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Helping to Organize, 250 Million to 1 Odds on the Exit Polls, other odds and ends.
By Brad Friedman on 11/12/2004 2:22pm PT  

I'm working on a few different things at once for the moment, and thus, posting today has been a bit quieter than usual. Hopefully I'll have more information on some organizational efforts I'm trying to pull together soon...

To that end, if you happen to be or know Attorneys, Web Design/Management organizations, Fundraising groups, PR groups and/or Political/Activist organizations who are interested (and/or aggravated) by everything that has been going on concerning the various Voting Irregularities issues, and who may be willing to invest time, resources and/or energy into the effort for positive change --- and quickly --- please have them contact me by email right away.

For the moment, only seeking folks and/or organizations with serious credentials in any of the above areas, as opposed to citizen do-gooders who want to help out. If we're able to move things forward as I hope, we'll much need all the citizen do-gooders! But for the moment, I need people or organizations with the above creds who might like to come onboard in building a centralized effort for so much of what is going on. I can discuss further details via Email if you contact me.

In the meantime, here's a quick round-up of a few notable items from the last 12 hours or so...

  • Via BuzzFlash, a university professor has published a study showing that "the odds of those exit poll statistical anomalies occurring by chance are 250,000,000 to one."

    In the full 11-page report, which can be downloaded here in PDF format, Dr. Steven F. Freeman of the U. of Penn. speaks of:

    "As much as we can say in social science that something is impossible, it is impossible that the discrepancies between predicted and actual vote counts in the three critical battleground states [Ohio, Florida, and Pennsylvania] of the 2004 election could have been due to chance or random error."
    ...
    "Systematic fraud or mistabulation is a premature conclusion, but the election's unexplained exit poll discrepancies make it an unavoidable hypothesis, one that is the responsibility of the media, academia, polling agencies, and the public to investigate."
  • MSNBC's Countdown continues to be the preeminent voice amongst the Mainstream Media organizations actually giving this story the coverage that it deserves. You can watch Olbermann's latest report on video here at "Crooks & Liars" (where all of this week's previous reports are also available if you scroll down).
  • Raw Story reports that as of this hour, the Green Party has received donations totalling $48,000 of the $113,000 they will require by Monday (earliest) to fund their demand, in concert with the Libertarian Party, for a full Ohio recount.
  • As usual...more to come...

    UPDATE: 11/15/04 Green/Libertarian Party Ohio Recount fundraising goal has been met! Now seeking funds for "mobilization" costs and also volunteers to serve as "recount witnesses"! Click here for more info...

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    Party Hackery Games the System
    Helps Deliver America to Bush
    By Brad Friedman on 11/12/2004 8:21am PT  

    With the very real possibility of an Ohio recount as announced yesterday by the new coalition of the Green and Libertarian Party candidates, I hope you'll take a look at this excellent article by David S. Bernstein in The Portland Phoenix. It's one of the best, most comprehensive overviews I've read of the situation, as it stands for the moment, on the ground in Ohio.

    It pulls together the bulk of the most troubling reports of mistabulation, voter intimidation and suppression and potential chicanery in the registration, voting and counting processes.

    Bernstein may have buried the lead though, because it's not until page 2 that he gets to the most scandalous nugget at the heart of the entire stinking mess there, and the systematic way in which the man in charge with regulating Ohio's election, Republican Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell (who also just happened to serve as the Bush/Cheney '04 Campaign Chair in Ohio!) suffocated the minority vote through the invidious gaming of voter management and supression at the precinct by precint level.

    Ohio received some $133 million from the Federal Government's "Help America Vote Act" earmarked to pay for new electronic machines in state.

    To pave the way for these machines, which, the theory goes, were to have been more efficient (and more expensive), the state narrowed down the number of voting precincts. Closing and consolodating many of them largely, of course, in minority areas.

    But at the last minute, after the precincts had already been gerrymandered, Blackwell decided the technology in the E-Voting machines was not proven secure.

