Friday, December 10, 2004

Zogby Wants Investigation and Conyers Fact Finding Continues

Pollster John Zogby, who predicted a large Kerry win on Election day, stands behind his prediction. He stated:

"We have a problem in this country of extreme partisanship and responsible, respectable people who believe that there was a conspiracy," which Zogby added "simply is not healthy." Zogby said he is calling for an investigation "not to suggest that the election was stolen or to suggest that the results would be overturned, but to collect an objective, independent body of evidence of those who believe there was a problem. "Zogby also praised the accuracy of his 2004 election polling. "My polling was very, very good and extremely accurate."

Harvey Wasserman & Bob Fitrakis explain in why history demands an Ohio revote:

"We will never know how many tens of thousands of Ohioans were turned away at the polls, were forced to leave before voting, or never went once they heard how long the lines were. This was a de facto denial of the Fifteenth Amendment right to vote, as surely as were the poll tax and literacy tests of the Jim Crow south.

As co-chair of Ohio's Bush-Cheney campaign, Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, who officiated over this election, was clearly a partisan. Without a re-vote to restore the rights of all Ohioans, this election's stench of manipulation will fester through the history books as surely as all those staged in Stalin's Soviet Union. Ukraine has now taken the obvious step of re-running a national election so that its fledgling democracy can maintain its credibility. Ohio can do no less."

This informative article from Dr. Phillips for The Ohio Free Press illustrates how ballot spoilage was several times higher in Democratic precincts of Montgomery County, Ohio. Convenient for stealing an election:

"Altogether, in these 47 precincts, Kerry won 14,871 votes to 2,032 for Bush, a margin of 7 to 1. In these 47 precincts there are 920 uncounted regular ballots, or 21.0% of the county wide total. In the other 541 precincts in Montgomery County, among which the uncounted regular ballots are distributed at a rate of 6.4 per precinct, Kerry won 128,106 votes to 136,329 for Bush. Thus, 21.0% of the uncounted regular ballots are in 8.7% of the precincts that accounted for 6.0% of the votes in the county.

In these 47 precincts, which went for Kerry by a margin of 7 to 1, the “spoilage” rate of regular ballots was 5.16%, compared to 1.31% for the rest of the county, and 1.70% for the whole of the county."

Here is a second analysis by Dr. Philips illustrating more election anomalies in Lucas County, Ohio:

"The more competitive the ward, the higher the reported turnout. Conversely, the less competitive the ward, the lower the reported turnout. This pattern cannot be explained by claiming that voters were unenthusiastic about John Kerry, because he did win every ward in Toledo. In fact, Kerry’s margin of victory was 20.24%, compared to 18.68% for Al Gore.

It is my professional opinion that the election in Lucas County was rigged, most likely by altering the vote totals in each ward by a percentage chosen for that ward, plus or minus, based upon voting patterns in past elections. The optical scanners used in Lucas County were not precinct-based. They were of the central count variety. The results could have been altered without anybody at the precinct level knowing about it. If turnout had been equal in Toledo and the suburbs, Kerry’s plurality in Lucas County would have been considerably larger. There is an old adage that says elections are stolen at the precinct level. This election was rigged at the ward and county levels."

Here is a list of statements submitted during the Representative Conyers Hearings on Ohio Voting Irregularities last Wednesday, and also the response from Warren Mitofsky to Conyers’ request for him to appear at the Hearings and release the raw polling data that showed Kerry winning early in the day. In short, Mitofsky told Conyers to “talk to the hand.”

It looks like the next step in the Ohio election fraud battle is a congressional forum that will be held in Columbus, Ohio on Monday, December 13. It will be lead by Representative Conyers and a group of representatives and luminaries.

Lastly, a good essay entitled U.S.: A Call for a New Election, by Ken Reiner. It suggests how to prevent these fraud issues in future elections. It also states:

"Were Americans to ever learn how corrupt their elections are, and how few choices they are given, they might rise up and change the entire system by which corporations run the country. The elite will do everything in their power to keep the people from learning just how crooked the system is. With the power of the press and TV under their total command, which we now clearly see, they likely will try every way they can to keep this fraudulent election, as they did with the prior two elections, out of the gaze of 'we the people.' After all, by reason of false media control, the majority of Americans, even today, are still convinced Iraq had weapons of mass destruction, despite Bush (and everyone but Cheney) admitting 'evidently they didn't.'"

Ignorance is bliss, or to quote Aldous Huxley, “The greatest triumphs of propaganda have been accomplished, not by doing something, but by refraining from doing. Great is truth, but still greater, from a practical point of view, is silence about truth.”

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