A Petition to Congress requesting an investigation into the Presidential Election of 2004

A Petition to Congress requesting an investigation into the Presidential Election of 2004

To: United States Congress

TO: All members of the Congress of the United States of America; all Senators and Members of the House of Representatives A Petition to immediately and without delay open a joint investigation into potential wrongdoing in the Presidential Election of 2004, specifically to investigate the potential of voting machine manipulation or purposeful malfunction, especially electronic voting machines manufactured and supplied by Diebold, Inc.; Electronic Systems & Software (ES & S); Sequoia Voting Systems, and others, and also to identify and investigate all allegations of improper conduct by election officials, workers, observers, challengers and operatives and employees of both major parties concerning the voting process including intimidation, dissemination of improper information, manipulation of registration records, improper handling of actual voting ballots and, in general, any and all potential improprieties which could have led to improper or inaccurate election results. Such inquiries should not be limited to any particular state, precinct or district but strive to examine the voting process in any and all areas in which there is even the slightest indication of impropriety, but especially in the states of Florida, Ohio, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Nevada, New Mexico, Iowa, Arkansas, Missouri, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota, Texas and New Hampshire, and not limit such investigation, and expand such investigations to cover Senatorial races as well, especially those in Kentucky, Florida and South Dakota. We, the undersigned, request that our elected representatives act in accordance with the Constitution of the United States of America in a legal, impartial and expedient manner for an open hearing before the people of the United States and if such wrongdoing, illegal practices, manipulation of voting records or processes is of such a nature to indicate egregious or extensive tampering, alteration or misappropriation of the voting process that the violators be brought to justice and remedies, potentially including a nationwide audit, recall, recount or new election be imposed by your bodies. We feel it is our patriotic duty to request such action from you, our elected officials, and your duty to respond in a responsible manner.


The Undersigned


Green Party at $70k of $113k Needed in Ohio

Green Party has raised more than $70,000 towards $113,000 Ohio recount

By John Byrne

The Green Party in concert with the Libertarian Party has raised more than $70,000 towards an estimated $113,000 filing fee for a recount of Ohio ballots in the presidential election as of 6:30 p.m. Friday evening,
RAW STORY has learned.

The party, which posted an appeal and press release at 11 a.m. Eastern time, has received a flood of small contributions, according to Green Party Media Coordinator Blair Bobier. Their donation site is available at gp.org

“All of it is coming in small donations at this point,” Bobier said. “I think it’s just starting to get traction.”

Ohio has seen a spate of reports of irregularities in the voting system, and one county refused to let bipartisan observers watch the vote. In a Columbus suburb, nearly 4,000 votes were erroneously tallied for Bush, though they were not cast by actual voters.

In Mahoning and Mercer Counties, electronic machines malfunctioned; the machines had to be reset. At one point showed votes of “negative 25 million,” according to the head of the local board of elections. In Howard County, a judge ruled Election Day that everyone standing in line to vote at 7:30 p.m. had to eventually be allowed inside, but the Republican Secretary of State avoided the ruling by sending everyone home at 12 a.m., since the ruling only applied to Election Day.

In Warren County, officials said they had been told of a threat of terrorism, though the FBI denied any such threat.

“The integrity of the voting process is at stake,” Bobier said. “A recount is just part of that. Preferably there should be an investigation.”

“Our country is so concerned about creating democracy in other countries,” he added. “I think we should manufacture it here before we export it elsewhere.”

Asked if he had had any communication with the Democratic Party, Bobier demurred. But he said that rank-and-file Democrats were unhappy with the party for its unwillingness to take seriously the allegations of fraud.

“I think that rank and file Democrats are disgusted with their party leadership,” he said.
Bobier said the Greens had no hard evidence of fraud in Ohio, but were troubled by myriad irregularities in the state.

“We want to see the numbers,” he said.

Bobier noted that the Party had asked Republican Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell to step asid, saying that his partisanship was “definitely a problem.” Blackwell was chair of the Bush-Cheney campaign in Ohio.

“It seems like there should really be a national standard that would prohibit people having dual roles like that,” he stated.

Bobier, an attorney in Oregon, has a legal background in activism work, election reform and environmental work. He founded the Pacific Green Party of Oregon and has been active in the party since the late 1980s.

The Green Party won less than one percent of the popular vote in the November presidential election.


Group offers $100,000 reward for proof of fraud that could change electoral outcome

Group offers $100,000 reward for proof of fraud that could change electoral outcome

