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The 2000 election involved extreme irregularities and fraud.
Search for the movie, "Unprecedented". Buy it.
These problems were minimized as "hanging chads" by the media, (who ridiculed "stupid niggers who couldn't use a ballot", to be blunt) but what really emerged were stories of police intimidation, "Stop the Count" stage-managed riots populated by Republican staffers flown in from out-of-state, intentional miscounts, absentee ballots thrown out, ballots postmarked after the election allowed "because they were soldiers". You can't get a rebate check if your rebate slip is postmarked late.
So far, this sounds like a partisan Democrat complaint, right? It's not. Read on.The most serious offense was 80,000 voters thrown off the rolls (over 90% in error) by edict of Florida AG Katherine Harris, election supervisor and Bush campaign manager.
It's not that this "beat" Al Gore, the problem is she BROKE the LAW. Are YOU allowed to openly BREAK the LAW and commit mass fraud?? Katherine Harris got backing and won a post in Congress for doing that.
Katherine Harris ordered lists of names collected from nearby states like Texas, and told a data-mining company to NOT filter the list for errors. That company later got a juicy contract with Homeland Security.
But Al Gore conceded immediately as if his operatives heard nothing of the fraud, then he fought back weakly as election officials tried to finish a legal recount, according to Florida Law. Then Gore buckled under without complaint to an unconstitutional Supreme Court ruling which overrode the soveriegn Florida Supreme Court for no legal reason, despite the fact that "voter intent" is also the rule in other states, despite the fact that it would have been illegal for the Florida court to change that standard mid-election.
The US Supreme Court also stated that their ruling must set NO precedent -- one time only deal. If you understand how the Supreme Court works, this is bizarre. Their role is to set legal precedents, not create extra-legal exceptions.
Al Gore refused to stick up for America, let alone himself, after months of campaigning and being the target of jeering ridicule.
Gore's reason for surrendering to this crime against America was ostensibly "decorum" or honor or ending divisiveness. Is that believable? I didn't believe it, but I was willing to TRY. If you saw Fahrenheit 9-11, you know about the opening scene that fried Gore.
Now in 2004, John Kerry concedes to Bush BEFORE all the votes are counted, despite widespread complaints for months preceding.
Yes, I am saying it was arranged in advance that Kerry would lose, or probably lose so long as it was a "close race". Either way, policy would be about the same, but if the results were close enough to fudge, it was going to Bush.
Ignore the Media whitewash. This http://img103.exs.cx/img103/4526/exit_poll.gif shows that Results matched Exit Polls with less than 1% error in states with Paper Punch Cards (as expected from past results), but in states with Computerized Electronic Vote Machines, Results were swung by 5% to 8%, always to Bush. This is a Statistical Impossiblity.
Some exit polls were "corrected" after the votes came out. For the first time(s) in history, in 2000 and 2004 exit polls suddenly became unreliable. Other countries KNOW that Exit polls are reliable within 1%. In German elections, within 0.1%.
"EVERY STATE that has NO-AUDIT EVoting or Optical Scans, with no paper trails has an unexplained advantage for Bush of around +5 percent when exit polls are compared to actual results." -Democratic Underground.com
"Bad" exit polls, no paper trail, no records = neat system of democracy, right?
In real time, people recorded some states that showed sudden jumps of 2000 votes, every single one to Bush. Others had sudden large reversals. One precinct had 25,000 negative votes to Kerry. Another reported 4258 votes for Bush, out of 638. Far less voting machines in poor neighborhoods, just like in Venezuela where the poor had to stand in line for 12 hours. "Spoiled" ballots in Dem areas thrown out. Massive disenfranchisement, by race and region. Many absentee ballots and provisional ballots reported lost or stolen. Dozens of more examples, not minor mistakes, outright fraud.
