Friday, May 27, 2011

Daily Kos: Update 2: WI Recalls, Dem Sens Better Off? Walker Sues!

Daily Kos: Update 2: WI Recalls, Dem Sens Better Off? Walker Sues!

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"This could be good for us but I don't trust the GAB at all after how they "handled" the supreme court recount"
Daily Kos: Breaking: WI Recalls, Dem Senators Looking Better?
The Milwaukee Journal has just released a short update on a GAB ruling. The GAB is the board which oversees/manages Wisconsin elections. They have announced that die to legal complexities, they will require an extra week to rule on the three Democratic recalls.

Citizens Concerned about the proposed Penokee Mine

Citizens Concerned about the proposed Penokee Mine

Posted in comments by | Barbara With

I believe the root of the link with Cline is in our votes. This complaint spells out how Kevin Kennedy and the GAB have abandon their posts as gatekeepers to our votes, and allow fraud to be perpetrated in our state.

The evidence that came ...out of the recounts provides more than reasonable doubt that our Supreme Court election was not fraudulent. Yet the Board refuses to acknowledge this truth, so I am forcing the issue with the help of some friends.

When you read the complaint, you see the interface of Accenture, or whatever "voting system corporation" is in charge of our votes, and Cline Corporation. These are the very literal votes that Cline paid for to get Walker in the position to dismantle the DNR, fast track mining and allow a multinational billionaire corporation to tear apart the sacred Penokees. Diebold, Accenture, etc were the corporations that actually perpetrated the fraudulent votes that allowed the Govs of all our inland waterfront states to win their places as well as FL and AZ and however many others we just don't know about because the mainstream media is on lock down.

This complaint turns the table on the entire situation across the state. I am sending this letter to every single legislator in this state and ours in DC....I am asking other states to send them to their legislators, judges, law enforcement officials, etc. The answer, do you stand for the safety of our votes, or the corporation that provides the fraud? The answer immediately vetts any legislator et al. Because if the GAB does not do anything about this provide fraud, with this provide background, then they have abandon the constitution, and the Code of Ethics, and should resign immediately.

The Free Press -- Independent News Media from Columbus, Ohio

The Free Press -- Independent News Media from Columbus, Ohio

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Pasch Blasts Darling Sponsorship of Massive $200 Million Corporate Giveaway (2)

Pasch Blasts Darling Sponsorship of Massive $200 Million Corporate Giveaway (2)

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Pasch Blasts Darling Sponsorship of Massive $200 Million Corporate Giveaway
WHITEFISH BAY -- Sandy Pasch released the following statement today on Sen...

Wondering Why the Alberta Darling Campaign is asking if you want them to send you an Absentee Ballot?

Massive voter caging by McCain campaign? « Voting Matters Blog

Wondering Why the Alberta Darling Campaign is asking if you want them to send you an Absentee Ballot?

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"From state after state come reports of massive mailings by the McCain campaign of absentee ballot requests that contain confusing, misleading or simply wrong information. Is the McCain campaign merely incompetent? Or is it engaged in a massive effort to create a database of voters to challenge at the polls? Is the McCain campaign orchestrating a voter caging campaign on a grand scale?"Full Article

Take a minute to read this Post and comments in Election Integrity related to Alberta Darling's motives...

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ABSENTEE BALLOTS ARE RARELY COUNTED. DO NOT ABSENTEE VOTE!!! From Recall Scott Walker: "Shorewood residents received calls tonight from the Darling camp. Caller ID says Republican Party, phone number is Darling's HQ, 414-727-4445. Caller ... asks for a person by name. Asks if you are voting for Darling or Sandy Pasch. When you say Sandy, they offer to send you an absentee ballot."

Link to this post and discussion comments... very interesting and informative....!/home.php?sk=group_197815633590513&view=permalink&id=208686229170120


Posted on Election Integrity facebook group page by | Barbara With


May 25, 2011

Judge Thomas Barland Judge Gerald C. Nichol Judge Gordon Myse Judge Michael Brennan Judge Thomas Cane Judge David G. Deininger Government Accountability Board

Re: Citizen Complaint against the GAB and Kevin Kennedy

Dear Honorable Judges...:
According to the Government Accountability Board’s own Code of Ethics, “It is declared that high moral and ethical standards among state public officials and state employees are essential to the conduct of free government; that the legislature believes that a code of ethics for the guidance of state public officials and state employees will help them avoid conflicts between their personal interests and their public responsibilities, will improve standards of public service and will promote and strengthen the faith and confidence of the people of this state in their state public officials and state employees.”

According to Thomas Payne, the right to vote is the primary right to which all other rights are protected. I believe our votes and the way in which they are handled is the most important processes to which this ethical statement should be applied.

