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The truth about exit polls and vote counts: 2016 Democratic Presidential Primary

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Guest Author: Richard Hayes Phillips, Ph.D.: [Updated July 20 to include full detail report] It has been widely noted that the unadjusted CNN exit polls for the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries, in many states, are at variance with the official results.  Some believe the exit polls are accurate, and the official results are fraudulent.  Others believe the exit polls are…

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What Constitutes an Election Audit

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Guest Author – Richard Hayes Phillips, Ph.D.: Ohio citizens conducted, under my direction, a genuine audit of the 2004 presidential election. This was no mere “spot check” of randomly selected precincts, and no mere “recount” of the same ballots previously run through the electronic tabulators. We learned to ask for everything: ballots, poll books, voter signature books, ballot accounting charts,…

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Fraction Magic – Part 6: Execution Capacity

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6 – Middlemen, Inside Access and Manipulation – A fractional voting framework is treacherous because it can be scaled to run across multiple jurisdictions very quickly. False results precisely mimic known patterns to appear plausible. In the demonstration we performed, Smith’s one-size-fits-all utility showed that a person without any programming skills at all could seize control of election results in…

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Fraction Magic – Part 1: Votes are being counted as fractions instead of as whole numbers

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1 – Summary – This report summarizes the results of our review of the GEMS election management system, which counts approximately 25 percent of all votes in the United States. The results of this study demonstrate that a fractional vote feature is embedded in each GEMS application which can be used to invisibly, yet radically, alter election outcomes by pre-setting…

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Fraction Magic — Part 2: Context, Background, Deeper, Worse

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2 — Totals dropping mid-count; poll tapes don’t match; missing single-votes like round-off errors; e-mails from programmers; and voters being personally “weighted” for unequal value — In August 2014 Bennie Smith was approached by a number of candidates who insisted that their elections had been stolen. He disagreed with the group and offered to look into how the system works….

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Fraction Magic – Part 3: Proof of code

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3 – Programming to treat votes as decimals – The term “DOUBLE” means to store and process numbers with “double precision floating points” – in other words, to enable large numbers of decimal values. In contrast, the term “INT” instructs the program to treat numbers as whole integers. Source Code: Below are clips from GEMS source code showing that it…

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Fraction Magic – Part 4: Presidential race in an entire state switched in four seconds

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4 – Proof of Concept: Election Night Results – We used the GEMS fractional vote feature to alter an actual statewide vote database, rewriting all the polling place votes in the state of Alaska for the 2004 presidential election to change the outcome. This database was obtained by the Alaska Democratic Party in 2006 pursuant to a court order. Below is…

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Fraction Magic — Part 5: Masters of the Universe

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5 – Precision control to weight results – Using the GEMS “double” configuration, users can control election results using amazingly accurate vote percentages. We demonstrate this by assigning vote percentages using a children’s letter-number cipher. A=1, B=2, C=3, etc. For example, H=8 and A=1 so 81.8181% is “hahaha.” We helped Bush/Cheney dominate Alaska’s Cheney Lakes, assigning 38.514525% of the votes, spelling…

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About Chain of Custody

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Elections chain of custody refers to physical and electronic evidence controls for: – who can vote – who did vote – actual ballots as marked by each voter, and – evidence transfer and storage Dispute resolution (recounts or litigation) and law enforcement measures need authentic evidentiary records. Proper accounting requires chain of custody measures, which auditors use to assess information…

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