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Vote Scam: The Stealing of America by James Collier (FULL VERSION) 59:08

1/6/07 - "Peter B. Collins Show"
Guest: Brad Friedman...
Re: Votefraud.... 2007 - Hope & Accountability..!!!
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was asked by a powerful Republican legislator in Florida
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"Those who cast the vote decide nothing. Those who count the votes
decide everything."
-- Joseph Stalin

How to steal an election in one minute


Hacking and Trashing Voting Records

Today is the end of the electronic voting machine

Tue Nov 07, 2006 at 12:04:06 PM PST

Republicans are complaining about voting irregularities as loudly as we are today. A Republican governor, two Republican congressmen turned away from the polls. Votes supposedly switching in electronic voting machines in New Jersey. Complaints coming from New Mexico and elsewhere.

Here's the bottom line -- no one trusts those machines anymore. And not only do they damage the integrity of our democracy, but they give losing campaigns an excuse to grandstand and further erode faith in our system. Paper ballots (or optical scan) is a solution, but it doesn't solve the problem of voter turnout, voter intimidation, the problems with inclement weather, and lack of voter education when entering the booth.  

Jeremy Wright has led a campaign to promote Oregon-style vote by mail (which is now in place in most of Washington state). He just posted a diary on the mechanics of it.

It's clear the current system is broken. We have dumped hundreds of millions of dollars and it's not getting any better. Time to cut our losses and look at the most sensible solution available.

Voter participation: It increases turnout -- 84 percent of registered Oregonians voted this year.

Convenience: People can vote according to their schedule.

Education: People have time to study issues and candidates before voting.

Fraud protection: It has built-in safeguards that increase the integrity of the elections process.

Built-in paper trail.

Voter eligibility: Built-in time to resolve disputes.

Actual results are released when polls close as opposed to unreliable "exit polls."

Financial: It saves money.

And it's still a secret ballot:

Oregon's Vote by Mail system is simple and straightforward. Ballots are mailed 14 to 18 days before an election to the registered address of the voter; the voter has two weeks to return the ballot through the mail or by dropping it off at official drop-off sites. The voter must sign the outside of the envelope (the ballot is sealed in a separate envelope inside) and that signature is checked against the signature on file with the elections division.

But whether it's vote by mail or something else, it's looking increasingly clear, with the discontent on both sides of the partisan divide, that political pressure for change will be intense.

Black Box Voting (.ORG) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, 501c(3) organization. We are the official consumer protection group for elections, funded by citizen donations. Contact info: 425-793-1030; cell 206-335-7747 or 206-354-5723; Mailing address: 330 SW 43rd St. Suite K, Box 547, Renton WA 98055. E-mail

U.S. Constitution
Amendment XXVI
Section 1. The right of citizens of the United States, who are 18 years of age or older, to vote, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any state on account of age.

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


Buy the Book: VOTESCAM: The Stealing of America.

 Today's "Politics of Despair", has election fraud taking place in full view, with a haughty arrogance of 'whatcha gonna do about it?" VoteScam, by the Collier Brothers, shows the extent of this fraud by computer, counting of votes. No paper trail, no method to check for fraud, the counting all in the hands of a private contractor where all votes go to be tabulated is a sure fired method for getting the appointed man/woman (mostly men) into his slot.



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 - The Randi Roads... More... Voter Fraud
What we need to do!!!!
Interview: Brad... Voter Fraud... in San Diego... Re: Brads blog

California punishes whistleblower
Man Pleads Not Guilty in Voting Device Case
LA Times
This guy did the right thing and now the state is going to punish him?

 Calif. Whistleblowers Sue Diebold,2645,64171,00.html

A Brief History of Computerized Election Fraud in America (Excerpts)
By Victoria Collier

Squadrons of shiny new touch screen Trojan horses are being rolled into precincts across America. Not, as we are told, to make voting easier or more accurate. The real reason America is being flooded with billions of dollars worth of paperless computerized voting machines is so that no one will be able to prove vote fraud. These machines are not just unverifiable, they are secretly programmed. Their software is not open to scrutiny by election officials or computer experts. They are also equipped with modems accessible by computer, telephone, and satellite.

We the People are responsible for taking back the control of our democratic process. No one else will do it for us. We cannot afford to be naive, or uneducated at this time in history. In order to fully understand the extent of the corruption we are dealing with, and to avoid making dangerous mistakes based on ignorance, we must understand the history, and the power structure, behind vote fraud in America.

