Houston, we have a problem. A mother of a problem.

I’m not on Facebook. My former head rabbi in Greensboro is, and my wife showed me something he posted this morning. He is politically active, does a ton of outreach to clergy of other religions, I was a regular attendee of his Saturday morning Torah study sessions that were always well populated at any time of year because he’s that good. When the 50th anniversary of the March on Selma was held a few years ago, he realized that no rabbis were involved (they were on the original march) and, on short notice, got a bus load of his own congregants, got a little-used synagogue there as a base of operations, and by the time he was finished, Peter Yarrow came in and sang at that synagogue. He hosts a Sabbath eve service for Dr. Martin Luther King jr.’s birthday every year that is interdenominational with guest speakers and a lot of local Christian attendance, particularly from Black congregations, and the guest speaker at the last one I attended was Rev. William Barber. A few years ago, when Amendment One - the state amendment defining marriage as between a man and a woman - was being voted on, he was responsible for bringing Rev. Barber into town to speak to Black clergy who were initially supportive of the amendment, reframing the issue as a civil rights issue, and the result is that the amendment failed in Greensboro.  

As a source, this guy is dead reliable. 

I can’t copy the link, so I’ll type its contents. 

Fred Guttman

October 23 at 10:35 AM

Voting Machine Problems in Guilford County

Please review your ballot carefully. I voted

this morning in Guilford County, and found

that five of my votes have been randomly 

changed. All were changed from a

Democratic candidate to a Republican one. I

called the supervisor over to look at the

machine and she noticed the last three

times that it was changed. She shut down

the machine and said that there was a

problem of calibration. Quite frankly

however, I am more than suspicious.

To everyone, regardless of political

affiliation, please review your ballot

carefully. I‘Ve been voting for 48 years and

have never seen something like this. It is

very serious!

I think we’re in danger of a considerably bigger issue of voter fraud than anything the Republicans could fix with voter ID laws. 

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Comment by Dicky Neely on October 23, 2018 at 2:01pm

That is unsettling. Two local Republican office holders here have made spectacular claims charging widespread  voter fraud. Eventually, one poor, addled, elderly woman was charged with attempting to influence the vote of some of her friends!

Comment by Ron Powell on October 23, 2018 at 2:43pm

Re Russian tampering, I stated very early on that if there was clear and convincing, incontrovertible evidence that just one vote had been changed, Trump's victory could be challenged and swept aside....

If what you are describing here is true and accurate, this would ,indeed, be the mother of all voting problems....

.... and it would be just the tip of the iceberg.....

Comment by koshersalaami on October 23, 2018 at 2:54pm

I can’t think of a more reliable source

Comment by Maui Surfer on October 23, 2018 at 6:30pm

some things just should not be digital ... I would take a fricking hanging chad over this, and lets not kid ourselves regarding the source.

Comment by koshersalaami on October 23, 2018 at 6:54pm

We’ve  known for some time that the companies who make voting machines are Republicans

Comment by Tom Cordle on October 23, 2018 at 9:29pm

When Junior Bush was running for re-election, the head of Diebold said he would do anything to insure the election of Republicans. Recalling that, I did a little googling:



Comment by Rosigami on October 23, 2018 at 10:45pm

This is horrifying. 

I found his post on the fb page Rabbi Guttman maintains for the temple, and shared it. Even though my state (Washington) uses mail-in ballots, it is something everyone should be made aware of. 

Comment by alsoknownas on October 24, 2018 at 6:32am

Mail-in ballots in Oregon too.

I liked to vote when I was young. A heavy bunting curtain covered each entry to a private booth. Civic minded people sat at desks, checked ID and announced your name when finished marking the ballot with a #2 pencil. 

The push to mechanize and digitize is our downfall.

It is said that there are too many people now for that old method? Why? I'm sure there are plenty of people willing to be vetted, donate their time and to do the counting. 

Can't do it as fast? That shouldn't matter but it does in the instant gratification twitter crazed world we're living in.

Comment by koshersalaami on October 24, 2018 at 8:48pm

There was an article in the Greensboro paper about this saying they were having a problem and watch your ballots before you leave the booth. They claim it’s from machines from about 2005 and that the issues are going in both directions. I’d want to hear reports of Republican complaints.

And now, this:



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