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Jeff Gannon's alma mater: The Leadership Institute
Mon Feb 14, 2005 02:11


Jeff Gannon's alma mater: The Leadership Institute

The only journalism-related credential listed on former Talon News Washington bureau chief and White House correspondent Jeff Gannon's Talon News bio -- which was removed from Talon's website after Media Matters for America drew attention to Gannon and Talon News -- was The Leadership Institute Broadcast School of Journalism. While Talon News appears to be more of a Republican political advocacy group than a media outlet, The Leadership Institute Broadcast School of Journalism appears to be more of a training ground for Republican advocacy in the media than a school of journalism.

The Leadership Institute's president and founder, Morton C. Blackwell, told The Washington Post in 1992 that the Institute is "conservative, but not partisan." A review of the Institute's leadership and programming indicates otherwise.

The Institute

The Leadership Institute is classified a 501(c)(3) non-profit, non-partisan educational foundation (view its 2003 form 990 here). It works "to increase the number and effectiveness of conservative public policy leaders" by offering a number of seminars on journalism and public policy nationwide and at its F.M. Kirby National Training Center in Arlington, Virginia. The Institute claims to have graduated more than 40,000 students.

According to its website, The Leadership Institute Broadcast School of Journalism is "[a]n intense two-day seminar ... designed to give aspiring journalists the skills necessary to bring balance to the media and succeed in this highly competitive field." It costs $50, for which attendees receive "two days of instruction, meals on Saturday and Sunday and all course materials," as well as free housing "on a first-come, first-served basis."

The Leadership Institute's annual budget of $8 million has been financed by contributions from wealthy conservatives -- including major conservative financier Joseph Coors, a June 2001 New York Times article reported. Numerous conservative foundations, such as the Coors-funded Castle Rock Foundation, the F.M. Kirby Foundation, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation, and the Richard and Helen DeVos Foundation, have also provided funding to the Institute.

The founder

Morton Blackwell is a former Reagan White House staffer, a lifelong Republican activist and a member of the executive committee of the Republican National Committee. At the 2004 Republican National Convention, Blackwell passed out adhesive bandages marked with Purple Hearts to mock Senator John Kerry. The discredited anti-Kerry group Swift Vets and POWs for Truth (formerly Swift Boat Veterans for Truth) questioned Kerry's receipt of medals for his service in Vietnam, including Kerry's three Purple Hearts. The Navy's chief investigator concluded that all of Kerry's medals were "properly approved." Republican leaders "publicly repudiated" Blackwell's actions, as did the Military Order of The Purple Heart, a wounded veterans organization, according to a September 1, 2004, New York Times article.

According to his Institute bio, Blackwell was "Barry Goldwater's youngest elected delegate to the 1964 Republican National Convention in San Francisco. He was a national convention Alternate Delegate for Ronald Reagan in 1968 and 1976, and a Ronald Reagan Delegate at the 1980 national convention." Blackwell was also involved in the leadership of the College Republicans and the Young Republicans. "Off and on" between 1965 and 1970, Blackwell worked as executive director of the College Republican National Committee. He also served on the Louisiana Republican state central committee for eight years. In 1980, Blackwell "organized and oversaw the national youth effort" for Ronald Reagan. He then served as special assistant to the president on Reagan's White House staff from 1981 to 1984. (According to a May 25, 2003, New York Times article, when recruiting on college campuses, the Institute "prominently displays at its sign-up table a huge poster that includes a photograph of Reagan.") In 1988, Blackwell was elected Virginia's Republican National Committeeman, a post he still holds. In 2004 he was elected to the RNC's executive committee.

Included among Blackwell's selected speeches and writings that appear on the Leadership Institute website is a 1994 speech titled "Why Jesse Helm's [sic] is the country's favorite conservative Senator." Blackwell asks, "Why do we love him [Helms]?" and gives ten reasons, including: "In every word and deed, Sen. Helms embodies solid conservative principles. No one else in the Senate, no one at all, comes even close to his reputation for selfless, steadfast adherence to every tenet of our conservative philosophy."

Blackwell was involved in an effort to use University of Oklahoma students to discredit Anita Hill in 1991, according to Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas (Houghton Mifflin, 1994) by Jane Mayer and Jill Abramson, as the Daily Oklahoman noted on November 12, 1994. According to the Oklahoman, "Strange Justice" states that Blackwell "advised an an OU student on how to make Hill's life 'a living hell.' ... Blackwell's contact with the student came during the 1991 hearings in which Hill, an OU law professor, accused Thomas of repeatedly making lewd comments when she worked for him at two federal agencies in Washington." The Daily Oklahoman went on to note:

Blackwell told the student, Chris Wilson, to round up other conservative students to fax letters of complaint about Hill to key senators, the book says. Wilson, described as a "star pupil" at the Leadership Institute, told the book authors, "Morton's really incredible! We faxed hundreds -- well maybe thirty -- letters" to Republican Sens. Alan Simpson of Wyoming, Orrin Hatch of Utah, and Hank Brown of Colorado.

Congressional advisers and board of directors

The Institute's "Bi-Partisan Congressional Advisory Board" has 109 members, 108 of whom are Republicans (including former Democrat but now Republican Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX)). The only Democrat listed on the advisory board is deceased -- Representative Larry McDonald (D-GA), who was killed when the jetliner he was aboard, Korean Airlines Flight 007 (KAL 007), was shot down over the Soviet Union in 1983. McDonald was the chairman of the ultraconservative John Birch Society.

The Leadership Institute's board of directors is made up of a variety of Republican donors and activists, including:

* Fred Sacher, who contributed nearly $200,000 to GOPAC, former Representative Newt Gingrich's (R-GA) political committee, according to a November 16, 1995 article in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Sacher was also one of the nation's biggest contributors to the Nicaraguan contras in the 1980s, donating $400,000, which prompted a personal letter of thanks from Marine Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North, according to a July 19, 1987, Los Angeles Times article. In the 1990s, Sacher financed a large-scale publicity effort that promoted Congressional Republicans' "Contract with America" by sending out faxes on a regular basis to between 600 and 700 journalists in the beginning of the 104th Congress, according to an October 17, 1996, Roll Call article.
* John P. Maxwell, former executive director of Campaign for Prosperity, the political action committee of then-Representative and presidential hopeful Jack Kemp (R-NY), as noted in a February 3, 1986, Associated Press report.
* Craig L. Murphy, who served as spokesman for Representative Joe L. Barton (R-TX), GOPAC's Texas chairman responsible for fund-raising in that area. Murphy issued a statement on Barton's behalf, according to the December 17, 1995, Los Angeles Times, in which he denied helping cement-producing company Southdown with a trade dispute in exchange for $25,000 in political contributions.
* Baker Armstrong Smith, former director of labor relations at the Housing and Urban Development Department under Reagan. Smith "resigned in 1983 after allegations that he sharply curbed HUD's enforcement program, improperly dismissed employees because of their union backgrounds, and had his former secretary type his master's thesis and mail his Christmas gifts," according to an April 27, 1986 article in The Washington Post.
* Ken Thornhill, former head of the Bush-Cheney 2000 Committee in Franklin Parish, Louisiana, which paid for newspaper ads that tried to paint former Vice President Al Gore "as a president who would confiscate guns," according to the November 2, 2000, edition of the Baton Rouge (Louisiana) Advocate.
* Eugene H. Methvin, appointed by Reagan in 1983 to the President's Commission on Organized Crime. He is an author and journalist whose writings have appeared in National Review, The Weekly Standard, and The American Spectator.

Leadership Institute programs and alumni

The seminars offered by the Institute cover a wide range of topics, including the two-day broadcast journalism workshop of which Gannon is a graduate and a five-day Candidate Development School, in which students preparing to run for public office are instructed in areas such as "Right to Life -- How to Win This Battle," and "Right to Keep & Bear Arms -- How to Win This Battle" (according to the school's "sample agenda"). The Leadership Institute lists on its website a number of prominent public figures who have graduated from its programs; including Senate Majority Whip Mitch McConnell (R-KY), president of Americans for Tax Reform Grover Norquist, and Republican strategist, former executive director of the Christian Coalition and Southeast regional chairman for the Bush-Cheney '04 campaign Ralph Reed.

Patrick B. McGuigan, former editorial page editor for the Daily Oklahoman, was "perhaps the most influential graduate of the institute working in newspapers," according to the June 2001 New York Times article. According to a 1999 Columbia Journalism Review article, McGuigan "had no newspaper background when he was hired [by the Daily Oklahoman] in 1990. He was a well-known conservative activist in Washington who fought against the Supreme Court nomination of David Souter (too moderate) and for his friends Clarence Thomas and Robert Bork." According to an August 3, 2002, Associated Press article, McGuigan resigned after sending a letter on Daily Oklahoman letterhead praising a Republican candidate for Oklahoma labor commissioner.

Aside from offering the various seminars, the Leadership Institute has worked extensively to establish and fund conservative newspapers on college campuses. A May 7, 2003, Los Angeles Times article reported on a North Carolina conference funded by the Leadership Council: "In an eight-hour session that bore little resemblance to a traditional journalism class, the students were taught how to start their own conservative newspapers and opinion journals. And how to pick fights with lefty bogeymen on the faculty and in student government."

Among the "resources" offered to Leadership Institute patrons is a documentary produced by the Leadership Institute titled: "Roots of the Ultra-Left: What They Really Think." A trailer for the documentary and the full script are available here. The documentary features a number of sound bites from editor and co-founder David Horowitz, who said: "Modern liberals are socialists, they're not liberals. What are they liberal about besides hard drugs and sex? Everything else they want to control in your life. That's true of the Democratic Party. It's true of the British Labor Party. They're socialists. That's their religion." The documentary also features commentary from right-wing pundit Ann Coulter, conservative columnist and radio host Armstrong Williams, and Moral Majority founder Reverend Jerry Falwell.

— N.C. & S.S.M.

Posted to the web on Friday February 11, 2005 at 8:32 PM EST

In taped CNN interview, Gannon misrepresented Senate Intel report findings on Joe Wilson

Friday February 11, 2005
In taped CNN interview, Gannon misrepresented Senate Intel report findings on Joe Wilson »


Ex-CIA Officers Want Senate to Probe Leak

* BUSH, "F**K LEAKGATE" differentstrings, Fri ... 26 * THE ATTEMPTED MURDER OF
CIA AGENT VALERIE ... Groups Notification To:


APFN, Mon Feb ... Nothing to Preempt, A Former
CIA Weapons Analyst ... Builds for Bush Decision on Iraq WMD Probe


APFN, Mon Feb ... Nothing to Preempt, A Former
CIA Weapons Analyst ... Builds for Bush Decision on Iraq WMD Probe


(Page 4)
This White House Scandal Finally Tips the Scale!

Intelligence Identities Protection Act of 1982 (50 U.S.C. 421 et seq.)
(governing disclosures that could expose confidential Government agents)

Click to subscribe to LEAK-GATE

Outing a CIA agent is illegal, not to mention unpatriotic!

Did outed agent act in political role?

Editor -- Linda Chavez's column, "Spy is a political operative" (Oct. 10) misleads readers in an attempt to discredit Joseph Wilson and Valerie Plame. Chavez points out that Wilson was a Clinton appointee, but doesn't mention that Wilson also was appointed ambassador to Gabon by the first President Bush.

Chavez blames Plame for hurting national security by contributing to the Gore 2000 campaign and listing her employer (a CIA front), but fails to point out that (as Robert Novak has reported) Plame used a fictitious company name.

The bottom line is that it doesn't matter which political party Wilson and Plame belong to. When senior Bush administration officials leaked that Plame was a CIA operative, they committed a serious crime, and perhaps threatened national security and the lives of other CIA operatives. No amount of spin by Chavez can deflect the blame from the Bush administration.


San Francisco-- -- --

Editor -- Linda Chavez descended to unsubstantiated smears in her column about former Ambassador Joseph Wilson and his wife Valerie Plame. In her attempts to paint the couple as partisan Democrats, Chavez neglects to mention that Wilson donated money to George W. Bush's campaign. She similarly neglects to mention that Wilson served under the president's father and, by all accounts, they have publicly praised each other.

It is telling that Chavez completely ignores the issue at hand: that outing Plame as a CIA agent is illegal, not to mention unpatriotic.



Uneasy bedfellows in investigation of CIA leak
White House and journalists both under scrutiny

Washington -- The first real political scandal of the Bush administration appears to have legs, to the discomfort of an unusually large number of people in Washington --
both in the White House and the press corps.

The White House is facing accusations that two of its officials outed a CIA agent, endangering national security and possibly committing a criminal act, to punish a critic of the administration's policy on Iraq.

But Washington journalism is also facing scrutiny for its unhealthy dependence on government leaks.

In this case, at least a half-dozen prominent Washington-based journalists are said to have firsthand information that investigators need to determine whether White House officials have committed a felony -- in this case, the unauthorized and deliberate exposure of a covert intelligence agent. But they are clamming up, citing the need to protect confidential sources.

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Lawyers to challenge election in Ohio
Saturday, November 20, 2004
Julie Carr Smyth
Plain Dealer Bureau

Columbus- A trio of activist lawyers armed with mysteriously wrong exit
polls and hundreds of voter horror stories announced plans Friday to
contest Ohio's presidential election as soon as the vote is official.

Their challenge could lead to widespread reconsideration of dozens of
alleged election irregularities around the state - from reported
computerized voting glitches to provisional-ballot mishaps to unusual
incidents involving voter rolls, poll workers and machine technicians.

 But it is unclear whether the complaint will ever get that far.

Columbus attorney Cliff Arnebeck, a national officer in the Alliance for
Democracy, could not predict exactly when members of the coalition will be
ready or able to file their request.

And, after they do, the Ohio Supreme Court would have to rule in their favor.

To qualify to reopen consideration of the election, Arnebeck said, the
group needs find only 25 aggrieved electors and evidence of irregularities,
both of which he and his associates have collected in abundance at hearings
around the state, he said.

Another hearing is scheduled in Cleveland today.

Arnebeck said the national boards of the NAACP, Alliance for Democracy and
Common Cause are reviewing requests to sign on to the litigation, which is
not affiliated with either political party.

Carlo LoParo, a spokesman for the secretary of state's office, said many
glitches brought to light on Internet blogs and in the alternative press
will be corrected in the state's official canvass of the election.

That process, which turns unofficial election results into official ones,
is still under way.

LoParo said the canvass includes precinct-level auditing of results, poll
book reviews, provisional-ballot verification and an actual recount of all
ballots cast on Election Day. Official results historically have varied
from final totals only enough to affect the outcomes of very close local
races, nothing of the scale of a national race.

Susan Truitt, co-founder of Citizens' Alliance for Secure Elections and one
of the participating lawyers, said Ohioans need to know their vote was
properly counted.

"Our intent is to examine this election, and to prevail, so that we will
have a democracy in this country," she said. "So that we will not have our
voices shut down."

To reach this Plain Dealer reporter:, 1-800-228-8272


Lawyers Plan To Challenge Election Results

November 20, 2004

Lawyers who have been documenting voting may problems in Ohio say they'll
challenge the results of the presidential election as soon as the vote is

The lawyers say documented cases of long lines, a shortage of machines and
a pattern of problems in predominantly black neighborhoods are enough
evidence to bring such a challenge.

The lawyers, who will represent voters who cast ballots November Second,
will use a state law that allows them to file a request to challenge the
election with the Ohio Supreme Court. The law allows the challenge to be
heard by the chief justice of the Ohio Supreme Court.

In the case of Ohio, that's Justice Thomas Moyer, a Columbus Republican.
The official vote will not be certified until early next month.

Requests strain election boards, county budgets

Groups checking election results are asking county elections boards for all
kinds of documents, everything from provisional ballot totals to voter
signature poll books.

Elections officials say such requests from political and advocacy groups,
media outlets and other organizations are straining their staffs and
budgets as they try to finish the official ballot count for the
presidential election.

Ross County elections director Nancy Bell says she's never experienced
anything like this in her 19 years at the elections board.

Bev Harris is founder of Black Box Voting, a Seattle-based nonprofit
consumer protection organization. She says her group has filed records
requests for every Ohio county to check the accuracy of the the final vote
report sent to the secretary of state.


AfD to File Lawsuit Contesting Ohio Presidential Election Results

Coalition to contest election results

Lawsuit aimed at problems reported in presidential race

Saturday, November 20, 2004
Jon Craig

  A coalition of citizen-action groups announced plans yesterday to file
a new lawsuit contesting the presidential election results in Ohio.

