|Dirty tricks return to the sunshine state -
October 19, 2004
Sasser first got the feeling that something strange was
going on when the telephone pierced the silence of a
weekday afternoon at his house on the swampy fringes of
Tallahassee, northern Florida.
An automated voice had some surprising news: did he know
that he could now cast his presidential vote by phone,
and could do so right now, using the keypad? Mr Sasser's
suspicion that somebody was trying to trick him into
thinking he was casting a vote - presumably so that he
wouldn't cast a real one - was far from unique.
James Scruggs, another Tallahassee resident, remembers a
similar unease about the young woman who phoned him at
home, insistently offering to collect his absentee ballot
to ensure its safe delivery.
Then there was the elderly woman who called the local
elections office last week to register her husband for an
absentee vote. According to office staff, as she hung up
she made a point of thanking them: she wouldn't have
thought to get in touch about her husband, she said, if
it hadn't been for their helpful call the night before,
when someone had taken her own details, assuring her that
she was now registered and would receive a ballot.
But the elections office makes no such calls.
|Phony letters tell people
they cannot vote - October 28, 2004
is an outright case of election fraud in Lake
The phony letter says newly registered voters
signed up by the Kerry or Capri Cafaro campaigns
or the NAACP, their registrations are illegal and
they will not be able to vote.
That was not authorized by the Board of
Elections, said Elections Director Jan Clair.
It was not mailed by the Lake County Board
A real board mailing would have Clairs
Gallup Poll Racially-Biased - October 19, 2004
According to data obtained by Steve Soto over at the
Left Coaster, Gallup's latest LV sample--the one that
showed Bush with an 8 point lead--has only 14.5 percent
minority representation and only 7.5 percent black
How plausible is this as a representation of the election
day electorate? Not remotely plausible. In 1996, minority
representation among voters was 17 percent; in 2000, 19.4
percent. In 2004, the minority proportion of voters
should be more than this, because minorities are growing,
not declining, as a percentage of the US population. So
14.5 percent for nonwhites as a prediction of the 2004
electorate is very, very unlikely. It would defy both
recent history and powerful demographic trends.
As for 7.5 percent blacks. C'mon. Blacks were 10.1
percent in 1996 and 9.7 percent in 2000. And they're 12
percent of the voting age population. There's just no way
in the world blacks will only be 7.5 percent of voters in
So, in effect, Gallup's likely voter approach is
disenfranchising minorities in assessing American voters'
inclinations on the coming election. That's wrong and
Gallup should stop doing it.
A victory by Bush has got to look believable, so
likely Democrat voters weren't polled.
Local 10 Uncovers Big Ballot Mystery - October
Local 10 has received many phone calls from viewers in
Broward County who say they have not received the
absentee ballots - and the news from the elections
office doesn't sound good. Local 10 has learned that many
as many as 58,000 ballots that were supposed to mailed
out on Oct. 7 and 8 could be missing.
The Broward County Supervisor of Elections office is
saying only that the situation is "unusual,"
and they are looking into it. Gisela Salas, Broward
Deputy Elections Supervisor, said, "I hate to say
'missing' at this time because that has not yet be
substantiated. Some ballots are starting to arrive. But
there is an extraordinary delay."
An elections office representative told Local 10 that the
office has investigated with the U.S. Post Office what
might have happened to the ballots, but so far, no one
has been able to figure it out.
"It is unusual. It's a puzzle on the part of our
office and the postal service," Salas said.
"Our office did make the delivery and the post
office assures us they were processed. What happened is
New Florida vote scandal feared - October 26,
Watch the video at the top of the BBC web page.
A secret document obtained from inside Bush campaign
headquarters in Florida suggests a plan - possibly in
violation of US law - to disrupt voting in the state's
African-American voting districts, a BBC Newsnight
Two e-mails, prepared for the executive director of the
Bush campaign in Florida and the campaign's national
research director in Washington DC, contain a 15-page
so-called "caging list". It lists 1,886 names
and addresses of voters in predominantly black and
traditionally Democrat areas of Jacksonville, Florida.
An elections supervisor in Tallahassee, when shown the
list, told Newsnight: "The only possible reason why
they would keep such a thing is to challenge voters on
Electronic vote machine too easily corrupted -
6 March, 2004
Many locales are quickly adopting the
touch-screen technology. Should citizens in these places
be concerned that their votes can never be independently
Many people think so. In fact, Rep. Rush Holt, D-N.J.,
has proposed a law to require touch-screen systems to
print out a paper record for each voter to verify and
turn in as an official backup copy of his or her vote.
It seems like a simple solution. After all, the makers of
these election systems also make bank ATMs, which easily
produce written records of their transactions at the
user's request. Unfortunately, the Republicans in
Congress want nothing to do with the measure.
Diebold Voting Terminals - October 31, 2004
technique found in the Diebold central tabulator
1,000 of these systems are in place, and they
count up to two million votes at a time.
"By entering a 2-digit code in a hidden
location, a second set of votes is created. This
set of votes can be changed, so that it no longer
matches the correct votes" !!!
The voting system will then read the totals from
the bogus vote set. It takes only seconds to
change the votes, and to date not a single
location in the U.S. has implemented security
measures to fully mitigate the risks.
This program is not "stupidity" or
It was designed and tested over a series of a
dozen version adjustments.