lost the election
The biggest story never told
I was quietly sipping cider at my favourite table in the Brushtail
Café when Gloomy Janice the journalist joined me. She was usually
a picture of despondency, but today she looked like her dog had died,
so I felt obliged to ask how things were going.
horrible, horrible, she muttered. Ive been
working on the US presidential vote fraud story, but the editor wont
touch it. He just keeps putting me off. Its driving me nuts
because its just the biggest scandal in the history of democracy.
A frisson of excitement ran down my tail, for I knew there was a great
mass of evidence of systematic fraud. Its the story the mainstream
media wont touch, but its all over the internet news and
It all started with the weird business of the exit polls.
Right through the mainstream coverage on the night the voting closed,
the exit polls had Kerry winning, then from one moment to the next,
the networks had Bush ahead by as much as Kerry had been beating him
before. So the talking heads looked confused and said, Um, well,
the exit polls were wildly wrong, and then they dropped it.
But next morning, people noticed that in states with old-fashioned
paper ballots, the exit polls matched the final results very well
indeed what youd expect historically and statistically.
The weird thing was that in the states which use electronic voting
machines or where the ballot papers were scanned electronically the
final result didnt match the exit polls.
Im on your side, I said to Gloomy, Looks pretty
sus to me.
She fished out her notebook.
If you look at Michigan, Arizona, Maine, Colorado, Louisiana,
Iowa, New Mexico, Nevada, Arkansas and Missouri, theres a bunch
of different voting systems, including paper ballots. In those states
the exit polls were almost exactly right within a tiny margin
of error, a fraction of one per cent one way or the other.
But if you look at Wisconsin, Ohio, Minnesota, Florida, New
Hampshire, North Carolina and Pennsylvania, where electronic voting
or optical scanning machines were widely used, the exit polls were
way out of whack with the official count.
The discrepancy always favoured Bush, and not by small amounts.
In Ohio and Wisconsin, it went Bushs way by 4 per cent. It was
7 per cent in Florida and Minnesota, 5 per cent in Pennsylvania, 9
per cent in North Carolina and a whopping 15 per cent in New Hampshire.
Statistically, thats just impossible.
And that aint all, I said. Ive seen
a great mass of evidence that there were other types of systematic
bastardry all of it favouring Bush. There was voter intimidation.
Black and other minority voters were excluded from the rolls, or told
they could only be provisionally registered and
then their votes were disallowed. There were touchscreens that persistently
registered support for Bush when the name Kerry was touched, and,
get this, in lots of precincts, including in Ohio, it seems the number
of votes cast exceeded the total number of registered voters, sometimes
by large margins.
But the worst indications of fraud are in the big, critical, states
of Ohio and Florida, she said, flicking through her notes.
In Florida, the number of votes recorded for all the candidates
went over the maximum possible voter turnout by 237,522, meaning that
over three per cent of the votes must be bogus. Florida uses electronic
voting machines in the 15 counties that account for most of the state's
Now theres a survey by the University of Berkeley in California,
which shows that electronic voting irregularities in Florida seem
to have awarded 130,000 to 260,000 or more excess votes to Bush.
So maybe now theres some academic respectability, the
thing might be mentioned in the media?
A flash of anger crossed her gloomy countenance.
It says heaps about the mainstream media that things a high
school kid could deduce cant be written about unless some high
academic pronounces on them.
Yeah, its disgraceful, I said. Theres
obviously been an instinctive decision by hundreds of executive editors
that even if Bush triumphed through fraud, its important now
to get behind him because to do otherwise would be to jeopardise the
system, blah, blah.
Is that a conspiracy?
Wouldnt need one. These guys are are real trusties. You
dont get to their position except by being dog loyal to the
shibboleths of parliamentary democracy and market fundamentalism.
Even if they were for Kerry, theyd think very hard, in their
pseudo-responsible sort of way, and ask themselves whether they really
wanted to cause the greatest constitutional crisis in history and
the total collapse of American prestige, and they decide that although
Bush is a bastard, but theyd better gloss over the evidence
or say nothing.
places to start:
Black Box Voting: http://www.blackboxvoting.org/