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In this diary it was brought up that SNAFUs are occuring in the Colorado absentee ballots, a reminding me of a theory I had posited some time ago on what states beyond FL & OH were ripe for rigging.

I thought swing states with GOP governors would be likely targets; Colorado, Minnesota and Nevada fit those criteria. So let us find out about the various Secretaries of State beyond the fold, shall we?

* all S.O.S. names link to the S.O.S. website, not their bios

COLORADO: Our 1st state to have monkey business, has the loveable Gigi Dennis* running the elections.

How loveable?

The two major-party candidates for Colorado secretary of state are critical of the current officeholder, Republican Gigi Dennis, for changing election rules in the middle of the campaign.

Democrat Ken Gordon and Republican Mike Coffman said it was unfair for Dennis to decide in August that "membership organizations" must get permission from individual members annually before their dues can be used in political campaigns.

Previously, the dues were automatically deducted and the groups, such as unions, then transferred money to small-donor committees to push for certain candidates.

Dennis said she has done nothing wrong. The real problem, she said, is Amendment 27, a voter-approved campaign finance initiative that critics say is fraught with loopholes. the courts.

Not just the candidates think so highly of her, either.

Claiming unsecure electronic voting machines are a threat to the integrity of the November elections, 13 Colorado voters are asking a judge to bar their use on grounds that the state failed to do the tests required by law.

"These unreliable and insecure Direct Recording Electronic computerized systems have disrupted elections across the country and have created a crisis in voter confidence," said Paul Hultin, a lawyer for the voters in a case that goes to trial Wednesday in Denver District Court.

The lawyers are asking the judge to bar use of the machines in nine counties. The lawyers claim the machines made by Diebold Election Systems, Sequoia Voting Systems, Electronic Systems and Software and Hart InterCivic were not properly certified by Secretary of State Gigi Dennis.

Dennis is required by state law to appoint experts to test, evaluate and certify electronic voting machines, and to file a report.

In a deposition released last week, the state employee who conducted at least some of the tests said he had no formal training in computer science. The lawsuit claims Dennis failed to file the required report on the

Those machines? Diebold Election Systems, Sequoia Voting Systems, ES&S and Hart InterCivic  

She's such a rock ribbed republican she tried to throw a GOP primary candidate off the ballot to smooth the way for Don Beauprez.

She's the darling of the state party so crazy that John Birchers seem reasonable, and cute as a button to boot.

MINNESOTA: Our little ball of sunshine in the land of 10,000 lakes is Mary Kiffmeyer, a pistol packing Grandma who likes to lend out voting machines to her pals @ party headquarters:
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Her other interests include scrapbooking, walks along the river and writing threatening letters to those who make her job harder:

Last week, when Secretary of State Mary Kiffmeyer fired off a letter of warning that City Pages' voter registration drive at the State Fair "may be in violation of federal law," she highlighted two defining characteristics of her six-year tenure as the state's top election official: open partisanship and a proclivity for overreaching.

In her one-page August 30 letter, Kiffmeyer cited a section of the federal elections code that prohibits "paying or accepting payment for voting or registering to vote." Because City Pages offered fairgoers a chance to sign up for a vacation sweepstakes along with providing them the opportunity to register to vote, Kiffmeyer argued, the paper's actions could be construed as "payment" and, therefore, against the law. link

Her weapon of choice? The ES&S Automark with the always unreliable Diebold Accuvote as her backup.

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I hope the voting machines are more accurate than she is on the gun range, and she needs to work on her grouping there.

Nevada: Maybe the most honest of the bunch(just because I haven't googled enough) is Current SOS and NV-02 candidate Dean Heller.

It appears that it'll be hard to mess this one up unless through voter suppression, as NV(like MN) requires electronic ballots with paper reciept, their machines supplied by Sequoia

Originally posted to BonScott on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 09:34 PM PDT.


