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Voting problems reported in NJ (Machines Won't Allow Vote For Kean)
abclocal.go.com ^ | November 7, 2006 | Dave Evans

Posted on 11/07/2006 12:05:11 PM PST by excludethis

(New Jersey - WABC, November 7, 2006) - The US Attorney for New Jersey has dispatched investigators to run down complaints of voting machine problems which are preventing voters from casting ballots for GOP Senate hopeful Tom Kean, Jr.

The counsel for the NJ Republican State Committee, Mark Sheridan, says he has four sworn affidavits and has received more than two dozen calls alleging that some of New Jersey's electronic voting machines were either "pre-voted" for Democratic incumbant Bob Menendez, or were otherwise inoperable when voters sought to cast votes for Kean.

Sheridan says complaints had come in from five NJ counties, some of the polling places affected are in Passaic, Paterson, Scotch Plains and North Bergen, though Sheridan refused to be more specific, citing a fear of depressing voter turnout in the affected locations.

Sheridan called the complaints a "disturbing" trend and threatened court action if election officials were unable to correct the problem and prevent its recurrence.

Sheridan said he'd received complaints of problems at more than seven locations affecting multiple voters at multiple and identical locations.

One problem, says Sheridan, is that voters apparently don't realize that in order to deselect a vote for a candidate on the new machines, they need to touch the icon for that candidate, and then touch the screen again to select the icon of the candidate for which they want to cast a vote.

Even so, Sheridan says that does not explain how the Menendez icon was selected on the affected machines, even before the voters attempted to use the machines to cast their ballots.

Voters do need to affirmatively lock in their votes on the machines before they reset, and there is a possibility that some voters aren't doing that, which could account for the problem, at least in some cases. However, Sheridan points out that if that were the case here, all of the icons for which a voter had cast ballots would be lit and the problem seems to be that only the Menendez icon remains selected.

Sheridan says there is no provision which would allow a poll worker to void an erroneously cast vote.

The counties in which machine problems have been reported include Middlesex, Hudson, Camden, Passaic and Union Counties.

Sheridan says the machines mentioned in the complaints are all Sequoia voting machines.

All four voters who swore out affidavits allege they voted for Menendez when they intended to vote for Kean.

The problems were first reported starting at about 7 a.m.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: newjersey; nj; voterfraud; wellofcoursenot
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1 posted on 11/07/2006 12:05:12 PM PST by excludethis
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To: excludethis

Can't wait to hear the DUmmie whining that this is an attempt by the Republicans to steal the vote in NJ...by making it impossible to vote for the Republican.


2 posted on 11/07/2006 12:06:35 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (Republican, atheist, pro-lifer, stranded in Blue Boston)
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To: excludethis

I'm starting to think we won't have an idea of who controls congress until mid-December.


3 posted on 11/07/2006 12:07:29 PM PST by TheBigB (Do you think "Lady in the Water" is in Ted Kennedy's NetFlix queue?)
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To: excludethis

In Morris County NJ neither my husband nor I had any issues, but we are a very red pocket of the state...


4 posted on 11/07/2006 12:07:59 PM PST by hilaryrhymeswithrich (It's all about the swagger......)
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To: TheBigB

We may never know.


5 posted on 11/07/2006 12:08:32 PM PST by Shady
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To: excludethis

I didn't have a problem early this AM.


Doogle


6 posted on 11/07/2006 12:09:26 PM PST by Doogle (USAF 68-73...."never store a threat you should have eliminated")
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To: excludethis

On the one hand this is a bad sign. On the other hand, the fact that the GOP and U.S. Attorney are on this is a good sign.


7 posted on 11/07/2006 12:09:51 PM PST by FlipWilson
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To: excludethis
From what I can tell, it's conceivable that poll workers could go in to the booth and select the Menendez icon after each voter, the Menendez icon icon would then be preselected and voters would not likely know how to deselected it.

I wouldn't put something like this past the imagination of some folks.

