Every two years we get to raise the question, once again:
"Where were the Florida election results counted tonight?"
Because, for much of the last decade, the State of Florida has had a non-State entity hosting the election night results that Floridians trust are the accurate representation of their cumulative vote.
This scenario is the Florida replay of what we first identified had occurred in 2004 when Ohio's votes made a roundtrip through SMARTechcorp computers, in Tennessee, and George W. Bush beat John Kerry in the general election.
We've only been able to capture records of the IP address for the State of Florida's election night host computers since 2005. Two years ago (maybe four) election results were hosted on computers managed by a company based in the state of Georgia.
If I was Newt Gingrich, I would be happy about that location, if it was repeated tonight.
Perhaps. Or maybe not. Make the jump»
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A teaser from an ePluribus Media Journal past and the questions of election theft that may never be answered below the fold:
GOP Threatens “Valerie Plame” Style Strike Against Wife of IT Mastermind if He Doesn’t Become Fall Guy for Gaming the 2004 Ohio Election
OhioNewsBureau -By John Michael Spinelli
COLUMBUS, OHIO: The little story about how the GOP cyber-gamed the Ohio presidential election in 2004 is growing by the day, spurred on to greater heights Thursday when an Ohio election attorney asked the Ohio Attorney General to provide immunity protection to Mike Connell, the GOP IT mastermind who built various computer systems they say not only won Ohio for President Bush in 2004 but led to many other wins for Republicans over the years of the Bush Administration.
A key figure in the grand strategy of the Grand Old Party to build a cyber system that could assure permanent control by Republicans of key offices, state and federal, is Mike Connell, an Ohio native some refer to as a “High IQ Forrest Gump” for his brilliance in masterminding the construction of various computer systems associated with election procedures and data security, including the so-called firewall in Congress.
As Raw Story reported in December, Mike Connell died in a plane crash shortly before he was supposed to testify: Make the jump»
At MLN they have this up on the front page:
ConnPost: "Glitches didn't affect election outcome" <read>
CTVotersCount.org: "Not So Fast, Please"
A ConnPost article gives a broad brush feel good assessment of the election. We are not ready to agree that everything went fine. We have no reason to doubt that the results were accurate enough that the voters' intent was realized in the results, however, we will wait for the results of the post-election audit and other analysis. Unfortunately, unless this audit goes much differently than the last three we will still be left with a level of uncertainty. Make the jump»
Newly recorded interview made shortly before filing of Stephen Spoonamore's affidavit in Ohio testimony last week.
"I'm a lifelong member of the GOP, I'm a Republican. And the problem is that some members of my party seem to have gotten it into their heads, 'we'll control the voting machines and that means we'll own the genie'." [Click image for video]