It's Election CROSS OVER Day

Voters Can be a Republican for a Day

In many counties and wards there is not much at stake in for Democrats and Independents in today’s Partisan Primary election, with the result that many voters will stay home. The turnout is expected to be a mere trickle, especially when compared to the deluge of 70% turnout in some counties just two months ago for the Walker Recall Election. What a mistake for Democrats and Independents to stay home, when there is so much fun to be had at the expense of those candidates who stand with Walker and ride on the same Citizen United Brinks Truck of extreme right wing PAC’s that have tipped all fairness of non-conservative candidates to compete on a level playing field, and sent them crashing over the cliff.

Go Vote – Cross Over on a Paper Ballot

Of course, if a Democratic candidate for your local Clerk, Corner, or D.A. is challenged, and you have a strong preference in that race, then by all means vote for the candidate you trust. The rest of us get to have some fun, and be a Republican for a day. (Not a moment longer) It is all legal and above board. In the Senate race, I can vote for the weakest Republican candidate, Jeff Fitzgerald, and thus give Tammy Baldwin a boost in the upcoming November election. So, by voting for Jeff, I can vote against him!

By voting today, you can also send a message to the Kevin Kennedy and the Government Accountability Board (GAB) that you do not trust electronic machines and refuse to be a party to the election fraud that has generated a statistically proven red (Republican) shift” in elections for the past decade. If you have the option, by pass the machines, and vote on a paper ballot that will be hand counted.

Cross Over for Joy Conley

In Vernon County, today is your chance to break the hold of the Good Ol’ Boy Network that has pervaded the county for 30 years. The old, back room, arm twisting politics is at risk with the candidacy of Rep. Joy Conley in the race opposing the sitting County Clerk Ron Hoff. Clerk Hoff is one of the Good Ol’ Boys who has been in office for nearly 10 years, and has demonstrated how he and his cronies conveniently control of the message to voters by posting false information on his official web site for three months and through the course of two elections. Yes. Throughout the Recall Primary and the June 5 Recall Election his web site stated that a Photo ID would be required to get a ballot, a message that was false, destructive, and against Wisconsin election law statutes. So, in Vernon County Democrats and Independents have a real choice to change the direction of their county government and move Democracy out of the back room where strategies are applied with a pressure that have county employees afraid to speak our for fear of retribution from the Good Ol’ Boys.

Below is the WKBT TV broadcast last Monday

If you are a Democrat or Independent n Vernon County, go vote today. Cross over and vote for Joy Conley.

VICTORY – The People VS. GAB, County Clerks & Ron Hoff


Marinette County Would Like to Settle – A Thumbnail

Mary Magnuson vs. Marinette County

The of policy of imposing fees on citizens who seek to audit the ballots cast in the June 5 Recall Election, was tested by a law suit, and the county wants to settle. Marinette County is just one thumbnail of a much larger picture of such obstruction, since it served as a test case for the validity of the Government Accountability Board and Keven Kennedy to “suggest” that the vote audit can be obstructed by imposition of fees as were suggested in a document from GAB to all county clerks. GAB’s 15 Directives of Obstruction

Freedom of Information VS. Kevin Kennedy (GAB)-THE BIG PICTURE

(Pictured below Kevin Kennedy standing in for Mr. Potter – “It’s a Wonderful Life”)

I filed open records requests with Clerk Hoff in Vernon and and Clerk Geisler in Crawford County to inspect memory cards that held the electronic tally of vote machines and was met with obstruction in the form of fees and penalties that cancelled any “freedom” offered in the Freedom of Information Act. Clerk Hoff imposed a $16/hr fee for the time it would take to inspect the election materials, while Clerk Geisler warned that I would subject the taxpayers of Crawford County to a fee of $12,400 if memory cards were to be examined. The clerk in Marinette County imposed a fee of $21.12/hour for citizens to audit ballots. All three of these clerks and many others across the state were following the “suggestions” of the GAB and Kevin Kennedy. ESP # “6. Custodians of public records are entitled to charge location fees for the actual, necessary and direct cost of location of a record if the cost is $50 or more. Wis Stats. §19.35 (3)(c)” The decision of Marrinette County to settle suggests the county is unwilling to risk further obstruction of the ballot audit and avoid incurring all the costs and penalties connected with holding with the policies and fees outlined in Kevin Kennedy’s “suggestions”. In other words the people won! (Clerks Ron Hoff and Janet Geisler – Are you listening?)

The “Grassroots” Suite

The suite was brought by 30 common, everyday citizens who donated funds through a Wepay drive on face book and the internet, and $500 was collected in less than 24 hours to cover the retainer fee for Attorney Christa Westerberg, who is on the Freedom of Information Act Council of Wisconsin and who offered to forgo hourly fees. Marinette County was the test case, and judging from a willingness to settle, the grass roots appears to have survived the drought and is bound to over run the rag weed obstruction of the GAB and Kevin Kennedy. Great news for transparency, Democracy, and election protection!

Where does this leave Ron Hoff?

The Clerk of Vernon County is facing an election on Tuesday, August 14, and has already been called out on WKBT TV for holding false information on his official web site regarding a voter’s need for a Photo ID to obtain a ballot.
Below is the WKBT TV broadcast on Monday

One of Clerk Hoff’s constituents hand delivered a open records request to examine election materials for the June 5 Recall Election and was told by Clerk Hoff that he would be charged $16/hr to view the materials and that none of the materials could be touched. Hoff said that he would be getting back to the constituent to set up a time by Thursday, but he did not communicate back until the following Monday.

At the $16/hr inspection Clerk Hoff was asked for a required document, “Chain of Custody of Memory Cards” he did a “slight of hand” and produced an “Election Incident Form” – the two required documents are as different as a marriage license and a dog license. He was asked if the memory cards that were stacked on the counter, had been in his office since the June 5 election, and he avoided the question three times. I later learned that the memory cards for the town of De Soto were sent back early – a week before the period required by law.

His charge for viewing election materials under an open records request is in direct opposition to the Freedom of Information Act as supported by the settlement request in Marinette County. Furthermore, all costs born in litigation are the responsibility of the municipality or county, and these costs could be significant.

