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How Bush Backers Cheated Kerry Out Of White House

Posted by nytexan on June 3, 2007

This is a very infuriating article from by Sherwood Ross

President Bush carried Ohio, Iowa, and New Mexico in 2004 because vast numbers of ballots cast by minorities for Democrat John Kerry in those states were never counted, an investigative reporter says.

In New Mexico, which Bush won by 5,988 votes, 33,981 ballots were not counted; in Iowa, which Bush won by 10,059 votes, 36,811 ballots were not counted; and in Ohio, which Bush won by 118,599 votes, a whopping 239,127 ballots were not counted.

According to reporter Greg Palast, (a former fraud investigator before turning reporter for BBC-TV) polls of voters leaving the voting booths revealed all three states had gone for Kerry by margins of two to four percent. Yet the official count later gave them all to Bush by one or two percent.

Q: So what happened? A: Nationally, a total of 3-million votes were never counted — a high percentage of them cast by African-Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, and other minorities. Palast spells out how it was done in his new book, “Armed Madhouse”(Plume):

2004 saw the introduction of the new “provisional ballot.” The Black Caucus wanted them so that a voter could get a ballot even if the voter’s name did not appear on the rolls. In theory, the “provisional” would be marked, then kept aside and reviewed after the polls closed.

Under the “Help America Vote” Act of 2002, signed by President Bush, States were required to give out provisional ballots to those who wanted them.

But, Palast says, the law “does not require states to count them.” Thus, of 3,107,490 provisional ballots handed out on election day, 2004, 1,090,729 were trashed. “..the provisional voters who were rejected had a dark hue,” the Palast says, and there were enough of them to swing the three States to Bush.

Besides provisional ballots, there were 1,389,231 “spoiled” ballots, cast by voters who may not have punched their card hard enough or whose “x” was too hard to read, Palast says. “We know that a bit more than half, about three-quarters of a million of those uncounted votes, were cast by African-American voters,” Palast states. How does he know? Well, almost all provisional ballots rejected “were from 25 ‘urban’ areas. Any guesses about the color of the urb?”

Finally, 526,420 absentee ballots never got counted, either, and “In swing states, absentee ballot shredding was pandemic,” Palast discovered.

In Ohio’s Cuyahoga county, you can superimpose a map of the precincts with high numbers of “spoiled” votes over a map of African-American neighborhoods. They’re practically identical. Indeed, the U.S. Civil Rights Commission found only 1.6% of ballots by white voters were rejected. But 14.4% of ballots cast by Black voters got trashed.

What’s more, on Voting Day, the Republicans “launched a massive multimillion-dollar campaign of mass challenges of voters in Black precincts, concentrating on Ohio,” Palast writes. The attack was a legal no-no as the Republican National Committee had signed a no-race-baiting decree in 1981 pledging it would never again engage in this shoddy tactic. Besides Ohio, the GOP challenged thousands of African-American voters in Florida, Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin.

Another trick used in the 2004 swindle was to not fix broken voting machines — the sort that mutilated ballots— and plant them, as Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell did, in minority precincts. Did the bad machine spoil your ballot? Too-o bad! In New Mexico, nine out of 10 ballots that were rejected were cast by non-Anglo voters, Palast said.

Still another ploy is the undervote: In Jacksonville, Fla., a Republican voting supervisor removed several machines from Black precincts. This was also done in Ohio, were Blacks and students waited in some precincts for seven hours or longer to vote. Many discouraged voters walked away, never counted. Palast said this reduced Kerry’s net vote in Columbus, Ohio, alone by an estimated 9,000+ votes.

As for absentee ballots, in Arapahoe County, Colorado, three times more absentee ballots mailed to Democrats “failed to return” as compared to Republican ballots. As for those that were returned, a total of 526,426 absentee ballots from around the nation were received but not counted, Palast said. And guess what? In strong Kerry precincts, “voters were 265% more likely to have their absentee ballots tossed out than voters in Bush-majority precincts.”

