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‘Calibration issue’ pops up on voting machines PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Dustin Hurst   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 08:34

By Kenric Ward (Watchdog.org)

Voting machines that switch Republican votes to Democrats are being reported in Maryland.

“When I first selected my candidate on the electronic machine, it would not put the ‘x’ on the candidate I chose — a Republican — but it would put the ‘x’ on the Democrat candidate above it,” Donna Hamilton said.

“This happened multiple times with multiple selections. Every time my choice flipped from Republican to Democrat. Sometimes it required four or five tries to get the ‘x’ to stay on my real selection,” the Frederick, Md., resident said last week.

Queen Anne County Sheriff Gary Hofmann said he encountered the problem, too, personally.

“This is happening here as well. It occurred on two candidates on my machine. I am glad I checked. Many voters have reported this here as well,” Hofmann, a Republican, wrote in an email Sunday evening.

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Two other Maryland voters reported the same in Anne Arundel County on Friday.

A similar vote switch turned up in Chicago earlier last week.

Illinois Republican state representative candidate Jim Moynihan went to the Schaumburg Public Library last Monday to vote for himself. “Instead, it cast the vote for my opponent,” Moynihan told Watchdog.org.

“You could imagine my surprise as the same thing happened with a number of races when I tried to vote for a Republican and the machine registered a vote for a Democrat,” Moynihan said.

He notified the election judge at his polling place and demonstrated that it continued to cast a vote for the opposing candidate’s party. Moynihan was eventually allowed to vote for Republican candidates, including his own race.

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Back in Maryland, two voters in Anne Arundel County experienced the same problem: A Diebold touchscreen voting machine switched their Republican votes to Democrats. The voters had to cancel their votes and start over.

Joe Torre, election director in Anne Arundel, called it a “calibration issue” involving a single machine.

Hamilton said she notified officials of the problem she encountered at the Frederick County Center, where she voted. “I’m not sure what was done about it. If someone is not paying close attention, they could end up voting for the wrong candidate,” she said.

Kenric Ward is a national reporter for Watchdog.org and chief of the Virginia Bureau. Contact him at (571) 319-9824. @Kenricward

ABATE backs Jacobs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Erik Smith   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 08:31

MOLINE- A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois (A Brotherhood Aimed Toward Education) endorsed Senator Mike Jacobs in the 36th Senate District.

ABATE of Illinois is dedicated to preserving the rights of all motorcyclists - and ATV riders. Jacobs received an A plus rating based on his legislative record of voting on important ABATE issues.

"ABATE stands for freedom and less government intrusion in our lives- values Mike Jacobs shares," said Neal Toepfer, ABATE PAC Treasurer. “Mike has always been a friend of ABATE and we are glad to throw our support behind his reelection campaign.”

ABATE sponsors numerous rider education programs and is a leading advocate for motorcycle education and safety, but they strongly believe that safety is the result of educated riders and drivers, not government mandates that impinge on personal freedom.

" I’m thankful for ABATE’s support this November. Their endorsement makes a real difference on the campaign trail," said Mike Jacobs. "I have been fortunate enough to have ABATE's support in the past and look forward to continuing to work together."

The organization represents over 12,000 motorcycle riders across the state in 60 chapters, committed to preserving individual rights. ABATE is one of the more effective political and legislative grassroots advocacy groups in the state, having consistently prevented the legislature from imposing government restrictions on the rights of riders.


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Written by Pate for Iowa   
Wednesday, 29 October 2014 08:01

(Cedar Rapids, IA)  Today, former Iowa Secretary of State and Mayor of Cedar Rapids, Paul D. Pate called attention to the dramatic disparity between where he and his opponent get their financial support.

"Mr. Anderson's campaign is bought and paid for by liberal out of state interests who oppose a voter ID requirement.  Of his contributors, 66% of them do not reside in the state of Iowa where voters overwhelmingly support a common sense voter ID requirement as I do," Pate said.

