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Possible Voting Irregularities in Felton

Moments ago I voted in Felton, a small town near Santa Cruz, California. When I entered my polling place, St. John’s Catholic Church, the local priest told me that I had to take off my t-shirt before I voted. I had a picture of Bush on my chest framed by the words “international terrorist.? So I went back outside and turned my shirt inside out. Later I found out that election rules do prohibit the wearing of “political? clothes in the polling station. Fair enough. But, then they told me that I had to vote with a pencil...

On the voting booth there was a pink sign that clearly said "to mark your ballot use ONLY the Mark-A-Vote pen provided." We were only provided with pencils--there was not a single Mark-A-Vote pen in sight. When I pointed this out to the election officials, and voiced my concern that my pencil vote could be changed, they told me to use a blue ball point pen and then color over the pen marks with a pencil. But, they indicated that this might make it difficult for the electronic scantron machine to read my vote. One official made a call on her cell phone, and after she got off the phone she began taking down some of the signs that told voters to use the Mark-A-Vote pen. I took one of the signs and brought it home with me. My polling place is St. John's Catholic Church on Highway 9 at the corner of Russell Avenue in downtown Felton.

Audio: Eben Kirksey's Call to Free Radio Santa Cruz

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Moments ago I voted in Felton, a small town near Santa Cruz, California. When I entered my polling place, St. John’s Catholic Church, the local priest told me that I had to take off my t-shirt before I voted. I had a picture of Bush on my chest framed by the words “international terrorist.? So I went back outside and turned my shirt inside out. Later I found out that election rules do prohibit the wearing of “political? clothes in the polling station. Fair enough. But, then they told me that I had to vote with a pencil...

On the voting booth there was a pink sign that clearly said "to mark your ballot use ONLY the Mark-A-Vote pen provided." We were only provided with pencils--there was not a single Mark-A-Vote pen in sight. When I pointed this out to the election officials, and voiced my concern that my pencil vote could be changed, they told me to use a blue ball point pen and then color over the pen marks with a pencil. But, they indicated that this might make it difficult for the electronic scantron machine to read my vote. One official made a call on her cell phone, and after she got off the phone she began taking down some of the signs that told voters to use the Mark-A-Vote pen. I took one of the signs and brought it home with me. My polling place is St. John's Catholic Church on Highway 9 at the corner of Russell Avenue in downtown Felton.

 
 


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Re: Possible Voting Irregularities in Felton

this article has been linked from indymedia.us, indybay.org and elsewhere.
 

Re: Possible Voting Irregularities in Felton

Deal with it. Normal stuff. Pen over pencil is fine. And by the way, the anti-Bush shirt is NOT permitted under electioneering laws. Look it up.
 

Everything Ok According to Santa Cruz County Clerk

I just called the Santa Cruz County Clerk (831-454-2060) and spoke with someone named Tyler (he was not authorized to give his last name, but said he was the only Tyler there and that I could call back and ask for him). He told me that everything was fine with the pencils and that he has recieved numerous calls about the pencils from concerned voters.

I was told that all the votes were counted by a machine and the machine was able to read ball point pens, graphite pens, pencils (#s 2, 2.5, 3), and some other marking devices.

I voted this evening at a polling place in Santa Cruz and as I handed my ballot to a man in a chair, I asked if my vote would be counted by a human or a machine. He replied that my vote would be counted by a human.

When I told Tyler (from the SCC Clerk) that the man at my polling place told me my vote would be counted by a human, Tyler put me on hold for about 30 seconds. I was told that the votes were counted by a machine, but the signatures were verified by people. Tyler said I was misinformed about the votes being counted by a machine.

I called the Santa Cruz County Clerk back a couple minutes later because I wanted to also ask about the rules for wearing political clothing. A women answered the phone (I did not ask her name) and she told me that people may not wear clothing with political messages anywhere within 100 feet of a polling place. The banned clothing includs hats, pins, shirts, etc... She told me that a poll worker would ask a person wearing political clothing to leave.

 

Thanks for the info, Bradley

Wow, Bradley, thanks for checking up on these issues in real-time. Your commitment to IndyMedia and to keeping all of us informed is awesome. I don't normally use words like that but I am really impressed.

P.S.: Now I'm curious when the County Clerk is going to start updating the County's election results Web site. No results since 8:04 PM, when the absentee votes were posted. This is unfortunate because even the Sentinel sends everyone to the County site for local election results.
 

Re: Possible Voting Irregularities in Felton

Oh no. And CA is such a swing state that your petty little problems matter.
 

National Number to Call

1-866-OUR-VOTE

give it a try.

Eben, the author of this initial post, told me he gave up ealier today after being on hold of thirty minutes, but that he would call again soon.
 

Re: Possible Voting Irregularities in Felton

Bush wins!!!!!!!!!!!
Wooooooooo Hoooooooooo!!!!!
 

