Wednesday, December 29, 2004

TRUTH LEFT OUT: Only a Non-Random 3% of The Votes Were Re-counted in Ohio

Picking Ballots
Well, it has been almost 2 months now since Ohio voters first punched out their chads and trusted a computer program to count their ballots and now we have verification that George W. Bush clearly won the state by a significant margin. Democracy is alive and well in America.

WRONG!

However, that's how the New York Times and the Washington Post are covering it:
Ohio Recount Gives a Smaller Margin to Bush
By ALBERT SALVATO

Published: December 29, 2004

CINCINNATI, Dec. 28 - A recount of the presidential election in Ohio that was finished on Tuesday showed that President Bush won the election here by about 300 fewer votes than initially recorded.

The recount of Ohio's 88 counties showed that Senator John Kerry gained 734 votes, with Mr. Bush picking up 449 after elections officials allowed more than 1,100 previously disqualified ballots to be counted in the second tally...
Here's the AP story posted in the Washington Post:
...Kerry gained 734 more votes in the recount, and Bush picked up 449, mostly from disqualified ballots that were counted in the second tally because hanging chads had come loose when ballots were handled again or rerun through counting machines. That put Kerry 285 votes closer to Bush. The president's victory margin declined by about three dozen more votes when some counties adjusted their certified vote totals...
Again, there's just one wee little teency-weency bit of information left out of these two reports.

ONLY 3% OF THE BALLOTS WERE RECOUNTED!!!!!!


According to Ohio State law, if 3% of the votes counted by hand -- selected from random precincts -- match the machine counts, then that county does not have to recount the remaining ballots.

Guess what?

In Fairfield and Monroe counties, the machine / hand recount did not match. Did they do a automatic full recount (according to state law?). No. They suspended the recount and brought in another machine a few days later.

Furthermore, the votes were NOT recounted from RANDOM precincts. 86 out of the 88 counties did not select their ballots randomly.
...nearly all of the 88 Ohio counties may be in violation of the Ohio recount law because they did not choose the precincts to be manually recounted in a random manner. For example, in Vinton County, a unilateral decision was made to pick a county for the 3% manual recount test simply because its vote total was closest to 3% of the county total. In Morrow County, a decision as to what is “random” was made without input from recount observers after a county election official called Secretary of State Blackwell’s office and was told that her interpretation of “random” was the correct one, despite Green recount observer protests.

Ohio Election Law is very clear on this point. Section 3515 of the Ohio Revised Code says:

The board must randomly select whole precincts whose total equals at least 3% of the total vote, and must conduct a manual count.

If the tabulator count does not match the hand count, and after rechecking the manual count the results are still not equal, all ballots must be hand counted. If the results of the tabulator count and the hand counted ballots are equal, the remainder of the ballots may be processed through the tabulator (for optical scan and punchcards).

Lack of random samples threatens to undermine the entire recount process, as it does in other situations where random sampling is critical. Would you, for example, be willing to play a hand of poker if the cards were already dealt when you got to the table?
Relating this back to the recount procedures, when you read in the newspapers that recounts were done and no discrepancies were found, it could be because the election officials chose to do test recounts on precincts where there were no problems. There may still be problems or there may not be, but no one can know for sure. What we do know is that lack of random recounts does not follow either the spirit or letter of the law, and may necessitate further action, including a second statewide recount...
(from ICLA Online, December 23, 2004)
The Ohio recount process was rife with irregularites. As Newsclip Autopsy has reported in the last month, there were counties that had ballots already sorted before the recount(Cuyahoga county); A Triad technician was found accessing a computer (unsupervised by any experts) which tabulates votes. He admitted to doing the same at other counties as well. The Secretary of State has (illegally, some would say) prevented observers from looking at the poll registration books until well after the the electoral votes are counted on January 6th, officially pronoucing George W. Bush the winner of the 2004 election.

The list goes on.

However, the mainstream press fail to go into much detail about all of these significant developments which have occurred over the past 2 months. Instead, we get a weak generalized summary, which can only evoke a big yawn from most of its pablum addicted readers. Observe:
Daniel Trevas, a spokesman for the Ohio Democratic Party, said Democrats supported the recount but found that county elections officials sometimes ignored requests by recount observers to see rejected absentee and provisional ballots, and were not informed about procedures used to recount and reject ballots.

"Some of these boards did not give us full access during the recount," Mr. Trevas said.

He said that in one county, Clermont County, in southwest Ohio, numerous complaints were filed by Democrats and the two independent parties when access to recount procedures was ignored.
Wow! That's the best the New York Times could come up with? Here's the quote that ends the piece:
"We have to continue to be more persistent so we bring satisfaction to the voters of Ohio," Mr. Trevas said.
Uninformed reader: "Yawn!"

Saturday, December 25, 2004

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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

BIG HALF-TRUTH: No Evidence of Election Tampering from Computer Repair


Ohio Fraud Smoking Gun
UPDATE #2:

Keith Olberman is now rethinking his conclusion: "Thus the evidence of a “fix” in Hocking is almost nil." He has also provided us with a juicy bit of new information which helps make up for his sloppy reporting earlier (emphasis added by Newsclip Autopsy).

First, the juicy bit:
Mr. Kalo also points out details that make the recount situation in Hocking County, Ohio, seem far less closed than the County’s Assistant Prosecutor led me to believe. I guess I’m still a little naïve on such things, but it would seem to me that in telling his story of a “comedy of errors” involving the inspection of the main vote tabulator there by a representative of the voting machine manufacturer, Triad Systems, David Sams might have been mentioned that in addition to being Assistant Prosecutor, he is also (per Mr. Kalo) the legal representative of the Hocking County Board of Elections during the recount.
Now, the details begin to emmerge and the loose logic displayed by these unbiased "experts" and "prosecutors" seems to be, well, less unbiased.

Ahhhh! And now Keith has had another very important (if not the most important) detail of the story delivered to him on his journalistic silver platter by the Minority General Counsel of the House Judiciary Committee, Ted Kalo and the Green Party’s recount coordinator for Southeastern Ohio, Orren Whiddon. (My goodnes, Keith, I know you're on vacation again, but that affidavit by Sherole Eaton is not that long a read!!!)
Kalo, and the Green Party’s recount coordinator for Southeastern Ohio, Orren Whiddon, both point out that the issue in Hocking is not so much what was or wasn’t done to the machine, but the efforts of the Triad man to find out which of Hocking’s precincts was to be subjected to the mandatory 3% hand recount.

