Elections

Election commissions are being kept weak by political leaders who want the freedom to skirt rules without consequences. The two major federal agencies should be in the forefront of fighting for honest elections. Instead, they have little mandate, vigor, or visibility. At the Federal Election Assistance Commission, all five commissioner posts were vacant during the 2012 campaign. The Obama administration failed to overcome Republican obstruction to staffing and funding. A similar situation existed at the Federal Election Commission, where the terms of five of the six commissioners expired by the end of 2012. The commission, which focuses on funding, brought just a tenth of the number of official actions during the year campared to 2008": Presidential Puppetry: Andrew Kreig
privatization of our elections has occurred without public knowledge or consent, leading to one of the most dangerous and least understood crises in the history of American democracy. We have actually lost the ability to verify election results. How to Rig an Election
"A few days before the November 2004 election, Jimmy Carter was asked what would happen if, instead of flying to Zambia or Venezuela or East Timor, his widely respected international election-monitoring team was invited to turn its attention to the United States. His answer was stunningly blunt. Not only would the voting system be regarded as a failure, he said, but the shortcomings were so egregious the Carter Center would never agree to monitor an election there in the first place...The American political system wouldn't measure up to any sort of international standards, for several reasons."  From the first page of "Steal this Vote" by Andrew Gumbel (Winner of the Project Censored Award.)
Voter suppression the new GOP strategy: Better bring some identification - and not just any identification, official though it may be - if you plan to vote in Republican-controlled states. However, if you contribute tens of millions of dollars to sway an election on Republicans behalf, the party will fight to keep your identity a secret. Voter suppression the new GOP strategy" Harold Meyerson, 11/19/2013
"...election fraud has been a common component of our nation's electoral history, and, in the aggregate, undermines the only check that the people have over their leaders." from Deliver the Vote by Tracy Campbell
When you exclude third parties from the election process, third parties that the vast majority of Americans would like to see in the presidential debates, youre not only denying those people the right to choose who they want to run for president and who they want to vote for, but youre denying the very fundamental and critical issues that, in a generative democracy, we need to have aired in from of tens of millions of voters.George Farah
The absence of a federal right to vote coupled with the Supreme Court's inclination to value procedure over real-world voter behavior has dramatic consequences for America's elections. Voter-registration requirements are convoluted. Voter rolls are purged chaotically. Ballot design is unregulated and amateurish. Polling hours are haphazard. Voting equipment ranges from high-tech to derelict. Vote-counting and recounting systems are unsystematic. In 1964, the Supreme Court proclaimed that "no right is more precious in a free country than that of having a voice in the election of those who make the laws under which, as good citizens, we must live." But under the decisions of this Court, voters can perhaps be forgiven for feeling occasionally more like mice in a maze than like citizens of a democracy. Victoria Bassetti, from Electoral Dysfunction


Voter Suppression in Florida Hits New Low (4/25/2014)

No, You Can't Vote: The GOP and Its "15 Percent Solution" (4/8/2014)

How Not to Enforce Campaign Laws

G.O.P. Bid to Limit Voting in Swing States (3/30/2014)

GOP War on Voting Rights (2/12/2014)

Congressional GOPers Try to Stymie IRS Regulation of Dark Money (2/7/2014)

The Meaninglessness of Elections (7/11/2013)

A Global Spotlight on Voter Suppression (2/27/2013)

SCOTUS Dances on Chaney Goodman Schwerner Graves

Elections Performance Index: Pew Charitable Trust

The Great Gerrymander of 2012 (2/2/2013)

GOP Plan to Take The Electoral Vote-Rigging Scheme National (1/25/2013)

Sign this petition for Election Reform

Anonymous claims to have foiled carl Rove's Voter Fraud (11/19/2012)

Redistricting: The Easiest Way To Steal an Election (11/24/2012)

How to Rig An Election (11/2012)

Why Democrats And Media Deny Election Rigging (11/5/2012)

The Election as Marketing Spectacle (11/2/2012)

It's Come to this: International Monitors needed for US elections (10/21/2012)

Anonymous Billionaires are stealing your election (8/20/2012)

The Greatest Election Conspiracy in US History (8/10/2012)

