[E-voting] Is the Mainstream Media Finally Getting Half the Rigged
Voting Machine Story?
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Thu Mar 30 20:03:24 IST 2006
/Published on Thursday, March 30, 2006 by the Columbus Free Press
<http://www.freepress.org/index2.php> (Ohio) /
*Is the Mainstream Media Finally Getting Half the Rigged Voting Machine
*by Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman*
The fact that electronic voting machines don't work may finally be
sinking into a segment of the mainstream media. The fact that e-voting
machines can, have been, and will be used to steal elections, continues
to go unreported.
At least the corporate media has moved from framing the allegations of
e-voting fraud as “conspiracy theory” into reporting epic errors in
Both USA Today and the New York Times have run recent articles on the
mechanical problems surrounding electronic voting that mirror much of
what happened during the theft the presidential election in Ohio 2004.
On March 28, USA Today's front page reported, that "Primary
voting-machine troubles raise concerns for general election." The story
focused on primaries in Illinois and Texas, where all-too-familiar
problems include more votes being counted than there were registered
voters, and thousands of votes missing from a recount.
Even Texas voters couldn’t ignore the fact that an initial ballot tally
in Ft. Worth showed 150,000 votes “. . . even though there were only
one-third that many voters,” according to USA Today.
The conservative Republican candidate for the Texas Supreme Court
believes he was the legitimate winner in a race he "officially" seems to
have lost. Various reports indicate there were vote counts in the
election that were, like many in Ohio 2004, simply not credible.
On March 23 the Times editorialized in support of a unanimous resolution
by the Maryland legislature to dump Diebold touchscreens and use
opti-scan paper-based systems instead. The move "is just the latest
indication that common sense is starting to prevail in the battle over
electronic voting," said the Times.
The USA Today article featured a graph showing the hundreds of millions
of dollars being spent under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) to install
electronic voting machines in key states such as California, New York,
Texas, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Yet, the e-voting machines are just part of the digital problem facing
U.S. voters. Diebold’s election software packages include what many
activists describe as “one stop shopping” for election fraud. Most of
the e-voting machine companies also sell software that creates digital
electronic voter registration databases. In the Cleveland area, an
estimated 7000 voters were knocked off the voter registration rolls when
Cuyahoga County Board of Elections adopted the Diebold registration
system. The e-voting machine companies can control everything
electronically, from voter registration to election day vote recording
to final vote tabulation and recounting.
Neither the Times nor USA Today nor any other major national publication
has been willing to take the problem to its logical conclusion. None
have seriously investigated how these very electronic machines were used
to help steal the presidential election in Ohio 2004, or to defeat two
electoral reform issues in Ohio 2005, or to swing key US Senate races in
places such as Georgia, Minnesota and Colorado in 2002.
But the fact that these publications are finally acknowledging the
obvious, overwhelming mechanical "glitches" with these machines is at
least a start. Now that the Government Accountability Office has
confirmed electronic voting equipment is easily hackable for mass vote
stealing, and now that the Times and USA Today have reported that there
are serious mechanical problems, maybe somebody at one of these media
outlets will finally come to the obvious conclusion: electronic voting
machines are merely high-tech devices designed to steal elections. And
that is precisely why George W. Bush is in the White House today.
/Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman are co-authors of "How the GOP Stole
America's 2004 Election and Is Rigging 2008"
They are co-editors, with Steve Rosenfeld, of "What Happened in Ohio?"
forthcoming in September from The New Press./
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