Re: Possible Voting Irregularities in Felton

hope you're as happy about bush winning when your or your neighbor's kid comes home in a body bag, or when the nation goes bankrupt, or when your job goes to china, or when your kids get MS but no stem cell research, or that cancer you got from the toxins in your water. Live it up dipshit, bush's win only proves goebbels was right, fear is a very strong motivator in humans.
 

Re: Possible Voting Irregularities in Felton

come on you bunch of yuppie wienners, Skull and Bones won fair an square , mabey you aint never heard of the Council on Forign Relatioms, you know, the good old C.F.R. hell half of those stoogies on the PBS Jim Lehrer news hour have CFR after thier names. all that mess in washington is just a show as all government is settled behind the closed door. someone has said many times in the last 30 years or so that " There isnt a Dimes worth of difference" between the Demirats and the Republicons Wake up Fool!
 

Voting with a PENCIL is not OK

Voting with a PENCIL is not OK

It is just shy of midnight and I have just returned from the "Government Center" of Santa Cruz where I met with our exhausted County Clerk, Gail Pellerin. When I told her about my voting experience in Felton earlier today, she seemed surprised. She had not yet heard about the voting with pencils incident in Felton. When I told her about how the local election officials had taken down the signs telling folks to vote with the special graphite pens, she seemed particularly concerned. She promised to investigate this tomorrow.

But, Gail tried to tell me that it is OK to vote with a pencil. All of the absentee votes, she told me, were marked with pencils. California is not a swing state in the presidential election, but there are a lot of other issues that I voted on today that matter to me. I don't want to have to pay extra taxes so that our local Highway One can be made bigger. I don't want a Republican Senator. With all of the outright voting fraud that happened in Florida, and that is happening right now in Ohio and Arizona, I do not want to trust my pencil vote in the hands of the state. I don't want a gang of eraser weilding thugs to steal the future.

(Thanks to the Indy Media folks who have helped me today)
 

Re: Possible Voting Irregularities in Felton

"hope you're as happy about bush winning when your or your neighbor's kid comes home in a body bag, or when the nation goes bankrupt, or when your job goes to china, or when your kids get MS but no stem cell research, or that cancer you got from the toxins in your water. Live it up dipshit, bush's win only proves goebbels was right, fear is a very strong motivator in humans."

My my, SOMEONE's been snorting chemtrails again! After reading your post, who exactly is preaching fear?
 

Re: Possible Voting Irregularities in Felton

To albore: No, I never have heard of the "Council on Forign Relatioms". I have heard of the Council on Foreign Relations. But, then again, I am just an ignorant "Demirat".
 

Re: Possible Voting Irregularities in Felton

I see that Blaize can spell better than albore, but what about what he has said about the "establishment" ? albore must not have a jerking knee . "meet the new boss, same as the old boss"
 

Re: Possible Voting Irregularities in Felton

Okay, to actually talk about the content of albore's misspelled message, I will say that I think there are SOME (though surprisingly not enough) differences between Republicans and Democrats. For example, the just-elected S.C. Senator Jim Demint thinks that single mothers shouldn't be allowed to teach in public schools. THAT, my friend, is a difference between Republicans and Democrats, and one that I think is worth far more than a dime. Saying that "they are all just the same" is a blunt reading. Try a nuanced reading, and you will see some differences.
 

Skull and Bones Wins 2004 Election. Tyranny Wins.

Skull and Bones Wins 2004 Election. Tyranny Wins.

Alex Jones
Infowars.com
November 3, 2004

The Republicans now have a record majority in the House and the Senate, seven of the nine members of the Supreme Court were appointed by Republicans, a large majority of our States’ Governors are Republicans, and George Bush is now a lame duck who is not facing re-election.

What does this mean? It means that, to all the smirking neo-con masses who are celebrating Bush’s win, Bush now has no excuse but to repeal unconstitutional gun laws, to stop calling for amnesty , to control our borders, to pull out of UNESCO, and to stop the Free Trade Area of the Americas that is the Pan-American Union.

Don’t hold your breath. We’ve seen an explosion in the size of the government and a record loss of American freedom. I predict it’s only going to accelerate. Tens of millions of beady-eyed, dumbed-down, neo-con, neo-communist Republicans will hail it all because they associate their personal power with George Bush and don’t give a damn about their children or this country.

The Republicans now have strong control over all three branches of the Federal Government and the States, but instead of seeing a new age of conservatism, we're going to see a new age of the Police State. Government will get bigger and bigger and the Patriot Act 2 and the National ID will be rammed through Congress.
 

Re: Possible Voting Irregularities in Felton

Purposely Corrupted Diebold
Voting Terminals
By Bev Harris
10-31-4

Manipulation technique found in the Diebold central tabulator --

1,000 of these systems are in place, and they count up to two million votes at a time.

"By entering a 2-digit code in a hidden location, a second set of votes is created. This set of votes can be changed, so that it no longer matches the correct votes" !!!

