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By Brad Friedman on 11/8/2004 6:58pm PT  

Joseph Cannon has an excellent round-up of newly reported and troubling stories today. Some have been reported here already, others that I've yet to be able to verify, so haven't run just yet. His information, with links to several articles, is all worth a look however.

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Again.
Trying to get it right in the meantime...
By Brad Friedman on 11/8/2004 4:02pm PT  

Yes, it's no surprise that hackers are now attacking this site. If you have trouble getting in for the moment, that is likely the reason. Doing our best to ward off the attacks. Now why do you suppose, they'd want to attack us?

In the meantime, I'm working on quite a few different things at the moment. Following up various leads and tips sent in, looking at varying analysis of data, etc. LOTS of information coming in. I'm hoping to post only the most notable and reliable here.

Such items will be added to the "Grand Theft America" index at the top of this page, if they are a) Confirmed by Elections Officials and/or b) Directly related to the addition or loss of votes on a large or highly suspicious scale.

Yes, I'm familiar with the troubling Warren County, OH "homeland security lockdown" incident, and will probably post more on that later today. Thank you to those who have sent in notes about it. I'm trying to learn more on that, and a few other incidents reported elsewhere, but I'm trying to confirm on my own where I can.

Also, Voters Unite has an excellent database of troubling reported incidents concerning E-Voting malfunctions and anomalies from around the country. I encourage you to check them out, confirm what you can, and report back with what you learn if it's noteworthy.

As well, many of you have asked "what can we do?!" --- and "is it too late since Kerry conceded?". The short answer to the latter, is no, a concession is a political nicety. It has no legal standing. If, for whatever reason, a re-count is required, or a final tally shows Kerry winning Ohio, he becomes President. Period. Kerry's concession on Nov. 3 (and one that was way too early in my opinion, and apparently those of many others) means nothing.

As to "what can you do?", I am trying to put together some organized steps of action at the same time I'm trying to do everything else. In the meantime, along with alerting your friends and relatives to what is going on (feel free to give them a link to this blog, or this specific link to the "Grand Theft America" index) and posting about all of this on various sites on the "Internets", please let Terry McAuliffe know how you feel about the Dem's quick exit stage left after Election Day. He has asked for your feedback, tell him to GET BACK TO WORK since all of us still are! Many of you worked hard for him, it might be nice if he now returned the favor! Feel free to point him to this blog or anywhere else where reporting on this is going on. But let him know how you feel by clicking here!

As always...more soon...

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By Brad Friedman on 11/8/2004 2:44pm PT  

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By Brad Friedman on 11/8/2004 1:26pm PT  

"It's already over. The election's over. We won...It's all over but the counting. And we'll take care of the counting."
-- Congressman Peter King (R-NY) at the White House, Summer BBQ, 2003. From Alexandra Pelosi's Diary of a Political Tourist HBO documentary.


(Thanks reader "jf" for the reminder.)

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'Something zapped it'
Something? (ES&S Again!)
By Brad Friedman on 11/7/2004 8:18pm PT  

Why is it only in heavy Democratic counties that votes just seem to disappear? But in Republican counties, votes just seem to get added? This time, "something zapped it" in a heavily Democratic country in Indiana:

"Maybe there was a power surge," LaPorte County Clerk Lynne Spevak said. "Something zapped it."

At about 7 p.m. Tuesday, it was noticed that the first two or three printouts from individual precinct reports all listed an identical number of voters. Each precinct was listed as having 300 registered voters.

That means the total number of voters for the county would be 22,200, although there are actually more than 79,000 registered voters.
...
Spevak said workers at the clerk's office thought a computer correction could be done once they received a software patch from Election Systems and Software, the Chicago company that provided the tabulation software. However, the patch did not work.

"We thought we could get a copy of it e-mailed file to us and start all over, but once the program was downloaded from Chicago, it still didn't work right," Spevak said.

Dots connecting yet for ya? If not, read on. Otherwise, I'm working on trying to organize some "action items" now. Hope to have news on that in the next day or two...

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ES&S Strikes/Fails Again
By Brad Friedman on 11/7/2004 8:07pm PT  

How many of these is it gonna take before the "Grownups" in the Media and the DNC realize what seems to be going on here?