  Columbus lawyer Clifford O. Arnebeck of the Alliance for Democracy
joined Upper Arlington lawyer Susan Truitt and political-science
professor Robert Fitrakis at a news conference outside the Ohio Supreme
Court to discuss their impending legal action.

  "Please make no mistake. There is nothing short of democracy at risk
here," said Truitt, co-founder of Citizens' Alliance for Secure
Elections in Ohio.

  "There have been an abundant number of reports of irregularities in
the election," Arnebeck said. "The objective is to get to the truth."

  Arnebeck said Common Cause, the National Association for the
Advancement of Colored People and People for the American Way also have
been asked to join the challenge, based on two sections of the Ohio
Revised Code. Arnebeck said a petition must be signed by at least 25
voters before it can be filed with the Ohio Supreme Court.

  "Time is critical," he said. "We intend to file as soon as we can."

  During the past week, Fitrakis, a lawyer who teaches at Columbus State
Community College, helped organize several public hearings in Columbus,
Cincinnati and Cleveland for people to voice election complaints.

  Hundreds of people who were "disenfranchised, intimidated or somehow
discouraged from voting" gave sworn testimony that will support the
complaint, Truitt said.

  At a minimum, the coalition thinks it can challenge the outcome of the
election based on scientifically designed nonpartisan exit polling that
found Kerry led in Ohio.

  But Ohio State University law professor Edward B. "Ned" Foley
disagrees with the coalition's thinking.

  "I do not believe that the discrepancy between exit polls and actual
(voter) rolls would be a sufficient basis for a contest action under
the statute," Foley said. "The case law is clear that it is very
difficult to prevail in one of these contest procedures.

  "I would be extremely hesitant to bring a contest procedure in
general," Foley said. "I think it is unhelpful to dispute the result
when there isn't the evidence to support that dispute. We should be
focusing on fixing the process in the future."

  The morning after the election, with President Bush holding an
unofficial 136,000-vote lead in Ohio over Sen. John Kerry and with
about 155,000 provisional votes yet to be counted statewide, Kerry
determined he could not win and conceded.

  Arnebeck said the legal action would be aimed at protecting the
integrity of the election process, not deciding a clear winner. The
action is separate from a formal recount request planned by candidates
for the Green and Libertarian parties.

  Among voting irregularities cited by the coalition:

  * There was a shortage of voting machines in precincts in Franklin and
Knox counties more heavily populated by blacks or students expected to
vote Democratic.

  * A Gahanna precinct mistakenly recorded 3,893 more votes for
President Bush because of an unexplained touchscreen machine

  * People have been found to have voted both in person and by absentee
ballots in Madison and Summit counties.

  * A printer in Trumbull County testified that he was asked to supply
punch-card ballots on heavier bond paper, possibly making voting more

  * Discrepancies were found in vote counts on machines in Miami County
and some ballots may have been counted twice in Sandusky County.

  * New voter-registration cards reportedly were discarded in Hamilton

  * A former electronic-voting machine worker possibly tampered with
equipment in Auglaize County.

  Earlier this week, the Ohio Democratic Party announced it would join a
lawsuit arguing that the state lacks clear rules for evaluating
provisional ballots, a move the party said will keep its options open
if problems with the ballots surface.

  The federal lawsuit was filed Election Day against Ohio Secretary of
State J. Kenneth Blackwell alleging voters would not be treated
equally, as the Constitution requires, because the state's 88 counties
evaluated provisional ballots differently.

  A separate federal lawsuit is expected to be filed next week over the
planned recount.



Recount efforts in Ohio by Kerry intensify

November 17 - November 23, 2004
by Adam Stone

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.

A verbal firestorm erupted last week between an area supporter of
independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader and Wade after the Kerry
spokesman derided Nader for creating a "phony wedge issue between

Nader has been calling on Kerry and his vice presidential running mate,
Senator John Edwards of North Carolina, to, in his words, "follow through
on their post-election promise to the American people to make sure every
vote counts, starting in Ohio."

A Kerry victory in Ohio means he would have the necessary electoral votes
to take the White House.

The local Nader supporter, Don DeBar, an Ossining resident, took umbrage
with Wade's remarks.

"It seems to me the (wedge) was created when Kerry, after promising to
ensure that every vote would count, conceded before they were counted,"
DeBar, who worked for the Nader campaign in San Antonio during the ballot
access drive, wrote in an e-mail message to Wade.

The Kerry spokesman said, so far, "there hasn't been any indication" of
swinging a state or the overall election.

"…But we'll make sure every single vote is counted," he added.

Nader press secretary Kevin Zeese said "I'm laughing," after being informed
of Wade's remark about creating a wedge issue.

"They used those same 17,000 lawyers to keep us off the ballots," Zeese
said during a telephone interview.

Wade said Nader "should be working with Democrats to guarantee the right to
vote is protected."

During a flurry of e-mail exchanges with Wade, DeBar said, "What about the
concession? If there are sufficient indicia of fraud and/or inaccurate
counting, will Kerry 'unconcede'?"

Former Vice President Al Gore conceded in his 2000 battle with Bush for the
White House before demanding recounts, which were ultimately halted by the
United States Supreme Court.

Two third-party presidential candidates have raised enough money to file
for an official recount of the vote in Ohio.

Green Party candidate David Cobb announced Monday the $113,600 needed to
file for a recount had been raised.

"Thanks to the thousands of people who have contributed to this effort, we
can say with certainty that there will be a recount in Ohio," Cobb said in
a statement.

The Green Party has been working with the Libertarian Party - both parties
were on the ballot in Ohio - in securing a recount. Both Cobb and
Libertarian Michael Badnarik say they've demanded that Ohio Secretary of
State Kenneth Blackwell, a Republican who co-chaired this year's Bush
campaign in Ohio, recuse himself from the recount process.

Cobb Media Director Blair Bobier said, "The Ohio presidential election was
marred by numerous press and independent reports of mismarked and discarded
ballots, problems with electronic voting machines and the targeted
disenfranchisement of African-American voters."

The Ohio vote will be certified on Dec. 3 at the latest, Bobier said.

The Electoral College votes on December 13, so it is unclear whether or not
a recount would be completed by then.

However, Jonathan Turley, a professor of constitutional law at George
Washington University, told that "those votes are not
opened by Congress until Jan. 6. So there is still time to challenge the
results in Ohio."

A demand for a recount in Ohio can only be filed by a presidential
candidate who was either a certified write-in candidate or on the ballot in
that state.

Bush won Ohio by a vote of 2,796,147 to John Kerry's 2,659,664. Despite
reports of irregularities and outstanding provisional ballots, Kerry
conceded Ohio and the election on November 3.

In the 11 Ohio counties that have finished checking provisional ballots
cast in the presidential election, 81 percent have turned out to be valid.
It is too early to know whether the ballots have benefited Bush or Kerry
because counties first need to determine their validity before conducting
the count.

Badnarik received 14,331 votes in Ohio and Cobb, as a write-in candidate,
received 24 votes.

When asked about how the Kerry campaign has reacted to Nader's efforts,
Zeese said, "You've got the closest thing to a response," referring to the
comments made by Wade to North County News.

According to a November 5 article by the Associated Press, elections
officials admitted that an error with an electronic voting system gave

President Bush 3,893 extra votes in a Gahanna precinct. Franklin County
reported Bush with 4,258 votes and John Kerry with 260, even though only
638 voters cast ballots in that precinct. Election officials in that county
now say a cartridge from a voting machine generated errors after the
precinct closed, and only 365 people voted for Bush, Nader notes in a press

Additional machine errors in Ohio reported by, include:

            • Mahoning County: The glass on top of one electronic screen
was too far from the screen, making it difficult for people to use their
fingers to cast ballots. A screen went blank on a Youngstown voter while he
cast his ballot.

            • Mahoning County: 20 to 30 machines needed to be recalibrated
during the voting process because some votes for a candidate were being
counted for that candidate's opponent.

            • Mahoning County: About a dozen machines needed to be reset
because they essentially froze.

            • Cincinnati: Problems with punch card voting machines delayed
the start of voting for up to an hour Tuesday morning at a suburban
precinct. Voters were unable to slide their punch-card ballots all the way
into any of the six voting machines that had all evidently been damaged in

            • Columbus: Overcharged batteries on Danaher Controls

ELECTronic 1242 systems kept machines from booting up properly at the
beginning of the day.

The resulting delays, combined with higher voter turnout, resulted in lines
of several hours, in one case 22 hours, and led to some citizens' voting
rights being taken away by administrative default, Nader contends.

The situation in Ohio and other states bears out, according to Nader, what
he warned against before the election.

Among them:

Computers are inherently subject to programming error, equipment
malfunction and malicious tampering.

Paperless electronic voting machines make it impossible to safeguard the
integrity of the vote.

"However, the Democratic National Committee has remained silent on the
issue since Election Day," Nader's press release states. "Neither the DNC
web site nor the Ohio Democratic Party site offered any response or any
advice to voters on where to turn."

"With the extensive pre-election effort to prevent election fraud,
including international observers, activist poll watchers and attempts to
enforce paper trail backups, the Democratic Party's silence on Ohio is
puzzling," Nader stated.

Regardless of whether it changes the outcome, the release continues, the
Democrats should follow through on their promise to make sure every vote
counts in Ohio and other states discovering similar problems with
electronic voting machines and other irregularities.

Other trouble spots exist in Ohio, including rules that allow officials to
reject some of the 155,000 provisional ballots being cast in that state,
Nader states.

Before Election Day, Blackwell, the Republican who co-chaired Bush's
statewide campaign, was challenged by voters-rights organizations for
denying citizens their voting rights on the basis of a rule, later
rescinded, requiring voter registration forms be printed on 80-pound paper

Voter registration forms were submitted on newsprint in Cuyahoga County
after being printed in the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Blackwell is also
accused of trying to suppress the registration of poor and minority voters
who most often vote Democrat.

"Our offices are being flooded with faxes and e-mails asking for assistance
in resolving these irregularities - a lot of them are citizens who voted
for you," Nader says in a direct challenge to Kerry and Edwards.

"In the spirit of good government, I urge you to make this effort now,"
Nader concluded.

Kerry, in Zeese's mind, should be more direct.

"Kerry should say: 'I was serious about counting every vote," Zeese said.
"'The reports of problems on Election Day raise serious questions that need
to be fully reviewed. I am instructing my lawyers to provide support to
those urging review of the vote count and my campaign is available to work
in any way to make sure the vote count is accurate.'"

Nader drew roughly one percent of the vote nationally. He held a press
conference last Wednesday and said he was speaking out for the "thousands"
of American voters asking for recounts and not on his own behalf.

"Over 2,000 citizens including voting rights advocates are urging in
writing the Nader Camejo campaign to help make sure every vote is counted
and counted accurately," Nader remarked. "The Nader Camejo campaign does
not view the election to be over merely because concession speeches, which
have no legal effect, have been given. Rather they are over when every vote
is counted and legally certified."

"Striking inconsistencies exist between the vote as reported on the
AccuVote Diebold Machines and exit polls and voting trends in New
Hampshire," he added. "These irregularities in the reported vote count

favor president George W. Bush by five to 15 percent over what was expected."

"Problems in these electronic voting machines and optical scanners are
being reported in machines in a variety of states," Nader said.

New Hampshire is about to become a test case for the accuracy of optical
scan vote-counting machines because Nader has asked for a recount.

The request covers 11 of the state's 126 precincts that use Diebold Inc.'s
Accuvote optical scanning machines to count paper ballots. Depending on the
results, his campaign could ask for recounts in other states, Zeese said

Nader doesn't expect to change the outcome: In New Hampshire, Kerry
defeated Bush, 50 percent to 49 percent, while Nader got less than 1
percent from the state's 301 precincts.

Lawyers with John Kerry's presidential campaign are gathering information
from Ohio election boards about uncounted ballots and other unresolved
issues from last week's election, according to a Plain Dealer article
published last Thursday.

Although Wade suggested a recount has no real chance of turning the
election in Kerry's favor, bloggers and liberal talk radio show hosts have
speculated the senator was allowing grassroots candidates and campaigns to
take up the fight so Kerry can appear statesmanlike and above the fray.

Conservative radio commentators, conversely, are dismissing the recount

"What we have here, ladies and gentlemen, are spam e-mail campaigns
spreading conspiracy theories and rumors generating hard news
investigations on the old media networks," Rush Limbaugh said during his
radio program on November 12.

Others, however, have complained that the mainstream media have failed to
cover the story adequately.

MSNBC's Keith Olbermann has covered the story aggressively on his Countdown
program, as have liberal radio talk show hosts on Air America.

"There has been a justifiable uproar about the major differences between
the exit

polls in Ohio and Florida and the actual results," writes Sheldon Drobny, a
CPA and venture capitalist and co-founder of Air America Radio.

"Democrats and Republicans, who both saw the same exit polls that showed an
electoral landslide in favor of Kerry, have confirmed this," he
continued.  "It is important that people know how accurate random sampling
of historical events can be in order for them to understand how unlikely it
is that the exit polls were wrong."

"We have a Watergate story here that could give the media a post-election

explosive news story that could make the 2000 Florida vote debacle look
like small potatoes," Drobny concluded.

DeBar stressed a concession was not legally binding. He also believes a
"Constitutional crisis" is about to erupt.

"What he should do is call a national press conference, recite each and
every case of apparent fraud and or error that could bear on the outcome,"
DeBar said. "(Kerry) should remind voters strongly of the 2000 theft of
Florida…he should redefine the results, and then redefine himself as
someone worthy of challenging them. And he should go to the mat, both
legally and politically."

"Call a million-voter rally in D.C, or, better, simultaneously in (New
York), D.C, (Boston), L.A., (San Francisco), Cleveland, (Chicago), etc…Hey,
maybe there really were only 51 (million) that voted for Kerry and 53
(million) that vote for Bush. Let's see our 51 million in the streets.
Better, let Bush and Cheney see 'em.".


Ohio Presidential Results to be Challenged

News Updates from Citizens for Legitimate Government

 November 20, 2004 

Ohio Presidential Results to be Challenged ( 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. 

More Ohio voter suppression testimony prompts upcoming legal filing for
statewide recount ( As transcribed testimony from citizens
denied their right to vote November 2 has become public, a coalition of
public interest lawyers says it will initiate a legal filing demanding a
statewide recount. 

Democrat picks up seat in recount (NH) A Nashua Republican state
representative still lost his seat after a recount of ballots in his
race Friday, but a Francestown Democrat picked up a seat when a recount
in her district changed the result.
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Activists hold hearings on voting rights in Ohio

by Ariella Cohen

 Nov 17 -  Public hearings in Ohio, initiated by a coalition of voter
advocacy groups, concluded yesterday with the promise of lawsuits over
voter disenfranchisement and a recount to be filed in Ohio.

Nearly 200 people gave sworn testimony during the two-day hearings, held
Saturday at the New Faith Baptist Church in East Columbus and Monday at the
Columbus courthouse.

Among the complaints listed by people who voted or tried to vote were
snaking Election Day lines and widespread confusion over new precinct borders.

Groups like People for the American Way, Common Cause Ohio, Citizens
Alliance for a Fair Election (CASE Ohio) and the League of Pissed-Off
Voters, all co-organizers of the event, contend that state election
practices systemically suppressed voters in lower-income precincts and
violated constitutional laws guaranteeing all US citizens equal right to vote.

While the voter advocacy organizations involved in the hearings plan to
pursue separate lawsuits, a shared interest in a reformation of the
electoral process that goes beyond the 2004 election unites them. While
they concede that lawsuits most likely will not overturn the most recent
election results, they want to make sure that every voter is heard at the
polls next time.

In an interview with The NewStandard, Franklin County Board of Election
Director Matthew Damschroder said he knew of the potential for a troubled
Election Day for some time. "We've been warning people about the changed
precincts and telling people since June to expect long lines on Election
Day," Damschroder said. While Damschroder did not attend the hearings, he
expressed interest in reviewing transcripts.

Editor's Note: NewStandard reporter Ariella Cohen attended both days of
hearings in Columbus Ohio and is compiling a longer, more detailed article
on the testimony provided as well as follow up actions intended by the
various groups involved. We expect to publish that article within the next
few days.


Berkeley study scrutinizes Florida tally for Bush

Unexplained boost linked to e-voting; some not so sure

Wyatt Buchanan, Chronicle Staff Writer
Friday, November 19, 2004

Researchers at UC Berkeley released a statistical analysis Thursday that
shows, they say, that President Bush may have received at least 130,000
extra and unexplained votes in Florida counties that used electronic voting

A professor and three graduate students from the university's Survey
Research Center conducted the study and said they have been able "to
explain away all other factors" that might have increased Bush's support.

