Where are the missing poll tapes from the May 2006 RTA election?by Carolyn Classen on Jul. 16, 2010, under Life, Politics
Just got an email from the Pima County Election Integrity advocates who claim that something is still wrong with that May, 2006 Regional Transportation Authority election, despite the hand count done by Attorney General Terry Goddard last year.
Here’s what The Brad Blog (blogger Brad Friedman’s article dated7/14/10) reveals about this:
(EXCLUSIVE: Poll Tapes, Other Evidence Discovered Missing in Long-Disputed, ‘Fixed’ Arizona Election).
Breaking news from this blog:
“Out of 368 precincts, 112 poll tapes are completely missing. Moreover, 102 of the “yellow sheets” — certified precinct reports, signed by poll workers, detailing corresponding summary information, such as numbers of ballots received, cast and spoiled, as helpful for important auditing functions at the precinct level — are missing as well.
Furthermore, of the poll tape records that are not missing, 50 of them do not match the results as recorded in the final canvas of the election, according to the Election Integrity advocates who have compared them to the original electronic database numbers…”
The question now is:
Where are those missing poll tapes with the summaries of each Arizona precinct, signed by the respective poll workers?
I wrote about this issue earlier when that “Fatally Flawed” documentary by JT Waldron premiered at the Crossroads Theater (click here) in November, 2009.
Attorney Bill Risner who has represented the Pima County Democratic Party in the lawsuit on this issue, has maintained since that hand count by the Maricopa Elections Division in April, 2009 that the poll tapes had to be checked and verified as well. And they were not, and now 30% are missing. This doesn’t lend a lot of confidence in the Pima County Elections Division, once again.
Pima County Elections apparently owns a print-on-demand Diebold machine that can re-print paper ballots at any time. So the allegations are that the “original ballots” cast may have been replaced, which may have been the ones counted in last year’s hand count. The poll tapes in each precinct box would have verified the electronic database numbers as well as the hand count numbers, but now a year later, many of them are missing.
Questions still remain then about the security of these RTA ballots since the May, 2006 election to the present (the “chain of custody” of the ballots), and what happened to those missing poll tapes? Stay tuned for further developments in this case from the Election Integrity advocates.
For info contact John Brakey at Auditaz@cox.net, 520-578-5678 or 520-339-2696, or Tucson Attorney Bill Risner at 520-622-7494 or firstname.lastname@example.org.