faulty gall bladder...A condition that left his gall completely unmitigated.
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