"To believe that Bush won the election, you
must also believe:"
by Mark Ritchie
1- That the exit polls were WRONG...(remember - they have been used
for over a decade and considered reliable)
2- That Zogby's 5pm election day calls for Kerry winning OH, FL were
WRONG. He was within a less than 1/2 % point margin of error in his
2000 final poll and previous polls for other elections.
3- That Harris Poll last minute polling for Kerry was WRONG. They
were also within a 1/2% point margin of error in their 2000 final
4- The Incumbent Rule #I (that undecideds primarily break at the end
for the challenger)was WRONG.
5- The 50% Rule was WRONG (that an incumbent doesn't do better than
his final polling)
6- The Approval Rating Rule was WRONG (that an incumbent with less
than 50% approval will most likely lose the election)
7- That Journalist Greg Palast was WRONG when he said that even before
the election, 1 million votes were stolen from Kerry. He was the ONLY
reporter to break the fact that 90,000 Florida blacks were disnfranchised
8- That it was just a COINCIDENCE that the exit polls were CORRECT
where there WAS a PAPER TRAIL and INCORRECT (+5% for Bush) where there
was NO PAPER TRAIL.
9- That the surge in new young voters had NO positive effect for Kerry,
even though it was the largest number of youth voters 18-29 ever and
a huge jump from 2000 and they were over 55% in favor of Kerry.
10- That Bush BEAT 99-1 mathematical odds in winning the election.
11- That Kerry did WORSE than Gore against an opponent who LOST the
support of SCORES of Republican newspapers who were for Bush in 2000.
12- That Bush did better than an 18 national poll average which showed
him tied with Kerry at 47. In other words, Bush got 80% of the undecided
vote to end up with a 51-48 majority - when ALL professional pollsters
agree that the undecided vote ALWAYS goes to the challenger.
13- That Voting machines made by Republicans with no paper trail and
with no software publication, which have been proven by thousands
computer scientists to be vulnerable in scores of ways, were NOT tampered
with in this election.
Some Examples: (There are many more, but I won't list
them all here - this is to give you an idea)
- The City of Gahanna in Ohio discovered a discrepancy that gave 4,000
votes to George Bush. After media scrutiny, city officials have admitted
to an electronic "glitch" that caused the problem.
- In Broward County, FL, errors in software code caused a referendum
on gambling to be completely overturned. The error caused totals to
count backwards after reaching a ceiling of 32,500 votes. The problem
existed in the 2002 election as well however the issue was never resolved
by the manufacturer of the electronic voting machine.
- In North Carolina, a Craven County district logged 11,283 more votes
than voters and actually overturned the results of a regional race.
For more info, go to:
There are key people right now working behind the scenes on this...but
meanwhile, we the people at a a grassroots level need to start making
the corporate media pay attention to the "Real Story" not
the "Moral Values" headlines and stories being featured
on the news currently including the "Boy Genius - Karl Rove"
Cover stories on CNN and Fox. We need to support those that are pursuing
this issue to reveal the truth and get an inquiry going. If any of
you remember Michael Moore's movie Fahrenheit 9/11, you'll remember
the scene where the Black Congressional Caucus members stood up in
a joint session of Congress in 2000 and asked for a single Senator
to back them in an investigation of "Voter Fraud and Disenfranchisement".
Many who saw the film felt ashamed at that moment and many didn't
even know this had happened. Well, its happening all over again....History
has a funny way of repeating itself if we don't pay attention and
learn. Currently there are several members of Congress and the House
Judiciary Committee that have requested the GAO (General Accounting
Office) to implement an inquiry into computer voting machine problems
There are also folks across the country at the grassroots level filing
Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to investigate these problems
immediately. One of the biggest driving individuals behind this effort
is a woman by the name of Bev Harris from Seattle, WA. (her site
is <http://www.blackboxvoting.org. I became familiar with Bev Harris
when I saw her on MSNBC give a demonstration to Howard Dean on how
easy it was to "hack" the central tabulator computer for
these computer voting systems and change the results. She did it in
less than 2 minutes and in a way that no one monitoring the system
could tell. I later saw her demonstrate this at a presentation here
in Marin County this year. Sadly, no one seemed to pay attention,
including in the Democratic Party and now, here we are after one of
the biggest elections of our lifetime and
with problems surfacing all over the place with no answers or accountability.
Worse is that no one is covering what is perhaps the biggest story
of all - the fraud involved in this election.
This is not the "Dems" being sore losers...this is real
Real problems. If this issue and fraud isn't addressed, our democracy
and our votes in the future are dead. Won't even be a point in voting.
'Those who cast the votes decide nothing. Those who count the votes