By John Byrne RAW STORY Editor

A non-profit music advocacy group is offering a
$100,000 reward to anyone with evidence of voting fraud that could change the outcome of the presidential race, RAW STORY has learned.
The group, Justice Through Music, said that one of their major donors from Ohio had agreed to front the money for the award. Ohio was the battleground state that decided the 2004 election.
They are 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” if it would affect the electoral outcome.
“Mainly we’re looking for whistleblowers, insiders, stuff like that,” media director and photographer Shahzad Rauf said.
Rauf stressed that the group is hoping to increase the size of the award, so that if someone loses their job by reporting anything, they would have something to live on for a fair amount of time.
“I’m asking some of the bloggers to donate too,” he said. “I think if we could get it up to a million, it’s a better incentive.”
If anything, Rauf says he hopes the reward will give life to the movement questioning the security of the nation’s voting systems and the myriad cases of erroneous vote tabulations. No evidence of deliberate fraud has surfaced beyond statistical analyses, though there have been numerous reports in Ohio of machines giving out wrong totals.
In a Columbus suburb, nearly 4,000 votes were erroneously tallied for Bush, though they were not cast by
actual voters.
Electronic machines malfunctioned in Mahoning and Mercer Counties; the machines had to be reset. At one point showed votes of “negative 25 million,” according to the
head of the local board of elections. In Howard County, a judge ruled Election Day that everyone standing in line to vote at 7:30 p.m. had to eventually be allowed inside, but the Republican Secretary of State avoided the ruling by sending everyone home at 12 a.m., since the ruling only applied to Election Day.
In Warren County, officials said they had been told of a threat of terrorism, though the FBI denied any such threat.
Rauf called the reward “a way to get it out there without being involved in the big conspiracy theories.”
“I get so tired of that,” he added. “I tend to agree that the numbers look fishy and fuzzy, but I haven’t really seen any evidence.”
Awarding of the money will be considered by a five-member internal panel in February of 2005.
Justice Through Music is a non-profit, 501©(3) organization that uses famous musicians and bands to organize, educate and activate young people about the importance of civil rights and voting.


BuzzFlash > News Alert > The Unexplained Exit Poll Discrepancy

OHIO Recount: Make It Happen; FL soon?!

Google Search 'vote recount'
News Now Headlines 'recount'
Technorati Blogs Search 'vote recount'
Donate to Greens Ohio Recount Effort
The Alliance For Democracy Recount Effort
Help America Recount! - WEDNESDAY NOV 10, Washington D.C. -- Consumer groups rallying citizens for recounts in Ohio, Florida; voters can fund audits of Ohio and court challenges in Florida by donating to HelpAmericaRecount.org, a 527 tax exempt organization set up exclusively for recount funding...
Listening to Air America Radio this evening, I thought I heard Bev Harris mention that BBV would be recounting Florida but wasn't sure. Apparently as per AAR's message board, it seems my hearing was correct!

Donate! Your Help Needed for Ohio Recount!

David Cobb and Michael Badnarik, the 2004 presidential cndidates for the Green and Libertarian parties, have announced their intentions to file a formal demand for a recount of the presidential ballots cast in Ohio. The Cobb and Badnarik campaigns are in the process of raising the required fee, estimated at $110,000, for a complete recount in all 11,000 precincts in Ohio.

Funds donated to the Ohio recount are not subject to the $2000 contribution cap. Please be sure to include the words 'Ohio Recount' in the Notes section of our donate form.

The integrity of the democratic process is at stake thank you for your support.

Recent Daily Kos daries on the recount story:

1. Help Recount Ohio! (Diaries, Diary)posted by FullDisclosure on 11/11/2004 17:22:23 EDT4 comments (0 new)
Nader calls for Ohio recount (Diaries, Diary)posted by racerx on 11/11/2004 11:51:00 EDT8 comments (8 new)
Donate to Support Ohio Recount (Diaries, Diary)posted by scorponic on 11/11/2004 11:35:59 EDT9 comments (9 new)
Cobb to demand recount in Ohio (Diaries, Diary)posted by jigsaw68 on 11/11/2004 10:24:02 EDT15 comments (15 new)
Put Your Money Where Your Tin-Foil Hat Is! (Diaries, Diary)posted by FullDisclosure on 11/11/2004 02:29:42 EDT25 comments (25 new)
Want an Ohio Recount? It'll cost $110,000 (Diaries, Diary)posted by Dittoz on 11/11/2004 01:25:59 EDT21 comments (21 new)
Ohio Paper:Recount to be persued.... (Diaries, Diary)posted by pronin2 on 11/11/2004 00:51:57 EDT8 comments (8 new)
demand ohio recount! (Diaries, Diary)posted by Cedwyn on 11/07/2004 20:16:19 EDT72 comments (72 new)
Need Ohio Advice (Diaries, Diary)posted by Cedwyn on 11/05/2004 19:40:10 EDT9 comments (9 new)
Ohio recount law (Diaries, Diary)posted by teresahill on 11/04/2004 18:58:18 EDT3 comments (3 new)

GAO Election Inquiry: Nadler Gathers Vote Info Online

Nadler Launches Webpage to Gather Information About Voting Irregularities

For Immediate Release Nov. 10, 2004

Washington, D.C. - Today Representative Nadler announced his plan to gather information directly from voters and voting rights activists in order to further efforts by Members of the Judiciary Committee and the Government Accountability Office to investigate the voting irregularities that have been reported since Election Day.

Rep. Nadler will be using a form on his website http://www.house.gov/nadler/ to gather evidence about voting irregularities and to share information with interested parties about progress in the election inquiry.

"I am hopeful that the information people provide will be helpful to Members of the Judiciary Committee to assist in our inquiry," said Rep. Nadler. "The goal is to make it easier for concerned citizens to share their views and insights with the interested Members of the Judiciary Committee," he continued.