One of our producers had asked Deputy Prosecutor Sams about how the subject of the unusual inquiries was dealt with at the informal “board meeting” Sams conducted Monday. Asked why the Triad employee would’ve asked about precincts at all, Mr. Sams replied, “I don’t remember, to be honest, what he answered to that. But it was really just a comedy of errors. There was no impropriety.”
So what does MSNBC get when they start (and I emphasize, "start") asking tough questions? Amnesia problems from the assistant prosecutor of Hocking county!!! It's worthy to note that the president from Triad, himself, didn't have an answer for this either. The New York Times reported this on December 15:
But Brett Rapp, the president of Triad, said that although it would be unusual for an employee to ask about a specific precinct, preparing the machines for a recount was standard procedure and was done in all 41 counties where Triad handles vote counts. He added that he welcomed any investigation.
He welcomes an investigation -- however, it seems he doesn't have to worry about getting one. Hopefully, John Conyers and the FBI prove me wrong on this one. Also, isn't it funny that the MSNBC producer (or anyone else for that matter) didn't bother asking the Triad employee himself about this particular matter.

It seems, however, that Olbermann is still ignoring the possibility that vote-rigging could have taken place at Hocking county. He still provides no answers as to why we are supposed to implicitly believe that the computer technician actually "RECREATED" what he did on December 10th. Furthermore, Olbermann still does not probe affidavit details like:

- "He said that he could put a patch on it and fix it."

- "I hung his coat up and it was very heavy."

But, hey! He's on vacation, right? We shouldn't be too hard on him.

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UPDATE #1 (first time readers, see original post below):

Keith Olbermann has been hot on the heels of this story. In his most recent blog posting, he posted a first-hand account of the Assistant Prosecutor in Hocking, David Sams. Olberman writes (bold type emphasis added by Newsclip Autopsy):

The locals moved quickly. David Sams, the Assistant Prosecutor in Hocking, happens conveniently enough to be a Countdown viewer. He met with the Board of Elections, and the Triad representative, yesterday. “There were some things that seemed ‘irregular,’ which raises the possibility of impropriety,” he told our office. “It bore looking into.” Sams said he had Triad’s man recreate what he did to the computer tabulator that so disturbed the County’s Deputy Elections Director, Sherole Eaton. “The gentleman in question took apart the computer in front of us, and our patrolman, who has worked many computer-related crimes, assessed what he did.

“He was fixing the system,” Sams continued. “Whatever happened that day, happened today. It’s a fourteen-year old computer. We had another gentleman, a local systems analyst, who verified this information for us… We were prepared to disassemble the machine and have it dissected. But we didn’t think this was necessary. The election in our county was completely proper.”


Keith Olbermann, like the reporter from AP below, again fails to answer a question crucial to the stability of this logic. How do you know he "RECREATED" what he did??!!! Here's a summary of what AP and Olbermann told us in their reports:

1. The computer technician properly replaced a battery and reinstalled a hard drive before prosecutors and computer experts.

2. The computer experts confirmed that he knows how to replace a battery and reinstall a hard drive

3. These prosecutors are assuming that the computer technician is telling the truth and is actually recreating what took place on December 10, 2004.

AP or Keith Olbermann have not discussed number 3 at all. (And, by the way, it is unknown how many people were actually witnessing the December 10th disassembly. From what I can tell from the Sherole Eaton affidavit, he wasn't really being watched at all -- let alone by anyone knowlegable to know what he was doing at the time.) Fine, maybe Olbermann or AP weren't able to get those details about how they trust this technician, for whatever reason. However, it is inexusable for Olbermann to make this absurd conclusion at the end of his piece:
...Thus the evidence of a “fix” in Hocking is almost nil...
It is even more absurd to know that Olbermann wrote this conclusion after writing this:
...But the real impact in Hocking is the simple fact that a computer technician had access to the voting equipment in violation of the Ohio Secretary of State’s controversial extension of the “canvassing period.” Simply put, according to Kenneth Blackwell, nobody should’ve been allowed to dust the machine, let alone replace a battery or parts, except under extremely controlled circumstances...
So let's see. Keith believes that alarm bells should be sounded after knowing that a technician illegally disassembled a computer counting machine. However, he is completely comfortable with the fact that noone is questioning that what the technician did yesterday is what he actually did on December 10th. At the very least, Keith Olbermann apparently doesn't think that this is an important detail to discuss.

I would hate to eat the bread from Keith Olbermann's farm, if this is what he calls "separating the wheat from the chaff."

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ORIGINAL POST:

This latest piece by AP (and I use that term, as I would when mentioning "a
really bad piece of abstract art") has me absolutely baffled:
Prosecutor: No evidence of election tampering from computer repair

Associated Press

LOGAN, Ohio - Prosecutors and local police found no evidence of election tampering when they watched Monday as a technician repeated a repair to a tallying computer that led a congressman to request an FBI investigation.
Pay close attention to the words "repeated a repair". It's almost like "replicating the results" in a scientific expieriment. Enough said!! Nothing more to see here!!!

What kind of whacked out logic is this???!!! How the hell do they know he did the same thing as he did on December 10th? THERE WERE NO EXPERTS WATCHING HIM ON DECEMBER 10TH!!! In fact, Sherole Eaton had her back turned to him some of the time. In her affidavit, she states, "I had my back to him when he turned the computer on." And even when she was watching him, how is she going to know what to look for?

The rest of the story is moot, from an investigative point of view. For example:
Observers including Green Party representatives who requested a presidential recount agreed the procedure did not alter the hard drive where data are stored, Hocking County Prosecutor Larry Beal said.
Again -- HOW DO THEY KNOW THAT THIS SPECIFIC PROCEDURE WAS CARRIED OUT ON DECEMBER 10th???!!! Have they examined the hard-drive to make sure that it was the same one that was in the computer before December 10th? Is there evidence of manipulation of programming or data on the software itself? Etc., etc., etc...