    So the $133 million stayed in the bank, but the plan for the reduction of the number of polling sites in minority areas stayed in place! Game over.

    And what do you think happened next? Bernstein explains...

    HERE'S THE rub: a Phoenix analysis shows that the precinct reductions disproportionately hurt Ohio's Democratic turnout.

    Of Ohio's 88 counties, 20 suffered a significant reduction — shutting at least 20 percent (or at least 30) of their precincts. Most of those counties have Republicans serving as Board of Elections director, including the four biggest: Cuyahoga, Montgomery, Summit, and Lucas.

    Those 20 counties went heavily to Gore in 2000, 53 to 42 percent. The other 68 counties, which underwent little-to-no precinct consolidation, went exactly the opposite way in 2000: 53 to 42 percent to Bush.

    In the 68 counties that kept their precinct count at or near 2000 levels, Kerry benefited more than Bush from the high turnout, getting 24 percent more votes than Gore did in 2000, while Bush increased his vote total by only 17 percent.

    But in the 20 squeezed counties, the opposite happened. Bush increased his vote total by 22 percent, and Kerry won just 19 percent more than Gore in 2000.

    If the reduced number of precincts in those counties accounts for the difference, it cost Kerry about 45,000 votes.

    Mission accomplished. Infuriating. Our own electoral systems --- the very basis of our democracy --- are now officially and systematically gamed to within an inch of their life for the pure maximum partisan advantage of those in charge.

    So when will we see reform of the electoral system so it's run by Nonpartisan Elections Boards instead of Partisan Party Hacks? As long as those who've benefited from the hackery are still in charge and entrusted with regulating the system, I'm guessing that day may not come any time soon.

    Unless, of course, you're in the mood for a velvet revolution.

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    Another Error Counting AGAINST Kerry!
    By Brad Friedman on 11/11/2004 5:10pm PT  

    Democrat votes given to the Libertarians in Franklin County, Indiana.

    Can someone please explain to me how not one of the scores of counting errors discovered so far has benefited Kerry? Every single error that I've seen has taken votes away from Kerry. What are the odds?

    From the Indiana Star:

    Election equipment counted straight-party votes for Democratic candidates as Libertarian votes, an error that could affect election outcomes in as many as nine counties, the Richmond Palladium-Item reported today.

    Democrats discovered the error in Franklin County, where ballots will be counted again tonight.

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    Need $113,000 to pay for it!
    Paging Mr. Soros...Paging Mr. Soros...
    By Brad Friedman on 11/11/2004 4:10pm PT  

    In a bit of exciting news (which also tends on personal-level to give me some confidence that I I voted correctly), Green Party presidential candidate, David Cobb --- who was on the ballot in all 50 states, I'm sure you're surprised to learn --- and Libertarian presidential candidate Michael Badnarik will likely be calling for a full recount in the state of Ohio!

    KPFK (90.7 FM in Los Angeles) broke the news yesterday in an interview with Mr. Cobb...

    Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb declared that in all likelihood he would demand a recount of all the votes in the Presidential election in the state of Ohio. Since David Cobb's name appeared on the Ohio ballot, it is his legal right to ask for a statewide recount.
    ...
    In order for a statewide recount to proceed in Ohio, candidate Cobb will have to raise approximately $113,000; or ten dollars per precinct. The deadline to demand a recount occurs after the State's results are deemed official by Ohio's Secretary of State, which won't take place for a few days.

    The full radio interview can be heard here...

    They have issued a Press Release on the matter this morning with further details.

    Well, this could be it folks! As a presidential candidates in Ohio, Cobb and Badnark are within their rights to demand a recount! And I'd hope that there's enough folks with a few dollars left in their pockets to cover those costs for the Ohio recount!

    This is big (and very encouraging) news for a number of reasons, the least of which will be the ability to give all of the many punch-card ballots in the state a fresh look.

