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Archive: 11/16/04 - 11/30/04
South Florida Political Myth 11/30/2004 AfroCubaWeb: "For older Cuban-Americans, it is very difficult not to draw a parallel with our past experience in Cuba, when what was known as "Political Sergeants" criss-crossed the countryside and cities buying votes, offering kick-backs, validating deceased voting cards, offering no-show jobs or badly needed access to healthcare facilities and educational institutions, in exchange for your voting rights.
And today, 50 years after, nothing have changed in Miami, where modern Political Sergeants riding SUV's, still control the voting choices of those yearning for a Section 8 housing assistance plan, a good quality assisted living or nursing home vacancy, access to community centers meal programs, quality medical services, keeping their present job or even some of the benefits they already enjoy.
Refusing to ride their free pick-up van and failing to vote the way you were told, can determine if you will retain or not, any or all of the life offerings described above."
Nearly a month later, Ohio vote fight goes on 11/30/2004 AP
Green Party Presidential Candidate Seeks Federal Court Jurisdiction in New Ohio Recount Case 11/30/2004 Cobb LaMarche: "The Delaware County Judge Issued the Temporary Restraining Order without Contacting or Seeking Any Input from the Candidates or Their Attorneys."
Statement From the Green Party Presidential Campaign Concerning John Kerry's Intervention in Ohio Recount Court Case 11/30/2004 Cobb LaMarche
"Prima Facie" for New Mexico 11/30/2004 Democratic Underground: "Justice of the Supreme Court and Judge of the Court of Appeals got very similar ratios of Dem vs Rep votes. In every single county, the Dem Justice and Judge candidate got more % votes than Kerry! If Kerry got the average % votes of the Justice and Judge democratic candidates, he would have got about 55,000 more votes."
Activist OH County Judge Halts Green/Lib Recount!
And it's the KERRY/EDWARDS Campaign to the Rescue!!! 11/30/2004 Friedman
Presidential Election: Amy Goodman Interviews Jesse Jackson on Election Recount 11/30/2004 ILCA
Voter Suppression Challenged by Ohioans, Allies 11/30/2004 News Standard, OH
Ohio tally fit for Ukraine 11/30/2004 NY Daily News: "And now Daily News reporter Larry Cohler-Esses and I have uncovered some more unusual vote totals, this time in black neighborhoods of Cleveland. Those results are from the precinct-by-precinct tallies released by the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, where Cleveland is located.
In the 4th Ward on Cleveland's East Side, for example, two fringe presidential candidates did surprisingly well.
In precinct 4F, located at Benedictine High School on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Kerry received 290 votes, Bush 21 and Michael Peroutka, candidate of the ultra-conservative anti-immigrant Constitutional Party, an amazing 215 votes!
That many black votes for Peroutka is about as likely as all those Jewish votes for Buchanan in Florida's Palm Beach County in 2000… If this same pattern held true in other cities around Ohio, then quite possibly thousands of votes meant for Kerry somehow ended up in the tallies of the two independent candidates. So far, however, precinct-by-precinct results have not been posted by boards of elections in other counties, but by Thursday all official results are due.
On Monday, Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell will certify Ohio's results and then a manual recount will be requested by the Green and Libertarian parties.
The Badnarik and Peroutka surge was not the only unusual occurrence in Cleveland.
Also unusual was the drop in the Democratic vote in scores of precincts compared to 2000. But more on that next time. If this same pattern held true in other cities around Ohio, then quite possibly thousands of votes meant for Kerry somehow ended up in the tallies of the two independent candidates. So far, however, precinct-by-precinct results have not been posted by boards of elections in other counties, but by Thursday all official results are due.
On Monday, Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell will certify Ohio's results and then a manual recount will be requested by the Green and Libertarian parties.
The Badnarik and Peroutka surge was not the only unusual occurrence in Cleveland.
Also unusual was the drop in the Democratic vote in scores of precincts compared to 2000. But more on that next time."
Democracy inaction 11/30/2004 Salon: By James K. Galbraith - "If U.S. officials who are complaining about election fraud in Ukraine applied the same standards in Ohio, then our own presidential election certainly was stolen."
On Air and Online, Olbermann Draws Attention to Voting Problems 11/30/2004 USC Annenberg Journalism Review
Port Townsend's Black Box TEA Party - Patriots Protest "Smoothing" Over the 2004 National Election Debacle 11/30/2004 Voters Unite
Recount Effort Is Expanded to New Mexico and Nevada 11/30/2004 Washington Post
Dec 4th - Fight For Democracy Rally - Ohio Statehouse, Columbus 11/30/2004 www.uacitizensforchange.com
Nearly a Month Later, Ohio Fight Goes On 11/29/2004 AP: "Some groups also have complained about thousands of punch-card ballots that were not counted because officials in the 68 counties that use them could not determine a vote for president. Votes for other offices on the cards were counted."
