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Stop the Election Day cheating -- or it will spread further (DUmmie Sources Cited)
Miami Herald ^ | March 15, 2006 | ROBERT STEINBACK

Posted on 03/16/2006 4:13:01 AM PST by PJ-Comix

If you bet on a race horse, and later heard about serious allegations that the winning horse may have been illegally doped to gain an advantage, would you demand an investigation?

You know the answer. It would depend on whether or not you bet on the winning horse.

That's what has made much of America so hesitant to demand accountability regarding a growing ledger of allegations that the November 2004 election was so badly tainted that one could fairly question the outcome of the biggest race of all -- the one for the Oval Office. Anyone who questions the reliability of the election is assumed to be a sour-grapes bad sport who has fallen into the thrall of aluminum-foil helmeted conspiracy theorists. And the media, ever tremulous about affirming their critics' allegations of liberal bias, would sooner remove a hot radiator cap than make a mission of investigating the anomalies.

But the anomalies were real. Many have been documented. They kept thousands in swing states from voting, and prevented thousands of ballots from being counted.

Not incidentally, most of the 2004 anomalies benefited one party.

What stands out in the analysis of 2004 voting practices in the critical state of Ohio, says Columbus State Community College professor Bob Fitrakis, ``is the asymmetrical nature of the anomalies. Virtually every single anomaly tends to favor Bush, just overwhelmingly.''

Fitrakis, a lawyer who holds a Ph.D in political science, has done considerable research into the critical Ohio election, which Bush officially won by 118,599 votes to recapture the presidency. Fitrakis will present his evidence in a book, What happened in Ohio: A documentary record of theft and fraud in the 2004 election, coauthored by Harvey Wasserman and Steve Rosenfeld, to be released in September.

Among their findings:

• Four percent of the 5.6 million votes cast in Ohio -- some 224,000 ballots -- were not counted for various reasons. Nearly two-thirds of those disallowed votes came from urban, heavily Democratic districts.

• In certain heavily Republican counties, John Kerry received fewer votes than obscure Democrats running in statewide elections. In Butler County, for example, a retired black judge from Cleveland in a long-shot race for state Supreme Court got 61,000 votes. Kerry got 54,000.

''The drop-off [in votes] was at the top of the ticket, which is abnormal,'' Fitrakis said.

• Voter turnout in two precincts exceeded 100 percent of the voters registered. In one precinct, 679 out of 689 voters reportedly cast ballots -- yet, ''In a couple of hours, we were able to find 25 people who said they didn't vote or were out of town,'' Fitrakis said.

(See a 2004 article Fitrakis wrote for The Columbus Free Press at http://www.freepress. org/columns/display/3/2004/983.)

Electoral problems are hardly limited to Ohio. Brad Friedman, the proprietor of the Brad Blog website (www.BradBlog.com), has documented mounting suspicion of the veracity and reliability of electronic voting machines used across the nation.

Friedman told me he blames the reticence of the mainstream media to tackle the issue for the public's lack of fervor about what he sees as a threat to the nation's electoral integrity.

''The people who hear about the information, get it,'' he said. ``But they're just not hearing it enough, and that's because of the media.''

He cites an October 2005 report by the nonpartisan General Accountability Office which concluded that the nation's electronic voting system is rife with flaws, weak security controls and inconsistent voter-system standards.

Had you heard of this report? I hadn't, until Friedman referred me to it. And yet California just recertified a Diebold Co. voting machine even though it contains computer language rejected by federal guidelines because it makes the machines vulnerable to hacking.

Until the public demands changes, we'll continue to be plagued by partisan supervisors of election who -- as in Ohio in 2004 and Florida in 2000 -- simultaneously hold high positions in a top candidate's campaign. By electronic vote-counting machines lacking proper security controls or any way to recheck the vote afterward. By voter-purging tactics and preventable Election Day obstacles that mysteriously hurt one party more than another.

There's good reason for Bush supporters and rock-ribbed Republicans to demand corrective action to prevent the anomalies that surely compromised the 2004 election: The risk that failure to curb the abuses will encourage the competition to resort to similar tactics. The last thing anyone wants is a cheater's arms race. Either you stop the cheating, or you encourage more of it.


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: diebold; election2004
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To: PJ-Comix
I think that Fitrakis and Steinback should research all of the allegations, and anomalies. And since I'm such a nice guy, I will give them some additional locations:

Madison, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, West Palm Beach, and of course everyone's favorite...

Chicago.

5.56mm

21 posted on 03/16/2006 4:37:04 AM PST by M Kehoe
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To: PJ-Comix
This is very interesting especially since David Kidwell a reporter for the Miami Herald wrote a series of articles about voter fraud in Florida. The first article appeared on Nov. 20, 2000. His series found that 965 felons had voted in the state of Florida. Each was illegal. statistically
820 of them voted Democrat. That means algore got a 675 vote advantage from voter fraud that we know of.