A Joyous End

The misinformation, treatment of constituents requests, and allegations of misuse of the clerk’s office could end up costing the taxpayers of Vernon County a lot of money. Fortunately, there is some “joy” on the horizon. Joy Conley, who has experience in the clerks office and a good grasp of election integrity issues, is running to replace him. Joy Conley web site

OPEN Demonstration of voting Machines – Kevin Kennedy Style

If you really wanted to welcome people to an important event would you hold it in a warehouse surrounded by chain link on a dead end street with no public parking? Would you send out a press release for the event 24 hours before the event takes place? Of course not. Because Kevin Kennedy and the Government Accountability Board (GAB) didn’t really want people to show up for the demonstration of the “new” voting machines which are scheduled to be placed at the polls to record your vote in the near future.

But People Did Show Up

The first demonstration took place yesterday at 5:00 p.m. and I wandered past Mickey’s Bar on Williamson St. to Thornton St. and walked along the Yahara River looking for the address
202 South Thornton Avenue – the Central Services Building, and came upon what appeared to be a minimum security prison. A security guard was standing outside next to a loading dock dressed in a red jump suite. He looked at me suspiciously, and I was tempted to turn tail to Mickey’s, but I plodded on. You see there was just a loading dock; just rows and rows of trucks along the chain link fence, surely I must be in the wrong place, the wrong day, the wrong time. There was no sign, no banner, there wasn’t even a door! I walked on another few yards and saw a door and as I moved closer if saw the sign photo copied on a 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper taped to the door: “Machine Testing”. I pushed open the door, and it stuck half way so I had to turn sideways and shuffled my way through. What IS this place? On the right were two men dressed in dark, expensive looking suits. I said, “I am from the Funeral Director’s Convention, is this the site of the casket display?” They took me seriously! They said, “No. This is not the place.” I told them I was just kidding and they gave me a multi-page handout toting the qualities of the “Unity 3.2.00 Rev 3 Voting System”.(Pictured right photo by Rebecca Kemble)

I moved ahead to a room where the “Unity 3.2.00 Rev 3 Voting System” was on display with four separate flat screen units lined up like stations of the cross in some futuristic chapel of Dean Koons novel. The faces of the well suited representatives of the GAB grew more and more strained as the room filled to capacity. “How did these people find out about this?”
Finally, who should speak first but a man who was out of sorts with the room full of people, Reid Magney . Ok. So, Here I am in a minimum security prison, and the first person is fearful of real people asking questions, and the four screens at the front of the room all display the message: “Cast your vote?” What is this, a sympathy card for death of democracy?

The GAB rep, dressed in the darkest of smart suits with matching black locks of curly hair that shook in unison with his salesman’s smile and pitch, spoke about the testing procedure for the “Unity 3.2.00 Rev 3 Voting System” and how we would actually get a chance to vote on mock ballots, sort of “hands on” learning like at the children’s museum. What fun! But it didn’t last long. See, not only did people show up but, now, they started to ask questions. Who ARE these people? Where did they come from?(Left a picture of Reid Magney taking a picture of the crowd)

Those Darn Questions

The questions were from people who were computer programmers, IT experts, and many who had real experience in counting ballots in recount and audit situations, and the questions all seemed to center around one central problem, one fly in the anointing oil of vote machine omnipotence.

Why is the programing used in these machines and all electronic voting machines a secret?

Since all companies have programming capable of accurately tabulating the votes, will the company (E S & S) make its programming publicly available? If not, why is there a need for secrecy? (Do they have programmers, executives, managers or other employees who have worked for other companies that manufacture, maintain or program voting machines? Have they obtained the programming used by other companies?).

Are these machines capable of wireless communication? What would have to be added in order to provide wireless capability? What does that hardware look like? Where does it attach to the voting machine?

And the Cry Arose from those Purveyors of Secret Machines

We are not here to answer questions. (Ignore the man behind the curtain) We are here to test the machines. This is not the forum for addressing your concerns. We merely enforce the Wisconsin statutes, if you want them changed talk to your legislators. Let us proceed with the mock voting game! I was seated to the left of a GAB Rep and said the the GAB has great power in interpreting the statutes for the benefit of county clerks, and he said, “This is not the forum for addressing that.”

About this time one of the attendees announced he had just replaced the thumb drive in the “Unity 3.2.00 Rev 3 Voting System” with his own. The man representing ES&S appeared like the emperor who had just discovered his lack of clothes.(At right Bryan Bliss inserting thumb drive into machine as Rep looks on. Photo by Dawn Morris-Henke’)

Finally, the people in attendance agreed to play the mock vote game and the discussion spontaneously broke down to several groups of 4-6 consisting of one representative of the GAB or ES&S fielding questions from people in a civil and respectful manner. (Below Sue Trace having a frank discussion with GAB Representative)

A good day for Democracy.

The final testing of the machines will be today Thursday August 2 at 9:30 – 12:00 a.m. – Just ignore the security guard in the jumpsuit and squeeze your way through the stuck door.

Tomorrow next to Mickey's – More SECRET Machines

NO more Secret Coded Machines in our Elections

Another generation of Secret Coded voting machines to be “Demonstrated”

Kevin Kennedy, Administrator of the Government Accountability Board has taken a cue from the Governor on how to duck the press and public by posting an open public event just one day before it happens. (Remind you of the of the vote on collective bargaining in the legislature?) Well, this event is the public view of the next generation of voting machines and software that has no oversight by any elected official, government agency, or the judiciary. These are the future tools of Kathy Nickolaus, Command Central, and other covert election machine vendors that have proven to be hackable while the programming that counts your vote is a secret, in the purview of a corporate few. (Pictured right is Mickey’s Bar on Williamson Street, which is just yards away from the Machine testing and viewing.)

What if a few hundred people showed up?

Of course the meeting is just an exercise to meet the requirements of the law, to hold an open demonstration, with the expectation that few, if any, citizens will show up at on Wednesday or Thursday. What if people did show up to demand that our secret coded electronic voting come to and end in Wisconsin? What if the secret machine vendors were finally called to answer the question they have dodged for a decade – Why is the programming for the machines that tabulate our vote a trade secret, proprietary, and unavailable by anyone anywhere for forensic analysis?

