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EVIDENCE OF ELECTION IRREGULARITIES IN SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WASHINGTON GENERAL ELECTION, 2004

"Of course I'm biased as one of the co-authors, but if you want to see real evidence and a strong argument for election fraud, read this paper. I won't make a dime off of it, it's free. All I ask is for YOUR time to read it. There is an executive summary, but there is much more in the paper and it is tied together in the paper."

By
- Paul R. Lehto, Attorney at Law (practicing in business law and consumer fraud issues)
- Jeffrey Hoffman, Ph.D., Northern Michigan University (professor of mechanical engineering technology)

AFTERWORD
(Thanks to All Who Have Worked for Democracy)

Because voting is our one moment when we are all supposed to be most equal, equal even to the President of the United States, we can be proud to vote. It is said that we are once again a Nation polarized and divided, with the former slave states and the mountains and plains divided against the coasts and the Great Lakes, and our commitment to union and to democracy is tested.

With regard to that equality and freedom, and in the context of dying to preserve that union and democracy, Abraham Lincoln famously said:

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate -- we can not consecrate -- we can not hallow -- this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.

It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion -- that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain -- that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom -- and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.

--Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
{{ Copied here are just a few of the points for brevity.}}

* Election day voting in Snohomish County is not like paper voting for Republicans and Democrats which forms a bell curve with noise, but instead forms a smooth twin peak curve, suggesting different mechanisms acted on the electronic vote relative to the paper vote.

* The chances that 2/3 of the vote would show a Democratic lead of 97044 to 95228 votes, while the remaining 1/3 of the vote on touch screens would show a Republican lead of almost 5% (50,400 Republican to 42,145 Democratic) as a result of voters randomly choosing whether to vote by paper ballot or by touch screen is one in 1,000 trillion! A true impossibility.

* Simple mechanisms exist for multiple voting or hacking the Sequoia touch screen machines by single individuals, and they are further identified in the paper.

* Given the coincidence of observed vote switching behavior doing this very thing with actual precinct results reporting enhanced Republican outcomes relative to absentee paper ballots, the probability is that Democratic votes and/or undervotes are being assigned improperly to Republican candidates and contrary to at least some voters' intent, and forensic analysis of the machines along with their impoundment is necessary to rule this out.

* Even though evidence of fraud exists here, the parallel voting technologies and recordkeeping are unusually good in Washington state, making investigation somewhat easier.

* Citizens should not have the burden of proving fraud, it is our government that has the burden of proving the election was transparent, fair and clean from the perspective even of the loser, because the continued vitality of democratic government depends upon the election loser's acceptance that the loss occurred through a fair and democratic process.

* Sequoia machines similar to those in Snohomish County, Washington were used in all of Nevada, almost all of New Mexico, and four counties in Florida.

* Although free and independent testing is badly needed, the authors of this paper have been told in writing that they will be allowed no testing of the Sequoia machines without Sequoia's express permission.

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{{Note: Another researcher had found a 10% consistent shift in Bush votes for the 4 Florida counties that use Sequoia when comparing 2000 to 2004, and had had a hypothesis that 5% skimming occurred. This study is another piece of evidence supporting that same hypothesis based on data of a completely different dimension. This is not mentioned in the report.}}

The report is available as a PDF file at:
http://www.votersunite.org/info/SnohomishElectionFraudInvestigation.pdf

Discussion and a summary of the report (for those who can't access the .pdf / Adobe Acrobat file) can be found at:
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=show_mesg&forum=203&topic_id=268654&mesg_id=268654

Note: This post at Portland Indy was not done by one of the authors. I'm just a citizen trying to make the information available. (Therefore you can't expect the authors to see your comments here; however you can probably contact them directly using information provided in the paper.) The comment at the very top of this post, by one of the authors, was copied from the above linked thread at democraticunderground.

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a true democracy is not a fascist strong point 10.Jan.2005 12:29

a forest dweller in a cave with three goats, a dog & a cat

Well before Dino Rossi had his little fit I believe there should have been an election revote (it would be cheaper than the lawsuits). I find Dino's arrogance after the first tally repulsive and then his whining after the final count humiliating. I strongly believe that after such a lose (be it local, regional or national) a recount for "irregularities" should be automatic and then automatically a re-vote after correcting any possible irregularities. In the case of the Washington state governor race it could have been used as a model to point out for the rest of the country, but Dino's childish approach just makes the situation more ridiculous. Unfortunately now I think a revote will even lead to more "irregularities" and think that a full scale investigation should be done (which should be done anyway regardlesss of a new vote). I would not be surprise if more will be uncovered in the next few months specifially in Grey's Harbour area and King county. My sisters and brothers, my fellow Cascadians, we are in the midst of fascism (which includes both political parties) and these games will continue until the population is awaken to the fact we are in the belly of the beast and truly willing to take the needed steps to empower the people. Until that time we will lose more and more rights and dignity.