Here's an update on bradblog.com about bad problems down in Texas:
Brad Friedman's blog:
We've been reporting for the last week or so on the ES&S iVotronic touch-screen
voting machines which are flipping votes from Democratic candidates to others
in, so far, at least four states. We've showed you actual footage of it and how
even after being "recalibrated" these machines still continue to flip votes.
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Unfortunately, it's not just the error-prone, hackable, wholly unverifiable
iVotronics from ES&S which are failing. Error-prone, hackable and wholly
unverifiable Direct Recording Electronic (DRE, usually touch-screen) voting
systems made by Hart InterCivic, Diebold and Sequoia Voting Systems are also
having the same problems across the country. And the Democrats, who have the
most to lose, continue to do nothing about it...
On Monday, we posted a video of a WV county clerk demonstrating the vote-flips
on the ES&S iVotronic and suggesting that the problem was due to touch-screen calibration issues on the machine. The video then shows the clerk inserting
a cartridge into the machine to recalibrate it, after which the machine still
mis-records a vote.
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While recalibration has been ordered in many of these cases, it needs to be
pointed out that there is no way that any touch-screen voting machine should
ever have a cartridge inserted into it, for any reason, by anybody, after it's
already been programmed for an election. That is the very moment these machines
are the most vulnerable to malicious software and other forms of tampering and
attack. That recalibration is being advised where these problems have occurred
--- instead of complete removal from service, to be replaced by paper ballots
--- is insane.
Recalibration, so far, has been the response prescribed by election officials
and, to their shame, we have seen absolutely no sign that the DNC and Barack
Obama attorneys have done anything to take appropriate action ...
... We now have reports of voting flipping in Texas on both Hart InterCivic DREs and, of course, the always unreliable
ones made by Diebold.
Last week, from the Houston Chronicle:
[Harris County Clerk Beverly Kaufman's] office was informed early today that
some of the first voters had cast straight-ticket Democratic ballots and then
discovered that the electronic machines listed them as voting for John McCain in
the presidential election.
In the report, Kaufman, as expected, tries to play down the reports of problems.
Harris County (Houston), the largest county in the second largest uses the Hart
InterCivic eSlate DRE. Though the eSlate is not a touch-screen --- voters use a
wheel and a button to select candidates from the computer screen --- it's still
an unverifiable DRE voting system.
Our friend Pokey Anderson, an election integrity advocate in Houston, and host
of KPFT/Pacifica's Sunday Monitor program, confirmed with one of the first 30 or
so voters to vote on the first day of early voting at the West Gray
Multi-Service Center that her straight ticket Democratic vote was flipped to McCain ...