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Pa. voter charged with smashing touch-screen machine
Phillyburbs.com, AP ^ | November 7, 2006

Posted on 11/07/2006 1:18:42 PM PST by Dane

ALLENTOWN, Pa. - A man was arrested at a polling site Tuesday after election workers said he smashed an electronic voting machine with a paperweight, police said.

Michael Young, 43, of Allentown, will face charges of felony criminal mischief and tampering with voting machines, Assistant Police Chief Ronald Manescu said.

Authorities said they did not know the motive for the incident, which happened around 12:30 p.m. at the polling place inside the Good Shepherd Home.

"He came in here very peaceably and showed his ID, then he got on the machine and just snapped," volunteer Gladys Pezoldt told The Morning Call of Allentown.

Witnesses said Young then sat down and waited for police, who arrested him without incident.

The machine's screen was damaged and it was not immediately clear whether the votes recorded on the machine could be retrieved. More than 130 people had voted at the site by the time of the incident.

The machine is valued at more than $5,000, police said.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections; US: Pennsylvania
KEYWORDS: 2006; elections
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Probably a DUmmie.
1 posted on 11/07/2006 1:18:44 PM PST by Dane
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To: Dane

He couldn't find Al Gore's name on the ballot.


2 posted on 11/07/2006 1:20:42 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: Dane

I suggested a hammer a few days ago. The night is young.


3 posted on 11/07/2006 1:20:44 PM PST by kinoxi
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To: Dane

Yup.


4 posted on 11/07/2006 1:20:46 PM PST by ConservativeMind
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To: Dane

The screen's probably broke but the tallied voted should be able to be retrieved.


5 posted on 11/07/2006 1:20:48 PM PST by smith288
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To: Dane; PJ-Comix; Charles Henrickson

Has to be a DUmmie--coincidence?


6 posted on 11/07/2006 1:20:48 PM PST by rzeznikj at stout (Boldly Going Nowhere...)
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To: Dane

It was a dem and he didn't get his $10 after voting...


7 posted on 11/07/2006 1:20:56 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: Dane

Yup!

"SMASH THE DIEBOLDS - FREE THE PEOPLE!"


8 posted on 11/07/2006 1:20:56 PM PST by Philistone
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To: smith288

it's a mad,mad,mad,mad world. obviously we need Jimmah Carter here.


9 posted on 11/07/2006 1:20:59 PM PST by Rakkasan1 ((Illegal immigrants are just undocumented friends you haven't met yet!))
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To: Dane

I'll bet a thousand dollars it's a lib.


10 posted on 11/07/2006 1:21:08 PM PST by Lee'sGhost (Crom!)
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To: Dane
or at least a kindred spirit.
11 posted on 11/07/2006 1:21:17 PM PST by CzarNicky (The problem with bad ideas is that they seemed like good ideas at the time.)
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To: Dane
The machine is valued at more than $5,000, police said

Which is more than the perp will make in a lifetime

12 posted on 11/07/2006 1:21:19 PM PST by RckyRaCoCo ("When you have to shoot, shoot, don't talk!")
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To: Dane

I concur, isnt Allentown a republican area? The DUmmie probably thought it would cost us votes.


13 posted on 11/07/2006 1:21:22 PM PST by aft_lizard (born conservative...I chose to be a republican)
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To: Dane

Protest vote.


14 posted on 11/07/2006 1:21:36 PM PST by debg
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To: Dane
A man who reportedly believed Republicans were conspiring to steal today's election entered an Allentown polling site, signed in and proceeded to smash the screen of one of the electronic voting machines with a metal cat paperweight, poll volunteers said.


15 posted on 11/07/2006 1:22:30 PM PST by Petronski (Why won't Diebold talk about RYMB.DLL?)
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To: Dane
Authorities said they did not know the motive for the incident, which happened around 12:30 p.m.

Just a guess .. but could it have been to stop other from voting?????

16 posted on 11/07/2006 1:22:47 PM PST by Mo1 (Get out and Vote ~ Say No To Democrats !!)
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To: Mo1
Authorities said they did not know the motive for the incident, which happened around 12:30 p.m.

DIEBOLD DERANGEMENT SYNDROME

17 posted on 11/07/2006 1:23:27 PM PST by Petronski (Why won't Diebold talk about RYMB.DLL?)
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To: 2banana
TEN BUCKS! All I got was a bottle of 'Bird and a lousy pack of Salems!
18 posted on 11/07/2006 1:23:45 PM PST by Panzerlied ("We shall never surrender!")
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To: Dane

A clear case of voter suppression.


19 posted on 11/07/2006 1:23:52 PM PST by Loyal Buckeye
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To: Dane

I found a Michael Young from Parkland School district as the Custodial Supervisor in Allentown. Not sure if its the same dude or not.


20 posted on 11/07/2006 1:24:10 PM PST by smith288
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To: Dane
2006 version of hanging chad.

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21 posted on 11/07/2006 1:24:20 PM PST by John Jorsett (scam never sleeps)
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To: Dane

But officer, I don't see what the problem is! I was just writing in my choice for "None of the above!" < /sarc>


22 posted on 11/07/2006 1:24:20 PM PST by cuz_it_aint_their_money
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To: Dane

Do a search. I bet there is a thread on DU from someone claiming to be a friend of Michael Young.


23 posted on 11/07/2006 1:24:44 PM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Hey hypoCRATS, POLLS ARE NOT ELECTION RESULTS. GET A CLUE!)
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To: Dane

He just snapped? Why did he have a paperweight in the first place? This was premeditated.