The voting system will then read the totals from the bogus vote set. It takes only seconds to change the votes, and to date not a single location in the U.S. has implemented security measures to fully mitigate the risks.

This program is not "stupidity" or sloppiness.

It was designed and tested over a series of a dozen version adjustments.

Public officials: If you are in a county that uses GEMS 1.18.18, GEMS 1.18.19, or GEMS 1.18.23, your secretary or state may not have told you about this. You're the one who'll be blamed if your election is tampered with. Find out for yourself if you have this problem: Black Box Voting will be happy to walk you through a diagnostic procedure over the phone.

Whether you vote absentee, on touch-screens, or on paper ballot (fill in the bubble) optical scan machines, all votes are ultimately brought to the "mother ship," the central tabulator at the county which adds them all up and creates the results report.

These systems are used in over 30 states and each counts up to two million votes at once.

The central tabulator is far more vulnerable than the touch screen terminals.

Think about it: If you were going to tamper with an election, would you rather tamper with 4,500 individual voting machines, or with just one machine, the central tabulator which receives votes from all the machines? Of course, the central tabulator is the most desirable target. Findings:

The GEMS central tabulator program is incorrectly designed and highly vulnerable to fraud. Election results can be changed in a matter of seconds. Part of the program we examined appears to be designed with election tampering in mind.

We have also learned that election officials maintain inadequate controls over access to the central tabulator. We need to beef up procedures to mitigate risks.

Much of this information, originally published on July 8, 2003, has since been corroborated by formal studies (RABA) and by Diebold's own internal memos written by its programmers.

Not a single location has yet implemented the security measures needed to mitigate the risk. Yet, it is not too late. We need to tackle this one, folks, roll up our sleeves, and implement corrective measures.

In Nov. 2003, Black Box Voting founder Bev Harris, and director Jim March, filed a Qui Tam lawsuit in California citing fraudulent claims by Diebold, seeking restitution for the taxpayer. Diebold claimed its voting system was secure. It is, in fact, highly vulnerable to and appears to be designed for fraud.

The California Attorney General was made aware of this problem nearly a year ago. Harris and Black Box Voting Associate Director Andy Stephenson visited the Washington Attorney General's office in Feb. 2004 to inform them of the problem.

Yet, nothing has been done to inform election officials who are using the system, nor have appropriate security safeguards been implemented.

In fact, Gov. Swarzenegger recently froze the funds, allocated by Secretary of State Kevin Shelley, which would have paid for increased scrutiny of the voting system in California.

On April 21, 2004, Harris appeared before the California Voting Systems Panel, and presented the smoking gun document showing that Diebold had not corrected the GEMS flaws, even though it had updated and upgraded the GEMS program.

On Aug. 8, 2004, Harris demonstrated to Howard Dean how easy it is to change votes in GEMS, on CNBC TV.

On Aug. 11, 2004, Jim March formally requested that the Calfornia Voting Systems Panel watch the demonstration of the double set of books in GEMS. They were already convened, and the time for Harris was already allotted. Though the demonstration takes only 3 minutes, the panel refused to allow it and would not look. They did, however, meet privately with Diebold afterwards, without informing the public or issuing any report of what transpired.
For more on this check the links below
This article was originaly posted at www.blackboxvoting.org/
But that site was recently taken down by hackers and is arcived at : rense.com/general59/diebold.htm
 

Re: Possible Voting Irregularities in Felton

I doubt most cases are fraud - from my voting experiance most people just don't really know what they're doing...
 

Possible Voting Irregularities in Felton

Possible Voting Irregularities in Felton
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no Kerry won California by just 10% less than last election. next time California may just vote Republican!
 

Re: Possible Voting Irregularities in Felton

"I doubt most cases are fraud - from my voting experiance most people just don't really know what they're doing..."

But since all Republicans are idiots shouldn't the Democrats always win by a landslide? OR, could *gasp* the perception that Republicans are only out for personal power and don't care about children or their country be just a little off base?
 

Re: Possible Voting Irregularities in Felton

Just a note about voter fraud in Santa Cruz County - the idea is really quite silly. SC County runs an amazingly clean election, not to mention all the extra outreach programs they have to ensure that every voter has a voice. People have been using pencils to mark absentee ballots in SC County for years and there has never been a problem, I don't see why pencils wouldn't work at a polling place either.
As for the human vs. machine question - in Nov. 2002 the SC county elections department had to do a manual recount for an extremely close race (1 vote difference!). The results were exactly the same as the machine count - 1 vote difference.
I'm not saying that voter fraud isn't something you should be worried about, but maybe you should direct some of that scrutiny to counties/states where it is a real issue and can really make a difference.
www.radtimes.blogspot.com is a great place to start!
 

Re: Possible Voting Irregularities in Felton

just to let you know - you can get that t-shirt at www.internationalterrorist.com
 

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