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18 new voting machines go missing in Broward
Sun -Sentinal ^ | 10/17/02 | Buddy Nevins and Scott Wyman

Posted on 10/17/2002 8:17:24 AM PDT by FlaFreedom

18 new voting machines go missing in Broward

By Buddy Nevins and Scott Wyman Staff Writers Posted October 17 2002

The Broward County elections office is missing 18 new touch-screen voting machines worth $3,000 each because of poor record-keeping before the flawed Sept. 10 primary, the new elections chief said on Wednesday.

"We don't know where they are. I don't think anyone does at this point," said Joseph Cotter, who was hired to fix the problems highlighted by the chaotic primary.

The missing machines were not used in the election. They were part of Elections Supervisor Miriam Oliphant's outreach program and presumably were used to educate voters on how to cast ballots on the ATM-like devices.

But Oliphant had no system to track the machines, Cotter said.

"This is very serious," Cotter said. "This is $54,000 in taxpayers' money that we can't find. ... No records, or very inadequate records, were apparently maintained of who took the machines from the warehouse and where they were going."

County commissioners, already reeling from the elections office's budget deficit and the missteps surrounding the primary, were disturbed to hear about the latest problem. They paid $17.2 million for the machinery last winter to replace the old punch-card ballots and said they would hold Oliphant accountable for the lost equipment.

"Every day there is another surprise," Commissioner Kristin Jacobs said. "I just look forward for this election to be over so we can regroup and start fresh. This is absolutely numbing by now. It's unbelievable that there were no systems in place to track where the machines were."

Cotter predicted the machines would be found "in somebody's trunk or someplace's closet."

The touch-screen machines were handled more loosely than the booths used for the old punch-card ballots. Cotter said he could not remember losing one of the booths in the two decades he worked for Oliphant's predecessor, Jane Carroll.

The machines will be tracked more carefully in the Nov. 5 general election, Cotter said. County workers will pick them up immediately after polls close and deliver them to the election warehouse.

Officials for the county and Election Systems & Software, the machines' manufacturer, said the machines would be of little value to anyone who finds them.

Each machine consists mainly of the touch screen and three small hard drives used to store votes. Most of the technology involved is kept on separate hand-held activation devices.

Because their value is largely limited to voting, Cotter thinks the machines have been misplaced.

"This simply appears to be adequate asset controls not being in place," he said.

Officials doubt the lost machines will have any effect on the November election. The county bought 5,040 machines. In addition, ES&S loaned 250 more for training and will have another 320 on standby on Election Day.

Cotter ordered an inventory of the machines, using their bar codes, shortly after he was hired.

The inventory released on Wednesday found that Oliphant's office kept spotty records of what events the consultants visited or how many machines they used. Cotter said he has assigned a staff member to identify the places where outreach programs took place and contact them to see if the machines are there.

Oliphant's office faced criticism even before the audit for its nonchalant treatment of the machines. Four days before the election, a maitre d' driving to work found three of them lying in the middle of Prospect Road.

Dozens of machines were left at polling places -- in clubhouses, churches, schools and community halls -- long after the election. Oliphant's staffers said they weren't concerned even as people were calling the office to ask why the equipment was still around two weeks after the election.

The last machines left at polling places were recovered in late September. Five were discovered at a fire station at Oakland Park Boulevard and the Intracoastal.

As for machines used for voter outreach, two were left at the South Florida Sun-Sentinel until the paper informed the elections office three weeks ago.

The outreach program, paid for in part by a $603,429 state grant, also has been controversial. Oliphant has been criticized for using it to give thousands of dollars in public money to her political allies.

Outside consultants, many of them friends of Oliphant, were hired to demonstrate the machines to civic clubs and condominium groups, and at fairs and other public events.

Commissioners said they want the elections office to pay for the missing machines or find some other way to recoup the cost through insurance claims.

"It's very sloppy management," Commissioner Suzanne Gunzburger said. "This is taxpayer dollars being wasted, and I'm just appalled."

Buddy Nevins can be reached at bnevins@sun-sentinel.com or 954-356-4571.

