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Two Ohio election workers found guilty; supervisors get off scot free

According to sources interviewed by Black Box Voting, the women were offered plea bargains but declined, and their supervisors were never publicly required to account for the illegal manipulation of Cuyahoga County ballots during the 2004 recount of the presidential election.

Three Cuyahoga County elections workers were indicted; two (Kathleen Dreamer and Jacqui Maiden) were convicted today. The third, Rosie Grier, was acquitted. Neither Cuyahoga Elections Director Michael Vu nor Cuyahoga County Board of Elections chair Bob Bennett have publicly answered questions on this matter.
It was the videotaped evidence by Kathleen Wynne that allowed this case to come to trial, and it was the videotape that convicted two Cuyahoga County elections workers.

CONVICTED ELECTION WORKERS CHOSE NOT TO IMPLICATE HIGHER-UPS

According to sources interviewed by Black Box Voting, the women were offered plea bargains but declined, and their supervisors were never publicly required to account for the illegal manipulation of Cuyahoga County ballots during the 2004 recount of the presidential election.

Three Cuyahoga County elections workers were indicted; two (Kathleen Dreamer and Jacqui Maiden) were convicted today. The third, Rosie Grier, was acquitted. Neither Cuyahoga Elections Director Michael Vu nor Cuyahoga County Board of Elections chair Bob Bennett have publicly answered questions on this matter.

WHO WAS SUPERVISING AND WHO TRAINED THEM?

At the very least, questions should be asked about the training and management of the employees who rigged the recount. And more questions need to be answered about who ordered it.

Commentary on some left-leaning Web sites attempts to pin the blame for the loss of the 2004 presidential election on Dreamer and Maiden. In fact, no evidence has been presented alleging that they rigged the election -- what they did was to follow procedures to stack the deck on the recount. They say these recount-selection procedures have been in place for 20 years, and their conviction confirms that this violates the law.

HACK AND STACK

The illegal techniques used in the Cuyahoga County recount do enable jurisdictions to rig elections, through a tactic called "hack and stack." Citizen election watchdogs in Arizona report catching election workers stacking the deck this way.

Hack and stack works like this: Some recounts and audits rely on so-called "random" manual counts of a small percentage of the ballots, which are then compared against the voting computer counts for those precincts. The safeguard can be defeated by manipulating the precinct selection process, or by manipulating the ballots in the selected precincts to make sure they match before counting them. This "stacks" the recount or audit so that only subsets of data that match machine counts are examined.

In Cuyahoga County, citizens noticed that the ballots arrived for the public recount already sorted into sets for Bush and sets for Kerry. Kathleen Wynne videotaped the sorted piles and videotaped as she asked Kathleen Dreamer and Jacqui Maiden to explain the sorting and pre-selected piles. She captured them on videotape admitting that they had not chosen randomly.

Stacking the deck by manipulating the selection of so-called "random" recount or audit precincts will allow hacking the election in the other precincts to succeed.

When alert citizens in Arizona caught election workers in a similar kind of clandestine "stack" activity in a recent election, the prosecutor did not file charges. One possible reason: Without videotape, it's very difficult to make charges stick.

DO THE AUDIT PROTOCOLS IN THE HOLT BILL CATCH HACK & STACK?

Probably not. Legislation soon to be introduced by Rush Holt reportedly will not use tiered audits.

A four-tiered audit method developed by Kathy Dopp, and the tiered audit concepts being discussed by the Brennan Center, may catch Hack & Stack -- but the kind of audit that will reportedly show up in the new Holt Bill will not make sure the right candidate gets into office.

In fact, audits that focus on "instilling confidence" rather than making sure the right candidate is put in office seem to be the preference of most upcoming legislation.

RIG AROUND THE AUDIT

None of the pending legislation -- by Rush Holt, by Juanita Millender-MacDonald, or the Hillary Clinton bill -- appear to be planning to address an even more fundamental issue: The need to commit the data BEFORE doing the audit. Nor do any of them focus the concept of auditing on preventing the wrong candidate from getting into office. They appear to be substituting a marketing concept -- "voter confidence" -- for meaningful election integrity, which means making sure the right candidate is seated. To do that, the audit must be designed to thwart fraud, and must be timed so that it occurs BEFORE candidates are seated but AFTER 100 percent of the data has been committed in public.

There is absolutely no point in doing any kind of "random manual count" before publicly committing to the precinct detail results, including the mail-ins, provisionals, and early votes. The data must be complete and must be publicly committed -- locked down, frozen, if you will -- before selecting any precinct to count. Any audit that takes place before committing the entire detailed results is just theatre. Meaningless, because the uncommitted data provides a "fudge factor" to rig around the audit.

BACK TO CUYAHOGA: A DEFENSE ATTORNEY WAS CHAIRMAN OF THE CUYAHOGA BOARD OF ELECTIONS

In a peculiar twist, defense lawyer Roger Synenberg, who represented convicted elections worker Kathleen Dreamer, was formerly the Chairman of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections. If illegal recount procedures have been being used in Cuyahoga County for 20 years, that would make the illegal procedures part of Synenberg's oversight, because he was Chairman of the Board of Elections in 1995. If he had counseled his clients to accept a plea bargain, one wonders what would have come out in the wash as prosecutors delved into what the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections knows about hand-picking the recount precincts.

FILM CAPTURED BY WYNNE FEATURED IN HBO "HACKING DEMOCRACY"

Footage filmed by Kathleen Wynne showing the convicted Cuyahoga elections workers appeared in the HBO documentary film "Hacking Democracy", which will be distributed on DVD by its filmmakers and their distribution company beginning in March.

More at:
 http://www.bbvforums.org/cgi-bin/forums/discus.cgi?pg=topics

OHIO 2004: 6.15% Kerry-Bush vote-switch found in probability study. 01.Feb.2007 20:00

anonymous

Defining the vote outcome probabilities of wrong-precinct voting has revealed, in a sample of 166,953 votes (1/34th of the Ohio vote), the Kerry-Bush margin changes 6.15% when the population is sorted by probable outcomes of wrong-precinct voting.

The Kerry to Bush 6.15% vote-switch differential is seen when the large sample is sorted by probability a Kerry wrong-precinct vote counts for Bush. When the same large voter sample is sorted by the probability Kerry votes count for third-party candidates, Kerry votes are instead equal in both subsets.

Read the revised article with graphs of new findings:

Ohio Presidential Election: Cuyahoga County Analysis
How Kerry Votes Were Switched to Bush Votes

 http://jqjacobs.net/politics/ohio.html


Suckers! "supervisors get off scot free" 06.Feb.2007 13:02

Allen

"supervisors get off scot free"

Unfair only in that the supervisors didn't pay. Completely fare that you are responsible for their actions.

"I was only following orders." It's a new century but that still not a good excuse.

Best response to a "leader" pushing you to do something illegal or stupid: "Hey bud, you first!" Or, get it in writing.