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Vote Fraud Update

There’s no hope at the ballot box – CounterPunch 6/26/08

 

Voting Machine Company Salesman Becomes Election Director in Texas – Wired 6/4/08

 

2004 Election: Mother of all Vote Frauds – WhatReallyHappened

 

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) introduced a constitutional amendment to abolish the Electoral College on Friday, less than a week after the Democrats settled on how to handle delegates from Florida at their national convention.- The Hill 6/6/08

 

Election Integrity Watchdog: My Own Vote Was Flipped – BradBlog 6/4/08

 

Florida’s 2008 Election Landscape Looking More Like 2000 – Alternet 6/20/08

 

Supreme Court Decision Derails Federal Fraud Suit Against Voting Machine Company – BradBlog 6/27/08

 

Scalia: Gore to blame for 2000 decision – Raw Story 6/26/08

 

The Biggest Election Story Not on Your TV – AfterDowningStreet.org 6/16/08

 

Flashback: Sen. Hagel admits owning voting machine company – Scoop, New Zealand 1/31/03

 

Failure of ES&S Touch-Screen Voting System ‘Should Not Have Been Possible,’ Says Arkansas Official Where Election Outcome Was Reversed – BradBlog 5/30/08

Ann Coulter’s Felony Voter Fraud Crimes: The Complete Story – BradBlog 6/6/08

 

New York Times Perpetuates the Myth that George Bush Won the 2000 Election – Alternet

EXCERPT: “”In 2001 painstaking postmortems of the Florida count, one by the New York Times and another by a consortium of newspapers, concluded that Mr. Bush would have come out slightly ahead, even if all the votes counted throughout the state had been retallied.” Alessandra Stanley, New York Times, May 23, 2008, in a review of the HBO television movie, “Recount”.  That’s not true.
 
The New York Times did not do its own recount. It did participate in a consortium. Here’s what the consortium actually said: “If all the ballots had
been reviewed under any of seven single standards, and combined with the results of an examination of overvotes, Mr. Gore would have won, by a very narrow margin.” Ford Fessenden and John M. Broder, New York Times, Nov. 12, 2001. Why did Ms. Stanley make such an important and fundamental error?  It is not a trivial matter. It is a common piece of misinformation. Many, many people believe it. Now a few more do, as a result of Ms. Stanley’s review. It is not a trivial matter. Because that misinformation was created by one of the most bizarre, and still completely unexplained, journalistic events in modern times.
 
Here’s what happened: George Bush appeared to have won Florida , and therefore the presidency. The law in Florida was actually quite simple and direct:
ƒ(4) If the returns for any office reflect that a candidate was defeated or eliminated by one-half of a percent or less of the votes cast for such office … the board responsible for certifying the results of the vote on such race or measure shall order a recount of the votes cast with respect to such office or measure.
 
That is one of the simplest and most clearly written bits of legislation I’ve ever seen anywhere. The Florida court thought so too and ordered a recount. Then the United States Supreme Court stepped in and shut the recounts down. Bush was left as the victor and became the president. But, presumably, the whole world wanted to know who actually did get the most votes. It would make a great and important story. But getting the truth was too time-consuming and expensive for any single news organization, so a consortium was formed. It consisted of the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Tribune Company, the Washington Post, the Associated Press, the St. Petersburg Times, the Palm Beach Post and CNN. It took almost a year and cost more than a million dollars. All the news organizations had the same information: Al Gore got more legal, countable votes than George Bush. Here are the headlines:
New York Times: “STUDY OF DISPUTED FLORIDA BALLOTS FINDS JUSTICES DID NOT CAST THE DECIDING VOTE”
Wall Street Journal: “IN ELECTION REVIEW, BUSH WINS WITHOUT SUPREME COURT HELP”
Los Angeles Times: “BUSH STILL HAD VOTES TO WIN IN A RECOUNT, STUDY FINDS”
Washington Post: ” FLORIDA RECOUNTS WOULD HAVE FAVORED BUSH”
CNN.com: ” FLORIDA RECOUNT STUDY: BUSH STILL WINS”
St. Petersburg Times: “RECOUNT: BUSH.”
 
If you were still interested, after the headlines, and bothered to read the stories, it didn’t get much better. I read it in the New York Times. Frankly, I missed the key paragraph, until I saw it pointed out in an article by Gore Vidal. I subsequently went back and read all the stories. The Times was the worst in terms of active misdirection. They spent the first three paragraphs supporting the headline, and they explicitly stated that Bush would have won even with a statewide recount. Finally, in the fourth paragraph — if you got that far — was the statement quoted above:
“If all the ballots had been reviewed under any of seven single standards, and combined with the results of an examination of overvotes, Mr. Gore would have won, by a very narrow margin.”
 
There it was. A very simple statement. Al Gore got more votes in Florida than George Bush. It is also very well buried.”

 

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