But, not to worry says AP for:
"The actual votes are stored on the punch-card ballots," Rapp said. "The machine simply counts the votes. During this whole process, the ballots were locked up."
Oh, well that makes it much better then!! The computer "simply counts the votes". THAT'S THE FREAKIN' PROBLEM!!! We have a technician manipulating a "machine that simply counts the votes" on December 10th (before the recount) -- with no expert non-partisan supervision.

Furthermore, AP still does not address the comment made by this technician about posting "cheat sheets". Again, here is the statement made in Sherole Eaton's affidavit:
He advised Lisa and I on how to post a "cheat sheet" on the wall so that only the board members and staff would know about it and and what the codes meant so the count would come out perfect and we wouldn't have to do a full hand recount of the county.
WHY DID HE SAY THIS???!!!

In addition, Eaton's testimony also mentioned that:
I hung his coat up and it was very heavy. I made a comment about it being so heavy.
This could be nothing, but does this not beg the question that, perhaps he had another hard drive stashed in his jacket? No mention of this detail or any queries concerning the possibility that the hard drive was replaced. This seems like a remote possibility, but one that should be investigated.

Also, why did the technician state that "he could put a patch on it and fix it (about the battery problem)". Eaton is certain that he said this, for she does not know anything about computer terminology.

Another question I would like answered is why he was working for 3 hours on the computer, if only the battery needed to be replaced and the BIOS settings determined?

The AP article mentions that there were computer experts observing this "re-enactment", however, did they actually read Sherole Eaton's testimony? If they didn't, then they would not know to question the technician about the "patch" comment. Funny that AP did not interview or quote THESE experts.

The AP headline to this story is the biggest Half-truth I have witnessed in awhile.

"No evidence of election tampering from computer repair"

No shit, Sherlock.

Do a proper investigation!!!!!!!!!!!

Monday, December 20, 2004

TRUTH LEFT OUT: Triad President Denies Vote Rigging But isn't Asked About "cheat sheet" Comment

Ohio Fraud Smoking Gun
Wired News just posted a pretty good follow-up article to the possible vote-rigging story (with the suspicious Triad computer technician). See the original post here. However, they missed an important detail in this story, as I'll point out below.

In the Wired News article, Brett Rapp, the president of Triad, commented about the December 10th incident.

He said that when the computer experienced "a CMOS error," indicating that the rechargeable battery on the motherboard had died, the computer had lost stored information about the hard drive's specifications, which it needed to make the computer boot up. No other data on the machine was lost.

He said Barbian took the case off the computer to identify the hard drive's make and model.

"He called our office, told us the model and we obtained the hard drive parameters by looking them up on the internet," Rapp said. "That's the information we gave him over the phone. He installed no patches on the computer system. He did not tamper with it. He simply fixed a piece of equipment that was broken." He said that Eaton must have misheard Barbian say he was going to put a patch on the machine.

However, Eaton adamently denies that she misheard the computer technician. She states:

"I wouldn't just come up with that. I don't use that term or know what it means," she said. She added that Barbian used the same word with the 70-year-old chair of Hocking County's elections board, who she said also wouldn't have come up with the term on his own.
The president of Triad also had a answer for why he thought the technician asked about where specifically the recounting would be taking place:
Rapp said he believed Barbian asked about the hand-counted precinct because he was trying to make sure the election officials, who had never conducted a recount before, understood what they were doing and which precinct they were going to count.

"He was trying to help them make sure the process went smoothly," Rapp said.
Now, wasn't that nice of the computer technician?! Let's not forget that the computer technician asked that question and then went back into the computer room to make some final adjustments.

No comment was made by Brett Rapp about an important additional comment made by the technician, as written in Eaton's affidavit about the incident:
He advised Lisa and I on how to post a "cheat sheet" on the wall so that only the board members and staff would know about it and and what the codes meant so the count would come out perfect and we wouldn't have to do a full hand recount of the county.
A little bit of damning "truth left out" by Wired News, wouldn't you say? Even still, Eaton still believes that no wrong-doing occurred:
Still, she does not believe that Barbian tampered with the machine.
"I have had, and still do have, complete trust in Triad," Eaton said. Eaton, who is 65 and by her own admission not computer-savvy, did not understand much of what Barbian did, and said that when he asked if he could take apart the computer, he had to ask for a screwdriver from one of the office workers. "He brought no tools with him," Eaton told Wired News, "which indicates to me that he wasn't planning on working on the machines."

She also said that Barbian's office visit wasn't out of the ordinary since Triad "ran" the county's primary and general elections this year.
Bless her soul for alerting everyone about this incident, but doesn't Sherole Eaton strike you as being a bit naiive?

Thursday, December 16, 2004

HALF-TRUTH: AP Fails to Report Diebold Vote-Tampering Testimony & Moyers Conflict of Interest

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Emergency Motion Front Page Excerpt

UPDATE #1:

AP is reporting the refiling of the case to contest the Ohio presidential election results.
COLUMBUS, Ohio A voter group challenging the results of the November second election in Ohio has refiled its complaint with the state's highest court.
They've had another day to review everything from the previous story, but alas, again no report about the conflict of interest or the Diebold vote-tampering testimony. Tsk-tsk.

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ORIGINAL POST:

Well, plastered all over the mainstream media today is the story that the Supreme Court of Ohio has thrown out the Arnebeck case (joined with the Rev. Jesse Jackson), contesting the Ohio presidential election results. Why? Because in their suit, they also contested the Ohio Supreme Court election results as well. Judge Moyers threw out this important case because of a technicality.

Ohio Justice Throws Out Election Challenge

ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS
Associated Press

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio Supreme Court's chief justice on Thursday threw out a challenge to the state's presidential election results...