Re-Vote, Not Recount, in Ohio 11/29/2004 Buzzflash: "The second error has been discovered by me and has not yet been reported anywhere, as far as I can tell. The error is that over 20,000 absentee ballots were added to Franklin County's total TWICE. This may seem incredible, but it easy enough to verify. It's right in the canvass report (as Absentee 1 and Absentee 2), and if you sum the totals with a calculator or spreadsheet, you will see that both sets are added in to the county totals. It seems that the single set of absentee ballots may have been counted twice for accuracy. Some candidate totals are identical in the two counts, and some differ by just one vote. Still others are reported as zero in the second count, which implies that only certain races were recounted. This huge error didn't have a significant effect on the presidential race (or on local races -- I checked), but it did artificially inflate the turnout rate for the county."
Franklin County, Ohio voting machine assignments 11/29/2004 Columbus Free Press, OH: "Shows how there were more registered voters per machine as Kerry support went up."
Kerry Supports Ohio Vote Investigation, Jackson says 11/29/2004 Columbus Free Press, OH
How To Take Back A Stolen Election 11/29/2004 Common Dreams
Counting Down With Keith Olbermann '79
Cornell Daily Sun 11/29/2004 Cornell Daily Sun
NORTHEAST OHIO ORGANIZES RECOUNT EFFORTS 11/29/2004 Ohio Recount: "Efforts are fully underway to organize volunteers who will help conduct the recount of presidential ballots cast in Ohio for the 2004 election. More than 100 volunteers from the seven-county Northeast Ohio area have already signed up to help with the recount. Regional organizers say more volunteers are needed. Efforts are fully underway to organize volunteers who will help conduct the recount of presidential ballots cast in Ohio for the 2004 election. More than 100 volunteers from the seven-county Northeast Ohio area have already signed up to help with the recount. Regional organizers say more volunteers are needed."
Voting Machines Count Backwards in Okla. 11/29/2004 Oklahoma Independent Media Center: "That looks like what the secretly programmed machines did for Sen. Kerry in President Bush's easily won Presidential Election victory in Oklahoma.
All 77 counties use the Optech Eagle voting machines and Tabulator's made by ES&S, Sen Hagel's republican company.
The respectable, conservative "Tulsa World" newspaper reported Nov 3rd that Kerry was winning in 57 of the states's rural counties., with 70% of the vote counted. Turns out that the famous November 3rd report was probably not supposed to be printed.
It represented the counting when the tabulating was about 70% "complete," as they used to say in the old Soviet Union."
Provisional ballots are still mystery 11/29/2004 Pittsburgh Tribune Review, PA
Feds to investigate voting irregularities 11/29/2004 Salon
More on the John, Errr, Ellen Connally Theory 11/29/2004 Something's rotten in the state of Denmark: "How did Moyer lose 40K votes while Connally gained 5K over Kerry?
Voting irregularities under investigation 11/28/2004 CNN
Voting irregularities under investigation 11/28/2004 CNN
Jackson Joins Critics Of Ohio Vote - Civil Rights Leader Says Court Should Consider Setting Aside Bush's Win 11/28/2004 NBC
Best of Bellaciao’s Vote Fraud Links 11/27/2004 Ballaciao
Ukraine state TV in revolt 11/27/2004 BBC: but not ABC, CNN, AP, etc.
Blackwell sued over Cuyahoga vote tally 11/27/2004 Cleveland Plain Dealer: "A national nonpartisan voters' rights group has asked an Ohio court to reinstate nearly 8,000 provisional ballots ruled invalid in Cuyahoga County.
The People for the American Way Foundation filed suit Friday in the 8th Ohio District Court of Appeals in Cleveland against Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell and the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections."
1 in 5 provisional votes rejected 11/27/2004 Enquirer, OH
Voter suppression efforts mired election 11/27/2004 Final Call: this was originally on Amsterdam News, but is not on their site.
In South Florida precincts, only minor discrepancies found 11/27/2004 Miami Herald: with no description of how this check was effected - "But a check of 18 polling precincts selected at random by Miami Herald reporters in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties revealed no major discrepancy between the number of voters who signed in on Election Day and the number of votes counted by electronic machines."
Jackson plans rally with ministers to call for election investigation 11/27/2004 Ohio News Now: "The Rev. Jesse Jackson said he plans a Sunday rally in Columbus with ministers from around Ohio to call for an investigation of election irregularities in the state.
Jackson and his Rainbow/PUSH Coalition civil rights group want to call attention to the fact that votes in Ohio are still undergoing the official count, he said Thursday. Jackson also is questioning whether enough voting machines were provided in inner-city precincts and whether fraud could have occurred in counties that use electronic machines without paper records of ballots."
Wisconsin: State hires firm that handled Florida voter list 11/26/2004 AP
Media Blackout on Election Fraud by Media News Group 11/26/2004 Denver Voice: "To those of us on the inside of this issue, it seems inconceivable that our local newspapers would offer a front page story on election fraud in Ukraine while ignoring stories of the same right here at home in the United States. Every day, since November 2nd, 2004, stories have emerged detailing such things as malfunctioning voting machines, fraudulent election records in Volusia, Florida, inconsistent numbers of voter registrations vs. vote totals in Ohio, credible university studies showing serious statistical impossibilities in election results, and much more. Yet, these daily revelations have been almost completely ignored by our media. These reports are coming not from persons with tin foil hats as is often claimed, but from PhD level citizens, election officials, and voting rights activists."