8 posted on 11/07/2006 12:10:19 PM PST by the anti-liberal (OUR schools are damaging OUR children)
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To: excludethis

I sort of think that any voter who would walk away from a voting machine without insisting that the problem be fixed deserves what he gets.


9 posted on 11/07/2006 12:10:47 PM PST by zook (America going insane - "Do you read Sutter Caine?)
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To: excludethis

Thank God for the US Attorney. We know the Dem Machine in NJ would do nothing about vote fraud.


10 posted on 11/07/2006 12:10:47 PM PST by ozoneliar ("The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots & tyrants" -T.J.)
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To: TheBigB
I'm starting to think we won't have an idea of who controls congress until mid-December.

Heck, I haven't figured out who controls it from the PREVIOUS election...

11 posted on 11/07/2006 12:11:12 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: excludethis

There's a first-hand report on another thread confirming the "pre-vote for Menendez" when they voted this morning.


12 posted on 11/07/2006 12:11:43 PM PST by justlurking (Never give up. Never surrender.)
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To: excludethis

Every election gets us closer and closer to becoming a Banana Republic.


13 posted on 11/07/2006 12:12:16 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: excludethis

'DON' Corzine?


14 posted on 11/07/2006 12:12:33 PM PST by litehaus (A memory tooooo long)
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To: excludethis

The Democrats wouldn't cheat, would they?


15 posted on 11/07/2006 12:12:40 PM PST by popdonnelly
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To: hilaryrhymeswithrich

Everything went A-OK early this morning in Monmouth County as well.


16 posted on 11/07/2006 12:13:03 PM PST by freeperfromnj
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To: excludethis

BUMP.


17 posted on 11/07/2006 12:14:10 PM PST by I'm ALL Right!
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To: excludethis

During the primaries in Georgia, a handful of black ladies swore that they voted for Cynthia McKinney but their votes were registering for her rival. They called the authorities in and after a thorough investigation discovered that these women pushed Cynthia's name with their finger pads but the tips of their very long finger nails was hitting and registering the vote for her rival.

Case close. No disenfranchisement or cheating but a case of bad manicures.


18 posted on 11/07/2006 12:14:51 PM PST by Republican Red (if you don't want to root for the home team then get the hell out of the stadium)
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To: excludethis
There's a first-hand report on another thread confirming the "pre-vote for Menendez" when they voted this morning.

Found it here: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1734170/posts?page=21#21

However, he said his wife observed it. So, it's not exactly first-hand.

19 posted on 11/07/2006 12:15:08 PM PST by justlurking (Never give up. Never surrender.)
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To: excludethis
These electronic voting schemes and machines need to be tossed in the two oceans.

Go back to a paper ballot that requires a black ink mark to be made next to the name of the candidate being voted for.

20 posted on 11/07/2006 12:15:16 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Mathemeticians are machines that turn coffee into theorems.)
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To: excludethis

"pre-voted" for Democratic incumbant Bob Menendez, or were otherwise inoperable when voters sought to cast votes for Kean...




Just coincidence, I am sure.


21 posted on 11/07/2006 12:17:16 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: Dog


22 posted on 11/07/2006 12:17:50 PM PST by Molly Pitcher (We are Americans...the sons and daughters of liberty...*.from FReeper the Real fifi*))
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To: excludethis

"Oh, my mistake. That ballot was intended for one of our dead voters."


23 posted on 11/07/2006 12:18:31 PM PST by Brilliant
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To: excludethis

Zero tolerance time.

Any screw-ups, the Supervisor of Elections spends 60-days in the jug.


24 posted on 11/07/2006 12:22:11 PM PST by Arm_Bears (See Rock City!)
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To: dfwgator

Closer?

Many would say we have been one for quite some time!

How about when we went off the Gold Standard in the 70's?

It really started in 1913 when the crooks in the Senate, House and White House pitched a HUGE softball to the newly formed Federal Reserve Bank.

Andrew Jackson was probably doing high rotation in his grave that day.


25 posted on 11/07/2006 12:23:47 PM PST by joyspring777
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To: excludethis

I am not surprised one bit. The New Jersey Democrat party is about as corrupt as you can get.


