A few days before the election I wrote a letter to the editor
emphasizing the importance of exit polls in an era when most
electronic voting machines do not have paper trails.
Without a paper trail, it's virtually impossible to conduct a
recount. Therefore, exit polls are one of the few ways to verify the
validity of an election.
Well, the exit polls suggested Kerry would win handily, but the final
count declared Bush the victor.
Dick Morris, a Republican consultant, argued "Exit polls are almost
never wrong. They eliminate the two major potential fallacies in
survey research by correctly separating actual voters from those who
pretend they will cast ballots but never do and by substituting
actual observation for guesswork in judging the relative turnout of
different parts of the state."
Being a Republican, Morris surmised that the exit polls must have
been manipulated by the polling companies to discourage Republicans
from voting in western states.
I think it's much more likely the vote was hacked.
CONSIDER THESE FACTS
- "While the heavily scrutinized touch-screen voting machines seemed
to produce results in which the registered Democrat/Republican ratios
matched the Kerry/Bush vote, and so did the optically-scanned paper
ballots in the larger counties, in Florida's smaller counties the
results from the optically-scanned paper ballots - fed into a central
tabulator PC and thus vulnerable to hacking - seem tohave been
reversed." - Thom Hartmann (see link to article below)
- In Gahanna, Ohio, were only 638 ballots were cast, Bush received
4,258 votes to Kerry's 260.
- In Broward County, Florida, software subtracted votes rather than added them.
- Bush received huge margins of victory in a number of Florida
counties where registered
Democrats outnumber registered Republicans 2-1.
- Security and tamperability in many electronic voting systems was
never tested (see http://www.blackboxvoting.org
- More than a year ago, Congressman Rush Holt introduced legislation
that would require all electronic voting machines to have a paper
trail. His bill has been held up in Republican-controlled committees
Even though John Kerry conceded, his statement is not legally
binding. Reports from the state election commissions and the
Electoral College vote next month are what will determine the final
outcome of the election.
1) Organize! Let me know if you'd like to get involved. There will
be a strategy meeting in Palo Alto next Wednesday. My email is
2) Sign the MoveOn petition in support of a thorough investigation of
the election - http://www.moveon.org/investigatethevote/
3) Call your U.S. senators and representatives and encourage them to
join Representatives Conyers, Holt, Nadler, Scott, Watt, and Wexler
in demanding a General Accounting Office (GAO) investigation of the
tens of thousands of reported complaints regarding the 2004 election.
4) Encourage local media outlets to cover this story.
5) Forward this message to your friends.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Evidence Mounts That The Vote May Have Been Hacked, by Thom Hartmann
Worse Than 2000: Tuesday's Electoral Disaster, by William Rivers Pitt
MSNBC Vote Fraud Video - http://www.truthout.org/multimedia.htm
E-Vote Glitch Inflates Bush Total -
Black Box Voting - http://www.BlackBoxVoting.ORG
Votergate Documentary - http://www.votergate.TV
On November 9, 2003, the New York Times reported: "In mid-August,
Walden W. O'Dell, the chief executive of Diebold Inc., sat down at
his computer to compose a letter inviting 100 wealthy and politically
inclined friends to a Republican Party fund-raiser, to be held at his
home in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. 'I am committed to helping Ohio
deliver its electoral votes to the president next year,' wrote Mr.
O'Dell, whose company is based in Canton, Ohio. That is hardly
unusual for Mr. O'Dell. 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. But it is
not the only way that Mr. O'Dell is involved in the election process.
Through Diebold Election Systems, a subsidiary in McKinney, Tex., his
company is among the country's biggest suppliers of paperless,
touch-screen voting machines. Judging from Federal Election
Commission data, at least 8 million people will cast their ballots
using Diebold machines next November. ... Some people find Mr.
O'Dell's pairing of interests -- as voting-machine magnate and
devoted Republican fund-raiser -- troubling."