7 Ways to Beat the Ballot Bandits (8/5/2012)

The Massive Voter Fraud of the GOP (8/1/2012)

GOP Filibusters Disclosure (7/20/2012)

GOP Voter Suppression (6/21/2012)

Elections Are For Suckers (2/9/2012)

The Handful of White People Who Choose Your Presidential Candidates (1/1/2012)

Effort to Remove Money From Politics (10/26/2011)

The GOP War On Voting (9/1/2011)

Cutting Through Hype, Hypocrisy In Voter Fraud Claims


The Myth of Fair Elections in America

A Short History of Conservative Vote Suppression

Reality

The Supreme Court's Citizens United decision guaranteed that the influence of money in elections will be more powerful than people's votes and, if not reversed, it will cost us our republic. Most of the money goes to media so you won't hear about it from broadcasters.

We have this strange election system in which we vote for a person, not an agenda. Often the candidates, once elected, do not do what they said they would. (etch-a-sketch) The best we can hope for is, when a candidate announces his agenda, he will have the integrity to act on it. The worst case is increasingly likely: we will get a strong man head of state who is above the law and capable of destroying us all.

The first phase of US elections is an auction to see which candidates click their heels for the highest bidders. US media is interested only in the candidates who raise the most money because, for them, elections are a profit tsunami. Since a large part of campaigning is spent on media advertising, the broadcasters and other news outlets are strongly conflicted to favor the fund raising winner. The candidate(s) with the most dollar votes are the most likely primary winner for the two major parties. Third parties are, using our election procedures, spoilers, so it is counter-productive to vote for them.

Media, covering the election as if it were a horserace, marginalizes candidates who are not raising a lot of money, declare the front runners winners, and pretty much force out lesser known candidates (or those who do not agree with the party orthodoxy) with very few votes cast. Since media conglomerates are owned by oligarchs, have been better funded by Republicans, their right-wing bias is obviously to Republicans. The agenda is not for people and the Federal budget proves it. It is corporate. Money sometimes is speech, but in large quantities it can be exceptionally corrupting. Citizens United needs to be overturned.

U.S. media selects the issues to be addressed in the election discussion. Most often the news is concentrated on the certifiably trivial. It has determined that the fiscal cliff is the problem, not healthcare, education, media concentration, election fraud, income distribution, falling pay scales, loss of benefits, disappearing pensions, empire building, torture, renditions, climate change, or an uncontrolled President that threatens the Constitution.

"Issues, never a strong suit in our politics, are seldom alluded to. Only money - who raised how much and from whom - interested the media, and the politicians." Gore Vidal, Point to Point Navigation.

Conventions accomplish little since the candidate has been selected well in advance. 

The assumption that two parties are the only legitimate competitors is one of the most effective techniques to assure that the status quo will not be challenged. We have dysfunctional government because neither party wants the other to accomplish anything. Better voting techniques  would enable multi-party competition. The dialog would improve.  Minor parties are, right now, spoilers and can only make prospects for their opponents even brighter.

Qualifications are irrelevant (Bush is an example.) If you were hiring for a high office, you would look for someone who speaks well, has traveled widely, has diplomatic expertise, academic excellence, and a distinguished record. (Bush had none of these. Thanks Republicans.)  After reviewing many such resumes, you might find an acceptable candidate. That's not how we do it.

As we saw in Florida and Ohio, partisan bureaucrats can rig elections wholesale by controlling voter registration lists,  dirty tricks, manipulating media, allocation of election machines, hacking machines to fix vote totals, and, as Republicans are doing in many States, making it harder to vote

In a real democracy, our government would support an agenda that is democratically agreed upon. That is NOT the case. That is why torture, renditions, secret detention facilities, secret government, revocation of habeas corpus, empire, war profiteering, are all more important than fixing health care or providing real security for people. No US institutions are democratic. Important issues are not discussed.

Is it coincidence that terror alerts occur just before elections ?

US elections are rigged well before the votes are cast in a variety of ways: party insider dealings, loaded media, gerrymandering, suppressed voter registration, large moneyed interests, primaries where special interests can dominate, strange differences in state procedures, plain dirty tricks, misleading attack ads, rigged voting machines, outright miscounting, or even partisan court decisions... and so on.

