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Re: 2012 Roundup
« Reply #135 on: November 01, 2012, 07:44:21 PM »
Then again, Romney does own those electoral machines.
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Re: 2012 Roundup
« Reply #136 on: November 05, 2012, 12:05:36 PM »

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Re: 2012 Roundup
« Reply #137 on: November 05, 2012, 10:33:52 PM »
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Re: 2012 Roundup
« Reply #138 on: November 06, 2012, 04:03:03 PM »
I posted this less because of my liberal leanings than that I do believe the election should be a fair fight from a vote counting perspective.

I think we all believe that, but this article seems very sketchy on details...and heavy on the conspiracy.

It's MSNBC, but....

http://tv.msnbc.com/2012/11/06/machine-turns-vote-for-obama-into-one-for-romney/

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Machine turns vote for Obama into one for Romney

A Pennsylvania electronic voting machine has been taken out of service after being captured on video changing a vote for President Obama into one for Mitt Romney, NBC News has confirmed. Republicans have also said machines have turned Romney votes into Obama ones.

The video was first posted on Youtube by user “centralpavoter.” It shows a voter’s finger repeatedly pressing the button for Obama, but a check mark coming up next to Romney’s name:


NBC News confirmed that the machine has been taken off line.

Underneath the video, the user gave an account of what happened:

    My wife and I went to the voting booths this morning before work. There were 4 older ladies running the show and 3 voting booths that are similar to a science fair project in how they fold up. They had an oval VOTE logo on top center and a cartridge slot on the left that the volunteers used to start your ballot.

    I initially selected Obama but Romney was highlighted. I assumed it was being picky so I deselected Romney and tried Obama again, this time more carefully, and still got Romney. Being a software developer, I immediately went into troubleshoot mode. I first thought the calibration was off and tried selecting Jill Stein to actually highlight Obama. Nope. Jill Stein was selected just fine. Next I deselected her and started at the top of Romney’s name and started tapping very closely together to find the ‘active areas’. From the top of Romney’s button down to the bottom of the black checkbox beside Obama’s name was all active for Romney. From the bottom of that same checkbox to the bottom of the Obama button (basically a small white sliver) is what let me choose Obama. Stein’s button was fine. All other buttons worked fine.

    I asked the voters on either side of me if they had any problems and they reported they did not. I then called over a volunteer to have a look at it. She him hawed for a bit then calmly said “It’s nothing to worry about, everything will be OK.” and went back to what she was doing. I then recorded this video.

    There is a lot of speculation that the footage is edited. I’m not a video guy, but if it’s possible to prove whether a video has been altered or not, I will GLADLY provide the raw footage to anyone who is willing to do so. The jumping frames are a result of the shitty camera app on my Android phone, nothing more.

Separately, the RNC last week sent a letter (pdf) to elections officials in six other states, including Ohio, Nevada, and Colorado, raising concerns that machines had wrongly counted votes for Romney as ones for Obama, and asking them to address the problem.

Late Update,2:35pm: A spokesman for the Pennsylvania Department of State told Mother Jones a machine that showed that problem, likely the same one, is back online after being “recalibrated.”

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Re: 2012 Roundup
« Reply #139 on: November 06, 2012, 04:13:00 PM »
What I find weird is that it's not made public knowledge that, when you have this problem, you should (1) call someone over and (2) if they're dismissive, like this guy claims, demand another machine and for them to take the problem one out of service.

I'm amazed at all the voter rights that we have along those lines, yet no one pipes up. It's basically the one day every two years where we each have more power than the authorities. For example -- you can verbally challenge someone and block them from voting. So, in a non-ID state, you can say, "That person is not who he says he is!" and that person has to fill out a provisional ballot and, if they want it to count, prove their identity in court at a later date. The judges cannot accept any forms of ID.

Endless shenanigans can go on.

Anyway...that's a tangent. My point is -- things like this are blown out of proportion. A miscalibrated voting machine is not a surprising thing, or the start of a conspiracy, and is easily fixed. And if anyone is stupid enough to not notice/let it slide/be bullied by the judges, they deserve what they get.

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Re: 2012 Roundup
« Reply #140 on: November 06, 2012, 04:28:55 PM »
No, no. The Bolsheviks are controlling everything.

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Re: 2012 Roundup
« Reply #141 on: November 06, 2012, 04:31:27 PM »
No, no. The Bolsheviks are controlling everything.

That, at least, would be entertaining. And, therefore, welcome.

I've been reduced to quoting PotA to your AD on Facebook.

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Re: 2012 Roundup
« Reply #142 on: November 06, 2012, 04:58:03 PM »
AD? I don't understand the lingo you kids use these days.

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Re: 2012 Roundup
« Reply #143 on: November 06, 2012, 05:01:35 PM »
Whatever the fuck you call that guy who does that shit when you make a fucking movie.

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Re: 2012 Roundup
« Reply #144 on: November 06, 2012, 05:14:35 PM »
He's the DP, no the AD.

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Re: 2012 Roundup
« Reply #145 on: November 06, 2012, 05:17:46 PM »
I couldn't bring myself to type "DP" without super-imposing his face on Asa Akira's body.

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Re: 2012 Roundup
« Reply #146 on: November 06, 2012, 07:56:06 PM »
Corporate taxes will rule the day.
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Re: 2012 Roundup
« Reply #147 on: November 06, 2012, 07:58:50 PM »
Corporate taxes will rule the day.

You mean, like, more corporate taxes? Or...?