...Chief Justice Thomas Moyer ruled that the request improperly challenged two separate election results. Ohio law only allows one race to be challenged in a single complaint, he said.
What the AP report fails to mention is that Chief Justice Thomas Moyer is in an egregious CONFLICT OF INTEREST here. You see, the "Supreme Court election results challege" involves Moyer himself and another municipal judge. AP even states this, but fails to take interest in the "conflict of interest" issue.
...The allegations are based on an analysis comparing the presidential race to Moyer's Supreme Court race against a Cleveland municipal judge.
But nothing in state law or any previous court decision allows challenges to be combined, Moyer said...
AP also makes another bold assertion (bold type added by Newsclip Autopsy):
...Without listing specific evidence, the complaint alleges that 130,656 votes for Kerry and John Edwards in 36 counties were somehow switched to count for the Bush-Cheney ticket...
What AP fails to mention is that the "somehow" part is clearly indicated in the papers filed for an emergency motion in this lawsuit.

Emergency Motion Excerpt

Furthermore, a report by RAW STORY has found that this emergency motion was made to "...prevent voting companies and Ohio officials from further tampering with voting machines in the state during the recount". In this motion, an alleged witness, Catherine Buchanan, has given sworn testimony that she was told that Diebold had reprogrammed computer voting machines during the recount procedures.
"They told us that Diebolt [sic] was coming to reprogram the computer, which doesn't make any sense. I mean, if you're going to calibrate a machine, you calibrate it before you're going to do testing to make sure it's going to be okay," Buchanan asserts.
(from RAW STORY - December 17, 2004)
Again, AP fails to mention the whole story -- printed in thousands of news publications across the world. I encourage everyone to check out the papers filed by Arnebeck to the Supreme Court here and here.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004

TRUTH LEFT OUT: Ohio Hand Recount Suspended After Exposing Tabulator Malfunction

MMLP = UNREPORTED BY MAINSTREAM NEWS
Ohio Fraud Smoking Gun

UPDATE #2:

The Ohio Green Party reports that Bowen County had suspended their recount after the machine tabulator and 3% hand recount did not match. Again, they have apparently violated Ohio law by suspending this recount until later, at which time another machine will be used to recount this initial set of ballots. Ohio law states that if there is a discrepancy between the machine count and hand count, then a FULL HAND RECOUNT must be done. Here's an excerpt from the Green Party's website:

Monroe County, Ohio, December 14, 2004

Summary - The 3% hand-count failed to match machine count, a repairman from Triad was summoned to bring new machine, and recount was suspended & reconvened for Wednesday at 9:30 AM
Here's a recent article from the Cincinnati Post, reporting an update from the recount efforts. Here are some excerpts:
...Franklin and Cuyahoga counties were among the many reporting little or no change from the recount...

...Election officials said the 3 percent hand-counts matched in virtually all the recounts done so far...

..."We're feeling pretty proud of ourselves, to prove to some of these people how wrong they were," said Margaret Hansen, director of the Monroe County Board of Elections in Woodsfield...
Well isn't that just tickity-boo! I see there's no mention of Fairfield or Bowen counties. Surprise-surprise!

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UPDATE #1:

The Ohio Green Party has now posted two eye-witness accounts of what happened in Fairfield County on December 15, 2004. Both reports confirm what was previously posted below. I have edited together a "merged" version of the two stories. Each witness' account is designated by a different colour.
...Some troubles occurred with the tabulator. It seemed to stop frequently, giving invalid tally on a card messages (basically a jam). After many starts and stops, both precincts were finally tabulated. The explanation for the troubles was the handling of the cards for the hand count and humidity. There were several dehumidifiers clearly visible in the area.

Lancaster 2C tabulations matched up with the hand count. However, Pickerington C did not. Many of us felt that the hand count did not show the no-votes in the totals (4 cards) and could explain the four-card grand total discrepancy….the hand count showed 4 votes less than the tabulator count...

...At that time we had some discussion about the next step, with the Republicans and the board resisting a second manual count. Secretary Blackwell’s directives were very clear that a second recount was necessary, so our next step was a manual count with a backup tabulator that had never been used...

...it was decided by the BOE that a spare machine should be used after the original machine (the first machine was actually the machine that tallied the vote the evening of 11/2/04). The spare machine was removed from the box, hooked up, and promptly failed completely. The first machine was then hooked back up, and the tabulation commenced again...

...Once again the totals did not match.

I called for a full manual recount on behalf of the Green Party. The members of the board asked all witnesses to wait while they talked with the county commissioners to make arrangements for staffing the count. The observers waited approximately one hour, during which time, I felt the Republican’s lawyer was trying to intimidate me...

...At this time, the BOE asked if we would waive their rights, and they were told no. The BOE then suggested contacting their machine vendor to get another machine in to retabulate. The BOE was then told by us that this would be unacceptable – the law was very clear, they would now have to perform a mandatory hand count of the entire county. The BOE then stated they would have to contact the Secretary of State’s office. The Board members then asked us to wait, and they left the area...

...at exactly 4:00 PM, the Board members returned to the area, convened a Board meeting, moved and seconded to suspend the recount until 9:30 AM Saturday, December 18, 2005. On that date, the recount would be conducted again, same exact precincts, with a new machine from their vendor. It was claimed that the tabulator had suffered “equipment malfunction” and a new tabulator would arrive and be in place. All voted AYE, motion carried...

...The BOE also then stated that only one observer from each party would be allowed at each of the two hand count tables, and no other observers would be allowed in the counting area at all. The BOE was informed they were violating the law, and the Green Party legal team was contacted...

...We were then told that it was 4:00 PM, the building was closed, and all had to leave. The Republican contingent, however was allowed to stay in a conference room for an additional ten minutes or so for a private discussion.
The MMLP clock has begun!!!

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Previous Post:


This is an alleged first-hand eye-witness account of what happened in Fairfield County, Ohio during the recount. So far, no media outlet has reported this. Keep your eyes peeled! I'll start the MMLP clock when I get a media report of some kind.

Ohio, Fairfield County, suspends recount

At 4 pm today, after failing to get a match of hand counted ballots with punch card tabulator (ESS), two hand counts and two times through machine, after stating they were awaiting a call back from that company to have a new machine delivered, less than 30 seconds later convened a board meeting, voted to suspend recount, to await a new machine from ESS, and recount will be re-done Saturday, same exact precincts, the building is now closed, you are to exit the facility. BOE blaming issues on "machine failure" in order to avoid the now required entire county hand count. Precints were not random, they were selected by BOE, one from the Dem and one from the Repup.