The person who manages to get 'elected' is the one who gets to set an agenda...whether most of the people agree with him or not. If it wasn't for Bush, would we have gone to Iraq ? Would there have been an initiative to privatize everything including Social Security, healthcare, utilities, or even the military ?    

If the US was a democracy and was influenced by its people, the US budget would be open and transparent, since most people favor peace, we would not be building an empire, we would not torture, pre-emptive war would be criminal (as it was found at Nuremburg.) and international law would be considered valid. Most people favor health care reform, more equitable income distribution, limits on corporations (like Walmart), US government does not work for the people. Priorities expressed in the US budget are the opposite of those of the people.

Real democracy would allow people, not oligarchs, to set the agenda, but the likelihood of our seeing any of these things is so slim as to be non-existent. 

More at http://www.seconnecticut.com/Reform.htm

Voting Machines

...over the past twenty years, we have let corporations into our polling places, locations so sacred to democracy that in many states even international election monitors and reporters are banned. With the implementation of "black box voting" (the use of electronic voting machines), these corporations are recording our votes, compiling and tabulating them, and then telling us the total numbers - and doing it all using "proprietary" hardware and software that we cannot observe, cannot audit, and cannot control. If the vote-counting corporation says candidate X or candidate Y won the vote, we have no means of rebutting that, and they have no way of proving it. We're asked simply to trust them. From Thom Hartman's book Threshold pg 210. 

Election 2008: Vanishing Votes, Disappearing Democracy, and Media Misdirection

Welcome to the Banana Republic of the USA where we still have Enron style elections (6/7/2010)

Diebold has a "Delete" button for erasing audit logs (3/3/2009)

BlackBoxVoting to File Anti-Trust Complaint against ES&S/Diebold merger

Sign the petition for independent inspection of voting machines in the US.

Our most serious risk of election fraud is from voting machines.

Money in Elections

Lessig Levels the Citizens United Decision (2/11/2010)

Stunning Statistics of the Week: (from Public Citizen)

  • Amount the U.S. Chamber of Commerce spent on lobbying in 2009: $120 million
  • Amount Chamber spent daily to defeat health care reform in the weeks before its passage: $800,000
  • Amount Chamber plans to spend to influence the fall congressional elections: $50 million

US Democracy's End of the Road (1/23/2010)

Connecticut Senate Votes to Remove Rell's Power to Appoint a U.S. Senator (5/29/2009)

Still Broken (New York Times editorial 3/17/2009)

4 to 5 million voters disenfranchised in 2008 according to MIT study (3/11/2009)

Greg Palast and Robert F. Kennedy Jr., in research done for Rolling Stone magazine, have found that states have purged 10 million names from their voter rolls since the last presidential election and more than 2.7 million have had their registrations rejected under new procedures signed into law by George W. Bush. (From The Progressive Populist.)

How Republicans Win (8/29/2008) 

Republicans suppress minority, student, and poor votes. (10/24/2008)

How Republicans hacked the Justice Department (from Harper's Magazine: March 2008)

The Republican War on Voting (American Prospect April 2008)

A google search for Republican Dirty Tricks turns up 131,000 results. Underhanded behavior has been standard operating procedure since Nixon, and his protégés have used it extensively. See this.

How Republicans Swing Elections (April 15, 2008)

Ohio Election Stolen Again ? (8/13/2008)

Without a Quorem, the Federal Election Commission ceases Oversight Activity (4/21/2008)

Paper ballot bill goes down in House after the White House intervenes (4/18/2008)

The Presidential election CAN be hacked (April 10, 2008)

Voter ID Fraud (January 2008)

50 States face voting rights lawsuit. (Nov 13, 2007)

Uncounted (the movie) At least see the trailer. Better yet, buy a copy.

Greg Palast's reporting on 'voter caging'

SOS from US Voters: Send International inspectors

 

The US election process needs a complete overhaul. 

Primary elections are a Rube Goldberg contraption that make the politically weird State of New Hampshire one of the most influential. The Manchester Union Leader is one of the most conservative newspapers in the US. 

