New Hampshire Audit Identifies Damning Problem; Scan Counts Only 28% Of Test Ballots For GOP Candidates

It was a fraud

An election audit in a New Hampshire town is showing us why initial results were so different from the results we got in the follow-up hand count.

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The whole thing started when Democratic state House candidate Kristi St. Laurent needed 24 more votes to win one of the four seats in Windham, a town of 10,000.

Oh wait, she was 420 votes short. That’s what the hand-count showed.

St. Laurent’s initial total was overcounted by 99 votes as suggested by the recount. Republicans were undercounted in the initial tally.

Authorities had to start off an audit to determine why the initial results were so different.

Auditors believe that fold lines in ballots being scanned actually fooled the machine. So, the machine thought that the candidate whose name was on the fold line actually received the vote.

“Something we strongly suspect at this juncture, based on various evidence, is that in some cases, fold lines are being interpreted by the scanners as valid votes,” said independent auditor Mark Lindeman, according to WMUR-TV.

Auditors did their best to explain what happened. They claim that there was a “discrepancy” between the cast and counted ballots. Believe it or not, only 28 percent of all Republican votes were recorded accurately.

St. Laurent’s name was the most frequent name to pop in the fold.

“Wherever the fold happened to be was, I guess, most commonly through my name,” she told WMUR.

Auditors’ explanation fits the result.

“Because if someone voted for all four Republican candidates and the ballot happened to have its fold line going through St. Laurent’s target, then that might be interpreted by the machines as an overvote, which would then subtract votes from each of those four Republican candidates,” said auditor Philip Stark, according to WMUR.

“Conversely, if there were not four votes already in that contest by the voter, a fold line through that target could have caused the machine to interpret it as a vote for St. Laurent,” he said.

Auditors have yet to complete the audit. However, if the initial conclusion is correct, this may affect the election across the nation.

“Throughout New Hampshire, you’re using the same voting machines, the AccuVote, and in principle, it could be an issue,” Stark told WMUR, which is based in Manchester, the state’s largest city.

“It really depends where the folds are in relationship to the vote targets,” he said.

“A ‘vote target’ is the equivalent of a candidate.”

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Source: The Western Journal

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