To this end, I am writing you regarding my participation in the recount of the Supreme Court election involving David Prosser and Joanne Kloppenburg. I spent several days in Franklin and Waukesha.

My first experience was observing Milwaukee County. There, all materials from each ward were processed together by the same poll workers. I could observe every step and see all the evidence first hand: envelopes, poll books, matched seals, matched absentees, matched envelopes, etc. etc. 99% of what I saw in observing the City of Milwaukee was matched, the recount ran smoothly, the workers all followed one basic process.

On arrival at Waukesha, I found exactly the opposite: All elements of the ward were pulled apart, making it difficult to corroborate anything. At the time, my impression was that this was why Waukesha was taking so long. Waukesha’s processes seemed purposefully confusing and created circumstances that could hide any fraud.

On Friday, May 13, 2011 while observing in Waukesha County, something else crossed my path that gave me great concern. When I arrived at 1 PM, I was assigned to a table of poll workers. They were just finishing counting a touch screen tape. I witnessed the poll workers become unsure of what they were counting, and call Barbara Hansen over to examine the tape. Ms. Hansen determined that they had actually counted a test tape, and instructed them to ignore it.

The workers went on to count several stacks of paper ballots. Then came another touch screen DRE tape of votes from Pewaukee, wards 8-10. Because they had been so unsure of the first DRE tape, the poll workers specifically called Ms. Hansen back to the table to confirm that they were indeed counting votes and not a test. Ms. Hansen instructed the poll workers to unwind the tape and check the top to make sure it was a legitimate record of actual votes and not a test. I witnessed Ms. Hansen confirm that the tape was indeed actual votes. At the end of count, I noticed something disturbing. The date stamp at the end of the tape where the poll workers signed the night of the election was dated March 30, 2011, 1:40 AM. We re-rolled the tape to the start, where the opening date was March 29, 2011, 11:01 AM. Ms. Hansen was called back to the table. She again confirmed that these were actual votes, but could not explain why the tape was dated March 2011, even though the date on the tape indicted the election date of April 5, 2011.

The poll workers, as well as the observer from the other side speculated that the machine’s date stamp mechanism must have malfunctioned, much like when a computer battery goes dead and the internal clock resets. But that didn’t make sense to me because the date would have gone back to January 1. And since the touch screen data cards aren’t likely to have batteries that “wind down” like a lithium battery, I felt this anomaly was big enough to escalate to the judge. The judge swore in another clerk whose name I did not catch, but she swore that the tape did indeed represent votes that were taken the night of April 5, 2011 and that the date stamp must have just malfunctioned.

I left that Friday uncomfortable with this. I had too many questions. How did it misdate the tape? Why would the date be March 30, 1:40 AM? How come no one could adequately explain how the date stamp was wrong when Ms. Hansen double-checked to see if this was not a test tape, but confirmed three times they were real votes? And even if it was a test tape, still, why was it dated as such? And how do touch screen machines produce such a mistake? And if touch screen machines can produce this kind of mistake, what other kinds of mistake can they produce that would threaten the integrity of our votes?

I decided to write a letter to submit to the judge on Monday, asking for an explanation be entered into the record that would reasonably satisfy my questions. These are, after all, our votes, the very cornerstone of our democracy. IT’S YOUR JOB TO KEEP THEM SAFE! If our votes are not safe, then we should be outraged and demand that they are handled with the highest priority. This touch screen tape represented to me the chance that votes might be compromised.

The following Monday, there was an announcement that the canvass board in Waukesha was closing observations for the morning while they “caught up on paperwork.” I arrived at 1 PM Monday May 16, and presented my letter to the appropriate person to escalate to the judge. I explained that I needed it placed in the record that this touch screen tape and the misdated stamp should be explained clearly and with reasonable explanation for the records.

After the representative approached the judge with my letter, I was simply told, “There were no touch screen votes in Pewaukee County.” Imagine my surprise. If I had not gone through two observations by Ms. Hansen and one sworn testimony to verify this was indeed a tape that represented actual votes, I might not have thought twice. But after all that I witnessed, now, suddenly, there were no touch screen votes from Pewaukee. However, even if there were no actual votes from April 5 on touch screen machines in Pewaukee, this still did not satisfy the question, why was the date stamp on a test tape March 30, 1:40 AM. Was the test taken at 1 AM in the morning? If it had been a case of a powered-off battery, why did it not reboot at January 1? I wanted to know more.

I did some research into touch screen machines, and what I found was disturbing to say the least. The machines used in Pewaukee, the Eagle (w/ modem & no SEQ-AVC Edge II 5.0.24 modem) are the same type of machines that registered as flipping vote during the 2004 presidential election. You might not have heard about this, because back then the media did not report the over 70,000 complaints that came in to election boards all across the country on election night. In fact, Senator Robert Hagan, distinguished veteran and current senator from Ohio’s 60th district who was serving in the Ohio House in 2004, voted on one of this brand of voting systems, the Sequoia, and will attest to the machine literally flipping his vote! Even though he pressed the button for “Kerry” he saw his vote register for “Bush.”

