Poll Monitors for Scott Brown Needed: All Expenses Paid

This from Pam Geller at Atlas Shrugs – Help document voter fraud in Massachusetts!

Help in the Massachusetts Senate Election with an ALL EXPENSES PAID trip!

One of my readers just contacted me and an opportunity has
arisen TODAY (Monday 1/18). We can now send people to Massachusetts for FREE (travel,
lodging, food) to help poll monitor in the MA Senate election tomorrow, (Tues.
1/19). Brief training will be provided.

If you want to go, please email
volunteer@teaparty365.org with your
name and phone number, and they will book your travel and lodging immediately — and
put you in touch with the ground coordinator in Massachusetts.

If your email gets
returned, please email info@teaparty365.org and
kellen@teaparty365.org.
Please help out in this historic
election!

Massachusetts
voters – please take cameras and record every act of treachery you see.
That ugly criminal machine is going into high gear, the individual can
save America. That’s you and me.

Normally, I would link back to Pam at Atlas Shrugs, but I have been asked to post her entire message so as not to crash her site. So here it is, and visit Atlas Shrugs if you prefer.

UPDATE: WAYS TO MINIMIZE VOTE
COUNTING MANIPULATION IN MASSACHUSETTS TOMORROW
(hat tip Carmen)


This is from Black Box
Voting (Beverly Harris) and demonstrates how complicated our “efficient”
electronic voting system is, with all the possible variations and permutations. 
This is a state of affairs that is highly susceptible to various kinds of fraud
and manipulation.

For those with the mind for details and the
motivation, Beverly Harris spells out what citizens can do to try to expose and,
thereby, minimize various instances of fraud and trickery.

Here you’ll find the straight scoop along with suggestions for effective actions
everyone can take, whether you live in Massachusetts or not, to watchdog the
controversial Tuesday Massachusetts senate election.

Massachusetts
results will roll in from over 400 municipalities (they don’t administer
elections by county like most states); I’ve been poking around, and I think
we’ll might be able to get the full set of incoming results, municipality by
municipality, through this Web page:

http://www3.whdh.com/elections/MA100119/summary

Remember
that these will be media results, not governmental results, but they should be
collected and compared with the governmental results.

Yes, the machines are Diebold/Premier, and are hackable*;
yes, the machines were programmed by a firm with a member of its key management
team afflicted with a criminal record and a history of driving around the state
with replacement memory cards and voting machines in his trunk.
And
yes, this election is vehemently political, with the winner possibly holding a
key vote on the controversial healthcare bill.

(* Did an update eliminate
hackability?) Well, there’s no point in taking anyone’s word on anything; 
whatever is on the machines was put there by LHS Associates, the firm that
programs all the machines.

NOTHING IS REALLY DIFFERENT ABOUT THIS
MASSACHUSETTS ELECTION

Except for the unusually high octane senate race,
this election is no different than any other Massachusetts elections over the
past 10 years. They’ve had tamper-friendly
machines and a thuggish, centralized voting machine programming firm for many
years now
, the same situation that afflicts New Hampshire, Vermont,
Maine and Connecticut.

When I say “thuggish” I refer not only to the
narcotics trafficking conviction of LHS Associates’ key management team
member/voting machine support guy Ken Hajjar (photocopy of record here:
http://www.bbvdocs.org/LHS/hajjar.png ), but to the sometimes
profane and very blustery and pushy interactions many of us have had with these
characters. Here’s YouTube video showing LHS President John Silvestro
interrupting a New Hampshire legislative hearing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PiiaBqwqkXs

Now, when I
say there is never basis for ‘trust’, what I mean is this: Public elections are
the method by which we choose our representatives. Some say we have chosen to
trust, because we empower our representatives to make decisions for us, and that
is somewhat true. But the process of CHOOSING our representatives can never be
ceded entirely to insiders, whether they work for the government or not.
The public must retain the right to see and
authenticate every essential step of the choosing process; if any key step is
concealed from the public, the election ceases to be public, and

an inadvertent transfer of power (from the public to a handful of
insiders) takes place
.

WHAT EVERYONE CAN DO TO HELP WITH
PUBLIC AUTHENTICATION

“Poll watching” is
a good and important thing to do,
but it
does very little to protect results
. Let’s assume that the political
parties and various members of the public will get out there and poll watch, to
make sure that registered voters can vote and no non-legitimate votes get into
the pool. Nowadays, with computerized counting and absentee voting, two key
steps are removed from public right to see and authenticate: Computerized counting removes public right to see and
authenticate the count. After the fact audits do not replace or restore this.
One of the “essential steps” is the original count, and no “after the fact”
procedure — especially one which takes place after ballots are transported —
can replace public right to see and authenticate the original
count.

