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Mission Impossible - Federal Observers & Voting Machines 11/26/02 EcoTalk: "Just when you thought you couldn't get any more cynical. Guess which state did not have Federal Observers assigned to it by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for the 2002 mid-term election?
If you guessed Florida, congratulations, you're living in the real world... depressing, but real.
No state could match the staggering number of Voting Rights complaints due to voting machines and other shenanigans as Florida did in the 2000 presidential election. Yet the Bush Administration's DOJ, under Attorney General John Ashcroft, did not see fit to send Federal Observers to Florida to monitor the voting process in 2002, although Observers were sent to several other states. This is surprising news to many people and organizations who were told by DOJ officials that "Justice" would be down there in force."
American Coup: Mid-Term Election Polls vs Actuals 11/12/02 Scoop, New Zealand
2002 Elections: Republican Voting Machines, Election Irregularities, and "Way-Off" Polling Results 11/8/02 EcoTalk
Paper Ballots 11/5/02 TCS
BROWN CITES ALLEGED VOTER IRREGULARITIES 8/1/02 Selma Times Journal: "Saying it's time for dead people to quit voting in Dallas County, Democratic primary candidate LaTosha Brown held a press conference Thursday afternoon to announce that she has uncovered numerous voter irregularities in the state House of Representatives runoff for District 67."
URL's on the 2000 US Presidential Elections 3/4/02 UCLA: list of links
N.A.A.C.P. Sues Florida for Voting Fraud 3/1/02 Harper's Magazine
Commission's suggested election reforms are illusory 8/6/01 USA Today: by DeWayne Wickham
Election reform fails when it is left to whim of states 8/6/01 USA Today: by DeWayne Wickham - "The commission, which was headed by former presidents Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford, thinks each of the 50 states should decide which of its reforms they will implement — a position that kowtows to the advocates of states' rights. Even worse, the panel's position appears to fly in the face of the Supreme Court ruling that blocked Al Gore's push for a vote recount in Florida and propelled George W. Bush into the White House."
Silence Of The Lambs: The Election Story Never Told 3/12/01 Media Channel: "Here's how the president of the United States was elected: In the months leading up to the November balloting, Florida Governor Jeb Bush and his Secretary of State, Katherine Harris, ordered local elections supervisors to purge 64,000 voters from voter lists on the grounds that they were felons who were not entitled to vote in Florida. As it turns out, these voters weren't felons, or at least, only a very few were. However, the voters on this "scrub list" were, notably, African-American (about 54 percent), while most of the others wrongly barred from voting were white and Hispanic Democrats.
Beginning in November, this extraordinary news ran, as it should, on Page 1 of the country's leading paper. Unfortunately, it was in the wrong country: Britain. In the United States, it ran on page zero — that is, the story was not covered on the news pages. The theft of the presidential race in Florida also was given big television network coverage. But again, it was on the wrong continent: on BBC television, London."
Rights panel suspects bias in Florida vote debacle 3/12/01 USA Today: by DeWayne Wickham
Congressional Black Caucus Hearings: Elections Reform 2/27/01 CBC: "On February 27, 2001, the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) held the first hearings of the 107th Congress focused on election reform. The hearing consisted of three panels. The first panel featured members from the Florida delegation describing the events of the 2000 election as they occurred in Florida and their perspective on what Congress should do to address election irregularities. The second panel consisted of civil rights, labor, and civic leaders who reported findings from hearings their organizations have held on problems during the 2000 election. The third panel consisted of the Democratic leadership and ranking members from the committees that have jurisdiction over the election reform issue. They discussed vehicles to address the issue in the 107th Congress."
What really happened in Florida? 2/16/01 BBC: "We are coming into Tallahassee. We want to know whether George W Bush won the election or did brother Jeb steal it for him? Our investigation suggest the answer lies in this shuttered building and in a very expensive contract between Governor Jeb's division of elections and a private company named DBT, which accidentally wiped off the voter rolls thousands of Democratic voters. 18th floor division of elections, we have come to ask Mr Clayton Roberts, the director, a few questions. Roberts agreed to talk, but became a bit uncomfortable when he learned that we had obtained the secret DBT contract, and asked him if he knew what DBT were up to."
