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Apparently David Cobb has a witness. Here’s a clip from the Blue Lemur site:

David Cobb, the unsuccessful Green Party presidential candidate, aired startling allegations at the Democratic House Judiciary Committee’s Columbus hearings Monday, alleging that a voting company representative tampered with voting equipment in Columbus last Friday and attempted to plant false information into the Ohio recount.

Cobb says that a witness who had requested anonymity watched a representative of Triad Systems enter the Columbus Board of Elections unannounced and tamper with a vote tabulator which then lost all data.

The representative then, Cobb said, tried to convince employees to post false information so that it would appear as if the data was valid and had never been lost…

While we’re on the subject of election tampering, here’s a link that will take you to video of Clint Curtis’s testimony yesterday in front of the Democrats of the Judiciary Committee as they met in Columbus, Ohio. Curtis, as you’ll recall, is the programmer, who, while employed at Yang Enterprises (a NASA subcontractor in Florida), claims to have been approached concerning the possibility of rigging electronic voting machines in order to “control the vote.” (You can also find a transcript here.)

And, while we’re at it, here’s a speech given the other day by investigative journalist Greg Palast on the subject.

(note: Since I haven’t said it in a few weeks, I thought that perhaps I should reiterate one more time that I do not necessarily believe that there was fraud in the 2004 election. I do believe, however, that the evidence needs to be considered, and that the problems that do exist, whether they happened due to malicious intent or not, need to be dealt with. This isn’t about changing the outcome of the 2004 election in my mind. This is about ensuring that every vote is counted, in 2004, and in the future… So, please don’t write in and call me a conspiracy theorist for linking to Palast. I know that he’s on the fringe. That doesn’t mean that he doesn’t raise good points though.)

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  1. JK
    Posted December 15, 2004 at 7:26 am | Permalink

    Today’s New York Times finally has an article on the situation in Ohio. It’s extremely short, but it’s something. Here’s how it starts –

  2. Tony Buttons
    Posted December 15, 2004 at 7:59 am | Permalink

    I’ve heard it suggested by some that there’s an explanation for why the Triad technicians would be working on the machines prior to the recount (something about getting them ready to output the data), but it still smells a bit fishy.

    Here’s another article on the Triad situation, for those who are interested.

  3. JK
    Posted December 15, 2004 at 10:39 am | Permalink

    And yet more information on the situation in Ohio.

  4. mark
    Posted December 15, 2004 at 8:22 pm | Permalink

    I really wish that more people were following this story. A couple hundred words burried in the middle of the TImes isn’t nearly enough. In one particular county in Ohio there seems to be evidence that people were waiting for up to 11 hours to vote (in a primarily minority neighborhood) while up to 80 surpluss machines could have been put to use. (Who knows how many hundreds of people, unable to spend an entire day, left without voting.) These stories should be on the front page of every paper in America… Thanks for these great links. I appreciate it.

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