But some political scientists dismissed the analysis, pointing out that
researchers did not and probably could not account for massive Republican
get-out-the-vote efforts, differences in money spent or differences in
amount of advertising by candidates, as well as other political intricacies.

"(E-voting) is not the only factor left because the model is so incomplete.
How do you control for the fact that churches and gun groups were out there
pumping out people; how would you measure that?" asked Bruce Cain, a
political science professor and director of UC Berkeley's Institute of
Governmental studies.

"Until you can disprove what Republicans claim was the biggest factor, you
don't have a case," he said.

Even 130,000 fewer votes simply would have trimmed Bush's margin of victory
in Florida, and the study only shows that something went wrong, but not
what that the problem may have been, the researchers said.

Several faculty members reviewed the analysis and could not find major
flaws, said Michael Hout, a sociology professor who made Thursday's

"It's held up to our skepticism and our scrutiny, and I've concluded
something went awry with e-voting in Florida," Hout said.

The researchers said the counties with the largest discrepancies, which
they attribute to electronic voting machines, were Democrat-heavy
Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties. Counties where Bush won
decisively did not show such dramatic shifts.

In the statewide study, researchers used a technique called multiple
regression analysis to account for differences in county size, change in
overall voter turnout (not by party), past voting history of residents and
demographic factors of income and race.

They also looked at whether a county used an electronic voting machine or
another ballot counting system. That distinction was the only one of the
six factors that showed a statistically significant relationship with the
increase in the Bush vote from the 2000 election, Hout said.

The researchers conducted an identical analysis of Ohio counties and found
no distinction between electronic voting machines and other types of
systems. Only seven counties in Ohio use electronic machines, and 70
percent of the state still uses paper punch ballots.

Florida uses the electronic machines in 15 counties that represent a
majority of the state's residents.

Hout said he doubted Florida residents in larger counties simply changed
their minds and voted for Bush over Kerry.

"If they did, they're acting very much out of the pattern that is
established in the other 64 counties in Florida," he said.

The researchers said their work was not politically motivated and does not
provide a type of smoking gun that shows fraud or an attempted stolen election.

The results could mean embedded software glitches, smudged touch screens
that misread votes or machines that counted backward, as happened in at
least two counties in other states, Hout said.

But academic scrutiny like the Berkeley study can lead to all types of
incorrect conclusions and conjectures, said Jack Pitney, associate
professor of government at Claremont-McKenna College.

"There's a big difference between social science and reality," said Pitney,
who questioned the results of Hout's study. "The difference is social
scientists like to confine things to formulas, and reality is a lot more
complicated than a formula."

The company that manufactures the electronic machines used by Broward and
Miami-Dade counties, Election Systems & Software of Omaha, Neb., had their
own concerns about the study.

In a statement released Thursday, they called the Berkeley analysis a
"hypothetical statistical study" and said ES&S officials had not yet
reviewed the results.

"If you consider real-world experience, we know that ES&S' touch screen
voting system has been proven in thousands of elections across the country.
... Based on this solid track record -- as well as the extensive testing
process that is required before equipment may be used in an election -- we
are confident in the security, reliability and accuracy of all our voting
systems," the statement read.

There were problems nationwide with electronic voting machines from a
variety of manufacturers. The Verified Voting Foundation has logged 695
separate complaints about e-voting, some that account for thousands of lost
votes, said Will Doherty, executive director of the foundation.

"What we're finding is the more you look at the election, the more problems
you see,'' he said. "We don't have any way to say if this election has more
problems than prior elections because we've never looked at an election
before as much as we've looked at this one."

E-mail Wyatt Buchanan at .


Rural Okla. Voting Machines Count Backwards
Vote Fraud Suspected

by Bob Nichols

(Oklahoma City) November 18, 2004 - Rural Oklahoma Voting machines know how
to count backwards. That looks like what the secretly programmed machines
did for Sen. Kerry in President Bush's easily won Presidential Election
victory in Oklahoma.

The respectable, conservative Tulsa World newspaper reported Nov 3rd that
Kerry was winning in 57 of the states's rural counties. Turns out that the
famous November 3rd report was not supposed to be printed.

The "official" State of Oklahoma Election Board vote totals released later
show Kerry not winning; but, losing in all the state's 77 counties,
including 57 rural counties. Yea, somebody let the cat out of the bag.

A simple comparison of total votes for Kerry between the staid establishment
mouthpiece the Tulsa World newspaper and the so-called "official" final vote
totals at the State Election Board show fewer votes for Kerry in 57 counties
than the Tulsa World does.

Ten of the 57 counties clearly demonstrate that Sen Kerry lost 10,521 votes
to the Voting Machines. At the same time, the same 10 counties analyzed
demonstrated that President Bush gained 37,982 votes. That a 48,473 vote
turn around. Nice, slick, easy way to win an election. As a man once said
He stole it fair and square!"

In other words, Kerry lost votes already cast by voters. The voting machines
counted backwards before the final tally. Who programs these things, eh?

It turns out the every vote in the state, all 1.4 Million of them cast, were
counted on the same type of flawed machine, programmed by the same company.

Who really won? Well, nobody really knows! Time for a re-count, this time by

Not that Oklahoma's few Electoral Votes make much difference in the grand
scheme of things. Except, fraud is suspected in Ohio, too. A recount is
already guaranteed in Ohio. What will Oklahoma officials do?

That is what's happened in ten of the 57 rural counties. The other 47 rural
counties numbers are being analyzed now.

"Film at 11." Fat chance!

We all know that the Professional Hairdo Anchors in the Oklahoma TV stations
and the Radio Celebrities will not touch this with a 30 Foot pole since
their right wing owners keep them on a real short leash.

But, the money is good and the living is easy, in the great flyover state
where The Oklahoma Observer says 20% of the people can't even read. This
makes TV and radio even more important.

If they are reading this, and you know they are, then these parasites know
the truth. I dare you, Kelley! Go for it! Get a life, dude!

Watch for more election 2004 reports here as I get to them. Please circulate
and distribute this report widely. You know that none of us can depend on
the so-called press to do so in the great state of Oklahoma. There are only
47 more counties to add up. I will do it myself.

Meantime, I reminded of the Salsa ad for some company. When informed that
somebody had bought Salsa from a company in New York City, an ole boy
hollers "Get a rope!"

By the way, what are YOU going to do about this situation?
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is allowed provided the complete text and attribution are kept intact. Bob
Nichols is a Project Censored Award winner. He lives and works as a writer,
political commentator and community organizer in Oklahoma City. Citizens
may reach Mr Nichols at


Problems are cited on electronic voting

Watchdogs urge higher standards

By Sam Hananel, Associated Press | November 19, 2004

WASHINGTON -- The record use of electronic voting machines on Nov. 2 led to
hundreds of voting irregularities and shows the need for higher standards,
a voting rights group said yesterday.

The companies that make the electronic machines said their equipment was
reliable and had relatively few problems considering the millions who cast
their ballots.

The Election Verification Project reviewed nearly 900 reports of electronic
voting problems on Election Day, ranging from lost votes in North Carolina
to miscounted votes in Ohio and breakdowns in New Orleans that caused long
lines and shut down polling places.

''The documented problems with touch-screen machines, vote-counting
irregularities, and the fact that votes cannot be verified or recounted
show us how vulnerable our democracy will be in the future when there are
disputed or unclear results," said Kim Alexander, a project member and
president of the California Voter Foundation.

The members of the verification project said they hadn't seen evidence that
the problems would change the election results -- President Bush captured
60.5 million votes to Senator John F. Kerry's 57.1 million. But they said
the problems raised the specter of that possibility in a closer race.

Without a paper trail of electronic votes, they said, officials can never
be sure that machines are recording votes correctly. ''If this were the
banking industry, the gambling industry, there would be standards for
making sure the software was working right," Alexander said.

More than 40 million Americans cast their votes Nov. 2 using about 175,000
electronic voting machines.

''To the extent that such episodes exist, they appear to be of limited
scope and easily fixed," said Bob Cohen, spokesman for the Information
Technology Association of America, a trade group that includes voting
machine manufacturers.


TUESDAY NOV 16 2004: Volusia County on lockdown


County election records just got put on lockdown

Dueling lawyers, election officials gnashing teeth, film crew catching it all.

Here's what happened so far:

Friday Black Box Voting investigators Andy Stephenson and Kathleen Wynne popped in to ask for some records. They were rebuffed by an elections official named Denise. Bev Harris called on the cell phone from investigations in downstate Florida, and told Volusia County Elections Supervisor Deanie Lowe that Black Box Voting would be in to pick up the Nov. 2 Freedom of Information request, or would file for a hand recount. "No, Bev, please don't do that!" Lowe exclaimed. But this is the way it has to be, folks. Black Box Voting didn't back down.

Monday Bev, Andy and Kathleen came in with a film crew and asked for the FOIA request. Deanie Lowe gave it over with a smile, but Harris noticed that one item, the polling place tapes, were not copies of the real ones, but instead were new printouts, done on Nov. 15, and not signed by anyone.

Harris asked to see the real ones, and they said for "privacy" reasons they can't make copies of the signed ones. She insisted on at least viewing them (although refusing to give copies of the signatures is not legally defensible, according to Berkeley elections attorney, Lowell Finley). They said the real ones were in the County Elections warehouse. It was quittin' time and an arrangment was made to come back this morning to review them.

Lana Hires, a Volusia County employee who gained some notoriety in an election 2000 Diebold memo, where she asked for an explanation of minus 16,022 votes for Gore, so she wouldn't have to stand there "looking dumb" when the auditor came in, was particularly unhappy about seeing the Black Box Voting investigators in the office. She vigorously shook her head when Deanie Lowe suggested going to the warehouse.

Kathleen Wynne and Bev Harris showed up at the warehouse at 8:15 Tuesday morning, Nov. 16. There was Lana Hires looking especially gruff, yet surprised. She ordered them out. Well, they couldn't see why because there she was, with a couple other people, handling the original poll tapes. You know, the ones with the signatures on them. Harris and Wynne stepped out and Volusia County officials promptly shut the door.

There was a trash bag on the porch outside the door. Harris looked into it and what do you know, but there were poll tapes in there. They came out and glared at Harris and Wynne, who drove away a small bit, and then videotaped the license plates of the two vehicles marked 'City Council' member. Others came out to glare and soon all doors were slammed.

So, Harris and Wynne went and parked behind a bus to see what they would do next. They pulled out some large pylons, which blocked the door. Harris decided to go look at the garbage some more while Wynne videotaped. A man who identified himself as "Pete" came out and Harris immediately wrote a public records request for the contents of the garbage bag, which also contained ballots -- real ones, but not filled out.

A brief tug of war occurred, tearing the garbage bag open. Harris and Wynne then looked through it, as Pete looked on. He was quite friendly.

Black Box Voting collected various poll tapes and other information and asked if they could copy it, for the public records request. "You won't be going anywhere," said Pete. "The deputy is on his way."

Yes, not one but two police cars came up and then two county elections officials, and everyone stood around discussing the merits of the "black bag" public records request.

The police finally let Harris and Wynne go, about the time the film crew arrived, and everyone trooped off to the elections office. There, the plot thickened.

Black Box Voting began to compare the special printouts given in the FOIA request with the signed polling tapes from election night. Lo and behold, some were missing. By this time, Black Box Voting investigator Andy Stephenson had joined the group at Volusia County. Some polling place tapes didn't match. In fact, in one location, precinct 215, an African-American precinct, the votes were off by hundreds, in favor of George W. Bush and other Republicans.

Hmm. Which was right? The polling tape Volusia gave to Black Box Voting, specially printed on Nov. 15, without signatures, or the ones with signatures, printed on Nov. 2, with up to 8 signatures per tape?

Well, then it became even more interesting. A Volusia employee boxed up some items from an office containing Lana Hires' desk, which appeared to contain -- you guessed it -- polling place tapes. The employee took them to the back of the building and disappeared.

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.

By now, a county lawyer had appeared on the scene, suddenly threatening to charge Black Box Voting extra for the time spent looking at the real stuff Volusia had withheld earlier. Other lawyers appeared, phoned, people had meetings, Lana glowered at everyone, and someone shut the door in the office holding the GEMS server.

Black Box Voting investigator Andy Stephenson then went to get the Diebold "GEMS" central server locked down. He also got the memory cards locked down and secured, much to the dismay of Lana. They were scattered around unsecured in any way before that.

Everyone agreed to convene tomorrow morning, to further audit, discuss the hand count that Black Box Voting will require of Volusia County, and of course, it is time to talk about contesting the election in Volusia.

# # # # #

A Message from John Kerry
Friday 19 November 2004

----- Original Message -----
Sent: Friday, November 19, 2004 10:17 PM
Subject: [apfn-1] The Election is NOT Over!   Your help is needed to ensure every vote

The Election is NOT Over!
Your help is needed to ensure every vote counts…
Did you know that
most states don't certify their vote counts until Dec. 12th?

recounts are happening in OH and NH?
senior members of the House Judiciary Committee have requested the
Government Accountability Office, the office which conducts internal
audits for the federal government, to immediately investigate voting
machine problems?

stories of voting machine "failures" are pouring in—more than 30,000
of them?
a fraud audit has been launched in FL? Election officials tried to
pass-off phony audit logs. The originals were found in garbage bags

fraud and discrepancy investigations are being launched in many other
counties, states, and jurisdictions?
extremely sophisticated hackers are attempting to disable , the primary site of Bev Harris, the force behind many of the investigations?
… and much more
This is a non-partisan issue! If we don't have fair and accurate
elections, we don't have democracy. Nothing else you care about will
Below is a list of actions you can take and excellent web sites for more
information. Pick and choose. Don't get overwhelmed!
MORE INFORMATION excellent site with
up-to-date info on what's happening where, news reports news, action alerts,
Portland, Oregon ways to get involved, public meetings and work groups -
FURTHER INVOLVED. great site for list of voting problems great site for list of voting problems how to help in your county or nationally (see
clean up crew instructions), what they're finding as the audit.
watch "Votergate" at (approx. 30 min.) Invite
your friends!
Listen to The Randi Rhodes Show, 3-6 p.m. on Air America (620 AM in
Pressure your local paper to cover the investigations, reports of voting
machine problems and result discrepencies
make fliers, copy this one, or download them from, resources. Distribute
them: door to door (never IN mailboxes), on cars--especially ones that
still have election stickers on them, at gatherings of people, etc.
email this out to everyone. Downloadable, with active links, at
Oregon, with it's mail-in ballot procedure had one of the most
problem-free elections and is being held up as a model for other states.
Urge national talk show hosts to interview Bill Bradbury, OR Sec. Of
State, on their show. If you are from OR (make sure you say you are) and
can make the suggestion on the air during a call-in opportunity, even
better. Air America would be ideal (be aware they are "live" 3 hours
earlier than we hear then, unless you listen to it on the web). So would
contact Ken Blackwell, OH Sec of State and the head of the Bush Campaign
in Ohio. Urge him to step down as the tie-breaker between the Republican
and Democrat vote counters, and not to bias the vote by disenfranchising
voters over minor technicalities. He has backed off once already in
response to public pressure.  or 614/466-2585


UPDATE: 11/14/04

"tiaka" <bcommon@h...>
Date:  Sun Nov 14, 2004  12:22 am
Subject:  Kerry Considering Reentering the Race to Ask for Recount!

If you live in America, give the would be President elect John Kerry
a call - he is taking a tally on whether to ask for a recount in at
least the state of Ohio. There is strong evidence of massive fraud
at the hands of the Republican Party, once again, though even worse
this time:

Kerry's considering unconceding and having a recount. He asked
people to send firsthand experiences of disenfranchisement to his
brother's law office and his office is eagerly counting calls that
are encouraging him to unconcede and ask for a recount!

In This Post

(1) Call/fax Kerry's senate office--contact info below

(2) If you have first handexperience of voter disenfranchisement (not
just articles) contact his brother

(3) Support 3 organizations that are uncovering hard evidence of and

(1) Kerry can still request a recount in Ohio (and he may have the
best chance of winning with a recount there)and perhaps elsewhere! He
has until they count the provisional ballots 11-15 days after
counting the provisionals. (It doesn't matter if he'll have a
hostile Congress to work with because even if he can't get much done
as president at least he would prevent the havoc and destruction of
4 more years of W in which our rights, environment,economy, social
security, and our very lives are at stake!)

When I called they put me through to someone who asked for my state:
they are adding them up! Contact Kerry at
(202) 224-2742 -Phone
(202) 224-8525 - Fax
and urge him to unconcede and do a recount in Ohio (and perhaps

(2) If you have witnessed or experienced disenfranchisement you can
contact his brother's law office--they are collecting this
information which will be vital in considering unconceding at
CKerry@M... (Don't just email articles or they will be
inundated with emails. They already know about the articles.)

