Beware These Voter Suppression and Vote-Counting Fraud Tactics



THE DIRTY 30 OF ELECTION FRAUD

30 WAYS TO STEAL AN ELECTION AND DESTROY DEMOCRACY

This series written, produced and hosted by Network of Citizens at http://www.networkofcitizens.org/election/index.htm




(1) Voter Fraud vs. Election Fraud: New Poll Taxes

(2) 2002 Help America Vote Act (HAVA)

(3) Voting Machine Vendors Policing Themselves

(4) Sproul Registration Drives

(5) Voter Rolls Purged I

(6) Voter Rolls Purged II - Accenture

(7) New Laws Discouraging Voter Registration Drives

(8) Secret Software Programs - I

(9) Secret Software Programs - II (Chuck Hagel)

(10) Paperless E-voting Machines (Ney & Abramoff)

(11) Partisan SOS 2000 - Katherine Harris

(12) Partisan SOS 2004 - J. Kenneth Blackwell

(13) Absentee Ballots

(14) Diebold Felons

(15) Provisional Ballots Rejected

(16) Caging Lists

(17) Expatriate Americans

(18) Sleepovers

(19) Mighty Texas Strike Force

(20) Phone Jamming

(21) Voting While Black

(22) Machine Shortages

(23) Spoiled Ballots

(24) Exit Polls

(25) Premature Calling of Election Winners

(26) Rigged Recounts

(27) Judicial Decisions - I (2000 - Supreme Court)

(28) Judicial Decisions - II (Bilbray/Busby; Washoe Co., NV)

(29) Media Blackout

(30) Election Day





(1) Voter Fraud vs. Election Fraud: New Poll Taxes

Voter fraud is fraud perpetrated by individual voters, such as voting by
illegal immigrants and voting more than once, both of which are felonies.
The theory that voter registration drives lead to voter fraud
is false. All sound evidence shows that voter registration drives do
NOT lead to fraud by the voters at the polls. In addition, the notion
that there are widespread occurrences of voter fraud is a myth. Not only is
there a “massive void of evidence”, the existing evidence clearly shows
that it is almost nonexistent, including voting by illegal immigrants.
After all, why would illegal
immigrants take the high risk of publicizing their presence by
registering to vote? Unfortunately, when something is repeated
often enough, even pure propaganda, it can take on the ring of truth.




Furthermore, the great efforts being undertaken to prevent the nonexistent
problem of voter fraud take the focus off of the very real and heavily
documented acts of widespread election fraud that have made a mockery
out of the democratic process of voting in America.



Election fraud ,
is fraud perpetrated by political candidates, parties or others
with a vested interest in the election outcome.
Tactics employed in election fraud include voter supression and
disenfranchisement, stuffing of ballot boxes, and manipulation of the
election results. Such tactics can often be done on a massive scale.


Rather than addressing large-scale election fraud at the national level,
Congress has chosen to focus on developing new laws that would serve to
expand voter suppression and disenfranchisement. An example is the recent
bill in the US House of Representatives, the Federal Election Integrity
Act of 2006 (HR 4844). The voter identifcation requirements imposed by
such legislation serve as a strong reminder of the poll taxes imposed
by many Southern states in the 1950s to prevent poor and black Americans
from voting.

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(2) 2002 Help America Vote Act (HAVA)



On Oct. 29, 2002, President Bush signed the Help America Vote Act.
The stated intent of HAVA was to correct many of the problems that
occurred in the 2000 election. In the 2004 election, people felt calmed
by the illusion that the problems of the 2000 election were being corrected —
while in fact the opposite was happening. Touch screen voting machines were
touted by the industry and their lobbyists as making voting as easy and reliable
as withdrawing cash from an ATM. Congress, swiftly authorized $3.9 million to
upgrade the nation's election systems, with much of the money devoted to
installing electronic voting machines in each of America's 180,000 precincts.
But as midterm elections approach this November, electronic voting machines
are making things worse instead of better.

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(3) Voting Machine Vendors Policing Themselves




According to Brian Hancock, of the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and
Jorge Martinez of the U.S. Election Justice Department, there is NO federal
agency with regulatory authority over the elections industry; there are NO
government standards or restrictions on who can sell or service voting machines
and systems; and there is NO agency or organization that even has a complete
list of voting machine companies in the U.S. In other words, the highly-partisan
voting machine companies are literally policing themselves.