“Absentee balloting in the USA is the greatest expression of mass faith since the Hebrews walked across the Red Sea bed trusting the Lord would keep the waters parted,” Palast writes. “The difference is, in 2004, the absentee voters mailed their ballots to Pharaoh’s clerks.”

The above are just some of the deceits used to cheat Senator Kerry out of the White House in 2004. If you doubt Mr. Bush would steal a national election, keep in mind he has deceived the American people about Iraq’s WMD, lied to the public that his underlings do not torture prisoners, trashed President Nixon’s honorable stand on germ warfare, scrapped President Reagan’s good work against nuclear proliferation, and politicized the Federal government, subordinating the public good to what’s best for his Republican chums. My hunch is in 2008 a lot of thoughtful Republicans will cross over to vote Democratic. The big question is, who will count their votes?

P.S. And speaking of a level playing field for all income groups, what about switching election day from a week day, when so many people have to work, to a weekend, when wage-earners can get away from their jobs? And why isn’t it mandatory for voter registration forms to be published in all newspapers so readers can fill them out at home at their leisure?



13 Responses to “How Bush Backers Cheated Kerry Out Of White House”

  1. Suzie-Q said

    But, Palast says, the law “does not require states to count them.” Thus, of 3,107,490 provisional ballots handed out on election day, 2004, 1,090,729 were trashed. “..the provisional voters who were rejected had a dark hue,” the Palast says, and there were enough of them to swing the three States to Bush.
    This is simply unbelievable and very distrubing!

  2. nytexan said

    I can not believe that a bill was signed that purposely would not demand counting. But on the other hand it was signed by Bush and passed by the crooked GOP 109th congress.

  3. JollyRoger said

    If you want to get really mad….. spend a little time looking at what Blackwell did in Ohio to make sure likely dem voters never got a turn at the polls.

    We paid him back last November-but the damage is done.

  4. nytexan said

    Blackwell I am aware of. The not counting of this many votes I wasn’t aware of. It all sickens me.

  5. Larry said

    Sadly it will happen again next year, and we may be stuck with four more years of lies and war.

  6. nytexan said

    I wonder if there is time to get the bill revised with all votes counted language put in. Doubtful if Bush would sign it but this Congress would surely pass it.


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  8. There’s so much wrong with both the 2000 and the 2004 presidential elections that I hardly know where to begin commenting. But in keeping with the thread, I will stick to 2004.

    First off, I never liked John Kerry much. He’s Yale and a member of Skull and Bones. I have huge problems with elites members of secret societies becoming president. It is counterintiutive to the goals of a free and open republic.

    Secondly, I will never forgive Kerry making his concession speech to his cousin Bush a mere 18 hours after the polls closed in Ohio. Stories of voter fraud were being made immediately after election day and we didn’t even have Greg Palast’s book to confirm it. I saw Kerry as weak and not willing to battle on.

  9. mirth said

    The amount of uncounted votes is new, and shocking, to me too.
    I have no hope in this Congress to right this wrong.

    Larry, I agree…very real possibility.

    Christopher, I agree about Kerry. I worked for him, but not with enthusiasm.

  10. Suzie-Q said

    Secondly, I will never forgive Kerry making his concession speech to his cousin Bush a mere 18 hours after the polls closed in Ohio.

    Kerry was just being a good Bonesman and letting his cousin have it.

  11. nytexan said

    I was less then enthusiastic when Kerry got the nomination but I was completley pissed at him when he threw in the towel without a fight.

    I guess not confronting a bonesman is one of the secret vows of the skulls.

  12. Alot of Dems love Kerry. I never understood it. Frankly, he just creeps me out and coupled with the fact he’s related to Bush and he’s a bonesman — well, that’s more than I can handle.

    I keep thinking one of these days we will have a president, man, woman, trans, striaght, gay, white, black, hispanic, Asian, tall, short, thin or fat, who isn’t a Bush or a Clinton or a graduate of Yale.

    Maybe I’m being naive?

  13. nytexan said

    Well at least Obama went to Columbia and Harvard Law. So I guess he safe. But then lucky for him they would have never picked him for the skulls.

    I am sick of the Bush/Clinton White House flip flop. I am read to move on.

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