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Random Audit Drawing – While Everybody Was Watching East Haven

I was at the Random Audit drawing yesterday. A Press Conference at the Secretary of the State’s office at 1:00pm. We drew 70 districts to be audited along with 15 extras in case there are additional contested races which prevent audits in any of the 70 selected districts. If my preliminary count is correct there […]

East Haven Recount#2 Lessons – Will We Learn?

Update: More lessons from the Wallingford Recount <read> This was a town council race with 17 candidates and 9 elected. 11,000 votes 59 poll workers counted in 6 hours. If we assume a $0.05 per vote (9) that would $0.45 per ballot. If so it works out to paying an average of $14.00 per poll […]

Recount Does Not Match – Mystery? Discrepancy? Error?

Update: Middlefield, a sensible recount discrepancy report, a few votes off in the count, some sensible advice to count again, and a reasonable possible explanation <read> Update, Colin McEnron interviews Rep Mike Lawlor <listen> We learn that the counts of votes were higher in several districts, not just one. Lawlor likes a similar explination to […]

TalkNationRadio – Raindrops Keep Falling

This week’s TalkNationRadio by Dori Smith, Raindrops Keep falling on Connecticut’s Diebold Voting Machines: <read and listen> Interviews with Connecticut Registrars, Deputy Secretary of State Lesley Mara, and True Vote Connecticut member George Barnett.  Coverage of the November 6th election and the problems with wet ballots. Former corporate auditor George Barnett: ‘In 2006 twenty eight […]

14 Towns Exempt From Post-Election Audits, So Far

Press Release from Secretary of the State, Susan Bysiewicz <read> So far, 14 Connecticut towns have reported races close enough for an automatic manual recount.  That is the good news, unfortunately, due to Public Act 07-194 those towns are also exempt from the random post-election audits.  More to come as results come in and races […]

Bysiewicz Trashes Levers – Minimizes Vulnerabilities

Susan Bysiewicz held a press conference to symbolically trash a lever voting machine and raise voter confidence in the implementation of our new voting machines. We applaud her formal announcement of the testing of memory cards by UConn, however, we beg to disagree with the lack of concern for the programming of the memory cards […]

Talk Radio Investigation Into New Voting Technology Reveals Vulnerabilities

Secretary Bysiewicz is taking steps to improve security and procedures with our voting machines. More seals and testing of spare memory cards for most districts by UConn. Yet, the procedures must be clear to election staff and followed unfailingly — a huge challenge when changing so many locations at once, with 169 municipalities with dedicated […]

Memory Card Failures 1%? 4%? 9%? – Diebold Won’t Disclose Data

Memory cards have been failing in Florida on AccuVote-OS scanners. Diebold won’t release the actual data claiming it is proprietary. Also attempts to blame the customer for the problem. BradBlog has the story. <read> The resulting reports, from 17 of the 27 counties, show two counties with over 9 percent memory card failure rate and […]

Unintended Consequences – Bridgeport Lockup

Update:Â Supreme Court to intervene <read> Bridgeport, Conn., Voting Machines “Held Hostage” Says Secretary of State <read> Judge Blawie has ruled that the primary election results are valid,” said Bysiewicz. “Rep. Caruso is entitled to appeal but he should not hold the city’s voting machines hostage in the process. The actual paper ballots would be […]

New Britain – Shortage of Election Officials. Questionable Procedures? Short Fuses?

Update 11/3, more arguments <read>, no wonder they are having problems recruiting. Between pay increases for poll workers and a candidate’s company moving voting machines, New Britain voting officials have had their share of the news lately. Now Rick Guinness reports on a shortage of poll workers, a shortage of cooperation between registrars, and frustration […]