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riqster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-20-06 10:23 PM
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23. Think of it as tactics, rather than strategy
Edited on Fri Jan-20-06 10:26 PM by riqster
In 2004, there was no way to conduct a massive, centralized, completely orchestrated theft. The technology was too diverse, the opposition was on the lookout, and the election workers insufficiently coooperative.

Instead, what was done was opportunistic, targeted fraud, utilizing weak spots and Reep loyalists, in the public and private sectors. I will speak from my experience in Ohio, and suggest you then adopt this approach in researching other states.

Cuyahoga County; DEEP Blue, with a Reep BOE boss (Michael Vu). They decided to switch to Diebold's voter registration system late in the election cycle, and never did get all of the new registrations entered. For this and other reasons,they had an unknown number of lost registrations. (Victoria Lovegren has done quite a bit of research on this matter, and IIRC it was discussed on DU a while back.) This had the effect of disenfranchising a predominantly Dem voter group, because a voter whose registration is suspect is made to vote a provisional ballot; these votes were, in the main, NEVER COUNTED in Ohio, and in Cuyahoga County there were a number of shady dealings in re eligibility. (Two BOE workers were indicted for activities relating to the performance of their duties). If you can't even get to cast your ballot, who needs to tamper with a tabulator? And who can prove fraud? FWIW, MY ballot was never counted due to a voter registration data issue in another county.

Warren County: Solid red, shut their tabulation room off in response to a bogus terror threat. No way of knowing what really happened there, to this day.

Franklin County-purple county, mostly dem but a Reep-controlled BOE. MANY problems with machine availabilty in Dem districts, none in Reep districts. Oooops, they said. Honest mistake. Uh-huh...

Stark County-Reep controlled BOE, Blue county. Went for Kerry, but funny, not by QUITE as much as you'd think...

Essentially, this was the pattern. Boost some red county Bush totals a bit, suppress some blue county Kerry totals a bit, have the Reep SOS suppress Dem voter turnout while enabling Reep voter turnout, and voila. Nothing massive required, and damned hard to prove in court. Also won't result in more than a few points' difference in exit poll numbers, because Ohio was a divided state; but, as in 2000, one divided state with a Reep government was all they needed.
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