I grew up with two men who spent twenty-five years investigating vote fraud in America: James and Kenneth Collier, my father and uncle. Their book, Votescam: The Stealing of America was published in 1992 and immediately banned by the major book chains, which listed the book as "out of print" and actively worked to prevent its sale. Votescam chronicles the Collier brother's groundbreaking investigation into America's multi-billion dollar election rigging industry, and the corporate government and media officials who control it. [First five chapters available free online]

The Votescam investigation began in 1970, in -- surprise! -- Dade County, Florida, where Ken ran for Congress (with Jim as his campaign manager). Ken was rigged out of the election through a vote scam, which the Colliers later discovered was used throughout the country for decades. It went like this: The local newscaster would announce during the broadcast of election returns that the election "computer has broken down." Instead of giving official returns from the county courthouse, the networks would be running vote "projections" for the rest of the night.

Jim and Ken, who had garnered 30 percent of the vote, noticed that when the vote totals came back on the screen after the announcement, they had mysteriously lost 15 percentage points. They didn't get another vote for the rest of the night. When they examined the "official" election results from for the September primary, October run-off and November final election in Dade County, the record listed a total of 141,000 votes cast for the governors race in each election. The exact same number of total votes were cast for three elections with a different number of candidates running each time. The same identical figures were listed for the Senate race in the primary, run-off and final election. This, of course, is a statistical impossibility.

When they compared the "official" vote results with a print-out of the vote "projections" broadcast by the TV networks on the final election night, they found that channel 4 had "projected" with near perfect accuracy the results of 40 races with 250 candidates only 4 minutes after the polls closed. Channel 7 came even closer; at 9:31 pm, they "projected" the final vote total for a race at 96,499 votes. When the Colliers checked the "official" number . . . it was also 96,499.

The networks then made the astonishing claim that the results from a single voting machine somewhere in Dade County were run through a computer program in order to get these vote projections. Elton Davis was the computer programmer responsible for the magic formula that could convert one machine's vote results into near perfect projected vote totals for 40 races and 250 candidates. When Jim and Ken confronted Davis in his office at the University of Miami, he responded: "You'll never prove it, now get out."

Finally the networks claimed that members of the League of Women Voters were out in the field on election night, calling in vote totals to channels 4 and 7. When the Colliers confronted the head of the League, Joyce Deiffenderfer, she admitted that there were no LWV members out in the field that night. She broke down crying, saying "I don't want to get caught up in this thing.

When the TV networks claimed that the courthouse computer had broken down, and they would no longer be reporting actual vote totals, they were lying. They had never been reporting actual vote totals. The final shoe dropped months later when an official press release appeared from Dade data processing chief, Leonard White, which stated emphatically: The county computer at the courthouse was never down, and it was never slow.

This was the beginning. The Collier brothers had slammed their boat into the tip of a giant iceberg. As they continued to investigate, they were horrified to discover vote fraud collusion among key individuals in every branch and on every level of the American political system. Those who were not benefiting from the fraud were too afraid to fight it. Their search for justice led to dead-ends. Their lives were threatened. They were vilified as conspiracy theorists by the mainstream press . . . and yet they persevered.
The next quarter century was spent compiling a wealth of FBI documented evidence proving that elections in the United States have come under the tight control of a handful of powerful and corrupt people. Jim and Ken both died young during the 90's, as heroes to many thousands who heard them speak on the radio and at political meetings across the country. They helped to guide individuals and groups working for clean elections in their communities. The Collier's last hope was that Votescam would be used as evidence in a serious Congressional investigation into election fraud.

Many people still in power have yet to be held accountable for their role in aiding and abetting vote fraud. I'll give you two important examples. Famous Miami lawyer Ellis Rubin brought the original Votescam evidence to the Florida assistant State Attorney at the time, Janet Reno. The evidence included the shaved wheels of lever voting machines, forged canvass sheets, and pre-printed vote tally sheets. Reno refused to prosecute, claiming falsely that the statue of limitations had run out on the crime. Years later, Rubin would tell my father that behind closed doors Reno had stated that she could not prosecute. Why? Because she would bring down many of the most powerful people in the state.

Another notable Votescam criminal can now be found sitting on the bench of the highest court in the nation. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, while still a Federal Appeals Judge, single handedly destroyed what would have been an historic lawsuit filed against Justice Department lawyer Craig Donsanto, who
had refused to prosecute the extensive vote fraud evidence brought to him by the Colliers. The evidence included videotape of the League of Women voters tampering with ballots in a close door vote "counting" session. The women were illegally punching holes in already cast ballots.

