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Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens our Democracy ~ John Fund
Encounter Books ^ | September 8, 2004 | John Fund

Posted on 08/18/2004 5:28:48 AM PDT by Elle Bee

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Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens our Democracy

By John Fund

The Florida Fiasco of 2000, with hanging chads, butterfly ballots and Supreme Court intervention, forced Americans to confront an ugly reality. The U.S. has the sloppiest election systems of any industrialized nation, so sloppy that at least eight of the 19 hijackers who attacked the World Trade Center and the Pentagon were actually able to register to vote in either Virginia or Florida while they made their deadly preparations for 9/11.

In Stealing Elections, John Fund takes the reader on a national tour of voter fraud scandals ranging from rural states like Texas and Mississippi to big cities such as Philadelphia and Milwaukee. He explores dark episodes such as the way "vote brokers" stole a mayoral election in Miami in 1998 by tampering with 4700 absentee ballots. He shows how, in the aftermath of the Motor Voter Law of 1993, Californians used mail-in forms to get absentee ballots for fictitious people and pets, while in St. Louis it was discovered that voter rolls included 13,000 more names than the U.S. Census listed as the total number of adults in the city.

Election officials try to reassure voters by turning to computerized voting machines. But Fund shows that with the new technology come even greater concerns. Early in 2004, for instance, the state of Maryland, which has 16,000 new Diebold machines, commissioned a security expert to try to rig a practice election. He and his team broke into the computer at the State Board of Elections, completely changed the outcome of the election, left, and erased their electronic trail—all in under five minutes.

Stealing Elections gives us a chilling portrait of our electoral vulnerability—in the 2004 presidential election and on into the future. Writing with urgency and authority, John Fund shows how a lethal combination of bureaucratic bungling and ballot rigging have put our democracy at risk.

John Fund is a member of the Wall Street Journal's editorial board and writes the paper's daily Political Diary. He has written on voter fraud and election irregularities for the last decade in the Wall Street Journal, New Republic, American Spectator and other publications. In the past year, Fund has made over 90 appearances on Fox News, MSNBC, C-Span, and CNBC.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bookreview; johnfund; stealingelections; votefraud
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1 posted on 08/18/2004 5:28:48 AM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: backhoe
Ping

This may be of intrest and I'm sure look familar

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2 posted on 08/18/2004 5:41:50 AM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: Elle Bee
Thanks- I'll add it here:

-The Vote Fraud Archives--

3 posted on 08/18/2004 5:43:01 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the Trackball into the Sunset...)
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To: backhoe

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/1193460/posts

Venezuela’s Recall Fraud Has Been Unveiled


4 posted on 08/18/2004 6:45:25 AM PDT by Not a 60s Hippy
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To: Not a 60s Hippy

Thanks- I had missed that one.


5 posted on 08/18/2004 6:50:57 AM PDT by backhoe (Just an old Keyboard Cowboy, ridin' the Trackball into the Sunset...)
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To: Elle Bee

Two words: Motor Voter


6 posted on 08/18/2004 8:31:42 AM PDT by Fredgoblu
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To: Elle Bee
This article has been posted to DoctorZin’s New News Blog!


7 posted on 08/18/2004 8:36:21 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn

Both Fund, Hugh Hewitt's new book, If it is close, they can't cheat!, should be advertized by every conservative, every GOPer, every W supporter over and over. Also, M. Barrone's book of the Hard vs. Soft America is another book which should be given to friends in the middle or have no opinion on the election yet.


8 posted on 08/18/2004 9:22:18 AM PDT by phillyfanatic
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To: DoctorZIn

Both Fund, Hugh Hewitt's new book, If it is close, they can't cheat!, should be advertized by every conservative, every GOPer, every W supporter over and over. Also, M. Barrone's book of the Hard vs. Soft America is another book which should be given to friends in the middle or have no opinion on the election yet.


9 posted on 08/18/2004 9:22:28 AM PDT by phillyfanatic
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To: phillyfanatic

Agreed


10 posted on 08/18/2004 11:25:58 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: phillyfanatic
I think the title is "If it's not close, they can't cheat!"

dvwjr

11 posted on 08/18/2004 1:07:44 PM PDT by dvwjr
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To: Elle Bee

After finally getting a Republican into our Attorney General's office here in Alabama, AG (now federal Judge) Pryor sent postcards to every registered voter (they had a brief message on them to the effect of "Mrs. So n So is a Registered Voter at this address, please call xxx-xxxx if she is no longer living there").

You see, where you *live* matters. You vote in your precinct, for your state. You have to be a resident in both your precinct and your state.

Well, thousands upon thousands of those postcards came back with phony addresses or that no one by that name lived there. The postman had just done our voter validation for us.