    One of the stories I haven't covered here, while many others have, is Greg Palast's "Kerry Won..." article. Palast discussed the sizeable number of potentially "spoiled" ballots that were not counted for Kerry in Ohio during the initial count. A recount, and I don't know yet if that means it'll be a "manual" recount or not, may likely shake out as many as 93,000 possible new Kerry votes (by Palasts reckoning anyway). It's unlikely that all of the spoiled ballots would go for Kerry, of course, many are likely for Bush, or have no vote or more than one vote on them and "spoiled" for good reason. But the idea of a carefully monitored recount is good news by any definition.

    (Perhaps we'll even get to figure out what the hell went on in Warren County on Election Night!)

    On this blog, I've mainly been focusing on the many computer-related counting errors and/or possible cases of fraud, since those are the issues that I find most haunting as the country moves towards its mandated 2006 deadline for all-electronic voting. So, I've not bothered to point out the more speculative nature of reports like Palast's until now, because until a re-count possibility came into play, his theory was mostly unprovable speculation. That may all now be changing...

    DONATIONS can be made for the recount to either of the following sites. They're working together...Can you imagine that?!:

  • David Cobb's website: www.votecobb.org
  • Michael Badnarik's website: www.badnarik.org
  • Third parties are good for America...don't ya think?

    UPDATE: 11/15/04 Recount fundraising goal has been met! Now seeking funds for "mobilization" costs and also volunteers to serve as "recount witnesses"! Click here for more info...

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    By Brad Friedman on 11/11/2004 12:01pm PT  

    Just received this email...

    Voter fraud allegations have now made it on CNN/Headline News!

    "Grand Theft America screams this blog" --- THE TOP OF YOUR PAGE!!!! shows the ribbon!

    Keep making noise, people! It works! (If anyone has a video clip, please let me know!)

    UPDATE: I'm told the BRAD BLOG was featured somehow or another on Anderson Cooper's 360 last night on CNN. If anybody happens to have tape from that show, or knows where it may be available online please let me know.

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    Took long enough! But glad they're now there!
    By Brad Friedman on 11/11/2004 11:28am PT  

    Encouraging news this morning! From News Channel 5 in Cleveland...

    Kerry Campaign Lawyers Checking Ohio Vote
    Senator Promises To Make Sure Every Vote Is Counted

    Lawyers with John Kerry's presidential campaign are in Ohio on what they describe as a "fact-finding mission" following the Democrat's election loss to President Bush last week.

    Dan Hoffheimer, the statewide counsel for the Kerry campaign, said they are not trying to challenge the election but are only carrying out Kerry's promise to make sure that all the votes in Ohio are counted.

    "We're not expecting to change the outcome of the election," Hoffheimer said.

    In unofficial returns, Bush outpolled Kerry by 136,000 votes in Ohio.

    Hoffheimer said the goal is to identify any voting problems and quell doubts about the legitimacy of the Ohio election being raised on the Internet.

    Click for rest of story...

    Happy to see them following up their promise! Finally! We'll see what will come of it. I've got some other encouraging news as well! But a few appointments shortly may keep me from reporting it until a bit later this afternoon...So, as they say...DEVELOPING...

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    Joins Petition Drive Calling for Congressional Investigation!
    [UPDATE] Election Protection / People for the American Way Show up too!
    By Brad Friedman on 11/11/2004 11:18am PT  

    Took 'em long enough, but MoveOn.org has finally gotten in the game as well! A mailing went out this morning to their enormous mailing list asking folks to join in their call to Congress for an immediate investigation into the Voting and Counting Irregularities in Election 2004!:

    Six prominent members of Congress have requested an investigation into the integrity of the vote. The decision could come as soon as Monday. Sign our petition demanding a full investigation into whether the election was conducted honestly or not. Also, share your personal story if you have one --- members of Congress will use it in their call for an investigation.
  • Please sign MoveOn's ONLINE PETITION now!
  • As well, if you haven't yet signed these others, please do so now...

  • Act for Change's EMAIL DRIVE
  • DTMagazine.com's ONLINE PETITION
  • UPDATE: Election Protection/People for the American Way get in the game as well!