(1)

(2) Absentee voting removes public right to
see who actually casts each vote.

So what can we do? I say that citizens both in and outside of Massachusetts
can help protect the election, because we can all help pinpoint municipalities
that merit special vigilance.

THE SEA IS VAST AND EACH
CITIZEN’S BOAT IS SMALL

Massachusetts has over 400 election
jurisdictions. We can help Massachusetts residents pick locations to watch —
and “watch” does NOT mean just during the live election. Election Night and the
days following the election are perhaps even more important!

Those of us who live outside Massachusetts can help
locate possible problem areas. How?
By Googling around to see where
there were anomalies, allegations, election complaints, or irregularities in the
past. Tune into local races, like past mayor, sheriff or town council elections.
Flag locations of interest by e-mailing them to crew@blackboxvoting.org
or posting information in the Massachusetts section of our Web
site.

EXAMPLE: ACUSHNET – April 16, 2008: “As questions swirl around the shredding of absentee
ballot envelopes just two days after the April 7 town
election…”

Yep. Let’s put Acushnet on the Watch List. I’d
also add Methuen, where LHS Associates is located (and where a family member of
an LHS guy was working for the city); and Lawrence. Please share your
nominations for Massachusetts Watch List municipalities!

– – – – – –

QUICK PRIMER: UNIQUE ASPECTS OF MASSACHUSETTS ELECTIONS

1. They
don’t run elections by counties, but instead by municipalities. Massachusetts
municipalities can be found on the Black Box Voting .ORG Web site in the
Massachusetts section, here’s the link:

http://www.bbvforums.org/forums/messages/149/149.html,http://www.bbvforums.org/forums/messages/149/149.html

This
is an interactive site where you can help archive information you find within
each municipality and for the state as a whole.

2. Massachusetts uses
computerized voting machines (mostly the Diebold/Premier Accuvote scanners, with
a few antiquated ES&S Optech scanners scattered around), they have a “paper
trail” but do not allow the public to watch the counting of the paper ballots,
and the state imposes restrictions on candidates seeking recounts which can
block ability to recount if margins exceed a certain threshold.

3.
Massachusetts does not have Wild West-style vote by mail, and places at least
some restrictions on absentee voting, such as the requirement to request an
absentee ballot. That said, in this election they’ve been pushing pretty hard
for in-person requests and in-person absentee voting. That is somewhat
troubling.

4. By and large, Massachusetts election officials don’t use
the Diebold/Premier “GEMS” central tabulator. LHS Associates DOES use it, to
prepare the memory cards, and LHS sometimes lets certain election officials also
have it and shows them how to make their own memory cards.

RECONCILING
BALLOTS, POLL BOOKS, EARLY/FINAL COUNTS, AND POLL TAPES

This is the
method used by Richard Hayes Phillips and Paddy Shaffer to spot impossible
numbers in Ohio in the 2004 general election, and this simple kind of audit is
still one of the best ways to spot problems!

1. The number of people who
sign in to the poll book should match the number of votes cast. Sometimes it can
be off by one or two, but in that case, you will always have one or two FEWER
votes than the number of people who signed in. Any number off by more than one
or two, or any time there are more votes than voters, you’ve got an anomaly (in
the first case) or an impossible number (if more votes than voters). Such
discrepancies merit a loud shout.

2. The results should not show a large
variance from initial results to final results (which are certified several days
after the election), at least, not without an explanation and documents to back
it up.

3. The numbers on the poll tapes should: (a) have correct date and
times; (b) match the initial results — sometimes you have to add poll tape plus
absentee plus machine-unreadable ballots; (c) should be signed by poll workers
(d) should have header and footer information intact and (e) should have signed,
time-stamped “zero results” attached. Any discrepancies need to be
red-flagged.

4. The number of ballots delivered, used, unused, and
spoiled should appear on a polling place reconciliation form signed by poll
workers, and the numbers need to add up. Any location that fails to account for
its blank (unused) ballots needs to be red-flagged.

