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Dec. 02, 2016: We saw this one coming: Lawsuit filed against Wisconsin recount on equal protection grounds; Wisconsin allowing wide variations in how the ballots are counted. … lawsuit filed against Michigan recounts as well … links  Dec. 01, 2016: Increasing Wisconsin recount  red flags: Outagamie County Wisconsin double whammy: reported wrong results on Election Night and now refuses to allow human eyes on the recount ballots … Also, seeing scattered reports that the certified Pennsylvania results dropped about one-third of Trump’s votes from the unofficial totals.  …  links
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When is a recount a sham?

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Recounts provide a peaceful dispute mechanism to help ensure that elections will be free and fair and equal to all. But the mere act of having a recount is not what helps elections be free and fair. The recount must be accountable to the public and fully transparent. A recount doesn’t need a smoking gun, and never needs to be apologized for….

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About Recounts

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International election standards include, as part of free and fair elections, access to peaceful dispute mechanisms.1 Recounts check the accuracy of reported results. They do not require any specific anomalies, though questionable statistical results sometimes prompt candidates to request recounts. A different dispute resolution method, called a contest or an appeal, addresses anomalies with litigation. Lawsuits may address irregularities like…

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Fraction Magic Video

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A real-time demo of the most devastating election theft mechanism yet found, with context and explanation. Demonstration uses a real voting system and real vote databases and takes place in seconds across multiple jurisdictions. Over 5000 subcontractors and middlemen have the access to perform this for any or all clients. It can give contract signing authority to whoever the user…

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About Audits

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Election audits are a subset of the larger area of public interest auditing. Audits can improve public integrity by introducing a third party evaluation as to whether conditions exist that would facilitate material misstatement by any government employee or governmental agent. Because government is owned by the public and paid for with taxpayer money, there is exists  a public “right…

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Audits or Fraudits?

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Most of the activities termed “audits” in elections are not audits at all, but are really spot checks. An actual audit differs in these important ways: – It is holistic, cross-checking information from a variety of source documents; – Discrepancies trigger nonrestricted expansion of the audit; – The entity being audited is not allowed to constrain the audit; – A…

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Actions: The Brakey Method

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Put the brakes on “mystery elections” once and for all. A simple 3-step method places public elections back under public control. THE BRAKEY METHOD Preserve and make public the “ballot images” — Modern voting systems take a picture of every ballot, called a “ballot image.” Peg the ballot image to the actual ballot using a unique ID number (not connected…

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Ballot Images – A new way to verify that results are true

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This is already available in most systems. Laws are already on the books to authorize you to do this. It costs almost nothing and enables almost everyone to authenticate computerized voting system results. All that remains is cooperation (or court-ordered coercion) of public officials to force them to honor your rights. It is a one-two punch which makes it very…

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Stream ‘Hacking Democracy’ – now on Amazon Video

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The Emmy-nominated HBO documentary, Hacking Democracy, has recently been made available for streaming on Amazon Video. Most people don’t realize that the producers of this film are independent filmmakers from Great Britain — they dug deep into their own pockets, and credit cards, to produce a film that was so controversial it was not at all certain whether it would…

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The truth about exit polls and vote counts: 2016 Democratic Presidential Primary

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Guest Author: Richard Hayes Phillips, Ph.D.: [Updated July 20 to include full detail report] It has been widely noted that the unadjusted CNN exit polls for the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries, in many states, are at variance with the official results.  Some believe the exit polls are accurate, and the official results are fraudulent.  Others believe the exit polls are…

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