Election 2000 - The Florida Recount 2/1/01 About.com: list of links
Mystery of 'undervotes' may never be solved 1/13/01 USA Today: by DeWayne Wickham
Election Anger Fuels Inaugural Protesters 12/21/00 Washington Post: "A rainbow of left-leaning groups had planned to rally on the Mall to vent outrage at a variety of demons, including racism, the death penalty and the corporate influence on politics. But complaints that some Florida votes were not counted, including those of many African Americans, have given demonstrators powerful common issues… The Rev. Al Sharpton and the Rev. Walter Fauntroy plan a "shadow inauguration" outside the U.S. Supreme Court to swear in those pledging to uphold the Voting Rights Act.
"We feel the act was violated by George Bush," Sharpton said.
Fauntroy, pastor of New Bethel Baptist Church in Shaw, said he has witnessed every swearing-in since President Franklin D. Roosevelt's fourth in 1945, and "I know of no inauguration that has been the source of greater controversy than this . . . following a shameful election." "
The Miami Machine: Cuban American Terrorists Triumph in Election 2000 12/13/00 AfroCubaWeb: "The terrorist minority in the Cuban American community have long had an influence disproportionate to their numbers and this has proven especially true in Election 2000. One major event they helped engineer was the decision of the Miami Dade Canvassing Board to stop the recount -- this was at the heart of the case in front of the Supreme Court and was thus decisive for Bush, who asked the court to enforce that decision."
Florida: Decision 2000 12/13/00 Pacifica
The Lynching of the Black Vote 12/10/00 Boston Globe: "Although black turnout tends to slightly lag white turnout, this year 16 percent of registered voters in Florida were black, up from 10 percent in 1996. And blacks, loyal to Clinton-Gore and unhappy with the brothers Bush, gave Gore-Lieberman a striking 90 percent of their votes nationally and 93 percent in Florida, up dramatically from what Clinton-Gore received in 1996.
But Republican strategists were ready. And it is becoming increasingly obvious that a combination of deliberate vote suppression coupled with more subtle institutional discrimination combined to deny thousands of black Florida voters their franchise."
Miami-Dade Reversal -- A Cuban Terrorist Payback To Bush Family? 12/7/00 Pacific News: "Strident broadcasts from a violently anti-Castro radio station influenced the Miami-Dade Canvassing Board's decision to reverse itself and vote to stop recounting ballots. The radio station's founding was sponsored by the Reagan-Bush administration. PNS correspondent Peter Dale Scott is author of Deep Politics and the Death of JFK and co-author of Cocaine Politics."
Choking the Florida Black Vote 12/6/00 Boston Globe
Led by Congresswoman, Black Leaders Seek Recount 12/6/00 Village Voice: "African American leaders in Jacksonville filed their own lawsuit this week in Leon County Circuit Court contesting the presidential election. The leaders charge that George W. Bush was certified as the winner of Florida's 25 electoral votes only after minorities were systematically denied the right to cast ballots.
U.S. Representative Corrine Brown, a Democrat from Duval County, is a plaintiff, along with Reverend Jesse Jackson. "People are very upset," Brown told the Los Angeles Times. "They are stopping me in the grocery stores and in church, asking me what I'm going to do about it. . . . There is not a doubt in my mind that Al Gore won the state of Florida." "
Miami's Cuban Americans May Get The Last Word 12/4/00 Pacific News: "The Clinton administration willingness to defy Miami's Cuban-American community in the case of Elian Gonzales was widely seen as a sign that the community had lost its political muscle. But the decision to stop recounting votes in Miami-Dade suggests that it's the Cuban Americans who are getting the last word. PNS correspondent Peter Dale Scott is author of Deep Politics and the Death of JFK and co-author of Cocaine Politics."
Jeb Bush's Secret Weapon
by Larry Jordan 11/27/00 Albion Monitor: chronicle numerous assaults on the Black Vote.
13 Myths About Election 2000 11/14/00 Alternet: "This article is a collaboration of over a dozen people who have been researching and documenting the truth. It provides a point by point analysis of some key myths."
Florida: White state Highway Patrol officers set up a checkpoint 11/8/00 AfroCubaWeb
Voteless in Florida 11/8/00 Mother Jones