Thank You For Voting [Democratic]: Illinois Voting Machine Changes Republican Votes Into Democratic Votes

votingtouchscreenAs a Chicago native, I am often faced with references to dead people voting and rigged elections. Unfortunately, having grown up under the original Daley machine, they are largely true. My parents helped found the Independent Voter movement and documented some unbelievable cases of fraud. I recall on precinct where the captain actually produced more votes than registered voters. In one percent where I was an observer, a voter discovered that her dead husband had voted before her. For that reason, the controversy with voting machines this week could not have come at a worse time or place — particularly with polls showing the Democrats approaching what could be a disaster. When Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan went to cast his vote Monday at the Schaumburg Public Library, he experienced a Homer Simpson moment when every time he tried to pick his name, the machine registered the vote for his Democratic opponent.

As Homer said, “this type of thing doesn’t happen in America . . . maybe Ohio but not America.”

Moynihan issued a warning for Republicans not to trust the machines and “Be careful when you vote in Illinois. Make sure you take the time to check your votes before submitting.”

Cook County Board of Elections Deputy Communications Director Jim Scalzitti insisted that this is not a return to “Cooked County” and that this was merely “a calibration error of the touch-screen on the machine.”

Source: The Week

185 thoughts on “Thank You For Voting [Democratic]: Illinois Voting Machine Changes Republican Votes Into Democratic Votes”

  1. Nice to drop into the real world. This has been going on ever since a small number of companies have oligopolized electronic voting. Most give you no way of tracking a vote, so you have to trust whoever programmed the machine. Recounts are not possible on many of these machines as there is nothing there to recount.

    Vote switching has been going on for a long time with these machines. It is simple for the programmer to enter the wrong code in or the same code in the machine twice.

  2. oh yeah, anyone who has the slightest interest in this topic needs to read that site above
    the bradblog

    its basically a site dedicated to election rigging

  3. When I say I know this is true I mean that most voting machines in US were or are owned by 2 very rich leftwingers. Im not positive on the date but I know it was around 08

  4. I cant find the story so if someone can help me that would be awesome. But anyways here it goes and I know this is true because I have an excellent memory.

    Back when Bush beat Kerry like 80% of the voting machines in the country were owned and operated by a rightwing private company. There was evidence of alot of vote fraud btw.
    when Obama won in 2008, something had changed. What changed? The voting machines used in the 2008 election were like 90% owned by 2 Progressive Billionaires. Young tech guys controlled the US voting machine industry. They may even be Canadian I cant remember that part. But I can tell you they were very rich and VERY LEFTWING and came from tech.

    i honestly think the US elections have been rigged since we went to electronic voting, or at least rigged more easily.

  5. Linda,
    “I don’t think” and “if I recall correctly”; seriously? LOL “Another snake oil solution to lies created by bush.” Wow, that’s some really hard-hitting analysis. How far back does your historical lens go? You do realize the burning bush had nothing to do with GW, right?

  6. For many years I have been convinced that there is great potential for fraud in our elections, and at least some actual fraud. Prof. Turley cited some of these in his excellent column.
    Maybe we need “internationally supervised elections” in the U.S.A.g

  7. Per the Bush DOJ crime reporting stassticts were lumped and even eliminated for agencies to calculate in giving the DOJ the reports. I don’t think the city’s get to decide what goes in them. I find it hilarious that one thinks a mayor gets to decide what’s reported and what’s not.

    If I recall correctly, bush needed America to appear safer and in much better shape to convince the public of the evils elsewhere that needed to be dealt with.

    Another snake oil solution to lies created by bush.

  8. “Those who cast votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything.” — Joseph Stalin. But I would add, those who control what candidates are allowed to run are the ones who decide the outcome of the election, and that is done well in advance of the voting by the people with the most money in the game.

  9. Well Jim, every one pays some tax.

    This is true. We need to be more specific if you want to tie voting to taxes. If you buy something you pay generally pay sales tax (not always). if you drive a car and buy gasoline you pay all sorts of taxes on top of the cost of the gas. Telephone taxes. FICA etc.

    If we went with a flat tax of some sort (yada yada yada regressive, whatever, that can be adjusted) where everyone….and I mean EVERYONE pays some income taxes and link THAT to being able to vote, then that might be an idea. Those people who don’t work. Subsist on handouts from the taxpayers don’t get to vote because they have no “skin in the game”. It is easy to vote yourself a benefit when it is OPM providing it.

    As it is now about 45% of the public does not pay any income taxes.

  10. I wonder how many here agree with Jim that only property owners should have the right to vote?

  11. Don’t you this this is a little cold hearted?

    “October 23, 2014 at 5:06 pmKaren S
    And who will be the most disenfranchised of their vote? The poor. The middle class. As per usual.”

    Why shouldn’t they have someone to look out after them or is it because of their status they don’t matter?

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