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETINGS

Public Demonstration of Voting Equipment
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Wisconsin Election Administration Council
9:30 a.m. – 12:00 Noon

Thursday, August 2, 2012
Both meetings will be held at the
State Central Services Building
202 South Thornton Avenue
Madison, WI 53703

There will be a PUBLIC DEMOSTRATION of Elections Systems & Software’s Unity 3.2.00 Rev 3 Voting Systems voting equipment at the above time and place. This equipment is being tested and considered for approval by the Government Accountability Board.
The G.A.B. is testing two pieces of ES&S equipment and software:
? DS200 polling-place optical scanner for paper ballots
? AutoMARK VAT auto-marking device, which is used to assist voters with disabilities cast paper ballots
? Unity 3.2.0.0 Rev 3 software
The Wisconsin Election Administration Council (WI-EAC) will also meet at the above time and place to view a demonstration of the equipment.
Under Administrative Code Chapter 7, the Board may use a panel of local election officials and electors to assist in the review of the voting system. The Board is asking the WI-EAC, created pursuant to Section 15.607, Wis. Stats., to serve this purpose. WI-EAC’s input will be made part of staff’s recommendation that will be submitted to the Board for consideration at its August 28, 2012, meeting.
The demonstration and WI-EAC meeting are open to the public.Notice of Demonstration on GAB web site

As scores of citizen volunteers have issued open records requests and are auditing the votes cast in the June 5 Recall Elections, anomalies are being discovered. Now, on the heels of the most expensive and suspicious election in the state’s history, Kevin Kennedy is introducing the same secret machines and software that your children will be voting on. (pictured left – volunteers auditing the Recall Election ballots from the June 5 election in Madison.)

?
?
?
?

List of Questions that should be asked:

From Jim Mueller and posted on the Wisconsin Counts! face book page:

Some of the questions that members of the Council (or citizens if they are allowed to ask questions) should ask about:

1) The programming (all levels). Is it escrowed? With whom? Accessible by whom? Under what conditions?

2) Since all companies have programming capable of accurately tabulating the votes, will the company (E S & S) make its programming publicly available? If not, why is there a need for secrecy? (Do they have programmers, executives, managers or other employees who have worked for other companies that manufacture, maintain or program voting machines? Have they obtained the programming used by other companies?).

3) Are these machines capable of wireless communication? What would have to be added in order to provide wireless capability? What does that hardware look like? Where does it attach to the voting machine?

Other questions – From Mary Seitz
If there is wireless or Internet connections transmitting data, how do we know if the data is secure? Both types of transmissions are easily hacked.
Have the machines passed security checks? Where can we verify the security checks?
What is the audit trail for the machines?

Join the face book Group

“Public Demonstration against corrupt voting machines” group on face book.
During happy hour. We’ll be putting our protest pants on, grabbing our hand-counted paper ballot signs and staging a little public demonstration of our own. See you there!!!” – Rowan Viva (pictured left)

Tell Secret Code to Hit the Road

County Clerks vs. People Counting Votes

Who are the people of Wisconsin who are counting Recall Election votes?

After working within the system administered by Keven Kennedy’s Government Accountability Board since the April 5, 2011 Supreme Court Election when Waukesha County Clerk, Kathy Nickolaus “found” 14,000 votes, things have changed. Many of the same citizens who observed the recount of that election, who documented ripped and torn vote bags, mis-dated poll tapes, and copies of election inspection documents that were obvious copies, (see proof of fraud tab above) – all clearly indicating the chain of custody of the vote had been broken. There was no way to determine if the votes in the bags were the same votes as packed on election night or not. Yet, the votes were counted and the learning curve began.

These citizen volunteers learned that Kevin Kennedy had created a electronic voting machine monster in the state, where counties contract with private corporations with no over site of the secret computer programing that counts your vote. What’s more, current statutes make it illegal to compare the paper ballots with the digital machine total on any given election night. Kennedy then activated these machines, which vary in model and function from scanners to touch screens from county to county and even ward to ward.

Kathy Nickolaus on Rampage

Then Kennedy created a culture of obstruction within the community of county clerks that administer the elections on the local level; a culture that allowed Kathy Nickolaus to write her own software on a personal computer and when her inept system thew an election, she went unpunished and retains her position of county clerk to this day! Kennedy has set the president that meddling in the count of your vote is not a felony, heck, it is not even a misdemeanor. If you meddle with the vote count in Wisconsin, you get a reprimand and are allowed to keep your office. Why not try it?

Volunteer observers arose early on those chilly Wisconsin mornings of that April 5 election recount, driving as far a 200 miles only to learn that the person who has full charge of how the recount is to be administered is not the GAB or State Attorney General’s office, but the county clerk. Yep. Kathy Nickolaus was the sole authority to determine where the ballots would be stored, and, incidentally, they were stored in her office! The volunteers were treated as interlopers and shown all the courtesy of lepers in a nursery…and the learning curve was bending.

The obstruction to verify the vote was, not only met from the party and candidate who stood to lose the race, but from the party the stood to win! The culture of blind acceptance of Kevin Kennedy’s administration policy of allowing secret programming of voting machines and protecting a host of county clerks who viewed citizens as interlopers, crossed party lines…and the learning curve was bending.

Volunteers began to meet on facebook and groups like Wisconsin Counts! and Election Integrity were formed to promote the use of hand counted paper ballots in the state. They organized a volunteer exit poll during the Senate Recall election last Summer. They scraped together enough money to create a booth to educate people about the difference between voter fraud and election fraud and to demonstrate how electronic voting machines can be programmed to flip votes…and the learning curve was bending.

The June 5 Recall Election Plan

Then came the election of historic proportions with national implications for the political agendas of Republicans and Democrats in the November Presidential race, and with it came the money in truck loads bearing the insignia on door: “Citizens United”. The hype, and media buyout was “as advertized” and Walker began raising big money from big donors across the land, until in the end he would spend $35 per vote received. If ever there was a temptation to flip a vote it arrived in Wisconsin on the wings of tornado from hell.

This time the learning curve was met with the anticipation of Nascar driver on the final turn. Volunteer citizens had learned to expect no support from any party organization, no guidance from Kevin Kennedy or the GAB, no money from big corporations or special interest groups. By now they had learned that. not only would there be no help, but they would meet the obstructive culture of Kevin Kennedy and his cadre of County Clerks. They had only one weapon that was straightened out of the learning curve of the past two years – The Freedom of Information Act.