I'd like to offer a brief list of important lessons learned from twenty-five years of fighting vote fraud in the trenches. Secret vote counting is illegal. Counting faster is not a justification for counting secretly. Lever machines were the first to appear, and they were riggable in a number of ways. One could rig the lever machine itself, or the electronic scanning machines that counted the ballots. (See the Votescam video for footage of ballot rigging). Computerized voting machines are the easiest to rig. Their software is not open to public scrutiny, or the scrutiny of Election Supervisors. There are nearly infinite ways to program the machines to count votes fraudulently. Since they are accessible by modem, they can be controlled from a remote, centralized location. Voting machine companies operate with no federal oversight, certification process, standards or restrictions. Just two companies -- Election Systems and Software (ES&S) and Diebold Voting Systems -- now control about 80% of the vote count
in the U.S. Both the Democratic and Republican parties have been complicit in vote rigging for decades, to their mutual benefit. Vote rigging is NOT a partisan issue. The corporate major media networks play a vital role in perpetrating and covering up vote fraud. Election Day media polls are untrustworthy at best.

The gravest error of judgment these days comes from those vote reformers who honestly believe that the answer to the butterfly ballot and hanging chad problems in the 2000 election is to embrace the ballot-less computerized voting machine. With the ballot-less computer, there is no way to recount, no way to prove any discrepancy, inaccuracy or fraud. Just the fact that companies like ES&S and Diebold would even make a ballot-less machine should be cause for a Congressional investigation. (There are also many other reasons to investigate them. For a detailed examination of these sinister corporations, check out )
A most grave error of judgment also comes from those who think that returning to a hand-counted paper ballot system is somehow impossible. An MIT/Cal Tech study done in 2001 shows that manually counted paper ballots are the most accurate system out of the 5 systems used in the last 4 presidential elections. They are totally verifiable, and first-world nations across the globe still use them, including Canada which counted their last presidential election in four hours.

The bottom line is that a computerized vote count is a secret vote count, and that's illegal. Technology cannot supercede the constitutional and mandatory provisions of election law, which require open and verifiable elections. There is no way to do a public vote count with computers. The count must be done by hand, in public, video-taped, aired live on television, and the results posted on the precinct wall -- just like they used to be. Ballots should be counted on the same day as the voting takes place, making it much more difficult to alter ballots. Hand counted paper ballots and eternal vigilance are the only hope left for us.

A long time writer and political activist, Victoria Collier continues to educate the public on the subject of vote fraud in place of her father and uncle. She is the editor of  Victoria is available for interviews and can be reached at 1-866-280-9090 and at

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Florida House Candidate to Face Litany of Criminal Charges After Alleging Vote Fraud
    By Miriam Raftery
    Raw Story

    Monday 12 June 2006

    In an exclusive interview with Florida House of Representatives candidate Charlie Grapski - arrested after he filed a lawsuit alleging voting fraud against Alachua County City Manager Clovis Watson, RAW STORY learns of corruption allegations that can only be described as not seen since the days of Boss Tweed.

    Charlie Grapski, a Democrat running for the Florida House of Representatives, was arrested in April after filing a lawsuit alleging that City officials abused power and influenced the outcome of an election by manipulating the absentee voting process. The story, however, does not start or end with election fraud allegations. What Grapski tells is a tale that one cannot imagine occurring in a law abiding country, one of false arrest, intimidation, and a crony-business system all centered around money interests.

    Clovis Watson is not only the City Manager of Alachua county and, as such, the defendant in Grapski's lawsuit, he is also the Police Commissioner of Alachua, Florida, a town dominated by the Republican Party and pro-development Democrats. Watson, one website alleges, is funded by the Alachua County Republican Party, and declined to accept the Democrat of the Year Award because he is planning a switch to the Republican Party. The site also takes aim at Grapski.

    According to Grapski, "Clovis Watson filed a sworn complaint as a police officer himself, and as City Manager he was the aggrieved party. As Police Commissioner, he was his own boss and accepted the sworn complaint from himself - and then instructed his subordinates on the police force to have me arrested."

    Now, RAW STORY has learned, the Sheriff's office has announced that additional charges, including felony wiretapping, will be filed against Grapski and Michael Canney, a Green Party member who witnessed and videotaped Grapski's efforts to obtain public records.

    In this exclusive interview with RAW STORY on June 11, 2006, Grapski reveals startling details of his situation and updates regarding an election outcome allegedly changed by absentee ballot manipulation. He also levels serious allegations of abuse of power by public officials, including officials linked to President George W. Bush's brother, Florida Governor Jeb Bush.

    Raw Story's Miriam Raftery: What was your background before you decided to run for public office?

    Charlie Grapski: I'm a political scientist and political theorist. I taught those topics at the University of Florida. I am finishing two doctorates, one in politics and one in law; that's a PhD in law, not a JD. I've been involved in local politics for a long time as an activist. I served on a campaign charter review board for the City of Gainesville.

