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How They Stole The Mid-Term Election

 

Greg Palast

London Guardian

Tuesday, November 7, 2006

 

Here’s how the 2006 mid-term election was stolen.

 

Note the past tense. And I’m not kidding.

 

And shoot me for saying this, but it won’t be stolen by jerking with the touch-screen machines (though they’ll do their nasty part). While progressives panic over the viral spread of suspect computer black boxes, the Karl Rove-bots have been tunneling into the vote vaults through entirely different means.

 

For six years now, our investigations team, at first on assignment for BBC TV and the Guardian, has been digging into the nitty-gritty of the gaming of US elections. We’ve found that November 7, 2006 is a day that will live in infamy. Four and a half million votes have been shoplifted. Here’s how they’ll do it, in three easy steps:

 

Theft #1: Registrations gone with the wind

 

On January 1, 2006, while America slept off New Year’s Eve hangovers, a new federal law crept out of the swamps that has devoured 1.9 million votes, overwhelmingly those of African-Americans and Hispanics. The vote-snatching statute is a cankerous codicil slipped into the 2002 Help America Vote Act — strategically timed to go into effect in this mid-term year. It requires every state to reject new would-be voters whose identity can’t be verified against a state verification database.

 

Sounds arcane and not too threatening. But look at the numbers and you won’t feel so fine. About 24.3 million Americans attempt to register or re-register each year. The New York University Law School’s Brennan Center told me that, under the new law, Republican Secretaries of State began the year by blocking about one in three new voters.

 

How? To begin with, Mr. Bush’s Social Security Administration has failed to verify 47% of registrants. After appeals and new attempts to register, US Elections Assistance Agency statistics indicate 1.9 million would-be voters will still find themselves barred from the ballot on Tuesday.

 

But don’t worry: those holding passports from their ski vacations to Switzerland are doing just fine. And that’s the point. It’s not the number of voters rejected, it’s their color. For example, California’s Republican Secretary of State Bruce McPherson figured out how to block 40% of registrants, mostly Hispanics. In a rare counter-move, Los Angeles, with a Hispanic mayor, contacted these citizens, “verified” them and got almost every single one back on the rolls. But throughout the rest of the West, new Hispanics remain victims of the “Jose Crow” treatment.

 

In hotly contested Ohio, Kenneth Blackwell, Secretary of State and the Republican’s candidate for Governor, remains voter-rejection champ — partly by keeping the rejection criteria a complete secret.

 

Theft #2: Turned Away - the ID game

 

A legion of pimple-faced Republicans with Blackberries loaded with lists of new voters is assigned to challenge citizens in heavily Black and Hispanic (i.e. Democratic) precincts to demand photo ID that perfectly matches registration data.

 

Sounds benign, but it’s not. The federal HAVA law and complex new ID requirements in states like New Mexico will easily allow the GOP squads to triple the number of voters turned away. Rather than deny using these voter suppression tactics, Republican spokesmen are claiming they are “protecting the integrity of the vote.”

 

I’ve heard that before. In 2004, we got our hands on fifty confidential internal memos from the files of the Republican National Committee. Attached to these were some pretty strange spreadsheets. They called them “caging lists” — and it wasn’t about zoo feeding times. They were lists (70,000 for Florida alone) of new Black and Jewish voters — a very Democratic demographic — to challenge on Election Day. The GOP did so with a vengeance: In 2004, for the first time in half a century, more than 3.5 million voters were challenged on Election Day. Worse, nearly half lost their vote: 300,000 were turned away for wrong ID; 1.1 million were allowed a “provisional” ballot — which was then simply tossed out.

 

Tomorrow, new federal ID requirements and a dozen new state show-me-your-ID laws will permit the GOP challenge campaign to triple their 300,000 record to nearly one million voters blocked.

 

Theft #3: Votes Spoiled Rotten

 

The nasty little secret of US elections is that three million ballots are cast in national elections but not counted — 3,600,380 not counted in 2004 according to US Election Commission stats. These are votes lost because a punch card didn’t punch (its chad got “hung”), a stray mark voided a paper ballot and other machinery glitches.

 

Officials call it “spoilage.” I call it, “inaugurating Republicans.” Why? According to statisticians working with the US Civil Rights Commission, the chance your vote will “spoil” this way is 900% higher for Black folk and 500% higher for Hispanics than for white voters. When we do the arithmetic, we find that well over half of all votes spoiled or “blank” are cast by voters of color. On balance, this spoilage game produces a million-vote edge for the GOP.

 

That’s where the Black Boxes come into play. Forget about Karl Rove messing with the software to change your vote. Rather, the big losses occur when computers crash, fail to start or simply don’t respond to your touch. They are the new spoilage machines of choice with, statistically, the same racial bias as the old vote-snatching lever machines. (Funny, but paper ballots with in-precinct scanners don’t go rotten on Black voters. Maybe that’s why Republican Secretaries of State have installed so few of them.)

 

So Let’s Add it Up

 

Two million legitimate voters will be turned away because of wrongly rejected or purged registrations.

 

Add another one million voters challenged and turned away for “improper ID.”

 

Then add yet another million for Democratic votes “spoiled” by busted black boxes and by bad ballots.

 

And let’s not forget to include the one million “provisional” ballots which will never get counted. Based on the experience of 2004, we know that, overwhelmingly, minority voters are the ones shunted to these baloney ballots.

 

And there’s one more group of votes that won’t be counted: absentee ballots challenged and discarded. Elections Assistance Agency data tell us a half million of these absentee votes will go down the drain.