Open Records Requests

The merry band of citizen volunteers issued open requests in all of the 72 counties of Wisconsin, which would enable them to “trust but verify” the ballots cast in the most expensive state election in history. The requests would enable them to hold the election materials, ballots, memory cards, and election reports, past the 21 days required by state statute. In the process it was discovered that nearly half of the counties had already sent back the memory cartridges to the vendor, Command Central, before the the time they were to kept secure by law. Command Central Penalizes Crawford County $12,400

Today

You may have read some news reports about citizens who are out counting ballots to compare the total to the machine digital count. It is on going, but not without the obstruction of Kevin Kennedy and the County Clerks – they seek to obstruct and prevent the people of Wisconsin from verifying the ballots to the machine count. Kevin Kennedy sent out his directives of obstruction to all the clerks of the state dictating measures they could be imposed to stop the action – like staff fees of $16 – $30 per hour, not allowing citizens to touch the ballots, and imposing timelines that would move the count date to late August. He has maintained this policy even after he was warned by the State Attorney General’s office, in a memorandum, that the GAB has no jurisdiction over matters that fall under FOIA law. Kennedy and the Clerks have dismissed the warning of the AG and are holding to the “15 Directives of Obstruction”.

Here is a list of counties that expected to impose fees to count ballots or view election materials – memory cards that were sent back early. If you live in one of these counties, you may want to give your clerk a call. List of Counties requiring FEE
You can also read the list in the “Comments” Section of this post.

Filing Suit

If citizens volunteers want to verify the Recall vote count they must seek legal help to file suit against Kennedy and the County Clerks. Should it be so difficult or outrageous for citizens to seek the truth of the vote count? When did the office of county clerk become a living barrier to public records? They are librarians of the records. Can you imagine being charge staff time for information at your local library, and then being told you cannot touch the books?

The citizen volunteers need to raise cash to pay a retainer fee for an attorney who is willing to enforce the FOIA pro bono. A $500 fee is a requirement of the firm as a retainer and will be returned, paid by the municipality that denied access, if the case is won. Below is the link where you may give what you can if you support this effort. The attorney’s name is Christa Westerberg and she is on the Freedom of Information Act Council of Wisconsin.

Donation Information

UPDATE The Goal has been reached. The $500 was raised in just 24 hours thanks to the individual donations of 30 people who donated between $5 and $50!

THANK YOU ALL!


We need to raise $500 for legal retainer fees.
The attorney will not bill for hours.

Kevin Kennedy has issued 15 directives to County Clerks, many of which are clearly against the Freedom of Information Act. These directives are stifling the attempt by citizen volunteers for auditing the ballots to compare them to the machine digital total for the June 5 Recall Election.

Help Audit June 5 Election Ballots

Between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. June 5, 2012 – What happened?

ABC WON Every Else LOST

At some tick of time between the hour of 8 and 9 p.m. on June 5 there was a shock, a surprise, a shift in human reality across the State of Wisconsin. Recall1

For some it was a flow of elation, for others it was closer to hearing the news that your dad or your dog just died. Regardless of the emotional spasm of the moment and beyond all the political bluster, the abrupt “call” of the governor’s race was not expected by most. Not Walker supporters. Not Barrett supporters. The word on the street was to hunker in for a long night of nail biting and up and down pacing while following the returns of a close election.

On election day, the hopes of Barrett supporters were lifted to learn of the high turn out numbers, which generally bode well for Democrats. Walker supporters had seen poll numbers close in the days before the election and feared their Wauwatosa boy wonder might be toppled.

What Just happened?

The “What just happened?”diebold_6 moment was as bipartisan in its implications as a beer and brat picnic on the governor’s mansion lawn. It happened to Republican’s in the Racine Senate race, it happened to Democrats in the gubernatorial race. “What just happened” was a realization, as deep as string theory, that the people were no longer in control.

Somehow, in that hour, citizen confidence in their vote was punched in the gut. Somehow, technology and the media had trumped a process that forms the very basis of the American way of life – our vote. A simple process that began with marking an “X” on a slip of paper and sliding it into a slot, had become a complex system of computer programing filled with words like “PROMPACKS (congaing both EPROM and RAM memory) for Optech ballots scanners, PCMICA memory cards for the M-series scanners (e.g. M100, M150, and M650), Compact flash memory for the TSX touch screen, SD memory for the AutoMark, etc.” (Quote from the page [Fraud “IT”] above).

The results of this algorithmic total are statistically predicted, well in advance of any complete or final tally, by exit polls compiled by major news organizations. In the case of the Recall election, the governor’s race was called while people were still standing in line and waiting to vote! These news moguls are in competition for the “first to call” status. ABC won! WOW! NBC followed shortly thereafter.

Update 9:50 pm EST: NBC News is now reporting that Walker will win the recall election. With 21 percent of precincts in Walker is currently winning 61%-38%. Barrett’s strongest counties are still largely not reporting, but the projection is being made based on a combination of exit poll and early results which have come in. ABC WON! WOW! They called the election for Walker shortly after

Update 9:09 pm EST: Fox News now joins the chorus, reporting a race that is “too close to call” at this time.

Update 9:06 pm EST: Chuck Todd of NBC News says their exit poll data indicates a “coin flip” as to who will win.

Update 9:03 pm EST: CNN’s exit poll has a 50-50 split of the vote between Barrett and Walker.

Update 9:00 pm EST: Polls have now closed, but again those currently in line will still be allowed to vote. MSNBC is now callling the race “too close to call” at this time.

CNN Election Updates

MILWAUKEE | Tue Jun 5, 2012 9:42pm EDT

(Reuters) – Exit polls show the Wisconsin recall election on Tuesday is essentially tied between Republican Governor Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Tom Barrett, CNN said.

The CNN data is based on interviews with voters after they cast ballots and not on actual results.

