Vote Flipping in Davidson County, Tennessee
This political season, more than any other in recent memory, is irony-filled. So why this incident involving my friend
and the wife of UNCOUNTED filmmaker, David Earnhardt, (as reported by David) surprises me, I can’t tell you.
My wife, Patricia Earnhardt, had an early voting experience here in Nashville, Tennessee, where she saw her vote
momentarily flip from Barack Obama to Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney. She voted on a touch-screen paperless
machine. Here is her story:
“A poll worker directed me to a touch screen voting machine & instructed me how to use it. I touched “Obama” for president & nothing lit up. I touched 2 or 3 more times & still nothing lit up. I called the poll worker back over to tell him I was having a problem. He said I just needed to
touch it more lightly. I tried it 2 or 3 more times more lightly with the poll worker watching & still nothing lit up. The poll worker then touched it for me twice — nothing lit up. The third time he touched the
Obama button, the Cynthia McKinney space lit up! The McKinney button was located five rows below the Obama button. The
poll worker just kind of laughed and cancelled the vote. He hit the Obama button again & it finally lit up. I continued on to cast the rest of my votes. After completing the process & reviewing my votes, I went to the VOTE page, hit the VOTE button & nothing happened. Again after several tries, I called the poll worker over & he finally got the machine to register my votes. Hurray — I voted! — or did I? I left the polling place feeling
uncertain.” Patricia Earnhardt - Friday, Oct. 17 - Howard School Building - Nashville, Tennessee
I also had similar problems with the machine I was voting on that same day, although no vote flipping. I would touch the
screen numerous times before I could get my various candidate choices to light up. It was strange and very frustrating.
When I finally got through my slate of candidate choices, I could not get the VOTE button to light up when I touched it.
I finally called over a poll worker and he told me that I needed to touch lightly. I touched the VOTE button more
lightly, but was only able to get it to work after several more failed attempts.
Need more sad irony? The machines David and Patricia voted on in Davidson County, TN - ES iVotronic
- are the same machines used
in the West Virginia counties ( Putnam
) where vote flipping is also being reported. (Go to the election info page
on the state of Tennessee and click on Davidson County. Or download this PDF
WHAT YOU CAN DO: Please, if you experience anything unusual, stay at your polling place, ask to speak with the supervisor, call the
election commission (they will have the number), and insist that the machine be quarantined until it can be examined.
In response to the 2004 electronic voting machine debacle, hundreds of locally-based Election Integrity groups were
formed in cities across the country by brave patriots who knew they could no longer trust our electoral system. The
formation of these groups – and accompanying journalists, bloggers, activists, filmmakers, and writers - was grass roots
citizen vigilance at its finest.
Read the Full Story and Watch the Clip
"Voter Fraud": Zero to 60 in 3.5 Seconds
Election Reform Needs Media Reform. Thank you, Mark Crispin Miller
, for succinctly writing what I have been fuming about all day. In an introduction to an incredible piece in OpEdNews
called, " The False Narrative of 'Voter Fraud
,'" by Kenneth Anderson, Mark writes: “Amen, amen. And what it makes entirely clear is that we need not just election
reform (and campaign finance reform), but also sweeping media reform.”.
This whole thing about McCain grabbing the moral high-ground on the Election Integrity issue by hopping on the “voter
fraud” bandwagon is really getting my goat.…Election Integrity activists and independent journalists have been trying to
get the media and the punditocracy to talk about this issue for FOUR YEARS and yet it only takes 3.5 seconds for "ACORN"
and "voter fraud" to be on everyone’s lips? Really?!? At this point you have to ask yourself, "Why IS that?" and "HOW is
WHAT YOU CAN DO: Spread the truth about ACORN
far and wide. Refute "voter fraud" with real stories of "voter suppression" to everyone you know. And watch
Mark Crispin Miller's appearance on PBS's Bill Moyers Journal
Read the Rest of the Story and Excerpts from "The False Narrative of 'Voter Fraud.'"
Send Lawyers, Phones, and Money The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and its Election Protection coalition partners are recruiting legal volunteers
to staff Election Protection Hotlines across the country and work on the ground as mobile legal volunteers. Read the Full Story
ACORN: Responsible for Stolen Elections, the Mortgage Crisis, the Firing of David Iglesias, and That Insidious Growth on
Your Big Toe One of the four statements in the title of this post is not like the others in that it is, you know, true.
. You thought they were a community-based organization of 400,000 families in neighborhoods across the country fighting
for the rights of the oppressed and powerless. You thought they were empowering citizens by registering over 1.3 million
low-income, minority, and young voters in a total of 21 states. You thought they have been fighting for years against
predatory lending practices.