Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Fall Elections 2010 - #2328 - Nevada Voters Complain of Problems at Polls - Fox News

Some voters in Boulder City complained on Monday that their ballot had been cast before they went to the polls, raising questions about Clark County's electronic voting machines.  Voter Joyce Ferrara said when they went to vote for Republican Sharron Angle, her Democratic opponents.  Sen. Harry Reid's name was already checked.  Ferrara said she wasn't alone in her voting experience. She said her husband and several others voting at the same time all had the same thing happen.  "Something's not right," Ferrara said. "One person that's a fluke. Two, that's strange. But several within a five minute period of time -- that's wrong."  Read more......
Update of this story from Washington Examiner:  Now there's absolutely no independently verified evidence of chicanery with the voting machines (yet), but it is worth noting that the voting machine technicians in Clark County are members of the Service Employees International Union. The SEIU spent $63 million in elections in 2008 and is planning on spending $44 million more this election cycle -- nearly all of that on Democrats. White House political director Patrick Gaspard is formerly the SEIU's top lobbyist, and former SEIU president Andy Stern was the most frequent vistor to the White House last year. Just in Nevada, the SEIU has given a lot to groups that are heavily vested in the state -- in just one prominent example, the SEIU gave $500,000 to the Patriot Majority PAC, which has spent $1.3 million against Reid's opponent Sharron Angle. They've and have dropped large sums directly on candidates:
NV-3 Joe Heck (R) Oppose $140,000.00
NV-3 Dina Titus (D) Support $344,984.00
NV-Senate Sharron E. Angle (R) Oppose $225,000.00
Now the county voting technicians aren't unique here -- many of Clark County's employees are also represented by the SEIU. But it is worth mentioning here, the SEIU is hyperpoliticized and has seen it's fair share of corruption. (it certainly seems more questionable than Diebold, the voting machine manufacturer with Republican ties that was at the center of many conspiracy theories on the left during the Bush administration.)  Unions increasingly have a major financial stake in election outcomes, both as a matter of their own election expenditures, and as a function of what they stand to gain if their legislative agenda is enacted. Should they really be responsible for tabulating the votes? That's certainly something voters ought to think long and hard about.
Below is Clark County's SEIU contract -- On Page 75, in Appendix A, Voting Machine technicians are listed as classified positions represented by SEIU. Contract SEIU.  Read Washington Examiner article......

Voters Report Problems with Ballot Machine - Sun Journal N.C.  - Man said he voted straight-party ticket and got opposite results.  A Craven County voter says he had a near miss at the polls on Thursday when an electronic voting machine completed his straight-party ticket for the opposite of what he intended. Sam Laughinghouse of New Bern said he pushed the button to vote Republican in all races, but the voting machine screen displayed a ballot with all Democrats checked. He cleared the screen and tried again with the same result, he said. Then he asked for and received help from election staff. “They pushed it twice and the same thing happened,” Laughinghouse said. “That was four times in a row. The fifth time they pushed it and the Republicans came up and I voted.” Read more......  Funny how all the problems are against Republican candidates, sure must be a coincidence!

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