The House Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction over the Voting Rights Act, the Help America Vote Act, and constitutional rights to free and fair democratic elections. Rep. Nadler said, "As the Ranking Member on the Constitution Subcommittee, I want to hear from you. If you have information that would be useful to the Committee as it considers voting rights issues, items that should be investigated, or would like to provide a testimonial, please fill out the form below."

To access the form or to sign up to receive additional information go to


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Register Your Official Comments
The House Judiciary Committee has jurisdiction over the Voting Rights Act, the Help America Vote Act, and our constitutional rights to free and fair democratic elections. As the Ranking Member on the Constitution Subcommittee, I want to hear from you. If you have information that would be useful to the committee as it considers voting rights issues, items that should be investigated, or would like to provide a testimonial, please fill out the form below. Required fields are marked with an asterisk*.

Greens & Libs Push OHIO Recount Effort

Green candidated David Cobb announced yesterday that he and Michael Badnarik, the Libertarian candidate, are requesting a recount in Ohio. This is going to cost them $110,000. Please donate if you can:

Ohio secretary of state suddenly changes provisional ballot rules
New rules saying that blah blah blah type of provisional ballot can't be counted are coming down. He ruled on Tuesday that any ballot without a date of birth shall not be counted, despite documents saying that it wasn't mandatory. Election stealing Republican Secretary of State. Where have we seen this before?

For people investigating Diebold , a word of caution

Bait & Snitch scam #2

1. A user pops out of nowhere and says he's an expert programmer, CEO of a company with several servers he can put at our disposal, to help us prove the election fraud. Such a generous soul, heh ?

2. His only problem: He needed to get the Diebold Source code and was having trouble contacting Bev Harris to get it.

THIS IS THE ILLEGAL PART HE CAN SNITCH (giving him Diebold property)

3. None of us had it so we started discussing the way the software was built, the OS, etc.. It was immediately obvious he didn't know WTF he was talking about

4. Suddenly he "found the code". He said he had it all on his servers and offered it to anyone who wanted it.

ANOTHER TRAP (If you accepted it you can be charged with receiving stolen goods)

5) Thankfully, because on his discussions about OS, code (3) he rubbed everyone the wrong way, so there were no takers


Articles, Analyses, Collections 11/11/04

***Wikipedia entry for 2004 U.S. Election controversies and irregularities***

NEWS - Votes Downloaded to AP - Confirmation that the Association Press gets direct feed from vote tabulating computers - read Christopher Bollyn's article

Check out websites below where interesting statistical analysis (still in the development stage) indicates, perhaps, another stolen election. On initial inspection, some statisticians are finding that it is the scanners in Florida that gave Bush a big boost, not the touchscreens.

***http://www.invisibleida.com/New_Hampshire.htm (Ida's charts and graphs)***
http://www.stolenelection2004.com/Florida.htm /
http://ustogether.org/election04/ (Dopp's graphs & analysis)http://onlinejournal.com/evoting/110504Madsen/110504madsen.html (a snapshot of results across the country)
http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=203x21834 (New Zealand-based Scoop)http://www.tompaine.com/articles/kerry_won_.php (Palast)http://www.stolenelection2004.com/ (compilation of stories)http://www.commondreams.org/views04/1104-38.htm (great article with links)

Oct 31, 04: If This Election Is Stolen, will it be by enough to stop a recount?
Oct 26, 04: Landes submits brief to United States Supreme Court - This is a long shot, but I felt I had to do something. Lynn
Oct 22, 04: Could the Associated Press (AP) Rig the Election? The answer is yes! with some help from their friends.

Electronic Voting
The stolen election of 2004: welcome back to hellBy Larry Chin
Grand Theft Election: Karl Rove's turd droppings all over this oneBy Wayne Madsen
Kerry wonBy Greg Palast
Something amiss in OhioBy Kevin Quirk
Never say Die-bold: So you don’t think the Bush campaign stole this election? Think againBy Jackson Thoreau
If this election is stolen, will it be by enough to stop a recount?By Lynn Landes
Could the Associated Press rig the election?By Lynn Landes
Journalist seeks temporary restraining orders against use of voting machines & absentee ballotsUrges use of remote polling precincts & provisional ballots
E-Voting: The new battle hymn of the republicBy Bob Fitrakis
Voting: When low-tech beats high-techBy Bev Conover
Federal commission nixes talk of paper-only elections; stacks panels with proponents of paperless touchscreensBy Lynn Landes
Two voting companies & two brothers will count 80 percent of U.S. election using both scanners & touchscreensBy Lynn Landes
Faking democracy: Americans don't vote, machines do, & ballot printers can't fix thatBy Lynn Landes
Death of a patriotBy Bob Fitrakis
Diebold, electronic voting and the vast right-wing conspiracyBy Bob Fitrakis
Questions mount over New Hampshire's primaryBy Lynn Landes
Democrats send mixed signals in voting technology debateBy Lynn Landes
NIST ignores scientific method for voting technologyBy Lynn Landes
Voting machine voodoo: Democracy at riskBy Colleen Redman
Stopping the vote theft—urgent—drop all elseBy Mac Sperry
Computerized voting systems cannot be made secureBy Bev Conover
Republicans and Brits will count California's recall votesBy Lynn Landes
Electronic voting minus paper trails makes it easy to rig electionsBy Jason Leopold
Internet voting: The end of democracy?By Lynn Landes
Voting industry insiders hold secret meeting to hire PR firm to sell electronic voting to publicBy Bev Harris
Voting machine fiasco: SAIC, VoteHere and DieboldBy Lynn Landes
Offshore company captures online military voteBy Lynn Landes
Voting machines violate ConstitutionWho will launch legal challenge?By Lynn Landes
Are American elections fixed?By Ernest Partridge
Now your vote is the property of a private corporationBy Thom Hartmann
"If you want to win an election, just control the voting machines"By Thom Hartmann
Mission Impossible: Federal observers & voting machinesBy Lynn Landes
Can we trust the vote count anywhere? In any race? In any election?By Thomas Penn
2002 elections: Republican voting machines, election irregularities, and "way-off" polling resultsBy Lynn Landes
Florida’s “fixed it” farceBy Bev Conover
Once again, the media try to con the people into believing Bush wonBy Bev Conover
Your stolen vote—the missing piece of the puzzleBy Victoria Collier


