Skip to comments.Hugh Hewitt: Pennsylvania Meltdown
Posted on 11/07/2006 1:18:18 PM PST by The Blitherer
From a connected Keystoner:
We all prepared for this years elections to be heated, particularly in PA with so many contested races. But even with teams of lawyers on the ground, I dont 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 dont 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.
I voted in SE PA - didn't see any problems...
Didn't notice any of this in Allegheny County.
any word on what turnout is yet in the T area?
Lemme guess, the software is from microsoft.
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.
Partially owned by Hugo Chavez?
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.
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.
Sweetness and I voted via iVotronic today with absolutely no problems. The poll workers, whom I know, said it was brisk and smooth.
This has been a major concern of mine. If we discredit the voting process, then what next?
Are you in a red bit or a blue bit? Just curious :)
I had no probelms in SE PA. In and out with moderate turnuot.
Chavez is connected with the third company, Sequoia.
Millions of us think the same thing. This is a real problem facing our Nation right now!
Every election decided in the courts.
I can't believe people would do this stuff.
And we know their cars, too. I knew who was working the registration tables even before entering the gymnasium. Small world.
I had no problem where I voted
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.
These the same machines they used in the primary 4 months, like 120 days ago?
No otherwise 89% of all voters would be seeing this:
I haven't heard of any major problems like this in the news today
btw ... don't forget this
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.
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.
How about a little patience in waiting for results and using a pencil and paper ballot?
Pity. Wonderful place to visit and we've met some nice folks there.
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.
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.
Whatever happened to simple paper ballots and marking the candidate you want with an "X"?
Sometimes technology makes things worse, not better.
I'm speaking to a much larger issue that has been looming since 2000.
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.
Give me the mechanical pull-the-lever-machines. I distrust the electronic ones more because of the possibility of programming tampering.
Oh, what a comforting thought...
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.
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.
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.
Yeah, why the hell shred ballots? Recount 'expected'?
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