    RS: How did you become involved in election reform?

    CG: I've been involved in election reform a long time and have been pushing for election reform through charter review board this year.

    RS: Let's go back to April and what happened that that started all the troubles leading up to your arrest.

    CG: On April 11th there was an election in the City of Alachua. That's part of my district that I'm running for. I went up to the polling location to meet people and get petitions signed and campaign for my candidacy. I knew of some problems in Alachua, but I didn't know how bad they were; people came to me with all sorts of concerns. I said "I'll stay around to watch the vote count on election night." So I went there and saw a number of violations of the law. This was at City Hall. The City officials conducted the elections themselves, which is problematic.

    RS: What happened next?

    CG: I began investigating this matter and speaking to other people who conveyed stories of their experiences in the election. What they were alleging is that city officials abused their authority and power and actually manipulated the election outcome through use of the absentee ballot process.

    RS: How did they manipulate the absentee ballot process, in your opinion?

    CG: More will come out this week, but in effect they improperly influenced citizens who cast absentee ballots and instructed them on how to cast them. This included Clovis Watson, the City Manager who is also the Police commissioner. He served on the canvassing board, which is supposed to be neutral, and he is the one who personally arrested me. Another one is Alan Henderson, the City Deputy Clerk, he acted as supervisor of elections for that election.

    RS: Were they on the ballot themselves?

    CG: No. They influenced the election for a guy named James Lewis. He won the election by 18 absentee ballots but lost it prior to the absentee ballots being counted. This was his election to his 40th consecutive commission. He was on the City Commission (like a City Council). Basically they went up and actively influenced voters on how to vote.

    RS: Could that be legal campaigning?

    CG: Not if you're a city official and an election official ... I don't want to go into too much detail, but in the conduct of giving people ballots they were also engaged in telling them how to cast the ballots. We believe that this is not the first time that they have done this.

    RS: Did they try to influence the general public, or are you referring to City employees?

    CG: We know that one of the ways they did this was to the general public ... people that work for the city are either part of the problem or they are afraid to stand up against it. The people in the City of Alachua are afraid of retaliation by the public officials and the police officials if they stand up to the government. People are literally afraid.

    RS: What did you do that started the trouble you're facing?

    CG: The first thing I did was I began investigating on my own and organizing and explaining to people what the law was, after the April 11 election. We began talking to others. I spoke to a law professor and former Mayor of Gainesville. His name is Joe Little. He said these are very serious problems and we need to do something about them. We met and discussed it, then I brought citizens of Alachua down to his office and we discussed what we knew. At that point we began interviewing people who were unduly influenced in the election. The things we found out were beyond your imagination. We have an amended complaint being filed this week (week of June 19, 2006).

    RS: When was the earlier complaint filed?

    CG: We filed a complaint April 23 against the city officials including the mayor and Clovis Watson.

    RS: What happened after that?

    CG: Later that week, what I began to do was review all of the records of the election to strengthen the case as we wrote up the filing and to document what we knew, to make sure we were correct in our allegations. On Thursday after filing the lawsuit I filed a formal public records request under Florida law with Alan Henderson (the City Deputy Clerk who is also Supervisor of Elections). He is required under law to have those documents ready every day by noon. I said I'd come in on Friday of that week to review the documents. I also knew that with a similar problem ten years ago, the City destroyed the records and told citizens they no longer existed.

    RS: So you had reason to be suspicious?

    CG: The City's normal approach even to City Commissioners they didn't like was to deny them the public records. So I went in on that Friday with a witness, Eileen McCoy, who was the sole plaintiff at the time, a resident of Alachua. A lot of people were afraid to put their name on the complaint, but she did. I brought my video recorder, because if the city was going to tell me lies or deny me records I wanted a record of that. So I walked in and I told Alan Henderson that I was recording him even though I didn't have to tell him, and he even talked to the recorder to make sure he was being heard clearly.

    RS: Did he give you any records?

    CG: He basically denied me the records. I said put it in writing and give me the reason you're denying access.' And he called the police!

    RS: What was your reaction and what happened next? Were you surprised that the police were called?

    CG: Whenever anybody comes to City Hall in Alachua and speaks up, they call the police force. Clovis Watson holds more than one office (City Manager/Police Commissioner/Clerk Canvassing Board Member). It's unlawful in state of FL to hold 2 offices.... Then Clovis came in and began speaking; a few minutes into it said I notice you're recording me. He said "If I don't give consent, that's a felony." I said, "No, you can clearly see that I'm recording, two is that you're continuing to talk, and three is you're a public official engaged in public business." He actually wrote in a memorandum to the City Commission that he had no problem being recorded.

    RS: So they arrested you?