This after their call to SOS Kathy Blackwell.

Greens will be going for a TRO. They are fully aware of entire circumstances of this report.

BOE’s trying to get around mandotory handcounts of entire counties by calling it machine failure rather than follow clear statute. This will be breaking I am sure before long.

First hand witness to events above....myself
(from Democratic Underground Forums, December 15, 2004)

TRUTH LEFT OUT: Ohio Votergate Video and Audio Links

Ohio Fraud Smoking Gun

I've been running across a few websites providing video of the Ohio situation. Newsclip Autopsy thought it would be nice to have all these links together on one post:
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AUDIO:

House Judiciary sub-committee forum on Ohio vote irregularities held in the city council chambers in Columbus, Ohio, on December 13, 2004 from 10:30 AM - 2:00 PM.

Featuring John Conyers, Maxine Waters, Bob Fitrakis, Jesse Jackson, David Cobb, Cliff Arnebeck, Ron Bowman, Ronnie Dugger, Greg Moore, and John Binifaz.

Thanks to Evan Davis, with help from Terry Taylor, Linda Burket, Penny Little, Eugene Beer and Steve Rosenfeld all of whom assisted and or contributed substantially to the production of these recordings.
(from Pacifica Radio)

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VIDEO:

David Cobb testifies before Congressional Forum, Dec. 13, 2004
(from Ohio Green Party website)

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VIDEO:

John Conyers interview on Countdown with Keith Olbermann, December 15, 2004
(from Crooks and Liars)

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VIDEO:

John Conyers interview with Amy Goodman on Democracy Now!, December 15, 2004
(from Democracy Now!)

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VIDEO:

Cliff Arnebeck discusses Ohio voting problems on Hannity and colmes, December 15, 2004
(from Crooks and Liars)


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AUDIO:

Andy Stephenson, formerly of Black Box Voting, speaks about the evidence they've found -- Clinton Dunn interview found on BreakForNews.com.

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Enjoy!

If you have problems viewing / listening to these main links, try the alternative links at the original website.

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

MAJOR UPDATE: Ohio's Secretary of State May Have Committed Election Fraud

MMLP = UNREPORTED BY MAINSTREAM NEWS
Ohio Fraud Smoking Gun

This is an update which, I thought, stands on its own -- so I am creating a new post for it. The original Newsclip Autopsy article to this story can be found here.

Katrina Sumner, one of the Ohio recount activists who was leading the recount effort in Greene County emailed Teresa Amesse, Former Chair of Montgomery County Kerry Edwards Phone Bank. In the email (posted here), she states a troubling encounter (you can also see a transcript of her Judicial Committee testimony at that link, as well).

...Last night I was returning from Columbus and was scared out of my mind. First I’ve been getting calls from a man that has been able to tell me each and every place I’ve been or roads I’ve been traveling on (a group of 3 other women heard this while driving me to meet Jesse Jackson and Cliff Arnebeck last night, having the call on speaker). Then while driving back I was ran off the road by two dark blue Suburbans(?), bigger than 4 runners anyway, with dark tinted windows. They came up behind me with their brights on and then one came to the side of me and ran me into the ditch off I-70. I saw as they sped away that one had a Maryland license plate, but in the heat of it all I couldn’t get the plate number or even see the plate of the other one. It’s becoming apparent to me that someone is not liking what I’m doing. So thank you much cause I truly need the encouraging words.

Katrina Sumner

TRUTH REPORTED: Computer Vote Count Tampering Occurring -- Eye-Witness Report

Congratulations NY Times!!

UPDATE #2:

Wired News just posted a pretty good follow-up article to this story. In the article, Brett Rapp, the president of Triad, commented about this incident.

He said that when the computer experienced "a CMOS error," indicating that the rechargeable battery on the motherboard had died, the computer had lost stored information about the hard drive's specifications, which it needed to make the computer boot up. No other data on the machine was lost.

He said Barbian took the case off the computer to identify the hard drive's make and model.

"He called our office, told us the model and we obtained the hard drive parameters by looking them up on the internet," Rapp said. "That's the information we gave him over the phone. He installed no patches on the computer system. He did not tamper with it. He simply fixed a piece of equipment that was broken." He said that Eaton must have misheard Barbian say he was going to put a patch on the machine.

However, Eaton adamently denies that she misheard the computer technician. She states:

"I wouldn't just come up with that. I don't use that term or know what it means," she said. She added that Barbian used the same word with the 70-year-old chair of Hocking County's elections board, who she said also wouldn't have come up with the term on his own.
The president of Triad also had a answer for why he thought the technician asked about where specifically the recounting would be taking place:
Rapp said he believed Barbian asked about the hand-counted precinct because he was trying to make sure the election officials, who had never conducted a recount before, understood what they were doing and which precinct they were going to count.

"He was trying to help them make sure the process went smoothly," Rapp said.
Now, wasn't that nice of the computer technician?! Let's not forget that the computer technician asked that question and then went back into the computer room to make some final adjustments.

No comment was made by Brett Rapp about an additional comment made by the technician, as written in Eaton's affidavit about the incident:
He advised Lisa and I on how to post a "cheat sheet" on the wall so that only the board members and staff would know about it and and what the codes meant so the count would come out perfect and we wouldn't have to do a full hand recount of the county.
A little bit of important "truth left out" by Wired News, wouldn't you say? Even still, Eaton still believes that no wrong-doing occurred:
Still, she does not believe that Barbian tampered with the machine.
"I have had, and still do have, complete trust in Triad," Eaton said. Eaton, who is 65 and by her own admission not computer-savvy, did not understand much of what Barbian did, and said that when he asked if he could take apart the computer, he had to ask for a screwdriver from one of the office workers. "He brought no tools with him," Eaton told Wired News, "which indicates to me that he wasn't planning on working on the machines."

She also said that Barbian's office visit wasn't out of the ordinary since Triad "ran" the county's primary and general elections this year.
Bless her soul for alerting everyone about this incident, but doesn't Sherole Eaton strike you as being a bit naiive?

