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A Final Plea to Kerry Supporters

Vote for who you want and stop trying to tell the rest of us who to vote for.
OK, that does it. Enough phone calls and ads and mailers and "alternative" radio shows and tv spots up the yin yang, and now a final plea on Indy Media. This has got to stop. Vote any damn way you please, but stop badgering Nader supporters to vote for Kerry! Start bugging Kerry about his abysmal voting record in the Senate, about his pro war and pro Israel stance, about his refusal to stop the Democrats from stripping Nader from state ballots all around the country. About the fact that he and no other Democrat stood up for the Black Caucus in 2000. I am greatly disappointed by all those Kerry supporters out there who do not stand up for ballot access for all candidates by demanding that Democrats practice democracy! The problem is not Bush, or that is, it goes way beyond Bush. He is merely the front man in this political charade. Read up on voting scams, on secret machinations of the CIA, DIA, NSA and their coporate bedmates. Find out who and what really governs your country and stop looking where the media moguls point--to endless diversions that are sidetracking our freedoms and common sense. Get with it, get on with it, and get off our case.
Yeah, and Can't They Find Anything BETTER To Work On? 28.Oct.2004 18:02

not to mention

Flawed Integrity of Florida Virtual Vote - Doubters Say They'll Take To Streets

GOP Voter Drive Accused of Tossing Cards in OR, NV (also PA, WV, MN)

Criminal Charges In South Dakota Absentee Ballots, GOP Board Member Resigns


New Mexico e-Voting Machines Fail

Kim Griffith voted on Thursday - over and over and over.

She went to Valle Del Norte Community Center in Albuquerque, planning to vote for John Kerry. "I pushed his name, but a green check mark appeared before President Bush's name," she said.

Griffith erased the vote by touching the check mark at Bush's name. That's how a voter can alter a touch-screen ballot.

She again tried to vote for Kerry, but the screen again said she had voted for Bush. The third time, the screen agreed that her vote should go to Kerry.

She faced the same problem repeatedly as she filled out the rest of the ballot. On one item, "I had to vote five or six times," she said.


Could the Associated Press (AP) Rig the Election?

The Associated Press (AP) will be the sole source of raw vote totals for the major news broadcasters on Election Night. However, AP spokesmen Jack Stokes and John Jones refused to explain to this journalist how the AP will receive that information. They refused to confirm or deny that the AP will receive direct feed from voting machines and central vote tabulating computers across the country. But, circumstantial evidence suggests that is exactly what will happen.

And what can be downloaded can also be uploaded.


Two Voting Companies & Two Brothers Will Count 80% of U.S. Election -- Using BOTH Scanners & Touchscreens


by Lynn Landes
April 27, 2004


GOP Brownshirts Move to Crush Ohio Vote

With 20 electoral votes  http://www.electoral-vote.com/ at stake, Ohio is one of three pivotal states (along with Florida-27 and Pennsylvania-21) in this year's pResidential Selection.

The Republicans - led by Diebold CEO Walden O'Dell - have pledged to deliver Ohio's electoral votes to Bush/Cheney this year.

Republican Party officials in Ohio took formal steps yesterday to place thousands of recruits - paid $100 each - inside polling places on Election Day to challenge the qualifications of voters they suspect are not eligible to cast ballots. They have also formally challenged the validity of 35,000 voter registrations across the state.

Although latest polls show Kerry backed by 50 percent of likely voters and Bush by 46 percent, major Ohio newspapers have backed Bush, including the Cleveland Plain Dealer, whose nine-person editorial board decided earlier this week that it wanted to endorse Kerry but Publisher Alex Machaskee, who has final say, decided on Bush.

Ohio voters have also reported fake phone calls to "change polling place", *not* from their board of elections.

No Republican has won the presidency without also winning Ohio.




Diebold Voting Machine Controversy in Ohio



Walden O'Dell--chief executive of Diebold Inc. and active in the re-election effort of President Bush--sent an Aug. 14 letter to central Ohio Republicans asking them to raise $10,000 in donations in time for a Sept. 26 Ohio Republican Party event at his home, saying that he is "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year."

O'Dell attended a strategy pow-wow with wealthy Bush benefactors - known as Rangers and Pioneers - at the president's Crawford, Texas, ranch earlier this month. The next week, he penned invitations to a $1,000-a-plate fund-raiser to benefit the Ohio Republican Party's federal campaign fund - partially benefiting Bush - at his mansion in the Columbus suburb of Upper Arlington.


Twelve Ways Bush Is Now Stealing The Ohio Vote

Democratic Headquarters Burglarized in Ohio

In Ohio the Lucas County Democratic Headquarters was burglarized overnight, and three computers, including the party's main system, were stolen.

Ohio GOP challenges 35,000 on voter rolls

Ohio Newspapers: 'Coerced' To Endorse Bush?

Ohio Voters Report Fake Calls: "change polling place"

South Dakota GOP Operatives Who Resigned Over Vote Fraud Scandal Move to Ohio

Something May Be In Order Here 29.Oct.2004 12:10

Mistletoe Angel

Look who's talking.

Why don't YOU get off OUR case and stop this whining nonsense about this "stripping" and "political charades".

I'll be willing to stop if you do likewise and get off OUR case. We're trying to end a brutal radical regime under Bush here, and you go slinging mud at the one person capable of replacing him.

If this is going to work, you must accept dropping the case together.

Noah Eaton

look if the democratic leadership wanted to win 29.Oct.2004 15:42

former democrat

They would be doing all of those things. They would spending their money and effort trying to defeat Bush and ensure a fair election. Since they are not doing these things one can only assume that winning is not their goal. Their role seems pretty clear at this point. One does not follow one failed campaign with another unless one is incompetent or unless failure is the goal. Distraction and scapegoating are necessary to keep the empire going and the democratic leadership does an admirable job of this.