Sarpy County election officials are trying to figure out how they ended up with more votes than voters in the general election. As many as 10,000 extra votes have been tallied and candidates are still waiting for corrected totals.
...
For some reason, some votes were counted twice.

Deputy Sarpy County Election Commissioner Ed Gilbert says, "It affected 32 of the 80 precincts. And I suppose as many as 10,000 votes."

Sarpy County borrowed the election equipment from Omaha-based Election Systems & Software. Its employees operated the machines that are now double-checking the ballots.

No one is sure exactly what went wrong.

Uh...perhaps it's the fact that ES&S employees are operating these machines?? Instead of Election Officials?! Isn't that the law in these matters?

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Go Watch This Film! NOW!
By Brad Friedman on 11/7/2004 6:16pm PT  

For many of us, it took the destruction of the World Trade Towers and the deaths of 3,000 Americans before we paid any attention at all to the warning signs we'd been receiving about Terrorism.

And now, I feel the same way in regards to the warnings I'd been hearing about Electronic Voting machines and the Deibold company, etc. prior to the 11/2 Election.

I, frankly, was an idiot for not paying close enough attention to Bev Harris and the warnings she had been issuing about about Black Box Voting for the past year or more.

Guess what? I'm paying attention now.

I just finished watching the 30-minute "Presidential Election" version of VOTERGATE, a full-length documentary film being prepared for release on DVD, and the lump I'm now feeling now in the pit of my stomach is...to say the least...unsettling.

Unforutnately, the 30-minute version of VOTERGATE, previously available at VoterGate.tv was hacked a few days ago, according to their site, and their available versions were destroyed from the server. They claim to be attempting to repair the server, and upload replacements soon.

I don't doubt their claims, as this Blog also came under attack a couple of weeks ago while we were reporting on the White House Website Scrubbing scandal. And, frankly, that issue was nothing compared to what we may be looking at now.

In the meantime, I was able to watch a version here, but after I'd finished, and hoped to go back and get some screenshots for this article, I'd found that version also unavailable. I don't know if it's been hacked, or is just exceedingly busy at this point. If I find alternate versions for you to look at, I will update this item. (UPDATE: Found another version right here that seems to still be available! Go watch it! NOW!)

I CAN'T RECOMMEND THIS FILM ENOUGH at this point! It's absolutely horrifying.

In this special edition of the film, we follow Bev Harris as she demonstrates how --- in about 90 seconds --- she was able to change the results of an election on the central vote tabulating computer. It was something that anybody reading this could have done as easily.

We also see Mark Radke, the Marketing Director from Deibold Inc. (one of two private companies that count 80% of the nation's votes) explain how sorry they were that their CEO, Wallace O'Dell, sent out a Fundraising Letter to Republicans in August of 2003, telling them he was "committed to delivering the electoral vote in Ohio to George W. Bush next year".

That was the same month that O'Dell also met Bush, along with a bunch of benefactors, down at the ranch in Crawford! (Click here for some more on Diebold's $411,320 Republican political contributions.)

The Marketing Director, Radke, also assures us in the film that Diebold machines are "safe and reliable". Not long before Bev Harris demonstrates otherwise. Big time.

Among the documented evidence in this version of the film, is a candidate in an election (I believe it was in Georgia) who brought a video camera to the warehouse where the machines were stored after her 2002 election. She documents repeatedly how selecting her name on the touch-screen voting machine continually counted the vote as a vote for her opponent!. The proof is documented and shown on camera.

Furthermore, she interviews a San Diego poll worker who was asked to take home a dozen or so E-Voting Machines the night before the primary election. She was simply a volunteer and was required to pass no security checks to have access to these machines in her house all night long. The only security: An adhesive seal (a sticker actually) on each machine with a black and white graphic that was easily removed and restored without even tearing the seal.

As far as I'm concerned, 11/2 is becoming the 9/11 for democracy in this country, folks. And while I made the mistake of not paying close enough attention before, I will not be repeating that profoundly na´ve error.

I'll update this item if I find additional versions of the film for you to watch...Developing...HARD...

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Connect. The. Dots.
...And follow the money.
By Brad Friedman on 11/7/2004 6:02pm PT  

From 2001 to 2003, Diebold gave $411,320 to Republican candidates and causes.