See for yourself. http://img103.exs.cx/img103/4526/exit_poll.gif
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Fixed - The Stealing of Another Election (Democratic Underground.com) --by EarlG --Kerry winning Exit Polls --"FRAUD LOOKS PROBABLE --SoCalDem has done a statistical analysis... ...on several swing states, and EVERY STATE that has EVoting but no paper trails has an unexplained advantage for Bush of around +5% when comparing exit polls to actual results. In EVERY STATE that has paper audit trails on their EVoting, the exit poll results match the actual results reported within the margin of error. So, we have MATCHING RESULTS for exit polls vs. voting with audits vs. A 5% unexplained advantage for Bush without audits."
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Possible evidence of voter fraud in Ohio
by John in DC - 11/3/2004 02:56:47 AM
I just received a photo a Cincinnati poll manager took this evening, and it seems to be proof of some fishy actions with ballots in Ohio. Bottom line: Note the already-voted-with ballots in the back of the truck with the Bush-Cheney sticker in the back window. Does this prove fraud? Well, it certainly doesn't look good in a state that's already had lots of problems this election.
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In a nutshell, Stefan Skirtz is a poll manager for the Kerry campaign in Cincinnati. His precinct is heavily made up of minorities and students (i.e., leans Kerry). One of the duties of the poll managers, Stefan told me in a phone call minutes ago, is to follow the poll workers to election headquarters as they drop off the ballots and ballot boxes. Stefan followed the poll workers who didn't go directly to the election headquarters. Instead, they went to a local public school where workers put the ballot machines into a semi trailer, and then the poll workers handed off the sealed bags containing the ballots to someone Stefan assumed was with the county board of elections.
The first problem he noticed was that there was no sign off of the transfer of the ballots. Nothing was written down and given to the poll worker as proof that the ballots were passed off to the county employee.
What's worse, Stefan noticed the pick-up truck of the supposed county board of election - the truck the ballots for 40 precincts were loaded into - had a big Bush-Cheney 2004 sticker in the back window. Stefan did say that he followed the truck to the election headquarters, though he didn't see what transpired after the truck pulled into the election hq parking lot.
As Stefan explains it, the poll managers had such an extensive list of voters rights and regulations that they had to follow, including it being illegal to have any partisan buttons etc. in the polling place, yet the ballots for voters in over 40 precincts were put in the hands of Bush-Cheney partisans.
I don't know whether the Bush partisans did or didn't play any games with the ballots they received, but it sure doesn't look good, and I wonder whether it's even legal. And let's not forget, this is a state that was already well on its way to becoming the new Florida of GOP election fraud.
Stefan says he has 6 or 7 witnesses who also saw the sticker on the truck. I have Stefan's contact info for members of the media.
An Election Spoiled Rotten
Welcome to Germany, 1936.
Isn't it interesting that the exit polls differed so markedly from the vote "count"?
Remember this recent article:
By William Thomas | 10-10-04
"Those who cast the vote decide nothing. Those who count the votes decide everything" - Joseph Stalin
GW Bush has already 'won' the 2004 Presidential selection. It doesn't much matter that the actual vote has yet to be held, or that an electorate enraged by the damage done by an ignorant, angry little man is about to throw him out of a stolen White House on his remotely-wired ear.
But there's a hitch. When US voters start tapping computer screens in polling booths next month, more than three-quarters of the machines they'll be using are – how to put this discreetly? – owned by powerful Republican interests.
This time around, state after state is being set up to 'do a Florida'. Given the record of America's voting machines in municipal and congressional elections over the past four years, computer malfunctions and malfeasance at polling stations across the land are more certain than the sun continuing to rise in the east.
Whatever happens, post-election headlines are certain to read: "Recounts Called For In Key States." Thousands of lawyers for both camps are already standing by to file legal challenges as soon as the first elusive bytes are electronically tallied. Kerry says his campaign alone is readying 2,000 lawyers to "challenge any place in America where you cannot trace the vote and count the votes."
Which is just about everywhere.
