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  • Saturday, November 27, 2004

    Those in glass houses shouldn't throw stones

    Isn't it interesting while the Bush regime are warning of "serious consequences" in relation to vote fraud in Ukraine, they continue to ignore continued reports of voting irregularities in the US. Following on from the Voting in the "beacon of freedom and democracy" post I made a few days ago, here are a few more articles to chew on: More voting questions raised Meanwhile, attorneys for various citizen action groups that plan to contest the results said they are puzzled that vote totals in the presidential race in Warren County far exceed totals in most other statewide and countywide races. For example, the total of 94,415 votes cast there for President Bush or Sen. John Kerry is 3,000 more than all those cast in the U.S. Senate race and a constitutional amendment about same-sex marriage. Further, 20,000 to 24,000 fewer votes were cast in three Ohio Supreme Court races and 13,000 to 24,000 fewer were cast in various countywide races. In Warren County, which reported a 33 percent increase in voter turnout from the 2000 elections, election officials had banned observers at the polls for "homeland security" concerns. Clifford O. Arnebeck, a Columbus attorney representing the Alliance for Democracy, said he has testimony from poll worker Liz Kent, of Warren County, asserting, "There was no way the actual vote could have been as reported." Widespread election fraud in Cleveland? Attached is my recent precinct by precinct analysis of the 2004 presidential election in Cleveland. There are wholesale shifts of scores of votes from the Kerry column to other candidates, and astonishingly low turnout in certain precincts and entire wards. The Ohio recount will prove these numbers to be fraudulent. Wyoming reports 106% turnout! Out of 232,396 registered voters in the state, 245,789 of them came out to vote this year. 1 in 5 Provisional votes rejected About one of every five of the nearly 14,000 provisional ballots cast Nov. 2 in Hamilton County were rejected by elections officials this week in the official count. Congress to investigate complaints of voting irregularities GAO officials said the investigation was not triggered by a request from several House Democrats, who wrote the agency this month seeking an investigation. The effort, led by senior Judiciary Committee Democrat John Conyers of Michigan, was not joined by any Republicans. Walker said in a statement that some of the election work is under way. The probe will cover voter registration, voting machine problems and handling of provisional ballots, which were given to voters who said they were eligible to cast votes although their names were not on the rolls. He cautioned that the GAO cannot enforce the law if voting irregularities are found, noting that state officials regulate elections and the Justice Department prosecutes voting rights violations and election fraud. Most provisional ballots tossed out ''In hundreds and hundreds of cases … people were being told, 'Just go anywhere and cast a provisional ballot,''' Berks County Election Director V. Kurt Bellman said. The county is processing the 2,580 ballots it received. ..... Bush's edge on Kerry was thinned from 38 to 4 votes because of the provisional ballots, Taylor said. Presidential Recount Efforts Gaining Steam So on Monday, November 22, votersunite.com officially launched their presidential recount effort between George Bush and John Kerry, and like many other sites around the country they have experienced a boost in traffic. Since promoting the recount their traffic has tripled and they have received countless emails of praise and thanks. "More than anyone we want to put this election to rest, and hope that this recount will help several of our readers to have some closure. Our goal is to have 100,000,000 votes by January 1, 2005." Citizens take action to clean up elections Volusia County resident Susan Pynchon, with the help of Volusia County attorney Daniel R. Vaughen, P.A., filed a lawsuit on Tuesday, Nov. 23, seeking to set aside the Nov. 2, 2004 Volusia County election due to irregularities. Election company has long criminal history One of America's two major election companies, Sequoia Pacific, has a felony 'rap sheet' an arm-long. In the endless news coverage of the recent Presidential Election, this news has somehow failed to surface, perhaps because if it had, people might start pouring into the streets here, too. Yet even as Sen. Lugar and the unnamed White House official were making their righteous statements about the virtues of democracy in foreign countries, researchers at the University of California, Berkeley were announcing their findings of irregularities in three Florida counties using electronic voting machines from Sequoia Pacific and industry giant Election Systems & Software, the U.S.'s two largest election services companies. Kerry Won. Here are the Facts. Most voters in Ohio thought they were voting for Kerry. At 1:05 a.m. Wednesday morning, CNN's exit poll showed Kerry beating Bush among Ohio women by 53 percent to 47 percent. The exit polls were later combined with—and therefore contaminated by—the tabulated results, ultimately becoming a mirror of the apparent actual vote. Kerry also defeated Bush among Ohio's male voters 51 percent to 49 percent. Unless a third gender voted in Ohio, Kerry took the state. So what's going on here? Answer: the exit polls are accurate. Pollsters ask, "Who did you vote for?" Unfortunately, they don't ask the crucial, question, "Was your vote counted?" The voters don't know. Here's why. Although the exit polls show that most voters in Ohio punched cards for Kerry-Edwards, thousands of these votes were simply not recorded. This was predictable and it was predicted. [See TomPaine.com, "An Election Spoiled Rotten," November 1.]

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