(3) Help These Three Organizations Prove Fraud
There is anecdotal evidence of widespread fraud with the paperless
voting machines (see links at the end of post for votefraud links .
There are three groups working to uncover hard evidence who need your

(b) Please support the work of -- which is
the only group uncovering hard evidence of fraud of the paperless
electronic voting machines--with donations and/or volunteer work--
they need to raise $50,000 to file freedom of info act requests for
as quickly as possible to pay for records and the fees some states
charge for them.
E-mail to join the Cleanup Crew. (they need all types from doing
grunt work, to lawyers and programers) crew@b...

This is an excellent organization that has been conservative in its
approach, using highly respected statisticians and developing trusted
relationships with key media contacts. They are collecting and
analyzing data to determine if there was fraud in the election as
seems to be indicated by the 5% (or so) discrepancy between exit
polls and reported results from the touch screen voting with no paper
trail vs. the other types of voting where exit polls closely matched
reported results.

Some sites with voterfraud info


Help America Recount!
If the Politicians and the Parties Won't Do It,
America's Citizens Will!

Speak Out to Congress Now!
Demand Emergency Measures to Protect the 2004 Vote Count!
Another questionable Federal election is certain to precipitate a national crisis, regardless of who is declared the winner.

How YOU Can Help Fight the Vote Fraud That Stole The 2004 Election

* A nationwide citizens' movement to generate a public outcry demanding the hand counting of voter verified paper ballots in all jurisdictions.

* A national media blitz and public education saturation efforts to mobilize broad support.

* Coordinated public pressure on multiple fronts.

* Aggressive investigation and data collection to expose irregularities, illegalities and criminality associated with our voting systems, with vigorous prosecution of all crimes thus uncovered.

* Coordinated legislative initiatives in multiple states and on the Federal level.

* Tactical Legal Initiatives on all available fronts, including mass class-action litigation seeking a range of remedies, including injunctions/restraining orders/emergency orders guaranteeing that:

1. All ballots shall be paper ballots and hand counted.

2. Any use of electronic voting systems, whether DRE, optical scan or punch card, shall provide a voter verified paper ballot for every vote cast, at the time the ballot is cast, and that paper ballot -- and only that ballot -- shall be used for the original hand vote count, audit, and final record.

3. Ballot counting shall be performed in the polling place, with full public oversight immediately upon close of the polls.

4. Ballot-count results shall immediately be posted at each polling place and no ballots shall be removed from that polling place until the results of the public vote count are prominently and publicly posted.

5. Official election results will be compiled directly from the signed tally sheets/report forms from each polling place. No central servers or other tallying mechanism(s) manufactured, sold, leased or promoted by any manufacturer or vendor of any type of electronic voting equipment may be used to aggregate voting results.

6. Media outlets shall wait until all polling places are closed and until all official vote counts are completed before reporting any election results or outcome predictions.

* Mobilization of citizen participation and effective training for elections oversight.

* Coordinated Election Monitoring, including relaying of "red flag" alerts, in real time, from poll watchers to technical and legal resources.

* Galvanizing broad support for adoption and implementation, in the 2004 elections, of a Manual Parallel Accounting Control System (MPACS) with uniform auditing of the elections in accordance with computer and accounting industry standards and practices. · Independent exit polling of key federal elections.

Materials to Use

1) Implementation Plan
2) Hand-counting guidelines
3) Explanation of the proposal
4) Proposed legislation
5) Script for calling Congress
6) Sample letter to Congress
7) Another sample letter
8) Sample letter to editor
9) Discussion board post
10) Flyer to hand out
11) Petition
12) FAQ
13) Procedures for Optical Scan Systems
14} Articles calling for solution


As Heard on Air America Radio



"Every vote must be recounted in Ohio and the methods for counting and conveying precinct totals must be checked and rechecked," Alliance Co-chair Cliff Arnebeck announced.

Ohio recount could put Kerry in the White House

Take Action!
Black Box Voting has taken the position that fraud took place in the 2004 election through electronic voting machines. We base this on hard evidence, documents obtained in public records requests, inside information, and other data indicative of manipulation of electronic voting systems. What we do not know is the specific scope of the fraud. We are working now to compile the proof, based not on soft evidence -- red flags, exit polls -- but core documents obtained by Black Box Voting in the most massive Freedom of Information action in history.

We need: Lawyers to enforce public records laws. Some counties have already notified us that they plan to stonewall by delaying delivery of the records. We need citizen volunteers for a number of specific actions. We need computer security professionals willing to GO PUBLIC with formal opinions on the evidence we provide, whether or not it involves DMCA complications. We need funds to pay for copies of the evidence.

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Shouldn’t most Republicans want a real victory, or would they be happy if their guy stole it- anything to win and stop those evil gay people from getting health care. Are they really that shallow?

I think all honest Americans know there is something fishy about both political parties backing electronic voting machines that are so open to hacking. Why should the Great USA have million dollar voting machines that don’t produce a paper trail? If the new Bush ’mandate’ is truly the will of the people, they really won the popular vote, then they shouldn’t be afraid of a little transparent auditing and hand recounts.

So many were disenfranchised by waiting in long lines, 58,000 votes LOST, name taken off voter list, etc.... I think it would be worthwhile to have a nationwide re-vote, all paper ballot and hand count. Millions of dollars to produce new ballots? Hardly- just create one ballot put it on a website and computers across the country can print the simple Bush/Kerry/Nader. Sure, Nader too, this will get the Bushies to sign on to this re-vote... but we need to also toss in a quick 50% majority to win rule- Why not Mr. Bush and fellow boner Kerry? Why wouldn’t you support a 50% or runoff rule... do you think this might give Nader a fighting chance?

It doesn’t have to take that long, just hire more counters.  Imagine that we could hire millions of jobless, even if it’s temporary it’d sure be a boost to them and the economy, and we could hand count every single ballot in the nation.

It is unacceptable to have longer lines in the city than in rural (republican) areas- the cities need more polling places- period.

ps- to all the name calling Republicans calling "sore loser" and "get over it"- are you afraid of a recount?

by : Richard Lofgren
Sunday 7th November 2004

Evidence of Possible Election Fraud
Note: more and more discrepancies are popping up all over the country - 

EUREKA! very telling-Every voting irregularity Always favors RepubliCONS

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Votergate (the movie)

Saturday 13th November 2004 :
Media Black Out on Vote Fraud Allegations

The "mainstream" media has fallen down on the job by failing to cover efforts since November 2 to ensure that all votes in the presidential election are accurately counted. The conclusion by John Kerry that an investigation could not possibly reverse the election may quite possibly have been premature. But the question that both activists and the media should be asking is not whether there was enough fraud and errors to decide the election, nor even whether there was more than is usual, but whether there was any fraud or errors, where the problems occurred, how they can be prevented in the future, and -- in particular -- whether new kinds of fraud were permitted by new technologies and by the privatization of our election process.

The International Labor Communications Association is particularly concerned, because of indications, detailed below, that fraud may have occurred in areas where there are heavy populations of workers, African-Americans, and other progressive voters that our member organizations represent. People deserve to have their votes counted, and the strategists who will spend four years studying the election results deserve to have the facts. Some citizens and independent media outlets are raising these issues, but the corporate media is AWOL. An investigation by the media would seem especially appropriate, since the 2000 election led to investigations in Florida that determined the loser was occupying the White House.

Evidence existed before this election that quite possibly "the fix" was in: the co-chair of the Bush-Cheney campaign in Ohio was running the 2004 election in that state and had for weeks been demonstrating every intention to disenfranchise Democrats; the head of a company manufacturing electronic voting machines for use around the country had announced his intention to help Bush stay in the White House. The weaknesses and susceptibility to abuse of electronic voting machines, including the machines that many people vote on and the machines that add up the votes from multiple precincts, had been well documented.


If the pre-election context wasn’t enough to put the media on alert, the exit polls on election day should have been. The polls by the National Election Pool, throughout the day, showed Kerry ahead in a number of swing states. Media commentators made it quite clear that they had seen and took seriously the polls. Professional pollster John Zogby took them seriously enough to call the race for Kerry. Wall Street took them seriously enough to start dropping stock prices.

Back on September 28, the New York Post, in agreement with other U.S. media outlets, editorialized that the results of a recall election in Venezuela had been proven fraudulent by exit polls. "It is unconscionable," the Post quoted Jimmy Carter as saying, "to perpetuate fraudulent or biased electoral practices in any nation." The Post then commented:

"Oh, really? Funny, Carter quickly endorsed the results of last month’s recall effort against Venezuela’s President Hugo Chavez. Chavez, a pal of dictators from Saddam Hussein to Fidel Castro, officially beat back the recall with nearly 59 percent of the vote. Oddly, that result was completely opposite the findings of an exit poll conducted by a well-regarded polling firm used often by the U.S. Democratic Party, which showed Venezuelan voters booting Chavez by the same 59 percent....Yet Jimmy Carter said that the election was ’free and fair.’"

Other U.S. media coverage was similar. The Miami Herald ran this headline: "Find Out If Chavez Stole Vote." United Press International ran a column arguing that Carter was unqualified to criticize voting procedures in Florida because exit polls had proved him wrong in Venezuela. Carter had said that Florida’s voting arrangements didn’t meet "basic international requirements."

On October 17, the New York Times ran an article on the use of exit polls to identify and prevent election fraud in a number of countries. The article suggested that exit polls might play a similar role in the upcoming U.S. election.

A November 5 New York Times article, and the rest of the U.S. media’s coverage after the election, sang a very different tune, building in as an unargued assumption that the November 2 exit polls had been proved wrong by the official vote counts. The Times’ article sought to determine in a very "balanced" and "objective" manner exactly what went wrong with the exit polls, but not whether they were wrong or right.

The New York Post switched song books as well, running on November 3 in its online edition a column by Dick Morris demanding to know who had rigged the exit polls. Exit polls, according to Morris, cannot be off by as much as they were this time without intentional fraud. Morris presented no evidence of fraud in the exit polling and no evidence that it was the polls rather than the official counts that got it wrong.

As pointed out in various analyses, the exit polls were accurate within their margin of error in many states but were surprisingly far off in a number of swing states, and always off in the same direction, showing more support for Kerry than was found in the official counts. Warren Mitofsky, co-director of the National Election Pool, told the News Hour with Jim Lehrer that "Kerry was ahead in a number of states by margins that looked unreasonable to us." Mitofsky speculated that perhaps more Kerry voters were willing to participate in the exit poll, but did not suggest any reason for that speculation other than the difference between the exit polls and the final counts. He and his colleagues have since produced other speculative reasons why the exit polls could have been wrong, all grounded in circular reasoning. Mitofsky told the News Hour that on the evening of November 2 he decided to wait for the official counts and then use those to "correct" the exit polls, thus rendering the hugely expensive exit polls useless as either predictors of the election outcome or measurements of the count’s accuracy. Media outlets "corrected" the exit polls on their websites early in the morning of November 3. Mitofsky promised in the future to keep exit poll results secret, thus fully rendering them useless for any stated purpose related to election outcomes (they will still be able to tell us after the fact how many voters were female or Jewish or go to church weekly or believe health care is the most important issue, etc.).

Other surprising outcomes should stimulate investigation, including the low gain in voter turnout for Kerry in Florida despite massive get-out-the-vote efforts and widely reported record lines at polls on election day and in early voting.


Reasons for concern over this election are, however, no longer limited to surprise over the outcome. Nor need this issue be focused on the uncountable votes of those wrongly denied voting status, turned away, intimidated, forced to vote on provisional ballots, or discouraged from voting by long lines.

Specific evidence of miscounting has been uncovered. And, despite the national media’s near-blackout of the issue, local reporting has documented some of the problems. In fact, although you won’t learn it from the corporate media, three members of Congress have asked the General Accounting Office to investigate irregularities with voting machines in the November 2 election. The Congress Members, John Conyers, Jerrold Nadler, and Robert Wexler, cited a few of the problems that have already arisen, including a machine in a single Ohio precinct awarding Bush an extra 3,893 votes, machines in North Carolina losing 4,500 votes, machines in Florida miscounting absentee ballots, and voters in both Florida and Ohio reporting machines registering votes for Bush that were intended for Kerry.

More troubling than these problems and others like them is the fact that much of the electronic vote counting is in the hands of private companies, produces no auditable record, and can easily be tampered with. A leading investigator of this problem,, appeared in 23 "mainstream" media articles or transcripts in the weeks leading up to the election, according to a Nexis search, but only one since then, and that was a mention by a caller to a radio show. BlackBoxVoting has not vanished from the media because it’s ceased activity. Rather, it’s launched the largest series of FOIA requests in history and announced that it believes fraud took place in the election.

An analysis reported on by Thom Hartmann found that in Florida, in the smaller counties in which optically scanned ballots were counted on a central computer the results were quite surprising. For example, Franklin County, with 77.3 percent registered Democrats, went 58.5 percent for Bush. Holmes County, with 72.7 percent registered Democrats, went 77.25 percent for Bush. "Yet in the larger counties," Hartmann noted, "where such anomalies would be more obvious to the news media, high percentages of registered Democrats equaled high percentages of votes for Kerry. And, although elections officials didn’t notice these anomalies, in aggregate they were enough to swing Florida from Kerry to Bush. If you simply go through the analysis of these counties and reverse the ’anomalous’ numbers in those counties that appear to have been hacked, suddenly the Florida election results resemble the Florida exit poll results: Kerry won, and won big."

According to Hartmann, the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida’s 16th District, Jeff Fisher, claimed to have evidence of hacking that would explain these results, and to be turning that evidence over to the FBI. Bev Harris of explained how easy such hacking is on a CNBC talk show some months back. Watch the clip. The "mainstream" media has not touched this story.

Nor has the corporate media touched on the topic of spoiled ballots and hanging chads in Ohio, which BBC reporter Greg Palast believes wrongly cost Kerry the election there.

The stories of election problems that would seem to merit investigation are numerous. See, for example, these:

one, two, three, four, five, six. In New Hampshire, the Nader/Camejo campaign has challenged the electronic voting results. In Auglaize County, Ohio, in October, a former employee of Election Systems and Software (ES&S), the company that provides the voting system in Auglaize County, was allegedly on the main computer that is used to create the ballot and compile election results, which would go against election protocol.

The mainstream media will not report these claims unless indisputable evidence is produced that Kerry won the election. And, if the 2000 election is any guide, the media will bury the story even then. In the meantime, following the narrowest win for a sitting president since Woodrow Wilson, the media has announced that Bush has a "clear mandate" to enact his agenda an agenda that the media is reporting on more now than prior to the election.

Clearly the top agenda item for those who care about democracy in this country must be reshaping our media. Passing media reform through Congress presents the same chicken-and-egg problem as campaign finance reform or term limits or instant runoff voting or greater access for third parties: how do you force politicians to oppose their own interests and those of their funders?

An alternative is to build our own media to compete with the corporate version. Rebuilding labor media is the mission of the ILCA, and we see that mission as having just grown more important than ever.

David Swanson is the media coordinator for the International Labor Communications Association. He can be reached at:
original article with links

The World Votes For John Kerry
THE HAGUE, 11/1/’04 – If the rest of the world could vote in the U.S. Presidential election, John Kerry would win in a landslide. That is the conclusion of an international election conducted by The World Votes.

According to the international election, John Kerry receives 81.6% of the vote. George Bush is favoured by a 6.2% minority. Independent candidate Ralph Nader gets 5.3%. The other candidates together receive less than 6%. In total, nearly 10,000 citizens from countries all over the world took part in this election.

The World Votes

 "Who Ordered Media Lockdown Reported?"

From: WC
Sent: Friday, November 12, 2004 9:37 PM
Subject: Fw: Media Lockdown-Actions you can take

The information attached is vital to our interests. Act to raise enough of a fuss by calls and emails to get major media coverage.

----- Original Message -----

From: JH
To: HT
Subject: Re: Media Lockdown-Actions you can take

HT forwarded:

Posting of Nov 11,'04

Letter from a friend:

On Friday I received a phone call from a good friend who works at CBS - I've known her for years and she is a Producer for some of the news programs, one well known one in particular. She tipped me off that the news media is in a "lock-down" and that there is to be no TV coverage of the real problems with voting on Nov. 2nd. She said similar "lock-down orders" had come down last year after the invasion of Iraq, but this is far worse - far scarier.