Corporate mass media mesmerizers tout electronic voting machines as "just like ATMs". They are not. Bank machines give users a printed record of their electronic transactions. Despite pending legislation making it mandatory, none of America's electronic voting machines issue tickertape receipts providing each voter with a record she can immediately check against the vote she electronically cast.
"It's a shell game, with money, companies and corporate brands switching in a blur of buy-outs and bogus fronts," writes columnist Chris Floyd in the St. Petersburg Times.
"Bigger than Watergate," says the editor of the Sludge Report. "Imagine that you are a political interest group that wishes to control forevermore the levers of power. Imagine further that you know you are likely to implement a highly unpopular political agenda, and you do not wish to be removed by a ballot driven backlash."
Imagine that you could subvert the voting process in ways that would allow you to steal elections without anyone knowing. This is an accurate description of the voting system that will determine the next leader of the most bankrupt and militarily powerful nation on the planet - regardless of how Americans actually vote.
WHO OWNS AMERICA'S VOTING MACHINES?
Last year, some kids "really interested in computers" had clicked onto the unsecured FTP site of the biggest electronic voting machine provider in the USA. One teen helpfully posted the source codes for Diebold voting system and vote counting programs on his top-ranked website, igniting a furor that has yet to subside.
It turns out that Diebold Election Systems' CEO is Bob Urosevich. His brother Todd founded "rival" ES&S. Together, these two companies will tally around 80% of votes cast next November.
Howard Ahmanson bankrolled the Urosevich brothers in the vote-counting business. Ahmanson is also a member of the Council for National Policy, a right-wing "steering group" that whispers into Dubya's other ear.
The publicity shy Ahmanson is also a major financial backer behind the extremist "Christian Reconstructionist" movement. The St. Petersburg Times reveals that this group "openly advocates a theocratic takeover of American democracy, placing all Americans under the 'dominion' of 'Christ the King'" – personified by God's chosen representative in Washington, holy warrior GW Bush.
As John Kaminski reveals, the family whose machines will be tallying most of the next presidential vote were key financiers behind California's anti-affirmative action law, as well as efforts to ban gay marriage. the unannounced agenda behind Bush's backers include killing all homosexuals, stoning "sinners", excluding all non-Christians from US citizenship, and re-imposing slavery - "one of the most beneficent of Biblical laws."
These fundamentalists are the principal players controlling Diebold and ES&S . November's crucial vote will see some 98 million Americans - five out of every six of the roughly 115 million who will go to the polls - consign their democratic determinations to computers made and serviced by four private corps.
Diebold, ES&S, Sequoia and Hart "are hardwired into the Bushist Party power grid," Floyd writes. Among them are at least two voting machine providers operating under the ownership and philosophy of America's hardcore Republican religious right. Ahmanson-controlled Election Systems & Software will tabulate about a third of the next presidential vote using machines that have already scrambled many US elections.
In 1988, Jeb Bush's first choice for a running mate in his gubernatorial race was ES&S lobbyist Sandra Mortham, who grew rich installing the machines counting Jeb's votes. Faulty ES&S machines used in Hawaii forced that state's first-ever election recount.
Sequoia is also supplying electronic voting machines in this fall's follies. Sequoia featured prominently in a massive corruption court case that sent top Louisiana state officials to jail for taking bribes funneled through Mob-connected "front" firms. Sequoia's parent company, Madison Dearborn is – wait for it – a partner in the Carlyle Group.
Sequoia also manufactures casino slot machines. So don't be surprised if your electronic vote wins you a pocketful of change.
Last spring, Republican-controlled Diebold Election Systems malfunctioned across California, disqualifying thousands of voters. Citing concerns over its security and reliability, California's top elections official called for a criminal investigation in Diebold.
When he started quality-checking Diebold's "AccuVote" machines arriving at the company's Atlanta warehouse, former Diebold programmer Rob Behler and his crew found problems with "every single one" of them. About one in five Diebold voting machines couldn't be fixed and were discarded as unusable.
