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Friday, November 07, 2008

Are Franken and the DFL Attempting to Steal an Election?

Check out this post on PowerLine. The explanations for the ever shrinking vote total for Norm Coleman do not appear to hold water.

From the linked post:
Optical scan ballots are used nearly everywhere in Minnesota. The system is simple: once the polls close, absentee ballots are run through the machines with Republican and Democratic poll watchers both present. The machines are then locked down. The machine prints a tape that looks like a grocery store printout that summarizes the number of votes cast for each candidate in each race. At the same time, the totals are uploaded electronically, via a secure phone line connected to the box, to the county where the precinct is located; from there, they are reported to the Secretary of State. The tape showing the precinct's vote totals is signed by the precinct's election judge and is required to be publicly displayed.

There is essentially no human input here. There is no room for new ballots to be "discovered," or for counting "errors" to be corrected. The process is electronic. My understanding had been that optical scan voting is in use in every one of Minnesota's several thousand precincts. Based on the Strib's account of what happened in Partridge Township, it appears this may not be the case...UPDATE: Hot off the press, the first apparent evidence of fraud. Last night at around 7:30, a precinct in Mountain Iron, St. Louis County, mysteriously updated its vote total to add 100 new votes--all 100 for Barack Obama and Al Franken.

Mountain Iron uses optical scanning, so the Coleman campaign asked for a copy of the tape documenting the ballots cast on election night. St. Louis County responded by providing a tape that includes the newly-added 100 votes, and is dated November 2--the Sunday before the election. St. Louis County reportedly denies being able to produce the genuine tape from election night, even though Minnesota law, as I understand it, requires that tape to be signed by the election judges and publicly displayed.
As a member of the Technology Community, I find the circumstances of the ever changing vote total suspect at best.

Also keep in mind, as John Hinderaker points out in his post:
Minnesota's Secretary of State, a left-wing activist who was elected in 2006 after MoveOn.org and other nationwide groups targeted the Minnesota Secretary of State race, has yet to certify vote totals. If fraud is to be committed, it most likely has taken place already, or will occur before the recount begins.
This already suspect situation is beginning to smell worse as time passes. Perhaps this is the opportunity to do a serious examination into the possibility of election fraud throughout the state as Minnesota's voter registration and identification rules are ripe for the introduction of fraud by an organized effort.

(HT Jason Lewis)

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2 Comments:

Blogger Thrifty Scot said...

When I posted about Mark Ritchie's connection to the Socialist New Party, I thought it might be something to bring up two years from now. Looks like the crisis is now.

http://bootson.blogspot.com/2008/10/hard-left-radical-to-certify-votes-in.html

11/07/2008 10:36 PM  
Blogger Thrifty Scot said...

http://bootson.blogspot.com/2008/
10/hard-left-radical-to-certify
-votes-in.html

11/07/2008 10:37 PM  

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