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(4) Sproul Registration Drives



Sproul & Associates is a Republican consulting firm run by
Nathan Sproul, former head of the Arizona Republican Party and Arizona
Christian Coalition. The firm was hired by the RNC for work in swing
states and elsewhere from September 2004 through election day, to
register new voters. Sproul registration drives were reported in
Pennsylvania, Oregon, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Florida and Nevada.
Tactics reported by former Sproul employees included; recruiting
workers by fraudulently telling applicants that they would be working
for America Votes—a legitimate non-partisan operation; telling workers
that if they brought back a bunch of Democratic cards, they would be
fired; destroying registration forms filled out by Democrats &
Independents; and tricking Democrats & Independents into
registering as Republicans. In total, the RNC paid Sproul &
Associates $8.3 million for their efforts—making it the eighth largest
expenditure of the 2004 campaign.

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(5) Voter Rolls Purged I



Of all the strategies used in Florida in the 2000 election, the
most notorious was the systematic use of overly inclusive scrub lists,
intending to purge ex-felons from the voter rolls but actually to
disinfranchise as many Democrats—in particular, African-Americans—as
possible. Katherine Harris, through a list compiled by DBT/Choicepoint,
named as felons tens of thousands of Floridians with clean records,
just because they shared a name or and address, with someone who had
done hard time. Harris's office then purged the rolls of all those on
the list, over 90,000 citizens, most of them entirely innocent. Nearly
3 percent of Florida's eligible black voters were listed.
DBT/ChoicePoint's error rate was 97%.

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(6) Voter Rolls Purged II - Accenture



The issue returned again to prominence in 2004 when Florida
announced another planned purge, again based on a list of felons.
Accenture, a $14 billion company that has made millions doing
government jobs, was supposed to help Florida create a bulletproof
felon voter list. But state elections officials scrapped the list after
newspaper reports reported a flaw that invalidated it.The demise of the
list, which was three years in the making, renews questions about
Accenture's strong Republican ties and its business practices. In fact,
the company's resume is littered with connections to drama that the
nation's Republican leadership would rather forget: Enron, Abu Ghraib
and mysterious Saudi businessmen. The company, once part of Enron's
accounting firm, Arthur Andersen, jettisoned the Andersen name in 2001
to distance itself from scandal.

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(7) New Laws Discouraging Voter Registration Drives



A number of states are adopting rules that make it hard, and
financially perilous, for nonpartisan groups to register new voters.
The Florida Legislature recently adopted a law imposing fines of $250
for every voter registration form that a group files more than 10 days
after it is collected, and $5,000 for every form that is not submitted,
even if it is because of events beyond anyone's control, like a
hurricane. The Florida League of Women Voters, which is suing to block
the new rules, has decided it cannot afford to keep registering new
voters in the state as it has done for 67 years. If a volunteer lost
just 16 forms in a flood, or handed in a stack of forms a day late, the
group's entire annual budget could be put at risk.

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(8) Secret Software Programs - I



The United States is one of only a handful of major democracies that allow private, partisan
companies to secretly count and tabulate votes using their own proprietary software. Today, 80
percent of all ballots in the U.S. are tallied by four companies—Diebold, ES&S, Sequioa Voting
Systems and Hart InterCivic. The simple fact is, these machines not only break down regularly,
they are easily compromised—by people inside and outside of the companies.

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(9) Secret Software Programs - II (Chuck Hagel)



In 1995, Chuck Hagel of Nebraska was the CEO of Election Systems
and Software (ES&S), the voting machine company that would count
the votes in his 1996 bid for the U.S. Senate. He was trailing in the
pre-election polls to his opponent, former Gov. Ben Nelson, 65% to 18%,
yet Hagel amazingly came from behind to win with 56% of the vote. He
was the first Republican Senate winner in the state in 24 years. In
both the 1996 and 2002 elections, ES&S counted 85% of the votes in
Nebraska. Senator Hagel retains a $1 - $5 million ownership in
ES&S’s parent company, McCarthy Group, as he contemplates a run for
the Presidency in 2008.

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(10) Paperless E-voting Machines (Ney & Abramoff)



According to an April 2006 article in Rolling Stone Magazine,
“Diebold paid some $275,000 to [Jack] Abramoff’s firm, Greenberg
Traurig, with the apparent aim of keeping legislation requiring paper
trails in the voting process from getting into HAVA. Conveniently,
Abramoff pal [Rep.] Bob Ney [R-OH], one of the HAVA architects, blocked
every attempt to put paper trails into law.” Since then, both Ney and
Abramoff have pled guilty to felony charges of corruption.