All I Want for Xmas Is Fair and Verifiable Elections 11/26/2004 Eschaton: "This year, I’m urging everyone I know to refuse to spend money for Xmas as a protest. Stay out of the stores. For Goddess sake, don’t run up credit card debt. Give your family and friends the gift of your time and attention rather than a new sweater that they won’t wear or some object to clutter-up an already over-cluttered life. But just not buying isn’t enough. You’ve got to contact the retailers and credit card companies and tell them: I’m not going to be buying Xmas stuff and I’m not going to be charging Xmas stuff until this country has a system in place that ensures fair and verifiable elections. Reader Kate has done the research and discovered that The National Retail Federation “is the world’s largest retail trade association . . . .” Write to Their Vice President for Legislative and Political Affairs, Katherine Lugar."
US campaign behind the turmoil in Kiev 11/26/2004 Guardian: "But while the gains of the orange-bedecked "chestnut revolution" are Ukraine's, the campaign is an American creation, a sophisticated and brilliantly conceived exercise in western branding and mass marketing that, in four countries in four years, has been used to try to salvage rigged elections and topple unsavoury regimes.
Funded and organised by the US government, deploying US consultancies, pollsters, diplomats, the two big American parties and US non-government organisations, the campaign was first used in Europe in Belgrade in 2000 to beat Slobodan Milosevic at the ballot box… The Democratic party's National Democratic Institute, the Republican party's International Republican Institute, the US state department and USAid are the main agencies involved in these grassroots campaigns as well as the Freedom House NGO and billionaire George Soros's open society institute.
US pollsters and professional consultants are hired to organise focus groups and use psephological data to plot strategy.
The usually fractious oppositions have to be united behind a single candidate if there is to be any chance of unseating the regime. That leader is selected on pragmatic and objective grounds, even if he or she is anti-American."
North Carolina's ballot blues 11/26/2004 News Observer, NC
Rights group sues over election results 11/26/2004 West Volusia News Journal, FL: "In part, her suit's claims are based on records Supervisor of Elections Deanie Lowe provided last week to Black Box Voting, a national elections watchdog group that is focusing one of several potential fraud probes on Volusia County.
Pynchon and Bev Harris, Black Box Voting's executive director, say copies of voting machine tapes they received last week are incomplete for 59 precincts. The tapes -- receipt-like records -- are one of several issues raised in the lawsuit."
Exposed: Funding vote fraud -- a "five star" investigation 11/25/2004 Cannon Fire
More voting questions raised 11/25/2004 Columbus Dispatch: "Meanwhile, attorneys for various citizen action groups that plan to contest the results said they are puzzled that vote totals in the presidential race in Warren County far exceed totals in most other statewide and countywide races.
For example, the total of 94,415 votes cast there for President Bush or Sen. John Kerry is 3,000 more than all those cast in the U.S. Senate race and a constitutional amendment about same-sex marriage.
Further, 20,000 to 24,000 fewer votes were cast in three Ohio Supreme Court races and 13,000 to 24,000 fewer were cast in various countywide races.
In Warren County, which reported a 33 percent increase in voter turnout from the 2000 elections, election officials had banned observers at the polls for "homeland security" concerns."
Moonshine moment 11/25/2004 Detroit Metro Times
Saudis, Enron money helped pay for US rigged election 11/25/2004 On Line Journal
Voter suppression pure nonsense 11/24/2004 Advertiser Tribune, OH: a blatant lie - "That is nonsense, purely and simply. Elections officials in some counties indeed did miscalculate in their pre-election estimates of how many voters would show up at the polls and how quickly they could be processed with sometimes brand new voting equipment. But the delays affected both Republicans and Democrats. We have yet to hear of any solid evidence that efforts were made to frustrate any voter or group of voters."
US Congress to investigate irregularities in November 2 vote 11/24/2004 AFP: "We are pleased that the GAO has reviewed the concerns expressed in our letters and has found them of sufficient merit to warrant further investigation. On its own authority, the GAO will examine the security and accuracy of voting technologies, distribution and allocation of voting machines, and counting of provisional ballots," five Democratic lawmakers, who requested the inquiry, said in a statement."
Judge Denies Demand for Ohio Recount 11/24/2004 AP: "A federal judge on Tuesday denied a request by third-party presidential candidates who wanted to force a recount of Ohio ballots even before the official count was finished."
Women Voters declines San Diego appeal 11/24/2004 AP: "Frye, 52, trailed incumbent Dick Murphy by 2,205 votes when the registrar finished tallying ballots Friday. The League estimated that 4,000 Frye voters neglected to fill in the optical-scan bubble.
The registrar said she did not know how many Frye voters failed to darken the oval because she did not segregate those ballots.