    CG: He didn't arrest me that day. He then said I could review the records Monday at 10:30. Over the weekend he e-mailed me asking for a copy of the tape. I said I'd consider it ... He asked to be notified in advance if I planned to record him. I said "Be on notice that I will record all my transactions with you." I came in on Monday, began reviewing the records and in the middle of doing that he came out with a police chief and two armed officers and arrested me for what is a felony wiretap statute.

    RS: Is that a state, local or federal statute?

    CG: It's a state law intended to make wiretapping illegal. Clovis Watson filed a sworn complaint as a police officer himself, and as City Manager he was the aggrieved party, as police commissioner he was his own boss and accepted the sworn complaint from himself and then instructed his subordinates on the police force to have me arrested! All along, he is the defendant in the elections lawsuit we filed!

    RS: What did the Mayor have to say about all of this?

    CG: The Mayor (Jean Calderwood) had been appointed in the past by Jeb Bush. Her husband was the treasurer of the James Lewis campaign. She's also a defendant in the case. She's come out publicly in the newspapers over the weekend saying that she was in constant communication with Clovis Watson to arrange my being arrested ... She said Clovis Watson did not go out on a limb alone, he was in constant communication with her ... She said that in a letter to the editor of the newspaper editor.

    RS: Can you send me a copy of that editorial?

    CG: Yes, I will scan in that and some other documents.

    RS: When was the arrest and what's the status of your case now?

    CG: I was arrested May 1st in City Hall. A judge ordered my release by 5:00 that day. Someone in sheriff's office decided to hold me over and we had to wake up another judge at midnight to have the original judge's order [upheld].

    RS: Did you have to post bail?

    CG: I was released on my own recognizance.

    RS: What's happened since then?

    CG: It only got worse from there. I tried to get the records I'd been seeking. The city put obstacles in our way and refused to turn over the documents. Michael Canney, a member of the Green Party, came as a witness and saw me arrested. He then began filing public records requests himself to get access to records they've denied me Slowly but surely we began getting some documents.... One that we've been asking for and still haven't given us is a log of requests for all the absentee ballots. They think we are requesting the log to find out who cast ballots so we could interview them. We already know who cast ballots and are in the process of interviewing them. We have another reason.... But the City officials, Clovis Watson sent out a memorandum accusing us of intimidating voters and threatened to arrest us for that!

    RS: On what grounds?

    CG: When Michael received a list of absentee ballot voters, not the one we requested but another one, Clovis Watson sent a certified letter warning him about how he uses that list. They then put an ad in the newspaper for the last two weeks telling people who voted absentee that if we contact them, they should contact the city so they can take legal action!

    RS: How many people voted absentee ?

    CG: There were about 120 requests for absentee ballots, of which 107 were counted. Without all the records we can't say for certain anything.

    RS: Were there people who say they turned in an absentee ballot request but their ballots weren't counted? In other words, do you have reason to believe there was any destruction of ballots?

    CG: There was destruction of ballots, but in a different context. Now on May 15th I went into the City Commission; it decided to try to pass the conclusions of election in a consent agenda item, which is illegal. I went to that meeting and attempted to have them follow rules and law. They threatened to have me arrested that night. After that meeting, the Mayor sent a memo to Clovis Watson asking him to have me arrested.

    RS: On what grounds?

    CG: Saying I violated conditions of my release from jail by attending a meeting, they called it disruption. Of course my "disruption" was to basically make points of order, formal motions under the rules. That they called disruptive.

    RS: Were you arrested again?

    CG: No, but they were threatening to; it came very close. Last week the city commission met again. They thought I would be there but I wasn't there for other reasons. But the City had arranged to have a local TV station there and they were going to arrest me that night on TV. Clovis Watson, when he arrested me the first time on May 1st , sent out press releases to the media so it was a very staged event.

    RS: How is the media responding? Is there any outrage?

    CG: The Gainesville Sun, which is the biggest paper in town, their coverage hasn't been the best but they did run an editorial and a great editorial cartoon and they are very concerned about it. Now Hugh Calderwood, the mayor's husband and Stafford Jones the chairman of the Republican Party for Alachua County and the Republican Party of Alachua County has put up a website designed to attack me and draw a line in the sand for Alachua County, which they designate as a model of how a city should be run. The High Springs Herald has done the best job so far of reporting this. They have been reporting it weekly. Another, the Observer is not online but we'll be putting it up online today.

    RS: Has there been any national coverage?

    CG: The first national was in LA CityBeat on Thursday, an article by Andrew Gumbel, who wrote the book Steal This Vote.

    RS: What's happening now?