Their CEO promised, in an August 2003 Fundraising Letter to Republicans, to "deliver the Ohio electoral vote to President Bush" - Just days before he met with Bush and other bigwig supporters down at the ranch in Crawford, TX!

Along with ES&S, founded by the same founder as Diebold, those two companies alone count 80% of our nations ballots.

Click here to see the contributions they've made to the Republican party...

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By Brad Friedman on 11/7/2004 1:07pm PT  

Like everyone else honest enough with themselves to see our country --- and our world with it --- being torn apart by George W. Bush, Andrew Veal, a 25 year-old employee at the University of Georgia recognized the disaster afoot in Iraq (where as of last night, they've officially declared Martial Law in the country --- more evidence of "catastrophic success", I guess).

Veal was an ardent John Kerry supporter and became despondent after Tuesday's results were announced.

He travelled to New York City on Friday --- home of the world's worst-ever terrorist attack and a city that voted overwhelmingly in favor of John Kerry to keep them safer in the future --- went downtown to the site of 9/11's "Ground Zero" and shot himself in the head with a .12-gauge shotgun.

Newsday reported yesterday that "Ground Zero remains a top tourist attraction" and that opinions of sight-seers later in the day varied about the latest tragedy to occur there.

One visitor was quoted as saying "Maybe he felt ineffective...You feel ineffective if you tried and it all failed" speaking of "many New Yorkers who are depressed over this."

An East Village artist and registered Democrat suggested the suicide was symbolic, "Obviously, this person was devastated. I can see why he would come here".

And from the Right, Bobbie Jensen, a 54 year-old "Republican from Pheonix" was compassionate enough to understand that Bush's victory must have been troubling to those who dislike him.

But, Ms. Jensen explained, "You can be upset about the war, about Bush, but this is a sacred place."

Apparently, for the compassionately conservative Ms. Jensen, Ground Zero is just an inappropriate place to blow ones brains out.

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Hacking the Final Results
By Brad Friedman on 11/6/2004 7:31pm PT  

A must read article entitled "Evidence Mounts That The Vote Was Hacked" from Thom Hartmann at CommonDreams.org. Hartmann explains precisely how this election could easily have been hacked and claims that a U.S. House candidate in Florida has the evidence to prove it.

No doubt, the issues disclosed in this piece, are exactly what Bev Harris and BlackBoxVoting.org are basing their recent pronouncements of "fraud" upon. Teasing the first graf...

When I spoke with Jeff Fisher this morning (Saturday, November 06, 2004), the Democratic candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives from Florida's 16th District said he was waiting for the FBI to show up. Fisher has evidence, he says, not only that the Florida election was hacked, but of who hacked it and how. And not just this year, he said, but that these same people had previously hacked the Democratic primary race in 2002 so that Jeb Bush would not have to run against Janet Reno, who presented a real threat to Jeb, but instead against Bill McBride, who Jeb beat.

It's a very clear and convincing read. As I say, it's a must read! Please give it a look.

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...Comparing States With and Without Voter Paper Trails
Only Bush's Counts Improved
By Brad Friedman on 11/6/2004 6:11pm PT  

As Raw Story originally reported on Wednesday, the Exit Polling on the day of the Election showed Kerry ahead by robust margins in many states. By the time the day had ended Kerry's margin had been eclipsed by Bush's. But, notably, that only happened in states that do not have fully voter-verifiable paper trails (e.g. E-Voting machines that don't offer printed/verifiable paper receipts for the voter to confirm that their vote was recorded correctly).

Here are a couple of rudimentary graphics now to show the difference.

In the 10 states polled where there were voter-verifiable paper trails, the Final Results barely differed from the Exit Polls (which, until this year, have been widely regarded as highly accurate since they are taken as folks actually leave the polling place). The average change from Exit Poll to Final Results in these states was a tiny .8% gain for Bush. (Exit Numbers displayed in BLUE, Final Numbers in RED):

And now look at the data from states where there are no paper trails. Note the huge difference in Final Results that changed radically from the Exit Polling results. The average gain for Bush --- in these states only --- was 6.25% over the Exit Polling numbers!

