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How the GOP plans to steal the election...

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by spup1122, Nov 7, 2006.

  1. spup1122

    spup1122 Guest

    From The Guardian (UK)
    Monday November 6, 2006

    Here’s how the 2006 mid-term election was stolen.

    Note the past tense. And I’m not kidding.

    And shoot me for saying this, but it won’t be stolen by jerking with the touch-screen machines (though they’ll do their nasty part). While progressives panic over the viral spread of suspect computer black boxes, the Karl Rove-bots have been tunneling into the vote vaults through entirely different means.

    For six years now, our investigations team, at first on assignment for BBC TV and the Guardian, has been digging into the nitty-gritty of the gaming of US elections. We’ve found that November 7, 2006 is a day that will live in infamy. Four and a half million votes have been shoplifted. Here’s how they’ll do it, in three easy steps:

    Theft #1: Registrations gone with the wind

    On January 1, 2006, while America slept off New Year’s Eve hangovers, a new federal law crept out of the swamps that has devoured 1.9 million votes, overwhelmingly those of African-Americans and Hispanics. The vote-snatching statute is a cankerous codicil slipped into the 2002 Help America Vote Act — strategically timed to go into effect in this mid-term year. It requires every state to reject new would-be voters whose identity can’t be verified against a state verification database.

    Sounds arcane and not too threatening. But look at the numbers and you won’t feel so fine. About 24.3 million Americans attempt to register or re-register each year. The New York University Law School’s Brennan Center told me that, under the new law, Republican Secretaries of State began the year by blocking about one in three new voters.

    How? To begin with, Mr. Bush’s Social Security Administration has failed to verify 47% of registrants. After appeals and new attempts to register, US Elections Assistance Agency statistics indicate 1.9 million would-be voters will still find themselves barred from the ballot on Tuesday.

    But don’t worry: those holding passports from their ski vacations to Switzerland are doing just fine. And that’s the point. It’s not the number of voters rejected, it’s their color. For example, California’s Republican Secretary of State Bruce McPherson figured out how to block 40% of registrants, mostly Hispanics. In a rare counter-move, Los Angeles, with a Hispanic mayor, contacted these citizens, “verified” them and got almost every single one back on the rolls. But throughout the rest of the West, new Hispanics remain victims of the “Jose Crow” treatment.

    In hotly contested Ohio, Kenneth Blackwell, Secretary of State and the Republican’s candidate for Governor, remains voter-rejection champ — partly by keeping the rejection criteria a complete secret.
  2. spup1122

    spup1122 Guest


    Theft #2: Turned Away - the ID game

    A legion of pimple-faced Republicans with Blackberries loaded with lists of new voters is assigned to challenge citizens in heavily Black and Hispanic (i.e. Democratic) precincts to demand photo ID that perfectly matches registration data.

    Sounds benign, but it’s not. The federal HAVA law and complex new ID requirements in states like New Mexico will easily allow the GOP squads to triple the number of voters turned away. Rather than deny using these voter suppression tactics, Republican spokesmen are claiming they are “protecting the integrity of the vote.”

    I’ve heard that before. In 2004, we got our hands on fifty confidential internal memos from the files of the Republican National Committee. Attached to these were some pretty strange spreadsheets. They called them “caging lists” — and it wasn’t about zoo feeding times. They were lists (70,000 for Florida alone) of new Black and Jewish voters — a very Democratic demographic — to challenge on Election Day. The GOP did so with a vengeance: In 2004, for the first time in half a century, more than 3.5 million voters were challenged on Election Day. Worse, nearly half lost their vote: 300,000 were turned away for wrong ID; 1.1 million were allowed a “provisional” ballot — which was then simply tossed out.

    Tomorrow, new federal ID requirements and a dozen new state show-me-your-ID laws will permit the GOP challenge campaign to triple their 300,000 record to nearly one million voters blocked.

    Theft #3: Votes Spoiled Rotten

    The nasty little secret of US elections is that three million ballots are cast in national elections but not counted — 3,600,380 not counted in 2004 according to US Election Commission stats. These are votes lost because a punch card didn’t punch (its chad got “hung”), a stray mark voided a paper ballot and other machinery glitches.

    Officials call it “spoilage.” I call it, “inaugurating Republicans.” Why? According to statisticians working with the US Civil Rights Commission, the chance your vote will “spoil” this way is 900% higher for Black folk and 500% higher for Hispanics than for white voters. When we do the arithmetic, we find that well over half of all votes spoiled or “blank” are cast by voters of color. On balance, this spoilage game produces a million-vote edge for the GOP.