Pre-election articles: http://www.ecotalk.org/articles.htm


Scoop: Sludge Report #154 Bigger Than Watergate!

Geek alert: XML Archive Exit Poll & Election data

Geek alert: XML Archive Exit Poll & Election data
by ivote2004


Fri Nov 5th, 2004 at 21:10:39 EDT

Will we let them cook the books, and then burn 'em before we can do our audit? Will we let them hide their tracks? Shred the evidence?
Action #1: Archive everything relevant you can find online. Grab it while it's hot. Before it vanishes.

Download & archive all data; dont depend on URLs being stable.

Make local backup copies, on your own hard disk, and burn to CD. Before URLs no longer hold the content they hold now, please make your own local backup copies --- especially of exit poll data. We need plenty of grassroots people to have copies of data that can be used (sooner, or later) to reverse-engineer how this election was stolen. So grab snapshots of unofficial vote tallies, exit polls, and other forms of raw election-relevant data.

Sure, there is plenty that hasn't been made public, and plenty that hasn't made it to the web yet. Getting hold of that data is much harder, and there are great efforts underway to do exactly that -- see http://www.blackboxvoting.org/
and help them out any way you can.

But there is plenty of data which has been put on the web, and we need to secure it. In other words, even if unscrupulous officials delete the data or change the data that has been available at a given URL, we want to have our own snapshots of what had already been posted.

Let's catch them in the lie, and document it well.

Data needs to be transformed from HTML, PDF, XLS, and other source formats into a neutral open format: XML.

And the XML files need to be uploaded & organized into a simple data repository web site, which needs to be hosted at multiple mirrored servers, with stable longterm URLs for access.

XSL stylesheets need to be crafted for different useful views upon the data repository.

Investigators and researchers should be able to access the XML raw to get the data for number crunching, while the rest of us should be able to see userfriendly views via the XSL styling.

(((that's a very highlevel strategy; architecture & details can be discussed below)))

Remember the Open Source maxim:

"Given enough eyeballs, all problems are shallow."

Secure the data.
Make the data available in a useful way.
Apply many eyeballs.
Reverse-engineer how we've been hacked.
Fix, before Dec 13, when the Electoral College performs the vote that really matters.

11/09/04 More Collections of Links and Articles

Miami Herald: 11/10/04 Hackers rigging voting machines a real possibility

Washington Times: 11/09/04 Voter fraud uncovered in New Mexico

Superbly organized VOTE FRAUD Links (Thanks Eloriel!): a DU Compendium

others at DU: Presidential Results and Discussion Report Voting Problems

Common Ground - Common Sense: Proving Electoral Fraud Thread

Sludge Report #164 - Vote Fraud 2004 - WTF!!! 11/09/04 In This Edition ::
Today Was Stolen Election Action Day
Ground Zero For Election Fraud 2004 Investigations
Karl Rove - Acclaimed Architect Of Election Fraud 2004
Show Me The Votes or Where Did George Suddenly Get 11 Million New Friends?
Thinking The Unthinkable – If We Vote Fraud Theorists Are Correct
According to The BBC – There May Be More Truth In This Than Intended
Spot The Difference – Exit Poll Variations By Ballot Type
To Believe That Bush Won The Election, You Must Also Believe...
Why Did CNN Change Their Exit Poll Data for Ohio After 1:00 AM?
Hillsborough County FLA - Oddities + Undervotes
Bush Increased His Minority Turnout by 69%
Florida Projection vs Actual Data In A Graphical Form
Still Don't Believe They Stole It? Look Here

What Really Happened 11/09/04:

