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picture7 Nov 2004 @ 20:27, by Robert Oveson

Kerry may have given up on challenging the theft of yet another election, and I am wondering if his function all along was as political strawman. Fortunately the citizens haven't given up even though the politicians have, and that is perhaps the most important lesson to be learned by this latest exercise in "government by the people for the people."

Bev Harris at is continuing to gather evidence, and jumping through all the hoops set up by the Freedom of Information act to get vital public informtion. She needs money so if you have some to spare it's for a good cause.

Discrepencies between exit polls and final results are a major cause of concern. The biggest differences were in those districts that used paper ballots counted by optical scanning equipment (Diebold once again) and the percentages between the voters registered to a party, and the votes that were actually cast, were reversed.

"In Baker County, for example, with 12,887 registered voters, 69.3% of them Democrats and 24.3% of them Republicans, the vote was only 2,180 for Kerry and 7,738 for Bush, the opposite of what is seen everywhere else in the country where registered Democrats largely voted for Kerry. In Dixie County, with 4,988 registered voters, 77.5% of them Democrats and a mere 15% registered as Republicans, only 1,959 people voted for Kerry, but 4,433 voted for Bush."

Another area of concern is that the central computer for tabulating all the votes is a Windows based PC. A video clip at shows how easily the data file can be opened with an Excel spreadsheet and the data changed. (I know I'm a cynic but four years ago Ralph Reed, former head of the Christian Coalition, was the lobbyist for Microsoft to Bush, and we know that the Microsoft monopoloy crisis was resolved, and I'd always thought that this was due to campaign contributions, but now I'm starting to wonder if it might have been software backdoors.)

The complete article by Thom Hartmann is posted below.

Evidence Mounts That The Vote May Have Been Hacked

by Thom Hartmann

When I spoke with Jeff Fisher this morning (Saturday, November 06, 2004), the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida's 16th District said he was waiting for the FBI to show up. Fisher has evidence, he says, not only that the Florida election was hacked, but of who hacked it and how. And not just this year, he said, but that these same people had previously hacked the Democratic primary race in 2002 so that Jeb Bush would not have to run against Janet Reno, who presented a real threat to Jeb, but instead against Bill McBride, who Jeb beat.

"It was practice for a national effort," Fisher told me.

And some believe evidence is accumulating that the national effort happened on November 2, 2004.

The State of Florida, for example, publishes a county-by-county record of votes cast and people registered to vote by party affiliation. Net denizen Kathy Dopp compiled the official state information into a table, available at, and noticed something startling.

While the heavily scrutinized touch-screen voting machines seemed to produce results in which the registered Democrat/Republican ratios largely matched the Kerry/Bush vote, in Florida's counties using results from optically scanned paper ballots - fed into a central tabulator PC and thus vulnerable to hacking – the results seem to contain substantial anomalies.

In Baker County, for example, with 12,887 registered voters, 69.3% of them Democrats and 24.3% of them Republicans, the vote was only 2,180 for Kerry and 7,738 for Bush, the opposite of what is seen everywhere else in the country where registered Democrats largely voted for Kerry.

In Dixie County, with 4,988 registered voters, 77.5% of them Democrats and a mere 15% registered as Republicans, only 1,959 people voted for Kerry, but 4,433 voted for Bush.

The pattern repeats over and over again - but only in the counties where optical scanners were used. Franklin County, 77.3% registered Democrats, went 58.5% for Bush. Holmes County, 72.7% registered Democrats, went 77.25% for Bush.

Yet in the touch-screen counties, where investigators may have been more vigorously looking for such anomalies, high percentages of registered Democrats generally equaled high percentages of votes for Kerry. (I had earlier reported that county size was a variable – this turns out not to be the case. Just the use of touch-screens versus optical scanners.)

More visual analysis of the results can be seen at http://us, and Note the trend line – the only variable that determines a swing toward Bush was the use of optical scan machines.

One possible explanation for this is the "Dixiecrat" theory, that in Florida white voters (particularly the rural ones) have been registered as Democrats for years, but voting Republican since Reagan. Looking at the 2000 statistics, also available on Dopp's site, there are similar anomalies, although the trends are not as strong as in 2004. But some suggest the 2000 election may have been questionable in Florida, too.

