Our friend Brad Friedman at BradBlog is the go-to source for all things election fraud, corruption, voter fraud, and voting machine disasters. And he has a doozy for us centered around guess where? That's right, Florida. He starts out by reminding us that, jaw-droppingly, we've never learned our lesson about accurate vote counting and accountability:
[E]lection officials and media simply presume that optically-scanned ballots have been correctly tallied on Election Night because, after all, "computers are more reliable than human beings", as they like to say, and any result, apparently, is far more important than an accurate result reflecting the actual will of the voters.
He goes on to inform us that Florida doesn't allow people to examine paper ballots after they've gone through the computer system, to check for accuracy. And Florida requires that results be certified six days after the election, which means, as he says, they can't be canvassed by officials for any type of accuracy.
The BRAD BLOG has warned against optical-scanners for a long time now, and for good reason, after what has now happened in Palm Beach County, Florida.
The supplier of Palm Beach County's voting and tabulating equipment says a software "shortcoming" led to votes being assigned to the wrong candidates and the elections office declaring the wrong winners in two recent Wellington council races.
County Elections Supervisor Susan Bucher, who insisted a computer glitch rather than human error was to blame for the fiasco, claimed vindication after Dominion Voting Systems released its statement. [...]
Unbeknownst to elections officials, the vote totals for the mayor's race ended up being reported and later certified as the results of the Seat 1 race. The Seat 1 vote totals were certified as the Seat 4 results and the Seat 4 vote totals were certified as the mayoral results.
Or as I like to call it, "Who's On First?"
Brad gives us one more "read it and weep" moment:
But the problem in Palm Beach this time out was not the fault of Palm Beach. It was the fault of the same computerized optical-scan systems used all over the country. The systems which will once again be used this November, and which have been used throughout the primary cycle. The systems which failed in Palm Beach were made by Sequoia Voting Systems, which was recently purchased --- along with Diebold's Election Division --- by a private Canadian company named Dominion Voting.