COMMISSIONER OPENLY ADMITS MACHINES IN ERIE COUNTY WERE PROGRAMED TO SWITCH VOTES
by John Charlton
(Dec. 15, 2009) — The corruption in the New York Board of Elections would be laughable if it were on TV, but today at 1:00 PM the Board actually did certify the use of electronic voting machines which one commissioner admitted, during the meeting, had been found to switch the votes between candidates during the recent election!
Howard Stanislevic, of the Gouverneur Times, decried the corruption of the New York State Board of Elections, in an article published just one hour ago:
At the hearing, Commissioner Kellner confirmed our worst fears about e-vote counting (see his testimony below). Kellner stated that in Erie County, during the process of entering ballot programming data, vote switching between candidates had been programmed into the computer (Election Management System or EMS) that, in turn, programed the county’s optical scanners. The scanners then proceeded to switch the votes at the polls as the ballots were cast on election day. This real-time vote switching was undetectable by voters, poll workers or other election officials.
Kellner said in this case the vote switching was detected later because the election results appeared to be implausible. The scanners supposedly failed their pre-election Logic and Accuracy test due to the vote-switching problem. That’s good, but county election officials ignored the results of their own tests and held the election using the vote-switching configuration anyway
Commissioner Kellner also stated that this county, which uses ES&S systems, was among the best in the 2009 “pilot” elections (held with real voters and candidates). We don’t doubt his word that the errors were eventually corrected. But if Erie was one of the best counties, we’d hate to see one of the worst counties that participated in this experiment.
Stanislevic included a link describing the vote-switching machines in detail.
Certified Election Results for the New York 23rd District Special Election, 2009
The official results as certified by the NY State Board of Elections were:
Bill Owens: 73,137 votes
Debe Scozzafava: 8,582 votes
Doug Hoffman: 69,553
Leading Expert Finds Statistical Signs of Vote Tampering in NY-23 Special Election
Dr. Richard Hayes Phillips, in a previous article published by the same paper, described some of the other glaring irregularities found in the vote tally. In 8 polling stations in St. Lawrence County, machines were locked and taken to a warehouse and counted in private; when NY law requires all votes to be counted at the polling stations, in public. The illegal vote counting in those cases resulted in statistically impossible results:
An audit of the poll books and absentee voter lists for three of these eight polling places reveals that the preliminary hand count could not have been correct. In Louisville, there were 885 actual voters at the polls, but only 691 votes were counted for Congress on Election Night. In Waddington, there were 754 actual voters at the polls, but only 347 votes were counted for Congress on Election Night. In Rossie, there were 138 actual voters at the polls, but only 94 votes were counted for Congress on Election Night. 53 votes were counted later. Bill Owens got 50 of them.
St. Lawrence County is the county where Owens got most of the votes according to earlier, unofficial tallies. But Dr. Phillips found cases where votes disappeared, more ballots appeared, blank ballots appeared, and votes were found, distributed in manners vastly different from the statistical expectations. Errors which nearly always gave Owens a greater lead.
Dr. Phillips article deserves to be read in full. He concludes his analysis with a condemnation of the election:
Each of these corruptions of the vote count can be attributed to electronic vote tabulation. Together with the breakdown or freezing of the Sequoia/Dominion ImageCast voting machines at eight polling places, there is more than enough evidence in St. Lawrence County to show that the court-ordered “pilot” election in New York’s 23rd Congressional District was an utter failure, and that the time-tested lever machines were much more reliable.
The Gouverneur Times noted elsewhere, that the special election used electronic voting machines as per an agreement between the State of New York and the Obama controlled Justice Department.
The Post & Email has previously reported election irregularities in the NY-23rd District Special Election, which resulted in at least 4,200 suspect votes. Today’s report from the Gouverneur Times confirms our judgement that the election was rigged from the start, and that the Board of Elections has knowingly ignored the evidence and shirked its duty to uphold free and fair elections.
See our tags at the bottom of this article, for more reports on the issues mentioned here.