Naked Promotional Announcement (Keith Olbermann)
Keith Olbermann Plays Hardball, Breaks Votergate Story on National, Mainstream Media
Incredible As It May Seem, MSNBC Covers Voting Problems
GOP files suit to stop vote count in San Diego city.
State Police investigating voter fraud
Votes exceeding registered voters (full list)
Did Bush fix the elections?
Computer glitch still baffles county clerk
Countinghouse Blues
Bush's 'Incredible' Vote Tallies
FLASHBACK: Florida ballot papers go missing
Will Your Vote Count?
Massive Ohio Sit-In to Protest Stolen Election!
Maybe Kerry SHOULD have waited!
Cuyahoga County Precincts
Warren's vote tally walled off
Why Kerry Conceded Defeat despite Electoral Fraud
Election stolen, group suspects
Another Rigged Election? The Elephant in the Voting Booth - Maureen Farrell at BuzzFlash.com
Media Black Out on Vote Fraud Allegations
None Dare Call it Voter Suppression and Fraud

BOP News 11.09.04 Republican Election Theft Clearinghouse

BOP House Crew on Election Fraud
New! 11/9 Ian Welsh: Thinking about vote fraud
Matt Stoller: another stolen election
oldman: speaks for itself
Barry Ritholtz: mapping out election results
Ian Welsh: Okay, it was stolen
Shaula Evans: fight fight fight

New Links November 9
Statistical improbabilities of Bush FL vote tallies
Atrois: The Ohio Code
Sarpy County, Nebraska: More votes than voters
FL: voting machines reject mysterious wet ballots
Shifting numbers of Florida's election (with graphs and charts)
More from MSNBC's Keith Olbermann plus he wants your feedback at KOlbermann@msnbc.com
Bob Fitrakis: Evidence is mounting
97,489 extra votes in Cayahoga County, Ohio
Democracy Now: The E-vote Factor
eRiposte: Election 2004 results
No paper ballot recount requests yet in Florida - and how to start one
Another rigged election? The Elephant in the voting booth
Electronic voting machine woes reported
Machine error gives Bush extra Ohio votes
Gambling glitch mars vote tally
Wired: Watchdogs spot e-vote glitches
National voting rights monitor documents voting irregularities in the south
Warren County, OH shrouds vote count in darkness
Ralph Nader challenges vote count in New Hampshire
Citizen attempt to expose irregularities in Florida
WI group says, Election stolen
Indianapolis Wish-TV asks, Will Your Vote Count?
AP gets direct feed from tabulating computers
media Black Out Voting Problems
Republicans and Democrats spar over vote tally
House Democrats Seek election inquiry
Voting irregularities (with charts!)
William Rivers Pitt: Worse Than 2000
Florida rigged the optical scanners with stats and charts
Strange election results from Ohio
Electronic Voting machine woes reported
Defective software lost votes
Over 20 percent of the machines tested failed to record votes properly.
Electronic Ballots: Major media reporting major problems
Video the Vote: Documentation from Cleveland Polls
Angry Ohio Residents Storm State House

other collections:




I present a couple of examples of ways the authors represent populations while recalling how disheartening it was to see those large swathes of red strewn across the screen on election night. When selling possible fraud, it's perception of the buyer that matters. Ask the President, perception is everything.

Maps and cartograms of the 2004 US presidential election results
Election results by state

On election night and in the days since then, we have seen many maps that look like this (click on any of the maps for a larger picture):

The (contiguous 48) states of the country are colored red or blue to indicate whether a majority of their voters voted for the Republican candidate (George W. Bush) or the Democratic candidate (John F. Kerry) respectively. The map gives the superficial impression that the "red states" dominate the country, since they cover far more area than the blue ones. However, as pointed out by many others, this is misleading because it fails to take into account the fact that most of the red states have small populations, whereas most of the blue states have large ones. The blue may be small in area, but they are large in terms of numbers of people, which is what matters in an election.
The answer seems to be that the amount of red on the map is skewed because there are a lot of counties in which only a slim majority voted Republican. One possible way to allow for this, suggested by
Robert Vanderbei at Princeton University, is to use not just two colors on the map, red and blue, but instead to use red, blue, and shades of purple to indicate percentages of voters. Here is what the normal map looks like if you do this:

And here's what the cartogram looks like:

Daily Kos :: Comments Olbermann blows voting "irregularity" story WIDE OPEN.


Here's a message from Cameron Kerry about the present state of things, in Florida and Ohio, as well as the new contact email for "factual information about voting problems."

"Election protection lawyers
are still on the job in Ohio and Florida and in DC making sure all the
votes are counted accurately. I have been conferring with lawyers
involved and have made them aware of the information and concerns people
have given me. Even if the facts don't provide a basis to change the
outcome, the information will inform the continuing effort to protect the
integrity of our elections.

If you have specific factual information about voting problems that could be helpful to the lawyers doing their job, please send it to vri@dnc.org rather than to me.


Election Day Concerns and Contact Information

Election Day Concerns and Contact Information

November 09, 2004

Greetings! Below is an email I received today from Cam Kerry, brother of John Kerry.

-----Original Message-----
From: Cameron Kerry
Sent: Tuesday, November 09, 2004 3:00 PM
To: dal@progressivegovernment.org
Subject: Election Day 2004

I am grateful to the many people who have contacted me to express their deep concern about questions of miscounting, fraud, vote suppression, and other problems on election day, especially in Florida and Ohio. Their concern reflects how much people care about the outcome of this election.

I want to you to know we are not ignoring it. Election protection lawyers are still on the job in Ohio and Florida and in DC making sure all the votes are counted accurately. I have been conferring with lawyers involved and have made them aware of the information and concerns people have given me.