The League, in its lawsuit, argued that voter intent was clear if a voter wrote Frye's name but failed to fill in the bubble. A Frye attorney said the registrar failed to give clear instructions in a mailing to 137,000 absentee voters."
Suit asks court to hasten Ohio presidential recount 11/24/2004 Cleveland Plain Dealer
$200,000 Reward for evidence of vote fraud in the presidential election. 11/24/2004 eMediaWire: "Specifically, the reward will be given to the person or persons who provide concrete evidence of hacking, tampering, implanting improper software codes, miscounting votes, or vote rigging in one or more states that would change the result of the election. JTM is seeking evidence from insiders, whistleblowers and others in the know who have information about vote fraud. There have been over 30,000 documented instances of voting irregularities in the election, which include improperly tested voting machines and people having access to the machines in unsecure areas.Specifically, the reward will be given to the person or persons who provide concrete evidence of hacking, tampering, implanting improper software codes, miscounting votes, or vote rigging in one or more states that would change the result of the election. JTM is seeking evidence from insiders, whistleblowers and others in the know who have information about vote fraud. There have been over 30,000 documented instances of voting irregularities in the election, which include improperly tested voting machines and people having access to the machines in unsecure areas."
Zogby Vs. Mitofsky 11/24/2004 Keith Olbermann: "Mitofsky’s pride in his efforts is understandable. But the so-called ‘early waves’ of exit polling information were disseminated in generalized form to all the networks as darkness fell in the east on November 2nd. They were intended as background, as material that could be used to anticipate patterns and results. Those who characterized them loaded them heavily with caveats and disclaimers, and kept numbers virtually out of their characterizations. But the effect was impossible to misinterpret. Merely in their intended spheres, they helped shape coverage and tone, on-air and off.
And they, along with the voting irregularities so thoroughly chronicled on the net (and still just seeping into the mainstream media), created an atmosphere that Zogby thinks requires broad remedy: “I think it's in the interests of the nation that we study what happened in this election and widen that, let's study what happened with the exit polls, and let's come out with a definitive conclusions by a blue ribbon panel to restore the legitimacy of this election.”
Zogby thinks he knows the steps to take to do that. The first is for those who are raising questions, to keep doing so. “I can reassure them they’re not crazy for asking. It’s not just those who are far out, it is indeed many respectable, responsible people.” The pollster says he’s heard from thousands of them, asking him to get involved in their various causes and investigations, so many he can’t answer them all."
Final Tallies Minus Exit Polls = A Statistical Mystery! 11/24/2004 Philadelphia Inquirer
Another stolen democracy? 11/24/2004 SF Bay View: by Mumia Abu-Jamal - "Democrats sat back for four years and didn't fight for the voting rights of tens of thousands of voters in Florida, many of them African-American, Haitian, Jewish and non-Cuban Hispanics in 2000. Democratic senators didn't fight back when the Congressional Black Caucus tried to get congressional investigations going into the Florida debacle - and yes, Kerry was among them! They didn't fight in 2000; why should they fight in 2004?
The voters who were disenfranchised in Florida, Ohio and New Mexico are disfavored, and disposable. As long as the corporate gelt comes in, it's cool."
GAO tackles vote probe 11/24/2004 The Hill
Voting Irregularities in Wyoming: State-By Analysis #50 11/24/2004 Watching the Watchers: "Meanwhile, back in Wyoming, voter turnout was an astounding 106%. According to the Secretary of State’s Website, there were 245,789 ballots cast in Wyoming in the 2004 election. The trouble with that is that the State of Wyoming only has 232,396 registered voters. That’s a difference of over 13,000 votes, which means 106% of registered voters turned out on election day in Wyoming."
Allegations of vote fraud in Ohio, Florida: Was the 2004 presidential election stolen? 11/24/2004 World Socialist
New Iowa voting machines come from company that had wrong result 11/23/2004 AP
Volusia County lawsuit alleges irregularities in Nov. 2, 2004 election 11/23/2004 BlackBoxVoting.org: "13. Many public records, including one signed results tape from a voting machine were found in the trash. Many of the requested records not furnished by the Elections office have been found in the trash. Results from the tapes found in the trash do not match the results of the copies of tapes furnished.
14. An email from Mark Earley, of Diebold Elections Systems, Inc., to the Elections office was provided which asked the recipient for an explanation of why Volusia County had more memory card failures than all of their other Florida customers combined, and then asked why the 17 memory card failures which the Elections office reported on November 3, increased to 25 before November 12, 2004."
Election Angst Update: Clark Kent Vs the Media Wimps 11/23/2004 Buxxflash
Gaston election inquiry begins 11/23/2004 Charlotte Observer: "Five times Monday the lawyer from the state Board of Elections asked Gaston Elections Director Sandra Page what had gone wrong -- once for each of Gaston County's major election problems.
Five times Page had no answers.
"I thoroughly don't know about that," she said when asked why more than 13,000 votes were omitted from the county's unofficial election results.
"I didn't know that it was my responsibility," she said when asked why not.
And when the lawyer asked who else could possibly have been responsible, Page replied, "I did not know that I was responsible for counting votes.""