Iowa caucuses appear to be ideal for arranging the outcome. Candidates selected in the primaries are not the best qualified. See Bush for an example.

Candidates, to a large extent, are not really selected in primaries. They are funded by wealthy donors well before the primaries for very high stakes donations. That explains why both parties candidates are from almost identical backgrounds, why they are so dedicated to the corporate interest, and also why the US is more a plutocracy than a democracy.  Electing candidates from dynastic families creates massive conflict of interest. (See Bush.)

Do not underestimate the media's ability to remove candidates from consideration and to swing elections. Remember how Reagan was characterized as 'teflon man' because in spite of Iran-Contra criminal activities, the mining of harbors in Nicaragua (which the World Court ruled against the US), or the huge waste incurred in the military buildup to counter the Soviet Union, there was never any serious press review. Likewise media was a cheerleader for the war in Iraq and never looked at it critically. This is because Fox News is, for all practical purposes, a branch of the Republican party, CNN uses 'conservative' experts, NBC is owned by war profiteer General Electric, ABC has links to the CIA, and so on. There is no doubt that US news is seriously compromised, voters are not given good information,  and Americans are misinformed, distracted, and misled on important issues, .

 Worse, public policy is increasingly determined in secret. Since the Bush administration made secrecy a  value, there is probably not enough reliable information to support real democracy anymore. Even the Congress is incapable of oversight for lack of information. That, alone, can end the republic.

Concentrated corporate, right-wing  media has dumbed down information to trivialized sound bites. Media has become, with FCC assistance, more concentrated. This is no accident. Privatized corporate media, has taken almost all meaningful discourse from public policy discussion. Big media only pays attention to candidates with buckets of money (the real election is up to the fund raisers), discussion of issues is limited because only two similar parties debate, voting machines can be easily hacked,  and election apparatus is in the hands of partisans it is no wonder that our democracy seems increasingly weakened.

Campaign finance reform appears to be an initiative to channel tax payer dollars to corporate media.  Media expense has made serious fundraising a requirement for elections and, as a result there have been many initiatives for campaign finance reform.  Campaign ads, like Pharma ads, look a lot like media extortion. It's the price we pay for privatized media. The public media sector is all but non-existent. 

The two party monopoly on elections effectively suppresses public dialog. Issues discussed often are of little importance: for example Bush's (lack of) military experience, Kerry's war record.

Party Conventions Are Free-For-All for Influence Peddling

Even though it is clear that better voting procedures could be used, they are not even up for discussion. Probably because they would interfere with the two party monopoly.  If it comes to a choice between parties or the Constitution, the parties need to be checked. For all practical purposes, we are not really allowed to have more than two parties. It is all but impossible for third parties to be other than spoilers. We could change that by implementing range voting.

Presidential debates are run by the two major parties and everyone else is excluded. On major issues, such as the war in Iraq or healthcare,  there is little difference between the parties reducing voting to a matter of personalities. People have no say in substantive issues. During the Republican Bush years we have seen that the party that controls all three branches can trump Constitutional checks. Two party dominance is official public policy.

One tenth of African Americans are disenfranchised. The US has one of the highest prison populations per capita in the world. Gary Webb reported on CIA complicit drug smuggling into Los Angeles and he was for all practical purposes fired from the San Jose Mercury News for doing it. Not only was this a branch of the Iran-Contra illegal war, but it had the effect of making a large number of the (mostly democratic voting) minorities ineligible to vote. In many states felons can't vote.

Iran, not noted for its democracy, has its elections on a holiday. If the US did this working people would have a lot easier time voting. What does it say that we have not done this ?

The electoral college is an anachronism, although there is a slim chance for improvement.

If those are not enough to rig an election, there's always redistricting or, as a more or less routine procedure now, dirty tricks.

The Stolen Presidential Elections 

Election 2008

Election Machines will NOT be fixed for the November Election (8/18/2008)

An election without meaning.

The Buying of the President 2008.

Greg Palast on the election (audio)  See his website, especially this. Voter ID can reduce voter turnout favoring Republicans.

Here's how to rig the California election for Republicans.