One of the people involved in Dopp's analysis noted that it may be possible to determine the validity of the "rural Democrat" theory by comparing Florida's white rural counties to those of Pennsylvania, another swing state but one that went for Kerry, as the exit polls there predicted. Interestingly, the Pennsylvania analysis, available at, doesn't show the same kind of swings as does Florida, lending credence to the possibility of problems in Florida.

Even more significantly, Dopp had first run the analysis while filtering out smaller (rural) counties, and still found that the only variable that accounted for a swing toward Republican voting was the use of optical-scan machines, whereas counties with touch-screen machines generally didn't swing - regardless of size.

Others offer similar insights, based on other data. A professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, noted that in Florida the vote to raise the minimum wage was approved by 72%, although Kerry got 48%. "The correlation between voting for the minimum wage increase and voting for Kerry isn't likely to be perfect," he noted, "but one would normally expect that the gap - of 1.5 million votes - to be far smaller than it was."

While all of this may or may not be evidence of vote tampering, it again brings the nation back to the question of why several states using electronic voting machines or scanners programmed by private, for-profit corporations and often connected to modems produced votes inconsistent with exit poll numbers.

Those exit poll results have been a problem for reporters ever since Election Day.

Election night, I'd been doing live election coverage for WDEV, one of the radio stations that carries my syndicated show, and, just after midnight, during the 12:20 a.m. Associated Press Radio News feed, I was startled to hear the reporter detail how Karen Hughes had earlier sat George W. Bush down to inform him that he'd lost the election. The exit polls were clear: Kerry was winning in a landslide. "Bush took the news stoically," noted the AP report.

But then the computers reported something different. In several pivotal states.

Conservatives see a conspiracy here: They think the exit polls were rigged.

Dick Morris, the infamous political consultant to the first Clinton campaign who became a Republican consultant and Fox News regular, wrote an article for The Hill, the publication read by every political junkie in Washington, DC, in which he made a couple of brilliant points.

"Exit Polls are almost never wrong," Morris wrote. "They eliminate the two major potential fallacies in survey research by correctly separating actual voters from those who pretend they will cast ballots but never do and by substituting actual observation for guesswork in judging the relative turnout of different parts of the state."

He added: "So, according to ABC-TVs exit polls, for example, Kerry was slated to carry Florida, Ohio, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, and Iowa, all of which Bush carried. The only swing state the network had going to Bush was West Virginia, which the president won by 10 points."

Yet a few hours after the exit polls were showing a clear Kerry sweep, as the computerized vote numbers began to come in from the various states the election was called for Bush.

How could this happen?

On the CNBC TV show "Topic A With Tina Brown," several months ago, Howard Dean had filled in for Tina Brown as guest host. His guest was Bev Harris, the Seattle grandmother who started from her living room. Bev pointed out that regardless of how votes were tabulated (other than hand counts, only done in odd places like small towns in Vermont), the real "counting" is done by computers. Be they Diebold Opti-Scan machines, which read paper ballots filled in by pencil or ink in the voter's hand, or the scanners that read punch cards, or the machines that simply record a touch of the screen, in all cases the final tally is sent to a "central tabulator" machine.

That central tabulator computer is a Windows-based PC.

"In a voting system," Harris explained to Dean on national television, "you have all the different voting machines at all the different polling places, sometimes, as in a county like mine, there's a thousand polling places in a single county. All those machines feed into the one machine so it can add up all the votes. So, of course, if you were going to do something you shouldn't to a voting machine, would it be more convenient to do it to each of the 4000 machines, or just come in here and deal with all of them at once?"

Dean nodded in rhetorical agreement, and Harris continued. "What surprises people is that the central tabulator is just a PC, like what you and I use. It's just a regular computer."

"So," Dean said, "anybody who can hack into a PC can hack into a central tabulator?"

Harris nodded affirmation, and pointed out how Diebold uses a program called GEMS, which fills the screen of the PC and effectively turns it into the central tabulator system. "This is the official program that the County Supervisor sees," she said, pointing to a PC that was sitting between them loaded with Diebold's software.

