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Hugh Hewitt: Pennsylvania Meltdown
www.HughHewitt.com ^ | 11/07/06 | Hugh Hewitt

Posted on 11/07/2006 1:18:18 PM PST by The Blitherer

From a connected Keystoner:

We all prepared for this year’s elections to be heated, particularly in PA with so many contested races. But even with teams of lawyers on the ground, I don’t think anyone anticipated what is going on right now. I expect this will be THE national story by 5pm today if not sooner.

37 counties in Pennsylvania use the ESS & Ivotronic.

These machines are experiencing massive failures.

If you vote for one candidate, the opposing candidate lights up.

Rendell votes are counting for Swann. Santorum votes are counting for Casey and so on

County Boards of Elections or the PA Dept of State are refusing to take action.

They don’t see the disaster that is coming.

Hundreds if not thousands of voters are alerting the authorities of these problems.

This may warrant a revote in these 37 counties.


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1 posted on 11/07/2006 1:18:19 PM PST by The Blitherer
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To: The Blitherer

I voted in SE PA - didn't see any problems...


2 posted on 11/07/2006 1:19:48 PM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: The Blitherer

Oh No.


3 posted on 11/07/2006 1:20:23 PM PST by IslandJeff (Hunter/Cheney '08)
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To: Petronski; xsmommy; martin_fierro

Dayum.


4 posted on 11/07/2006 1:21:42 PM PST by TheBigB (Do you think "Lady in the Water" is in Ted Kennedy's NetFlix queue?)
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To: 2banana

Didn't notice any of this in Allegheny County.


5 posted on 11/07/2006 1:21:56 PM PST by Ditto
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To: The Blitherer

any word on what turnout is yet in the T area?


6 posted on 11/07/2006 1:22:00 PM PST by linn37 (Love your Phlebotomist)
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To: The Blitherer

Lemme guess, the software is from microsoft.


7 posted on 11/07/2006 1:22:47 PM PST by diverteach
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To: The Blitherer
How does a person know a vote is counted wrong? I voted in NJ today. An "x" lights up where you place the votes and then you push one button to register them all. I would have no way of knowing how my vote was recorded.

This was NJ and I was very sorry to see the old mechanical ,achines replaced. It is my understanding they were the most accurate system possible. I think it was absolute insanity to switch to electronic voting.

8 posted on 11/07/2006 1:22:59 PM PST by Williams
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To: The Blitherer

%$#@


9 posted on 11/07/2006 1:23:50 PM PST by Mamzelle
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To: The Blitherer
37 counties in Pennsylvania use the ESS & Ivotronic.

Partially owned by Hugo Chavez?

10 posted on 11/07/2006 1:24:07 PM PST by Red Steel
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To: The Blitherer
This election may bring the downfall of this Country. How can any election ever be trusted if even half of these stories are true, including no ballots in Republican districts in New Mexico?!

LLS
11 posted on 11/07/2006 1:24:50 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (Preserve America... kill terrorists... destroy dims!)
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To: 2banana

I voted in Bucks County this morning and saw no problems. A poll watcher, friend of my boss, just called in to say that there is heavy traffic, but he said nothing about machines not working.


12 posted on 11/07/2006 1:24:50 PM PST by twigs
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To: Williams

Our electronic voting machine, which reads paper ballots, was broken today, so the ballots will be counted by hand. This will slow the arrival of the results from this voting district, and the weird lights in the gymnasium did not help the situation--guaranteed.


13 posted on 11/07/2006 1:25:20 PM PST by RightWhale (RTRA)
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To: The Blitherer

Sweetness and I voted via iVotronic today with absolutely no problems. The poll workers, whom I know, said it was brisk and smooth.


14 posted on 11/07/2006 1:25:24 PM PST by Petronski (Why won't Diebold talk about RYMB.DLL?)
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To: Williams

hmm


15 posted on 11/07/2006 1:25:42 PM PST by txhurl
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To: LibLieSlayer

This has been a major concern of mine. If we discredit the voting process, then what next?


16 posted on 11/07/2006 1:25:42 PM PST by twigs
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To: 2banana
I voted in SE PA - didn't see any problems...