How to indict Karl Rove (Greg Palast video)

Other related videos

Uncounted the Movie

Michael Winship writes: "What's the real motive for knocking off those eight, now nine, maybe more, US attorneys - Republican appointees all - apparently replaced for insufficient fealty to the Bushie party line? In part, the truth may be lurking in the upcoming 2008 elections." http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/051507D.shtml

Election Madness by Howard Zinn

Senator Hillary Clinton has been an outspoken critic of the caucus system, saying that the limited time allotted for voting disenfranchises too many workers who are on the job during those hours. It seems though that in Nevada Clinton has had a change of heart.

About the NH Primary results Take a close look because the very same LHS has an important role in Connecticut elections. NH will recount the votes.

Diebold in New Hampshire

Voter fraud in NH

About the NH Primary (01/09/2008)

Sign the petition for independent inspection of voting machines in the US.

Sign the petition against unsafe computerization of elections and careless purging of voter lists.

See here.

Election 2004

"Machine Politics" has a whole new meaning, with the spread of electronic voting machines that were designed to be capable of being skewed without evidence to throw elections in one direction or another. (Remember: the Chairman of Diebold promised "to deliver the State of Ohio for President Bush" -- when his voting machines were tallying that election. And sure enough, Bush got it.) But whether you're a Republican *or* a Democrat, being able to buy an election ought to appall you.

"Yes, all times are bad but some times are worse than others. This is one for our country. A Michigan congressman, John Conyers, minority - that is, Democrat - leader of the House Judiciary Committee, went to Ohio with several other members of Congress and a number of staffers to determine whether on not in the late presidential election of 2004 the overexuberant local Republican Party had stolen the election for George W. Bush. The result was a report by Conyers which a Chicago firm published with a preface by me. Yes, Virginia, the election was well and truly stolen and the Conyers team spells it all out in considerable detail. Since the Republican Congress will not allow hearings on what went wrong, Conyers had no recourse other than a book describing in detail how the theft was effected with collusion among high officials and shadowy executives of electronic voting machine companies." Gore Vidal: Point to Point navigation. pg 159.

Notes about the stolen 2004 election. Project Censored wrote about it.

International observers were called for the 2004 election, but were not allowed into key areas such as Ohio. The results in Ohio reflect this insult to democracy. 

Although Florida was a problem in 2000, no effective action was taken and there were the same problems in Ohio in 2004. It looks like Republicans rigged the California election of 2006 the same way Ohio was in 2004. See Black Box Voting for breaking news. See Tom Hartman's views and  http://www.commondreams.org/views04/1104-38.htm

Redistricting has weighted national elections for Republicans. "Democrats would have needed to win 57 percent of the vote nationwide to retake the House in 2004."  Craig Aaron

Even Kerry now thinks the last Presidential election was stolen.

Ohio guts election protection.  See None Dare Call it Stolen or breaking news at Free Press.

 

Ohio Election Fraud

GOP election theft.

How to indict Karl Rove (Greg Palast video)

Click this link to see problems with the 2006 midterm election.

PDA election notes includes proof the 2004 election was stolen.

What Went Wrong in Ohio, the Conyers Report on the 2004 Presidential Election, edited by Anita Miller

Election 2000

"In the months leading up to the November (2000) balloting, Florida Governor Jeb Bush and his secretary of state, Katherine Harris, ordered local elections supervisors to purge fifty-eight thousand voters from registries on grounds they were felons not entitled to vote in Florida. As it turns out, only a handful of these voters were felons. The voters on this scrub list were, notably,  African Americans (about 54 percent), and most of the others wrongly barred from voting were white and Hispanic Democrats." from Greg Palast's essay in "Into the Buzzsaw".

Doubts about the Florida election were cleared up by a partisan Supreme Court. Think that's justice ? Remember that the Supreme Court can't tell the difference between speech and money, and they can't tell that there's any difference between people and corporations. Each of these decisions, as well as the one deciding the Bush election, does damage to democracy and favors the corporate agenda. The partisan Supreme Court has no business deciding elections.

When election irregularities became obvious, Congress took action and passed the HAVA (Help America Vote Act). Although the  HAVA did little to actually address election problems, it likely made them worse

Greg Palast reported extensively on how the 2000 election was rigged in Florida.