Even if the facts don't provide a basis to change the outcome, the information will inform the continuing effort to protect the integrity of our elections.

If you have specific factual information about voting problems that could be helpful to the lawyers doing their job, please send it to vri@dnc.org rather than to me.

The election protection effort has been important to me personally, and I am proud of the 17,000 lawyers around the country who helped.

It's obvious that we have a way to go still, but their efforts helped make a difference. Their work goes on.

Thank you,

Cam Kerry

-----End forwarded message-----

Dal LaMagna
Progressive Government Institute


email: dal@progressivegovernment.org
web: http://www.progressivegovernment.org

ISO Convincing Vote Fraud Evidence - Update

ISO Convincing Vote Fraud Evidence - Update

Tue Nov 9th, 2004 at 20:24:45 EDT

Sorry for delay in update on the 'Hard Evidence' issue. My contact was frustrated in his attempts and that devolved to me. We finally connected today in a different venue. The Message: interest exists and is strong but requires a 'smoking gun' before force is mobilized. Our bewilderment at apparent inaction of Dem-powers-that-be should probably take into account the once-burned reflex: recall the Rove-job CBS received as they bent over to pick up the 'faked AWOL memos'.

Just my inference but I'm sure the pain of that event is a poignant memory for many here.

Anyhow, the obvious idea, to make the convincing case, is a prerequisite. Somewhat frustrated in my own effort to promote consolidation of 'convincing evidence', I joined with another kossak to establish Counting Coup 2004 where possible 'smoking guns' might be accumulated. So if you've got anything that looks real, please be sure to at least post a link and short description in 'Comments' here, or there, to trigger a headsup email for passing on.

TIA and please bump the diary to keep it in view for awhile.

I forgot to mention that the 'big guns' are interested in the work that BlackBoxVoting.org is doing so I'm doing my best to make that connection. If you can forward my note to the right person, I suspect it may pass my messages waiting in the queues somewhere on BBV servers...

by luaptifer on Tue Nov 9th, 2004 at 20:38:20 EDT

How to get a Recount in your State

State Recount Provisions

You can find out your state's provisions for recounts here:

You can further check out the specific code/law here:

Some of the provisions are restrictive, some are not. Don't let that deter anyone wanting a recount. ANY recount could show problems in the system and that would mean every race should be recounted.

Crooks and Liars

Crooks and Liars

Crooks and Liars: "Keith Olbermann on Voter Irregularities: Part 1

Keith talks about the new Cincinnati Enquirer article and a host of other voter problems in Ohio and Florida.


Keith Olbermann on Voter Irregularities: Part II

Interview with John Conyers. A senior member in the House of Representatives that was elected by his congressional colleagues to lead the Democratic side of the pivotal House Committee on the Judiciary.


11/09/04 Counting Coup Videos, Articles

Votergate 2004; We Don't Need Paper to Prove Fraud, But We Do Need Money and Leadership, NOW.
We have a Watergate story here that could give the media a post election explosive news story that could make the 2000 Florida vote debacle look like small potatoes. We need to get the media to see that votergate 2004 is huge news and we need to quickly fund the investigation and get Democratic leaders behind it.
Sheldon Drobny is CPA and Venture Capitalist and co-founder of Air America Radio; email at sdrobny@paradigmventure.com

Keith Olbermann: Video - Countdown on Voter Irregularities
Windows Media Player Version

and as MSNBC's Bloggerman, he's helping to make the left world right again, first MSM broadcast to look at emerging fraud story!
Electronic Voting Angst (Keith Olbermann)
November 9, 2004 NEW YORK - Bev Harris, the Blackbox lady, was apparently quoted in a number of venues during the day Monday as having written “I was tipped off by a person very high up in TV that the news has been locked down tight, and there will be no TV coverage of the real problems with voting on Nov. 2… My source said they’ve also been forbidden to talk about it even on their own time.”
I didn’t get the memo.

Black Box Voting: Voter Gate site hosting video documentary of evote problems

A Media Blackout: Media Blacks Out Voting Problems
Posted by : DavidSwanson on Monday, November 08, 2004 - 07:31 AM
The "mainstream" media has fallen down on the job by failing to cover efforts since November 2 to ensure that all votes in the

E-Voting Returns Mixed Results
November 8, 2004 By caron_carlson@ziffdavis.com
Makers of electronic voting machines declared victory for their technology in this year's presidential election, but computer scientists, who collected thousands of reports of voting glitches, said the results may reveal a different outcome.

Evidence Mounts That The Vote May Have Been Hacked
by Thom Hartmann
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...
"Exit Polls are almost never wrong," Morris wrote....
He added: "So, according to ABC-TVs exit polls, for example, Kerry was slated to carry Florida, Ohio, New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada, and Iowa, all of which Bush carried. The only swing state the network had going to Bush was West Virginia, which the president won by 10 points."

Ohio Whitewash November 4, 2004
Basic report from Columbus
From a lawyer who was in there in Ohio. A database of voter irregularities is reportedly being assembled, and hopefully there will be web sites devoted to documenting what really happened.

