Re: question about hand-held statistical devices in the field

From: Bev Harris <bev_at_blackboxvoting_dot_org>
Date: Fri Dec 21 2007 - 07:46:12 CST

In the Iowa caucus, and in New Hampshire, there are two issues that set them
apart from normal elections. First, who wins and is instantly annointed with
more campaign cash and media frontrunner status, and second, the positioning of
those who don't win "sends a message" about what the priorities should be.

The party may have an interest in making sure a maverick candidate doesn't beat
the pants off of one of the parties mainstream candidates, by making sure a
maverick will finish, say, fifth, not third. The second place finisher may
still be considered viable, so the parties will have a preference for who should
and should NOT take second position.

To reiterate: The Republican Party told me last Friday that they do NOT have
plans to release the precinct results, unless perhaps maybe later. Because there
is no requirement to post results at the polling place, this creates an ideal
situation for tampering through the central tabulation phase. Since we
now know that the central tabulation phase will be automated using a customized
program, we are looking at the exact same questions we would have with inside
cronies operating an uncertified central tabulator with no poll tapes.

> In other words, it would be impossible for Ron Paul, Dennis Kucinich, or
> Mike Gravel to win the Iowa caucuses (aside from their presumably low levels
> of support amongst Iowans, if the polls are to be believed)? Or perhaps it
> would be impossible for [chosen candidate from each party] to lose?

Bev Harris
Founder - Black Box Voting
http://www.blackboxvoting.org

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