26 posted on 11/07/2006 12:24:17 PM PST by Raquel (http://www.spencerforsenate.com/)
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To: freeperfromnj

Fingers crossed that Kean will be one of the highlights of the night.......


27 posted on 11/07/2006 12:24:37 PM PST by hilaryrhymeswithrich (It's all about the swagger......)
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To: FlipWilson

This actually might be a good thing.

Sounds like voters aren't pressing the vote button when they are done so the vote is incomplete. The next voter comes in and this is what he sees.

The voting machines aren't broken. The Dems operating the voting machines are broken.


28 posted on 11/07/2006 12:24:57 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (The voting machines aren't broken. The Dems operating the voting machines are broken.)
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To: hilaryrhymeswithrich
In Morris County NJ neither my husband nor I had any issues, but we are a very red pocket of the state...

And you obviously are smarter than the DemoSocialistMarxistLyingLibs..!!

29 posted on 11/07/2006 12:26:25 PM PST by Osage Orange (The old/liberal/socialist media is the most ruthless and destructive enemy of this country.)
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To: excludethis

We need to come up with some form of technology that bypasses the computer glitches and allows people to cast a vote for the person they want to represent them.

Perhaps a piece of paper ... we could call them ballots ... with all of the candidates' names, maybe even a space for a "write-in" candidate.

Voters could use some sort of writing implement ... a pen or a Sharpee ... to circle the name of the candidate or make some mark to indicate their choice.

Those votes could be counted by computer or, if necessary, by hand. And there would be a record of the votes. We could call it a "paper ballot."

No ... that would be too clever. We must rely on computers.


30 posted on 11/07/2006 12:28:03 PM PST by SittinYonder (Ic ??t gehate, ??t ic heonon nelle; fleon fotes trym, ac wille fur?or gan)
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To: SittinYonder

You should apply for a patent. 8>)


31 posted on 11/07/2006 12:29:41 PM PST by beltfed308 (Democrats :Tough on Taxpayers, Soft on Terrorism)
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To: joyspring777

Andy Jackson was a financial idiot. His attack on the Bank of the United States was one of the worst examples of boneheaded class warfare this nation ever experienced.

Of course, those who do not understand finance are hysterical about Central Banking something NO modern nation will ever be without again.


32 posted on 11/07/2006 12:30:29 PM PST by justshutupandtakeit (If you believe ANYTHING in the Treason Media you are a fool.)
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To: joyspring777

Andy Jackson was a financial idiot. His attack on the Bank of the United States was one of the worst examples of boneheaded class warfare this nation ever experienced.

Of course, those who do not understand finance are hysterical about Central Banking something NO modern nation will ever be without again.


33 posted on 11/07/2006 12:30:31 PM PST by justshutupandtakeit (If you believe ANYTHING in the Treason Media you are a fool.)
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To: the anti-liberal
I wouldn't put something like this past the imagination of some folks.

Especially from the cities and county's reporting this problem!

I voted noon time in Clifton, no problem and no voters.

34 posted on 11/07/2006 12:30:38 PM PST by rocksblues (Do unto others as they do unto you!)
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To: SittinYonder

Tho it's good that punch cards are mostly gone, only ~30% of states use a paper ballot capable of being machine read.


35 posted on 11/07/2006 12:30:43 PM PST by Paladin2 (Islam is the religion of violins, NOT peas.)
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To: Republican Red

Don't tell me, lemme guess. They cried "RACISM!" when the investigators shot down their claim.


36 posted on 11/07/2006 12:31:03 PM PST by ABG(anybody but Gore) ("By the time I'm finished with you, you're gonna wish you felt this good again" - Jack Bauer)
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To: excludethis

You mean that it's not illegal to vote from Republicans in NJ?


37 posted on 11/07/2006 12:31:28 PM PST by Redcloak (Speak softly and wear a loud shirt.)
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To: justlurking
There's a first-hand report on another thread confirming the "pre-vote for Menendez" when they voted this morning.