Copyright © 2002, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

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TOPICS: Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: broward; florida; pledge; votefraud; voterfraud; voting
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1 posted on 10/17/2002 8:17:25 AM PDT by FlaFreedom
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To: FlaFreedom
What a bunch of frickin' incompetents. I'd say it's time to replace the entire elections board. They can't do anything right.
2 posted on 10/17/2002 8:19:27 AM PDT by Wphile
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To: FlaFreedom
These people are not worthy of self-government.
3 posted on 10/17/2002 8:19:31 AM PDT by mwl1
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To: mwl1
Rigging them for Nov. 5. I'm sure they'll show up just in time. ;-)
4 posted on 10/17/2002 8:22:22 AM PDT by X-Servative
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To: FlaFreedom
Officials for the county and Election Systems & Software, the machines' manufacturer, said the machines would be of little value to anyone who finds them.

Yeah, right! How stupid do they think we are? These machine are extremely "valuable" to someone who wants to change the outcome of an election.

5 posted on 10/17/2002 8:23:02 AM PDT by notpoliticallycorewrecked
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To: FlaFreedom
The machines are in a shop where they are being rewired to produce a specified increase in the Democrat vote total as a function of the total Republican vote.

The fraud will be predetermined and untraceable.

6 posted on 10/17/2002 8:23:36 AM PDT by bert
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To: FlaFreedom
Oh, they'll turn up all right. On election night, with just enough votes for McLawyer and a bunch of other crooked Dems to "squeak" by their Republican opponents.

The Dems have corrupted the ballot box nationwide, it's not just Florida. They are in complete control of a few key counties in just about every state, and are willing and able to stuff the boxes with whatever they need to win, even if it takes 200% voter turnouts and 100% to 0% Rat margins.

7 posted on 10/17/2002 8:25:23 AM PDT by Henchster
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To: FlaFreedom
These idiots (Democrats in this case) could screw up a one-car funeral.
8 posted on 10/17/2002 8:29:31 AM PDT by capt. norm
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To: X-Servative
They are not even subtle about this. The only way to handle this is to reject the usage of these particular machines in any election.
9 posted on 10/17/2002 8:31:19 AM PDT by Let's Roll
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To: FlaFreedom
That does it: BROWARD COUNTY DOES NOT GET TO VOTE in Nov. unless those machines show up TODAY.

Shut that county down.

10 posted on 10/17/2002 8:31:23 AM PDT by annieokie
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To: JulieRNR21; floriduh voter; summer; Goldwater Girl; windchime; NautiNurse; PhiKapMom; ...

VOTER FRAUD ALERT.


11 posted on 10/17/2002 8:31:38 AM PDT by Joe Brower
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To: annieokie
Have they checked Ebay?
12 posted on 10/17/2002 8:32:06 AM PDT by CFW
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To: FlaFreedom
I think the Governor(Jeb, in this case) can replace the elections board. However, with Florida being a Voting Rights State(former Jim Crow States), the Feds have the authority to get involved. I hate to see feds involved in anything, but this blatant fraud has to be stopped.
13 posted on 10/17/2002 8:33:28 AM PDT by FreeTally
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To: bert
That's right. And they will just "suddenly" show up in a closet or warehouse, just like they say.

I have a girlfriend active in the Republican party. The night of the 2000 election, she told me to note how many "missing" ballots were going to suddenly turn up in warehouses. It was amazing how as they counted the votes, all those ballots turned up uncounted in warehouses. She said they store them, and "suddenly" find as many as they need to turn the election after all the rest of the results are in and they know how many they need to turn the election.

Since then I have been watching for that, and sure enough, that is exactly what happens over and over again in counties like Broward and Palm Beach. This election they found "missing" vote recorders. (The little electronic box they put in to record the votes.) I watched them steal the election from Reno and knew exactly what they were doing. And it will happen again too this election - Jeb will be the actual winner, but McBride will try and perhaps succeed in stealing it.

14 posted on 10/17/2002 8:34:08 AM PDT by I still care
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To: Let's Roll
Just understanding the software should be enough to allow somebody to figure out how to manipulate them. I wonder if these are hooked up online?

My understanding was the optical scan paper systwm was the most reliable last time, why did they go with the touchscreens?
15 posted on 10/17/2002 8:40:36 AM PDT by steve50
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To: I still care
Chilling story. Because I know it is true....
16 posted on 10/17/2002 8:41:37 AM PDT by eureka!
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To: redlipstick
"Every day there is another surprise," Commissioner Kristin Jacobs said. "I just look forward for this election to be over so we can regroup and start fresh. This is absolutely numbing by now. It's unbelievable that there were no systems in place to track where the machines were."