ABC WON Everyone else LOST

It is clear to the Supreme Court that ABC is a “person” who is more important than the late night voter standing in line determined to vote, but something even more insidious is working in the back rooms with locked doors where exit polls are tallied and altered. Yes…altered. They don’t use the word “altered” they call them “adjusted exit polls”

How are they altered or adjusted, Richard Charnin explains:

Walker Recall: The Exit Pollster’s MO Never Changes

Richard Charnin
June 9, 2012

The exit pollster’s MO never changes. In the recall, the pundits said it was “too close to call”. I’m quite sure that Barrett was winning, but the media knew the fix was in so they had to keep it close. They knew the actual exit poll numbers would not see the light of day. But they sure called it quickly for Walker, didn’t they?

The pollster’s have had plenty of experience in adjusting exit polls to match the vote count.

In 2004, preliminary state exit poll numbers were downloaded from the CNN website by Jonathan Simon. Kerry led by 50-48%. The state polls were already in the process of being matched to the recorded vote. But Bush was winning the vote count – a massive divergence from the exit polls.

We later learned that Kerry led the National Exit Poll from 4pm to midnight. At 4pm (8349 respondents) he led by 51-48%. At 730 pm (11027 respondents) by 51-48%. At 1222am (13047) by 51-47%. But we didn’t see these numbers. They were not meant for public viewing.

The next day, the CNN and NYT websites showed that Bush won the National Exit Poll (13660) by 51-48% – matching the recorded vote. How did the final 613 National Exit Poll respondents enable Bush to flip the vote? The exit pollsters never could answer that one. After all, the flip was mathematically impossible.

The unadjusted 2004 exit polls (state and national) were not released until about a year ago, long after the damage was done. And guess what? Kerry actually won the 13660 respondents! He had 7064 (51.7%), Bush 6414 (47.0%), Other 182 (1.3%).

Someday, probably in 2022, we’ll get to see the unadjusted recall exit poll numbers. In the meantime, here’s the 2004 National Exit Poll Timeline that was “not meant for public viewing”.

Adjusted Exit Polls

Covert Corporate (Persons) also Tabulate your vote – IN SECRET

Another more serious crack in the glass ceiling of denial split the surface in that hour between 8 and 9 pm on June 5. The part of the exit poll that was NOT adjusted didn’t make any sense. More people left the polls saying they supported Obama then Walker by 51-44%. Yet, Walker won. Read “Walker Recall Vote IMPOSSIBLE

We are still suffering from the backlash of the economic strain caused by Wall Street Greed. Do you think that elections are free of this same insatiable thirst for wealth and power? If 36 million dollars are invested in getting your vote on the front side of the election, don’t you think millions are available to steal your vote on the back side? Oh, there was plenty o’ cash available in Wisconsin. The recall was set up as a push against Obama by such players as Karl Rove.

The GOP is pretty sure that whatever happens is a precursor to how the state — and more blue collar worker states – will fare come the general election. “Karl Rove….argues that the results of Walker’s recall election and the margin of the vote will offer the first genuine clues as to whether Wisconsin’s political environment is similar to four years ago or has reverted to the nail-biter status of 2000 and 2004. ‘This will give a very clear indication of whether Wisconsin and the industrial Midwest will be up for grabs this year,’ Rove said.

Wisconsin Bellweather

Could your vote be bought?…EASY

When a state electionZins plays out on the stage of national politics can you imagine how much money is available to “spread around”? But how could anyone manage to buy your vote without getting caught? Simple answer: There is no oversight of any kind. Voting Machine vendors like Command Central, who supply all the equipment, programming, and tabulation of your vote, do it in secret; without any oversight from any government agency, elected official, or branch of the judiciary. None. Does this remind you of the housing boom and Wall Street bankers in 2008?

The Classic “Divide and Conquer” Paradigm

The division between conservative and liberal or Republican and Democrat has never been more clearly divisive. The secrecy of vote machine vendors like Command Central(V.P. Larry Zins pictured left) is protected as the two sides are so focused on their opposing agendas, they dismiss or ignore the companies that count the vote secretly. Both parties fear launching recounts or investigations into the secret workings of these companies and view such actions as a political liability; that they will be viewed as a force who wants to destroy voter confidence and the American way of life. Yet, just as in the years before the Wall Street buyout, the opposite is true.

So we wait, for a savvy politician with determination and courage to see that our most fundamental freedom, our vote, is threatened by lack of transparency, and secrecy that is intolerable under any constitution. Meanwhile, it is just us. We the people of Wisconsin.

More and more citizens are becoming aware that our system of voting in Wisconsin is a mess and largely due to long 30 year tenure of Kevin Kennedy as the Administrator of the Government Accountability Board. read “Calling for the resignation of Kevin Kennedy Today citizens are out in numbers to audit the vote of the Recall election to compare the digital machine totals to the ballots.(You may be surprised to learn that this comparison is not done unless there is an official recount, in fact, it is against the law to compare the paper trail to the digital machine count on the night of the election.)

You can get involve by joining one of the citizens’ groups on face book like Wisconsin Counts, Election Integrity, or Election Defense Alliance.

30 years is enough – Calling for the Resignation of Kevin Kennedy

Finally something both parties can agree on

Kevin Kennedy presents as an even keeled, likeable fellow who could easily be cast into the part in an old episode of “Murder She Wrote”, where he might be aptly described as a well meaning but fumbling character whose incompetence has been long overlooked and accepted only due to his ability disarm his opponents by sheer inactivity and thus leave his adversaries retreating out of prolonged boredom. The personae of “Mr. Nice Guy” has nestled him comfortably, over three decades, into the cocoon of complacency that has become the Government Accountability Board (GAB).

Kennedy has created a culture of suspicion and defensiveness among the county clerks throughout the state, and rather than ushering in the sunlight of transparency, he has positioned himself and the GAB as the leader of the promulgation of rules and postures designed to block the democratic process on the county and municipal level. Kennedy is seen as the defensive team captain to call on to create plays to block requests for open records information and examination. His leadership has instilled a fear into the hearts minds of local elected officials that the process of elections in the state are to go unquestioned, and if questioned they are to go unanswered.

The call for Kevin Kennedy to resign is not based solely on his impassive and incompetent response to turmoil raised in the Supreme Court election or the recalls of the past year and a half, but on his nature to shuffle, obfuscate, and delay any proceeding or investigation that does not fit his “do it my way” administrative fault of three decades! The early warning message of this fault was first sounded in 2007, well before the GAB was created and Kennedy was in the earliest stages of creating his dynasty of derision that began 29 years ago on August 17 1983, during the term of Dem Governor, Tony Earl.