Election 2004: Shoplifting the Presidency?
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004
We speak with investigative reporter Greg Palast and Barbara Arnwine of the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law about voting problems in Florida, Ohio and New Mexico. [includes rush transcript]

Petition: Should we demand an investigation into black boxvoting fraud in the 2004 election?
Why don't you tell the Kerry campaign, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Government Accountability Office (GAO) where you stand? Here, we'll make it easy for you. All you have to do is fill in one form now and with one click we will send your personal message to all of the above.

None Dare Call it Voter Suppression and Fraud by Bob Fitrakis
November 8, 2004First Published in The Free Press
Evidence is mounting that the 2004 presidential election was stolen in Ohio. Emerging revelations of voting irregularities coupled with well-documented Republican efforts at voter suppression prior to the election suggests that in a fair election Kerry would have won Ohio.

Countinghouse Blues, Too Many Votes
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.

Glitch gave Bush extra votes in Ohio
Friday, November 5, 2004 Posted: 2115 GMT (0515 HKT)
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- An error with an electronic voting system gave President Bush 3,893 extra votes in suburban Columbus, elections officials said.

Broward machines count backward
By Eliot Kleinberg Friday, November 05, 2004
FORT LAUDERDALE — It had to happen. Things were just going too smoothly.
Early Thursday, as Broward County elections officials wrapped up after a long day of canvassing votes, something unusual caught their eye. Tallies should go up as more votes are counted. That's simple math. But in some races, the numbers had gone . . . down.

Palm Beach County Logs 88,000 More Votes Than Voters
November 5, 2004 04:56 PM
Update: Palm Beach County has updated their numbers and added 91,802 absentee ballots and 1,041 provisional ballots. Note that the vote totals for president only increased by 1,543 votes. To view an archived copy of the previous report, click here. While Palm Beach County appears to have accounted for the discrepancy, this underscores the flaws in the system and data compilation.

Computer glitch still baffles county clerk
Thursday, November 04, 2004 By Kristin Miller, The News-Dispatch
LaPORTE - The day after a two-and-a-half-hour delay in counting ballots due to a glitch in a computer program, LaPorte County election officials are still trying to figure out what happened.

Foreign eyes on U.S. voting
By Thomas Crampton International Herald Tribune Thursday, November 4, 2004 MIAMI
The global implications of the U.S. election are undeniable, but international monitors at a polling station in southern Florida said Tuesday that voting procedures fell short in many ways of the best global practices.

not enough time...others:



analysis: http://pages.ivillage.com/americans4america/id20.html

Daily Kos :: Comments Election Theft Info Collected At this site


Daily Kos :: totals from yesterday:
by drummer55

Mon Nov 8th, 2004 at 11:14:12 CDT
is there a centeral place to keep these?

10,000 Extra Votes Added in Nebraska County Another ES&S
computer 'failure'.

50,000 Votes could be LOST in Dem Indiana County! Yet another ES&S
computer 'failure'.

19,000 new ballots were added after all precincts reported for
Miami county ohio

268,159 more votes than voters in florida

22000 votes in Guilford county NC

11,283 votes in Craven county NC
4,530 votes lost in Carteret county

4000 extra votes in Mecklenburg NC

Diaries :: drummer55's diary ::
4000 votes in PA

3893 votes in Franklin county OH

4000 lost votes in mercer county OH

Bev Harris: Kerry conceded because of a lie

Daily Kos :: Comments Election Theft Info Collected At this site

Bev Harris: Kerry conceded because of a lie (none / 0)

Kerry conceded because of a lie

Bev Harris gave a radio interview tonight, which can be found at:


Monday, November 8th, 2004
The E-Vote Factor: Kerry Conceded But Did He Really Lose?


Perhaps the most shocking point of this interview (to me) is the fact that Kerry conceded the election based on false information -- he was told that there were about 150,000 provisional ballots left to count, but in reality, Ohio HAD NO IDEA how many provisional ballots there were From the radio interview:

BEV HARRIS: Oh yes, they conceded very prematurely. As I was saying in Ohio, they don't even know if they won or lost in Ohio, really. They are basing this on, I think, a verbal okay from someone in the Secretary of State's office that said, that they were being assured there was only 150,000 provisional ballots. Well I said, where is the source data on that? What auditing do they have on those? They couldn't tell me.

The Kerry/Edwards Online Forum "baby"

has 2 sections just for that. I think anyone can join, now that's not "official" anymore

The Official K/E Forum got shutdown last Friday, but the IT people and moderators put this new one



Counting the Coup 2004

The SCLM has done little to assess or demonstrated the apparent theft of the presidency as culminated on Nov. 2, 2004. A beautiful thing it's been to engage the large corps of small 'd' democrats stepping into the vaccuum where corporate media 'watchdogs' once upon a time were believed to represent the little guy. It's getting well past time to reconsider whether these corporate watchdogs represent interests of more than their shareholders. 'Til then....

The sole purpose here it is to make and keep a record of the analyses, reports, sources for further information and link collections that help Americans understand if and how they've been ripped off in this presidential election. It's my intent to enable multiple administrators of this blog to maximize its potential as a source of record.