    CG: This week the Sheriff's office and the Sheriff, a guy named Steve Oelrich, a Republican running for the State Senate right now, on Friday I was contacted by the Gainesville sun and informed (because they alerted the newspaper and not me) that the Sheriff's office is filing two further complaints against me for unlawful taping. They are accusing me of felony violations of the law and now filing two charges against Michael Canney for videotaping. The irony of this of course, is that when I contacted the television news with videotape of one of the incidents that they (the officials) claim Michael violated the law by videotaping, Michael videotaped me audio taping Clovis Watson. But the television station was there too, videotaping. They showed this on the news, yet Michael and I are being charged with videotaping while the television station isn't - and they were there doing the exact same thing at the exact same time. That's how absurd this whole thing is.

    RS: When will these charges be heard?

    CG: The State Attorney's office has not formally charged us, but they've refused to drop the charges, so they are playing this game of harassment. They know the minute they drop the charges we will go on the offense and bring false arrest and civil rights charges. To make matters worse, the former state attorney who many in state attorney office work for is Rod Smith, a Democrat running for Governor. Rod Smith is from Alachua and he wrote Clovis Watson's dual office-holding contact.

    RS: Is Clovis Watson a Republican?

    CG: Clovis Watson is a Democrat who the Republican Party says on their website is coming over to the Republican Party. But Rod Smith is a player. There is another dimension to what's happening in Alachua County. The County of Alachua is one of the two Democratic voting areas in Florida; the rest of the state has gone Republican. The Republican Party has taken over the City of Alachua and basically opened it up for drive-through development. There are all kinds of land deals where these city officials and cronies are benefiting by development of land, including Rod Smith. We're talking a Wal-Mart distribution center, a Wal-Mart super-center and a Home Depot ... They can't get these developed in Alachua County so they absolutely have control over some of these small towns. They are just opening doors for unrestrained growth and development - multi-millions of dollars changing hands.

    RS: What is the party affiliation of the other key players?

    CG: Henderson - I have no idea. He used to be a journalist I believe;... I'm told he may have family relationship with one of key political players. Calderwood, the Mayor, is a Republican appointed by Jeb Bush; she also served on the water board which had to approve the development for all of this. Her husband, Hugh Calderwood, he and chairman of Rep. Party are putting all this stuff on the attack site openly under their own names now. It used to be done anonymously on blogs. Steve Oelrich, the Sheriff, is a Republican. Bill Cervone, State Attorney, is a Republican. He was assistant State Attorney under Rod Smith, the Democrat.

    RS: So this is basically Republicans abusing power and causing these problems, except for Smith and Clovis, who's converting to become a Republican?

    CG: There are some Democrats, old style southern Democrats who are very development oriented. As for Clovis being recruited by Republicans, I don't think there is any Democrat in the county who would miss him. If you see the free Alachua site, there are all kinds of charges of corruption within the police dept under Clovis, a number of allegations going on around that. When you start seeing the stories and documents it will blow your mind.

    RS: How optimistic are you about the outcome of all of this, and what are the implications?

    CG: If you can clean up one city, you can clean up the whole country. But if you can't clean up one city, we have no chance at the national level. I see a lot of significance in this one case, because it is a small example of what's going on nationally, and it's a lot easier to tackle corruption at the local level, which is the root and foundation of national problems. I'm confident in the end that in terms of justice, I know that what we are doing is on the side of justice. What these officials know is that they have the power and authority and they can abuse it with very little repercussions to themselves normally. They have a lot of power and resources. They are used to people being afraid to stand up.... But as long as we keep fighting and pushing this issue, I believe in the end that we will prevail. But it's a struggle to do that. We have mounting legal bills and we are trying to raise money nationally to help with that (see for how you can help).

    RS: Do the officials there control the court system, too?

    CG: It's very much a company town, and it all depends on what judge we get. Unfortunately, on our elections challenge case, we found that in another open records case a few months ago the judge completely ignored the law, and we've got that on appeal right now. This judge is Robert Roundtree, he is also a Bush appointee. He basically threw out with prejudice a lawsuit filed by the residents of the City of Alachua regarding this multi-million dollar land deal that was the basis of the Wal-Mart land deal with a company called Waco of Alabama. Their lawyer had medical problems at the time and missed a filing deadline and the judge, instead of reprimanding the lawyer, used that opportunity to throw out the case without ever hearing it on the merits, so we don't have a lot of faith in him. But there are other judges in town. The problem is that the more local you are, there is a culture among public officials ... and they all have this unwritten rule to go after each other - so nobody polices the police and nobody holds to account public officials. They have nearly free reign in anything they do. There is one other factor. On the Alachua City Commission, and thus the boss of Clovis Watson, is a woman named Bonnie Burgess. She is running for the State House in the same State House race I am, as a developer-friendly Democrat. These people are supporting her run for that office as well - Clovis and the Calderwoods, the powers-that-be in the City of Alachua.