December 26, 2007
Accenture Suit

The State of Wisconsin entered into a contract on November 12, 2004 with the global outsourcing firm Accenture to develop a statewide voter registration list. Under the contract, Accenture was to be paid $13.9 million for computer software development and maintenance. Subsequent changes to the agreement boosted the figure to $14.1 million.

A lawsuit was filed on behalf of the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign’s director and other citizens seeking cancellation of the contract on the grounds that state Elections Board director Kevin Kennedy lacked legal authority to sign the Accenture contract. The Elections Board did not vote to approve the contract before it was signed, and did not vote to authorize a Request for Proposals soliciting bids from private vendors.
Posted: April 19, 2005
Updated: January 18, 2008

UPDATE: The state Elections Board announced December 26, 2007 that an agreement was reached ending the state’s contract with Accenture to create a computerized statewide voter registration system. The Democracy Campaign fought the arrangement for three years, and that fight ended with Accenture being given its walking papers.

Kennedy was an early proponent of privatization, and of all the possible pit falls of that pursuit, he sought privatization of our elections, placing the most golden right of the people into the hands of private corporations like Command Central. Your vote was privatized by low profile entities that have no oversight by any elected official or government agency – local, state, or federal. Voting machines contracted for by Kevin Kennedy are computers that count votes. Computers function through programing. The programing that counts your vote is considered proprietary; a trade secret.

Kennedy’s privatization of the vote count was enabled by contracts with voting machine vendors like Command Central, that give the corporation the power of the purse over the decision making of elected officials like your local county clerk.

Case in point

A discovery was made in Crawford County. Memory cards that hold the programing for the vote count in the June 5 recall election were sent back to the vender, Command Central, on June 14; a week before state statutes dictate that election materials are to be kept “secure”. A opens records request was filed to have them returned and read as an assurance they had not been altered or swiped. Command Central was given the power to dictate how the information would be provided as sent in an email for the Crawford County Clerk:

Mr. Kerns –
In your latest e-mail you advised that you would be providing $200 for the downloading of information from one election cartridge. This information will be downloaded by Command Central onto a CD which will then be provided to you after you have selected which municipality that you want the information downloaded from. Corporation Counsel has already advised you that this would be the procedure that would be followed. This should then satisfy your open records request.
Please be further advised that any correspondence in this matter will only be addressed with you. I will not be responding to any other e-mails that I receive from other parties.
Please advise me as soon as possible if it still your intention to come to my office today so that arrangements can be made.

After it was discovered that Crawford County had sent back memory cards before the 21 day period when they were to be kept secure [GAB 5.02 WI stats. 7.23(1)(g)], forty-five Wisconsin Counties, who use Command Central’s SEQ-AVC Edge II DRE touch screen machines, were sent open record requests to inspect the memory cards for each polling place in each county under [WI stats. 19.31-19.39]. It was further discovered that 23 counties had sent back memory cards early. Not only were the memory cards vacated from the County Clerks’ offices but they were sent out-of-state to Command Central’s office in St. Cloud, Minnesota. In the end, Command Central was empowered to threaten counties with over $345,000 in penalties if they were to follow open records requests.

FOIA Open Records Requests were Ignored, Minimized, and Dismissed

Initially, the Government Accountability Board and Administrator Keven Kennedy rushed to the defense of the clerks and issued 15 rules of engagement with citizens, authorizing the use of tactics such as charging citizens for staff time to inspect records, forbidding them to touch the materials, and 13 other practices to make it near impossible for citizens to confirm election results without a huge bank account, and all the equipment of a CSI episode.

Then the State Attorney Generals office, slapped the hands of Kevin Kennedy and the clerks of Wisconsin with an “Urgent Memorandum” stressing that the FOIA Act was not a small claims court issue, and that Kennedy and the GAB had no legislative authority and that state election law did not apply.

The Crawford County Independent covered the story and not only did Kevin Kennedy not return a call for comment, he also advised Command Central to hold comment on the early send back issure.

Chad Trice, Command Central’s Vice-President, said there were limits on the comments he could make about election security regarding the cartridges.

“The GAB has instructed us to not comment on this specifically,” Trice said when asked about the security used to ensure election programming was accurate and unaltered
Not all election materials kept after election – Article in the Crawford County Independent

30 years – too long for an oversight administrator

The prevailing attitude is that two terms or more may be too long for a legislator. 30 years for the administrator of an oversight agency is an eternity. Kevin Kennedy has developed his network of control for three decades, telling vendors what to say to whom, and pontificating policy to county clerks on how to avoid the hassle of open records requests. His administration of policies for counting the vote have resulted in a system that is a messy network of multiple vendors of machines of various varieties across the state in a confusing maze of touch screens and scanners that vary by county, ward, and within wards – all of these with no oversight of the programing that operates the count.

His policies have erupted in complaints of vote fraud by Republicans and election fraud by Democrats, open, ripped, and torn vote bags, and chain of custody issues in every election. All the while, the even keeled and likeable Kevin Kennedy either says nothing or he warns the “fraud finders”, of either party, to follow his example and just be quiet; that they are jeopardizing the confidence of the Wisconsin voter with their chorus of “Fraud!”.

Resign

It is not the people who cry “fraud!” who are to blame for a lack of confidence in the integrity of their vote in election after election. It is the culture of derision, and the policy of privatization and secrecy Kennedy has nurtured in his 30 year tenure of Administrator of the Elections Board and the GAB.

Thanks for your service. It is time to turn over the reigns to transparency, integrity, and fresh young blood

Command Central Machines – "Don't like recalls"

Robotic Voting Machines Have Minds of Their Own

In recent blog posts I have written about my experience of discovering that memory cards of voting machines used in the June 5 Recall Election were sent back to Command Central early – before the 21 days required by Wisconsin State Statutes. From my conversation with the County Clerk of Crawford County the send back was described as an “offer” from Command Central to store the memory cards, which occupy no more space than your middle dresser drawer.

WHY?