24 posted on 11/07/2006 1:24:56 PM PST by EQAndyBuzz (The voting machines aren't broken. The Dems operating the voting machines are broken.)
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To: Dane
Let me be the first to ask:

Bush's fault?

25 posted on 11/07/2006 1:25:10 PM PST by jpl (Victorious warriors win first, then go to war; defeated warriors go to war first, then seek to win.)
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To: Dane
it was not immediately clear whether the votes recorded on the machine could be retrieved.

Probably a Dem and the machine had too many Republican votes on it.
26 posted on 11/07/2006 1:25:14 PM PST by G8 Diplomat
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To: Dane

Michael Young, Custodial Supervisor

Parkland School District, PA


27 posted on 11/07/2006 1:25:35 PM PST by kcvl
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To: smith288
I found a Michael Young from Parkland School district as the Custodial Supervisor in Allentown. Not sure if its the same dude or not.

Union goon perhaps.

28 posted on 11/07/2006 1:25:59 PM PST by Dane ("Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall" Ronald Reagan, 1987)
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To: Dane

Defendant: "Well, Your Honor, it seemed like a good idea at the time."


29 posted on 11/07/2006 1:26:19 PM PST by SaxxonWoods (Boycott all Leftist Media, ignore them and they will go away...)
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To: cuz_it_aint_their_money

This sounds like a set up. The media will use this guy to portray the frustration with electronic voting.
My question is if the RATS do not trust this type of voting, do we go back to punch cards? What is next?


30 posted on 11/07/2006 1:26:23 PM PST by roostercogburn
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To: 2banana

or his carton of cigarettes


31 posted on 11/07/2006 1:26:24 PM PST by threeleftsmakearight
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To: Dane

He saw Karl Rove's face appear on the screen and he flipped out.


32 posted on 11/07/2006 1:28:12 PM PST by Califelephant
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To: Dane

Who wants to bet he was either union member and/or a state/school employee?


33 posted on 11/07/2006 1:28:15 PM PST by IllumiNaughtyByNature (If a pug barks and no one is around to hear it... they hold a grudge for a long time!)
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To: Dane

Where'd the paper weight come from?


34 posted on 11/07/2006 1:28:18 PM PST by NickatNite2003
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To: Dane
Paper weight?

Hell, he should have used this:


35 posted on 11/07/2006 1:28:52 PM PST by Cobra64 (Why is the War on Terror being managed by the DEFENSE Department?)
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To: EQAndyBuzz
He just snapped? Why did he have a paperweight in the first place? This was premeditated.

The article didn't say he had it with him, so it could have been the polling place's.

36 posted on 11/07/2006 1:29:12 PM PST by John Jorsett (scam never sleeps)
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To: Mo1
but could it have been to stop other from voting????

Perhaps. Or a new way to commit voter fraud--if most of the votes on the machine aren't for your candidate, smash it! /sarcasm
37 posted on 11/07/2006 1:29:13 PM PST by G8 Diplomat
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To: Dane

38 posted on 11/07/2006 1:29:22 PM PST by dfwgator
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To: NickatNite2003
Where'd the paper weight come from?

Ban Paper weights.

39 posted on 11/07/2006 1:29:30 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: Petronski

Good GOD that's funny, man.


40 posted on 11/07/2006 1:29:55 PM PST by txhurl
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To: Dane

Maybe he was afraid that the machine might develop self realization and cause skynet to go active. He might have just saved mankind.


41 posted on 11/07/2006 1:30:38 PM PST by mysterio
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To: Dane

Rage against the Machine! LOL


42 posted on 11/07/2006 1:31:01 PM PST by vrwcagent0498 (Mark Levin and Ann Coulter are my patron saints.)
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To: ozoneliar

If we ban paper weights then only criminals will have paper weights.


43 posted on 11/07/2006 1:32:33 PM PST by nhoward14
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To: roostercogburn
My question is if the RATS do not trust this type of voting, do we go back to punch cards? What is next?

My prediction: They will say that the polls for weeks showed the TRUE feelings of the American people and we should vote via polls.
44 posted on 11/07/2006 1:32:53 PM PST by Eagle of Liberty (Hey hypoCRATS, POLLS ARE NOT ELECTION RESULTS. GET A CLUE!)
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To: John Jorsett

If you switch around the letters in "Election results", you get "Lies! Let's recount!"


45 posted on 11/07/2006 1:34:10 PM PST by G8 Diplomat
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To: vrwcagent0498

He must have remembered the many fun voting times when he was given 30 ballots, stacked together, one punch...30 votes!

This cannot happen!!!! I want my F'n Chads back!!!!!!


46 posted on 11/07/2006 1:35:09 PM PST by PSYCHO-FREEP (MSM Creed: "Truth has no substance until we give it permission!")
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To: Dane
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47 posted on 11/07/2006 1:36:01 PM PST by Jackknife ( "It's not a real party 'til somebody breaks something.")
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To: Dane

He was for the voting machine before he was against it.


48 posted on 11/07/2006 1:36:41 PM PST by Jackknife ( "It's not a real party 'til somebody breaks something.")
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To: Izzy Dunne

I was thinking, "Couldn't find Pat Buchanan's name on the ballot."


49 posted on 11/07/2006 1:37:16 PM PST by dangus (Pope calls Islam violent; Millions of Moslems demonstrate)
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To: Dane

I don't see any reason why the votes would be lost. Most likely just needs a new LCD screen.

Though it dead probably slow down voting at that location for the day a bit...


50 posted on 11/07/2006 1:41:47 PM PST by FreedomNeocon (Success is not final; Failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts -- Churchill)
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