Mirror_Ball asked me to write an article for his blog Abstraction: The Daily Rantings of an Ascended Mind on “why I vote left”, and this was supposed to be an article on “why I vote left”, which I used to do. However, due to systemic voting fraud and vote rigging in AmeriKKKa, I (now) do not vote at all. I won’t vote again until they bring back paper ballots, and learn to control vote rigging.
I also do not like the fact that a large part of the fraud perpetrated was to prevent blacks from voting. Black people overwhelmingly vote Democrat. This is racism and fascism, plain and simple, to deny a significant portion of the population their rights to vote.
Since we are nearing November elections in some places in this country, this article is timely and fitting. Let me show you why I say this. I have included a few article excerpts and a massive “News Dump” link collection on vote fraud, vote rigging and disenfranchising the Black Voter.
GAO confirms some e-voting problems By Michael Hardy of Federal Computer Week firstname.lastname@example.org Published on Oct. 21, 2005
Some fears about the security and integrity of electronic voting machines are well grounded, according to a Government Accountability Office report released today. Although the issues are not universal, GAO found that some e-voting systems do not encrypt ballots cast or audit logs, and either one could be altered without detection. In addition, some machines are insecure enough that someone could alter a ballot’s appearance so that votes cast for one candidate would be recorded for an opponent.
More Related Links
“California rejects Diebold”[FCW.com, Aug. 1, 2005]
“Bias in the voting box?”[FCW.com, Nov. 9, 2003]
Taking aim at e-voting By Michael Hardy of Federal Computer Week email@example.com May 10, 2004
Electronic voting machines are under fire in some quarters, with state officials and lawmakers trying to force vendors and election officials to take additional security measures. Rep. Rush Holt (D-N.J.) is still trying to pass legislation that would require touch-screen voting machines to print a paper receipt of each vote cast, and that would require random audits of some machines. Sen. Bob Graham (D-Fla.) has introduced a companion bill in the Senate. Holt introduced his bill last year, and it has attracted 140 co-sponsors but remains mired in committee.
Kevin Shelley, California’s secretary of state, recently decertified Diebold Inc.’s TSX machine and provisionally banned all touch-screen voting in the state. Local election officials who want to use e-voting will have to either add a paper record system or implement specific security measures before Shelley will recertify their machines.
Meanwhile, Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.) has filed a federal lawsuit intended to force all Florida counties to provide a mechanism for manually recounting votes. Two Palm Beach County commissioners and the president of the Florida Alliance for Retired Americans are co-plaintiffs
Pushing to be counted in Florida
Groups say that blacks may not be heard at polls By Jo Becker The Washington Post Oct. 13, 2004
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Nearly a dozen African American ministers and civil rights leaders walked into the Duval County election office here, television cameras in tow, with a list of questions: How come there were not more early voting sites closer to black neighborhoods? How come so many blacks were not being allowed to redo incomplete voter registrations? Who was deciding all this?
Standing across the office counter under a banner that read “Partners in Democracy” was the man who made those decisions, election chief Dick Carlberg. Visibly angry, the Republican explained why he decided the way he had: “We call it the law.”
Black leaders said the scene at the supervisor’s office last week was reminiscent of a blocked schoolhouse door at the height of desegregation. They charge that GOP officials are deliberately using the law to keep black people off the rolls and hinder them from voting.
Four years ago, ballots cast from black neighborhoods throughout Florida were four times as likely to go uncounted as those from white neighborhoods. Nowhere was the disparity more apparent than in Duval County, where 42 percent of 27,000 ballots thrown out came from four heavily Democratic black precincts.
Voting Rights and Katrina
Disenfranchising the Black Vote
As thousands celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act on August 6th, the black and white images of peaceful Blacks being tear-gassed and clubbed on “Bloody Sunday” while marching for the right to vote were, for many, faded memories of a so-called bygone era.
That is, until a month later, when the television again focused the nation’s attention on another tragedy: Hurricane Katrina. What we saw televised in New Orleans wasn’t just the function of a broken levee. It was the intersection of race and class, laid bare for the world to see how such factors literally amounted to life or death.