You can imagine my shock at hearing this. As I researched further, I discovered a frightening and potentially dangerous situation with these machines. Seems not only does the technology leave our votes open to fraud and manipulation by allowing tampering with the data cartridges, but they can also quite easily be manipulated via modem, which the Pewaukee machines are loaded with, according to your information. In fact, in November 2006, the National Institute of Standards and Technology reported it could not devise a test to confirm the accuracy of software-dependent voting machine tallies. Apparently, vote flipping can be programmed by anyone having access to any form of machine software at any time. Local security measures can't overcome an already present line of malicious code.

Princeton University professor Andrew Appel demonstrated this potential for vote fraud when he acquired six Sequoia touch-screen machines on eBay for $86 each. Within seconds, his students broke the lock and inserted a code to flip votes only on Tuesdays in November without leaving a trace of evidence. I also learned that Election Systems & Software (ES&S), Diebold, and Sequoia are the companies primarily involved in implementing the voting stations throughout the country. All three had strong ties to the Bush Administration. The largest investors in ES&S, Sequoia, and Diebold are government defense contractors including Accenture.

After these discoveries, I had to find out more about how these machines came to Wisconsin. Imagine my surprise to find out that in 2005, Kevin Kennedy was lobbying to award a $13.9 million contract for a statewide voter database to the Accenture. Even though Mr. Kennedy was told that Accenture had a controversial and problematic track record, e.i. being the same type of machines reporting fraud in 2004, he entered into the contract.

Our state legislators, experts in elections and state politics, and groups working for clean government urged Mr. Kennedy to change course. Hundreds of Wisconsinites rallied outside your headquarters to demand that you and Mr. Kennedy reject the Accenture contract. When you followed Kennedy's recommendation with the Accenture deal, people grew so concerned, a suit was filed in an attempt to block the deal.

Kennedy continued to cheerlead for Accenture even though testing by your employees revealed multiple system errors in the software. Even the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported "Voter registration system delayed: Testing finds too many errors to meet deadline."

I wonder why, when so many people in this state warned him that he was making the wrong deal with the wrong company, Mr. Kennedy encouraged you to go ahead with it anyway. And why, if Accenture's performance has proved unsatisfactory, did he continue to refer to them as Wisconsin's "partner?" And why, if your own Code of Ethics states it is your job to, “help avoid conflicts between personal interests and public responsibilities, and…promote and strengthen the faith and confidence of the people of this state in their state public officials and state employees,” would you align your allegiance with Accenture, who has the proven ability to perpetuate voter fraud?

For me, that put my vote at risk. For me, you have clearly failed to do your job as my public servant. Under the circumstances and considering what we found in Waukesha, how can you, with clear conscience and commitment to the above-stated Code of Ethics, sit by and sanction what Mr. Kennedy has done in regards to the current Supreme Court recount? Countless other anomalies were reported to you, including but not limited to: countless ballot bags with broken chains of custody; duct taped bags; crossed off seal numbers; ballots held in Kathy Nickalous’ access through the recount process; her special software no other clerk had; confusing recount processes breaking up evidence; proof positive that the Eagle Sequoia touch screen voting machines are capable of fraud, as your staff proved and warned you about; my misdated tape considering the dangers of fraud via modem. How can you choose to ignore this enormous body of evidence and instead move forward guaranteeing us Prosser won the election?

As a public citizen of Wisconsin, I demand that you reverse your decision that Prosser was the clear winner in this case, and start to do your job to Wisconsin, what you swore you would do (these words are directly from your own website): “The G.A.B. is an independent, non-partisan agency. The public can be assured the G.A.B. will investigate the activities of public officials where there is a reasonable basis to do so. The Board and its staff take any allegation of election misconduct seriously, whether it is by candidates, voters, political parties, or other groups seeking to influence the outcome of elections.”

In the face of all the evidence that creates substantial reasonable doubt that there wasn’t fraud involved in the 2011 Supreme Court election, if you don’t, you will be intentionally abandoning the Wisconsin and US Constitution, as well as your own Code of Ethics, proving your allegiance to the corporation that owns our voting system contracts.

It is the duty of We the People of Wisconsin to uphold your commitment to your job. If you can’t, then all of you and Mr. Kennedy must step down immediately; otherwise hold Mr. Kennedy accountable for not securing the safety and well-being of our votes and take immediate action to change it.

I also demand that we get observers at all the upcoming recall elections and that ballots are hand counted and observed by both parties, just like we got to observe the recount. We the People have a right to see exactly how our votes are being handled. And in light of what happened with the Supreme Court election, you can no longer be trusted with them.