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ORIGINAL POST:

Lawmaker Seeks Inquiry Into Ohio Vote
By TOM ZELLER Jr., New York Times

Published: December 15, 2004

The ranking Democratic member of the House Judiciary Committee, Representative John Conyers Jr. of Michigan, plans to ask the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a county prosecutor in Ohio today to explore "inappropriate and likely illegal election tampering" in at least one and perhaps several Ohio counties...

...But Brett Rapp, the president of Triad, said that although it would be unusual for an employee to ask about a specific precinct, preparing the machines for a recount was standard procedure and was done in all 41 counties where Triad handles vote counts. He added that he welcomed any investigation...Let the investigation begin!!!

--------------------------

Previously posted:

Here's a stunning allegation by David Cobb (Head of the Ohio Green Party & the initiator for the Recount):

Witness says voting company tampered with machines after vote and tried to plant false information into Ohio recount

By John Byrne

David Cobb, the unsuccessful Green Party presidential candidate, aired startling allegations at the Democratic House Judiciary Committee’s Columbus hearings Monday, alleging that a voting company representative tampered with voting equipment in Columbus last Friday and attempted to plant false information into the Ohio recount.

Cobb says that a witness who had requested anonymity watched a representative of Triad Systems enter the Columbus Board of Elections unannounced and tamper with a vote tabulator which then lost all data.

The representative then, Cobb said, tried to convince employees to post false information so that it would appear as if the data was valid and had never been lost.

This following is RAW STORY ’s transcript Cobb’s speech as recorded by Inside Track News’ broadcast (mp3 file), an independent media outlet that covered the event. The story has been followed in detail at The Brad Blog.

“A representative from Triad Systems came into this county’s Board of Election’s office unannounced, that is on this Friday. He said he was just stopping by to see if they had any questions about the upcoming recount.

“He then headed into the back room where Triad supplies tabulators, that is the machine that counts the ballots, is kept. This Triad representative told them that there was problem with the system, that the system had a bad battery and it had ‘lost all its data.’

“He then took the computer apart and started swapping parts in and out of it. And in another [incomprehensible] in the room. And he had spare parts in his coat, as one of the people moved in [sic] remarked how very heavy it was.

“He finally reassembled everything and said it was working but not to turn it off. He then asked which precinct would be counted in the 3 percent recount test and that one which had been selected as if it had the right number of votes was relayed to him he then went back and did something else to the tabulator.

“The Triad Systems representative suggested that since the hand recount had to match the machine count exactly and since it would hard to memorize the several numbers which would be needed to get the count exactly right, that they should post this series of numbers on the wall where they would not be noticed by observers such as to make them look like employee information or something similar.

“The people doing the hand count could then he said just report those numbers no matter what the actually


counted in the ballot. This would then ‘match’ the tabulator report for this precinct exactly.

Minority leader of the House Judiciary Committee Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) replied, “David Cobb, I need to you to arrange a meeting with our staff immediately.”

Cobb asserted that such practices were “going on across the state.”

The Cleveland Free Press’ Editor David Fitrakis also submitted a list of documented Ohio voting irregularities Dec. 8, which Conyers’ office has posted online in pdf format.

Be sure to click on the "mp3" link. The energy in the room over this is electrifying!!!

You can see the Green Party's press release about this story here.

Currently, on CNN, I'm hearing about the elections in the Ukraine and Iraq. Day by day, the U.S. mainstream media is becoming more and more irrelevant.

UPDATE: Brad Blog 2 has posted an update to this story from a inside source who was at the Judicial Committee on Monday (in Ohio).
...The eyewitness, who was unnamed in the public hearings, was later identified and interviewed privately by staffers from the office of Congressman John Conyers (D-MI), the ranking Democrat on the U.S. House Judiciary committee.

Reliable sources have informed The BRAD BLOG that the investigation into this matter by Conyers is currently "ongoing" and the conclusion of staffers so far is that the eyewitness and information presented is "100% real and credible".

Cobb noted today in emotional testimony that "this is going on all over the state of Ohio."

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TRUTH LEFT OUT: Republican Rep Asked Programmer to create Vote-Rigging Software

MMLP = UNREPORTED BY MAINSTREAM NEWS
Ohio Fraud Smoking Gun

UPDATE #1:

As reported on the Brad Blog, this story is on the verge of breaking into the mainstream. Ironically, it has made it to Feeney's hometown paper,The Seminole Chronicle. The story is also making waves in international publications as well. Notably, Brad Freidman is reporting that there is a major T.V. network in the U.S. which is seriously investigating the story. No further details are mentioned, however.

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ORIGINAL POST:

I wanted to wait to see what developed with this story before posting it here. It's a story about a programmer who was asked (in 2000) to develop a hidden code that would clandestinely switch the vote from one candidate to the other -- to be used in the Florida elections in 2002. The programmer, Clinton Curtis, was allegedly asked to do this by Republican representative, Tom Feeny. Mr. Curtis has signed an affadavit detailing these allegations, which can be read at the Brad Blog
here.

Most recently, Clinton Curtis has appeared at the Ohio Judicial Committe, adding more weight to the idea that the Ohio computer vote counting software could have been rigged. A summary of the testimony at this hearing is given here. A video link and transcript of his testimony can be seen at Cannonfire. The video, like the David Cobb audio link below, is riveting!

Bev Harris, of Black Box Voting, is not convinced. However, she is willing to listen. Her analyses can be found here.

The reason I was hesitant to post anything about Curtis (apart from the decision whether he's legitimate or not) was due to the fact that:

1. His case is about a vote-rigging allegation in 2000.
2. He never actually put the code into a machine that was to be used during the election.

However, his testimony at the Ohio hearing shed some light on the issue of electronic vote rigging and how easy it can be achieved. Of course, if his story holds up, it should send shock waves to Americans everywhere.

At the very least, the big media should be investigating this story further -- especially now that he has presented testimony at the Judicial Committee in Ohio.

Last time I checked, surprise-surprise, none of the mainstream has reported this story.

ADDENDUM: An anonymous poster to Newsclip Autopsy has given us some excellent information and suggestions:
By going to http://judiciary.house.gov/ you can see the names of all 35 members (5 more Rep. than Dem.). On the front page is a list of hearings, etc.: Conyers' hearing is not mentioned here!

