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Hand-count Paper Ballots in Public
NH: Another Machine Election Doesn't Add Up
What is behind the "unprecedented," "unexplainable," "extraordinary" discrepancies between polling results and the official tallies in the New Hampshire primary "upset" victory of Clinton over Obama? The Zogby Poll predicted a 42-29 sweep for Obama over Hillary. Other pre-election polls generally showed anywhere from a 7% to double-digit lead for Obama. Zogby's polling was right-on for all the other races, but off only in the Obama-Clinton numbers. What could possibly account for such an extraordinary discrepancy?

Keep in mind that 80% of the paper ballots in NH are counted in secret on Diebold optical scanners, and all those machines are programmed by a single vendor, LHS Associates.

In general, where ballots were hand counted, Clinton lost, but where Diebold counted, she won:

Overall, machine counts favored Clinton by 4.7% and depressed the Obama vote by -2.3%.

Similar disparities can be found in the Republican primary contest, comparing Romney and Paul counts.

So long as voters are forced to vote on proprietary machines counting in secret, and shown to be as hackable as they are unreliable, our true election results will be unknowable and unverifiable. We have no basis for confidence in officially reported election results derived from machine counts.

It is up to we, the people, to take responsibility for restoring transparency and full public accountability to our elections. The best way to do this is to hand-count the ballots in public, in the precincts, on election night, the way they still do in about 45% of the polling locations in New Hampshire (counting about 20% of the state vote).

Election Defense Alliance is calling on citizens in every precinct in America to stand up and declare I Count! by signing on to a national registry of citizens volunteering to hand-count paper ballots in their local precincts.

Send your name and e-mail address to with I Count! in the subject line. We will provide training in hand-counting ballots (in elections, audits, and recounts) and in citizen exit polling. All “I Count” registrants are invited to participate in either or both.

Will you stand up when it counts, to defend and preserve your vote?
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Senators and Members of Congress: We, your constituents, want elections that are open, transparent, with checks and balances and accountability. We don't want or need "black box" computerized voting machines; we can count. We do not want paper trails; we want paper ballots. We do not want audits, spot checks, or surveys; we want hand counting on election night at the polling sites.

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