Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Is the Election Over?

For about a week I've been reluctant to bring up the subject of election fraud. In part because I wanted to see if the evidence had some validity and in part because you know a good portion of the population would simply respond with "Oh, No! Not another Florida 2000!"

Well, I'm ready to say it, indeed we have another Florida 2000. Based on a good anaylsis of Florida voter patterns this year on optical scanner systems Kerry may have won Florida. The data from the site I link is showing very unusual skewed results.

For instance in Liberty County on a scan system of ES & S it shows they only had 8% registered Republicans yet of the 3,021 votes cast 1,927 went for Bush. Nearly 2/3rd of the county voted Bush in a county that was 88% registered Democrat. That is highly suspicious. Going through the list at the site, you see these type of unusual voting patterns that are a remarkable switching of party to Bush in Democratic counties.

Lafayette County also ES & S, 83% registered Democrats, Kerry received only 845 votes out of 3,325.
Columbia County, Diebold system, only 31% registered Republican yet Bush more than doubled Kerry in votes 16,753 to 8,029.
Baker County, Sequoia system, 69% registered Democrat, Bush 7,738 to Kerry 2,180. Wow, extreme party switching.
Dixie County, Diebold system, 77% registered Democrat, Bush 4,433 to Kerry 1,959. The Republicans must have been whistling Dixie.

When added all up there are possibly hundreds of thousands of votes that appear to have been switched somewhere in the system. Exit polling in most of the country reflected actual votes, except in Florida and Ohio (another story). Exit polling and actual voting showed that Republicans voted Bush in very high percentages and as well Kerry amassed 80% to 90% registered Democrats except in Florida apparently.

Also see this article by Thom Hartmann at

Remember the election has not actually happened yet. The electoral college votes on December 13th, that is when the presidential election officially occurs. John Kerry has only conceded the popular vote to Bush, he is still eligible to be president if the electoral college declares him the winner. The Florida voting must be investigated and Ohio as well. In fact there is an attempt to have an investigation in the House of Representatives called by Robert Wexler (FL), Jerrold Nadler and John Conyers (MI).

We must join them in calling for an investigation. We must begin a campaign to push as many in congress as possible to make this an issue. Remember in 2000 no senator would back a resolution by house members to look into the Florida voter disenfranchisement. Remember Al Gore had to preside over the Senate as one House Representative after another called for just one senate member to sign onto the resolution, and not one did.

If there is voter fraud proven, this year it should not be swept under the rug as it was in 2000. How many election cycles do we have to go through before election fraud is legally acted on?

Here is the letter sent by the three members of the House of Representatives.
November 5, 2004

The Honorable David M. Walker
Comptroller General of the United States
U.S. General Accountability Office
441 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20548

Dear Mr. Walker:

We write with an urgent request that the Government Accountability Office immediately undertake an investigation of the efficacy of voting machines and new technologies used in the 2004 election, how election officials responded to difficulties they encountered and what we can do in the future to improve our election systems and administration.

In particular, we are extremely troubled by the following reports, which we would also request that you review and evaluate for us:

In Columbus, Ohio, an electronic voting system gave President Bush nearly 4,000 extra votes. "Machine Error Gives Bush Extra Ohio Votes," Associated Press, November 5.

An electronic tally of a South Florida gambling ballot initiative failed to record thousands of votes. "South Florida OKs Slot Machines Proposal," Id.

In one North Carolina county, more than 4,500 votes were lost because officials mistakenly believed a computer that stored ballots could hold more data that it did. "Machine Error Gives Bush Extra Ohio Votes," Id.

In San Francisco, a glitch occurred with voting machines software that resulted in some votes being left uncounted. Id.

In Florida, there was a substantial drop off in Democratic votes in proportion to voter registration in counties utilizing optical scan machines that was apparently not present in counties using other mechanisms.

The House Judiciary Committee Democratic staff has received numerous reports from Youngstown, Ohio that voters who attempted to cast a vote for John Kerry on electronic voting machines saw that their votes were instead recorded as votes for George W. Bush. In South Florida, Congressman Wexler's staff received numerous reports from voters in Palm Beach, Broward and Dade Counties that they attempted to select John Kerry but George Bush appeared on the screen. CNN has reported that a dozen voters in six states, particularly Democrats in Florida, reported similar problems. This was among over one thousand such problems reported. "Touchscreen Voting Problems Reported," Associated Press, November 5.

Excessively long lines were a frequent problem throughout the nation in Democratic precincts, particularly in Florida and Ohio. In one Ohio voting precinct serving students from Kenyon College, some voters were required to wait more than eight hours to vote. "All Eyes on Ohio," Dan Lothian, CNN, November 3,

We are literally receiving additional reports every minute and will transmit additional information as it comes available. The essence of democracy is the confidence of the electorate in the accuracy of voting methods and the fairness of voting procedures. In 2000, that confidence suffered terribly, and we fear that such a blow to our democracy may have occurred in 2004.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this inquiry.


John Conyers, Jr.     Jerrold Nadler        Robert Wexler
Ranking Member      Ranking Member    Member of Congress
House Judiciary Subcommittee
Committee on the Constitution
We can certainly write, email, phone our representatives to back this investigation and we need one Senator to sign on.


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