    RS: When is your primary election?

    CG: September fifth.

    RS: Who else is in the race?

    CG: There are three Democrats and one Republican, but this is a Democratic district, so they know that whoever wins the Democratic primary is going to win the race.

Voting Rights Act of 1965

AN ACT To enforce the fifteenth amendment to the Constitution of the United States, and for other purposes.


SEC. 12.

    (a) Whoever shall deprive or attempt to deprive any person of any right secured by section 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, or 10 or shall violate section 11(a) or (b), shall be fined not more than $5,000, or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.

    (b) Whoever, within a year following an election in a political subdivision in which an examiner has been appointed (1) destroys, defaces, mutilates, or otherwise alters the marking of a paper ballot which has been cast in such election, or (2) alters any official record of voting in such election tabulated from a voting machine or otherwise, shall be fined not more than $5,000, or imprisoned not more than five years, or both [p*351]

    (c) Whoever conspires to violate the provisions of subsection (a) or (b) of this section, or interferes with any right secured by section 2, 3 4, 5, 7, 10, or 11(a) or (b) shall be fined not more than $5,000, or imprisoned not more than five years, or both.

    (d) Whenever any person has engaged or there are reasonable grounds to believe that any person is about to engage in any act or practice prohibited by section 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 11, or subsection (b) of this section, the Attorney General may institute for the United States, or in the name of the United States, an action for preventive relief, including an application for a temporary or permanent injunction, restraining order, or other order, and including an order directed to the State and State or local election officials to require them (1) to permit persons listed under this Act to vote and (2) to count such votes.

    (e) Whenever in any political subdivision in which there are examiners appointed pursuant to this Act any persons allege to such an examiner within forty-eight hours after the closing of the polls that notwithstanding (1) their listing under this Act or registration by an appropriate election official and (2) their eligibility to vote, they have not been permitted to vote in such election, the examiner shall forthwith notify the Attorney General if such allegations in his opinion appear to be well founded. Upon receipt of such notification, the Attorney General may forthwith file with the district court an application for an order providing for the marking, casting, and counting of the ballots of such persons and requiring the inclusion of their votes in the total vote before the results of such election shall be deemed final and any force or effect given thereto. The district court shall hear and determine such matters immediately after the filing of such application. The remedy provided [p*352] in this subsection shall not preclude any remedy available under State or Federal law.

    (f) The district courts of the United States shall have jurisdiction of proceedings instituted pursuant to this section and shall exercise the same without regard to whether a person asserting rights under the provisions of this Act shall have exhausted any administrative or other remedies that may be provided by law

Law: Elections
The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act of 1986

United States Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division
Voting Section

Introduction To Federal Voting Rights Laws

Any jurisdiction seeking additional information concerning its eligibility to obtain the requisite declaratory judgment under Section 4 or copies of previously submitted bailout provisions and consent decrees that have been entered, should contact the Voting Section. You can call, toll-free, at 800/253-3931 or write to:

Chief, Voting Section
Civil Rights Division, Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania AV N.W. Room 7254 NWB
Washington, DC 20530

An attorney will then contact you to further discuss the matter.

-----Original Message-----
From:  [ ]On Behalf Of Donnie Goodwin
Sent: Saturday, October 14, 2006 11:04 PM

Another Republican dirty voting trick??  First Fox News mislabeled Foley as a Democrat - then mislabled Chaffee as a Democrat because he's behind in polling - and now this...

Review Finds Mistakes On 5,100 Absentee Ballots

Board Of Elections To Send Reprinted Ballots To Voters

UPDATED: 6:20 pm EDT October 9, 2006

CLEVELAND -- There are more troubles for the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections just one month before the state votes on a new governor.

The troubles center around the absentee ballots sent out to voters. A weekend review revealed 5,100 ballots that have misprints of one form or another, NewsChannel5 reported.

The review was prompted by last week's discovery that 1,500 ballots in Ohio's 7th House District race listed the wrong party affiliations for the candidates..

Some mistakes discovered over the weekend include one candidate's name appearing smaller than his opponent's on the ballot because of its length.

Other things include punctuation problems with a couple of local ballot questions. All the ballots in question are being reprinted and will be mailed out to the voters who will be contacted.

"We will contact them personally to let them know. We will also contact them by the notification of the absentee ballots. We'll also let the candidates know, and if they would like the list of those registered voters who are impacted, they will have the opportunity to contact those individuals themselves," said board of election Director Michael Vu.