Landes Appeal to Third Circuit 11/23/2004 EcoTalk
Felons list audit faults state 11/23/2004 Miami Herald
Few surprises found as Lake votes are certified 11/23/2004 News Herald, OH: 'Clair also informed the four-member board that she will return a check to Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb and his counterpart with the Libertarian Party, Michael Badnarik.
They sent money to Lake County to pay for an automatic recount of presidential election ballots in the county.
Their $10 a precinct falls far short of the full cost, Clair said. Additionally, the two third parties can't seek an automatic recount until the state certifies the election.
She also said some prosecutors should challenge this because it could be considered frivolous."
Recount efforts in Ohio by Kerry intensify 11/23/2004 North County News: "A top-ranking official with Democratic Senator John Kerry's presidential campaign told North County News last week that although unlikely, there is a recount effort being waged that could unseat Republican President George W. Bush.
"We have 17,000 lawyers working on this, and the grassroots accountability couldn't be any higher -no (irregularity) will go unchecked. Period," Kerry spokesman David Wade said."
'Lowdown tricks' sap poll-watcher's faith in fair U.S. voting 11/23/2004 The Oregonian: "But when Tina returned in 2000 to live in America, she was concerned about allegations of election tampering. A patriotic American, Tina had trouble believing widespread voter fraud could occur in this country. But after acting as a nonpartisan observer Nov. 2 this time around at a precinct in Florida, she says she's lost faith in the system. In nine hours Tina says she saw "lowdown tricks" that have made her feel "disgusted, angry -- and yes, energized." That's why she wants her story told.
Tina, who's 57 , has gone back to school at Portland State University to get a master's degree in adult education.
But she took a week off from classes in early November and flew to Florida to work as a volunteer with the nonpartisan organization Voter Election Protection. Sponsored by a coalition of organizations that includes the League of Women Voters, America's Families United and the American Constitution Society, Voter Election Protection sends volunteers to monitor voting in precincts across the nation."
Ohio Presidential Results to be Challenged 11/22/2004 Buzzflash
Widespread Election Fraud in Cleveland? 11/22/2004 Democrats.com: "Attached is my recently completed precinct by precinct analysis of the 2004 presidential vote in Cleveland. There are wholesale shifts of scores of votes from the Kerry column to other candidates, and astonishingly low turnouts in certain precincts and entire wards. The Ohio recount will prove these numbers to be fraudulent.
I may have identified only the tip of the iceberg. I note that there are 17,741 uncounted ballots in Cuyahoga County. Kerry's margin in Cleveland was reportedly 108,659 votes with a 49.89% turnout. The rest of Cuyahoga County had a 71.95% turnout. Such a turnout in Cleveland would have given Kerry a margin of 156,705 votes, left Bush with a statewide margin of 85,007 votes, and with 248,100 votes still uncounted, nobody would be conceding Ohio."
How the Ohio election was rigged for Bush 11/22/2004 Free Press, Colombus, OH: "Pacifica reporter Evan Davis reported that a county purchasing official who was on the line with Ward Moving and Storage Company, documented only 2,741 voting machines delivered through the November 2 election day. The county’s own documents reveal that they had 2,866 “Machines Available” on Election Day. This would mean that amid the two to seven hour waits in the inner city of Columbus, at least 125 machines remained unused on Election Day. Ward holds the exclusive three-year contract to deliver voting machines in Franklin County.
If the BOE only had 2,741 placed initially, this would explain the long lines in Columbus and voters leaving the polls during the morning voting rush. According to the Franklin County Board of Elections (BOE), in the city of Columbus, where voters waited in the heavily Democratic wards between 2-7 hours to cast the vast majority of their votes for John Kerry, voter turnout was 52.7%. In the affluent white suburbs of Columbus, with far more voting machines available, the turnout figure was 76.15%.
By contrast, 66.31% of registered voters went to the polls in Cincinnati and turnout was 76.82% in the suburbs. In Cincinnati, where more voting machines were available, the difference between the city and suburbs was only 10.5% compared to 23.45% in the Columbus area. Cincinnati and Columbus have similar demographics."
Media largely ignored Berkeley study on Florida voting irregularities 11/22/2004 Media Matters
U.S. Threatens Punitive Steps Over Ukraine Election 11/22/2004 Reuters: "The United States on Monday threatened to review its relationship with Ukraine and to take punitive steps if the Ukrainian government fails to investigate allegations of fraud and abuse in its presidential election."
Partial Vote Results Show a Tight Race In Ukraine Runoff 11/22/2004 Washington Post: "The Yanukovych campaign said the exit polls, which were funded by the United States and other Western countries, and the demonstration were a calculated effort to preempt the official result, which they contend will show their candidate has won by as much as 5 percentage points. They noted that a large turnout in eastern Ukraine, a Yanukovych stronghold, could yet upset early predictions of a Yushchenko win.
