[E-voting] Is the Mainstream Media Finally Getting Half the Rigged Voting Machine Story?

Catherine Ansbro cansbro at eircom.net
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 
Story? *
*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 
election results.

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" 
<http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/097534028X/commondreams-20/ref=nosim>. 
They are co-editors, with Steve Rosenfeld, of "What Happened in Ohio?" 
forthcoming in September from The New Press./





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