G.O.P. Senate Victory Stuns Democrats

By Michael Cooper, January 20, 2010

BOSTON –Scott Brown, a little-known Republican state senator, rode an old pickup truck and a growing sense of unease among independent voters to an extraordinary upset Tuesday night when he was elected to fill the Senate seat that was long held by Edward M. Kennedy in the overwhelmingly Democratic state of Massachusetts.

It shouldn’t have

An election commissioner proudly proclaimed to me that their voters cast their votes on paper ballots, which were then scanned on the Optech Eagle III…

The third problem is a video taped documentation (link to be added) that the Optech Eagle in the combined location (wards 258, 259, and 265) displayed 586 total ballots cast for the three wards, printed 576 total ballots cast for the three wards, and the poll books show 588 ballots distributed to electors (absentee or in-person). Clearly, the Optech Eagle has at least two counters (one for the LED display) and one for the printed tape report. It is fascinating these two machine counters were not consistent.