Friday, November 05, 2004

Fraudulent Election, cont'd. 

Update: This diary from DailyKos gives a full-length, very well explained analysis of where things stand in Ohio and Florida, in terms of the actual ongoing counting of existing ballots, the consequences of putative recounts, plus how central computer fraud could have occurred and whether or not we ought to think it did.

The long story short is: the diarist considers it very unlikely that a full counting of all provisional and rejected ballots in Ohio would yield enough Kerry votes to turn the total; at the same time, he acknowledges that the far deeper concern in both Ohio and Florida is "errors" in (or deliberate remote manipulation of) central vote-tabulating computers. Although there is as of yet (obviously) no concrete evidence of computer-based error or fraud in this election (such evidence is extremely difficult to obtain), it is a possibility with far more than enough actual precedent, in elections across the country, to warrant a full audit and investigation.

Actually, there is some evidence (though not much) of something awry. Check it out:

Franklin County, OH: Gahanna 1-B Precinct

US Senator:
Fingerhut (D) - 167 votes
Voinovich (R) - 300 votes

US President:
Kerry (D) - 260 votes
Bush (R) - 4,258 votes
(for the source, follow the link to the diary)

Just a lone error, an outlier, a wayward precinct? We don't know.

From the democraticamerica listserv:

So far all the "evidence" of fraud has been anecdotal (see website links to fraud) but there is one group that is getting the hard evidence--and it's there--Blackboxvoting.org.

Blackbox voting needs to raise $50,000 to file freedom of info act requests for as quickly as possible to pay for records and the fees some states charge for them: We launched one major FOIA action last night, and have two more on the way, pell-mell. Now is the time. If you can't donate funds http://www.eservicescorp.com/form.aspx?fID=912, please donate time. E-mail to join the Cleanup Crew. crew@blackboxvoting.org

Black Box Voting (.ORG) is conducting the largest Freedom of Information action in history. At 8:30 p.m. Election Night, Black Box Voting blanketed the U.S. with the first in a series of public records requests, to obtain internal computer logs and other documents from 3,000 individual counties and townships. Networks called the election before anyone bothered to perform even the most rudimentary audit.


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