I intend to use the evidence we found at the recount to educate the public and campaign for election reform, starting here, starting now by facing the blatant corruption within the GAB, on the part of the judges, the director and extending to all Wisconsin judges, legislators, law enforcement officials and any other who aid and abet in this travesty of putting you allegiance with the corporations that are stealing our votes. I am also connected to thousands of grass roots organizations all over the state, who are connected to organizations all over the world. There are literally hundreds of thousands of Wisconsin citizens standing at the ready—in all parties. I will have no trouble inspiring every good citizen of our republic to stand up to make sure our votes are safe. This recount proves they are not. You have abandoned your posts and endangered our constitution.

Rest assured, Honorable Judges, this is just the beginning. If no action is taken on this, I promise, the backlash against you will come from this huge body of Wisconsin citizens who will stand up with me to demand action on this vital issue of making sure our votes are secure. Every good American is ready to stand for this reform, we would only have to lead the way. But that’s what we do in Wisconsin.

Never before in the history of this great state or country has so much corruption been so transparent. And never before have citizens risen up in so much solidarity to uphold the law. It’s an amazing movement to be a part of. And I have Governor Walker to thank.

Do not be fooled into thinking this movement will not sweep to your desk, your job and your position. This is the start of the change we will take nation wide. You can either do what is right, or you can prepare to be confronted and held accountable to the fullest extent of the law for your acts of treason.

Kind Regards, Barbara With

Cc: Kevin Kennedy, President Barack Obama, David Prosser, Joanne Kloppenburg, Kathy Nickolaus, Doug LaFollette, Senator Robert Hagan, Ohio Senator Carpenter, Senator Coggs, Senator Cowles, Senator Cullen, Senator Darling Senator Ellis Senator Erpenbach Senator Fitzgerald Senator Galloway Senator Grothman Senator Hansen, Senator Harsdorf, Senator Holperin, Senator Jauch, Senator Kapanke, Senator Kedzie, Senator Larson, Senator Lasee Senator Lassa Senator Lazich Senator Leibham Senator Miller Senator Moulton Senator Olsen Senator Risser Senator Ryan Senator Schultz Senator Taylor Senator Vinehout Senator Vinehout Senator Vukmir Senator Wanggaard Senator Wirch Senator Zipperer Assemblypersons: Tyler August Joan Ballweg Peter Barca Terese Berceau Penny Bernard Schaber Kathy Bernier Janet Bewley Garey Bies Ed Brooks Fred Clark Elizabeth Coggs David Craig David Cullen Chris Danou Steve Doyle Mike Endsley Paul Farrow Jason Fields Jeff Fitzgerald Tamara Grigsby Gary Hebl Gordon Hintz Mark Honadel Brett Hulsey Andre Jacque Andy Jorgensen Chris Kapenga Dean Kaufert Samantha Kerkman Frederick Kessler Steve Kestell Joel Kleefisch John Klenke Joe Knilans Dan Knodl Dean Knudson Dale Kooyenga Bill Kramer Scott Krug Margaret Krusick Mike Kuglitsch Tom Larson Daniel LeMahieu Michelle Litjens Amy Loudenbeck Howard Marklein Cory Mason Dan Meyer Nick Milroy Louis Molepske, Jr. Jeffrey Mursau John Murtha Stephen Nass Lee Nerison John Nygren Jim Ott Alvin Ott Sandy Pasch Kevin Petersen Jerry Petrowski Warren Petryk Mark Pocan Sondy Pope-Roberts Don Pridemore Mark Radcliffe Jon Richards Janis Ringhand Keith Ripp Roger Rivard Kelda Helen Roys Donna Seidel Erik Severson Jennifer Shilling Christine Sinicki Richard Spanbauer Tony Staskunas John Steinbrink Jim Steineke Jeffrey Stone Pat Strachota Duey Stroebel Scott Suder Gary Tauchen Jeremy Thiesfeldt Tom Tiffany Barbara Toles Travis Tranel Robert Turner Karl Van Roy Robin Vos Amy Sue Vruwink Chad Weininger Mary Williams Evan Wynn Leon Young Jocasta Zamarripa Josh Zepnick Bob Ziegelbauer Perry Boxx and Joe Radske, News Directors, KNOW Madison Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Cap Times Bryan Polcyn, investigative reporter, WITI Milwaukee John Nichols Et al as time progresses….
By: Barbara With

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Darling Disgrace

Darling Disgrace

Posted on Election Integrity by | Dennis Kern

What country is this woman from?
Darling Disgrace
As we honor those who have given their lives for Democracy and the right to vote, what is Roberta Darling up to? She is engaged in vote suppression tactics that would be unethical on any day, but on the eve of Memorial Day, her action is nothing less than disgraceful.