Bev then had Dean open the GEMS program to see the results of a test election. They went to the screen titled "Election Summary Report" and waited a moment while the PC "adds up all the votes from all the various precincts," and then saw that in this faux election Howard Dean had 1000 votes, Lex Luthor had 500, and Tiger Woods had none. Dean was winning.

"Of course, you can't tamper with this software," Harris noted. Diebold wrote a pretty good program.

But, it's running on a Windows PC.

So Harris had Dean close the Diebold GEMS software, go back to the normal Windows PC desktop, click on the "My Computer" icon, choose "Local Disk C:," open the folder titled GEMS, and open the sub-folder "LocalDB" which, Harris noted, "stands for local database, that's where they keep the votes." Harris then had Dean double-click on a file in that folder titled "Central Tabulator Votes," which caused the PC to open the vote count in a database program like Excel.

In the "Sum of the Candidates" row of numbers, she found that in one precinct Dean had received 800 votes and Lex Luthor had gotten 400.

"Let's just flip those," Harris said, as Dean cut and pasted the numbers from one cell into the other. "And," she added magnanimously, "let's give 100 votes to Tiger."

They closed the database, went back into the official GEMS software "the legitimate way, you're the county supervisor and you're checking on the progress of your election."

As the screen displayed the official voter tabulation, Harris said, "And you can see now that Howard Dean has only 500 votes, Lex Luthor has 900, and Tiger Woods has 100." Dean, the winner, was now the loser.

Harris sat up a bit straighter, smiled, and said, "We just edited an election, and it took us 90 seconds."

On live national television. (You can see the clip on And they had left no tracks whatsoever, Harris said, noting that it would be nearly impossible for the election software – or a County election official - to know that the vote database had been altered.

Which brings us back to Morris and those pesky exit polls that had Karen Hughes telling George W. Bush that he'd lost the election in a landslide.

Morris's conspiracy theory is that the exit polls "were sabotage" to cause people in the western states to not bother voting for Bush, since the networks would call the election based on the exit polls for Kerry. But the networks didn't do that, and had never intended to.

According to congressional candidate Fisher, it makes far more sense that the exit polls were right - they weren't done on Diebold PCs - and that the vote itself was hacked.

And not only for the presidential candidate - Jeff Fisher thinks this hit him and pretty much every other Democratic candidate for national office in the most-hacked swing states.

So far, the only national "mainstream" media to come close to this story was Keith Olbermann on his show Friday night, November 5th, when he noted that it was curious that all the voting machine irregularities so far uncovered seem to favor Bush. In the meantime, the Washington Post and other media are now going through single-bullet-theory-like contortions to explain how the exit polls had failed.

But I agree with Fox's Dick Morris on this one, at least in large part. Wrapping up his story for The Hill, Morris wrote in his final paragraph, "This was no mere mistake. Exit polls cannot be as wrong across the board as they were on election night. I suspect foul play."

Thom Hartmann (thom at is a Project Censored Award-winning best-selling author and host of a nationally syndicated daily progressive talk show. www.thomhartmann .com His most recent books are "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight," "Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights," "We The People: A Call To Take Back America," and "What Would Jefferson Do?: A Return To Democracy."

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7 Nov 2004 @ 21:16 by ov : Silver Lining
I've made a few comments over at the Smirking Chimp that there was a silver lining to this whole thing. If it can be proved that the Bush stole the election then his presidency is illegal, and the decisions made by it are not legally binding. On the other hand, if Kerry would have won the long term results would have been the same, but they would have been legal and legally binding on future generations. This is more than just a technicality, and is very similiar to the legality problem outlined in my Pillage of Baghdad article of a few days ago. Bush does what he wants and although his action towards the rest of the world is very aggresive and militaristic, he responds to the American people in a passive-aggresive way, and it does seem to be effective in the short term, but it doesn't have the legitimacy that will survive his term in office.

Justice will only occur through the world courts. Why do you think the Bushies are so adamant about not being held accountable to the world courts.  