"So if youz got some problem with dat, youz can take it up with my associate here from the union.

38 posted on 11/07/2006 12:31:44 PM PST by Ditto
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To: rocksblues

Yeah. I pushed the button until Allen's name had a check by it. How hard was that?


39 posted on 11/07/2006 12:32:12 PM PST by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: beltfed308

That pen and paper idea is lethal to Palm Beach Democrats, who would bleed to death from either paper cuts or lead poisioning. There's nothing too stupid that a Palm Beach Democrat couldn't do to mess things up.


40 posted on 11/07/2006 12:33:51 PM PST by Doctor Raoul (Difference between the CIA and the Free Clinic is that the Free Clinic knows how to stop a leak.)
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To: hilaryrhymeswithrich
Fingers crossed that Kean will be one of the highlights of the night.......

Unfortunately, the only way a republican state-wide candidate can win in Jersey is to win by a landslide. Anything closer and the dems just call on their most solid voting bloc: the post-living.

41 posted on 11/07/2006 12:33:53 PM PST by Mordacious
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To: Darkwolf377
Can't wait to hear the DUmmie whining that this is an attempt by the Republicans to steal the vote in NJ...by making it impossible to vote for the Republican.

Silly! It doesn't matter who you vote for. The DIEBOLD machine always votes for the Republican! The blinking lights and pretty pictures are just entertainment for the masses.

Don't you read KOS? I thought everybody knew this stuff!

42 posted on 11/07/2006 12:33:55 PM PST by gridlock (The GOP will pick up at least TWO seats in the Senate and FOUR seats in the House in 2006)
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To: Brilliant
"Oh, my mistake. That ballot was intended for one of our dead voters."

I think they prefer to call them 'post-living registrants'.

43 posted on 11/07/2006 12:34:44 PM PST by CaptRon (Pedecaris alive or Raisuli dead)
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To: Raquel
Running a close 2nd to Massachusetts.
44 posted on 11/07/2006 12:34:45 PM PST by rocksblues (Do unto others as they do unto you!)
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To: the anti-liberal
From what I can tell, it's conceivable that poll workers could go in to the booth and select the Menendez icon after each voter, the Menendez icon icon would then be preselected and voters would not likely know how to deselected it.

With the electronic voting booths this would be easy.

The person at the polls demonstrated how to vote with this new voting booth this morning. So she showed me by selecting the GOP. I was like, "you read my mind"...

45 posted on 11/07/2006 12:35:38 PM PST by frogjerk (REUTERS: We give smoke and mirrors a bad name)
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To: justlurking
However, he said his wife observed it. So, it's not exactly first-hand.

You're gonna get in trouble for saying that! ;^)

46 posted on 11/07/2006 12:35:40 PM PST by 6ppc (Call Photo Reuters, that's the name, and away goes truth right down the drain. Photo Reuters!)
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To: Paladin2

The ballots we used to use in Georgia were, IMO, ideal.

A broken arrow pointed to each candidate's name. You took a magic marker and connected the arrow for the candidate you were voting for. If you connected both arrows for one race, your vote was thrown out because it was assumed you were an idiot.

Those ballots worked very well, and I would like very much to return to them. I do not trust the computers.


47 posted on 11/07/2006 12:36:38 PM PST by SittinYonder (Ic ■Št gehate, ■Št ic heonon nelle; fleon fotes trym, ac wille fur­or gan)
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To: excludethis
New Jersey always has "perfectly legitimate" elections!
48 posted on 11/07/2006 12:36:47 PM PST by divine_moment_of_facts
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Well it is a red button. Another case for the lawyers. It should be a neutral color. /S


49 posted on 11/07/2006 12:36:55 PM PST by rocksblues (Do unto others as they do unto you!)
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To: justshutupandtakeit

Tirades are perpetrated by those who feel the facts and eloquence of their arguments are easily dismissed/defeated or have no water to hold in the first place.

Extremely unimpressed with you.....


50 posted on 11/07/2006 12:37:04 PM PST by joyspring777
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