 

Driving this massive suppression of the vote are sophisticated challenge operations. And here I must note that the Democrats have no national challenge campaign. That’s morally laudable; electorally suicidal.

 

Add it all up — all those Democratic-leaning votes rejected, barred and spoiled — and the Republican Party begins Election Day with a 4.5 million-vote thumb on the vote-tally scale.

 

So, what are you going to do about it? May I suggest you… steal back your vote.

 

It’s true you can’t win with 51% of the vote anymore. So just get over it. The regime’s sneak attack via vote suppression will only net them 4.5 million votes, about 5% of the total. You should be able to beat that blindfolded. If you can’t get 55%, then you’re just a bunch of crybaby pussycats who don’t deserve to win back America.

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Voting Expert: Widespread Election Fraud Again

Harris tells Alex Jones Show she has acquired software for big three companies, stories of mass voter intimidation, arrests, machine meltdowns proliferate

 

P Joseph Watson

Infowars

Tuesday, November 7, 2006

 

Vote fraud crusader and rights activist Bev Harris has told the nationally syndicated Alex Jones Show that she is in possession of voting software used by the big three voting systems companies and is now in a position to completely expose the true scale of electronic vote fraud, as a cascade of stories about voter intimidation, arrests and machine meltdowns arrived on election day.

 

"They aren't even being sneaky about it now," said Harris in summarizing the widespread voting machine failures and election fraud that unfolded throughout the day, referring to policies whereby voting precincts have imposed complete blackouts on any indication of their results until the official confirmation from headquarters is given.

 

Precinct reports are now being treated as illegal and individuals are being charged for even suggesting that precincts keep tally counts of votes so comparison checks can be conducted later.

 

Harris also related stories of arrests of those merely trying to ensure checks and balances are taking place as voting machines fail nationwide, including an entire county blackout in Indiana.

 

Harris also discussed dirty tricks in Los Angeles, whereby polling precincts remain closed anything to an hour after they were supposed to open and election workers are putting green lines through ballot papers to denote the location of voting, knowing full well that this invalidates the paper during the subsequent optical scan. Pollsters were caught telling colleagues in hushed tones not to let voters know about this scam.

 

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Widespread reports of scanning machines rejecting ballots are also flooding in, with voters told to "go home" if their ballot is rejected three times by the machine.

 

Harris featured in the recent blockbuster HBO documentary Hacking Democracy and said that since appearing in the program she has received death threats warning "we are going to get you," and "I hope you die a horrible awful slow death."

 

She has also been the target of anonymous Internet bloggers who slander voting activists. In one instance further research uncovered the fact that one of these "agent provocateurs" was a Diebold employee.

 

But Harris remains undeterred and is now in a position to expose the length and breadth of the fraud after acquiring the software programs for the other big three voting systems companies aside from Diebold.

 

Harris exclusively told the Alex Jones Show, "I have now got a hold of the software of the other three major vendors and won't be releasing it," stating she was in possession of the code used by Election Systems & Software, Sequoia and Hart Intercivics.

 

"We're going to be able to compare what they give us with very specific information - dates, times, and serial numbers of the machines," said Harris.

 

 

I'm interested to see what happens with this....

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i really had no doubt at all that the dems were going to take back congress, far too many people have been miffed with the republicans lately to not go democratic.

 

in my humble opinion, the only thing really hindering a complete congressional blowout was stupid john f*ing kerry. He is really quite a tard. He cant keep his mouth shut when the other side are self destructing!

 

as Napoleon once said "never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake"

 

i guess John Kerry never studied Napoleon lol

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oh and Gareth' date=' once all the results come in and the dems win back everything, your little article will be proven wrong.[/quote']

 

Hey, I just posted this....It just thought it was an interesting take from a UK paper (American Journalist though). It wasn't exactly my article....however I thought it might have been likely....

 

Although, personally I don't see how the republicans could have dared to steal the election this time, due to the fact that the Democrats were just too far ahead in the long run up to election day.

 

I also think that there would have been a BIG deal made over the outcome if the Republicans had comfortably won....so this result also helps along the theory that voting is all 'fair' when obviously this isn't always the case.

 

Dispite the Democrats pushing the "it's time for a change" slogan over and over, I really doubt anything will happen to stop the decent into further tyranny by the administration. I simply think that the tension was just too much and that the people wouldn't have stood for a GOP gain in these mid-terms.

 

I guess this is a pressure release for the mega 'string pulling' mafia Globalists who still have the final word, no matter what. (at present)

 

 

And - So long Rumsfeld....I wish you the worst of luck.

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Hey' date=' I just posted this....It just thought it was an interesting take from a UK paper (American Journalist though). It wasn't exactly [b']my[/b] article....however I thought it might have been likely....

 

Although, personally I don't see how the republicans could have dared to steal the election this time, due to the fact that the Democrats were just too far ahead in the long run up to election day.

 

I also think that there would have been a BIG deal made over the outcome if the Republicans had comfortably won....so this result also helps along the theory that voting is all 'fair' when obviously this isn't always the case.

 

Dispite the Democrats pushing the "it's time for a change" slogan over and over, I really doubt anything will happen to stop the decent into further tyranny by the administration. I simply think that the tension was just too much and that the people wouldn't have stood for a GOP gain in these mid-terms.

 

I guess this is a pressure release for the mega 'string pulling' mafia Globalists who still have the final word, no matter what. (at present)

 

 

And - So long Rumsfeld....I wish you the worst of luck.

 

 

You're such a bad person, even i dont wish the worst on people i hate.

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