In the latest financial disclosure period, the Anderson for Iowa committee reported 3,942 contributors with 2,587 of them having out of state addresses.  Not included in that total is the $400,000 in negative attack ads on television paid for by the Democrat PAC iVote which is based in Washington, DC.

Pate, "The integrity of Iowa's elections process should not be put at risk by out of state special interests.  Over 95% of my campaign's financial contributors are from Iowa voters and not from outside interests who want to control Iowa's elections for partisan political reasons."

A nationally recognized business leader by the Small Business Administration, Pate is the owner of a paving construction firm and recently served as Mayor of Cedar Rapids from 2002 -2006.  While Mayor, Pate was elected President of the non-partisan Iowa League of Cities representing over 870 municipalities.  Previously, he served as Iowa Secretary of State from 1995-1999 and represented NE Cedar Rapids, Marion and parts of Linn, Buchanan and Delaware Counties in the Iowa Senate from 1989-1995.

Pate is a lifelong Iowa resident, born in Ottumwa, growing up in Linn County.


Illinois Teachers support Mike Jacobs PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Erik Smith   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 12:37

SPRINGFIELD – Illinois teachers are backing Senator Mike Jacobs campaign for State Senator of the 36th District.

The Illinois Education Association announced their endorsement of Jacobs this November.

“Mike Jacobs has proved his dedication to the teachers and students of the 36th Senate District,” said Stewart Adams, retired Rock Island/Milan School Teacher. “One of the most important responsibilities we have in our community is providing a quality education to our children.”

Jacobs has been committed to supporting education funding and ensuring teachers have the necessary resources to help educate the students in our community by fighting for more funding and working on reforming the way we fund schools in Illinois.

His opponent, Neil Anderson however, supports turning Illinois’ pension system into a 401(k) plan.  Other states such as Alaska and Nebraska have adopted defined contribution plans only to later realize 401(k)’ aren’t cost effective and leave workers without a stable future.

“Anderson’s support of 401(k) plans is proof of his inexperience and lack knowledge of Illinois’ pension systems,” said Adams. “We have seen the consequences in other states who move to a defined-contribution system. Our members can’t afford to rely on insecure plans for their future.”

Illinois Education Association (IEA): The IEA is an association of more than 130,000 members composed of Illinois elementary and secondary teachers, higher education faculty and staff, educational support professionals, retired educators and college students preparing to become teachers. The IEA was founded in 1853 to serve the interest of public education in Illinois. The IEA became an affiliate of the National Education Association in 1857, an organization currently totaling 3.2 million teachers and school employees working to make our good public schools even better for all students.


WEDNESDAY: Hillary Rodham Clinton to Join Bruce Braley at Grassroots Events in Cedar Rapids and Davenport PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Sam Lau   
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 12:29
Des Moines, IA – Today, Braley for Iowa announced that Hillary Rodham Clinton will join Bruce Braley at grassroots events in Cedar Rapids and Davenport on Wednesday, October 29, 2014. Hillary Clinton and Bruce Braley will speak about the importance of voting in this year’s crucial midterm election, as well as about Bruce's plans to fight for all Iowa families. 

Hillary Clinton and Bruce Braley will encourage all Iowans to vote and make their voice heard in this year’s crucial midterm election. Iowans can vote early in person from now until November 3. For more information about early voting locations, visit vote.brucebraley.com.

For press credentials for the grassroots event in Cedar Rapids, RSVP here.

For press credentials for the grassroots event in Davenport, RSVP here

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Braley for Iowa Grassroots Event with Special Guest Hillary Clinton
IBEW Local 405 Hall,
1211 Wiley Blvd. SW
Cedar Rapids, IA
Doors open at 12:45 pm
For tickets visit www.brucebraley.com/cedar-rapids or call 515-802-8943.

Braley for Iowa Grassroots Event with Special Guest Hillary Clinton
RiverCenter, Atrium
136 E. 3rd Street
Davenport, IA
Doors open at 4:45 pm 
For tickets visit www.brucebraley.com/davenport or call 515-802-8943.
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