    That’s where the Black Boxes come into play. Forget about Karl Rove messing with the software to change your vote. Rather, the big losses occur when computers crash, fail to start or simply don’t respond to your touch. They are the new spoilage machines of choice with, statistically, the same racial bias as the old vote-snatching lever machines. (Funny, but paper ballots with in-precinct scanners don’t go rotten on Black voters. Maybe that’s why Republican Secretaries of State have installed so few of them.)

    So Let’s Add it Up

    Two million legitimate voters will be turned away because of wrongly rejected or purged registrations.

    Add another one million voters challenged and turned away for “improper ID.”

    Then add yet another million for Democratic votes “spoiled” by busted black boxes and by bad ballots.

    And let’s not forget to include the one million “provisional” ballots which will never get counted. Based on the experience of 2004, we know that, overwhelmingly, minority voters are the ones shunted to these baloney ballots.

    And there’s one more group of votes that won’t be counted: absentee ballots challenged and discarded. Elections Assistance Agency data tell us a half million of these absentee votes will go down the drain.

    Driving this massive suppression of the vote are sophisticated challenge operations. And here I must note that the Democrats have no national challenge campaign. That’s morally laudable; electorally suicidal.

    Add it all up — all those Democratic-leaning votes rejected, barred and spoiled — and the Republican Party begins Election Day with a 4.5 million-vote thumb on the vote-tally scale.
  3. I see the Guardian has its tinfoil hat on tight.
  4. pallister

    pallister Guest

    Love ya, spup, but ::)
  5. spup1122

    spup1122 Guest

    Hey, I just post what I read.... I'm not saying I agree with it or anything. ;)

    Oh wait, I do, to an extent.
  6. pallister

    pallister Guest

    Eli's missing on your sig.

    I have to record the game this week and watch it late Sunday night/early Monday morning because I'll be in a concert Sunday night. The Bears better not ruin the end of my mini-vacation with another loss.
  7. spup1122

    spup1122 Guest

    Bear-jacking my thread is NOT allowed. (but I'll get that changed as soon as possible.)
  8. Duane Postum

    Duane Postum Member

    Well, I haven't folded it into a hat quite yet, but I've got the Reynolds Wrap out, just in case. TBD. :)
  9. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    Fortunately, there are 435 House + 33 Senate races to decide, so that's a lot of GOP thumbs. But let's not limit ourselves to just those dirty tricks.

    There's the Choice Point option, in which anyone with a Democratic-sounding name gets listed fallaciously as a felon. There is the Robo-Call option that the GOP uses to harass Dem voters by calling them repeatedly while presenting initially as a Dem candidate. There is the Ohio option in which voting machines are shorted in "certain" precincts, creating 8- to 10-hour waits.

    And let's not forget the low gas prices courtesy of W's and Dead Eye Dick's buds in the oil industry. (Hint: Tank up NOW.) Or the well-timed Saddam verdict announcement. Or the surprisingly rosy government employment numbers. Or the 119-point rise in yesterday's Dow. All of which are prominent fixtures in today's GOP echo-chamber marching orders. Twirl the AM dial and it's the same exact message from all the neo-lemmings.

    In fairness, if the Dems were in the same boat, they'd be pulling out a lot of the similar stops. But the Dems wouldn't be so blatant about it because they think the people are a hella lot smarter than what the GOP thinks about them.
  10. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    The old-fashioned voting booth with the levers for the district next to mine jammed up while I was there. They couldn't get the big lever that resets the machine to move. I suppose it could have been a Republican conspiracy. One of the guys waiting in line looked a little like Karl Rove.

    Also, the dude sitting next to my voting booth was the scariest looking election monitor I have ever seen. He looked like he stepped right out of the prison yard to make sure no one messed with the voting booth. I was wondering if I had to trade him three cigarettes before he would let me step into the booth.
  11. jgmacg

    jgmacg Guest

  12. Armchair_QB

    Armchair_QB Well-Known Member

    No technical glitches where I voted.

    Of course it's pretty hard to fuck up when you're just using a pen and paper.

    Didn't even have to show ID either. Funny thing, neither did any of the black or Hispanic folks who were there.

    Wonder how the DNC is coming in their annual "throw out the military ballots" operation. Are they bribing the homeless in Wisconsin with cigarettes again this year or have they upgraded to quarts of Mickey's Mean Green?
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