What could possibly account for the huge differences there between the Exit Polls and the Final Results? And only in the Non-Paper Ballot States?

The numbers shown in these graphs seem to be taken from the "4pm Exit Polls" as shown on this chart. That chart is not particular user-friendly, but with a bit of close study, it makes sense.

Those "4pm Exit Poll" numbers however, match up with the "Final 6pm Exit Polls" as reported by Raw Story on the day of. So I'm not sure if the person who compiled the chart and the above graphics was in a different time-zone to account for the 4pm/6pm discrepancy. It doesn't really matter to be frank, as long as the numbers were correctly reported. Which they seem to have been.

It's my understanding that a major news organization is investigating this part of the story now. So we'll see what can be learned in the days ahead.

UPDATE: 11/9/04 Raw Story asked a former MIT "Associate Professor of Mathmatics" to look at these results, and his conclusion was that the probabilities of the Exit Polls all closing for Bush the way they did was approximately "1 in 50,000 or .002 percent". Nonetheless, that same Professor has looked closely at the available Exit Polling data and has "ruled out any significance of a variance between electronic balloting and paper ballot states" in the matter. That story is here.

I have spoken to Raw Story editor, John Byrne about this, and he stands by the report though he adds that to get any conclusive information on the matter we'd have to now take a look at the Exit Polling data on a county-by-county level. At this time, that information has not been released to the public, though apparently it is for sale somewhere. Not sure at this time how much it would cost to purchase for further analysis (and not sure why, at this point, it isn't simply made available to the public given all the troubling reports about this election!)

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The major points in the story so far...
By Brad Friedman on 11/6/2004 1:58pm PT  

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  • FRIDAY AFTERNOON UPDATE: 250 Million to 1 Odds on Exit Polls; Good MSNBC Reporting; Green/Libertarian OHIO Recount Update
  • Green & Libertarian Parties to Call for Ohio Recount! Cobb & Badnarik to join forces! Must raise $113,000 quickly!
  • Kerry Attorneys Return to Ohio! Vow to keep Kerry's promise to "Make Sure Every Vote Is Counted"
  • UPDATED! FBI & Homeland Sec. Officials Deny Warren County's Claim! Say they never warned Warren County about anything! SEE ORIGINAL STORY: Warren County, OH Vote Count Tallying Done in Secret! Officials site "homeland security warnings" from federal officials, County had near largest % of Bush votes in state!
  • The Mysteries of Cuyahoga County, OH
  • 22,000 Votes Errantly Given to Bush in Guilford County, NC! Caused by "computer error".
  • BlackBoxVoting.org Hacked; 150,000 Votes Already Miscounted or Lost!
  • MORNING UPDATE: Mainstream Media Shows up, DNC Issues Press Release, and 97,000 Votes ADDED in Cuyahoga County, OH?!
  • ES&S Employee found on Auglaize County, OH Computer! Just weeks before election! Fourth highest Bush Vote % in State!
  • 50,000 Votes LOST in Dem Indiana County! Yet another ES&S computer "failure".
  • 10,000 Extra Votes Added in Nebraska County Another ES&S computer "failure".
  • *** Diebold Inc. gave $411,320 to Republicans and promised "to deliver the Ohio electoral vote to the President"! Also, please watch this film!
  • Graphical Look at Exit Polls vs. Final Results in Paper vs. Non-Paper Ballot States
  • Dems on House Judiciary Comm. ask GAO for Vote Count Investigation!
  • 11,238 More E-Votes Recorded Than Actually Cast in single NC Precinct!
  • 70,000 Votes "Discovered" in Broward County, FL; Extra Presidential votes "show up", results of local initiative overturned after find! Software glitch in counting machine blamed.
  • 4,258 votes for Bush in single OH precinct where only 638 votes total were cast!
  • NC election officials admit 4500 (out of 7000) votes lost entirely on a single E-voting machine due to memory limit on machine; Same machines used in OH!
  • Huge discordance between "Expected Votes" (based on party registration) and "Actual Votes" in Florida, but only occuring in counties with Diebold/ES&S optical scan counting machines!
  • 11/4/04: BlackBoxVoting.org announces "fraud took place in the 2004 election through electronic voting machines"; Launches massive "FOIA" petition for audit logs and other material.
  • 11/2/04: BlackBoxVoting.Org issues urgent notice to disconnect modems from E-Voting machines after 3 hours of data discovered deleted by "hackers" on Washington state primary E-Vote machine audit log!
  • 8/14/03: Diebold CEO says he's "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year" in Republican Fundraising Letter. More on Diebold here.
  • Latest Notable ACTION ITEMS: (Most Recent at Top)