She said the majority of their journalists at CBS and elsewhere in NYC are pretty horrified - every one is worried about their jobs and retribution Dan Rather style or worse. My source said they've also been forbidden to talk about it even on their own time but she was pissed and her journalistic and moral integrity as what she considers to be a government watchdog requires her to speak out, even if covertly, and she therefore asked me to "spread" the word...She said that journalism and the truth are at stake. She said another friend of hers, a producer at MSNBC, said that an anchor by the name of Keith Olbermann had brought it up on his show on Friday eve and the axe came down. He's at least fighting back and talking about it on his "Blog", but she said that people there are worried that he's going to be fired by higher ups.

She said at this point the only way that the "real news" was going to be known is if the people started talking about it and made a big enough stink about it to our elected officials, the FEC, and "noise" to the international media, that our own media won't have any choice but to cover it. The only place you'll see this talked about right now is on the internet and on AirAmericaRadio.

People and Agencies to Contact regarding this matter:

1) Your two US Senators & Congressional Representative - here is the main switchboard number for the House and Senate: 1-800-839-5276 Although individual numbers are listed below, you can reach all Senators and Representatives via this 800 number

2) Nancy Pelosi, House Minority Leader: 202-225-4965

3) These members are allegedl/reportedly looking into the issue - urge them to introduce a bill to investigate voter fraud:
Rep. Henry Waxman of CA - 202-225-3976
Rep. Stephanie Tubbs-Jones of OH - 202-225-7032
Rep. Dennis Kucinich of OH - 202-225-5871
Rep. Tim Ryan of OH - 202-225-5261

4) Democratic & Republican Members of the House Judiciary Committee:
Rep. Robert Wexler of FL - 202-225-3001
Rep. Maxine Waters of CA - 202-225-2201
Rep. Chabot of OH (R)- 202-225-2216
Rep. King of IA (R)- 202-225-4426

5) Democrat & Republican Members (call both) of the Senate Judiciary Committee:
Sen. Patrick Leahy of VT - 202-224-4242
Sen. Ted Kennedy of MA - 202-224-4543
Sen. Joe Biden of DE - 202-224-5042
Sen. Russ Feingold of WI - 202-224-5323
Sen. Charles Schumer of NY - 202-224-6542
Sen. Arlen Specter of PA (R) - 202-224-4254 (thank him also for having urged the Pres. to not choose anti-abortion judges and taking the body blows)
Sen. Mike DeWine of OH (R) - 202-224-2315
Sen. Chuck Grassley of IA (R)- 202-224-3744

6) Federal Elections Commission:
Audit Division
Joseph Stoltz, Assistant Staff Director, Telephone: 800-424-9530 (press 0, then ext. 1200)

Inspector General
Lynne McFarland, Inspector General, Telephone: 800-424-9530 (press 0, then ext. 1015)

7) The news media - we have to put pressure on them:



CBS- 212-258-6000 - , ,

8) Call the Secretary of State's office in the state of OH and FL -
Tell them that you demand under the HAVA law to have all votes counted - especially the absentee, military and all provisional ballots counted and verified - tell them you suspect foul-play.

Phone to Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell's Office: toll free - 1-877-767-6446 or email:  or phone 614-466-2585

Phone to FL Sec. of State Glenda Hood's Office: 850-245-6500

9) Donate $5 to Bev Harris at  - she has been filing 1000's of information requests under the "FOIA-Freedom of Information Act" to account for the various voting machines across the country.

10) Email or Fax Ralph Nader - Yep, here's his opportunity to make up for any feelings of bad will after the 2000 election and the current one. Ralph has been a lifelong advocate for us, the consumer and little guy and he is actually in the unique position right now to do something since he was a Presidential candidate and has the ability to be listened to. He has actually already filed a challenge in NH (not that he is looking to overturn the results, but because he can prove there may have been bigger problems and he qualifies there as having been on the ballot).

Urge him to do this across the board on a national level. The media seemed to love him before the election, could they possibly ignore him now? Contact Ralph at - 202-265-4000

11) Call/email Jimmy Carter at the Carter Center:  or call at (800) 550-3560
Former President Jimmy Carter and the Carter Center are considered to be the most experienced in the election process and conducting fair democratic elections - urge him to get involved and investigate possible fraud and the unexplainable discrepancies throughout the election involving the computer voting machines, especially in swing states


MSNBC - The best reporting by far in the mainstream media has been by
MSNBC's Keith Olbermann. Both on TV and on his blog, Mr. Olbermann is asking
serious questions. He is even asking why other major media aren't reporting
many of these sensational stories. His most excellent blog gives continual
updates of recent developments in the elections scandals. Here are a few key
quotes from three of the entries there:
Nov. 7, 6:55 p.m. "Officials in Warren County, Ohio, "locked down" its
administration building to prevent anybody from observing the vote
count there....Emergency Services Director Frank Young explained that he had
been advised by the federal government to implement the measures for the sake of
Homeland Security." "The majority of the media has yet to touch the other
stories of Ohio (the amazing Bush Times Ten voting machine in Gahanna) or huge margins for Bush in Florida counties in which registered Democrats outnumber registered
Republicans 2-1."
Nov. 9, 12:55 a.m. "....the remarkable results out of Cuyahoga County,

In 29 precincts there, the County's website shows, we had the most
unexpected results in years: more votes than voters. I'll repeat that: more votes
than voters. 93,000 more votes than voters." (more on this below)
November 10, 12:43 p.m. "The computerized balloting in North Carolina
is so thoroughly messed up that all state-wide voting may be thrown out and a
second election day scheduled."
WOWT/NBC (Nebraska) - "Sarpy County election officials are trying to
figure out how they ended up with more votes than voters in the general

Sarpy County borrowed the election equipment from Omaha-based Election
Systems & Software. Its employees operated the machines that are now
double-checking the ballots. No one is sure exactly what went wrong."
Sun Journal - A North Carolina newspaper reports that "a systems
software glitch in Craven County's electronic voting equipment is being blamed
for a vote miscount that ... swelled the number of votes for president here by
11,283 more votes than the total number cast."
Palm Beach Post (Florida) - "Early Thursday, as Broward County
elections officials wrapped up after a long day of canvassing votes, something
unusual caught their eye. Tallies should go up as more votes are counted.
That's simple math. But in some races, the numbers had gone . . . down. Officials
found the software used in Broward can handle only 32,000 votes per precinct.
After that, the system starts counting backward."
New York Times - In mid-August 2003, Walden W. O'Dell, the chief
executive of Diebold, wrote a letter inviting 100 wealthy friends to a fund-raiser
at his home in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. He wrote, "I am committed to
helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year." A longtime
Republican, he is a member of President Bush's "Rangers and Pioneers,''
an elite group of loyalists who have raised at least $100,000 each for the 2004 race.
Through Diebold Election Systems, Mr. O'Dell's company is among the country's
biggest suppliers of paperless, touch-screen voting machines.
Project Censored (Excellent university website exposing media
cover-ups): "ES&S, Diebold, and Sequoia are the companies primarily involved in
implementing the new, often faulty, technology at voting stations throughout the

All three have strong ties to the Bush Administration along with major
defense contractors in the United States. Some of the most generous
contributors to Republican campaigns are also some of the largest investors in ES&S,
Sequoia, and Diebold. Most notable of these are government defense contractors
Northrup-Grumman, Lockheed-Martin, Electronic Data Systems."
USA Today - The three companies that certify the nation's voting technologies
operate in secrecy, and refuse to discuss flaws in the machines to be used by
nearly one in three voters in November. Federal regulators have virtually no
oversight over testing of the technology. Michael Shamos, a Carnegie Mellon
computer scientist and electronic voting expert, told lawmakers in Washington,
D.C. "I find it grotesque that an organization charged with such a heavy
responsibility feels no obligation to explain to anyone what it is doing." The
system for "testing and certifying voting equipment in this country is not only
broken, but is virtually nonexistent," Shamos added.


Michigan City News-Dispatch - In LaPorte County, Indiana, a Democratic
stronghold, electronic voting machines decided that each precinct only
had 300 voters. "At about 7 p.m. Tuesday," according to this report, "it was
noticed that the first two or three printouts from individual precinct reports all
listed an identical number of voters. Each precinct was listed as having 300
registered voters. That means the total number of voters for the county would be
22,200, although there are more than 79,000 registered voters."
Common Dreams (excellent news website) - In Florida's counties using
results from optically scanned paper ballots - fed into a central tabulator PC
and thus vulnerable to hacking - the results seem to contain substantial

In Baker County, for example, with 12,887 registered voters, 69.3% of
them Democrats and 24.3% of them Republicans, the vote was only 2,180 for
Kerry and 7,738 for Bush, the opposite of what is seen everywhere else in the
country where registered Democrats largely voted for Kerry. In Dixie County, with
4,988 registered voters, 77.5% of them Democrats and a mere 15% registered as
Republicans, only 1,959 people voted for Kerry, but 4,433 voted for Bush. The pattern
repeats over and over again - but only in the counties where optical scanners
were used.
Popular Mechanics - A team of former National Security Agency (NSA)
computer experts conducted a weeklong exercise with six Diebold machines and a
server. According to team leader Michael Wertheimer, the group uncovered
"considerable security risks." They found that the smart cards used to provide
supervisors with access to the machines could be easily hacked; the removable media
containing voting information was protected by flimsy locks that the
team picked in under a minute using bent paper clips. The paper clips weren't even
necessary, since all 32,000 keys supplied by Diebold for the machines are
identical, allowing any key to open all of the machines. On the software side, the
most glaring weakness was in election headquarters servers: Dell PCs ran the
Windows 2000 operating system without Microsoft's security upgrade patches,
which left servers susceptible to viruses and worms, enabling a remote attacker to
tamper with election systems by phone."
 (pg 3 of 4 webpages)
Popular Science - In South Carolina, officials bought machines too late
for adequate testing. And on many of their onscreen ballots, the
presidential contest included names of candidates from local elections. Several
Texas counties are thousands of votes short because a bug in the software failed to
record  Spanish-language ballots. For hundreds of thousands of votes, there
will be no paper record at all. In Colorado, a group of hackers is boasting that
they stole a box of electronic smartcards used to activate e-voting machines and
reprogrammed them to allow multiple votes, just for fun. In virtually
every state, officials failed to invite outside technical experts to participate in
the process of e-voting machine selection. Because none of the major
vendors of e-voting machines release their code for security testing, states and
counties are forced to trust vendors' own assessments of their machines'

(3 web pages)
House of Representatives Website - Representatives John Conyers,
Jerrold Nadler, and Robert Wexler, members of the House Judiciary Committee,
posted a letter on November 5th to David Walker, Comptroller General of the U.S.
The letter reads as follows: "We write with an urgent request that the Government
Accountability Office immediately undertake an investigation of the
efficacy of voting machines and new technologies used in the 2004 election, how
election officials responded to difficulties they encountered and what we can do
in the future to improve our election systems and administration."
They provide ideas on other actions you can take. Two of the best such websites are:

Blogosphere: Election Fraud? (Updates Pt.2)

Targeting Diebold with
Electronic Civil Disobedience 

A Brief History of Computerized Election Fraud  

Diebold Threatens Publishers of Leaked Documents  

E-Vote Protest Gains Momentum 

Diebold Election Systems, which makes voting machines,
is waging legal war against grass-roots advocates,
including dozens of college students, who are posting
on the Internet copies of the company’s internal
communications about its electronic voting machines. 

Civil Rights Groups Sue Diebold Over Threats 

How to Hack an Election  

Will the Election Be Hacked?

Voting Machine Showdown

Diebold CEO Committed to Delivering Election to Bush 

US election fraud scandal looms? 

Inside A U.S. Election Vote Counting Program 

Bald-Faced Lies About Black Box Voting Machines 

The Theft of Your Vote Is Just a Chip Away 

Growing Collection of Vote Fraud links: ATTN Global Media 

Evidence Mounts That The Vote May Have Been Hacked 

Machine error gives Bush 3,893 extra votes in Ohio 

Statistically impossible coincidence of many more republican votes than registered republicans ONLY in Florida optical scan counties

Florida county anomalies discussed here 

Palm Beach Post- Broward machines count backward

Computer Loses More Than 4,000 Early Votes 

Too Many Irregularities to be coincidence 

Washington Dispatch- Palm Beach County Logs 88,000 More Votes Than Voters 

Florida Sun-Sentinel- 58,000 votes lost in heavily democratic Broward County, Florida  

Group Finds Voting Irregularities in South 

3 members of Congress call for an investigation 

Democracy Now- Voting Problems Widespread in Florida, Pennsylvania 

Scrub voter rolls in NY 

Philly voter suppression 

Ohio-not enough machines-flyer says vote wed 

Links about the potential for vote fraud before the election- Where were Kerry and Edwards on this issue- NOWHERE! Consider the first article at CommonDreams above with Bev Harris demonstrating on CNBC how to fix a vote in 90 seconds... Why wasn’t the Kerry/Edwards team challenging this ridiculous system long before the election? And why did Kerry give up when he was only down by 136,000 votes in Ohio with 250,000 still to count?!


93,000 Extra Votes In Cuyahoga County -
Outrage In Ohio

By Teed Rockwell Philosophy Department, Sonoma State University 11-12-4
Smoking Gun
You may have seen the associated press story about the precinct in Cuyahoga county that had less than 1,000 voters, and gave Bush almost 4,000 extra votes.
But that turns out to be only the tip of a very ugly iceberg. The evidence discovered by some remarkably careful sleuthing would convince any reasonable court to invalidate the entire Ohio election.
In last Tuesday's election, 29 precincts in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, reported votes cast IN EXCESS of the number of registered voters - at least 93,136 extra votes total. And the numbers are right there on the official Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website:
Bay Village - 13,710 registered voters / 18,663 ballots cast
Beachwood - 9,943 registered voters / 13,939 ballots cast
Bedford - 9,942 registered voters / 14,465 ballots cast
Bedford Heights - 8,142 registered voters / 13,512 ballots cast
Brooklyn - 8,016 registered voters / 12,303 ballots cast
Brooklyn Heights - 1,144 registered voters / 1,869 ballots cast
Chagrin Falls Village - 3,557 registered voters / 4,860 ballots cast
Cuyahoga Heights - 570 registered voters / 1,382 ballots cast
Fairview Park - 13,342 registered voters / 18,472 ballots cast
Highland Hills Village - 760 registered voters / 8,822 ballots cast
Independence - 5,735 registered voters / 6,226 ballots cast
Mayfield Village - 2,764 registered voters / 3,145 ballots cast
Middleburg Heights - 12,173 registered voters / 14,854 ballots cast
Moreland Hills Village - 2,990 registered voters / 4,616 ballots cast
North Olmstead - 25,794 registered voters / 25,887 ballots cast
Olmstead Falls - 6,538 registered voters / 7,328 ballots cast
Pepper Pike - 5,131 registered voters / 6,479 ballots cast
Rocky River - 16,600 registered voters / 20,070 ballots cast
Solon (WD6) - 2,292 registered voters / 4,300 ballots cast
South Euclid - 16,902 registered voters / 16,917 ballots cast
Strongsville (WD3) - 7,806 registered voters / 12,108 ballots cast
University Heights - 10,072 registered voters / 11,982 ballots cast
Valley View Village - 1,787 registered voters / 3,409 ballots cast
Warrensville Heights - 10,562 registered voters / 15,039 ballots cast
Woodmere Village - 558 registered voters / 8,854 ballots cast
Bedford (CSD) - 22,777 registered voters / 27,856 ballots cast
Independence (LSD) - 5,735 registered voters / 6,226 ballots cast
Orange (CSD) - 11,640 registered voters / 22,931 ballots cast
Warrensville (CSD) - 12,218 registered voters / 15,822 ballots cast
The Republicans are so BUSTED. 

also: the official website of the Cuyahoga county election board, providing irrefutable evidence that the vote was off by at least 93,000. Kerry lost Ohio by approximately 130,000, so this is not an insignificant figure that can be ignored, particularly when there are numerous other indications of voter fraud in Ohio and elsewhere.
I think the only possible alternative is to invalidate the entire Ohio election, if not the entire national election. I'd say the game's up.
America, it looks pretty much like you've been had.
Teed Rockwell
Philosophy Department
Sonoma State University
By David Solnit
Hundreds of angry Ohio residents marched through the streets of Columbus, Ohio's Capital, this evening and stormed the Ohio State House, defying orders and arrest threats from Ohio State Troopers.
"O-H-I-O, Suppressed Democracy Has Got To Go!" they chanted. After troopers pushed and scuffled with people, nearly a hundred people took over the steps and entrance to the State's giant white column capital building and refused repeated orders to disperse or face arrest.
People prepared for arrests, ready to face jail, writing lawyers phone numbers on their arms, signing jail support lists and discussing NON-COOPERATION and ACTIVE RESISTANCE (linking arms, but not fighting back).
A freshly painted banner held on the steps read, "ONE VOTE DENIED = DEMOCRACY IN TROUBLE! 100'S OF 1000'S OF VOTES SURPRISED = DEMOCRACY FAILED".
An unprecedented massive grassroots voter registration and get out the vote effort and widespread opposition to Bush went up against the massive coordinated Republican effort to suppress, intimidate and possibly steal millions of votes.
In addition to the voter suppression and intimidation is the fact that Bush campaign co-chair Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell is in charge of the election and vote counting.
But much deeper questions about fundamental flaws in the system hang in the air.