Today, let’s look at the “why?”. Why did Command Central facilitate this arrangement when their contract with the counties requires them to abide by the Wisconsin State Statutes? Once they were caught in the early send back, why are they instructed by the Government Accountability Board to withhold comment on, of all things, a response to a Freedom of Information Act request?

In a today’s article in the Crawford County Independent Not all Voting Materials Kept After Election that question was posed to the Vice President of Command Central, Chad Trice. Chad’s title is peculiar in itself since a letter addressed to the County Clerks just last week was signed by Larry Zins, Vice President,Command Central, LLC. Perhaps one or the other is President of Vice? Anyway the Vice President who answered the phone on this day said:

Chad Trice, Command Central’s Vice-President, said there were limits on the comments he could make about election security regarding the cartridges.

“The GAB has instructed us to not comment on this specifically,” Trice said when asked about the security used to ensure election programming was accurate and unaltered.

However, he was willing to comment on the physical custody of the materials.

“There is a chain of custody,” Trice said. “When it comes back to us it goes into inventory and is not touched unless we have to make a copy for an FOIA request.”

Well that is easy for VP Trice to say….why not prove it?

Rather than answering the question, he tells us the (GAB) the Government Accountability Board doesn’t want him to answer the question. Why?

County Clerk Geisler was more forthcoming about GAB’s position about the chain of custody of election materials…

“I spoke to the state counsel for the G.A.B.,” said Geisler. “They have a different reading of the law than Kern and don’t see returning the cartridges early to Command Central as a problem.” Really? Why?

At best, the “why” questions seem terribly difficult to answer or are fielded by the Command Central VP of the day, or by state counsel for the GAB. So lets look elsewhere for our answer.

Looking at the machines with minds of their own for the “WHY?”

(pictured right is GAB Administrator as the VP of Oz)

Let’s take a look at the Command Central machines in which these sent back memory cards were inserted to record your vote on June 5.

Looking at the voting machines, and there are several different types, across the state, it is clear that certain types of machines (Accuvote/TSX) and the (OS/AVC Edge) have a mind of their own – “They just don’t like recalls”. They believe that Walker should be allowed to serve out his term.

You can see for yourself how these AVG Edge machines consistently voted for Walker in the June 5 Recall election. You are about to discover how the Command Central AVC Edge (yep the one where the memory cards were sent back early) performed in favor of Walker when compared to other machines. Barrett had 57% on Opscan/Automark machines (the kind that read your ballot) but just 34-42% on other configurations (like the AVC Edge where memory cards were sent back early. Go to row 100 at the link below, and see for yourself.
See “County Vote Calculator by Machine Type”

Ranking the county machine configurations

The spreadsheet demonstrates that most machines have a mind of their own and “Just don’t like Recall Elections” or Democrats for that matter.

Obama and Barrett vote shares were lowest in TSX and AVC Edge counties and higher where there were HCPB (Hand counted paper ballot)

HCPB/AVC Edge: Barrett 7% BETTER than OPS/AVC Edge
AccuVote: Barrett 7% BETTER than AccuVote/TSX
OpScan/Automark: Barrett 20% BETTER than the rest
HCPB/OS/AVC Edge: Barrett 4% BETTER than OS/AVC Edge

Numbers Don’t Lie

Welcome to the world of numbers.
This is not another TV series, but a real look at a person who has been crunching election numbers for years has applied his knowledge and research to the Wisconsin Elections.

Meet Richard Charnin. Richard’s web site Member of the face book group Election Integrity and author of the book Proving Election Fraud;a detailed analysis of pre and post-election polling data that the mainstream media avoids discussing. The book proves beyond a reasonable doubt that the recorded vote is always different from the True Vote. As a programmer using second-generation computers that took us to the moon, Charnin knows that voting machine “glitches” are not the cause of the failure to properly count the votes. It’s the fault of the humans who program them.

Could the Machines Performance be the answer to the question WHY?

Let’s find the answer. Why not have the memory cards analyzed by an independent computer forensic lab? Better yet why not allow citizens to conduct counts to determine if the machine count compares to the paper trail? WHY?

Command Central – PLAY or PAY

FOIA requests for election materials causing a strain
Below is an email from Larry Zins, Vice President of Command Central to all the County Clerks in the State of Wisconsin

County Clerks:

I’m afraid that we must add at least one more step to our preparation for the August 14th Partisan Primary. Because of the high volume of active Open Records Requests that are circulating throughout the state, we must ask you to confirm (by replying to this email) that Command Central is authorized to burn the June 5th media (cartridges and memory packs) with the August 14th programming. We request this confirmation whether or not you have shipped the media back to us already or not.

For those of you who have not sent your media to us, the results cartridges and memory packs MUST be in our possession by Monday, July 16th. We must put a “deadline” date on this request in order to perform our processes most efficiently and ensure timely delivery of the media to the municipalities or counties, whichever the case may be. Our hope is that none of you are required to purchase additional media, but for those municipalities/counties that must “hold” the June 5th media, extra cartridges are available for sale at $200 each and extra memory packs are available at $300 for Optech Eagles and $450 for Optech Insights.

Thanks,
Larry

Larry Zins
Vice President
Command Central, LLC

Shortly after the June 5 Recall election it was discovered that the memory cards that hold the official count reported on election night, were sent back to the vendor Command Central before June 26; the date that election materials were to be kept “secure”. Read “County Clerks Coverup”

Freedom of information requests were sent to Wisconsin County Clerks to inspect election materials. Of course, this would require the Clerks who had sent memory cards back to Command Central to get them back into their offices for inspection.

Kevin Kennedy and the Government Accountability Board sent County Clerks 15 rules that were cut and pasted from various election law statutes to give the Clerks full authority to side step the requests by imposing fees, and “no touch” requirements on anyone seeking to inspect election materials.

The next wrinkle came on July 3, when the GAB wrote another “Urgent Memorandum” to all County Clerks stating clearly that neither Kevin Kennedy or the GAB held any power or jurisdiction over the Freedom of Information Act requests. Read “Freedom of Information and Fireworks”

Now as time draws near for the Senate Primary elections the memory cards to insert into machines are tied up FOIA requests from the June 5 recall election. As the email from Vice President Zins states, Command Central needs them back to program them for the upcoming election.