We then purged our voter registration rolls of everyone whose postcard came back with an invalid address.

Republicans have owned this state ever since.

All for the price of sending out postcards. Oh, and last year we started requiring photo ID's to vote.

So it's safe to say that Alabama will go Republican again this year. We've killed voter fraud.

You can too. Hey, everyone can be as savvy as Alabamaians, right?!

5 Legislative Days Left Until The AWB Expires

12 posted on 08/18/2004 1:10:56 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Elle Bee
Several years ago, brothers James and Kenneth Collier published a book name VoteScam - The Stealing of America. before these two guys were lefties until they started their investigation. I remember a story where they found pre-printed ballots in a warehouse rented by a Miami, Florida political candidate. The Colliers made the mistake of reporting this case to the authorities. Guess who the local State's Attorney was - Janet Reno. She had them thrown in jail and investigated. Their web site can be found at www.votescam.com.

An interesting summary of the Colliers brothers' crusade was written by their daughter/niece Victoria Collier and can be found here.
13 posted on 08/18/2004 1:33:55 PM PDT by tang-soo (Prophecy of the Seventy Weeks - Read Daniel Chapter 9)
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To: Southack
I used to live in NJ .... now I'm in Key West

hard to say which is the more corrupt area

I've never understood why you shouldn't be required to identify yourself to vote

.... and absentee balloting rules are drafted to allow for fraud

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14 posted on 08/19/2004 6:34:35 PM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: tang-soo
thank you for the links ...

I've never read the books but I remembr reading excerpts on the net

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15 posted on 08/19/2004 6:36:06 PM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: Elle Bee
John Fund works for the WSJ Opinion Journal, Will his open border masters allow him to mention illegal alien and legal immigrant vote fraud?
16 posted on 08/19/2004 6:47:51 PM PDT by Conservative Firster
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To: Conservative Firster
I think he has a pretty free hand ... he is not a girly boy ... and I don't think anyone 'lets' him speak or write

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17 posted on 08/19/2004 6:56:22 PM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: Elle Bee

Yes, that's true about most absentee ballots...but that's not where the major voting fraud occurs. After all, unless the election is close, absentee ballots aren't even counted.

The #1 area for fraud is auto-voting. That's where someone else votes for you. You know, like when you don't bother to vote in an election. Lots of people don't vote, so just after the polls close you'll sometimes have corrupt poll watchers filling out a huge stack of ballots. They can do this for as many people as there were who didn't show up that day. They then mark the polling records to show that you and everyone else who didn't show up...voted.

So if there are 550 registered voters in a given precinct who didn't show up to vote, the corrupt poll watchers can fill out up to 550 ballots and then mark each of you as having voted. In this manner someone votes for you if you didn't bother to show up to vote. This grows more pronounced as more people in said precinct move away or die, since they aren't going to show up to vote there ever again. Ditto for having bogus voters registered in that precinct.

Even the most corrupt precinct is limited in how many fraudulent ballots can be cast. This number can't exceed the number of registered voters on the rolls for that precinct, minus the number of people who actually *did* show up to vote (at least, they can't do it without inviting suspicion and official inquiries).

So for that reason alone it makes sense to clean and verify your voting registration rolls often. A simple postcard goes a great distance to that end, too. Such non-forwardable postcards filter out people who have moved, and the postman often catches mail to multiple voters at one residence, dead recipients, and bogus addresses. It isn't foolproof, but it cuts down on the limits of voter fraud.

Requiring a picture ID cuts out ghost-voting, where 1 person pretends to be several other registered "voters," but that's a very small part of overall voter fraud...although it does reduce the amount of illegal alien voting, which might be substantial in some areas.

Combine three things: reliable poll watchers who remain vigilant near the ballot boxes until the bitter end, postcards mailed to all registered voters to clean up the voter registration rolls, and picture id's at the polling booth and you've cut down on the major areas of traditional voter fraud.

How the new computerized voting factors in to this business is yet to be seen, however. Perhaps we'll automate the sending of checksum verifiable voting reciepts to each person who votes such that your vote is still private but that fraud can still be detected.

5 Legislative Days Left Until The AWB Expires

18 posted on 08/19/2004 6:58:58 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Southack
I wish . . .

Not a chance here in California.

19 posted on 08/19/2004 7:01:02 PM PDT by christie (http://www.hillaryforpresident-2008.com -- NOT!)
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To: Elle Bee
My greatest fear for this election is voter fraud. The rats have it down to a science as we observed in 2000. Not only did they try and steal the election, they changed history to the point that in the minds of many, it was President Bush who did that.
20 posted on 08/19/2004 7:02:05 PM PDT by ladyinred (What if the hokey pokey IS what it's all about?)
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To: ladyinred

West Virginia is a case in point. There are Democrat politicians under inditement in Logan County, with more to come, for vote-buying. It's been going on forever in the Mountain State, and everybody knows it.


