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Old 02-17-2008, 02:00 PM   #1
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Obama Robbed in NY on Feb. 5

[Q]By GINGER ADAMS OTIS

February 16, 2008 -- Barack Obama's primary-night results were strikingly under recorded in several congressional districts around the city - in some cases leaving him with zero votes when, in fact, he had pulled in hundreds, the Board of Elections said today

Unofficial primary results gave Obama no votes in nearly 80 districts, including Harlem's 94th and other historically black areas - but many of those initial tallies proved to be wildly off the mark, the Board of Elections confirmed.

Truth is, in some districts getting a recount, the senator from Illinois is even close to defeating Hillary Clinton.

Initial results in the 94th District, for example, showed a 141-0 sweep for the New York senator, but Board of Elections spokeswoman Valerie Vazquez said today that the ongoing recount had changed the tally to 261-136.

As yet, none of the results has been certified, Vazquez said, adding that the Board of Elections had begun a painstaking ballot-by-ballot canvassing of all voting machines four days after the Feb. 5 election.

"We are doing a recanvass, and we will be counting all paper ballots, including absentee ones," Vazquez said.

"Some initial tallies had zeros, but it was most likely due to human error. Those were unofficial numbers, and no confirmed results have been released yet."

As yet, none of the results have been certified, but a ballot-by-ballot canvassing of all voting machines has begun, a board spokesperson said. Many of the mistakes were chalked up to human error -- and some Clinton tallies were wrong as well. In several congressional districts she was shown as having received votes when in fact she got hundreds, Boe said.

In a predominantly black Brooklyn district for which Clinton was given credit for a 118-0 victory on Primary Night, the Board of Elections' latest figures indicate that she may not even come out the winner - Obama currently has 116 votes to her 118. [/Q]

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That's quite a disparity. How does something like that happen? Seriously?
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Unofficial primary results gave Obama no votes in nearly 80 districts
"Unofficial" is the key word there. The recanvassing process they're doing right now is always and only what the actual delegate awarding is based on--the abbreviated (and much more mistake-prone) reporting process used on election night is for the benefit of the media only. 80 precincts unofficially reported at "zero" for a popular candidate certainly is particularly bad, but some instances of incorrect "zero" reports happen every single election; that's why those results are unofficial.

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Jerome A. Koenig, a former chief of staff to the State Assembly’s election law committee and a lawyer for the Obama campaign, suggested that some of the [reporting] discrepancy resulted from the design of the ballot. Candidates were listed from left to right in an order selected by drawing lots. Mrs. Clinton was first, followed by Gov. Bill Richardson and Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., who in most election districts received zero votes, and by John Edwards, who got relatively few. Mr. Obama was fifth, just before Representative Dennis J. Kucinich.
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Sounds like Florida 2000...at least it doesn't appear the outcome hinges upon these "new" votes.
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I've seen a story that stated that Obama in about 9 states, there are a total of 70,000-100,000 votes that Obama got that were not reported. Not sure if it will change any delegate counts, though. Hopefully they will.....!
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Sounds like Florida 2000...at least it doesn't appear the outcome hinges upon these "new" votes.
Still, I want a receipt for my vote - showing who I voted for and when, what time.
How hard could it be? I get one from every store I shop at all the time.
I have no trust in electronic voting machines since 2004.
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