So which state gets picked this time? (besides FL & OH)

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  •  Tip Jar (16+ / 0-)

    Wish I had more time to delve into voting machines and Heller, but it's a start.

    Any relevant info/links will be appreciated.

  •  Too bad we can't use the Diebold machines (1+ / 0-)
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    peace voter

    for target practice!

  •  So you don't think the question of (0+ / 0-)

    whether there are competitive races there would be meaningful?  I mean, I would see the argument looking how "they" would pick one state over another to rig in a presidential election.  But this year it's not like one big election where rigging one state would tip the big thing.  You have to think about motivation, ie is there a reason to think there's something tippable?

    Anyway, though, I don't know why I'm even engaging this so seriously.  It's silly.  Or, if you're worried about election fraud, tell us what to do to prevent it, don't engage in groundless speculation about where it might take place.

    •   Not a consideration (1+ / 0-)
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      This was originally was directed towards the 2008 cycle, but election fraud can happen in any election cycle or office, no matter how big or small.

      In a year where so many races are now competitive and issues are already starting to appear, I thought it time to raise visibility.

      We've had serious allegations of electoral fraud and voter suppression in 2 different states in the last 2 Presidential electoral cycles, so why not start by following the pattern of those states?

  •  Sweet! (0+ / 0-)

    Gigi Dennis... what a little hottie!

    But obviously messed up in the head. Deranged. Deluded.

    What a waste.

    You go to war not with the reasons you have, but with the reasons you might want or wish to have. - The Republican Credo

    by judyneric on Thu Oct 12, 2006 at 11:12:55 PM PDT

  •  Danny Tarkanian would be much worse than Heller (1+ / 0-)
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    Heller has argued against his own party members in the state legislature to replace the older non-paper machines with new ones that do have a paper trail.

    Tarkanian is the current GOP secretary of state nominee and would be a disaster. He's running ads claiming voter fraud is out of control. You know damn well he'll do everything in his power to limit new registrations and suppress the vote.

    Please support our secretary of state nominee Ross Miller. He's the son of former Democratic governor Bob Miller. Ross is being supported by John Walsh who has cut a commercial for Miller. But the Tarkanian name will draw support in Clark County, no matter how incompetent and unqualified Jerry's son is.

  •  Maryland is a target for voter fraud (0+ / 0-)

    Montgomery county council after huffing and pufing
    failed to:

    Remove or reassign the individuals involved

    Punish anyone for the apprently deliberate failure to deliver the necesary vote cards to precincts

    failed to institute paper ballots machines and get ready for november 7 election

    has michael steele, on the air refusing to declare his party affiliation  ( i think he is runnig on some kinky republican party practice  that uses dogs)  worse still he used to be a catholic priest.  

    Maryland is 3-1 democrat. so you tell me if our election will be honest

    •  3-1 ratio (0+ / 0-)

      That ratio is why I left MD out of this preview, as a 20% swing would stick out like a turd in the punch bowl, but a 5% swing in close states makes it that much easier to suggest irregularities as statistical one offs.

  •  Lucky me (0+ / 0-)

    I went from living in MN with Kiffmeyer to CO with Dennis. I think Gigi Dennis is the loopier of the two.

    Great diary!
  •  Election Integrity (0+ / 0-)

    Thanks for posting this diary.

    Added the "Election Integrity" tag.

    Folks interested in this topic are pooling information at
    and check dkosopedia on Voting_Rights for further resources.

    Please think about volunteering to be a poll worker in your local precinct

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    by gmoke on Fri Oct 13, 2006 at 08:53:00 PM PDT

  •  Minnesota has a long-term solution (0+ / 0-)

    For 2007, 2008 and beyond: Mark Ritchie for Secretary of State.

    City Pages has been dogging Kiffmeyer for years. Some of it's pretty entertaining reading. The article linked above is good, trying searching their site for even more:

    Kiffmeyer would win the title "Katherine Harris of the North" if it weren't for Class-A Moonbat Michelle Bachmann in MN-6.

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