Media ignoring election fraud
Gayle Rogalski
Delray Beach
Posted November 15 2004
I would like to thank the authors of two Nov. 9 letters, regarding the real results of the Nov. 2 election. These letters are the only mention I have seen in the media about the fraudulent election we just had.

Obviously, the mainstream media has been unable to print the truth about this election. For those of us who thought we voted for the candidates of our choice, our votes very well may not have been counted that way. For instance, in Baker County, where 69.3 percent of 12,887 registered voters are Democrats and 24.3 percent are Republicans, the supposed Democratic vote count was 2,180 for Kerry and 7,738 for Bush. Does anyone believe that is correct?

Apparently this was repeated in enough places to shift just enough votes from one candidate to the other. Manipulation of the main computers compiling the total votes can be very easily and quickly accomplished as we have just seen.

Of course everyone knew Ohio would be manipulated after a major Republican and CEO of a voting machine company vowed to do anything he had to to get Bush re-elected.

This is the tip of a very crooked iceberg. This election (as well as the 2000 election) and this country were hijacked by the people with the most power in this country. Of course, the paper trail addition to voting machines that was fought so hard for and at every turn denied in this state alone allowed for this fiasco to be.

Obviously voting in this country is no longer a means to elect our public servants. It is quite obvious many of these people are not serving us but their own agendas. Please call your congressional representatives and demand an investigation of this fiasco. The future necessitates people waking up and taking responsiblity for their government before it's too late if it isn't already.

Learn what is really going on from alternative sources because you are not being told the truth by anyone else. Learn what is going on and what you can do to help change it and take back our country. The future of your children and grandchildren depend on it.

Friday 12th November 2004 :
The Public Hearings and Rally About Election Fraud in Columbus, OH this weekend

Lora Chamberlain wrote:

Hello to All,

I am Dr. Lora Chamberlain in Chicago of the Illinois Progressive Democrats. I am helping the League of Pissed Off Voters, CASE and other citizens groups in Ohio with their public hearings about election fraud and a rally for a full criminal investigation into any and all election fraud during this past election on Nov.2nd.

Reach Out, a citizen action group in Ohio is sponsoring the rally on Sat. 11/13th at the Capitol Square in downtown Columbus, OH, 180 E. Broadway, beginning at 10:30am and going until 12:30pm, then they will march to the public hearings that will begin at 1pm and go until 4pm at the New Faith Baptist Church, 955 Oak St., on the near east side of Columbus, OH. Additional public hearings will occur on Mon, 11/15, 6-9pm at the Franklin County Courthouse, room A, 373 S. High St in downtown Columbus. All interested citizens are encouraged to attend.

This rally and the hearings will be posted at  in the calendar.

We are calling for a full investigation into any and all election fraud and full prosecution of any felonies that are discovered. We all agree that we have a ZERO TOLERANCE FOR ANY ELECTION TAMPERING IN ALL OF THE STATES OF THE UNION!

We are calling for full investigations in Ohio and Florida first and then to other states as the evidence warrants! We think there is already enough evidence to call for the FBI to become involved in Florida and Ohio!

Rep. John Conyers has called for a GAO audit of this election but that is for correcting the system for future elections and is NOT good enough for us at this time.

We understand that there are many ballots yet to be counted in Ohio, which will happen this weekend but the outcome of this election, although interesting, is not the final result that we are concerned with. We want any and all election fraud that occurred during this past election to be investigated and prosecuted to the full extent of the law!

Please go to  to sign a petition calling for a criminal investigation and then go that extra step and pick up the phone and start calling all the Democrats in Congress to ask for the same thing; the FBI to be called in and a full criminal investigation of all of the election fraud occuring during this election , you can use the 1-800-839-5276 number to the congressional operator.

It is going to take the efforts of each and everyone of us to move this country away from accepting this lawlessness and fraud! If you can help with donations, please do so at

Thank you and in solidarity for regaining our Democracy,

Dr. Lora Chamberlain, a concerned American citizen.

(Posted by author request - Politicasso)


Two precincts had high undercounts, analysis shows

By Ken McCall and Jim Bebbington
Dayton Daily News

DAYTON | Two Montgomery County precincts had extraordinarily high numbers 
of ballots cast Nov. 2 with no presidential vote counted, and the county's 
overall rates of such undercounts were highest where Democratic hopeful 
John Kerry did best.

Undercounts are ballots that do not register a vote for a particular race, 
in this case for president. Two precincts — one in Kettering and another in 
Washington Twp. — had undercounts of more than 25 percent, according to a 
Dayton Daily News analysis of the county's unofficial results.

Overall in Montgomery County, 5,693 or 2 percent of the ballots cast 
registered no valid vote for president.

As predicted by political scientists, who say the poor and less-educated 
are more likely to have problems with punch card voting, the rate of 
so-called undercounted presidential ballots was higher in Democratic areas 
of the county than in Republican strongholds.

The undercount amounted to 2.8 percent of the ballots in the 231 precincts 
that supported Kerry, but only 1.6 percent of those cast in the 354 
precincts that supported President Bush.

"That again, certainly, is torture," said Dennis Lieberman, the Montgomery 
County Democratic chairman.

Across the state on Nov. 2, counties that used punch-card voting, as 
Montgomery County did, had a higher rate of undercounted ballots than 
counties that used optical scanning technology or electronic voting 
machines, which had the lowest undercount.

With punch cards, undercounts can occur when a voter:

• Inadvertently votes for two candidates in the same race.

• Decides not to vote in the race.

• Does not sufficiently puncture the punch card to eliminate a "hanging 
chad." Hanging chads can make it impossible for machines to read the punch 

The highest undercount rate in Montgomery County was in precinct Washington 
X, around Paragon Road and Spring Valley Pike in Washington Twp.

In the precinct, 168 or 27.5 percent of the 611 ballots cast did not have a 
good presidential vote. That was followed closely by Kettering 3-A, near 
Stroop Road and Far Hills Avenue, where 121 or 27.3 percent of the 444 
ballots cast were undercounted.

Both of those precincts supported Bush, as did seven of the 10 precincts 
with the highest rate of undercounted presidential ballots. That's despite 
the county's overall trend, in which precincts where Kerry did well tended 
to have above-average undercounts, while precincts where Bush won had 
lower-than-average undercounts.

County elections officials said they have no reports of any problems at 
either Washington X or Kettering 3-A. The punch-card voting stands, checked 
Wednesday using demonstration ballots, appeared to work appropriately.

The presiding judge of Washington X, Shirley Wightman, a 40-year veteran of 
working polling places, said voters in her precinct encountered no problems.

"We checked the machines periodically and I could see nothing wrong with 
them," she said.

Wightman said turnout was high that day and there were 16 provisional 
voters at the precinct, a higher-than-normal number. But those provisionals 
do not account for the under-votes and won't be tabulated until next 
Monday, after officials confirm the registration of those voters.

One voter reported having trouble pushing her ballot into the slot in the 
voting machine, but she had not pushed the card in far enough and a poll 
worker helped her, Wightman said.

"Other than that things went pretty smooth," she said.

Two Washington X voters said they checked for hanging chads on their 
ballots before turning them in and found none.

"I personally checked mine and it punched the number I wanted," said 
Heather Baarlaer of Washington Twp.

Rates that high show something must have gone wrong, said Larry J. Sabato, 
a political scientist from the University of Virginia. Undercounts during 
presidential elections are typically between 1 percent and 2 percent, he said.

"It is very difficult to believe that a quarter of the people would not 
vote for president, especially in a year like this," Sabato said. "If I 
were the election officers in those areas I would be doing some very 
extensive checks of those machines."

Moraine had the highest presidential undercount of all the county's 
jurisdictions: 5.6 percent of the 2,557 votes cast in the city's seven 
precincts had no valid presidential vote. It was followed by Germantown 
with 3.6 percent undercount, Trotwood with 3.1 percent and Dayton with 2.8 
percent. Both Moraine and Germantown supported Bush, with margins of 2 
percent and 34 percent respectively, while Trotwood and Dayton went heavily 
for Kerry by margins of 60 percent and 45 percent.

Montgomery County, along with the rest of the state, is moving away from 
punch-card voting systems, but efforts to buy computer-based machines this 
year stalled as the state legislature added requirements that machines used 
in Ohio also create a paper-copy of the votes cast.

That was in response to concerns that computer-based voting systems could 
be hacked or corrupted and, without a paper trail, there would be no way to 
verify the vote.

The county has until January 2006, to replace its machines to qualify for 
federal funds to help pay for the switch.

Steve Harsman, deputy director of the county board of elections, said 
Congress is expected to take up the debate over voting systems again and if 
it does that deadline could be pushed back even further.

Next year, local voters will decide school board, township and municipal 
seats, including Dayton mayor.

"I think the (Nov. 2) results certainly justify the replacement of the 
machines but I don't know that at this stage an extra effort is going to 
accomplish anything," Lieberman said.

"It's going along pretty quickly. These results work against any argument 
for delay."

Sabato said results like those found in Montgomery County reinforce why 
proposed electronic voting systems should have included in them a mandatory 
paper record of the votes cast.

Some problems with punch-card voting systems did crop up Nov. 2. In a West 
Carrollton precinct a voter tried to use a sharpened pencil to punch their 
card instead of the metal stylus chained to the voting booth. The pencil 
broke off in the machine and would have blocked other voters from punching 
through a vote for Bush, according to county Republican Chairman John White.

The voter told poll workers what had happened and the machine was fixed.

"This has been a problem since the beginning of time with everything but 
paper ballots," Sabato said. "We need to keep in perspective a very 
important fact: There has never been a perfect election. Never. Not in the 
United States, not in any country in the world. It is impossible to run a 
perfect election with this many people voting in a 16- to 20-hour period, 
and it's amazing we get it done at all."

Crying Reform, Not Wolf 

David Moon and Rob Richie
November 19, 2004

The wildfire popularity of recent articles alleging fraud in the 2004 
election may not prove that Kerry was "robbed" of a victory. But they do 
prove one thing beyond a doubt—many Americans feel a deep mistrust toward 
the U.S. electoral system that erodes the integrity of our democracy. 
Voting experts Richie and Moon blame this lack of faith on the inept 
response by elected officials to the 2000 election debacle. They argue the 
real crime this year was that so many problems identified years ago have 
yet to be fixed.

Rob Richie is executive director of FairVote—The Center for Voting and 
Democracy. David Moon is FairVote's program director. For information, 
write to

Make no mistake about it, this year's elections were rigged against fair 
elections—we saw it unfolding before our very eyes. Before any ballots were 
cast or counted, thousands upon thousands of voters were disenfranchised 
throughout our nation. But the true culprits were not shadowy political 
operatives stuffing ballot boxes or rigging voting machines. Instead, our 
archaic electoral rules and structures themselves disenfranchised eligible 
voters—albeit too often with the aid of unscrupulous partisans. These 
partisan operatives, though, are merely faceless constants in our flawed 
electoral machinery. The true culprit in the 2004 elections was our 
electoral system itself.

But that reality has less dramatic appeal than charges of a stolen 
election. You've probably seen the e-mails headlined "Kerry Won" or 
"Florida Vote Totals Don't Add Up." They're almost as constant and as 
sensational as the "Get Rich Quick" or "Miracle Weight Loss" ads that flood 
our inboxes. The allegations grow at a furious pace—some based on valid 
concerns, many not.

A frequently forwarded article by radio host Thomas Hartmann provides one 
example. Hartmann, who rightly calls for a publicly owned and accountable 
elections process, focuses on Florida counties where the 2004 presidential 
results were the opposite of the breakdown of registered Democrats and 
Republicans. In Holmes County, for example, Democrats make up 73 percent of 
registered voters, yet Bush received 77 percent of the county's vote. 
Hartmann and researcher Kathy Dopp suggested that party registration 
figures tended to match Bush and Kerry's performance in counties using 
touchscreen machines, but not those using optical scan machines.

Their mistake was to assume party registration always determines voter 
behavior. Particularly in the rural, deep South, such logic is faulty. 
Rather than comparing Bush and Kerry's performance with party registration 
figures, we instead looked at real voting patterns. It turns out that 
counties like Holmes County had large numbers of Democrats voting for Bush 
in 2000 too, because, like many Dixiecrats, they now vote heavily 
Republican in presidential races. Because touchscreen machines were not yet 
in use in 2000, a comparison of 2004 and 2000 voting patterns cannot be 
undermined by accusation of machine fraud in both election cycles. But as 
we show at the FairVote website, all of the counties cited by Hartmann as 
anomalous in fact show correlations demonstrating that they voted 
consistently in 2004 and 2000. Further, replacing party registration as a 
predictor of voting behavior with a comparison of how these counties voted 
in 2000 shows that machine types made no difference.

Greg Palast authored another frequently cited report of election theft. 
Palast concludes that "Kerry won" because provisional ballots, undervotes 
and hanging chads disproportionately occurred among African-American 
voters. We applaud Palast for spotlighting how faulty voting equipment and 
skewed voting procedures disproportionately hurt communities of color, and 
he's right to remind us that Gore appeared on tens of thousands more 
"overvotes" than Bush in Florida in 2000 due largely to voting errors in 
minority communities.

Kerry Lost
But 2004 was a different year, a year in which George Bush turned a 
half-million national popular vote deficit in 2000 into a three and a half 
million vote win, with his biggest percentage gains largely coming in 
"blue" states where there was little chance or incentive to steal the 
election. Kerry didn't lose Ohio due to the disparate impact of invalid 
ballots. In the Florida recounts in 2000, Gore had great difficulty closing 
a gap of just a few thousand votes. Kerry faced a deficit of more than 
130,000 in Ohio, and even with the 220,000 or so valid provisional ballots 
and outstanding invalid ballots, the rosiest of scenarios would still not 
produce a valid Kerry victory. There is little to no chance that Kerry 
will receive the margin of four valid votes to every Bush vote that he 
would need in the upcoming recount that we are pleased to report will 
happen due to the efforts of Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb.

The fact of the recount should help show that the whole national debate 
about our elections would have been different if the Ohio margin had been 
closer. Then we would have had the urgently needed media scrutiny of the 
indefensible position Ohio and Florida took in tossing out any provisional 
votes for president cast by eligible voters in the wrong polling place. We 
would have heard much more about how many votes were lost due to much of 
Ohio still using the punchcard voting machines that were rightly 
discredited in Florida. We would have had a vigorous debate about why 
heavily African-American precincts often had far more votes per voting 
machine than white precincts—suggesting inequality that led to much longer 
lines in some urban polling places.

"Crying wolf" is turning the attention of left-of-center voters away from 
the structural problems with our so-called democracy—but at the same time, 
we believe that Congress must accept its share of the blame. After the 
debacle of the 2000 presidential elections, not nearly enough changes were 
made to restore voters' faith in our electoral system. It's no wonder that 
the conspiracy theorists are having a field day with our most recent 
elections. Elections administrators are too often partisan officials 
themselves, and private ballot-counting corporations shroud their actions 
in the darkest veils of secrecy and face uncertain regulation and 
certification procedures. Those criticizing the paranoid email frenzy 
should remember that perception is reality: You reap what you sow.

Reform Before 2008!
Let's not make the same mistake in the next four years. For sensible 
reforms to occur, we must bring a sensible and accurate analysis of our 
current problems to the table. We must learn from other nations that have 
taken sensible steps like implementing universal voter registration to 
ensure clean and complete rolls, voting on a non-work day to ease voter 
access, paying for more poll workers and setting rigorously enforced 
uniform standards for voting processes.