  • Election Protection/People for the American Way EMAIL DRIVE
  • Making progress, people!

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    By Brad Friedman on 11/11/2004 10:59am PT  

    On John Ashcroft's announcement...

    JON STEWART: The resignation comes in the wake of health problems. Earlier this year, the Attorney General underwent surgery to remove a faulty gall bladder...A condition that left his gall completely unmitigated.
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    Greetings from Sunny Hollywood!
    Yes, Hollywood! It only looks like Tiananmen Square!
    By Brad Friedman on 11/10/2004 10:05pm PT  

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    Perhaps this will 'shake the Bushes'...
    By Brad Friedman on 11/10/2004 6:18pm PT  

    This just in...

    Justice Through Music, which strongly supports the democratic principles of transparency and honesty in the electoral process, is offering at least a $100,000 reward to any person or persons who provide conclusive and verifiable evidence that the results of the 2004 presidential election were not correctly tabulated because of one or more of the following reasons: 1) hacking into the voting machines; 2) software or coding problems with voting or tabulating machines; 3) multiple counting by machines or humans, 4) improperly implanted codes in voting machines; 5) tampering with voting machines, voting cards or final tabulation numbers; 6) officials or machines not counting all the votes or adding votes; 7) official influence which changed vote totals, or 8) other problems with vote tabulation not noted here. All information and evidence should be submitted to reward@jtmp.org. Questions should be submitted to questions@jtmp.org.

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    The Higher the Vote Turnout, the Fewer Votes for Kerry!
    Go figure!
    By Brad Friedman on 11/10/2004 4:54pm PT  

    There's been much talk about the 97,489 more votes than voters cast in Cuyahoga County, Ohio. A plausible explanation for the huge difference between votes and actual voters, as reported via the Cuyahoga County website), is being attributed by County Officials to the strange method they have for including absentee ballots into the vote counts separately from the Election Day voters. Or something.

    So setting that oddity aside for the moment, take a look at this interesting graph. I have not been able to confirm the specific numbers it shows, so I can't testify to it's accuracy, but I'm posting it here because, if accurate, this seems worth getting out to the world for further scrutiny.

    Though it's difficult to read this small, the trend-lines are all that really matter here (The full sized graph is here).

    If correct, this graph would seem to show that precinct-by-precinct in Cuyahoga County, Ohio --- where Cleveland is, and thus it's a heavily Democratic county --- the larger the turnout in each precinct, the smaller the percentage of the vote for Kerry!

    The GREEN trend line is the size of voter turnout in each precinct, and the BLUE trend line is the percentage of votes for Kerry.

    While conventional wisdom is often wrong, if the above numbers are accurate, it does seem a bit odd to say the least that the higher the turnout in a strongly Democratic county (Kerry won Cuyahoga 63%-33% if I recall correctly), would result in a smaller percentage of votes for the Democrat!

    I don't know what to make of it, or how to explain it, but it seems worth putting out there for the armchair investigators.

    UPDATE: I was asked what the balloting/counting methods are in Cuyahoga County. Apparently punch card, as counted by machines made by our old friends at ...Election Systems and Software, Inc. (ES&S). Source

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    By Brad Friedman on 11/10/2004 4:25pm PT  

    Apparently this story appeared last Friday, but I missed it. I'm trying to keep all of these stories straight, report them only once, and attempt to confirm them before passing them on.

    In this case, as many as 22,000 miscounted votes were caught in time to reverse the results of two different races in state races in North Carolina according to the Charlotte Observer.

    Agriculture, education races change as counties fix vote-tally errors

    The Guilford totals didn't change President Bush's win in the state, but did shift the vote total by 22,000.

    Please remember the announced margin of "victory" for Bush in Ohio was about 135,000 in a state of 5.5 million. How many of these types of errors went undetected and/or unreported in Ohio?

    How many more of these types of articles do you we need, folks? The system is a disaster, and Congress is sitting on their hands waiting for the Electoral College deadline to pass.