Precisely how the Bush team stole the Florida election is documented. Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris, who was co-chair of the Bush campaign in Florida and a close associate of Bush's brother, deliberately blocked careful checking of the list of felons, with the result that thousands of Black people who were not felons and were legally entitled to vote were blocked from voting.

An Angolan friend of Joe Wilson (his book the Politics of Truth) remarked: "One candidate loses the popular vote by over 500,000 ballots, but his brother is governor of the one state where the outcome is too close to call. The effort to count the ballots is disrupted by the Washington staffs of elected representatives from the candidate's party, and the court that ultimately adjudicates the outcome is made up largely by people appointed by the candidate's father. Sounds a lot like an election in Africa." pg 281.

Recount (the Movie.)

Unprecedented.org


About Debates

 

After you see this, if you are not angry about debates, you're not paying attention.

OpenDebates.org

No Debate: How the Republican and Democratic Parties Secretly Control the Presidential Debates George Farah

The Two Party System

"They've created a system based upon bribery. Today, Wall Street owns our politicians, no matter which party (gang) it is -- their allegiance is to the corporations and big business," Jesse Ventura: Democrips and ReBloodlicans, No More Gangs in Government:

We need to re-examine the two party system. It wasn't part of the Constitution and It is not beneficial. It results in gridlock and government dysfunction.

Since parties run elections, there is considerable corruption that doesn't make the news...let alone the courts. See the video "Unprecedented" on-line referenced above (election 2000) for examples.

In the first years of the Bush administration, Republicans controlled all the branches of government (press too really) and Constitutional checks were inoperable. The two-party system short-circuits the Constitution.

Of course the Bush administration did not appoint acceptable candidates for the Federal Election Commission, so that too became dysfunctional.

Grand Illusion: The Myth of Voter Choice in a Two-Party Tyranny: By Theresa Amato, The New Press. Posted July 7, 2009.

Democrips and ReBloodlicans, No More Gangs in Government: Jesse Ventura 

AmericanBlackout.org 

Electoral College

Electoral College--Flunking Out?

National Popular Vote

The Electoral College, Mathematics, and Politics (a video lecture that details the undemocratic nature of US elections by Alexander S Belenky, MIT visiting scholar. About 73 minutes).




Videos

Hacking Democracy

Watch Hacking Democracy (video on-line for free).

            by Susan Pynchon, Florida Fair Elections Coalition - March 27, 2007

The documentary film "Hacking Democracy", originally broadcast on HBO, is being released today on DVD. The film takes a nonpartisan, clear-eyed look at the secrecy, cronyism, and incompetence of elections in present-day America as it captures a citizen's movement intent on taking back elections--and democracy itself.

For me personally, I know that talking to legislators who have seen this movie is like night and day compared to those who haven't seen it. The film definitely makes the "light bulb" go on as far as the vulnerability of electronic voting systems. I wish I could afford to send a copy to every legislator in the U.S.

Christine Jennings (Florida CD-13 contested race) has said, for example, that she has seen the movie twice. A local candidate in Volusia County who saw the film demanded a ballot inspection of her race (full manual recounts aren't allowed in Florida) and did public records requests to our supervisor of elections to get information on the memory cards used, something a typical candidate would normally not think of doing.

The DVD, available at HackingDemocracy.com, contains "extra" segements not included in the original film, including great footage from Riverside California (Michelle Townsend); Cuyahoga County, Ohio; Volusia County, Florida; Glades County, Florida; and more.

On the website, you can also see fascinating TV footage of the trial and sentencing of the Ohio election workers in Cuyahoga County. Russ Michaels, one of the directors and producers of "Hacking Democracy," says the website will be adding more footage all the time from their vast store of film segments from elections around the country.

HBO Documentary Hacking Democracy

Electile Dysfunction

See also Electile Dysfunction (1 hr 28 mins) from 2008

Gerrymandering

Check out these web sites for related information.

Crisis Papers on Election Fraud

William Rivers Pitt comments.

(from http://baylink.pitas.com/)

More about Fixing Elections

Greg Palast

VerifiedVoting.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization championing reliable and publicly verifiable elections. Founded by Stanford University Computer Science Professor David Dill, the organization supports a requirement for voter-verified paper ballots for elections, allowing voters to inspect individual permanent records of their ballots and election officials to conduct meaningful audits and recounts.See this link also.

