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Problems With NV’s SEIU Voting Machines

From the Las Vegas Fox News affiliate, KVVU:

Nevada Voters Complain Of Problems At Polls

Clark County Insists Election Fraud-Free

October 26, 2010

LAS VEGAS — Some voters in Boulder City complained on Monday that their ballot had been cast before they went to the polls, raising questions about Clark County’s electronic voting machines.

Voter Joyce Ferrara said when they went to vote for Republican Sharron Angle, her Democratic opponent, Sen. Harry Reid’s name was already checked.

Ferrara said she wasn’t alone in her voting experience. She said her husband and several others voting at the same time all had the same thing happen.

"Something’s not right," Ferrara said. "One person that’s a fluke. Two, that’s strange. But several within a five minute period of time — that’s wrong."

Clark County Registrar of Voters Larry Lomax said there is no voter fraud, although the issues do come up because the touch-screens are sensitive. For that reason, a person may not want to have their fingers linger too long on the screen after they make a selection at any time.

"Especially in a community with elderly citizens (they have) difficulty in (casting their) ballot," Lomax said. "Team leaders said there were complaints (and the) race filled in." …

Lomax said claims the machines were altered in any way were “patently false” and said at no time did any of those voters report the incident to staff at their polling location.

“In fact, although over 160,000 people have voted early in Clark County, those allegations that have been made have gone directly to the media as opposed to election board officers,” he said.

Perhaps they thought that the election board officers might be in on the fraud? After all, Clark County’s commissioner who oversees such problem is none other than Rory Reid, the proud son of Senate Majority leader Harry Reid.

Of course, as we have previously mentioned, the discreet ‘Rory’ is not even using his last name in his (doomed) bid for governor.

By the way, as others have noted, according to page 74 of their labor contract with Clarke County (a pdf file), the SEIU just happen to represent the technicians who maintain these voting machines. Indeed, the SEIU represents many of the bureaucrats who work for Clark County.

So what could possibly go wrong? It’s not like they have a horse in this race.

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, October 27th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

6 Responses to “Problems With NV’s SEIU Voting Machines”

  1. NoNeoCommies says:

    Breitbart has a story about unions moving voting machines to union offices in Jersey.
    This is obviously not new.

    • Adam Moreira says:

      Could be big, but it could be just coincidence. In many areas, the election workers who move the machines are unionized.

    • tranquil.night says:

      Yeah, just like how the $250 rebate for seniors has nothing to do with the negated social security COLA. Of course everyone knows we can’t pin their ass while they have the wiggle room of reasonable doubt, you dolt. It’s that we know this is exactly the types of tricks they need to pull to hold on to any sort of power. We can operate on the reasonable suspicion given the circumstancial evidence and we can demand accountability on the basis of those suspicions, and when those in power does nothing then it falls to us. Watch the series 24. Oh and nobody cries foul when it comes to stealing elections louder than Democrats. And yet where is Adam interjecting his reasonable doubts when they’re saying daily that foreign interests have bought RepubliCorp?

      Give it up. Everyone’s savvy to how you work here as a double agent Adam and your efforts are useless. Best to go hit the bong, rename yourself and try again in a couple weeks. We’ll probably still be celebrating the election. We will, not the Republicans or snarky litlle drones like you who did nothing but impugn while your country was gasping for breath.

    • Adam Moreira says:

      Vis a vis the COLA, it’s usually based on the third quarter of 2 years before. Based on that, I don’t see a COLA for next year either, and a minimal COLA for 2012.

      (EDIT: Also see proreason’s post.)

    • proreason says:

      Just to clear up the constant misinformation….

      Social Security adjustments are made in January and are based on a specialized form of cpi called cpi-w for the 3rd quarter of the prior year. That is why they can be announced in October.

      The average of cpi-w’s for July, August and September are compared to the highest previous average, which has been 2008 for the last couple of years. 2008 was a bubble year for cpi because of the price of gas and utilities, so cpi-w for 2008 hasn’t yet been exceeded. That’s why there were no SS changes for 2010 and 2011 (but the 2009 increase was 5.8%).

      For 2008, the average for cpi-w was 215.495, and for 2010, the average was 214.763, which was 6/10th of 1% too low to yield an increase for SS in 2011.

      Therefore, it is likely that there will be a small increase in Social Security for 2011, but it will be 2.4% if inflation is 3.0% for the next year. i.e., the increase will be 6/10th of 1% lower than what it would be just based on raw cpi for the year.

      cpi-w is cpi for urban workers in clerical or wage positions, so it was probably picked for SS because it maps closer to the spending habits of seniors (who typically have less income than the general population).

      Since 1974, cpi-w has increased by 4.6 and regular cpi has increased by 3.9, so cpi-w is usually favorable for seniors drawing Social Security.

      The bigger problem for Seniors is that medical costs constitute a relatively high portion of their spending, and medical cost increases have been consistently high for the last several decades. On the other hand, the factors that have kept general cpi relatively low are electronics, housing costs (because of loans-to-deadbeats), and automotive competion (car price increases and low interest rates hold down transportation costs). All of that means that other items that constitute a greater part of seniors budgets (food, gas and utilities) also have increased faster than general inflation. That’s why Senior’s lifestyles generally must decrease as they age. Even when Social Security does increase, the increase doesn’t cover the increase in Senior’s budgets.

      One other thing about cpi is that a lot of observors think it is overstated, in general. The reason is that cpi represents the cost of a fixed basket of goods. But in the real world, people adjust their behavior based on prices. If bluberries cost a lot this year, you buy strawberries instead. If Toyota is out of your price range, you buy a 2-year old model instead. Since the basket of goods only changes occasionally, the argument is that it is usually overstated because it doesn’t represent people’s dynamic buying habits, I agree with that, but again, for seniors, it probably doesn’t apply. If what a senior needs is a hip replacement, there isn’t really a used-car version available.

  2. canary says:

    Steve does such an excellent job of highlighting. Lomax is admitting a problem, and as I’ve said before, Obama wants the old people dead. He wrote his grandparents voted for Nixon and his mother didn’t let them forget. Nice timing for his grandmother’s 3 day death regime timed her die the day prior to election. I doubt his slanderous comment about her, and giving the nut Rev Wright more respect than the grandmother who raised him with every hard earned dime, put him through elite school, and spoiled him rotten went well. Also, Obama’s half-Indonesian half-sister, told the press his grandmother was not happy about his 94 book, in which he made everyone in the world appear as losers in comparison to his perfect self. Take care of the elderly & make sure you help them vote. Nothing embarrassing about an 86 year old having to right down a list of the people he wants to win. Of course Obama gave the excuse to visit his grandmother during the 3 day hospice death, because he did not want to feel the guilt he had when he did not visit his dying mother.
    But, we know it’s because the country was watching to see if he had compassion. His reason was selfish, so he would not feel guilt. And the “media” treated it like it was very selfless for Obama too visit his Grandmother during her last breaths of life, so close to election day.

    Clark County Registrar of Voters Larry Lomax said there is no voter fraud, although the issues do come up because the touch-screens are sensitive. For that reason, a person may not want to have their fingers linger too long on the screen after they make a selection at any time.

    “Especially in a community with elderly citizens (they have) difficulty in (casting their) ballot,” Lomax said. “Team leaders said there were complaints (and the) race filled in.” …

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