stolen elections, past and future

An excerpt from Robert F. Kennedy Jr’s new “Rolling Stone” article on the stealing of the 2004 election:

Like many Americans, I spent the evening of the 2004 election watching the returns on television and wondering how the exit polls, which predicted an overwhelming victory for John Kerry, had gotten it so wrong. By midnight, the official tallies showed a decisive lead for George Bush — and the next day, lacking enough legal evidence to contest the results, Kerry conceded. Republicans derided anyone who expressed doubts about Bush’s victory as nut cases in ”tinfoil hats,” while the national media, with few exceptions, did little to question the validity of the election. The Washington Post immediately dismissed allegations of fraud as ”conspiracy theories,” and The New York Times declared that ”there is no evidence of vote theft or errors on a large scale.”

But despite the media blackout, indications continued to emerge that something deeply troubling had taken place in 2004. Nearly half of the 6 million American voters living abroad never received their ballots — or received them too late to vote — after the Pentagon unaccountably shut down a state-of-the-art Web site used to file overseas registrations. A consulting firm called Sproul & Associates, which was hired by the Republican National Committee to register voters in six battleground states, was discovered shredding Democratic registrations. In New Mexico, which was decided by 5,988 votes, malfunctioning machines mysteriously failed to properly register a presidential vote on more than 20,000 ballots. Nationwide, according to the federal commission charged with implementing election reforms, as many as 1 million ballots were spoiled by faulty voting equipment — roughly one for every 100 cast.

…But what is most anomalous about the irregularities in 2004 was their decidedly partisan bent: Almost without exception they hurt John Kerry and benefited George Bush. After carefully examining the evidence, I’ve become convinced that the president’s party mounted a massive, coordinated campaign to subvert the will of the people in 2004. Across the country, Republican election officials and party stalwarts employed a wide range of illegal and unethical tactics to fix the election. A review of the available data reveals that in Ohio alone, at least 357,000 voters, the overwhelming majority of them Democratic, were prevented from casting ballots or did not have their votes counted in 2004 — more than enough to shift the results of an election decided by 118,601 votes. (See “Ohio’s Missing Votes.”) In what may be the single most astounding fact from the election, one in every four Ohio citizens who registered to vote in 2004 showed up at the polls only to discover that they were not listed on the rolls, thanks to GOP efforts to stem the unprecedented flood of Democrats eager to cast ballots. And that doesn’t even take into account the troubling evidence of outright fraud, which indicates that upwards of 80,000 votes for Kerry were counted instead for Bush. That alone is a swing of more than 160,000 votes — enough to have put John Kerry in the White House…

It’s all stuff we’ve talked about here before, but it’s great to see all of the information pulled together like this, with exhaustive footnotes, by someone as credible and relatively mainstream as Robert F. Kennedy Jr. It’s well worth the read, especially if you haven’t been following the ongoing citizen-led investigation closely. And, it’s particularly timely, given the electronic voting mess that’s gathering on the horizon.

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  1. Ted Glass
    Posted June 2, 2006 at 10:33 am | Permalink

    Hopefully this will get a meaningful discussion going. And hopefully America is ready for it now.

  2. Robert Rowe
    Posted June 2, 2006 at 11:09 am | Permalink

    Prominent Democrats are taking the more “socially acceptable” approach of accusing the Republicans of using traditional voter suppression tactics to steal elections. It’s an easier pill to swallow than the massive electronic fraud that is quietly spreading across the country like a cancer, and is threatening to deliver a fatal blow to what’s left of the democratic process in America. Will the attention on traditional methods of voter suppression and fraud distract from the much more threatening electronic methods being used, or will it help bring more public attention and scrutiny of the modern means of election-fixing? We’ll see.

  3. mark
    Posted June 3, 2006 at 5:14 pm | Permalink

    If I get time today, I plan to search around the net and see what everyone’s saying about the Rolling Stone article… And, while I’m at it, I’ll also check and see if anyone’s still talking about the Neil Young record… Unfortunately, everyone’s got a pretty short attention span these days.

    And you’re absolutely right, Rob.

  4. Robert
    Posted December 23, 2009 at 7:44 pm | Permalink

    Today, just one more example of Republicans committing felonies in their quest to rid us of the scourge of the Democrat Party:


    by Matt Helms
    Free Press Staff Writer

    Two men have been charged in an investigation of fraudulent signature gathering in a failed recall campaign against Michigan House Speaker Andy Dillon, Michigan State Police said today.

    State Police said they had been investigating since May 2008 claims of falsified signatures on petitions supporting the recall election in November 2008 and have arrested two men on charges authorized by Attorney General Mike Cox’s office.

    Michael Bastianelli, 28, of Westland and Harvey Robinson, 39, of Redford have been arraigned in 16th District Court in Livonia, each on two felony counts of uttering and publishing and violating state election laws on petition gathering.

    Trooper Robert Weimer of the State Police metro south post in Taylor said the men faked signatures of people in the Redford Township area who hadn’t signed the petition.

    “We don’t anticipate any other charges coming down,” Weimer said. “It’s been reviewed by the Attorney General’s office and this is the decision.”

    Dillon, D-Redford Township, easily survived the recall election.

  5. Posted December 24, 2009 at 11:31 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the link, Robert. I’ll check it out.

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