The striking nexus between Bloody Sunday and Hurricane Katrina is not simply that both were televised, but rather what that coverage revealed. Katrina’s vulnerable, the poor and politically disfranchised who for generations had been pushed to the margins of society, were without the economic or other means to get out of harm’s way.
Today, a growing national trend of exploiting the fear of minimally existent voter fraud threatens to hinder access to the ballot box by requiring voters to present a photo ID that our nation’s most vulnerable – the poor, elderly and many racial minorities – are likely not to have the means to acquire.
The National Commission on Federal Election reform, co-chaired by former President Jimmy Carter and James Baker, recently recommended federal legislation requiring all voters to present a “Real ID” card in order to vote. To obtain this type of photo identification, documentary proof would be required of an individual’s full legal name and date of birth, Social Security number, primary address and citizenship.
THE GREAT FLORIDA EX-CON GAME
Purging Black Voters from the Eligible Voter List
How the ‘felon’ voter-purge was itself felonious Harper’s Magazine Friday, March 1, 2002
by Greg Palast
In November the U.S. media, lost in patriotic reverie, dressed up the Florida recount as a victory for President Bush. But however one reads the ballots, Bush’s win would certainly have been jeopardized had not some Floridians been barred from casting ballots at all. Between May 1999 and Election Day 2000, two Florida secretaries of state – Sandra Mortham and Katherine Harris, both protégées of Governor Jeb Bush- ordered 57,700 “ex-felons,” who are prohibited from voting by state law, to be removed from voter rolls. (In the thirty-five states where former felons can vote, roughly 90 percent vote Democratic.) A portion of the list, which was compiled for Florida by DBT Online, can be seen for the first time here; DBT, a company now owned by ChoicePoint of Atlanta, was paid $4.3 million for its work, replacing a firm that charged $5,700 per year for the same service. If the hope was that DBT would enable Florida to exclude more voters, then the state appears to have spent its money wisely.
Two of these “scrub lists,” as officials called them, were distributed to counties in the months before the election with orders to remove the voters named. Together the lists comprised nearly 1 percent of Florida’s electorate and nearly 3 percent of its African-American voters. Most of the voters (such as “David Butler,” (1); a name that appears 77 times in Florida phone books) were selected because their name, gender, birthdate and race matched – or nearly matched – one of the tens of millions of ex-felons in the United States. Neither DBT nor the state conducted any further research to verify the matches. DBT, which frequently is hired by the F.B.I. to conduct manhunts, originally proposed using address histories and financial records to confirm the names, but the state declined the cross-checks. In Harris’s elections office files, next to DBT’s sophisticated verification plan, there is a hand-written note: ‘DON’T NEED.’
Thomas Alvin Cooper (2), twenty-eight, was flagged because of a crime for which he will be convicted in the year 2007. According to Florida’s elections division, this intrepid time-traveler will cover his tracks by moving to Ohio, adding a middle name, and changing his race. Harper’s found 325 names on the list with conviction dates in the future, a fact that did not escape Department of Elections workers, who, in June 2000 emails headed, “Future Conviction Dates,” termed the discovery, “bad news.” Rather than release this whacky data to skeptical counties, Janet Mudrow, state liaison to DBT, suggested that blanks would be preferable in these cases.” (Harper’s counted 4,917 blank conviction dates.) The one county that checked each of the 694 names on its local list could verify only 34 as actual felony convicts. Some counties defied Harris’ directives; Madison County’s elections supervisor Linda Howell refused the purge list after she found her own name on it.
End of Excerpts
Begin News Dump On Black Box Voting
Foreign Monitors to Observe U.S. Elections
A pdf file diebold memos
Computerized Election Fraud
Vote Scam Introduction
“Votescam” offers a wealth of FBI documented evidence proving that, for the past forty years, elections in the United States have come under the domination of a handful of powerful and corrupt people: Secretaries of State, Election Supervisors, Judges, owners and editors of the major media outlets, voting equipment corporations (like Diebold, ES&S and Sequoia), and assorted key members of the elections establishment, including the League of Women Voters.
