So Goes Ohio…

by lizard

Forget polls and the statistical wizardry of Nate Silver. Forget early voting, turning out the base, and the impact of super storm Sandy. Forget the fights over voter suppression and campaign spending.

Because none of it will matter if Ohio is about to get hijacked by the GOP.

Here’s how Brad Friedman’s piece begins:

Last week, Bob Fitrakis and Gerry Bello at reported an important story concerning what they described as “uncertified ‘experimental’ software patches” being installed at the last minute on electronic vote tabulation systems in 39 Ohio counties.

The story included a copy of the contract [PDF] between Republican Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted’s office and ES&S, the nation’s largest e-voting system manufacturer, for a new, last-minute piece of software created to the custom specifications of the secretary of state. The contract itself describes the software as “High-level enhancements to ES&S’ election reporting software that extend beyond the current features and functionality of the software to facilitate a custom-developed State Election Results Reporting File.”

A subsequent story at the Free Press the following day included text said to be from a Nov. 1 memo sent from the Ohio secretary of state’s Election Counsel Brandi Laser Seske to a number of state election officials confirming the use of the new, uncertified software on Ohio’s tabulator systems. The memo claims that “its function is to aid in the reporting of results” by converting them “into a format that can be read by the Secretary of State’s election night reporting system.”

Um…aid? Aid who?

Hopefully the conspiracy theory smear will be enough if tomorrow Ohio breaks inexplicably for Mitt.

Regardless who carries Ohio, no organization or company should be able to make software changes right before an election. This should be taken seriously. Tomorrow’s election may hinge on compromised machines, and I’m not talking about Mitt Romney.

  1. Jim Fleischmann

    Blogging at its best: uncovering or amplifying under-covered news. Thanks for keeping track of this.

  2. from
    “Electronic voting machines being used by Ohio in today’s election contain a software “back door” that could allow alteration of the balloting results, a Green Party candidate for one of the state’s 16 U.S. congressional districts claimed in a federal court lawsuit.”

  3. from
    “Through a closely held equity fund called Solamere, Mitt Romney and his wife, son and brother are major investors in an investment firm called H.I.G. Capital. H.I.G. in turn holds a majority share and three out of five board members in Hart Intercivic, a company that owns the notoriously faulty electronic voting machines that will count the ballots in swing state Ohio November 6. Hart machines will also be used elsewhere in the United States.”

  4. Big Johansson

    Nothing to worry about.

    The Panthers are their to protect the vote.

    • JC

      Panther… singular. And he was way less threatening looking than the tea party crazed poll watcher that was harassing people at my precinct.

  5. Steve W

    I’m glad those Republican Senators waited until the 5th of November, 2012 to write a letter about a long term problem that has existed back through the bush wars. With 1/3 of active military black and hispaic, it was smart for them to wait until now to complain, since if they complained earlier they might have had to follow through and even lost by bigger margins at the polls today.

    These Republican Senators exemplify why the country can’t trust Republicans to get anything useful done.

    It was a good try, but another fail, BJ.

  6. Big Johansson

    A Nation Mourns.

  7. Steve W

    BJ, want to buy a “I Never Supported Mitt in the First Place” tee shirt? I have them available in two colors (Republican Red and T-Party White) and in all sizes. $20 bucks each. They are going fast so don’t wait.

  8. Pogo Possum

    Another Conspiracy Theory, Lizard?????? Really????? Why am I not suprised!

    • lizard19

      enjoy your election night, Pogo!!!!!!!!!!

      • Pogo Possum

        I am already enjoying it. Already made a toast to Steve Daines and Tim Fox. Governor and Senate races will be close and interesting.

        I will arrange to buy a round of drinks for you and some of the BBird crowd later this month. I will jump back on line later this evening when we get some election returns in. Enjoy !!! :-)

  9. Dave Budge

    Good call, Lizard! You’re dangerously close to Mark T these days.

    • lizard19

      did you watch Karl Rove get pissed at Fox News for calling Ohio? but this wasn’t 2004, and the GOP can no longer afford to be the party of angry white men.

    • Steve W

      Mark T isn’t particularly dangerous unless you are of the opinion that ideas you don’t agree with are dangerous, Dave.

      Disband the thought police already!

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