And we must not stop there. We need a right to vote in our Constitution, 
direct election of the president so that our votes count the same wherever 
they are cast, effective campaign finance reform, instant runoff voting for 
executive offices to end the spoiler problem and full representation 
systems for legislative offices to elect more women and represent our 
racial and political diversity. Working for that ambitious agenda takes 
national vision and local action. It means casting aside the wishful 
thinking of conspiracy theorists and confronting the real conspiracy to rig 
our elections. That conspiracy, friends, is the electoral rules of our 
democracy itself.
Exit Polls and Voter Fraud: A User-Friendly Explanation 


Electronic voting machines were supposed to save us from the nightmare of 
hanging chads. The day after the election, a lot of Americans learned for 
the first time that most of these machines are owned by private companies 
who refuse to divulge exactly how they work; that computer security experts 
have been highly critical of them; that they've already experienced serious 
failures, and that many of them leave no paper trail for backup.(1) Since 
then, online forums have been jammed with claims that the vote was 
electronically hijacked. Right now, the mainstream media is looking the 
other way, but members of Congress have already launched an investigation. 
And it all started with exit polls, those pesky little interviews done with 
voters right after they cast their ballots.

Exit polls actually consist of a long list of questions about a voter's 
choices and the various factors that influenced those choices. They provide 
a wealth of information for political strategists, and have long been 
considered an accurate gauge of the American electorate, as they poll 
actual voters, and are not influenced by assumptions or guesswork. And they 
have a good record of picking winners. In some countries, election monitors 
have even used them to help measure the validity of official election results.

In the U.S., exit polls are now done by an outfit called the National 
Election Pool, which is financed by a consortium of big media outlets. The 
media receive the numbers throughout the day, analyze them, and use the 
results to start calling election winners almost as soon as the polls 
close. Later, the data is made public.

But this year, a couple of remarkable things happened. One, the results 
were leaked early, and spread throughout the internet. Two, the exit polls 
said John Kerry won. In the wee hours of the morning, the poll numbers were 
revised to better match the official election results. (How and why is 
another story.) But by then the damage was done. Accusations flew that the 
polls were right, and the electronic voting systems had been compromised.

Were the exit polls really that far off? Here's what happened:

Over the course of election day, several successive sets of exit polls were 
released by various websites, covering the swing and semi-swing states. The 
information was somewhat spotty, as not all polls were available for all 
states. The numbers also got a little mixed up, and they differed from one 
site to the next, but not by much. As one editor at put it: "In 
some states the sources disagree about the specific margin by which a 
candidate leads, but never about which candidate is out front." After the 
polls closed, CNN posted exit poll data on its website.

A look at how the polls differed from the official results in each swing 
state should make things pretty clear. Note that we're looking at original 
numbers here, not the revised data now posted on major news sites.

First off, we have to throw out New Hampshire, which Kerry won by one 
point. Early polls showed him with an unrealistic 17 point lead , and while 
it later dropped to 10, that's still an improbable lead for a state that 
Bush won in 2004. Sadly, the numbers for New Hampshire are too unreliable 
to analyze properly. But here are the other states, with percentage points 
rounded off:

In Arkansas, the polls had Bush up by 7-9 points, depending on which 
numbers you use. He won by 9 points.

In Missouri, Bush closed up 5-8 points. The official result: Bush by 8 points.

On the Kerry side, we have Maine, a state where they still use paper 
ballots, and even count 35% of them by hand. It's hard right now to get the 
exit poll numbers for this state, but they seem to have matched Kerry's 8 
point victory pretty well. So far, so good.

Moving over to Iowa, things get a little more interesting. Here we see 
Kerry either tied, or up by 1-2 points, all day. But in the official tally, 
Bush gains 2 points. Not a big shift, but enough to win a state that he 
lost in 2000.

In Colorado, the exit poll numbers fluctuate a little more widely 
throughout the day. But Bush is always leading. The final polls show him up 
1-3 points. He wins by 5, another gain of at least two points.

Wisconsin is just the opposite: Kerry leads all day and ends with a 3-5 
point advantage. But he wins by just one point, another shift of at least 2 
points--again in Bush's direction.

In Louisiana, exit polls give the President a whopping 11-13 point lead. 
But he does a little better still, winning by 15.

In hotly-contested New Mexico, Kerry is slightly ahead all day, ending with 
a slim 1-2 point lead. When the votes are counted, though, Bush comes from 
behind and wins by one point. The 2-3 point shift gives Bush another state 
that he lost in 2000.

Up in Michigan, Kerry maintains a solid lead all day, ending 4-6 points 
ahead in the polls. But he wins by a single point, a 3-5 point gain for Bush.

Minnesota produces some unrealistically high pro-Kerry numbers early on, 
but by the evening they have settled down, possibly because of corrective 
steps taken by the polling company. Kerry ends up with a 6-10 point 
lead--again, depending on which numbers you use. He wins by 3; another gain 
of at least 3 points for Bush.

What is going on here? Republicans have said that these numbers fall within 
a certain margin of error, that the sample size may be too small, and so 
on. This is nonsense. Random fluctuations would not all benefit the same 
candidate. Executives of the company that ran the exit polls have offered 
up their own excuses: the pollsters couldn't get too close to the voting 
machines (so what?), and Bush supporters just didn't want to speak up 
(since when?). If there was some inherent flaw in this year's polls that 
produced a 2 to 3 point skew for Kerry, it has yet to be explained.

And it gets worse.

In West Virginia, the polls show Bush trouncing Kerry by 9 points. When the 
votes are counted, Bush is up by 13, having picked up another 4 points.

A far closer race occurs in Nevada, where the candidates run neck and neck 
all day, with the lead shifting between them. It's a good test for Nevada's 
new all-electronic voting system, which produces a voter-verifiable paper 
record in case of recounts. Kerry ends the day just barely up by one point 
in the polls, but Bush wins by 3. Another impressive gain of 4 points for 
Bush, and, incidentally, just enough of a margin of victory to keep 
Nevadans from asking for a recount.

Pennsylvania, like Minnesota, starts off with some out-of-whack numbers in 
the morning, but then settles down. By the end of the day, Kerry has a 
solid 7 point lead. He wins, but only by 2 points--a disturbing 5 point 
jump for Bush.

In the crucial state of Ohio, we see Kerry with a steady lead all day. When 
the polls close, all eyes are on Ohio, and the unauthorized numbers on the 
internet have Kerry ahead by 2 points. Then CNN posts exit poll data 
showing Kerry up by a good 4 points. Somehow, Bush pulls off a mysterious 6 
point gain and wins by 2 points.

North Carolina is a real beauty. It was a pro-Bush state, but Democrats had 
hoped to swing it their way by having favorite son John Edwards on the 
ticket. It didn't work. Bush was ahead in the polls all day, and ended with 
a strong 4 point lead. Amazingly, though, he ended up winning the state by 
12 points, an inexplicable gain of 8 points.

Meanwhile, down in Florida, 1.6 million more people were voting for 
President than had done so in 2000, the year that Bush and Gore essentially 
tied. Exit polls showed more new voters were going for Kerry, as predicted, 
and far fewer voting for Nader this time. Not surprisingly, Kerry was 
slightly ahead all day and ended with a 2 point lead. But of course, Bush 
won. And not by one or two points, as he did in Ohio and New Mexico. In 
Florida, where vote-tallying machines have been seen counting backwards, 
Bush gained a full 7 points on his exit polls and beat Kerry by 5 points.

Detailed mathematical analyses of these and other data are now available on 
the web, but you get the idea.

What does it all mean? It means that Kerry conceded too soon. These figures 
by themselves may prove nothing, but they raise a tremendous red flag. And 
now analysts are identifying voting patterns in Florida that border on the 
impossible.(2) Of course, computerized theft is certainly not the only 
means of manipulating the vote. Muckraking journalist Greg Palast has 
written an excellent piece on how plenty of Kerry's supporters in Ohio and 
New Mexico had their votes trashed the old-fashioned way.(3) It's also now 
apparent that the initial, frenzied attempts to link exit poll 
discrepancies to states without paper trails was misguided. Most states use 
a combination of voting methods, both electronic and manual. But even paper 
ballots are usually counted electronically, and the data is transmitted to 
central computers, often over phone lines. It's a system that computer 
experts from Stanford, MIT and Johns Hopkins have criticized as weak and 
easily corrupted.(4)

What needs to be done? First, we need to shake off the notion that 
widespread voter fraud could never happen in America. Computer hacking may 
be a relatively new phenomenon, but crooked elections are not. And 
corruption is as old as politics. Then, we have to discover the truth. As 
traumatic as it may seem, we need manual recounts, wherever possible, in 
Ohio, New Mexico, Iowa, Nevada, and Florida. We need to have computer 
security experts examine every aspect of the electronic voting system for 
signs of tampering. With the evidence that's coming in now, we may well 
need a full-scale criminal investigation in Florida.

What are the chances of any of this happening before the electoral college 
meets to crown George Bush? Not so good. The Democratic National Committee 
has stuck its head in the sand, for reasons that have a lot to do with 
politics and little to do with the good of the country. John Kerry, who 
promised to make every vote count, amassed an army of lawyers and 50 
million dollars to pay for recounts and legal expenses. Then he packed up 
his tent and went home. He told the people who worked long and hard for him 
that he wanted to put his arms around them all, but many are now asking why 
he doesn't fight for them instead. After all, Nader and Cobb can ask for 
recounts, but somebody has to pay for them.

Still, whatever happens in the next few weeks, this issue is not going to 
die. MoveOn is starting to step up, and actions are being taken on the 
local level in many states. A group called Black Box Voting (5) is filing 
Freedom of Information acts across the country to get computer logs, and is 
seeking more volunteers and more money.

The fight goes on, because this is not just about just about who wins 
today. It's about ensuring the integrity of the American electoral system. 
Republicans will blame it all on conspiracy nuts and sore losers, but it 
doesn't matter. In the digital age, we have to make e-voting secure and 
honest, or we can kiss democracy goodbye.
Sean Sabatini is an antiwar activist and writer who lives in Nevada. He 
can be reached at 

Cyberspace conspires against Bush

Roland Watson, Washington
November 13, 2004

JOHN Kerry has preached unity and Tony Blair told the world to get over it, 
but some Americans simply refuse to believe that George W. Bush won a 
second term fairly.

Cyberspace is humming with tales of ballot irregularities, secret counts 
and missing votes, allowing conspiracy theorists to claim Mr Bush, for the 
second time, "stole" the presidential election.

There is the story of the Ohio county where more ballots were cast than 
there were registered voters. Or the Florida counties where Mr Bush's votes 
were substantially larger than the number of registered Republicans. Or the 
electronic machines that added thousands of Republican votes, counted 
backwards or lost hundreds of other votes.

The complaints are not confined to the internet. Six Democratic members of 
Congress have written to the nonpartisan General Accountability Office 
demanding an urgent review of the efficiency of the touch-screen voting 

Ralph Nader, the independent candidate, has also asked for recounts in 
Florida, Ohio and New Hampshire because of "striking inconsistencies".

Many of the concerns are driven by the legacy of the Florida 2000 debacle, 
when thousands of black voters were wrongly disenfranchised, hundreds of 
Democratic supporters were confused by the infamous chad-producing 
butterfly ballots into voting for Pat Buchanan rather than Al Gore, and Mr 
Bush won by 537 votes.

A frequent point of reference of disenchanted Democrats is Walden O'Dell, 
the man behind many of the electronic voting machines used around the 
country. Mr O'Dell is a Bush campaign contributor who supplied machines to 
county election authorities. He is on record as saying that he was 
"committed to delivering Ohio's electoral votes for the President".

As a result, apparent irregularities are being fanned into giant 
conspiracies by visitors to websites such as, BlackBox and to discuss issues such as "Another Stolen 
Election" and "Ohio Fraud".

However, officials have answers to some of the anomalies. In Cuyahoga 
County, Ohio, voter turnout numbers suggested there had been 90,000 more 
votes than registered voters.

But officials said that in even-numbered years, when there were 
congressional elections, votes from congressional districts that spilled 
over the county borders were included, hence the discrepancy.

Many charges of fraud were based on criticisms of electronic voting 
machines, although Cuyahoga County still uses punch cards. Also, awkwardly 
for many of the complainants, Cuyahoga County, which includes much of 
Cleveland, backed Senator Kerry by 217,638 votes.

In Florida, local officials said the apparently suspicious voting patterns 
of counties in the Florida panhandle, in which Mr Bush's total was much 
higher than the number of registered voters, mirrored his vote in 2000.

Voters in the panhandle, the so-called "Redneck Riviera", still tend to 
register overwhelmingly as Democrats while increasingly voting Republican.

But there are other discrepancies that the congressmen want answers to. 
They include 21 voting machines in Broward County, Florida, which 
malfunctioned on voting day and were taken away, even though countless 
people had already voted on them.

Calling an illegal alien an undocumented immigrant is like calling a burglar an uninvited house guest.
Illegal aliens are stealing from, not benefiting, Americans.
(Because of virtually no vote fraud enforcement, motor voter registration, driver's licenses for illegal aliens, amnesties and other factors, American's most precious liberty, voting, is being rapidly undermined by illegal aliens. What are YOU doing about this outrage?)

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Complete US Exit Poll Data Confirms Net Suspicions
Wednesday, 17 November 2004, 10:45 pm

Presidential Election Was Hacked By Florida Tech School
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Defective software 'lost' votes

Gambling vote glitch mars tally


N.C. Computer Loses More Than 4,500 Votes

Vote Interrupted
Were the absentee ballots lost or stolen? Either way, it's a crime. 

Wet Ballots Found, Rejected By Voting Machines 

Media Black Out on Vote Fraud Allegations 

ES&S and AP: Vote Fraud Partners Chicago Style
the Democratic vice presidential candidate
John Edwards promised the nation that the Democrats
would "make sure that every vote counts,

Rule by Theft: Reconstructing the Crime

Kerry lawyers scrutinize voting in Ohio

House Dems Seek Election Inquiry,2645,65623,00.html 

Ohio Whitewash 

2004 Presidential Election Update: November 12, 2004 


None dare call it voter suppression and fraud 

Election 2004 Vote Fraud
Kerry conceded rapidly despite the fact that vote fraud has been documented everywhere. Numerous examples of vote fraud are pouring in. 

Flashback: Staged Election: Several Republicans Win by Exact Same Amount of Votes 

Ohio: What went wrong in Cuyahoga?- 

Bush Wins Staged Skull and Bones Election, Not Tonight Says Kerry

 Left Wing Claims Exit Polls Were Accurate, Bush Stole Election

Mainstream Media, The Blackout and Diversions Continue
...John Ashcroft resignation was a diversionary tactic to keep Votergate 2004 out of the mainstream media...

Saturday 13th November 2004 :
Election Results Challenge Our Faith in America and Its People


Ohio Provisional Ballots, Recounts, and Fraud [UPDATED]

Vote Fraud In Detroit at Cobo?

Vote Fraud Evidence to Kerry's brother

From Florida, 2000 to Ohio, 2004: The Exit Poll Scandal in Context

The Exit Poll Scandals

Rigged Polls, Rigged Networks

Election chief warns of absentee scam

VOTE SCAM - A Very American Coup

Every Vote Will Be Counted! – Updated 11/10/2004 – 11:30 a.m.

San Joaquin County Hit By Absentee Ballot Scam

Voters air Election Day complaints at hearing

Left Wing Claims Exit Polls Were Accurate, Bush Stole Election

The 2004 US Elections:
The Mother of all Vote Frauds

There is verifiable election fraud

VOTEGATE: Let's Get Real

FOCUS | Election Theft in San Diego?

130,000-260,000 Extra Votes to Bush in Florida?

The Election is NOT Over!

Stolen Election.....lots of links

What Really Happened
2004 Collected Vote Fraud Stories

Complete US Exit Poll Data Confirms Net Suspicions
Full 51 State Early Exit Poll Data Released For The First Time
by Alastair Thompson

eVoting News

Election 2004
Lingering Suspicions
by Greg Guma

Suspicions Stir Belief
That Presidential Election Was Hijacked
by Greg Guma

Vote 2004
Working Paper:
The Effect of Electronic Voting Machines
On Change in Support for Bush in the 2004 Florida Elections
by Michael Hout, Laura Mangels, Jennifer Carlson, and Rachel Best

UC Berkeley Study Questions Florida eVote Count

Volusia County Election Records Just Got Put On Lockdown
by Bev Harris

Voting Machines Still Touchy Subject 

Evidence of Electoral Fraud In The 2004 U.S. Presidential Election
A Reading List
by Michael Keefer

Electronic Voting: The Stolen Election of 2004
by Larry Chin

Surprising Pattern of Florida's Election Results
by Kathy Dopp

Odds Of Bush Gaining By 4 Percent In All Exit Polling States 1 In 50,000;
eVoting/Paper Variance Not Found To Be Significant
By John Byrne

Plot Of Total Number Of Votes For A Party President
Versus The Number Of Voters Registered To That Party
by Charlie Strauss

When It Doesn't Add Up
While no one has documented a plot to manipulate results,
voting systems deserve closer scrutiny.
by Rick Anderson

Media Accused Of Ignoring Election Irregularities
by Mark Jurkowitz

Democrats Take Up Fight Over Ballots
by Bill Sloat

Ohio Democratic Party Seeks Uniform Ballot Count

4pm Exit Poll (Pre-Hack) Election Model
Kerry 311 Ev, 50.6% Vote

MSNBC Vote Fraud (Video)

VoterGate (Video)
VoterGate, a 30-min. investigative documentary,
provides evidence that new computer voting systems
can be manipulated. It details failures by Diebold systems.