The official count had Yanukovych with 48 percent of the vote, compared with Yushchenko's 47 percent. But according to a survey by the Democratic Initiatives Foundation, Yushchenko had 54 percent of the vote to 43 percent for Yanukovych. A second poll by the Socis agency gave Yushchenko 49.4 percent of the vote to 45.4 percent for Yanukovych, Ukrainian television reported.
"These polls don't work," said Gennady Korzh, a spokesman for Yanukovych. "We will win by between 3 to 5 percent. And remember, if Americans believed exit polls, and not the actual count, John Kerry would be president." "
Ohio Presidential Results to be Challenged 11/21/2004 Columbus Free Press: "Ohio’s 2004 presidential vote will be challenged as soon as next week in the state Supreme Court, a coalition of public-interest lawyers announced Friday.
The lawyers have taken sworn testimony from hundreds of people in hearings in Columbus and Cincinnati, and will use excerpts as well as documents obtained from county election officials and Election Day exit polls to make a case that thousands of votes were incorrectly counted or not counted on Election Day."
Activists protest electronic voting 11/21/2004 Denver Post
Thousands of provisional ballots didn't count in Illinois 11/20/2004 AP
"It's all over but the counting and we'll take care of the counting." 11/20/2004 No Bush Video Archive: video clip of Rep. Peter King (R, NY)
How the Grinch stole the White House . . . Again 11/20/2004 OnLine Journal: extensive discussion of the evidence
Republicans file suit to limit King County recount 11/20/2004 Seattle Times
Working Paper: The Effect of Electronic Voting Machines on Change in Support for Bush in the 2004 Florida Elections 11/20/2004 University of Berkeley
Pinpointing Precincts with Vote-Counting Errors 11/20/2004 USCountVotes.org
Why Recount Ohio? 11/20/2004 Voters Unite
Academia Still Fixated on John Kerry 11/19/2004 AP: "None of the experts examining the returns has discovered voting anomalies significant enough to have swung the election.
Despite Internet-circulated speculation that Bush's victory was somehow stolen or rigged, the incumbent's clear margin in the popular vote count is much wider than any of the problems reported to date — be they voting technology failures, problems with provisional ballots or partisan shenanigans."
Problems are cited on electronic voting - Watchdogs urge higher standards 11/19/2004 AP
U.S. Democracy cries out for Reform, says S. African Observer 11/19/2004 Black America Web: "“America may be the world’s oldest democracy,” said the chairwoman of the South African Independent Electoral Commission, “but clearly that democracy needs to be renewed. The U.S. system of elections is deeply flawed. Maybe South Africa, one of the world’s newest democracies, can help it learn how to do that.” ...“In many areas, U.S. electoral practices are not close to what is commonly accepted as best practice internationally. It’s like politics in some little African village.”
To begin with, Bam said, it is just unacceptable in virtually all democracies for election officials to be active partisans, or even candidates for office themselves. “Independent electoral officials are essential for credible free and fair elections,” she added. “And when you have 50 different states setting election laws, rather than a single national set of laws and regulations, it is impossible for the process to be transparent and accountable.” ...Bam was one of the observers sent to Florida. What she found there was deeply painful. “It reminded me of apartheid. Ninety nine percent of the people prevented from voting were black. There were so many systemized ways of suppressing the African-American vote.
“These things are very raw in my soul. First there is the exclusion of persons with felony convictions. In effect, this produces a sub-class of citizen. You are either a citizen or not. All prisoners in South Africa have the right to vote. They are citizens.
“Then,” she continued, “we heard reports of elderly black women being visited by state troopers who would play with their guns while asking questions about their get-out-the-vote activities, and asking them who they would vote for. This was not only intimidation but a violation of privacy.” "
State to probe Gaston election 11/19/2004 Charlotte Observer, NC: "Gary Bartlett, the board's executive director, said the state wants to know if the county properly audited its results, among other things, by checking whether the number of people recorded as voting equaled the number of ballots cast.
The Observer reported Thursday that the numbers did not balance in more than half the precincts in Gaston County. Gaston elections officials said they had been unaware of the problem."
Study finds e-voting irregularities in Florida 11/19/2004 Computer Weekly
Voting Problems Should Be Fully Investigated 11/19/2004 League Of Women Voters: "Finally, the League calls on every voter who cast a provisional ballot to find out whether their ballot was counted. The provisional ballot counting process is still ongoing and must be monitored. But every voter who cast a provisional ballot has the right, under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), to know whether it is counted, and, if it is not counted, why it is not counted. States are required to have a toll-free hotline or Internet system so voters can get this information about their ballot."
Study finds Fla. 'ghost' e-votes 11/19/2004 Oakland Tribune
Something's rotten in the state of Denmark 11/19/2004 rottendenmark.blogspot.com
So Far, Recount Shows No Problem 11/19/2004 Wired: "The New Hampshire vote recount requested by independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader is still in progress, but preliminary results show no significant changes in the numbers."
Votergate 2004? Research Studies Uncover Potential Massive Election Fraud 11/19/2004 Yurica Report
News Groups Will Delay Future Exit Polls 11/18/2004 AP: "The organizations are also looking into general questions about the quality of Edison/Mitofsky's work, and whether the early indicators for Kerry revealed flaws in their polling process. This investigation is under way, Gawiser said.
