Her phony felon purge wiped out 12,000 valid voters, depriving Al Gore of victory. The butterfly ballot in Palm Beach County was one of the worst debacles in election history, costing Gore thousands of votes.
Kenneth Blackwell, the Ohio secretary of state, stole the presidency for His Illegitimacy in 2004. And why not? Blackwell was co-chair of Ohio’s Bush-Cheney campaign.
The Conyers Report blamed Blackwell for “massive and unprecedented voter irregularities … caused by intentional misconduct and illegal behavior.” Black precincts, which vote heavily Democratic, were woefully short of voting machines, with some voters enduring six- and seven-hour waits.
An audit of 18 Ohio counties in 2004 showed that 200,000 votes were stolen from John Kerry, more than enough to win the state. The evidence was destroyed in defiance of a court order.
Boss Tweed, ruler of New York City politics in the 1870s, taunted voters in the words of the great editorial cartoonist Thomas Nast: “As long as I count the votes, what are you going to do about it?”
After two fraudulent presidential elections, GOP theft Nov. 4 is again a real possibility.
Items in the Theft Parade:
• Diebold admits that 34 states could have substantial counting errors because its electronic machines drop votes. It also says the error has been part of its software for 10 years.
• Electronic machines are highly susceptible to hacking. Vote-flipping is prevalent. In the Florida primary this year, Palm Beach County officials failed to count 14 percent of the votes in a local race.
• The Brennan Center for Justice calls voter purges inconsistent, unaccountable, prone to error, shrouded in mystery — and susceptible to fraud.
• States have barred 5.3 million from voting, allegedly because they have criminal records. But many are wrongfully disenfranchised by officials who are confused or ill-informed about their own state election laws.
In Alabama, scores of voters are labeled felons on the basis of incorrect lists. Officials in Wisconsin admit their database is wrong one out of five times when it flags voters.
In New Mexico caucuses, thousands of registered Democrats were improperly kicked off rolls. In the Mississippi primary this year, 10,000 voters were deleted at the whim of an election official.
• Virginia and Kentucky do not allow felons to vote even when they have served their time. Eight other states have byzantine rules for reinstatement. Felony disenfranchisement disproportionately affects blacks and Latinos.
• Voter fraud is virtually nonexistent. Yet the Supreme Court, with its activist justices advocating injustice, has upheld the obnoxious voter ID law designed by Republicans for Republicans.
Voter ID stops blacks from voting, a poll tax that a justice-oriented Supreme Court outlawed in 1966. That arch apostle of injustice, Justice Scalia, helped steal one election for Bush and is doing his damnedest to steal another.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., voting rights attorney, pointed out in a Rolling Stone article the huge discrepancy between exit polling and official results, particularly in closely contested states.
Exit polls, virtually an exact science, predicted an overwhelming win for Kerry. But Ohio election officials would have none of it.
“Officials there purged tens of thousands of eligible voters from the rolls, neglected to process registration cards generated by Democratic voter drives, shortchanged Democratic precincts when they allocated voting machines and illegally derailed a recount that could have given Kerry the presidency,” Kennedy wrote. “A precinct in an evangelical church in Miami County recorded an impossibly high turnout of 98 percent. A polling place in inner city Cleveland recorded an equally impossible turnout of 7 percent.”
Kennedy concluded: “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 because of GOP efforts to stem the unprecedented flood of Democrats.”
It was no coincidence that these anomalies and irregularities where higher in battleground states and higher in states with large black populations.
A frantic John McCain is charging that ACORN is “on the verge of maybe perpetrating one of the greatest frauds in voter history” perhaps “destroying the fabric of democracy.”
Lo, the voice of desperation! ACORN’s sole crime is that it has registered 450,000 new voters.
Voting is a cherished American right. It should not be an obstacle course. It should not be riddled with fraud thwarting the democratic and Democratic will.
Jake Highton teaches journalism at the University of Nevada, Reno.