Are you in a red bit or a blue bit? Just curious :)

17 posted on 11/07/2006 1:26:06 PM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: The Blitherer

I had no probelms in SE PA. In and out with moderate turnuot.


18 posted on 11/07/2006 1:26:08 PM PST by WakeUpAndVote (Got towel?)
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To: Red Steel

Chavez is connected with the third company, Sequoia.


19 posted on 11/07/2006 1:26:13 PM PST by Petronski (Why won't Diebold talk about RYMB.DLL?)
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To: twigs

Millions of us think the same thing. This is a real problem facing our Nation right now!

LLS


20 posted on 11/07/2006 1:26:45 PM PST by LibLieSlayer (Preserve America... kill terrorists... destroy dims!)
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To: The Blitherer
Does anyone know if these counties are Red or Blue?

Center of PA I would guess Red.
21 posted on 11/07/2006 1:26:45 PM PST by padre35 ("money is the crack cocaine of politics" J. McCain before he left for a fundraiser)
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To: twigs

Every election decided in the courts.

I can't believe people would do this stuff.


22 posted on 11/07/2006 1:26:52 PM PST by IslandJeff (Hunter/Cheney '08)
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To: mewzilla
Bucks County - which - unfortunately - is turning blue.
23 posted on 11/07/2006 1:27:35 PM PST by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - they want to die for islam and we want to kill them)
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To: Petronski
The poll workers, whom I know

And we know their cars, too. I knew who was working the registration tables even before entering the gymnasium. Small world.

24 posted on 11/07/2006 1:28:12 PM PST by RightWhale (RTRA)
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To: Williams
The Dim whiners demanded this type of voting after the 2000 election. We know why, and that's being proven by all the problems and shenanigans that are taking place.
25 posted on 11/07/2006 1:28:32 PM PST by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: The Blitherer

I had no problem where I voted


26 posted on 11/07/2006 1:28:46 PM PST by Mo1 (Get out and Vote ~ Say No To Democrats !!)
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To: The Blitherer
No problem for me in Montgomery County, PA. My district is blue, but my precinct is red.
27 posted on 11/07/2006 1:28:53 PM PST by Physicist
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To: Williams

I, too, was sorry to see the new machines this morning. I liked the old voting machines, adn it seems to me they worked very reliably for decades.

I think the problem being reported out of PA is that the 'X' shows up in the wrong spot.


28 posted on 11/07/2006 1:29:17 PM PST by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: The Blitherer

These the same machines they used in the primary 4 months, like 120 days ago?


29 posted on 11/07/2006 1:29:41 PM PST by edcoil (Reality doesn't say much - doesn't need too)
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To: The Blitherer
Lancaster County reporting problems with one in five eScan paper ballots, polls will remain open until 9pm:

http://local.lancasteronline.com/4/27525

30 posted on 11/07/2006 1:30:29 PM PST by dirtboy (John Kerry - the world's only re-usable political suicide bomber.)
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To: diverteach
Lemme guess, the software is from microsoft.

No otherwise 89% of all voters would be seeing this:


31 posted on 11/07/2006 1:30:41 PM PST by AmericaUnited
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To: Petronski

I haven't heard of any major problems like this in the news today


btw ... don't forget this

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1734104/posts?page=52#52


32 posted on 11/07/2006 1:31:06 PM PST by Mo1 (Get out and Vote ~ Say No To Democrats !!)
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To: Mo1

Someone told me that on the machines we used, paper ballots and scanned, that the ballots are shredded as soon as they go into the machine. Is that true?

I didn't have any problems voting either, but I don't like that scanning thing.


33 posted on 11/07/2006 1:31:11 PM PST by abner (New tagline- http://www.liberalloismurphy.com)
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To: The Blitherer

I voted in Chester County (45 min southwest of Philly)this morning at 8:15. I used a paper ballot and then was supposed to put it through a scnning machine. The machine was down and so my ballot went into a slot to be counted later. The poll worker said voter services had been called and was on the way, but I think I'll stop by again as I go out now to make sure all is well. Either way, irregularities and fraud are Rendell's specialty. This can't be good.


34 posted on 11/07/2006 1:31:27 PM PST by rampage8
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To: twigs

How about a little patience in waiting for results and using a pencil and paper ballot?


