Friday, November 7

OUTLYING PRECINCTS

Bo Rev - Chavez weighs in: "The historic election of an Afro-descendant to the head of the most powerful country in the world is a sign that the change that's been carried out in South America may be reaching the doorstep of the U.S.'' . . . Evo's like great, yeah, fuck off: "My greatest wish is that Mr. Obama can end the Cuba embargo, take troops out of some countries, and also surely relations between Bolivia and the United States will improve." . . . Lula, too: "I hope the blockade of Cuba ends, because it no longer has any justification in the history of humanity.'' . . . Crisitina channels her inner Princess Leia: "I know we can count on you, and I want you to know that you can count on my sincere friendship.''. . . This being the Castro administration's 23rd odd US president, they are, hilariously, resigned: "If Obama takes some action to ease the embargo, it would be welcomed and of course it would be of help, but we're prepared for conditions to remain the same." In other words, whatevs. No comment from President Death Squad, although the former US ambassador to Colombia says "Obama will criticize Uribe harshly, something Bush never did, and will be tougher on him over human rights abuses.'' Sweet.

Andrew Sullivan, The Atlantic -
Four years ago, 313,592 out of 474,740 registered voters in Alaska participated in the election-a 66% turnout. Taking into account 49,000 outstanding ballots, on Tuesday 272,633 out of 495,731 registered Alaskans showed up at the polls; a turnout of 54.9%.

Missing in action
: the Bradley effect

WATCHING THE COUNT

Jason Leopold,The Public Record Electronic voting machines that a Michigan election official said last week incorrectly tabulated vote counts during pre-election tests in the state were used in Minnesota where the senate race between Republican incumbent Norm Coleman and Democratic challenger Al Franken is in dispute. According to an Oct. 24 letter sent to the federal Election Assistance Commission, Ruth Johnson, the Oakland County Clerk/Register of Deeds, warned that tabulating software in Election Systems & Software M-100 optical scan voting machines recorded "conflicting" vote counts during testing in her state.

Brad Blog - Wide-spread voting machine failures have been reported to the Obama/DNC election protection hotline in Nevada since early voting began more than a week ago in the state. All voters who vote in person in the crucial battleground state are forced to cast their votes on 100% unverifiable Sequoia EDGE touch-screen voting machines with the VeriVote "paper trail" printer add-on. Attorneys monitoring the incident reports coming in to the hotline have taken no action in regard to removing the failed machines from service, despite reports of the presidential race not appearing at all on some ballots; voters having problems selecting their preferred candidates; machines not starting up at all; "paper trail" printers jamming or running out of paper, and; a number of machines at a number of sites which refuse to work at all. . .

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