    Sign this online letter now if you haven't already! And this one too!

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    ...While Democrats solidly take the state.
    By Brad Friedman on 11/10/2004 2:49pm PT  

    MyDD has a telling analysis of the situation in North Carolina where problems with vote counting (some votes apparently counted twice in some places, 4,500 votes completely lost elsewhere, etc.) may require a re-vote in all, or part, of North Carolina.

    Nonetheless, it's telling that, though the Republican candidates for President and U.S. Senate were able to claim victories down there, Democrats somehow had virtually all the rest of the success in NC.

    The NC Democratic candidate for Governor won in a landslide (55%-44%), Dems won control of the NC House by at least 3 seats, and in the NC Senate the Dems added to their "already healthy" margin. Additionally, the first openly gay lesbian to be elected to the NC statehouse was also victorious in her Senate race!

    That victory on the state level mirrors other results around the country, where Dems solidly increased their foothold, or took control of many State Legislatures and Governships.

    Even Dallas, TX(!!!) elected a lesbian/hispanic Sheriff!

    All of which just serves to make me even more suspicious of the election results.

    Republicans control the "Solid South" says conventional wisdom --- but then how does one account for North Carolina? "Value voters" showed up and gave Bush his victory, says CV, and yet gay and lesbian candidates had unprecedented victories in "solid" GOP strongholds.

    It's certainly reasonable to assume that voters preferred the GOP at the national level while opting for Dems back at home...for whatever reason. Had there not be so many other oddities in the days following this election, I'd likely not have given it all too much thought. But taking everything we now know about highly improbable disparities in the Exit Polling --- where alleged "inaccuracies" just happened to only benefit Bush and never Kerry in the final results --- along with everything else we now know about the manufacturers of the E-Voting and Counting machines, their secrecy and their exceedingly close ties to the Republican party, it all just adds to my existing suspicions here that something stinks. Bad.

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    What the hell?!
    By Brad Friedman on 11/10/2004 1:16pm PT  

    I've lived in L.A. for nearly 10 years now. I've never seen armored tanks in the streets.

    Last night, during an otherwise peaceful anti-war demonstration in front of the Federal Building in Westwood, two armored tanks were called out.

    Here's the story, here's the QuickTime video. What the hell is this country coming to?

    (Via Raw Story)

    UPDATE: The links above are not broken as one reader reported, but traffic at both the page and the video is now very heavy, so keep trying. Here, in the meantime, is the text of the article:

    LOS ANGELES, November 9, 2004 - At 7:50 PM two armored tanks showed up at an anti-war protest in front of the federal building in Westwood. The tanks circled the block twice, the second time parking themselves in the street and directly in front of the area where most of the protesters were gathered. Enraged, some of the people attempted to block the tanks, but police quickly cleared the street. The people continued to protest the presence of the tanks, but about ten minutes the tanks drove off. It is unclear as to why the tanks were deployed to this location.

    UPDATE: AMERICAblog now has more details on this.

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    Ask everyone you know to do the same!
    UPDATE: 'Act for Change' Also Gets in the Act!
    By Brad Friedman on 11/10/2004 12:19pm PT  

    Please sign this Online Petition calling on Congress to open an immediate investigation into possible fraud and/or mistabulation of votes by the American People in Election 2004.

    Then use this link to ask everyone you know to sign it as well!

    (A reader points out that your name, city and state will be available to those who choose to view the petition signatures. Obviously, I have no fear of publically speaking out against what's happening, but if you have any privacy concerns, just enter your first initial, last name, city, state. E-mail address is required for cross verification; but if you check the box for "privacy," no one will see your e-mail address. What's important is that you sign it and stand up bravely to demand that our votes be counted properly! Go sign it now!)

    UPDATE: Act for Change --- a rather large activist group --- is finally getting into the game! They too have an ONLINE PETITION / EMAIL DUMP! They will send your Email straight to your U.S. Congress people for you! Please sign that one as well! And again, let your friends know about it!

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