The "statistical anomalies" this guy cite are a bunch of crap. Maybe someone should take this rat fool aside and explain the Bell Curve and the randomness of the real world. To point to two precincts that reported more votes than registered voters is meaningless. In 2000 there were election districts in Philladelphia that reported more votes than RESIDENTS. The same thing happened in the whole western half of Washington State.

This guy, like some many rats, just can't accept that the dogs DON'T LIKE THE FOOD.
22 posted on 03/16/2006 4:39:56 AM PST by jmaroneps37 (John Spencer is the warrior we have been waiting for.We can trust him with our future.)
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To: PJ-Comix

Why are the Dems so deathly afraid of photo ID? I like the purple ink option personally.


23 posted on 03/16/2006 4:40:20 AM PST by Aeronaut (It is deeply irresponsible to rewrite the history of how the war began.)
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To: PJ-Comix
Four percent of the 5.6 million votes cast in Ohio -- some 224,000 ballots -- were not counted for various reasons.

How many of those 224,000 were spoiled or marked wrong, which would render them VOID and useless, like the INSTRUCTIONS say....

Nearly two-thirds of those disallowed votes came from urban, heavily Democratic districts.

Dems is stupid....'nuff said....

In certain heavily Republican counties, John Kerry received fewer votes than obscure Democrats running in statewide elections. In Butler County, for example, a retired black judge from Cleveland in a long-shot race for state Supreme Court got 61,000 votes. Kerry got 54,000.

The first 5 words spell it all out: In certain heavily Republican counties.Why would a Republican vote for Lurch?

For someone with a PhD, he sure is STOOPID!

24 posted on 03/16/2006 4:47:15 AM PST by dirtbiker (I've tried to see the liberal point of view, but I couldn't get my head that far up my a$$....)
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To: PJ-Comix
Check out John Fund's book, Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy for a rational, eye-opening view on election fraud. IMHO, 2000 and 2004 would have been a landslide for Bush if much of the fraud could have been quashed.
25 posted on 03/16/2006 4:50:13 AM PST by fwdude (When asked his thoughts on Roe vs. Wade, Mayor Nagin said he "didn't care how people got back home.")
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To: PJ-Comix
Empirical evidence, which is all that is evident in this article, proves nothing.

In certain heavily Republican counties, John Kerry received fewer votes than obscure Democrats running in statewide elections. In Butler County, for example, a retired black judge from Cleveland in a long-shot race for state Supreme Court got 61,000 votes. Kerry got 54,000.

So what. People split tickets all the time. But Democrats think people are too stupid to vote for the individual instead of just mind-numbingly pulling the D lever.

Voter turnout in two precincts exceeded 100 percent of the voters yet, ''In a couple of hours, we were able to find 25 people who said they didn't vote or were out of town,'' Fitrakis said.

So what. Were those 25 people registered to vote and if so, registered to vote in that town?

Flimsy arguments - all of them. Writer deserves an F.

26 posted on 03/16/2006 4:53:28 AM PST by randita
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To: jmaroneps37
In 2000 there were election districts in Philladelphia that reported more votes than RESIDENTS.

I'm from Philadelphia and that is true. In fact, in heavily Democrat districts, the polling places are in places such as hair salons and even private homes!

27 posted on 03/16/2006 5:00:13 AM PST by Ronaldus Magnus Reagan
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To: randita
In fact, our Pennsylvania Governor, Fast Eddie Rendell, promises to veto a photo ID requirement for voting..

snip...

"Rendell promises veto on voter ID bill

By David M. Brown TRIBUNE-REVIEW Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Saying his intent is to protect voting rights, Gov. Ed Rendell vowed Monday in Pittsburgh to veto legislation that would require voters to show identification at the polls.

The announcement wasn't a surprise. Rendell, a Democrat from Philadelphia, had hinted for days that he plans to veto the measure passed last week along partisan lines by the Republican-controlled Legislature.

"At a time in our nation's history when voting is becoming ... less and less prevalent among our people, we should be doing everything in our power to make it easier to vote -- not to make it harder," Rendell said at an event in the Hill District.

28 posted on 03/16/2006 5:07:25 AM PST by Ronaldus Magnus Reagan
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To: PJ-Comix
Is this the Professor whining?

"AP Lifts from the small press again and won't correct"

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=364x671012

29 posted on 03/16/2006 7:56:49 AM PST by Balding_Eagle (REAL men vote Republican)
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Nearly two-thirds of those disallowed votes came from urban, heavily Democratic districts.

Generally, when you look at the details, it appears that what is being suggested is that Democrats blocked Democrats from voting.

30 posted on 03/16/2006 8:08:21 AM PST by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: Ronaldus Magnus Reagan
At a time in our nation's history when voting is becoming ... less and less prevalent among our people, we should be doing everything in our power to make it easier to vote -- not to make it harder," Rendell said at an event in the Hill District.

Good, this will play right into Swannie's hand as anyone with half a brain won't object to the concept that you have to identify yourself before you can vote.

31 posted on 03/16/2006 9:45:03 AM PST by randita
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