21 posted on 08/19/2004 7:05:01 PM PDT by EternalVigilance ('Impossible' is the favorite word of cowards...nothing is impossible with God...)
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To: christie
"Not a chance here in California."

Not entirely true. You can get it done, just don't depend on your AG. Those voter registration rolls are public. You can get them and have a private group send off postcards to start the validation process.

5 Legislative Days Left Until The AWB Expires

22 posted on 08/19/2004 7:21:31 PM PDT by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
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To: Not a 60s Hippy
Observers Rush to Judgment in Caracas

Jimmy Carter might have at least counted a few ballots
By Mary Anastasia O'Grady

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23 posted on 08/21/2004 5:22:56 AM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: Elle Bee; sweetliberty; nicmarlo; Kuksool

Vote Fraud Ping!


24 posted on 08/22/2004 1:05:24 PM PDT by TheLion
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To: TheLion

bttt


25 posted on 08/23/2004 4:19:06 AM PDT by nicmarlo
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To: Elle Bee

Bump!


26 posted on 08/23/2004 5:13:59 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: Southack

What I find just incredible is the fact that a picture
ID is not required.

One would think if the goal of voting is to make certain each voter has his/her vote properly recorded, controls would verify the legitimacy of the voter

Isn't the legitimate voter cheated when an invalid vote is
recorded?


27 posted on 10/03/2004 10:56:51 PM PDT by cliff630 (cliff630 (Didn't Christ ask Pilate, "What is the Truth." Even while looking in the face of TRUTH))
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To: All


Please Pass Emergency Anti-Vote Fraud Measure Immediately!

Vote fraud threatens the very core of our republic, and it directly threatens our sovereignty

Please send the following message to your Congressmen and Senators:

Please pass, on an expedited basis, emergency legislation to require voters to show ID at all polling places on Election Day.

Vote fraud threatens the very core of our republic, and it directly threatens our sovereignty. There is a significant amount of evidence emerging that evinces a wide-spread plot to engage in massive voter fraud. Thus, Congress must take immediate action to counter this potential menace.

Congress has the express power to dictate the time, place, and manner in which federal elections are held. The congressional power to make or alter time, place, or manner of federal elections extends to the regulation of voter registration. Federal regulation of the electoral processes, including the regulation of federal voter registration, is also consistent with the Tenth Amendment and permissible; although states do have broad discretion to enact and implement registration procedures, states may not transgress the Constitution. It follows that state voter registration and Election Day statutes that are inconsistent with federal voter registration and Election Day mandates are preempted.

As per the Federal Court in Byrd v. Brice, the government may require a voter to furnish proof of identity at the polling place on Election Day. Such a measure would go a long way in protecting citizens’ federal voting rights from fraudulent practices.

Please set to work immediately on enacting emergency legislation to require a valid ID at the polling places on Election Day.

http://capwiz.com/congressorg/issues/alert/?alertid=6486121&content_dir=ua_congressorg&mailid=custom


28 posted on 10/09/2004 8:39:43 PM PDT by ThermoNuclearWarrior ( ~ WE MUST STOP VOTING FRAUD THIS ELECTION!!! ~)
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To: ladyinred

"My greatest fear for this election is voter fraud. The rats have it down to a science as we observed in 2000. Not only did they try and steal the election, they changed history to the point that in the minds of many, it was President Bush who did that."

Ditto.

What do Iowa, Wisconsin, New Mexico and Oregon have in common?

All 4 states were stolen by the 'Rats in 2000 - Florida was a much bigger project, however, and they ran out of time. But destroying 30,000-50,000 Bush ballots in Palm Beach County alone and inhibiting the Panhandle GOP vote via the 'erroneous premature call' of Florida for Gore sure brought them close. If its close they will cheat.

I have a firm belief that at least several MILLION inner-city votes this coming November, nation-wide, will be cast by dead, ineligible, ballot-stuffing, or multiple-voting persons. And the media will not even try to investigate. Needless to say, any would-be 'poll-watchers' in these high-crime areas controlled by a one-party system better watch their backs.

The computer-voting brings up nightmares like that seen recently in Venezuela, where the 'official result' turned out to be the exact polar-opposite of ALL the exit polls.

Picture IDs ought to be mandatory for voting, as should the purging of all ineligible voters before EVERY SINGLE election.


29 posted on 10/11/2004 4:46:05 AM PDT by Al Simmons ("Torpedoes in the Water!" - SwiftVets for Truth)
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To: Southack

Brilliant. This is needed in every state.


30 posted on 10/23/2004 6:31:06 PM PDT by WOSG (George W Bush / Dick Cheney - Right for our Times!)
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