It's also my intent that visitors be sure to make their own contributions via the Comments logs. Comments will be retained there and/or incorporated by admins to the central blog repository.

BBV: Help America Audit -- 5 Things You Can Do Immediately

BBV: Help America Audit -- 5 Things You Can Do Immediately
copied wholesale from her post on Democratic Underground today
Edited on Mon Nov-08-04 12:15 AM by BevHarris

I was tipped off by a person very high up in TV that the news has been locked down tight, and there will be no TV coverage of the real problems with voting on Nov. 2. Even the journalists are pretty horrified. My source said they've also been forbidden to talk about it even on their own time, and he was calling from somewhere else. He was trying to figure out how to get the real news out on vote fraud.

This is a person I've worked with off and on for nearly two years, and the voice was so somber it really bothered me.

At any rate -- and perhaps, especially important due to the tipoff above, there are things you can do to take back America.


We have a different list for lawyers, computer people, statisticians. But if you are a regular person like most of us, and want to help, here's what to do.

Please distribute: If you have not done so already, sign up at Black Box Voting -- http://www.blackboxvoting.org -- to audit the election and deal with vote fraud.

HELP AMERICA AUDIT: 5 Things You Can Do Right Now to Reclaim Democracy

You’re our greatest hope. If you choose to accept it, your job is to spread the word in order to build a fast-growing grass roots movement -- a voting integrity project so powerful that it cannot be mowed down.

1. BE THE MEDIA -- See below.

2. CRUNCH THE NUMBERS: Discrepancies please, and hurry. E-mail them to tips@blackboxvoting.org . Pass the word. Need source documents, too. ASAP. Follow your nose, or join the Black Box Scavenger Hunt: Pick a county. Look at small counties, as we are seeing many discrepancies in those. Look in any state. Get the official number of registered voters, Dem and Republican. Get the number of votes cast on Nov. 2, Republican and Dem. Make a grid like this, filling in the right numbers:

# reg. voters % # votes cast %
Rep 100 33% 150 50%
Dem 200 67% 150 50%
Totl 300 100% 300 100%

We can find out a lot from this procedure, very hard data, that will make a real difference. As soon as you have finished a county, e-mail it to us. Do as many counties as you can.

3. HAVE A HOUSE PARTY: Show the film “Votergate” (the real one, which you can download for free at www.Votergate.tv .) Organize “Be the media” actions and set up investigative teams to help dig up information like you have in #2. Timeline is NOW, to get action before seating the electoral college.

4. HELP CONNECT THE WIRES: Hook Black Box Voting (.ORG) up with powerhitters you know, people who can make things happen.

5. DONATE to any of 3 organizations: Black Box Voting (.ORG), the consumer protection group for elections; or the new recount fund (information upcoming, contact DU's Hedda_Foil), or send contribution to Votergate.tv (The REAL Votergate film, by Russell Michaels, Robert Carrillo Cohen, and Simon Ardizzone. There is another by someone else, make sure you get the right one.) The real VOTERGATE is the most powerful investigative film on this topic, and consequently it has been attacked and blocked repeatedly. They deserve your support.


Don’t expect to see vote burglary on TV. To get the message out fast, you’re going to have to become the underground railroad. Do it now. Take pictures of each other doing it. Have house parties to show others how to do it. Here’s how to “be the media.”

BE YOUR OWN REPORTER: We will send you new information as we get it. We need your e-mail to get you on the list, so if a friend sent this to you, please shoot an email to crew@blackboxvoting.org to sign up.

Spread the information we send you to every blog, listserv, forum you know and throughout your personal network. Talk about it at work and to people you meet everywhere, lots, quickly, all the time.

SELF SERVE SOUND BITES: Frequent, very short messages to immediately increase public awareness. Assume you won’t see it on TV.
Put vote fraud related messages on:
- Yard signs
- Car windows
- Write them on duct tape and wear them
- Print REMOVABLE stickers and stick them on things:
- Bathroom door at the gas station.
- On telephone poles in the dead of night
- At bus stops
- On the back of bus seats
- Stick them into your junk mail and send it back via return mail
- Slip them into menus at restaurants
- Leave them in books at the bookstore
- Share new self serve sound bite ideas with us and we’ll send them out with new messages.

ELECTION “TRUTH TOURETTES”. Please excuse the political incorrectness, as it is not meant to be hurtful. It is for a good purpose. This the antidote to “watch what you say.” It is a good icebreaker at a party. Have your guests make up truths, like those below, and mix them into the conversation at surprise times throughout the party. Unexpectedly and urgently blurt them out:

Electile Dysfunction!
Gotta audit-Gotta audit-Gotta audit
--mathmatically impossible!--
Count all the votes! Count all the votes! Count all the votes!
Paperballots! Handcounts!
--where’s my vote?--
Where’s the paper?
Feel free to interchange and mix it up, or even try a game where different people have to interject with different truths.

Also, here are more ideas.
- Magnetic signs for your car
- If you know a trucker, have them put a message in the window as they drive across the county.
- Make a patch and put it on the front of your baseball cap
- Carry a sign and stand in the window outside the Today Show

If we have to be our own media, so be it. We will not sacrifice democracy just because TV executive producers have a problem with this issue.

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