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(11) Partisan SOS 2000 - Katherine Harris



Florida SoS Katherine Harris oversaw the 2000 election in Florida
that was awash in purged voter roles, trashed “over-votes,” uncounted
military and absentee ballots, and state financing of republican
campaign efforts. Harris, who also served as co-chair of Bush's Florida
campaign, gleefully purged voter roles of supposed “felons.” Following
Election Day, Harris was instrumental in ensuring that all the Florida
votes were NOT counted.

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(12) Partisan SOS 2004 - J. Kenneth Blackwell


In 2004, J. Kenneth Blackwell was not only Ohio's SoS, but a leader in the Bush reelection campaign.
Under Blackwell’s guidance, Ohio experienced some of the most egregious and un-addressed election
process failures seen to date in the age of computerized voting. Democratic precincts were severely
underserved by voting machinery, forcing voters to wait in lines of up to 10 hours or more simply
to cast their vote. Adjacent precincts of primarily Republican voters were well served, with
sufficient machinery and no waiting. Blackwell is currently a Republican gubernatorial candidate
and, as Secretary of State, in charge of running elections in Ohio.

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(13) Absentee Ballots


Mail-in voter registration forms are protected by federal law—absentee ballots are not.
According to Palast, the number of absentee ballots has quintupled in many states,
with the number rejected on technical grounds rising to over a half a million (526,420)
in 2004. In swing states, absentee ballot shredding was pandemic. Absentee Ballots explained

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(14) Diebold Felons

According
to Bev Harris of Black Box Voting, managers of a subsidiary of Diebold,
one of the country's largest voting equipment vendors, include a
convicted cocaine trafficker, a man who conducted fraudulent stock
transactions, and a softwareprogrammer convicted of falsifying computer
records.

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(15) Provisional Ballots Rejected

Introduced
by federal law in 2002 as part of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), the
provisional ballot was designed especially for voters of color.
Initially proposed by the Congressional Black Caucus to save the rights
of those wrongly purged from voter rolls, it was, in swing states,
twisted into a back-of-the-bus ballot unlikely to be tallied.
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(16) Caging Lists

This
particularly mean-spirited practice is designed to eliminate specific
segments of the population from the voting roles. A classic example was
during the 2004 presidential election when the Republican National
Committee took the time and expense to send registered mailings to the
soldier residents of an entire military base, Jacksonville Navel Air
Station, in Florida. Not surprisingly, the mailings were returned to
the RNC, unsigned by the addressees, since the base’s soldiers had been
deployed overseas. RNC officials marched to election offices and
challenged the validity of the soldiers’ voter registrations. En masse,
the names of the soldiers were dropped from the voting roles. They were
only allowed to vote via provisional ballots.... which would ultimately
not be counted.

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(17) Expatriate Americans

Expatriate
America—a global bloc some have called the 51st State—includes up to 7
million voters. In 2002, HAVA instructed the Department of Defense to
amplify a federal website (fvap.gov) to serve as a comprehensive
nonpartisan clearinghouse of voting information. On August 23, 2004,
the website suddenly went down just when the requests to register for
the Presidential election were at their highest.

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(18) Sleepovers

The
concept of the “sleepover “ first received widespread national
attention after the CA House District (HD) 50 special election in July
2006. The term “sleepover” actually refers to the act of pollworkers
taking the election machinery home with them prior to the election, in
some cases for longer than a week. In the close HD 50 race, in which
Francine Busby lost to Brian Bilbrary, Diebold voting machines were
taken home by pollworkers. San Diego County Registrar Mike Haas
defended the process, noting that taking machinery home had been
typical procedure for almost 40 years.

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(19) Mighty Texas Strike Force

In
2004, the Mighty Texas Strike Force, an off-shoot of the RNC, dispersed
about 1,500 volunteers to key battleground states to make phone calls
to people recently released from prison, threatening them with being
reported to the FBI and returning to jail if they voted.

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(20) Phone Jamming

On
Election Day in November, 2002, the New Hampshire Democratic Party
found itself suddenly unable to operate its phone lines in its GOTV
efforts for the close Senate race between Democratic Gov. Jeanne
Shaheen and Republican John Sununu. It was later discovered that the
phone lines were maliciously jammed by operatives connected to the
Republican Party. Although the perpetrators of the jamming were
convicted of their crimes, their goal was attained. The Democrat’s
later inability to contact their voters during the critical GOTV effort
had an impact on the election; Shaheen lost a close election. Civil
suits continue regarding this case, and disclosures reveal a close
connection between the perpetrators and the White House.