  • Tell The Boston Globe to Investigate and Report NOW too! Easy Email link provided!
  • Rally in Columbus, OH! Saturday Dec. 4th! Be there! And pass it on!
  • Tell The NY Times to Investigate and Report NOW! Easy Email link provided for you!
  • Greens/Libertarians Meet OH Recount Cost Goal! Now Seek Funds for "Mobilization" and Volunteers to be "Recount Witnesses"!
  • SEEKING PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONAL HELP/RESOURCES
  • ONLINE PETITIONS/EMAIL DRIVES YOU MUST SIGN NOW...
    · MoveOn.org's ONLINE PETITION
    · Election Protection/People for the American Way's ONLINE EMAIL DRIVE
    · Act for Change/Working Assets ONLINE EMAIL DRIVE
  • · DTMagazine.com's ONLINE PETITION


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  • Your help is needed to look at Florida and the Exit Polls and a few other items!
  • More Action Items on WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP from Citizen's Alliance for Secure Elections
  • Terry McAuliffe has asked for feedback...Watch This Film Now! And then pass the link to everyone you know!
  • Email everyone you know about these various items! Post about them on other blogs, bulletin boards and chat forums! Point folks to specific articles, this blog, or specific articles that we're linking to! The story needs to be told before "convential wisdom" gets even more hardened!
  • Stop by BlackBoxVoting.org right now to see if you can help answer their urgent call for Attorneys, Computer Specialists and/or Donations to aid their current investigation!
  • The BRAD BLOG has been under DDoS hack-attack at various times since we've begun reporting this story. If you have trouble getting in or the site is slow in loading, that is why. Please keep trying.

    PLEASE NOTE: I am not, for now, focusing here on alleged Dirty Tricks and/or reports of Voter Suppression/Disenfranchisement on Election Day though there were plenty of them (a database of such reports can be found here, and further info here). I am largely for now looking at emerging hard evidence documenting potential fraud and/or mistabulation of actual votes cast by Americans on 11/2/04, with a focus on disturbing trends related to Ohio and Florida.

    For the record, I voted for neither Bush nor Kerry, but have been a long-time opponent of both Bush and the corruption in the two-party system. My interest in this story now is due to concerns about ensuring an accurate vote count that reflects the will of the people in the world's most important democracy!

    Keep checking back for more items as they emerge! MEDIA INQUIRIES HERE...

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    By Brad Friedman on 11/6/2004 12:26pm PT  

    ATTN: Mathematicians and Statisticians - Please see this item posted at eRiposte concerning how some of the reported voting numbers just don't seem to be adding up to the reported Final Results. I'd love if some of you could double-check those figures and let us know in comments if you find that their math holds up.

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    To the Owners Go the Spoils.
    By Brad Friedman on 11/6/2004 11:31am PT  

    In the previous article, I outlined a report from July 2003 that described how to steal an election in America in 2004. Virtually everything in that list was "done" in time for the 2004 election.

    The items concerning the corporate privatization of the vast majority of our "public" balloting and counting systems by companies who are very closely tied to the Republican party are described in this new article yesterday by Thom Hartmann in the Baltimore Chronicle & Sentinel. Read the whole thing if you can. Here's just a few of the troubling highlights:

    As more and more analysis is done of what may (or may not) be the most massive election fraud in the history of the world, however, it's critical that we keep the largest issue at the forefront at all time: Why are We The People allowing private, for-profit corporations, answerable only to their officers and boards of directors, and loyal only to agendas and politicians that will enhance their profitability, to handle our votes?
    ...
    About two years ago, I wrote a story, "If You Want To Win An Election, Just Control The Voting Machines," that exposed how Senator Chuck Hagel had, before stepping down and running for the US Senate in Nebraska, been the head of the voting machine company (now ES&S) that had just computerized Nebraska's vote. The Washington Post (1/13/1997) said Hagel's "Senate victory against an incumbent Democratic governor was the major Republican upset in the November election." According to Bev Harris, Hagel won virtually every demographic group, including many largely black communities that had never before voted Republican. Hagel was the first Republican in 24 years to win a Senate seat in Nebraska, nearly all on unauditable machines he had just sold the state. And in all probability, Hagel will run for President in 2008.