Diebold (Flash)

                 Flash movie.      

Grand Theft America (Flash)

"It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human
history is shaped. Each time a person stands up for an ideal, or acts to
improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, s/he sends
forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million
different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which
can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance."

Black Box Voting

National Ballot Integrity Project

Common Cause
Election Reform Agenda

Stolen Election 2004

Activists Worry Election Reform May Wane
by Robert Tanner,1280,-4620196,00.html

A Petition To Congress
Requesting An Investigation Into The Presidential Election Of 2004

Verified Voting

Count Every Vote Petition

"There are none so enslaved
as those who falsely believe they are free."

Math, Not Conspiracy Theory
by Bob Harris

The Unexplained Exit Poll Discrepancy (pdf file)
by Steven F. Freeman

Worst Voter Error Is Apathy Toward Irregularities
by Donna Britt

I Smell A Rat
by Colin Shea

Investigate Votergate
by Bill Simpich

Recount in Ohio A Sure Thing
Green Party Campaign Raises $150,000 In 4 Days,
Shifts Gears To Phase II

Unease Over eVoting
by Katherine Stapp

Activists Question Accuracy Of Optical Vote-Scan Machines
by Katharine Webster

GOP Wants News Organizations To Abandon Exit Polls
RNC Chairman Ed Gillespie wants to eliminate exit polls
because he says they're not accurate,
implying that the final vote was unquestionably correct
by Doug Halonen

Worst Voter Error Is Apathy Toward Irregularities
by Donna Britt

No Stolen Elections

Reount Ohio

Vote Watch

Investigate The Vote
Tell Congress to Investigate the 2004 Election

Vote Fraud Investigators Visit Volusia

"It is dangerous to be right
when the government is wrong."

Vote Scam
The Stealing Of America
Bush Coup II: The War Has Begun

Electronic Ballots
Major Media Report Major Problems

Was It Hacked?
by Alan Waldman

Presidential Ballots To Be Recounted
by Kevin Landrigan
Kucinich Supports Green Party Demand For Ohio Recount

Fair Vote
The Center for Voting and Democracy

The Open Voting Consortium

Was Election 2004 A Fraud?

Consumer Reports -- Electronic Voting
How well did the new machines work?

A Florida Style Nightmare
North Carolina Citizens Demand Verified Voting Measures

Did Kerry Concede Too Soon?
by Bob Fitrakis

None Dare Call It Voter Suppression And Fraud
by Bob Fitrakis

And So The Sorting And Discarding Of Kerry Votes Begins
by Bob Fitrakis

Document Reveals Columbus, Ohio Voters
Waited Hours As Election Officials Held Back Machines
by Bob Fitrakis 

BuzzFlash News Analysis Update:
Study released Thursday indicates the probability is that
electronic voting machines may have awarded
130,000 - 260,000 or more in excess votes to Bush in Florida

Electoral Malfeasance In Ohio
by Martha Grevatt

Diebold Votes 'Yes' For eVoting System
by Brice Wallace,1249,595105649,00.html

Bush's 'Incredible' Vote Tallies
by Sam Parry

Latino Vote Expert Disputes Exit Polls
by Rosalio Muñoz

Gaston Investigates Election Tally Errors
Maker of vote-counting machinery asked to check equipment
by Binyamin Appelbaum,

Straight Talk Straight Talk Archives
Electronic-Voting Critics Scrutinizing U.S. Election
by Charlie Smith

Media Black Out On Vote Fraud Allegations

Mainstream Media, The Blackout and Diversions Continue
by Anthony Wade

A Media Blackout: Media Blacks Out Voting Problems
by David Swanson

"Our liberty depends on the freedom of the press,
and that cannot be limited without being lost."
Thomas Jefferson

Vote Recount To Settle Doubts?
by Kim Zetter,2645,65736,00.html?tw=rss.TOP

Did eVote Firm [Diebold] Patch Election?
By Kim Zetter,1283,60563,00.html

Bush's 'Incredible' Vote Tallies
by Sam Parry

Every Vote Will Be Counted
by Dan Trevas

Votes Aren't the Only Thing Missing in Ohio
Media Black Out on Vote Fraud Allegations
by David Swanson

Did Bush Fix The Elections?
Why Did Kerry Throw In The Towel So Soon?

47 State Exit Poll Analysis Confirms Swing Anomaly
by Jonathan Simon

Foreign Monitors 'Barred' From US Polls 

Updated Late Afternoon Exit Poll Numbers
Mucho Flattering To Kerry; Plus Nader Makes An Appearance
by Jack Shafer

Ralph Nader Calls For Recount

How to Hack The Vote:
The Short Version
by Chuck Herrin
pdf/Hack the Vote-How to Steal a Presidential Election.pdf

Another Stolen Election
Diebold Determinator: The Rise Of The (Voting) Machines
by Mark Robinowitz

3 More Counties Report Errors
Franklin Co. Equipment Trouble Wasn't An Isolated Incident
by Pam Tharp

"Whoever controls the media, controls the mind."

A Note On The Presidential Election In Ohio
by Congressman Dennis Kucinich

Citizens For Legitimate Government
Launches Investigation Into Discrepancies Of 2004 'Election'

Vote Fraud
Exit Polls vs. Actual Vote
by Faun Otter

Ohio Voters Tell Of Election Day Troubles At Hearing
by Reginald Fields

The Big Fix 2004
How To Fix A Presidential Election
by Daniel Hopsicker

The Ultimate Felony Against Democracy
by Thom Hartmann

Vote Fraud Theories, Spread by Blogs, Are Quickly Buried
by Tom Zeller Jr.

Losing By 335,000 In N.H., Nader Demands A Recount
by Jonathan Finer and Brian Faler

Evidence Mounts That The Vote May Have Been Hacked
by Thom Hartmann

Machine Error Gives Bush 3,893 Extra Votes In Ohio
by John McCarthy

Worse Than 2000: Tuesday's Electoral Disaster
by William Rivers Pitt

House Dems Seek Election Inquiry
by Kim Zetter,2645,65623,00.html

Diebolical Events In Ohio

"We are apt to close our eyes against a painful truth."

Patrick Henry
Steal Your Election

Keith Olbermann's Dan Rather Moment
by Bill Steigerwald

Conservatives Rail Against MSNBC's Olbermann
For Reporting Election Irregularities

Do We Still Have A Democracy?
by Ernest Partridge

Election Fraud
How You Can Help And What You Can Do

Left Wing Claims Exit Polls Were Accurate,
Bush Stole Election

Electoral Vote Predictor 2004: Kerry 262 Bush 261

Florida Computers Snatch 1,000s Of Votes From Kerry

Vote Fraud, Earth Changes, Marshal Law, World War 3 RUReady?

Bush Wanted To Invade Iraq If Elected in 2000

Harpers/BBC writer Palast: Kerry Won. Here's the facts.

Republican Software in Diebold, Inc. worked very good..

Protest against Bush in Portland, Oregon


Votergate is the investigative documentary
Kerry Won

Re: America has made her choice......

Divided How? - Bush Country


Sec. of State: "All votes must be counted by law--certified

Intimidation and suppressing, worse in 2004

Vote Fraud And Election Issues

People we need to wake up...Kerry was just a patsy...


The Control of the American News Media

America is screwed: Election stolen again


Check out Zogby's Election 2004

Kerry Lawyers Head to Ohio to Demand Counting

The Day After... Tomorrow

We Will Not Concede


Outrage in Ohio: Angry Residents Storm State House!

More Evidence The Vote Was Rigged

Evidence of a Second Bush Coup?

I Didn't Know I Was Unamerican

Florida Fraud

Evidence Mounts That The Vote Was Hacked

Democracy Fails: Corporations Win

17,000 Election Day Incidents Reported by Voters

Ohio Whitewash

Ohio Election 2004 Audit!

Seven questions for Ohio Secretary of State


Who is counting your vote?

ELECTION FRAUD 2004: "A line in the sand...

The stolen election of 2004: welcome back to hell

Zionists Control US Voting Machines

How to Conduct a Citizen Audit of Your Election Board

Keith Olbermann Plays Hardball, Breaks Votergate Bush's 'Incredible'

 Vote Tallies

Some 2004 voting anomalies

Did your vote count? Or did hacking make it meaningless?

Stolen Election. America Hijacked

Woman Votes In Bra After


Help America Audit -- 5 Things You Can Do Immediately

Anti-Bush Rally Scheduled Across From White House

bush election

Bush was elected not by people but inside group.

How I Stole Your Election

Election conspiracy theories persist

Vote Fraud for Dummies

"Who Ordered Media Lockdown Reported?"

Kerry Campaign Scrutinizes Ohio

Voter Suppression in Ohio

Electronic voting could still swing election to Kerry

Presidential Ballots to be Recounted

Real evidence that the election was stolen....

Monday; officials still can't explain errors

Voting is a Fundamental Right (NOT a "civil right")!

Major media BLOCK Voter Fraud INFO

Votergate is the investigative documentary


Vote Fraud Theories, Spread by Blogs, Are Quickly Buried

More Key Reporting by Media on Election Problems

$100,000 Reward for Evidence of Vote Fraud

Welcome to Fair Elections

Votergate 2004; We Don't Need Paper to Prove Fraud

"Who Ordered Media Lockdown Reported?"

Presidential Ballots to be Recounted

Recount in Ohio a Sure Thing


FOCUS: | 'I Smell a Rat'

UPDATE: Kerry Considering Reentering the Race


Help America Recount! NOW LETS GET TO WORK!!

Boycott USA! No free elections; No Shop, No Travel

How to Hack an Election

About Those Election Results

Many find election results hard to accept at face value

Possible Election Fraud Worth Investigating

When It Doesn't Add Up

Ohio Vote Fraud: More Bush "Voters" Than Residents

A Legitimate Recount Effort in Ohio 11/16/04


A group taking action to restore free and fair elections

Columbus Ohio Hearings on Vote Suppression


A Letter To The People in The Red States

Was the Ohio Presidential Vote Stolen?

In the end, it was Ohio that determined our President

Bush Faces Mounting Allegations of Widespread Fraud in 2004

I'd say the game's up.America,


Evidence of Electoral Fraud in the 2004

Media accused of ignoring election irregularities

Black Box Voting -- Cleanup Crew Instructions

University researchers challenge Bush win in Florida;

CIA 'Purge'? What is This, the USSR?

Democrats Take up Fight Over Ballots

Bombshell Study on Electronic Voting and Bush Votes in FL

The Manufactured Divide



Investigation into Trashed Voter Registrations

Shadowy GOP – funded Group Destroys Democratic Registration Forms
REAL America Votes urges FAKE America Votes to Stop All Misleading, Unethical and Illegal Activity
Washington, DC– A group directly funded by the Republican National Committee has been accused of destroying thousands of Democratic registration forms, and participating in unethical activities in a number of states this cycle, while misrepresenting itself as America Votes.
According to a report by KLAS-TV in Las Vegas, NV, former employees of “Voters Outreach of America,” also calling itself “America Votes” have witnessed the firm “rip up and trash registration forms signed by Democrats.”
The group, run by longtime Republican operative Nathan Sproul, has been exposed for its unethical and potentially illegal tactics in Oregon, Nevada, and West Virginia. It also reportedly has been active in Missouri, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Florida, under the names “America Votes”, “Project America Votes” and “Voters Outreach of America.”
Sproul & Associates has received nearly half a million dollars in disbursements from the Republican National Committee. The RNC has also paid for the groups classified ads looking for staff around the country.
In response, Cecile Richards, President of the real America Votes, sent a letter to Sproul, in which she says, “We ask that you refrain from using the name “America Votes” in any of your activities from this point forward. But more importantly, we ask that you immediately stop all dishonest, unethical, and potentially illegal activity.”
America Votes is a coalition of many of the largest membership-based groups in the country, who have come together to increase voter registration, education and participation in electoral politics. Founded in July, 2003, this historic partnership represents a combined membership of more than 20 million Americans in every state in the country. Groups that are part of America Votes work on a broad range of issues including environmental protection, education, human and civil rights, women's rights, choice and labor. At the national and state levels, America Votes partner organizations have joined together to share research and information in order to reach out to voters and encourage greater voter participation.

# # #

Mr. Nathan Sproul
Sproul & Associates Managing and Consulting Firm
P.O. Box 32664
Phoenix, AZ 85604

Mr. Sproul:
I recently started hearing reports that a firm called Sproul & Associates was conducting unethical, and maybe even illegal, voter registration drives on behalf of its client “America Votes.”
As President of America Votes, that caught me off-guard, since I had never even heard of Sproul & Associates.
I was even more concerned when I heard last night that “Voters Outreach of America, AKA America Votes” was being investigated for destroying Democratic voter registration forms in Nevada.
So we started looking into it, and what we found was very disturbing.

* Sproul & Associates, a Republican political consulting firm in Arizona, was trying to set up voter registration drives at Oregon libraries. Letters sent by your firm to libraries claimed, “Our firm has been contracted to help coordinate a national non-partisan voter registration drive, America Votes! in several states across the nation.” (Mail-Tribune, 9/21/04)

* The toll-free number which librarians were given connects to an answering machine stating that if the caller is interested in canvassing neighborhoods in support of the GOP, he or she should leave a message with contact information. (Mail-Tribune, 9/21/04)

* Despite your statement that your group had not heard of America Votes, your employee Sue Noel, told a local newspaper that your group was indeed aware that you were using our name, and that you had also set up operations in Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Florida and Nevada. (Mail-Tribune, 9/21/04).

* Your efforts in West Virginia relied on hiring temporary workers who were instructed to mislead potential voters – particularly Democrats. Workers were told to portray themselves as non-partisan, but to only register Republicans. One former worker called your efforts “unethical” and “sneaky.” (Charleston Gazette, 8/20/04).

* In Nevada, former employees of Voters Outreach for America (AKA “America Votes”), have exposed the organization’s practice of destroying registration forms completed by Democrats. When called for comment by a reporter, your group’s local office had been vacated and unavailable to respond. The FBI is now investigating. And the Oregon Secretary of State is investigating similar allegations in that state.

* Your organization has placed classified advertisements around the country looking for staff. These advertisements are paid for by the Republican National Committee. In fact, the Republican National Committee has paid Sproul & Associates close to half a million dollars this election cycle.

America Votes is a coalition of many of the largest membership-based groups in the country, who have come together to increase voter registration, education and participation in electoral politics. Founded in July, 2003, this historic partnership represents a combined membership of more than 20 million Americans in every state in the country. Groups that are part of America Votes work on a broad range of issues including environmental protection, education, human and civil rights, women's rights, choice and labor. At the national and state levels, America Votes partner organizations have joined together to share research and information in order to reach out to voters and encourage greater voter participation.
Given our commitment to expanding the political process for every American, you will understand my dismay that your group was taking such blatant steps to disenfranchise potential voters, and using our name to do it.
When asked in an interview with an Oregon newspaper about the conflict with using our name, you said, “If they even just pick up the phone and call ... we would change it in a heartbeat.”
Consider this that phone call.
We ask that you refrain from using the name “America Votes” in any of your activities from this point forward.
But more importantly, we ask that you immediately stop all dishonest, unethical, and potentially illegal activity.
The American people deserve better.


Cecile Richards


America Votes 

America Votes?
News of another America Votes is reported in Oregon.

Republican Dirty Tricks
By Max Blumenthal, AlterNet. Posted October 15, 2004.
Republican operative Nathan Sproul's company is under investigation for allegedly destroying voter registration forms signed by Democrats. Now comes new evidence about Sproul's connections to the Bush-Cheney campaign.

Vote Fraud

Take Back Your Stolen Vote: "Votescam" Revisited
How the Controllers + media aids & abets in a conspiracy to steal elections

6/6/06 - "The Majority Report" - Tom Hartman Guest Host
Robert Kennedy Jr. Interviewed on Vote Fraud....Wow!
Rolling Stone: Did Bush Steal the 2004 Election?
Last 20 minutes of program.

6/7/06 -Interview: Brad... Voter Fraud... in San Diego... Re: Brads blog

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