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Tuesday, November 23, 2004

Vote Count Problems in PA

Fayette County Race Exposes Vote Count Problems. One needn't go to Florida or Ohio to find vote count problems. There are serious problems right here in the Keystone State. The numbers reported on election night in Fayette County's 51st House District race bear little resemblance to the numbers that the County's Election Bureau reported this week. Incumbent Rep. Lawrence Roberts (D, photo, left) gained 237 votes in the updated count, moving from 7,505 to 7,742 votes, but independent challenger Tim Mahoney's count changed by 1,464 votes (4,454 to 5,918). The other three candidates in the 5-way race also had triple digit changes in their tallies. Republican Harry Albert gained 207 votes, while independents Gary Gearing and Terry Janosek lost 529 and 601 votes respectively. None of these changes in totals affected the order of finish.

Fayette County uses lever machines, which produce a paper trail. This enabled county officials to get a more accurate total. What would have happened if Fayette used electronic voting machines? Actually, this begs the question, "What DID happen in counties across the country?"


  • At 12:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Why isn't anyone commenting on this in the mainstream media? Our elections are being stolen and no one seems to care.

  • At 10:31 AM, Blogger David said…

    I've been wondering just how accurate the count is up here in our little township of Franklin in Susquehanna County. The ladies at the Township garage create a homey atmosphere on election day and I've always trusted these neighbors of mine. Now I'd like to know how to keep watch on the watchers.

  • At 3:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    How did those vote totals change from the totals reported on election night? Most likely two reasons. First, the provisional and absentee ballots were counted and included. Second, election night totalling is subject to clerical error, which is why they take two weeks to recheck the results and officiate. A missing or reversed number can send off the totals, but typically not by much.

  • At 10:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    What??? Lever machines produce a paper trail? And electronics do not??!! What are you smoking? Every electronic machine in use in PA produces MORE of a paper trail than ANY lever machine ever did! Do a little research before you spew, dude.

  • At 3:21 PM, Blogger Santorum for Virginia said…

    Help Keep Rick Santorum in Virginia.


  • At 8:44 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    046418 11/02/04, 4:07 PM PST Voter Intimidation Little Meadows School, Little Meadows, Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania Woman "in charge" at the voting location asked his wife in a threatening manner whether she voted democrat or republican. Later in the day someone called him to urge him to vote and that person had personal information from "tear off sheets" with his name on it that somehow indicated he had not voted.


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