It’s morning in Massachusetts and we’ve proven ourselves to be the good liberal contrarians that we knew we were, Scott Brown notwithstanding! (I do wonder if he would have been elected if he was homely. But I digress.)
However, just before the election we spoke with Jonathan D Simon of the Election Defense Alliance who does forensic analysis on vote counting. Do the electronic voting machines count votes properly? Accurately? These guys look at everything – they compare hand counted votes with machine votes. Compare historical voting patterns. Look at exit polling data vs actual results.
What they have found is that Republicans consistently do better with machines in closely contested elections. (yes, you read that right).
So, what happened in this last election??? Tune in to learn what they’ve found so far…. And see below for more resources from the Election Defense Alliance…
They’ve been reporting on electronic voting machine/paper trail issues for years over at Brad Blog – check out the recent post-election post about the Registrar in Riverside County, CA. Even the Secretary of State for California has found the machines to be insecure, yet they continue to be used and the state paid for the reconciliation of paper ballots with the results from the electronic machines.
As another point of view, Tony Schinella writes about the research done by the Ralph Nader folks in New Hampshire after the 2003 election here. His conclusion is that the optical scanner machines are incredibly accurate and also provide the paper trail for audit purposes. Luckily, this is the most prevalent machine used here in Massachusetts.
Miller, Mark C., Loser Take All: Election Fraud and the Subversion of Democracy, 2000-2008, Ig Publishing, Brooklyn, NY 2008
Miller, Mark C., Fooled Again, Basic Books, New York, 2005
Freeman, Steven F., Was the 2004 Presidential Election Stolen? Exit Polls, Election Fraud, and the Official Count, Seven Stories Press, New York, 2006
Charnin, Richard, Proving Election Fraud: Phantom Voters, Uncounted Votes, and the National Exit Poll, AuthorHouse, Bloomington IN, 2010
Harris, Bev, Black Box Voting: Ballot Tampering in the 21st Century, Talion Publishing, Renton, WA, 2004
Introductory Articles and Essays
Was the 2004 Election Stolen? by Robert F. Kennedy
Landslide Denied; Exit Polls vs. Vote Count 2006 by Jonathan Simon, JD, and Bruce O’Dell http://electiondefensealliance.org/files/LandslideDenied_v.9_071507.pdf 
Fingerprints Of Election Theft: Were Competitive Contests Targeted? by Jonathan Simon, JD, Bruce O’Dell, Dale Tavris, PhD, Josh Mitteldorf, PhDhttp://electiondefensealliance.org/files/FingerprintsOfElectionTheft.pdf 
Testimony for Hand-Counted Paper Ballots, Texas Legislature, 04.04.07 by Bruce O’Dell http://electiondefensealliance.org/print/book/export/html/1269 
Peering Through Chinks in the Armor of High-Tech Elections by Pokey Anderson
Vendors are Undermining the Structure of U.S. Elections by Ellen Thiesen
Believe it (Or Not): The Massachusetts Special Election for US Senate by Jonathan Simon http://electiondefensealliance.org/files/BelieveIt_OrNot_100904.pdf 
News, Blogs and Websites
Voters Unite! – http://www.votersunite.org 
Bradblog – http://www.Bradblog.com 
Voting News – http://votingnews.blogspot.com 
Black Box Voting – http://www.blackboxvoting.org , http://www.bbvforums.org 
Election Defense Alliance – http://www.ElectionDefenseAlliance.org 
Reports and Fact Sheets
Myth Breakers, Facts about Electronic Elections by VotersUnite! A guide to educate public election officials.http://www.VotersUnite.Org/MB2.pdf 
Electronic Voting & Fair Vote Counts: 15 Expert Reports by Rady Ananda http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_rady_ana_070117_annotated_bibliograp.htm 
Videos and DVDs
Hacking Democracy http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7926958774822130737# 
Stealing America: Vote by Vote http://www.stealingamericathemovie.org/ 
Uncounted – The New Math of American Elections http://uncountedthemovie.com /
Murder, Spies &Voting Lies: The Clint Curtis Story http://votinglies.com /