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Ohio Bans Home Storage of Voting Machines

By Mary Pat Flaherty
"Sleepovers" are banned in Ohio.

Not the pillowfight type, but rather sleepovers in which elections workers in 23 of Ohio's 88 counties keep voting machines stored in their homes, workplaces or cars shortly before election day to reduce the cost and hassle of getting them to polling places.

The longstanding practice did not "ensure the security of all voting equipment" and must end, Ohio Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner told elections directors Tuesday.

County officials must deliver to and secure voting machines at polling places on or before Election Day. The state will use federal funds to cover the counties added costs -- estimated at $100,000 statewide by Brunner's office -- of staffing a regional distribution center, delivery charges and providing security seals for voting machines.

By Web Politics Editor  |  August 19, 2008; 6:45 PM ET
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The guy who says conservatives lie, cheat and steal and links their nonethic to corporate america, is right on point. Always was, is now and ever shall be!

Posted by: mihalovitch | August 21, 2008 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Oh they will try all they can to steal this election. It will be a little harder this time since OBAMA is putting all states in play. But we must not be complance, the theifs will try everything.
It is the nature of the Repubdogs. That is all they ever did, lie, cheat and steal.

Posted by: tygirl | August 20, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Any State that cannot ensure, and prove, it has run a accurate and fair election should be suspended from the union.

Posted by: Richard | August 20, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

The con of America has been dark. How can you expect fair elections when the whole system is run by corrupt people. Big Oil, Big War, Big Tobacco, Big Drugs, Big Media. They are all it.

McCain married into an organized crime family. He's dirty. That nobody's reporting this story - but somehow the Rev Wright thing is a scandal - shows how corrupt this country is. The free press is complicit.

Of course elections are going to be fixed... Republicans, Big Business, and their Media Sponsors are crooked.

We'll never know how deep the rabbit hole goes.

Posted by: Corruption Anon | August 20, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

What is wrong with Ohio?

Posted by: Bob | August 20, 2008 9:44 AM | Report abuse

The Bush campaign used the "Diebold Election System'
to steal the 2004 election knowing these machines could be hacked and that unfavorable results could be manipulated without a paper trail.

The only way McCain stands a chance in the 2008 elections is IF...... "The Diebold Election System" DELIVERS another victory.

The American People deserve to know that every vote will count and that the results are absolutely accurate
with a paper trail to prove those results.

Posted by: OgreDaddy | August 20, 2008 8:17 AM | Report abuse

I am shocked by how little thought has gone into most of these posts. There only one issue here that is actually divorced from politics at a basic level. “If you as a legitimately registered voter use an electronic voting machine will it register your vote accurately?” You currently cannot prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that that is true, therefore these machines should not be used.

If you believe that as a republican these machines have benefited you in the past or if you think that the democrats can use them in the future to forward their candidates than you do not believe in democracy.
If you look at the statistical breakdown in the difference between the exit polls and the polling results of counties that used electronic machines you will find that they are the largest differences in history. After 2004 people began to ask if exit polls had somehow suddenly broken. Instead they should have asked if something in the basic election process had changed.

Posted by: Yo | August 20, 2008 1:07 AM | Report abuse

Oh, and the single largest contributor to Bushie's re-election, Diebold. Who is Diebold???
They and surrogate company's are the ones who built the machines all the fuss has been about over the last 8 years,yet no one seems to be bothered by the fact they donated over a million dollars to the same person who would be pushing the "vote reform " B.S.

Posted by: bill | August 19, 2008 11:56 PM | Report abuse

Before Ya'll try and run this over as a Democratic slip, the previous administration, which happened to be GOP, made the rules that allowed people to do this in OHIO, not the current Democratic administration in Ohio now.They have only held the state for 1 and a half years , after a succession of GOP administrations so wrought with corruption, our former Governor was brought up on, and convicted of charges stemming from endless trips and golf outings and all sorts of goodies.
He also was one of the front men on what has been named " coin gate " here in ohio. Millions of dollars from our states unemployment/workers compensation funds given to a alleged "investor" who bought coins, collectibles and what not. only trouble is, most of the coins reported to be the States fund collection were being used by him to fund things like , Hmmm, Bush'e boys election and re-election campaigns,and some of those same golf outings and freebee's our Gov. was corrupted with.
I dont know how this state survived, but the GOP stranglehold has been lessend, but we have a long way to go to clean up the past mistakes, and poor judgement of the previous administration

Posted by: Bill | August 19, 2008 11:49 PM | Report abuse

Had no idea. How is this possible. Please, allow me as an impartial observer the right to store your voting machines. WTF?

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | August 19, 2008 11:27 PM | Report abuse

Chris -
Dems registering dead voters? Well, you certainly hear about those cases because your party really tries to trump them up; However, nearly every single one of those cases is about ordinary people writing fake peoples names on their registration so that they can fill their sheet up and make money. The people don't actually vote, so it doesn't sway anything, all it really does is give your party ammunition and hurt the organization trying to register voters. The organizations know this, that's why they review the signatures and send suspicious ones into the state. That's what ACORN did, and yet they have been dragged through the mud by people like you who don't know the whole story.

Meanwhile the owner of the company who makes the infamously unreliable touchscreen machines actively campaigns for republicans... But you're right, the real danger is the minimum wage workers cheating on their sheets so they don't have to stand on the street any longer.

Posted by: ck | August 19, 2008 10:31 PM | Report abuse

Chris you are making me didn't get bad until the Dems got the economy. Tee hee, that is a good one. If your can't blame Clinton for it....blame the next one coming in. Anyway, you are right the Republicans certainly are not responsible for the whole gutting of the country's middle class, the economy, our kid's future and the military during their tenure (15 years controlling Congress and 5 of the last 7 presidential opportunities). Yes, Republicans are weasels of the first degree in addition to liars and thieves.

