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Amaryllis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 03:18 PM
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Miami Herald: "Stop Election Cheating " Brad Friedman quoted in MSM!
Edited on Wed Mar-15-06 03:35 PM by Amaryllis
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/columnists/ro...

Posted on Wed, Mar. 15, 2006

VOTE FRAUD

Stop the Election Day cheating -- or it will spread further
ROBERT STEINBACK

If you bet on a race horse, and later heard about serious allegations that the winning horse may have been illegally doped to gain an advantage, would you demand an investigation?

You know the answer. It would depend on whether or not you bet on the winning horse.

That's what has made much of America so hesitant to demand accountability regarding a growing ledger of allegations that the November 2004 election was so badly tainted that one could fairly question the outcome of the biggest race of all -- the one for the Oval Office. Anyone who questions the reliability of the election is assumed to be a sour-grapes bad sport who has fallen into the thrall of aluminum-foil helmeted conspiracy theorists. And the media, ever tremulous about affirming their critics' allegations of liberal bias, would sooner remove a hot radiator cap than make a mission of investigating the anomalies.

But the anomalies were real. Many have been documented. They kept thousands in swing states from voting, and prevented thousands of ballots from being counted.

Not incidentally, most of the 2004 anomalies benefited one party.

SNIP

Electoral problems are hardly limited to Ohio. Brad Friedman, the proprietor of the Brad Blog website (www.BradBlog.com ), has documented mounting suspicion of the veracity and reliability of electronic voting machines used across the nation. Friedman told me he blames the reticence of the mainstream media to tackle the issue for the public's lack of fervor about what he sees as a threat to the nation's electoral integrity.
''The people who hear about the information, get it,'' he said. ``But they're just not hearing it enough, and that's because of the media".


For the rest:
http://www.miami.com/mld/miamiherald/news/columnists/ro...
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wallwriter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 03:30 PM
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1. And from a Florida paper no less
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Fiendish Thingy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 03:34 PM
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2. k&r!
This is/was a Knight-Ridder paper, right?
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EST Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 03:54 PM
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3. I'm wondering, for quite some time, if the absence of democratic
Edited on Wed Mar-15-06 03:54 PM by EST
outrage on the part of elected dems, supports a notion that they, too, are engaged in nefarious schemes but the pukes are just better at it. What a f**ked up country!
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kster Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 05:46 PM
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4. kick...nt
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Critters2 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 05:52 PM
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5. "not incidentally..."
I love that!
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 06:05 PM
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6. It's startling seeing this come from the Miami Herald!
What on earth could be going on there, after their report on the 2000 election, yet, and their years of watching the unbelievably corrupt elections in Miami.

Is it even possible many Americans are aware of these facts highlighted in Steinback's article?
    Among their findings:

    Four percent of the 5.6 million votes cast in Ohio -- some 224,000 ballots -- were not counted for various reasons. Nearly two-thirds of those disallowed votes came from urban, heavily Democratic districts.

    In certain heavily Republican counties, John Kerry received fewer votes than obscure Democrats running in statewide elections. In Butler County, for example, a retired black judge from Cleveland in a long-shot race for state Supreme Court got 61,000 votes. Kerry got 54,000.

    ''The drop-off was at the top of the ticket, which is abnormal,'' Fitrakis said.

    Voter turnout in two precincts exceeded 100 percent of the voters registered. In one precinct, 679 out of 689 voters reportedly cast ballots -- yet, ''In a couple of hours, we were able to find 25 people who said they didn't vote or were out of town,'' Fitrakis said.

    (snip)
I had to make a print-out of this article before I had even finished reading it, to share.

Thank you for posting it.

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The Doctor. Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 06:50 PM
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10. There's just so much stinking bullshit surrounding this.
C. Ellen Connelly, running for State supreme court, received many more votes than Kerry in 18 Ohio counties. Usually a presidential candidate receives more votes than anyone else of his party on the ticket. This was a highly improbable occurrence.
http://www.freepress.org/departments/display/19/2005/13...
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stubtoe Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-16-06 10:55 AM
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18. Yes, and the only shame is
things had to get THIS BAD before they started to actually report on election shenanigans.
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blue4barb Donating Member (367 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 06:18 PM
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7. Just emailed Robert Steinback to thank him for this column.
I'm hoping more journalists will step up. I know that's asking for a lot, but I've got to keep my spirits up. This is just what I needed!
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blm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 06:28 PM
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8. Glad to see - am sending to my local paper.
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radio4progressives Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 06:32 PM
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9. If we want our votes to count in 06 and 08 - this stuff needs to be


high on the radar...


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EFerrari Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 06:59 PM
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11. K &R. And thank you for posting.
:kick:
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mod mom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 07:29 PM
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12. I sent a long thank you to Mr Steinback for this article. Great to see
Bob and Brad's name in Main Stream Media!
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roseBudd Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 08:01 PM
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13. DUers be sure to click through to the article to register a page view
We have to let the MSM know we care about these kinds of stories. More than missing white women.
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autorank Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 08:27 PM
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14. K&R for one of my favorite DUers!!!
:yourock:
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IndyOp Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Mar-15-06 09:00 PM
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15. Wow.
:wow:
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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-16-06 07:24 AM
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16. Kick!
:kick: :kick: :kick:
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Apollo11 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-16-06 08:38 AM
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17. cheater's arms race?
Quoting the article:
"There's good reason for Bush supporters and rock-ribbed Republicans to demand corrective action to prevent the anomalies that surely compromised the 2004 election: The risk that failure to curb the abuses will encourage the competition to resort to similar tactics. The last thing anyone wants is a cheater's arms race. Either you stop the cheating, or you encourage more of it."

This makes no sense at all.

Republican-owned companies own and control the vote-counting machines.

Republicans are running elections in swing states like Florida and Ohio.

Even if Democrats wanted to cheat, we don't have the means to do it!

And even if we had the means to steal votes - we still wouldn't do it!

Why? Because we are democrats! :)
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Joanne98 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Mar-16-06 05:04 PM
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19. Here's his addy if you want to thank him
rsteinback@MiamiHerald.com.
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