Wednesday, August 15, 2012


Volusia County, uh-GIN! More than ten memory cards fail to upload their data. Yes, Volusia County uses Dominion voting machines.

And now, Volusia's SOE Ann McFall must explain how, why this happened, if the slow media is inclined to get off the porch and hunt for answers (big if). You may remember McFail as the Florida election's supervisor who wasn't going all-in on the voter purge list. Though a republican, she told the Orlando Sentinel "you are more likely to find voter fraud than getting struck with a bolt of lightning." She also told Governor Rick Scott the list she got had so many inaccuracies, she purged the list, not the voters on it.

Are these two things related? Unknown at this time.

So now here's a glitch very reminiscent of the one in Hillsborough! Just look.

From the Daytona News Journal 8/15/12
Hillsborough's glitch of 2010 was allegedly the result of 12 memory cards failing to upload their data. Volusia's was 15. The failure in both cases allegedly was one of inability transmit through the secure network, But for some reason, the votes kept going through the machine on first go. I have been told by workers at the Brevard supervisor of elections that IF the ballot is going through the scanner, it IS being counted, face up, face down, it doesn't matter which. So, in both cases, the machine accepts the ballot but cannot feed the results over the network? Totally unacceptable. And, how can this happen? They were all made aware of the Hillsborough glitch during one of their secret meetings! Wouldn't this bug be worked out?

What was different in this case? Apparently, Volusia learned from Hillsborough's "mistake" if it is indeed that. In Volusia's case "replacement cards were tested and sent to the 18 affected precincts."  This, rather than suspiciously and haphazardly driving ballots around in the middle of the night, to one single location where the people ramming them through scanners have no idea whether or not they were indeed voted where they were supposed to be voted, or they were the result of a swap-out.
But WOW! 18 LOCATIONS? Again, this is a rescanning job of perhaps thousands of ballots. Which means, in this case, again, the ballots were "voted" not by the citizens, but by a poll worker, or a staff member, over and over again, until more than a thousand. Totally unacceptable.

Here, no numbers are given to the media. Apparently they have learned something evil from the Hillsborough case in that the idea is not to reveal precise-ish figures which may be shocking - albeit useful - to the citizens. Can't have that.

Obviously, we need to get into this one. And we are going to. Highly suspect. Same error as Hillsborough.

This photo shows the obvious lapses in custody chain that seem to plague the entire system, statewide. Note the personal vehicle of the worker. No one riding along with her to make sure no switcheroo? She just sort hands the ballot bag and the memory cards out? Is this how it works? And there's no chance this person is partisan one way or another, right? I mean just look at that bumper sticker. I support the troops too. But, this just makes me queasy.

From Daytona News Journal 8/15/12
The other weird thing about this glitch is this: the last paragraph of that news story: the number of signatures, and the number of ballots voted, didn't match up. What? Yes. They take your signature, as well as look at your ID here. Then they check to make sure the number of those match with the number of ballots cast. In one precinct, these didn't match. That means the machine was either miscounting, it started with fewer or more numbers on it, when voting began, or votes were added or subtracted during the count, or unregistered voters wandered in and voted.

You decide.

Meanwhile, Volusia wasn't alone. Even weirder, is what happened in Pinellas.

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