|Mel Green and Philip Munger - May 2010|
It may not be a serious crime, but given how far off from pre-voting polling some of the results were - most notably Proposition 5 - possible criminal conduct should not be ruled out. And given her instructions to voting day volunteers and workers, to ignore broken seals, Duke should immediately be put on leave until the conclusion of a thorough investigation.
The two most important stories on the voting machine tampering are:
Anchorage Election Commission special meeting of April 21: Holding Duke accountable on “ignore broken security seals” instruction by Mel Green at Bent Alaska
The Not-So-Public Election Meeting – (Updated Photo) by Jeanne Devon at The Mudflats
Green's story is the more recent of the two, and there is duplicative material in the two stories. What is important about Mel's assiduous questioning and reporting on this, is that the possibility of rigged voting machines has now been taken up by KSKA, the Anchorage Daily News, and KTVA:
Election Commission Digs into Ballot Mess - Dayta Eashton for KSKA
Election Fallout Continues by Kate McPherson for KTVA
An important quote from Casey Grove's April 22nd ADN story is this:
Deputy Clerk Duke asserts:
Any evidence of fraud could easily be rooted out with a recount, Duke said. She also said Isbell's retelling of her instruction about the broken voting machine seals was incomplete.
"What I said was, 'If you open up on election morning, and you see it's clearly broken from transport, don't worry, I have extras," Duke said.
The plastic is "flimsy," she said, and can break easily. That's not evidence of vote fraud, she said. [emphasis added]
But poll worker Wendy Isbell states:
Among those who did show up was Wendy Isbell, an election worker who also testified at Tuesday’s Assembly meeting. Isbell says she saw voting machines with broken seals, plastic pieces designed to prevent someone from tampering with a memory card that counts votes.
“I don’t see how they broke,” Isbell said. “They’re impossible to break. They were evenly cut.” [emphasis added]
When another worker asked about the broken seals, Isbell says Deputy Municipal Clerk Jacqueline Duke told the worker, “If they’re broken, don’t worry about it.”The claim by Isbell that the seals were "evenly cut" seems enough to warrant suspension of Duke, and possibly a call to the State Office of Special Prosecutions and the U.S. Justice Department, in order for some outside forensic experts to take over inspection of the voting machines.
More information on Mayor Sullivan's elimination of the Data Processing Review Board, as covered by Steve Aufrecht's interview of Lupe Marroquin on April 19th needs to come out:
Steve Aufrecht of the blog What Do I Know? posted a 20-minute video interview with former deputy municipal clerk Guadalupe Marroquin, who preceded Jacqueline Duke as the person who supervised Anchorage municipal elections; among the topics Marroquin discussed was the importance of the security seals and other measures intended to guarantee the security and integrity of the election. One of these measures, the Data Processing Review Board, was made up of several IT experts who designed their own tests to challenge the programming of the AccuVote memory cards. Once satisfied, they sealed the AccuVote memory cards into place to prevent tampering. But the Data Processing Review Board was eliminated two years ago.If there is no Data Processing Review Board, what does this statement by deputy Clerk Duke mean:
Duke, also at the meeting, said she saw no voting inaccuracies during testing of the machines.
So, if there is no data processing review, who "tested" the machines?"There are a lot of tests done prior to the election to prevent hacking, which is what these people are talking about," Duke said. [emphasis added]
Duke should be suspended. With pay would be fine with me.
The state white collar crime unit should be approached by assembly chair Hall, for advice on what to do about looking directly at each machine for evidence of "evenly cut" security seals, and what it might mean if they were "evenly cut" by the same or similar devices.
Then, if they were "evenly cut," Duke should be sworn in and questioned thoroughly in the presence of her attorney.
The only thing about the April 3 MOA election that is certifiable at this point is its sheer shadiness.