Johns Hopkins Analysis of Voting Machines
http://www.jhuisi.jhu.edu/

  Evidence Mounts that the Vote Was Hacked
 
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/110804Z.shtml

  Worse Than 2000: The 2004 Electoral Disaster
 
http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/110804A.shtml

  Kerry Won. . .
 
http://www.tompaine.com/articles/kerry_won_.php

  Ohio Machine Error Gives Bush Extra Votes
 
http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20041106/ap_on_el_pr/voting_problems&cid=694&ncid=1963&sid=96378798

  Broward machines count backward (this link is no longer available.)
 
http://www.palmbeachpost.com/politics/content/news/epaper/2004/11/05/a29a_BROWVOTE_1105.html

Statistical analysis of the election disparity

Dr. Steven Freeman of the University of Pennsylvania presents a statistical analysis of the disparity between exit polling data and reported votes in three critical states, including Ohio.  He concludes that the odds of these disparities being accounted for by chance is around one in one thousand for each state and around one in two hundred and fifty million for the three states taken as a whole.  The impact of this study is that there needs to be an investigation of the possibility of voting fraud in Ohio, and the nation as a whole, in addition to a recount.http://www.ilcaonline.org/freeman.pdf

See Myth Breakers: Facts about Electronic Elections


Voting machines are not the only problem though. Candidates may have a message that people like, but once elected they feel free to shape the agenda any way they want. Our Congress is taking action that only Corporations could support, and they are not being held accountable.
Intense, well funded lobbying diverts Congress from an agenda that benefits people to one that is pretty much written by corporations. (One of the dictionary definitions of Fascism is control of the government by corporations.) Since media is a corporate offspring, people have no real way to shape the agenda. Mainstream media is mostly about distraction. Here are the common media techniques for suppression of the truth: http://www.dabney.com/wacomuseum/library/martin1.html

It is public information that the US CIA has rigged elections in many other countries. Since our President is the son of a former CIA director, brother of the Governor of the State of Florida, are you surprised that there is election fraud in the US as well ?

If these were not enough reasons to distrust US elections, recall the dirty tricks that occurred about the time of Watergate, or Reagan's October surprise. 2004 COLLECTED VOTE FRAUD STORIES are at this link:
http://memes.org/modules.php?op=modload&name=News&file=article&sid=3627&mode=thread&order=0&thold=0


See Tom Hartman's views at 
http://www.commondreams.org/views04/1104-38.htm

See Greg Palast's Blog for other details. It takes the foreign press to do serious investigative journalism now.

For anyone paying attention, US liberal leaders also tend to die more frequently than most under poorly explained circumstances.

Sites to visit and support

Black Box Voting http://www.blackboxvoting.org

Fair Vote  http://www.fairvote.org/

Votergatehttp://www.votergate.tv

ElectionLine.org

Verified Voting http://www.verifiedvoting.org

Election Protection  http://www.lawyerscommittee.org/home.html


Vote Trust USA

 

http://www.votersunite.org/electionproblems.asp

 

EFF

voteirv.org Instant Runoff voting is a prerequisite to break the two party monopoly of US elections.

Velvet Revolution

Where's the Paper.org

Demos 

Smirking Chimp
http://www.smirkingchimp.com/article.php?sid=20738

(Bush wins Florida video)
http://www.boomchicago.nl/Section/Videos

publicampaign.org

  The People's Email Network
  http://www.thepen.us/e-fraud.html

  Contact info for state election directors
 
http://cadca.org/CoalitionResources/ElectionGuide/EG-Appendix3.asp

  Great Congressional guide to local media by state.
 
http://www.congress.org/congressorg/dbq/media/

http://www.social-informatics.net/evoting.htm

Find contact info for all senators, representatives and Secretaries of State
  http://www.firstgov.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml

If you are not discouraged by all this, you can register to vote here.

If you experience problems at the polls this season, please call the Election Protection hotline for help and information.
The number is 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683). Download the flyer


Bibliography

Home Editorial News Books Blogs Links Feedback