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Re: “Election Commission Attorney Shares Office with Voting-Machine Lobbyist

Tjonesmfs, the SCEC is not a legislative body. The purchase process is spelled out in state law and county process. The SCEC followed the rules. They went above and beyond to give the public an opportunity to see and use all the state certified machine vendors at a public event. Was it poor judgment to pass up an opportunity to see, use and question the vendors? One would think that you and others would have attended, used the machines, and asked questions to be able to speak from fact rather than from hearsay.

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Posted by d-tenn on 05/12/2020 at 12:55 PM

Re: “Further Questions About Linda Phillips

No county in TN can go out and purchase whatever voting machine they want, only machines certified by the state can be purchased. For Shelby that means one of three vendors. Mrs. Phillips stated in that meeting that both types were offered by the vendor in question. When machines were purchased for 2006, the same machine vendor was selected by the Democrat majority.

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Posted by d-tenn on 05/11/2020 at 10:26 PM

Re: “Will Shelby County’s Voting Machine Issue be Resolved Anytime Soon?

No county in TN can “go out and buy whatever voting machine they want”. The state certified machines, counties can purchase only a certified machine. In Shelby that means a selection of one of three vendors.

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Posted by d-tenn on 05/11/2020 at 10:14 PM

Re: “Voting Machines, MATA, and Mike Pence

Prof. Mulroy made some mistakes in his comments regarding Hamilton CO voting machines. First, they have NOT been in use there for 20-years, but not even 7 years. Second the entire population of Hamilton County is less than the number of registered voters in Shelby CO. Their number of different necessary ballot faces is about 1/3 that of Shelby; they also have fewer candidates. During the 8-year election cycle, the number of Shelby candidates has been around 300. Would the company used in Hamilton CO even quote that machine for Shelby CO? The "simple" voting process is more complex. The voter determines their precinct;use a special pen for marking; walk it to a scanner place it face down -- IF the scanner determines their ballot is "non-typical" it must be corrected IF THE VOTER DESIRES. There doesn't seem to be a screen showing what the "non-typical" error is,(I couldn't find that info), the voter must check and correct the mistake on a new paper ballot; then reinsert the ballot for scanning. Each error requires a new paper ballot.

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Posted by d-tenn on 01/25/2020 at 2:19 PM

Re: “Faith-based Democracy

To be hacked, one must be on the internet. Shelby CO voting machines are not on line.
The other institutions you referenced connect your name with your account, activities, record etc. Your cast ballot is not connected to your name. You and your name are first verified to be the legal voter your claim to be, then you make your choices. Your choices are registered under the name of the candidate, not your name. Paper ballots are scanned and the "tic marks" are indicated under the candidate's name. The only valid photo ID in Tennessee is a photo ID issued by the Federal, or TN state government. Even an expired photo ID is acceptable if issued by the Federal or TN state government.

Posted by d-tenn on 07/21/2018 at 1:06 PM

Re: “Faith-based Democracy

Even a paper ballot does not enter the system with a voter's name attached to the ballot.No one can identify how a particular voter voted. Paper ballots are sealed in an envelop, when verified that a registered voter executed that vote,all identifying data is removed from the envelop and the ballot is included with all the other PAPER ballots to be scanned and tallied after the close of polls on ED. They are tallied with the same software and they do not include a voter's name attached to that ballot. There are several steps made before that voters gets to a machine to vote, but once those proper procedures, to confirm the voter is legal, then they are allowed a voter card. Our elections are conducted by your friends and neighbors it is not a daily job, but rather an occasional job. They are wonderful and we could not have elections without them, however, they cannot always remember all the rules and regs. Don't be afraid of our voting machines.

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Posted by d-tenn on 07/20/2018 at 6:51 PM

Re: “Faith-based Democracy

Check again mister editor. No voters anywhere in the U.S. walks away with a copy of their ballot! They may be given a piece of paper saying they voted, but not a copy of how they voted.

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Posted by d-tenn on 07/20/2018 at 8:31 AM

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