It's the third straight major election in which problems have cropped up with exit poll data. Edison/Mitofsky was hired for this election after a previous organization failed to deliver usable exit poll information on Election Day 2002 and provided information that resulted in the television networks blowing calls on the election in 2000."
Ohio Finds Double Votes, Counts 11/18/2004 AP: "Election officials in one Ohio county found that about 2,600 ballots cast in the presidential election were double-counted, and two other counties had discovered possible cases of people voting twice."
Over 100 Complaints Filed With Vote Fraud Task Force 11/18/2004 AP: "A voter fraud task force set up by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Albuquerque got more than 100 complaints before closing its doors this week.
U.S. Attorney David Iglesias said Wednesday the task force's telephone number at the FBI received about 75 calls, while 33 other complaints were sent directly to Iglesias' office during the 10 weeks or so that the task force operated."
Greens Shame Dems - Ohio Recount Set - Blacks Weight Options 11/18/2004 Black Commentator: "Patricia Ford faults the monied people who dominated the Democratic electoral apparatus and insisted that they knew best. “Until Blacks raise the fundamental issue of racism and come up with our own agenda, this is going to continue to happen,” said Ford."
Berkeley Researchers Report "Unexplained Discrepancy" in FLA Vote Totals 11/18/2004 Buzzflash
'Stinking Evidence' of Possible Election Fraud Found in Florida 11/18/2004 Commonn Dreams: We caught the whole thing on videotape," she said. "I don't think you'll ever see anything like this - Bev Harris having a tug of war with an election worker over a bag of garbage, and he held onto it and she pulled on it, and it split right open, spilling out those poll tapes. They were throwing away our democracy, and Bev wasn't going to let them do it."
UNFAIR - UNVERIFIABLE - ILLEGITIMATE
ELECTIONS 11/18/2004 Denver Voice: extensive set of photos of protest rally on vote fraud.
Watchdog group requests Volusia vote tallies 11/18/2004 East Volusia News Journal
A Stolen Election? 11/18/2004 Fairfield County News
Hearings on Ohio voting put 2004 election in doubt 11/18/2004 Free4 Press, OH: "On Saturday, November 13, and Monday, November 15, the Ohio Election Protection Coalition’s public hearings in Columbus solicited extensive sworn first-person testimony from 32 of Ohio voters, precinct judges, poll workers, legal observers, party challengers. An additional 66 people provided written affidavits of election irregularities. The unavoidable conclusion is that this year's election in Ohio was deeply flawed, that thousands of Ohioans were denied their right to vote, and that the ultimate vote count is very much in doubt.
Most importantly, the testimony has revealed a widespread and concerted effort on the part of Republican Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell to deny primarily African-American and young voters the right to cast their ballots within a reasonable time. By depriving precincts of adequate numbers of functioning voting machines, Blackwell created waits of three to eleven hours, driving tens of thousands of likely Democratic voters away from the polls and very likely affecting the outcome of the Ohio vote count, which in turn decided the national election."
Evidence of Electoral Fraud in the 2004 U.S. Presidential Election
A Reader 11/18/2004 Global Research
Kucinich Supports Green Party Demand for Ohio Recount 11/18/2004 Green Party
US Election: Democracy in Question 11/18/2004 IPS: "John Zogby, president of the polling firm Zogby International, told IPS he has been calling it "the Armageddon election" for about a year. Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader believes the Republican Party was able to "steal it before election day." ...Zogby was concerned about the difference between some of the exit polls (surveys of individuals who have just cast ballots) and the official vote counts. "We're talking about the Free World here," he pointedly noted."
WAS IT HACKED? 11/18/2004 Orlando Weekly
UC Berkeley Study Questions Florida E-Vote Count 11/18/2004 PR Newswire
DNC Ignores Penalty for Voter Suppression Written in the Constitution 11/18/2004 ReDefeat Bush: "What McAuliffe did not call for is the remedy specified in the Constitution (14th Amendment, Article 2), which reduces a state's Congressional delegation in proportion to the number of citizens that state disenfranchised. So, for example, for each 550,000 disenfranchised citizens a state would lose a Member of Congress. A genuine remedy for election theft would be to take a Congressional seat away from NC, IN, FL, OH and the other states that failed to adequately administer their elections for president."
Election hacking 11/18/2004 The Union, CA: letter to the editor - "Another election wrought with fraud. Basically ignored in 2000, where everyone seemed to roll over and take it, that's not the case this year. Hundreds of thousands of American citizens are demanding to know what happened to their votes and the votes of others."
TUESDAY NOV 16 2004: Volusia County on lockdown 11/17/2004 Black Box Voting: "Then, Ellen B., a voting integrity advocate from Broward County, Florida, and Susan, from Volusia, decided now would be a good time to go through the trash at the elections office. Lo and behold, they found all kinds of memos and some polling place tapes, fresh from Volusia elections office.