Newsday Story On Voting Machines
VOTE FRAUD LINKS
Commonweal Institute: Voting Machine Links
“What’s Wrong with this Picture?
Who makes the vote-counting machines?
“If You Want To Win An Election, Just Control The Voting Machines”
To Register Doubts, Press Here, New York Times, May 15, 2003
New Voting Systems Assailed – Computer Experts Cite Fraud Potential, The Washington Post, March 27, 2003
Black Box Voting – Ballot Tampering in the 21st Century – a website dedicated to this issue
Electronic Voting – Rebecca Mercuri, Ph.D. – contains many links to websites and stories about this issue
Diebold – The face of modern ballot tampering
American Coup: Mid-Term Election Polls vs Actuals
Atrios on right-wing Christian Reconstructionists buying voting machine companies
Voter Fraud 2002: Death Stalks America’s Democracy (Includes a collection of links)
Computerized Balloting is Taking Over Elections In Maryland–But Can We Trust the Results?
The Nightmare Scenario Is Here – Computer Voting With No Paper Trail
THE SECRETIVE WORLD OF VOTING MACHINES
A compendium of vote fraud links
Can we trust the vote count anywhere? In any race? In any election?
Hagel’s ethics filings pose disclosure issue
Republican Manufactured Voting Machines Involved in Election Fraud
Votescam: The Stealing of America
Electronic voting system an invitation to trouble
Votescam in the Electronic Age
Why I don’t vote
How to Rig a Touch Screen Voting Machine
HOW SAFE ARE OUR VOTING MACHINES? – Rage Against the Machine
The Real Scandal Is the Voting Machines Themselves
Area Democrats say early votes miscounted, Court hearing delayed as meeting planned on touch-screen problems
Vote Fraud in America
Lynn Landes’ analysis of the 2002 Elections
Voter News Service: What Went Wrong?
Voting machines must provide a voter-verifiable audit trail
Computer ballot outfit perverts Senate race
Paranoid party rights
Commonweal Institute’s Uncommon Denominator: “new computerized voting machines are vulnerable to tampering.”
Voting Machines: Vote Tampering in the 21st Century
Caltech-MIT Voting Technology Project
If voters get a record of their ballot, they can check on the system.
POTENTIAL FOR FRAUD WORRIES SUPERVISORS
The Election Reform Information Project
Paperless Voting Machines Under Fire – Newsday, Feb. 25, 2003
Scientists question electronic voting, SF Chronicle, March 3, 2003
Voting Technology, California Voter Foundation
Computer-Related Elections, Peter Neumann
Which Corporation Owns Your Vote over at AlterNet
You can’t vote them out if you never voted them in
Silicon Investor: Vote Fraud Links
More Vote Fraud Links
Notable quotes on vote scamming
“I don’t want to get caught up in this thing!” — Joyce Dieffenderfer, former president of the League of Women Voters, after admitting the TV networks lied about hiring the League on election night.
“You’ll never prove it, now get out!” — Elton Davis, TV network computer programmer responsible for magically “projecting” 100% accurate vote results.
“This may be the biggest vote fraud scandal ever to rock the nation!” — Mike Wallace of “60 Minutes” upon reviewing the Votescam evidence. However, after meeting with his higher-up’s, Mr. Wallace dropped the issue like a vial of Anthrax.
“When you’re dealing with the networks, gentleman, you’re dealing with a shadow government.” — ABC Supreme Court correspondent, Tim O’Brien, explaining why the station refused to run video taped evidence of vote fraud.
This is America, not some third world country. What is this world coming to, when it takes foreign monitors to ensure a fair election in the U.S.A.? It really makes me wonder. We are supposed to have the greatest democracy on earth, but not anymore. Ever since the election scandal in the 2004 Presidential Florida elections, America has lost confidence in the voting process. There is no such thing as a fair election, anymore. The fact is: in elections irregularities and new scandals are reported every day.
Just something to make you think!
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