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And, yes, I DO take it personally: With the November elections not far away, we best not forget how elections get stolen
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Saturday, June 10, 2006

With the November elections not far away, we best not forget how elections get stolen

i am late posting to this and probably wouldn't have were it not for a daily kos diary from quaoar which pointed out the rather astounding admission of a seattle p.i. associate publisher that it deserved much, much more traditional media coverage than it got, that he was accepting part of the blame for that, and that, lord almighty, the look-the-other-way non-coverage was akin to the look-the-other-way non-coverage of the downing street memo last year... so, i'm doing my part to give it more visibility... (the numbers in parens in the article are footnoted references...
[I]ndications continued to emerge that something deeply troubling had taken place in 2004. Nearly half of the 6 million American voters living abroad(3) never received their ballots -- or received them too late to vote(4) -- after the Pentagon unaccountably shut down a state-of-the-art Web site used to file overseas registrations.(5) A consulting firm called Sproul & Associates, which was hired by the Republican National Committee to register voters in six battleground states,(6) was discovered shredding Democratic registrations.(7) In New Mexico, which was decided by 5,988 votes,(8) malfunctioning machines mysteriously failed to properly register a presidential vote on more than 20,000 ballots.(9) Nationwide, according to the federal commission charged with implementing election reforms, as many as 1 million ballots were spoiled by faulty voting equipment -- roughly one for every 100 cast.(10)

The reports were especially disturbing in Ohio, the critical battleground state that clinched Bush's victory in the electoral college. Officials there purged tens of thousands of eligible voters from the rolls, neglected to process registration cards generated by Democratic voter drives, shortchanged Democratic precincts when they allocated voting machines and illegally derailed a recount that could have given Kerry the presidency. A precinct in an evangelical church in Miami County recorded an impossibly high turnout of ninety-eight percent, while a polling place in inner-city Cleveland recorded an equally impossible turnout of only seven percent. In Warren County, GOP election officials even invented a nonexistent terrorist threat to bar the media from monitoring the official vote count.(11)

i realize that most americans (and i count myself among them) find it hard to believe that, in this great and good country, our election system could be unscrupulously manipulated to assure a predetermined outcome... however, i have to ask myself, given the magnitude of the deception, lies, and constitutional trampling we already know about, what would make this any different...? when someone with as much to lose by appearing as a moonbat conspiracy theorist as rfk jr. takes the time to write a lengthy, well-researched article describing voting fraud, maybe, houston, we have a big problem... it's worth reading in its entirety in rolling stone...

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