If a person already mailed back their ballot, that ballot will be set aside and the new ballot will be the one that is counted.

If no new ballot is received, the board will decide on an individual basis whether the initial ballot will be counted. 



09/18/05: A Quick-ish DIEB-THROAT Follow-up...
09/20/05: Diebold Stock Hits 52-Week Low!
09/22/05: DIEB-THROAT Weighs in on Diebold's Stunning 15.5% Wednesday Stock Plunge
09/22/05: Diebold Stock Falls Another 7% in Early Trading...
09/23/05: Diebold's Tough Luck, VR's Promise, and a New Ad for America from the Velvet Revolution...
09/26/05: DIEB-THROAT Story Picked Up by Cleveland Plain Dealer
09/30/05: DIEB-THROAT, Me & Ann Coulter, Election Reform & The BRAD SHOW LIVE!
12/6/05: RAW STORY Interviews DIEB-THROAT!
Many New Revelations...
Plaintiffs Sought for Addition to Class...
Controversial, Partisan Head of Voting Machine Company Steps Down for 'Personal Reasons'
12/13/05: EXCLUSIVE!

Eight Current and Former Executives Named as Co-Defendants, Including former CEO O'Dell and New CEO Swidarski

Results Reversed! County Dumps Diebold!
12/16/05 Diebold Dropped in Volusia County, FL!
12/18/05 Jeb Bush Expresses Concern About E-Voting Security in State

State 'Punts' Issue Back to Feds for Further Testing on Security Issues
12/21/05 Diebold Rejected by St. Louis County, MO!
Lobbyist Inquires Into BRAD BLOG and a Family Member!
12/21/05 Diebold Withdraws from North Carolina! (Again)
Refuses to Meet State Law Requiring Source Code Inspection by State
1/4/06 State of Connecticut Drops Plans to Move to E-Voting Machines!
Feds Said to Approve Return to 'Lever-Style' Equipment! 
1/21/06 Washington Post Reports on Hacked Diebold Machines and Other Electile Dysfunctions in Sunday Paper!
Reports Story of Last Month's Leon County, FL Election Results Flip and Even October's GAO Report on Lack of Security, Accuracy in Electronic Voting Machines!
2/6/06 Revote in Ohio! More Votes Than Voters on Diebold Touch-Screen Voting Machines!
2/7/06 Diebold Capitulates in Alaska...Sorta
Waives 'Proprietary Rights' to Public Voting Data Files, But Reserves Right to 'Manipulate the Data' Before Release!
PLUS: CEO Swidarski Works the PR Rope Line, Suggests Diebold's Election Division May Be For Sale!
2/8/06 AP: Diebold May Be Getting Out of Election Business!
CEO Swidarski Sends Signal in Interview!
2/16/06 Maryland's Republican Governor Issues Devastating Blow to Diebold!
Calls for Paper Ballots, Decries Lack of Security, 1000% Increase in Maintenance Cost for Diebold Voting System!
In Letter to Election Board, Guv of Diebold's Model State Declares He 'No Longer Has Confidence in Their Ability to Conduct Fair and Accurate Elections'
Waits Until 5pm Friday on Holiday Weekend to Announce "Conditional Re-Certification"
Does not wait for Federal review, own analysis shows machines to be flawed, hackable
2/18/06 U.S. Senate Candidate in MD Condemns Diebold, State Election Board
Calls for New Machines, Points to Diebold Failures in State
2/20/06 Scathing Washington Post Editorial Calls for Paper Trails in MD
2/21/06 Grassroots Campaign to Call for E-Vote Vendor Subpeonas in CA
Diebold Re-Certification Raises Many Questions, Concerns
2/22/06 Wireless Infrared Ports on Diebold Machines Raise Questions
Data Transfer Shown Possible Despite CA SoS' "Safe Guards"
2/23/06 CA State Senator Says Diebold Re-Certification Violates State Law!
Senate Elections Comm. Chair Sends Letter to SoS Calling for Reversal of Decision
Says Federal Laws, Guidelines Also Violated
5/9/06 DIEBOLD DISASTER: Company Gets 'F' From Election Board Chairman as Machines Fail All Over Cuyahoga County, OH on Primary Day
Voting Machines Refuse to Power Up, No Paper Ballot Backups, 17,000 Absentee Ballots Must be Counted by Hand
Voting Systems in Question Were Used Last Week in Ohio Primary, Soon in Pennsylvania, So 'Serious' Few Details Are Being Released
All Diebold Touch-Screen Machines, In All States, Said to be Affected by 'Horrifying' Vulnerability, Systems 'Sequestered' in PA
U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Announces 'Informal Inquiry' into Accounting Practices of ATM, E-Voting Giant!

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