Thursday, June 01, 2006

Rolling Stome: Was the 2004 Election Stolen?

Finally someone documents the story the main stream media is all too happy to ignore. It also bolsters Kerry's case for another shot in '08 and shows how hard it would have been for Kerry to prove any wrong doing, when it was so easy for Republicans to play dirty within the system by keeping the Kerry vote supressed in swing states. Lets hope the media revisits this issue with some real reporting. -IFK Editor

Was the 2004 Election Stolen?

Republicans prevented more than 350,000 voters in Ohio from casting ballots or having their votes counted -- enough to have put John Kerry in the White House. BY ROBERT F. KENNEDY JR.

Like many Americans, I spent the evening of the 2004 election watching the returns on television and wondering how the exit polls, which predicted an overwhelming victory for John Kerry, had gotten it so wrong. By midnight, the official tallies showed a decisive lead for George Bush -- and the next day, lacking enough legal evidence to contest the results, Kerry conceded. Republicans derided anyone who expressed doubts about Bush's victory as nut cases in ''tinfoil hats,'' while the national media, with few exceptions, did little to question the validity of the election. The Washington Post immediately dismissed allegations of fraud as ''conspiracy theories,''(1) and The New York Times declared that ''there is no evidence of vote theft or errors on a large scale.''(2)

But despite the media blackout, indications continued to emerge that something deeply troubling had taken place in 2004. Nearly half of the 6 million American voters living abroad(3) never received their ballots -- or received them too late to vote(4) -- after the Pentagon unaccountably shut down a state-of-the-art Web site used to file overseas registrations.(5) A consulting firm called Sproul & Associates, which was hired by the Republican National Committee to register voters in six battleground states,(6) was discovered shredding Democratic registrations.(7) In New Mexico, which was decided by 5,988 votes,(8) malfunctioning machines mysteriously failed to properly register a presidential vote on more than 20,000 ballots.(9) Nationwide, according to the federal commission charged with implementing election reforms, as many as 1 million ballots were spoiled by faulty voting equipment -- roughly one for every 100 cast.(10)

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Blogger IFK Editor said...

All things considered I too was a little underwhelmed by the Kennedy article as it seemed to be a rehashing of old info, and not entirely credible info in some cases, but it did raise the issue of fair elections and echoed Kerry’s comments, that while he couldn’t stand up in a court of law and prove the election was stolen, there was definitely some voter interference and other questionable/illegal activity by the Republicans to suppress his vote, and that’s unacceptable for either party.

I was hoping for the smoking gun evidence that may invalidate the ’04 election results, but instead was left with the hard reality that the election system is flawed and republicans and democrats both seem unwilling to do what it takes to fix it.

That’s a disgrace regardless of your political views.

7:11 PM  

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