Nevertheless, in November's national elections at least 50 million voters are expected to "play the slots" using Diebold's dud machines. Diebold corporate chief and top Bush fundraiser, Wally O'Dell has publicly committed himself to "delivering" his home state's key votes to Bush. Nine Ohio counties will be using the paperless machines.
Run by Admiral Bill Owens, former military aide to Dick Cheney; Carlyle crony Frank Carlucci, and ex-CIA chief Robert Gates, weapons contractor SAIC aims to become a major player in the vote-counting roulette now going global in places like England, Latin America, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, India, and Asia.
SAIC's long history of fraud charges and "security lapses" in its electronic systems has helped it become one of the largest contractors for the CIA and the Pentagon, where several trillion dollars of taxpayers' money is still missing.
FOR DISCRIMINATING VOTERS …
The move to convert the USA to unverifiable computer voting machines was launched by the same man who benefited most from the last rigged presidential selection. In 2003, Bush signed the Help America Vote Act at the behest of Northrop-Grumman and Lockheed-Martin.
The two arms making giants also lobbied hard for a law ordering all states to adopt the same computerized "voter purge" system used by Jeb Bush to hand the 2000 election to his brother after eliminating 91,000 eligible, democrat-favoring black voters from the Florida rolls.
Having reintroduced segregation where it matters most, the same Republican-run company – ChoicePoint – has handled most of the new Bush-ordered "voter purge" state efforts in the run-up to this year's selection.
I SAID, YOUR RECEIPT PLEASE
The Nation's Ronnie Dugger reports, "About a third of the votes, 36 million, will be tabulated completely inside the new paperless, direct-recording-electronic (DRE) voting systems, on which you vote directly on a touch-screen."
Dugger observes that because there no paper receipts available for cross-checking and probable recounts, DRE voters "never know, despite what the touch-screen says, whether the computer is counting your vote as you think you are casting it or, either by error or fraud, it is giving it to another candidate."
Not surprising to anyone who uses a computer, America's Big Four "election engineers" are running into a few…'er …glitches. Companies handed billions by Bush to "computerize" the nation's vote will not finish installing machines controlled by the powerful Republican-military-Christian Right before next November – when 50 to 70 million voters will gamble their democratic rights on touch-screen machines.
Next month, three American voters out of four will confront the same voting machines they used in 2000.
A VOTE TOO BIG TO RIG?
Considering the millions of Americans who have repeatedly protested Bush's policies in cities across the nation - and what could be a massive first-time vote by university-age Americans whose collective co-ed anatomies are definitely feeling a draft – and the resulting Kerry victory could be too overwhelming to be rigged.
But the contest cannot be contested if Republican judges rule requested recounts to be illegal invasions into "proprietary" software already available on the Internet.
Florida officials have already refused to allow independent audits of electronic voting machines. And they are not alone. In 2000, just before the US Supreme Court intervened, a judge was pre-empted from announcing that previously untabulated ballots would be counted after a Jeb Bush spokesman accused those seeking audits of trying to "undermine voters' confidence."
Also that year in Dallas, 18 faulty machines were finally pulled after registering "Republican" when voters pushed "Democrat". A judge blocked investigation into the accuracy of the tally.
In 2002, a Democrat handily won the Alabama governor's race. But the winning tally was flipped to the Republican contender after ES&S optical scan machines "lost" 6,300 Democratic votes overnight. When a recount was requested, the state's Attorney General ruled that anyone recounting the ballots would be subject to arrest.
AMERICA'S ELECTRONIC APARTHEID
As award-winning elections investigator Greg Palast discovered, in the last presidential selection 1.9 million Americans cast ballots that were never counted. About a million of these rejected ballots were cast by African Americans who make up only 12 percent of the US electorate.
Florida, asserts the author of The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, "is typical of the nation."
And this year, it could get worse, Palast pronounces. Both bills holding machine votes accountable are stalled in the Republican congress.