Note to Ms. Jacobs:

The time to "regroup and start fresh" is NOW, before the election.

Good grief!

17 posted on 10/17/2002 8:42:08 AM PDT by cyncooper
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To: Joe Brower
Looks like the RATs voter fraud plan has gone into operation early! This is outrageous!

But of course the leftie media will find some way to Blame Bush!.....grrrrrr!
18 posted on 10/17/2002 8:42:15 AM PDT by JulieRNR21
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To: notpoliticallycorewrecked
These machines better not be allowed in the November election. And the Justice Dept should see to it that they're not. I am so sick of this blatant crap by the Democrats! When will America wake up to the fact that the Democrats are totally corrupt???
19 posted on 10/17/2002 8:42:23 AM PDT by Wait4Truth
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To: FlaFreedom
"We don't know where they are. I don't think anyone does at this point," said Joseph Cotter, who was hired to fix the problems highlighted by the chaotic primary.
Wanna bet!!! Just search the DNC campaign headquarter... SIGH.
20 posted on 10/17/2002 8:42:33 AM PDT by Toidylop
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To: X-Servative
Correct. Here is how it would work. Notice where they say -

"Cotter predicted the machines would be found "in somebody's trunk or someplace's closet."

Those will be machines "returned" that were actually used in the election, that real voters entered their votes on. They will not be counted.

"County workers will pick them up immediately after polls close and deliver them to the election warehouse."

So the continuity of control depends on moving "county workers". Simple enough. Some machines go into the back of somebody's SUV and other ones come out. Party workers have "voted" on the machines that come out - early and often. The non-returned machines then show up as the "found" ones.

Paperwork detailing which machine came from which precinct when will be "messed up", have "bureaucratic errors", which will be "straightened out" by oh-so conscientious county workers pretending exasperation.

Voila, the voters don't get to vote "the wrong way", and instead party activists "vote for them", the "right way".

21 posted on 10/17/2002 8:43:07 AM PDT by JasonC
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To: I still care
You girlfriend needs to contact FOX & get on O'Reilly or H&C. This needs to be exposed on a national level. This is big time news.
22 posted on 10/17/2002 8:45:03 AM PDT by Digger
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To: CFW
Maybe selling on EBAY, with all the R's removed.
23 posted on 10/17/2002 8:49:36 AM PDT by annieokie
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To: FreeTally
Come on, you don't think the Pubbies would allow any part of cleaning up an election. That means that they would have to face the media & stand tall. You know anybody in that party that would do that?
24 posted on 10/17/2002 8:50:52 AM PDT by Digger
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To: FlaFreedom
Hmmmm.....

Get your hands on the equipment and figure a way to squeeze more Democrat votes out of it.

This stuff is electronic; it can be "modified" to do whatever you wish. I would suggest that the GOP go in and low-level format every one of those hard drives BEFORE the election to ensure nothing has been placed on them. I would also suggest obtaining scats from the manufacturer including every ic chip, diode, transistor in the original design.

Wireless packet sniffers set up in the vicinity of the devices would be nice.(anyone with a laptop can do this)Software can be downloaded or purchased to quickly scan for wireless networks. Helpful in tracking and documenting wireless tampering techniques.

I could go on for quite some time regarding all the things that could be done to undermine the integrity of this voting machine. What it really comes down to is dedicated people getting involved and guarding those machines from the factory floor to the day they destroy it as a relic decades later.

Oh, How about the cards that I assume store and run the software for the device? Are they all accounted for? Wouldnt be to hard to modify software, reburn or replace a chip, swap out the entire device. (This is getting scary)
25 posted on 10/17/2002 8:52:05 AM PDT by myself6
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To: Joe Brower
Outrageous! Oliphant should be arrested immediately and interrogated brutally. Off with her head!

I can't understand why anyone is crying about the money at this point. $54,000 is only half of Oliphant's annual salary. I would imagine her office furniture and trimmings cost at least as much.