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(21) Voting While Black

Almost
40 years after enactment of the historic Voting Rights Act, many
Americans are still subjected to threats and intimidation when they try
to exercise their right to vote. Although voter intimidation is a
federal crime, most violators are never punished because federal
prosecutors do not pursue these cases.

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(22) Machine Shortages

Unequal
distribution of voting machines has allowed partisan election officials
to effectively deny people the right to vote. Voters in heavily
Democratic districts faced massive lines due to insufficient machines,
requiring voters to stand in line for hours before being able to cast
their vote. In addition, these locations were often supplied with
older, malfunctioning machines.

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(23) Spoiled Ballots

The
nasty little secret of American democracy is that, in every national
election, ballots cast are simply thrown in the garbage—over a million
of them. Nationwide, according to the federal commission charged with
implementing election reforms, "as many as 1 million ballots were
spoiled [in the 2004 election] by faulty voting equipment – roughly one
for every 100 cast."

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(24) Exit Polls

Historically,
exit polls have proven to be very accurate, often to within ½ of 1%
(0.005). Discrepancies between exit polls and the final vote counts is
solid evidence that something in the election results is wrong.
According to computer security expert Chuck Herrin, “the sudden
unreliability of exit polls in the U.S. coincides with the use of
paperless electronic voting machines.”

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(25) Premature Calling of Election Winners



In the early morning hours of November 8, Fox News Channel declared that the pivotal state of Florida had
gone for George W. Bush. At 2:16 a.m. Fox announced that the Texas governor had won the state, thus securing
the 271 electoral votes needed to win the presidential election. The other television networks followed suit
in a matter of minutes. The call was subsequently withdrawn.The individual responsible for recommending that
Fox call Florida for Bush was John Ellis, who led the network's decision desk. Ellis was not a disinterested
party in the presidential election, but the first cousin of the Republican candidate and his brother, Florida
Governor Jeb Bush. In response to the call by the networks Al Gore telephoned Bush to concede the election.
But as Gore was on his way to deliver his concession speech, the vice president's advisors urged him to turn
back, telling him Bush's lead had dropped to only several thousand votes. Gore phoned Bush rescinding his
concession after the networks reversed their call, putting Florida back in the undecided category.

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(26) Rigged Recounts

Sherole
Eaton, Deputy Director of Elections for Hocking County, Ohio testified
in a signed and notarized affidavit regarding the 2004 presidential
election recount that: A Michael Barbian, Jr., a representative of the
voting machine company Triad GSI, unilaterally sought and obtained
access to the voting machinery and records in Hocking County Ohio,
modified the computer tabulator, learned which precinct was planned to
be the subject of the initial test recount and made further alterations
based on that information, and advised the election officials how to
manipulate the machinery so that the preliminary hand recount matched
the original machine count.

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(27) Judicial Decisions - I (2000 - Supreme Court)

The
Supreme Court's ruling in Bush vs. Gore, which stopped the Florida
recount and handed the presidency to George W. Bush, was one of most
controversial rulings in the court's history. According to Alan
Dershowitz, "The decision may be ranked as the single most corrupt
decision in Supreme Court history, because it is the only one that I
know of where the majority justices decided as they did because of the
personal identity and political affiliation of the litigants ... No
honest person can any longer trust them to do justice, as distinguished
from politics."




(28) Judicial Decisions - II (Bilbray/Busby; Washoe Co., NV)

In
the CA House District (HD) 50 July 2006 Special Election, Republican
Brian Bilbray won a close victory over Democrat Francine Busby. But the
issue of “sleepovers” prompted local election reform activist, to file
a citizen’s challenge to the election, citing the violation of CA
certification rules. Immediately after the election, and before the
election was certified, Brian Bilbray was whisked off to Washington,
D.C. and sworn into the office by Speaker of the House, Dennis Hastert.
The San Diego District Court Judge declined to hear the citizen’s case,
citing that the court lacked jurisdiction, since Bilbray was already
sworn in as a U.S. Representative.

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(29) Media Blackout


The Telecommunications Act of 1996 makes it possible for one company to
dominate 35% of a national TV market and on the local level to own 40%
of radio stations. As a result, media corporations are gobbling up
smaller and independent stations. The result is censorship by omission
as commercial and partisan concerns overwhelm democratic values. The
mainstream media’s response to any request to cover election fraud
stories is to shut up and get over it.

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(30) Election Day


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