Wednesday, October 18, 2006

HOLY CRAP.

Are you registered to vote?  Really?  Because you may not be, although you are.  Confused?  Frightened?  You should be, but there is an easy way to check.  First, here's what's going on in the world of GOP election stealing...

From a diarist part of the evil left wing media...

NOTE: I have corrected grammar and spelling mistakes, but I have left all of the information as is.

A friend, in a position to be present at lunches of GOP insiders here in DC called me on Thursday, they know of my ongoing efforts to make hackable voting end.

My friend was present as a group of Moderate GOP members with Ohio ties lamented how far the party had strayed.  The was consensus at the table was that there was no way they should retain control.   The table conversation began with the assumption they party would lose control in this election. The moderates started planning how to take back control of the GOP from the extremists.

Then, one insider, probably an extremist (but certainly very close to Mr. Ken Mehlman) abruptly stopped the conversation.  He told those at the table that it was impossible that they would lose either house.  He also predicted an Ohio GOP sweep.

He informed the group that over the last year, huge purges of the voter rolls have just been completed in four critical states the GOP needs to hold. The insider did not say which four states, but did say Ohio was among them.

He claimed that a new Diebold voter registry system had been installed over the last year.  The last week of July and the first week of August a "test run" was made of the systems ability to purge ineligable voters.  The purge generated names and test letters were sent out to 1.2 million Ohio addresses with a focus on university addresses and apartment addresses with high turnover.  He claimed that the letters were just functionary, but that they have an action component included for information on how to avoid being purged from the rolls.

The Insider warmed up and said that Blackwell was "brilliant" in how he did this.  The letter went on for a long time about changes in Ohio voting and security and suggested people who might have any concerns about their voting status could come by county offices and confirm their continued voting eligability before election day. 

He added, that since it was conducted as a test, they only sent letters to a limited number of suspect addresses and that "Blackwell chose criteria very, very favorable for us."

The insider further stated that Blackwell had only purged the lists after a full 60 days was given for people to respond, which means even if a voter was on the "termination" list, they would still have been eligable to vote in the primary.

He told the table that the purge had probably caught "hundreds of thousands of students, activists and wanderers with no real job", who would show up at the polls and have to vote provisionally.

He predicted to the table that tens of thousands of voters would show up on election day and once the provisional ballots were used up the affected voters would not be able to vote at all. 

He also said that this "operation" (the Insider's word; my friend was specific about this" had turned up a lot of additional fascinating information including a number of Democratic elected officials who are registered to vote in several places, and they were exploring how to use that information against them.

I am going to assume, Mr. Blackwell's "test" purge went to no-one registered GOP.  His criteria is something I am trying to get a copy of now.

Friday I called friends in Lorain County and Wayne County Ohio.  Neither of them had voted yet and I asked them if they could go on Monday to either vote early, apply for an absentee ballot, and if possible hang out at the Elections Office for an hour to determine if anyone was expressiing surprise that they were no longer registered.

If the sample of 11AM-1PM in Lorain County Ohio and 10AM-11AM in Wayne County Ohio are true, then Ohio Democratic Voters had better go and vote early if they plan to vote at all.

At Lorain County, my friend arrived to find a line of over 15 people, many of whom had come back for a second time.  All were Democrats who had arrived to vote and been told that Drivers Liscence Information, or Home Ownership Information had not matched the address provided for Voter Registration. 

In one case a college student had been purged because he had changed dormitories on campus.

In another case a local blue-collar worker had been purged because his voter registration had only his building address, but his drivers liscense included an apartment number.  This tiny difference in information had led to his purging.

While everyone present seemed to have enough information to allow the records to be updated, my friend told me it was being done by one (and only one) clerk who was taking about 5 minutes per person to resolve the issues.  Everyone in line confirmed that several voters had given up in frustration and left.

In Wayne County the sample is smaller, but during the one hour 18 people arrived for absentee ballots or to vote early.  Wayne County had 3 Diebold TSX Touch Screens set up for early voters.  Of those who arrived two of them had been provisionally purged.  The first was again a student from a local college, she was sent away and told she had to bring some ID beyond her student ID to prove she was resident at the College.  She was wearing a Sherrod Brown button.  The second was a local guy who owns two houses on the same block.  His drivers liscence is to the one house where he keeps his cars, but his voter roll to his house where he actually sleeps (four houses away).  This got resolved with a series of steps that included the completion of two forms, and a clerk having to enter the corrected information into two seperate computers. 

As an added bonus, my friend listened in and witnessed 8 retired ladies getting instructions on how to be poll workers on the new TSX machines.  The instructor was a local elections board member.  She was asked many questions by one of the retirees and her answer to almost all of them was "I don't know how it works, I just know how we are supposed to use it."

Get ready Ohio.

This story may also explain Mr. Blackwell's sudden discovery of the "two homes problem" now facing Strickland.

This Blackwell discovery of Mr. Strickland is actually part of the much larger net thrown by the GOP to eliminate hundred of thousands of Democrats from the voting rolls.

ACTION:  Get to your election boards, bring all the documentation you can.  Demand a paper absentee ballot.  Alert everyone you know in Ohio.

Good luck out there.  This doesn't eliminate the fact your Diebold System is completely hackable, but it certainly explains how Rove plans to drag all of our races into the margin of error so that simply hitting the Diebold Button to steal the election doesn't look so obvious. 

He has taken away your right to vote based on any piece of mismatched information in your state records.

I would expect that would be nearly everyone if the test was applied across the board.  But I suspect it was not done that way by Mr. Blackwell.

It might be worth it for other states to start looking into this issue as well.

Scared yet?  This is the sixth comment on the diary
Seems I Was Purged, Then
I live in Cleveland and just went to the Cuyahoga BOE website and searched my my registration information.  You have to enter your last name + DOB.

...it came up with no results.  And I registered to vote back in March of this year. 

Amazing.

I really don't think this diary is tinfoil at all.

For anyone else in Cuyahoga County, Ohio check your info here: http://boe.cuyahogac....

Go here to see if you are still registered to vote.  If not, demand an explanation.  If so, continue checking until and on election day.  These people will stop at nothing to keep control.

Oh, and if you have any other friends planning on voting this year in any state, please forward this information.

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