From there, you can easily click on the "contact us" button and email them a message.

The minority (Democratic) members have their own page, which does include reports of the hearings. You can also email a message to the minority members.

I have sent emails to both. I would like to suggest that everyone do likewise -- I would think this approach might be helpful to do in addition to contacting the MM. (Thanks for those email addresses, btw.)

Interestingly, the name of Rep. Feeney is included in the Republican members of the Judiciary Committee! See for yourself! No wonder all the other Republican members are staying away from this!

I should also add that on the minority website,

http://www.house.gov/judiciary_democrats/index.html

you can get pdf's of pertinent communications. Today they have added the letter from Blackwell to Conyers in "response" to Conyers earlier letter. Then read the letter Conyers wrote in response to Blackwell: "I find your response...unacceptable and I am dismayed that it took nearly two weeks for you to proffer a letter that does not respond to a single one of our 36 questions"!

And, "If these allegations are as obviously baseless as you have claimed, it would seem that you could perform a public service by dispelling them."

Thank God for Conyers.
AMEN!

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Monday, December 13, 2004

TRUTH LEFT OUT: Computer Vote Count Tampering Occurring -- Eye-Witness Report

Congratulations NY Times!!
Lawmaker Seeks Inquiry Into Ohio Vote
By TOM ZELLER Jr., New York Times

Published: December 15, 2004

The ranking Democratic member of the House Judiciary Committee, Representative John Conyers Jr. of Michigan, plans to ask the Federal Bureau of Investigation and a county prosecutor in Ohio today to explore "inappropriate and likely illegal election tampering" in at least one and perhaps several Ohio counties...

...But Brett Rapp, the president of Triad, said that although it would be unusual for an employee to ask about a specific precinct, preparing the machines for a recount was standard procedure and was done in all 41 counties where Triad handles vote counts. He added that he welcomed any investigation...
Let the investigation begin!!!

--------------------------

Previously posted:

Here's a stunning allegation by David Cobb (Head of the Ohio Green Party & the initiator for the Recount):

Witness says voting company tampered with machines after vote and tried to plant false information into Ohio recount

By John Byrne

David Cobb, the unsuccessful Green Party presidential candidate, aired startling allegations at the Democratic House Judiciary Committee’s Columbus hearings Monday, alleging that a voting company representative tampered with voting equipment in Columbus last Friday and attempted to plant false information into the Ohio recount.

Cobb says that a witness who had requested anonymity watched a representative of Triad Systems enter the Columbus Board of Elections unannounced and tamper with a vote tabulator which then lost all data.

The representative then, Cobb said, tried to convince employees to post false information so that it would appear as if the data was valid and had never been lost.

This following is RAW STORY ’s transcript Cobb’s speech as recorded by Inside Track News’ broadcast (mp3 file), an independent media outlet that covered the event. The story has been followed in detail at The Brad Blog.

“A representative from Triad Systems came into this county’s Board of Election’s office unannounced, that is on this Friday. He said he was just stopping by to see if they had any questions about the upcoming recount.

“He then headed into the back room where Triad supplies tabulators, that is the machine that counts the ballots, is kept. This Triad representative told them that there was problem with the system, that the system had a bad battery and it had ‘lost all its data.’

“He then took the computer apart and started swapping parts in and out of it. And in another [incomprehensible] in the room. And he had spare parts in his coat, as one of the people moved in [sic] remarked how very heavy it was.

“He finally reassembled everything and said it was working but not to turn it off. He then asked which precinct would be counted in the 3 percent recount test and that one which had been selected as if it had the right number of votes was relayed to him he then went back and did something else to the tabulator.

“The Triad Systems representative suggested that since the hand recount had to match the machine count exactly and since it would hard to memorize the several numbers which would be needed to get the count exactly right, that they should post this series of numbers on the wall where they would not be noticed by observers such as to make them look like employee information or something similar.

“The people doing the hand count could then he said just report those numbers no matter what the actually


counted in the ballot. This would then ‘match’ the tabulator report for this precinct exactly.

Minority leader of the House Judiciary Committee Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) replied, “David Cobb, I need to you to arrange a meeting with our staff immediately.”

Cobb asserted that such practices were “going on across the state.”

The Cleveland Free Press’ Editor David Fitrakis also submitted a list of documented Ohio voting irregularities Dec. 8, which Conyers’ office has posted online in pdf format.

Be sure to click on the "mp3" link. The energy in the room over this is electrifying!!!

You can see the Green Party's press release about this story here.

Currently, on CNN, I'm hearing about the elections in the Ukraine and Iraq. Day by day, the U.S. mainstream media is becoming more and more irrelevant.

UPDATE: Brad Blog 2 has posted an update to this story from a inside source who was at the Judicial Committee on Monday (in Ohio).
...The eyewitness, who was unnamed in the public hearings, was later identified and interviewed privately by staffers from the office of Congressman John Conyers (D-MI), the ranking Democrat on the U.S. House Judiciary committee.

Reliable sources have informed The BRAD BLOG that the investigation into this matter by Conyers is currently "ongoing" and the conclusion of staffers so far is that the eyewitness and information presented is "100% real and credible".

Cobb noted today in emotional testimony that "this is going on all over the state of Ohio."

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Sunday, December 12, 2004

TRUTH LEFT OUT: Ohio's Secretary of State May Have Committed Election Fraud

MMLP = UNREPORTED BY MAINSTREAM NEWS
Ohio Fraud Smoking Gun

It has now been 24 days now (and counting) and this MAJOR newsbreak has not been made public by the mainstream:
Yesterday, it came to the attention of the House Judiciary Committee Democratic Staff that efforts to audit poll records in Greene County, Ohio are being obstructed by County Election officials and/or Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell. According to Joan Quinn and Eve Robertson, two election observers researching voting records, Greene County officials initially gave Quinn and Robertson access to poll records, and then abruptly withdrew such access. Greene County Director of Elections Carole Garman claimed that she had withdrawn access to the voting records at the direction of Secretary Blackwell. Regardless of who ordered the denial of this access, such an action appears to violate Ohio law. Later, at the same office, election observers found the office unlocked, and what appeared to be locked ballot boxes, unattended. Prior to the withdrawal of access to the books, observers had found discrepancies in election records, and possible evidence of minority vote suppression.
(from Congressman John Conyers News Release -- posted on The Brad Blog Too)
Not one peep from the big guys. Incredible, right? Well, listen up! There's more to this story. As OpEdNews.com writes:

Now, here is the kicker. Blackwell not only did not have the authority to take this action, he is actually in violation of the law. Ohio Revised Code Title XXXV Elections, Sec. 3503.26 that requires all election records to be made available for public inspection and copying. ORC Sec. 3599.161 makes it a crime for any employee of the Board of Elections to knowingly prevent or prohibit any person from inspecting the public records filed in the office of the Board of Elections. Lastly, ORC Sec. 3599.42 states: “A violation of any provision of Title XXXV (35) of the Revised Code constitutes a prima facie case of election fraud within the purview of such Title.”