MOST AMERICANS DON’T
UNDERSTAND WHERE THE BIG RISKS ARE WITH VOTE BY MAIL

Picture this:
Suppose you have people dumping REAL voters into the voter registration list,
without their knowledge. This is possible by insiders, in states with Internet
voter registration, and by outsiders, by copying names out of phone books or
just finding lists of addresses. Some of these people will be duplicates and are
weeded out. But after dups are removed, what will remain is a whole bunch of
REAL names on the list for people who rarely vote (thus were not registered) and
are unaware that they are even registered. This is the real risk for Internet
registration, and for the so-called “voter registration modernization” which
heads us toward dumping everyone on the rolls based on driver’s licenses etc.,
and for the kinds of violations publicized with ACORN.

When you combine
voter list stuffing with vote by mail, you open up a huge vector for fraud:
Insiders casting votes in the name of real people who are
registered voters
but unlikely to vote.

In other words, the risk for large, wholesale
vote-by-mail fraud is not with some dead guys, nor is it with the non-matching
signatures. The real risks are with the signatures that DO match and the voters
who are REAL, but don’t vote and who may not even know they are registered. As
for faking the sig match: This is a surprisingly trivial
process.

MASSACHUSETTS PUSH FOR ABSENTEE WALK-INS:

Now, when you
start pushing people to come in personally to apply and drop off absentee
ballots, you also add risks for an insider operation for counterfeit absentee
voting, by eliminating post office records. You also don’t have to deal with the
tricky little detail of where to mail a bunch of unasked-for ballots. Absentee
applications can magically appear (a bunch of people “dropped them off”) and
voted absentee ballots for the matching names can sprout like mushrooms (people
“dropped them off”, you know).

Absentee voting already has a rich and
proven history of fraud, just ask any Appalachian state, and is being ramped up
in Massachusetts for this election. And it’s a bit troubling.

WHAT TO
DO:

Here’s one strategy that can be used to detect counterfeit
absentee-dumping:

Because it requires an insider, there will be
considerable variation among the over-400 municipalities as to whether insider
absentee fraud is doable. So by comparing the percentage of absentee votes
between municipalities, it should be possible to pick out locations with
higher-than-normal absentee
participation.

VOTING MACHINE
FORENSICS

For more detailed examination of voting machine and tabulator
functionality, here are some of the diagnostic reports available by request.
These are all
considered non-proprietary and fall under public records
laws.

POLLING PLACE VOTING MACHINE AUDIT TAPES: Each polling place voting
machine can print an audit tape. Typically they just print the results tape, but
there are two additional options: The AccuVote machines can also print
a
“long tape” which shows results in more detail, including blank ballots;
and they can print an “Audit Tape”, which shows important information like when
the machine was turned off or on, whether someone pushed an override button, and
so forth.

CENTRAL TABULATOR AUDIT LOGS: Most Massachusetts locations
don’t use the central machine that adds up multiple polling place results, but
some jurisdictions, like Boston and Cambridge, may use the GEMS central
tabulator. If so, GET THE AUDIT LOG. Get it in electronic form. This will show
many different events, all of them important. This central tabulator runs on
Windows, so also request an electronic copy of the Windows Event Log, the
Windows System Log, and the Windows Administrative log. GEMS runs over 80
different kinds of diagnostic reports; here are links to examples:

http://www.blackboxvoting.org/toolkit-report-samples.pdf
http://www.blackboxvoting.org/report-samples1.pdf
http://www.blackboxvoting.org/report-sample2.pdf
http://www.blackboxvoting.org/report-samples3.pdf
http://www.blackboxvoting.org/report-samples4.pdf
http://www.blackboxvoting.org/report-samples5.pdf
http://www.blackboxvoting.org/report-samples6.pdf
http://www.blackboxvoting.org/report-samples7.pdf
http://www.blackboxvoting.org/report-samples8.pdf
http://www.blackboxvoting.org/report-samples9.pdf
http://www.blackboxvoting.org/report-samples10.pdf
http://www.blackboxvoting.org/report-samples11.pdf
http://www.blackboxvoting.org/report-samples12.pdf

One
of the most useful reports is in sample 8, which shows whether duplicate memory
cards were created. The example here shows one precinct that had an extra memory
card (ballot box) created, but in Putnam County Florida after the 2004 election,
every precinct had 2-3 memory cards (ballot boxes). This
is important
information for tracking chain of custody.

TOOL KITS

For more
information, such as how to request public records, or details on looking at
audit logs or automating collection of preliminary results, go to our Tool Kit
page: http://www.blackboxvoting.org/toolkit.html — both the 2008
and the earlier Tool Kit contain many valuable suggestions.

The most
interesting information will come out in the days and weeks following the
election. Happy hunting, and you can use this link to share information:
http://www.bbvforums.org/forums/messages/8/80813.html

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