Posted by: katman | August 19, 2008 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Wow, all this anger toward the Republicans who are the only ones looking out for people. Pelosi and her cronies certainly aren't.

If you look at the major voting fraud over the last several decades it has been the Democrats registering dead voters and such that are the biggest offenders of all time.

No-one seems to remember that and they just keep voting them in. Really think about the Economy people. It didn't get bad until the Dems had the majority.

Posted by: Chris | August 19, 2008 9:12 PM | Report abuse

I wouldn't use an ATM card to withdraw $10 without a receipt...why would I want to cast a vote without one?

Posted by: bobcra | August 19, 2008 9:10 PM | Report abuse

Here in Alameda County CA, I think we get it right. We have paper ballots that we scan at the polling place. There is one touchscreen for the handicapped. I make sure the touchscreen I am responsible for is not out there in front for everyone to ask to use. It's accessible but you have to really want to use it to get to it. In 4 election cycles and 2 precincts no one has ever asked to use it.

Otherwise, it's paper ballots in 3 languages. So far I have ever only had to give out one ballot in Mandarin for an elderly gentleman.

We have no machines at our houses before election day. We do have blank ballots, but the box is sealed and if it shows up at the polls unsealed, there is hell to pay.

So unless something really illegal is happening back at the registrar's office, I think we're in pretty good shape here.

Posted by: nlbknitter | August 19, 2008 8:41 PM | Report abuse

The fact is the Republicans are liars, cheater and thieves of power. All politicians are crooked, it just that Republicans are crooks. Thugs. Greedy Bastards. Different. They don't care about Americans. Just money.

Posted by: Katman | August 19, 2008 8:30 PM | Report abuse

I called out Bill Clinton too. And I've called out Ferraro and her Queens democrats. The Bulgers in Boston and their Irish thing. The Daly people. But they are all small potatoes compared to the Big Oil, Big War games that Republican Presidential Administrations like to play.

There's a reason Cuomo never got on that plane in '92 and ran for Pres. There's a reason why the Daly's don't run.

There's a line that shouldn't be crossed. And McCain, with his Arizona network - and you can connect the dots from Hensley to Marley to Lansky to Bronfman - is trying to cross that line.

He must be stopped.

Posted by: Corruption Anon | August 19, 2008 8:04 PM | Report abuse

There is no such thing as an honest politician. Does not much matter if they are liberal or a neocon. Personally, I say strap a block a of cement to each one and drop them all in the water.

Posted by: mbmease | August 19, 2008 7:55 PM | Report abuse

"The fact is the Republicans will lie, cheat and steal in order to remain in power so that their big business network can lie, cheat, and steal."

Only Republicans do that? Look up Major Daly.

Posted by: Phil | August 19, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

The GOP will lie, steal, cheat, blah blah blah. So will the Dems... so before you get all self righteous think about both sides before you get all critical.

Posted by: Shady | August 19, 2008 7:49 PM | Report abuse

The notion that we should be voting with touchscreens- and that those digital votes should be tallied in a data center in Tennessee that is run by the Republicans and also houses the RNC servers just goes to show you how blatantly corrupt the Republicans are. And I bet the people hacking democracy consider themselves good evangelicals...

Votes should be made on some sort of hardcopy- and they should be stored away in the event of independent verification.

All wars are won before they are fought. -Sun Tzu

Posted by: Corruption Anon | August 19, 2008 7:26 PM | Report abuse

As Gore Vidal might say, King gave the game away here:

In the summer of 2003, Representative Peter King (R., N.Y.) was interviewed by Alexandra Pelosi at a barbecue on the White House lawn for her HBO documentary Diary of a Political Tourist. “It's already over. The election's over. We won,” King exulted more than a year before the election. When asked by Pelosi—the daughter of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi—how he knew that Bush would win, he answered, “It's all over but the counting. And we'll take care of the counting.” -- Harpers article (see below)

Posted by: Corruption Anon | August 19, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

With the recent numbers showing that active duty military are supporting Obama 6 to 1. I am concerned about fraud with those absentee votes. Something has to be done in advance to be sure it is legit.

The fact is the Republicans will lie, cheat and steal in order to remain in power so that their big business network can lie, cheat, and steal.

To think otherwise is to ignore the history of Nixon, Reagan and both Bush Administrations. And to ignore that the fact that Nixon would have been impeached if he hadn't resigned. Reagan and Bush I should both have been impeached for Iran/Contra/Crack. And Bush II should have been impeached for IraqII.

It is a good thing that the Gov and SecState of Ohio are democrats.

Posted by: Corruption Anon | August 19, 2008 7:06 PM

Posted by: Anonymous | August 19, 2008 7:11 PM | Report abuse

The fact is the Republicans will lie, cheat and steal in order to remain in power so that their big business network can lie, cheat, and steal.

To think otherwise is to ignore the history of Nixon, Reagan and both Bush Administrations. And to ignore that the fact that Nixon would have been impeached if he hadn't resigned. Reagan and Bush I should both have been impeached for Iran/Contra/Crack. And Bush II should have been impeached for IraqII.

It is a good thing that the Gov and SecState of Ohio are democrats.

Posted by: Corruption Anon | August 19, 2008 7:06 PM | Report abuse

Can you believe this even has to be an issue. I remember in Florida they were finding boxes of votes a year after the 2000 election in garages and store rooms. In this day and age it is hard to believe we still can't get it right.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 19, 2008 7:04 PM | Report abuse

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