Voting Machines in Texas Programmed for Voting Fraud
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Voting Machines in Texas Programmed for Voting Fraud


TEXAS — November 1, 2018

More than 30% of Texas voters have already voted in this years' midterm elections.

In the first nine days of early voting, more than 3.6 million Texans have voted in person or by mail, according to the recent Texas Secretary of State data.

That includes around 350,000, or 31%, of Tarrant County voters.

Early voting in the Nov. 6 election runs through this Friday.

Gov. Gregg Abbott traveled to Fort Worth yesterday to encourage anyone who hasn’t to hurry up and vote.

Abbott called on his Republican colleagues to support GOP candidates up and down the ballot, especially U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, who is in a fierce re-election bid against Democratic challenger U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke of El Paso.

"This will be the largest turnout in any non-presidential election year ever," Abbott told a crowd of more than 250 gathered at Cooper’s Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que on the city’s north side. "Do you know who cast all those votes? Neither do I. Are you comfortable not knowing? Neither am I. We need to make sure you take ownership in this."

"This election is about far more than the next two years, four years, six years," Abbott added. "It’s quite literally about the future of the United States itself."

"If ever we lose Texas to the Democrats, we will lose the United States of America forever," he said. "We as patriots have a duty to our country to not let that happen. We have to keep Texas red."

Earlier on Saturday, there was another Get Out the Vote rally led by Democratic forces, which called on residents to vote for O'Rourke. Among the participants were O'Rourke himself and the Rev. Jesse Jackson as key speakers.

"Texas is too great to have a second-class senator," he said. "It's dark, but there’s a light coming out of Texas."

Pitfalls of the current candidates

As has already come to light, it seems no state can go without voting violations in these elections. One of the most serious was in Texas, where several commissions have figured out why the election machines were broken or programmed for election fraud.

In particular, the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. and Texas State Conference of the NAACP just wrote a powerful letter to the Texas Secretary of State, Rolando B. Pablos, insisting that he protect the voting rights of all Texans after reports of ominous irregularities from voting machines throughout the state

For example, violations have been identified in 82 of Texas' 254 counties, with at least 9 of those counties reporting difficulties, the letter says.

"In the past week, we have received reports from individuals and voter advocacy groups that some Texas voters attempting to cast a straight-ticket ballot for the Democratic Party on Hart eSlate machines have seen their selection for U.S. Senator switch at the last moment to the candidate for the Republican Party," the NAACP and LDF wrote in their letter. "We have not received reports that this is happening to Texas voters attempting to cast a straight-ticket ballot for the Republican Party on these machines. But our request that your office does more on this issue is non-partisan and will protect all voters."

As they later found out, the voting machines were either broken or programmed so that if someone votes for one candidate, their vote is automatically changed to another candidate. This can be controlled remotely, changing votes without even being at the polling station.

"We've been hearing reports of voters who go to the booths, they try to vote straight ticket and then the next screen they see it appears that their vote has been selected for a candidate of the opposing party," says James Slattery, a senior staff attorney with the Texas Civil Rights Project.

The Washington Post cited the case of Texas native Peter Martin, 69, as one of many who missed the earlier warning message.

“I've always voted. It's the only opportunity that I have to make any sort of difference in terms of politics," he said.

When the registered independent went to a recreational center in Grapevine, TX last week, he planned to vote for Senate hopeful Beto O'Rourke. The Hart machine offered a fast-tracked option for straight-ticket voters. Martin selected it, expecting the machine to populate an all-Democrat ballot.

"It floored me. My vote showed up on the machine for the wrong senator. Instead of Beto O’Rourke—the Democratic candidate—it said [Republican candidate] Ted Cruz," he said. After noticing the error, Martin backtracked to the initial screen and manually registered his vote.

Cordell Hosea, who lives in a suburb of Houston, says he tried voting straight ticket for Democrats last week.

"I was getting ready to press the red button to cast my ballot and something told me to glance over to the screen," he says, "and when I looked over at the screen, I saw that Ted Cruz was noted as my senator."

Hosea added he told poll workers about what happened and they had him restart the process. He said it worked the second time.

The Texas Secretary of State has been aware of the issue for at least a week. This raises the question of why, knowing the problem, there was nothing the state could do about it?

An election advisory from Director of Elections Keith Ingram, dated Oct. 23, said: "We have heard from a number of people voting on Hart eSlate machines that when they voted straight ticket, it appeared to them that the machine had changed one or more of their selections to a candidate from a different party. This can be caused by the voter taking keyboard actions before a page has fully appeared on the eSlate, thereby de-selecting the pre-filled selection of that party’s candidate."

Marian K. Schneider, president of Verified Voting, a voting integrity organization, issued a statement Monday in response to reports that voters experienced problems using the company's machines. She called for verifiable systems that include a voter-marked paper ballot: "Verified Voting calls on Texas Secretary of State Rolando Pablos to launch a broader and more robust statewide public information effort to advise voters to carefully check their choices as displayed before submitting them... Paper ballots that are retained can be later sampled to check if the software is correctly reporting the voters' selections. Without such a safeguard, public confidence in elections diminishes."

If the problem is not solved completely by the election, according to the latest data, more than 5.1 million Texans will not be able to vote without error. If we consider that at least 10 or 20% of people don't know about the problem, then you know how it will turn out. The elections will be completely rigged.  Let's go on.

The company Hart Intercivic, which makes voting machine, released a statement saying it "proudly stands behind our voting systems and our customers," also praising election officials.

Since the Help America Vote Act of 2002, about 200 Texas counties purchased voting machines; dozens have since updated their equipment. Of the 254 Texas counties, 82 use the Hart eSlate machines.

Later it was stated that some machines are already fixed and ready to work. Interestingly, none of the previous statements from officials or manufacturers have said anything about the reasons for such a massive system failure. Although only one of the journalists hinted at Russia's interference in the US elections, this was previously taken care of by National Security Advisor   John Bolton, who said that there was no threat from Russia.

Officials now are referring to the competent work of employees at the polling stations, who will be able to help voters in case of problems. They’ve also said that there was a similar problem in 2016 that was largely avoided by the efforts of the same employees.

Attorney James Slatter also said that what is happening with the machines in Texas is easy to "identify and fix.” He says voters should also always double-check all their votes before they cast their ballot and that the voting machines are old and finicky and, unfortunately, voters need to be extra vigilant.

"It appears they date back to the turn of the century," he says. "It really underscores how antiquated and backward some of the Texas voting technology is."

Author: USA Really