35 posted on 11/07/2006 1:31:33 PM PST by Ruth C (Take a conservative to vote then hold the Republicans' feet to the fire!)
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To: 2banana
Bucks County - which - unfortunately - is turning blue.

Pity. Wonderful place to visit and we've met some nice folks there.

36 posted on 11/07/2006 1:32:20 PM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: swain_forkbeard
Thanks. If that's the case a person should readily see the problem.

I picture them looking through a bag for one of those little replacement Christmas tree twinkle lights and pushing it into the light string behind the machine.

37 posted on 11/07/2006 1:32:26 PM PST by Williams
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To: Williams

I read that in Northern Jersey, several counties were experiencing similar problems, the machines had evidently been pre voted for Menendez and the voter had to touch his name first to unvote, then touch Kean, or the vote was cast for Menendez.


38 posted on 11/07/2006 1:32:34 PM PST by Eva
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To: The Blitherer

Whatever happened to simple paper ballots and marking the candidate you want with an "X"?

Sometimes technology makes things worse, not better.


39 posted on 11/07/2006 1:32:50 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: Ruth C

I'm speaking to a much larger issue that has been looming since 2000.


40 posted on 11/07/2006 1:33:11 PM PST by twigs
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To: abner; Alia

That last bit sounds like ubran legendy in the making.

We used Ivotronic machines here in central NC. The process seemed smooth, but I have no idea whether the vote I cast was recorded correctly.


41 posted on 11/07/2006 1:33:57 PM PST by BelegStrongbow (www.stjosephssanford.org: Ecce Pactum, id cape aut id relinque)
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To: The Blitherer
If you vote for one candidate, the opposing candidate lights up.

Give me the mechanical pull-the-lever-machines. I distrust the electronic ones more because of the possibility of programming tampering.

42 posted on 11/07/2006 1:34:07 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: abner
I haven't heard that either

I'm thinking we need to get more concrete confirmation of any problems possibly occurring
43 posted on 11/07/2006 1:34:13 PM PST by Mo1 (Get out and Vote ~ Say No To Democrats !!)
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To: diverteach
Lemme guess, the software is from microsoft.

Oh, what a comforting thought...

44 posted on 11/07/2006 1:34:54 PM PST by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: BelegStrongbow

It didn't sound like it shredded to me when I cast my vote, but someone else came into the office this afternoon and said thats what the machine did. That is why I am asking. It would make NO sense to shred ballots.


45 posted on 11/07/2006 1:35:27 PM PST by abner (New tagline- http://www.liberalloismurphy.com)
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To: Eva

Oy.


46 posted on 11/07/2006 1:36:43 PM PST by Williams
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To: twigs

Then they switch to an external polling system to contact the citizenry to record votes. The obsession with polling has been a form of substitute voting for years. Of course, it is less about determining the true will of the majority and more to do with influencing public opinion.


47 posted on 11/07/2006 1:38:32 PM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Liberals are blind. They are the dupes of Leftists who know exactly what they're doing.)
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To: Williams
I voted electronically and I was asked before I pushed the final answer if my choices were correct. I also could have gotten a paper printout.
48 posted on 11/07/2006 1:39:19 PM PST by svcw
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To: twigs

It's already been totally discredited. That's why I quit voting. They had to keep recounting in Washington state THREE TIMES before they managed to give Fraudoire the lead over Rossi, and as soon as they "say" she had it, they declared it over.

Electronic voting machines are the biggest fraud ever. They will let you think you have a choice, just to keep you from getting ready to start a revolution.

But you don't. And as the situation in Washington state proved, you have NO RECOURSE in the courts.

So it's not the people anymore. It's small time workers at the precinct level. Remember, all they need for their desired candidate to win is to be ahead in their precinct by ONE vote.

And there's basically no way to fight it.


49 posted on 11/07/2006 1:41:14 PM PST by djf (Islam!! There's a flag on the moon! Guess whose? Hint: Not yours!)
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To: abner

Yeah, why the hell shred ballots? Recount 'expected'?


50 posted on 11/07/2006 1:43:16 PM PST by txhurl
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