8 Nov 2004 @ 10:34 by jazzolog : My Letter
This is an email I just sent out to a group of pretty influential political people and journalists I know~~~

Dear Friends,

Believe me, I would like nothing better than for these doubts about Dirty
Tricks to fade from my view of the election. I don't want to be labeled, as
Harry Shearer did on Le Show last night, merely one more conspiracy
theorist. And yet I feel the discrepancies in the electronic voting and
tabulation across the country are incredibly important in this close
election. However, I see no investigative journalists announcing they're
going after those problems. I realize if some operatives did pull off
hacking hijacking that the computers on which they did it probably are
destroyed to ashes by now...and that at best we'd be left with
circumstantial evidence. But are not the incidents referred to by William
Rivers Pitt this morning worthy of followup---at least to their dead-ends?


Thanks to Zepp, whose name you see as one of the few recipients of these
alarums and who IS going after this story!


Thanks also, Zepp, for posting the BlackBox URL (
{link:} ) but unfortunately the graphic at the Randi
Rhodes Show came through only as HTML stuff. Can you try it again...or else
just post the site? {link:}
Unfortunately they don't give the original source. Does anyone know?

~~~Sigh~~~ Enjoy your Monday,

8 Nov 2004 @ 13:42 by jazzolog : More Just Received
and passed along. Please do likewise, if you wish~~~

November 4, 2004
Basic report from Columbus
From a lawyer who was in there in Ohio.

A database of voter irregularities is reportedly being assembled, and
hopefully there will be web sites devoted to documenting what really

I worked for 3 days, including Election Day, on the statewide voter
protection hotline run by the Ohio Democratic Party in Columbus, Ohio. I
am writing this because the media is inexplicably whitewashing what happened
in Ohio, and Kerry's concession was likewise inexplicable. Hundreds of
thousands of people were disenfranchised in Ohio.

People waited on line for as long as 10 hours. It appears to have only
happened in Democratic-leaning precincts, principally (a) precincts where
many African Americans lived, and (b) precincts near colleges. I spoke to a
young man who got on line at 11:30 am and voted at 7 pm. When he left at 7
pm, the line was about 150 voters longer than when he'd arrived, which meant
those people were going to wait even longer. In fact they waited for as much
as 10 hours, and their voting was concluded at about 3 am. The reason this
occurred was that they had 1 voting station per 1000 voters, while the
adjacent precinct had 1 voting station per 184. Both precincts were within
the same county, and managed by the same county board of elections. The
difference between them is that the privileged polling place was in a rural,
solidly Republican, area, while the one with long lines was in the college
town of Gambier, OH.

Lines of 4 and 5 hours were the order of the day in many African-American

Touch screen voting machines in Youngstown OH were registering "George W.
Bush" when people pressed "John F. Kerry" ALL DAY LONG. This was reported
immediately after the polls opened, and reported over and over again
throughout the day, and yet the bogus machines were inexplicably kept in use

Countless other frauds occurred, such as postcards advising people of
incorrect polling places, registered Democrats not receiving absentee
ballots, duly registered young voters being forced to file provisional
ballots even though their names and signatures appeared in the voting rolls,
longtime active voting registered voters being told they weren't registered,
bad faith challenges by Republican "challengers" in Democratic precincts,
and on and on and on.

I was very proud of the way so many Ohioans fought so valiantly for their
right to vote, and would not be turned away. Many, however, could not spend
the entire day and were afraid of losing their jobs, due to the severe
economic depression hitting Ohio.

I do not understand why Kerry conceded and did not fight to ensure that all
Ohioans would have a chance to vote, and for their vote to be counted.


Ray Beckerman
Beldock Levine & Hoffman LLP
99 Park Ave (Ste 1600)
New York, NY 10016


I am angry and getting emails and recrimination from people wondering why
KERRY just caved and is not fighting this before the final count in Ohio,
before any of the fraud was challenged, before New Mexico and Iowa even came

There is widespread feeling that he did not lose the election and that it
was taken from him.

There is enough here to warrant investigation and enough to challenge the
results. It's coming from all corners.

I understand that he has until the official count certification in Ohio to
Un Concede which is several days from now.

Anyone who thinks that he should unconcede should give reasons why -
whatever they noticed, particularly in Red Republican Governed States using
electronic machines- and send them directly to Cameron KERRY, John Kerry's
brother at his law firm at the address They should inform
us if they were not allowed to vote provisionally (for whatever reason- they
lost forms, ran out of forms, etc.) I personally witnessed a number of