    In another, later article I wrote at the request of MoveOn.org and which they mailed to their millions of members, I noted that in --another state that went all-electronic-- "USA Today reported on Nov. 3, 2002, 'In Georgia, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll shows Democratic Sen. Max Cleland with a 49%-to-44% lead over Republican Rep. Saxby Chambliss.' Cox News Service, based in Atlanta, reported just after the election (Nov. 7) that, "Pollsters may have goofed" because 'Republican Rep. Saxby Chambliss defeated incumbent Democratic Sen. Max Cleland by a margin of 53 to 46 percent. The Hotline, a political news service, recalled a series of polls Wednesday showing that Chambliss had been ahead in none of them.'" Nearly every vote in the state was on an electronic machine with no audit trail.
    ...
    In the years since those first articles appeared, Bev Harris has published her book on the subject (Black Box Voting), including the revelation of her finding the notorious "Rob Georgia" folder on Diebold's FTP site just after Cleland's loss there...
    ...
    Congressman Rush Holt introduced a bill into Congress requiring a voter-verified paper ballot be produced by all electronic voting machines, and it's been co-sponsored by a majority of the members of the House of Representatives. The two-year battle fought by Dennis Hastert and Tom DeLay to keep it from coming to a vote, [insured] that there will be no possible audit of the votes of about a third of the 2004 electorate.

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    A Haunting July 2003 Report...
    By Brad Friedman on 11/6/2004 10:05am PT  

    The more I read this report/warning from July 2003 titled "Bigger Than Watergate!" - the more I feel like I did after 9/11. I'd heard all the warnings about bin Laden and Terrorism, etc., but I didn't take it all very seriously until after it was already too late.

    The mindset is true for what I'd been hearing from BlackBoxVoting.org and others for years about the concerns about Electronic Voting machines. I was interested, but never took their dire warnings with much more than a grain of salt.

    I was wrong.

    Looking again at the story from July 2003, you'll find a chilling description of precisely what seems more and more to have happened in last Tuesday's election. For example, look at this passage explaining how one might steal an election in modern day America:

    Imagine then if it were possible to somehow subvert the voting process itself in such a way that you could steal elections without anybody knowing.

    Imagine for example if you could:

    - secure control of the companies that make the voting machines and vote counting software;
    - centralise vote counting systems, and politicise their supervision;
    - legislate for the adoption of such systems throughout your domain, and provide large amounts of money for the purchase of these systems;
    - establish systems of vote counting that effectively prevent anybody on the ground in the election at a booth or precinct level - from seeing what is happening at a micro-level;
    - get all the major media to sign up to a single exit-polling system that you also control removing the risk of exit-polling showing up your shenanigans.

    This is a precise description of what has happened in our country leading up to Tuesday's vote as foretold more than a year ago!

    The onlyl place where reality varies from the scenario above is in the last step, "removing the risk of exit-polling showing up your shenanigans". It was, in fact, that apparent slip-up --- the reporting of exit-polling, and the way that final results ended up varying wildly from normally very precise exit-polling, but only in swing states where they have E-Voting that doesn't supply voter-verified paper trails --- that gave us all our first clue that something was amiss here. In all other states, the exit-polls were exceedingly accurate. And where the "errors" described occured, the final results always ended up swing in Bush's favor. Why wouldn't at least some of those errors show declines in Bush's support in some states?

    Since the results of the Exit Polls tipped us off, we've been able to track down more and more evidence that begins to add up to an election stinking to high heaven. The BRAD BLOG will continue to stay on this story until the matter is appropriately resolved one way or the other.

    Please check back frequently as this story unfolds, as it's important that action is taken quickly on this matter. Please see BlackBoxVoting.org for more information on how you can help, and make everyone you know aware of these problems ASAP in the meantime! It's important that this story begin to emerge to the American public as quickly as possible!

    More soon...

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