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Fri Nov 9, 2012, 10:56 AM

Score One (at last!) for the Election Integrity Movement

By Mark Crispin Miller
OpEdNews Op Eds 11/9/2012 at 07:35:45

Late last night, after Obama took Ohio, Karl Rove was on Fox News, doggedly refusing to concede. He insisted that Ohio was still in play, as Romney was going to win in Hamilton County--where the votes were "counted" on machines made and maintained by Hart InterCivic, a company effectively controlled by Romney's family. (The same machines were also used in Williams County.)

So it's not surprising that the GOP's Lord Voldemort foresaw an "upset victory" in that county. It is surprising that he said it on Fox News, and when the game was obviously lost, so that a sudden Romney "victory" in Ohio would have seemed especially suspicious--even in the eyes of Rove's old allies on Fox News (or those not in the loop).

To those of us with vivid memories of Election Nights 2000 and 2004, it was a creepy moment--and things got even creepier when Brad Friedman reported that the website of the Ohio SoS had suddenly gone down, which had also happened at that very hour eight years before; and when it had come back on, Kerry, who had been ahead, was now behind. And--horribly--the rest was history.

But that didn't happen this time, as Rove had obviously lost control-- of himself (his recklessness in mouthing off like that was staggering), and, infinitely more important, of his well-oiled, fabulously subsidized election-theft machine. For all his plans, and all the preparations made by Ohio SoS Jon Husted (among others), Rove was clearly overruled on this Election Day, as cooler heads prevailed.

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Reply Score One (at last!) for the Election Integrity Movement (Original post)
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Response to midnight (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 11:13 AM

1. Meanwhile, what happens inside black boxes stays inside the black boxes


I would not start a gloatfest just yet.
Do we really know if races were flipped or not? NO.
How could we, given our voting system?

We did catch Republicans rigging the vote in Oregon, where paper ballots are mandated.

BREAKING: Ballot tampering suspect identified - and she's a right-wing activist

What prevented the Presidency from being stolen by Republican voter suppression and all their other tactics and tricks was overwhelming support of the best candidate.

If this election had been close, their tactics would have been successful, tipping the scales of democracy.

That is what I would be trumpeting if I had Mark's soapbox.

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Response to Coyotl (Reply #1)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 11:37 AM

3. "So while this day after is a thrilling time for Democrats, it is a moment of rare triumph for

those fighting for legitimate elections in America. We're feeling this elation not because Barack Obama won, but because we've helped prevent the right from pulling off another "win" despite the will of the electorate. And--despite that Democratic sweep--we will keep up this fight to realize American democracy itself, which must be saved not only from Karl Rove, the Kochs and Sheldon Adelson, but from the long joint grip of both the parties, and the money flooding through them."

I think this last paragraph of this story insist that this "fight" goes on... In Wisconsin We elect Tammy Baldwin and re-elect President Obama, but we lose majority in the state house? Republicans held secret meetings in a law office near the capital to redistrict, and some are citing this as the reason... And it does make sense, because election fraud has many routes... But election fraud needs to be stamped out... and those involved held accountable...


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Response to midnight (Original post)

Fri Nov 9, 2012, 11:15 AM

2. Great OpEd article.

Ohio has great grassroot activist.

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Fri Nov 9, 2012, 06:47 PM



We heard about the pre election stuff the right wing was trying to do in a few states. I think during the next election they will just pay to rig the election so they know they are getting what they are paying for next election. I used a paper ballet and it was GREAT. The paper record is harder to change as report from Oregon. Any way the election is done their will someone available to take the money to RIG the results. I know if the election had gone the other way I sure would be cry FOUL..............

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