things as I reported in Texas with the DCCC. (Democratic Congressional
Campaign Committee)

If you know anyone in particular in Ohio who tried to vote and was turned
away at the polls please get their information and notify the campaign. They
should be notified if they experienced lines longer than four
hours -particularly elderly or infirm people (we call that torture when they
do it to political prisoners) . They should be notified if people were told
as has been reported that due to too many people showing up in African
American precincts, particularly in Ohio where there were too few booths
(some only had two or three for the entire precinct) and told because of
heavy turn out they could vote on Wednesday.

If the numbers of these sorts of incidents creates a percentage margin that
the margin of victory- Un Concession has to be made to challenge the count.
If people wanted to and tried to vote and were prevented or actively
discouraged from doing so, that is a Civil Rights matter and must be dealt
with in terms of the ultimate count.

This is the last email that I am writing on this subject in this venue. I am
taking it up in other venues.

Please pass along this to your listservs so that we may make Democracy Work
in America. We are not a country where he who cheats best wins.

Cynthia L. Butler
1717 K St. NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036
We have the POWER to take our country BACK!  

8 Nov 2004 @ 14:13 by jazzolog : Dems Start Investigation
The Honorable David M. Walker
Comptroller General of the United States
U.S. General Accountability Office

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...

John Conyers, Jr. Jerrold Nadler, and Robert Wexler
House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on the Constitution  

8 Nov 2004 @ 16:02 by jazzolog : 17 Counties Reporting More Than 100%
in Ohio. So how it THAT possible?


8 Nov 2004 @ 16:56 by ov : Votes
Thanks for all the information Richard. I think the people have to keep at this putting together the evidence. Notice how the war in Iraq is ramping up, they need a diversion and its so much more interesting to watch that night vision green whup ass and cheer every time our side gets a hit. Time to give up on influencing the main stream news and concentrate on the web side and getting the information organized so that people can find it when there mind is finally free enough to think, after that proverbial camel's straw has given them a perspective adjustment.

I beat Dean wouldn't have rolled over, and I bet that was why he had to be taken out early in the race. Any word about what Dean is doing these days?  

8 Nov 2004 @ 20:16 by ov : Votes
NEW YORK— Here’s an interesting little sidebar of our system of government confirmed recently by the crack Countdown research staff: no Presidential candidate’s concession speech is legally binding. The only determinants of the outcome of election are the reports of the state returns boards and the vote of the Electoral College.


10 Nov 2004 @ 10:44 by jazzolog : From John Kerry's Legal Counsel
If you're following the situation in Ohio, please take a look at the email sent out last night at jazzoLOG (20th comment)~~~


11 Nov 2004 @ 07:40 by ov : Votes
Top notch site for links on voter fraud {|}

{|} is Bill Moyer's site, a journalist with experience, integrity and credibility, imho.  

11 Nov 2004 @ 16:59 by ov : Votes
{|Nader calls for US election recounts}

1 hour, 23 minutes ago U.S. National - AFP

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Ralph Nader (news - web sites), an independent presidential candidate this year, has called for recounts of November 2 voting results saying that amid allegations of irregularities, he wanted to ensure that every ballot was counted.

Nader, who this year drew about one percent of the vote nationally, told a press conference Wednesday he was speaking out for the "thousands" of US voters asking for recounts and not on his own behalf.

"Over 2,000 citizens including voting rights advocates are urging in writing the Nader Camejo campaign to help make sure every vote is counted and counted accurately. The Nader Camejo campaign does not view the election to be over merely because concession speeches, which have no legal effect, have been given. Rather they are over when every vote is counted and legally certified," Nader said.

He urged recounts particularly in the hotly disputed states of Ohio and Florida, which went to Bush, New Hampshire which went to Kerry, and North Carolina, which went to Bush.

Nader highlighted irregularities including one reported earlier in an Ohio polling station where 638 voters cast ballots but results showed 4,258 voted for Bush, and 260 for Kerry.

"Striking inconsistencies exist between the vote as reported on the AccuVote Diebold Machines and exit polls and voting trends in New Hampshire. These irregularities in the reported vote count favor president George W. Bush by five to 15 percent over what was expected.

"Problems in these electronic voting machines and optical scanners are being reported in machines in a variety of states," Nader added.  

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