So, Black Box Voting compared these with the Nov. 2 signed ones and the "special' ones from Nov. 15 given, unsigned, finding several of the MISSING poll tapes. There they were: In the garbage.
So, Wynne went to the car and got the polling place tapes she had pulled from the warehouse garbage. My my my. There were not only discrepancies, but a polling place tape that was signed by six officials.
This was a bit disturbing, since the employees there had said that bag was destined for the shredder. ...Think of this like an assets investigation in a bad divorce: One party may have things to hide, the other party (we, the voters) wants to find out the truth. If you are looking for hidden assets owned by your ex, you don't call in a computer scientist from a university. You enlist the help of private investigators, accountants, lawyers, and your plain old common sense. In fact, snoopy 50-year-old women have proved invaluable in investigating voting machines.
This is not a computer problem. It is not something a reporter who spends four hours researching a story can pronounce judgment on. We have been surprised to see prominent scientists announcing "results" before the data is in. We don't know what happened on Nov. 2. We will find out."
Vote fraud investigators visit Volusia 11/17/2004 Daytona Beach News
Why Isn't Kerry Using $50M Unspent Campaign Money to Fund Recounts? 11/17/2004 Democracy Now
Media Cautious or Silent on Volusia County 11/17/2004 Easter Lemming Liberal News: "Perhaps after seeing what has happened to the one mass media figure reporting on the election problems there has been no pickup yet of the next posted story - Volusia election lockdown. Attacks on MSNBC anchor Keith Olbermann, included calling him a "voice of paranoia" and accused him of perpetuating "idiotic conspiracy theories" for his sustained spotlight on the numerous local news reports of voting irregularities during the November 2 presidential election."
Complete US Exit Poll Data Confirms Net Suspicions
Full 51 State Early Exit Poll Data Released For The First Time 11/17/2004 Scoop, New Zealand
Gaston investigates election tally errors - Maker of vote-counting machinery asked to check equipment 11/16/2004 Charlotte Observer
Document Reveals Columbus, Ohio Voters Waited Hours as Election Officials Held Back Machines 11/16/2004 Free Press: "One telling piece of evidence was entered into the record at the Saturday, November 13 public hearing on election irregularities and voter suppression held by nonpartisan voter rights organizations. Cliff Arnebeck, a Common Cause attorney, introduced into the record the Franklin County Board of Elections spreadsheet detailing the allocation of e-voting computer machines for the 2004 election. The Board of Elections’ own document records that, while voters waited in lines ranging from 2-7 hours at polling places, 68 electronic voting machines remained in storage and were never used on Election Day.
The Board of Elections document details that there are 2886 “Total Machines” in Franklin County. Twenty of them are “In Vans for Breakdowns.” The County record acknowledges 2886 were available on Election Day, November 2 and that 2798 of their machines were “placed by close of polls.” The difference between the machines “available” and those “placed” is 68. The nonpartisan Election Protection Coalition provided legal advisors and observed 58 polling places in primarily African American and poor neighborhoods in Franklin County."
Three More Indiana Counties Report E-Vote Errors 11/16/2004 Palladium Item
Registrar seeks to halt check of electronic voting 11/16/2004 Press-Enterprise, CA: from Kim Alexander's blog, on this atricle - "The strangest thing about this story is that neither the reporter nor the county of Riverside appears to be aware of the fact that the voter verified paper trail is now a requirement in law in California. The entire California legislature, including those members who represent Riverside County, voted to pass a law, which Governor Schwarzenegger signed in September, to require that a voter verified paper record back up every digital ballot cast by the next statewide election."
Presidential debate - Reporter Greg Palast and Salon's Farhad Manjoo debate the election results in Ohio. 11/16/2004 Salon: "The result: 93,000 votes spoiled, uncounted. Salon's Manjoo, ignorant of the ACLU's precinct-by-precinct studies, simply dismisses out of hand the assertion that most of those were Kerry votes. But given that Ohio's spoiled ballots are concentrated in black and poor communities, it is hardly a wild leap to discern which candidate got punched out by the punch cards.
Now, on to the second pile of no-count ballots, the provisionals. And guess who got these second-class, back-of-the-bus ballots? Once again, Ohio's African-American voters.
The Republican Party declared the hunting season open for dark-skinned voters in October, announcing a plan to challenge "fraudulent" voters on a mass basis, the first such programmatic attack on the franchise since the days of the Night Riders… Here's what we discovered at the BBC: several lists of voters, every one of them in an African-American precinct. Fletcher's official explanation (her third variant, by the way) was that these were returned undeliverable fundraising solicitations. Odd, that: Many of the addresses were those of homeless men's shelters, not where I'd expect a lot of Bush-Cheney donors. And why were the Republicans sending solicitations only to black voters? Is that their normal funding group?" [The same explanation was given for the Jacksonville, FL, "Caging List" which also targeted black neighborhoods.]
Lawsuit questions 'discovery' of 78,000 absentee votes in Broward 11/16/2004 Sun Sentinel, FL
What can we do about the stolen election? 11/16/2004 Unknown News