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Wednesday, October 8, 2008   

Riverside County, CA - With less than a month to go before the presidential election, a California county is launching a probe into the office of its registrar of voters. The Riverside County Board of Supervisors authorized the audit after an election watchdog group claimed election workers had failed to properly track ballots during the June primary.

Tom Courbat, the founder of Save-R-Vote, says that if you can't trust the chain of custody of the ballots, then you can't trust the outcome of the election.

"They were not accounting for the ballots or the voting machines. They didn't even know when the machines were being delivered or picked up. There was just a general lack of security and accountability."

Courbat says election law requires ballots to be accounted for at all times to avoid the chance of vote tampering. Former District Attorney Grover Trask will head up the team of outside auditors, investigators and election specialists, which will begin the first full day of auditing today.

Courbat says his group hopes the audit will be used as a model for other California counties.

"Our goal is to restore the integrity of the voting process, because it's all about transparency, security and the ability to audit that process."

Riverside Country registrar Barbara Dunmore disputes the allegations and says the claims of mishandled ballots and voting machines are exaggerated.

More information on the audit is available online at www.savervote.com and
www.electiondefensealliance.org.


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