Here is the rub

It was Command Central who offered or encouraged the clerks the option of “storing” the memory cards in the first place. It was Command Central’s offer that motivated the Clerks to send the cartridges back before June 26. Now, it is Command Central that puts the burden on the Counties to play or pay; to authorize the burning of the June 5 information or pay hundreds of dollars for new “media”.

Would you want to be a County Clerk who authorizes the burning of evidence being sought in a FOIA request? If it is authorized who is really culpable here….the clerk, Command Central?

We will see if Command Central gets away with this one. If the DA offices of the counties get involved, as they should, it appears that Command Central was culpable in the action for clerks to send back and election materials, and should bear the responsibility and the expense of that action.

Fireworks and Freedom of Information

The 4th of July fireworks boomed and flashed over the ball field that had been water sprayed everyday for the past week by the fire department so as to reduce the threat of an unintended disaster from a hot projectile igniting the parched grass on the hottest Independence Day in history. And the rockets red glare…flashed across the field as I read the face book message: “Check it out – asap”. ….the bombs bursting in air.

The mood of patriotism, freedom, and independence had evaporated for me much like the water sprayed on the scorched grass of the ball field. The Government Accountability Board and Kevin Kennedy sucked the life out of the Freedom of Information requests that had been sent to the County Clerks of Wisconsin to inspect the election materials of the June 5 recall election. The words of the letter where felt as the hot, dry air on a wilted flower begging for a splash of freedom and justice as detailed in the post. County Clerk Coverup – Vote Security Compromised

Gave proof through the night… A volley of cracks and booms echoed as I hit the link – “asap” link. My thought was something like “Oh, god. What have they done now?”. Had 14,000 votes been discovered in that dumpster in the Racine recount? Did Romney pick Walker as his running mate? Was Justice Prosser out choking his colleges again? Boom. Boom. Boom. No. What I was reading sent a cadence of mini-crackles up my spine in remarkable unity with the explosions outside. …that our flag was still there.

MEMORANDUM
DATE: July 3, 2012
TO: Wisconsin Municipal Clerks
Milwaukee Election Commission
Wisconsin County Clerk
Milwaukee County Election Commission
FROM: Ross Hein
Elections Supervisor
Government Accountability Board
SUBJECT: Public Records Requests: June 5, 2012 Election Materials
You are receiving this high-priority communication because it contains information that requires immediate attention.

It seems that Kevin Kennedy and the GAB had over stepped it’s bounds in guiding County Clerks to dampen down the green grass of the Freedom of Information requests. The fireworks of freedom would go on. Boom. Boom. Boom.

“As we have already informed clerks, the public records law is not within the jurisdiction of the G.A.B. (The emphasis and bold are NOT inserted by me, but appear in the memorandum)
“If your counsel requires legal advice regarding the application of the public records laws to these requests, including permissible chargeable location and other costs, and the impact of the requirement to maintain a chain of custody and the integrity of the June 5, 2012 election materials, your counsel should contact the Wisconsin Attorney General’s Office as it has the authority to interpret and provide opinions or advice regarding the public records law.

As the smoke of spent gunpowder moved across the field outside where children slapped at mosquitoes that had survived the drought, I read on as the ground torch touched the wick of the climactic volley that scorched the sky with blinding color and explosions of popping pyrotechnics that may well have been heard all the way to Minnesota.

While there are some exemptions from production of certain records in the public records statutes, e.g., for copyrighted material, general trade secret claims do not automatically exempt production.”

What does this mean?

Since the programmable voting machines and private vendors replaced people as ballot counters, the holy grail of these private corporations, with no oversight, has been their hard fought and heavily funded ability to keep the secret of the programing hidden from the government, the courts, the candidates, the people. Boom. Boom. Boom. The freedom of information laws have shifted the defense of this secret from the private corporations and placed them squarely on the shoulders of the municipalities. (Again the bold and emphasis is not mine, but is inserted in the memorandum.)

Ultimately, each county and municipality is subject to the application of Wisconsin’s public records laws and individually responsible for compliance therewith. Failure to comply with public records laws does expose the counties and municipalities to civil penalties and potential attorney’s fees. It is strongly recommended that you each obtain adequate legal counsel to appropriately comply with these public records requests, as well as maintain the chain of custody and integrity of the June 5, 2012 election materials.

Clerks Failed to Keep Vote Record in Secure Custody

County Clerks failed to keep the record of your vote in secure custody. The record was sent out of state before the required 21 days required by law.
WI Stats. 7.23(1)(g) the record retention period for the removable memory cards is 21 days. Read the statute

The discovery was first made in Crawford County when the County Clerk admitted to me that the memory cards were not in her office. Read “Cartridges, Clerks, and Men in White Suits. The cartridges or memory cards hold the electronic vote count for each Edge voting machine in every ward. The information is the official vote count reported at the end of the night. Even though, these machines produce a paper role of the vote count, this paper trail is not counted or matched to the digital machine total on election night, in fact much to the surprise of most people, it is against the law to match the paper with the digital count. The digital information IS the count. The digital information is held on the memory cards. The memory cards were sent out of state before the 21 days dictated by the statute. The custody of your vote was compromised and if there had been a recall, you would not have had access to the memory cards since they were lying in the office of Command Central near St. Cloud Minnesota.

When the vote count was discovered to be compromised a Freedom of Information Act request was sent to all of the counties known to use the Edge voting machine and the memory card therein to tally the vote.

The parched grass of this “early send back syndrome” of memory cartridges was watered down by Kevin Kennedy when he responded with his fire hose – that election materials can be kept at a “remote location”. Yet the spirit of the statute is to provide for access to election materials in the event of an authorized recount and to allow citizens access to the records of any given election for a prescribed length of time; in the case of the recall election, 21 days. How, may I ask, did citizens have access to the records of the election when the materials were sent to a “remote location” that was over 300 miles away and out of state? That is just about as remote as your missing car keys.

So now, the action of many County Clerks is most questionable if not downright illegal, and since the “remote location” is across state boundaries, perhaps it is time for the FBI to launch a firework display. Boom. Boom. Boom.

…Oh say, does that star spangled banner yet wave?

The full Mememordum can be read Here -PDF to Municipal Clerks