Did you get that America ? The Secretary of State of Ohio, who has an obvious conflict of interest by being the State Chair for the reelection of George W. Bush, has now violated the law to stop a recount that could prove that Bush actually lost Ohio, and thus the entire presidential election. Where in the hell is the media? Where is the outrage? Why is this not the TOP story on every network? Why is this not the HEADLINE in every paper? Again, even if you think the fraud allegations will not amount to overturning the election, isn’t the potential of real voter fraud in this country worth reporting? When a man who is so obviously compromised and ethically bankrupt such as Blackwell actually VIOLATES THE LAW, isn’t that considered news? Is it not even more relevant when you consider the ONLY possible reason for Blackwell to illegally stop the recount is that he is afraid of the results?

As I understand it, there will be a Congressional meeting in Ohio about the vote fraud issue on Monday. Joan Quinn, highlighted above (in the first excerpt) by Newsclip Autopsy, has been requested to attend this meeting:
Because of the urgency of the Greene County matter, Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, has requested that Ms. Quinn testify at a hearing scheduled Monday in Columbus, Ohio. Ms. Quinn has agreed to do so and will also present sworn statements from corroborating witnesses. Conyers issued the following statement:
"The Recount effort is simply a search for the truth of what happened during the 2004 Presidential election in Ohio. We have now repeatedly seen election officials obstruct and stonewall this search for the truth. I am beginning to wonder what it is they are trying to hide."
Not one mainstream news media outlet has published this statement (that I can find anyway). Not one big news outlet has mentioned that there is now proof that the Secretary of State in Ohio has committed fraud (according to the state's own law). Let's see how much coverage it gets after the Congressional meeting on Monday.

UPDATE #1: Carlo LoParo, a spokesperson for Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, has responded to the Greene County lockdown -- to this news website.
...According to Mr. LoParo, these actions were not the result of any edict from the state, but were initiated at the county level as a normal part of securing and preparing all materials and records for a recount which has been requested and will be performed in accordance with Ohio law. LoParo said that the Secretary welcomed the scrutiny of the recount...
(from Elites TV, December 13, 2004)
It will be interesting to see what the counter-response will be from Joan Quinn and Eve Robertson. The author of this article seems to be warming up to the explanation provided by the Blackwell spokesperson -- without any further reasoning, I might add.

UPDATE #2: Keith Olbermann has broken the silence in big media land. However, since he has been dedicated to following the fraud issue since November 2, I think I'll need at least one more major news organization to report this story before I stop the MMLP clock (now at 3 days). In Olbermann's blog, he says:

...And here is Blackwell, having insisted on 'Countdown' that there would be a re-count and his office would take no steps to prevent it, stepping on his own feet in Xenia, Ohio. Last Friday, Greene County election officials there tossed out two Green Party observers who had been given access to the examine the voting records there, attributing their actions to Blackwell’s directives that the so-called ‘canvassing period’ which follows every election be extended from ten days to more than a month because of the fact of the recount. Those county records, Blackwell’s people reasoned, needed to be sealed and handled with the “utmost care” until the recount was completed.

Just to round out the absurdity, those same two Greens returned to the Election Board building in Greene County (and what script editor would’ve permitted that coincidence?) on Saturday morning to find, they say, the facility unlocked, and all those ‘sealed’ voting machines and records out in the open where any passing vandal or political memorabilia junkie could’ve walked off with them (heck, I own two Broward County 2000 Voting Machines, if anybody would like to do a private recount). Greene County responded by insisting that while it was true that someone appears to have left the building unlocked, overnight, on Friday, and that nobody locked it up until Saturday afternoon, the other stuff — about the machines and records being unprotected — wasn’t true; they were inside locked rooms.

Well, that’s all right, then.

My MSNBC colleague and Newsweek chief political correspondent Howard Fineman shares my amazement at the Inspector Clouseaus of the Ohio Secretary of State’s office. If there’s nothing wrong in Ohio, it sure won’t be because Secretary Blackwell didn’t try to make it look like there was.

I'm still waiting to hear what the Green Party has to say about all of this. David Cobb has not mentioned a word about it on his website yet.

UPDATE #3: Katrina Sumner, one of the Ohio recount activists who was leading the recount effort in Greene County emailed Teresa Amesse, Former Chair of Montgomery County Kerry Edwards Phone Bank. In the email (posted here), she states a troubling encounter:

Last night I was returning from Columbus and was scared out of my mind. First I’ve been getting calls from a man that has been able to tell me each and every place I’ve been or roads I’ve been traveling on (a group of 3 other women heard this while driving me to meet Jesse Jackson and Cliff Arnebeck last night, having the call on speaker). Then while driving back I was ran off the road by two dark blue Suburbans(?), bigger than 4 runners anyway, with dark tinted windows. They came up behind me with their brights on and then one came to the side of me and ran me into the ditch off I-70. I saw as they sped away that one had a Maryland license plate, but in the heat of it all I couldn’t get the plate number or even see the plate of the other one. It’s becoming apparent to me that someone is not liking what I’m doing. So thank you much cause I truly need the encouraging words.

Katrina Sumner



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Thursday, December 09, 2004

TRUTH LEFT OUT: Exit Poll Raw Data Would be Useful to Notable Experts, Which USA TODAY Fails to Mention

U.S. votergate media blackout
Congressman wants 'raw' exit poll data
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