26 posted on 10/17/2002 8:56:08 AM PDT by NautiNurse
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To: Digger
No, I can't say that I expect them to either.
27 posted on 10/17/2002 9:00:08 AM PDT by FreeTally
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To: Digger
Come on, you don't think the Pubbies would allow any part of cleaning up an election. That means that they would have to face the media & stand tall. You know anybody in that party that would do that?

You may not be aware of the investigation going on in South Dakota. It seems to me the Justice Department is investigating potential fraud in several states.

Further, they are keeping an eye on Florida and this "missing machines" story came from somewhere.

I'll admit, I'd like to see some prosecutions. But to say the republicans would look the other way is unsubstantiated, imo.

28 posted on 10/17/2002 9:00:20 AM PDT by cyncooper
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To: Digger
History is replete with electoral abuses by the Democrats dating to Tammany Hall or earlier. Chicago and St Louis are modern day examples, to say nothing of the current illegal ballots showing up in S.D....All Democrats. Please show me where the same is true for Republicans.
29 posted on 10/17/2002 9:05:38 AM PDT by FlaFreedom
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To: FlaFreedom
They're just gonna have to have Jimmy Carter show up with Nelson Mandela and Kofi Annan to monitor the vote in Broward this year </sarcasm off>
30 posted on 10/17/2002 9:05:46 AM PDT by OrioleFan
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To: OrioleFan
Why not Saddam...Now there is a guy who knows how to run an election.....
31 posted on 10/17/2002 9:07:58 AM PDT by FlaFreedom
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To: CFW
Check the Atlantic. Chances are someone mistook them for butterfly-ballot machines and tossed them in.
32 posted on 10/17/2002 9:18:18 AM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: FlaFreedom
And to think that this county nearly cost Bush his rightful election. Sheesh! Throw them all in jail.
33 posted on 10/17/2002 9:20:28 AM PDT by 11th Earl of Mar
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To: Joe Brower
"Officials for the county and Election Systems & Software, the machines' manufacturer, said the machines would be of little value to anyone who finds them." Unless they were interested in voter fraud. "Because their value is largely limited to voting, Cotter thinks the machines have been misplaced."

I can't beleive these comments coming on the same day as an article stating that over $1 Billion has been spent on advertising in this election.

Let's see, I guess it depends on how one defines value. ... Manipulating election so that pro-union/ trial lawyer wins governorship. $54,000.

Protection of procecss for democratically elected republic? Priceless.

34 posted on 10/17/2002 9:23:00 AM PDT by Dutchgirl
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To: Wphile
>>What a bunch of frickin' incompetents. I'd say it's time to replace the entire elections board. They can't do anything right.<<

Maybe not incompetence. Maybe they're planning outright voter fraud (again).

Remember the Vote-A-Matic found in that Democrat's trunk?

Incompetence would be my last guess.

35 posted on 10/17/2002 9:27:27 AM PDT by SerpentDove
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To: Joe Brower; M. Thatcher; MeeknMing; Liz; PhiKapMom; Mo1; Miss Marple; Dog Gone
Thanks for the ping.

I think it's important to note that while there's always been a 'whole lotta corrrrruption goin' on here' (thanks, Rush), there is a major difference now. In the past, an attempt was made to keep this under wraps. They are now careless (SD), in-your-face confrontational (NJ), bold (FL) and matter-of-fact (college students in MN).

This smacks of Clinton & McAuliffe....the bigger the lie, the greater the fraud, the more blatant the hypocrisy, the more you dare - double dare - the opposition to say something about it.

While it gets tiresome to continue ranting about the media, this is the ace in the hole of the Dems in every election cycle. If - or when - the Republicans complain or point out the graft and corruption, the media will rush to find an indiscretion or an example of corruption by a Republican. This will then be followed by a smug assertion: they all do it, so why are the mean Republicans picking on the Democrats?

They continue to do this because it works.

It is important that Republicans - conservative, moderate or liberal - put aside their differences and get rid of the RATS.... starting with Clinton & McAuliffe.

Boycott MSNBC - they'll soon be defunct. Boycott CNN - they're marginalized at best. Few here pay any attention to the big 3 networks - keep it up.

Sen. Inhofe was on Fox & Friends this morning and did a fantastic job talking about North Korea. Send him a note and thank him for being blunt and tough. Don't just complain; when you see an elected official do something good, let them know you appreciate it. Remember the bees & honey adage.

The new RNC has developed a spine - but they need our help. We need to put FEET ON THE GROUND ... not just money in the coffers. What the elected officials can't complain about - we can. Write, phone and fax the media - every day - until they're sick of hearing from us.

36 posted on 10/17/2002 9:47:49 AM PDT by Fracas
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To: Fracas
Yes, this deserves national attention--including DOJ intervention--before November 5.
37 posted on 10/17/2002 9:56:56 AM PDT by NautiNurse
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To: FlaFreedom; Fracas
"We don't know where they are. I don't think anyone does at this point," said Joseph Cotter, who was hired to fix the problems highlighted by the chaotic primary.

Somehow I have this feeling they will show up soon .. either that or someone is trying figure out how they can rig the new machines

38 posted on 10/17/2002 10:36:08 AM PDT by Mo1
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To: Mo1
I have this feeling they will show up soon

I pray that you are right...but I have my doubts

39 posted on 10/17/2002 10:39:11 AM PDT by NautiNurse
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To: NautiNurse
I pray that you are right

I hope I'm wrong .. we don't want those machines showing up .. especially on election day ..

IMO there is a reason these machines disappeared

40 posted on 10/17/2002 10:42:04 AM PDT by Mo1
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To: Mo1; NautiNurse
...someone is trying to figure out how they can rig the new machines....

Bingo. Sounds like this is the political equivalent of industrial espionage.

41 posted on 10/17/2002 10:42:19 AM PDT by Fracas
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To: FlaFreedom
These devices should all have lo-jack styled tracking devices inside them. That way their location could be known AT ALL TIMES (including the drive from the polling center to the headquarters).
42 posted on 10/17/2002 10:48:50 AM PDT by weegee
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To: FlaFreedom
"We don't know where they are. I don't think anyone does at this point," said Joseph Cotter, who was hired to fix the problems highlighted by the chaotic primary.

Did you check the car trunk of the local DNC chapter chairman?

43 posted on 10/17/2002 10:49:16 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Mo1
I hope I'm wrong .. we don't want those machines showing up .. especially on election day ..

Actually, they will show up the day after the election -- so that their votes may be tabulated during the recount process.

44 posted on 10/17/2002 10:49:53 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: *Vote Fraud
PING VOTE FRAUD list
45 posted on 10/17/2002 10:51:47 AM PDT by weegee
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To: Fracas
This is corruption so endemic it is tantamount to sedition.
46 posted on 10/17/2002 10:53:34 AM PDT by Liz
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To: Fracas
Bingo. Sounds like this is the political equivalent of industrial espionage.

Well this election is big for the RATS .. but the 2004 election is even bigger

It's all about regaining power and the RATS will stop at nothing to get it

47 posted on 10/17/2002 10:56:16 AM PDT by Mo1
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To: ClearCase_guy
they will show up the day after the election

or three days after the election...for the rererecount until they get the numbers they need.

48 posted on 10/17/2002 10:56:32 AM PDT by NautiNurse
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To: Fracas
...someone is trying to figure out how they can rig the new machines.... Bingo. Sounds like this is the political equivalent of industrial espionage.

Of course this is. They are useless for resale if this is a custom designed system. This is similar to slot machines being sold to wannabee casino cheats for dissasembly (as does happen). I wonder if the central vote tabulation software is sophisticated enough to identify the machine, serial number, firmware/software versions, etc. Somehow I doubt it.

Somewhere, somebody is probably "improving" the tabulation software with the coded equivalent of the following: if Rebub_votes > DemoRat_votes then DemoRat_votes * 1.5 = DemoRat_votes or something similar.

49 posted on 10/17/2002 10:56:51 AM PDT by Sunnyvale CA Eng.
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To: notpoliticallycorewrecked
I think this is the most brilliant idea one could possible come up with to rig a vote. You simply dump 4,000 Demo votes into a machine that might have been 2,000 Rep & 2,000 Demo....then you find the right place to switch the real machine for your duped machine. The serial number plate can be switched in a matter of minutes and any anti-tamper device can be reset. So if you have 10 of these machines, you can dump 40,000 votes into the system in one county. In Broward, that would be enough to switch a county commissionar race or anything else you wanted to do. Brilliant!
50 posted on 10/17/2002 10:57:57 AM PDT by pepsionice
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