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Kennedy, Palast: Steal Back Your Vote!

KENNEDY & PALAST: “HELP US STEAL BACK YOUR VOTE!”

Willies on the bus!

Willie's on the bus!

“THEY’RE STEALING YOUR VOTE…  WELL, STEAL IT BACK!”
Willie Nelson
 

Willie Nelson has his copy.  In just days, you’ll be able to get yours, too.  Sign up for updates, and we’ll let you know the moment it’s ready!

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. blew the lid off the Theft of 2004 in his masterful Rolling Stone article.

Investigative reporter GREG PALAST for BBC television exposed Katherine Harris’ “felon purge” which fixed the 2000 race.

Now Kennedy and Palast have teamed up to investigate THE THEFT OF 2008. They’ve uncovered the scheme to swipe votes by the millions.

So,what are you going to do about it?

That’s easy: STEAL BACK YOUR VOTE!

Palast and RFK Jr.

Palast and RFK Jr.

 How can you do that? Easy again . . .

#1. Sign up to get updates on the Steal Back Your Vote! investigation. And be the first to find out about the release of the voter Guide by Palast and Kennedy. Illustrated by graphic gonzos Ted Rall, Lukas Ketner and Troubletown’s Lloyd Dangle.

#2. Get your organization to sponsor the Steal Back Your Vote! Campaign. There’s no charge for your group to join The Progressive Magazine, Guerrilla News Network, VoterRescue, Action Point with Cynthia Black, Air America Radio’s Clout!, Progressive Democrats of America, and the Nation Institute/Puffin Foundation.

Contact StealBackYourVote@gregpalast.com. Hell, sign on yourself Donate $100 (www.PalastInvestigativeFund.org) & get your name on the guide.

#3. Get informed – sign up to get the full story on how they’re shoplifting the White House at http://www.StealBackYourVote.org – via RSS, myspace, facebook or e-mail.

 Watch out! Coming soon – Greg Palast and Bobby Kennedy in Steal Back Your Vote! – the Film – from the pueblos of New Mexico to Karl Rove’s emails (really!), the real scoop.

“Stories so relevant they threaten to alter history.” – Chicago Tribune.
“Twisted and maniacal!” – Hon. Katherine Harris

http://www.StealBackYourVote.org is a project of the non-partisan, non-profit Palast Investigative Fund.

 

Story from Greg Palast and http://StealBackYourVote.org

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No, They Wouldn’t Dare Steal Another Election…Or Would They?

STEAL BACK YOUR VOTE!

*Will the 2008 election be stolen? You’ve GOT to see this video! (Might as well have a laugh, eh?)

But seriously…they did it in 2000, 2004, and may have a plan for this November, too. So be informed and ready to fight back! Be sure to check out Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s article, “Was the 2004 election Stolen?” and learn how he’s trying to prevent it from happening again in 2008.

Bobby is also working with investigative journalist Greg Palast on a separate voting integrity project called Steal Back Your Vote. RFK Jr. appears in the video with Palast below:

Both of these projects, NoVoterLeftBehind.net (a byproduct of the Democratic party), and StealBackYourVote.org (totally nonpartisan) need your support right now! Please consider making a financial contribution to help fund these very worthwhile efforts.

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A Message From Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. on Election Fraud

Kennedy at DNC Red Rocks kickoff concert, Aug. 24

Kennedy at DNC Red Rocks kickoff concert, Aug. 24

A MESSAGE FROM ROBERT F. KENNEDY, JR.:

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Dear Fellow Democrat:

Like many Americans — especially those of us who worked on John Kerry’s presidential campaign — I spent Election Night 2004 wondering how the exit polls, which had overwhelmingly predicted defeat for George W. Bush, got it so wrong.

Baffled — and sick at heart that a President so unpopular and incompetent was heading for a second disastrous term in the Oval Office — I heard the rumors of a Republican campaign to suppress Democratic votes.

And then, painstakingly, page-by-page, with no agenda in mind but finding the truth — the same skills I have employed in my career as an attorney — I began to examine the evidence. What I found shocked me to the core — and by the time I pieced it together in an expose for Rolling Stone magazine, I was convinced beyond all doubt:

The Republican Party mounted a coordinated, criminal campaign to steal the 2004 Presidential election — and it worked.

Now, as another election approaches, you and I need to stand with Democrats for America’s Future (DAF) to make absolutely certain it doesn’t happen again. You can get involved now by supporting us here.

We need to stand up because our country cannot stand for another four years of reckless Republican policies. But most of all, we need to stand together because the integrity of our democracy is at risk.

This is about more — far more — than who wins the next election, as important as that is. If we can’t guarantee the citizens of a democracy that their votes will be counted, every other liberty we hold dear is at risk.

And that, I regret to say, is a guarantee that our nation failed — abysmally — to uphold in 2004. Consider:

Of six million Americans living abroad — a constituency known to vote Democratic — nearly half either never received their ballots or received them too late because the Pentagon shut down a web site that files overseas registrations.

George W. Bush “won” New Mexico by 5,988 votes — but more than 20,000 ballots there weren’t properly tallied.

Nationwide, as many as 1 million ballots were spoiled by faulty voting machines.

You might be wondering how irregularities like that happened all over the country. After all, elections are administered by state officials free of partisan influence, right?

Well, allow me to introduce you to a man named Kenneth Blackwell. He’s the former Republican Secretary of State in Ohio — the state that, as you surely recall, officially tipped the 2004 election to George W. Bush.

As such, Blackwell’s job was to administer an impartial election. But he had another portfolio that year — Ohio chair of the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign.

If that sounds like a conflict of interest, it was. And Blackwell — having earned his stripes as a top Bush-Cheney official during the notorious Florida recount of 2000 — exploited it with relish.

In the run-up to the 2004 elections, Blackwell — known in Ohio as a partisan Republican zealot — allowed 300,000 voters to be expunged from the registration rolls, including almost one in four voters in predominantly Democratic Cleveland.

Blackwell also set up a network of kangaroo courts at which Ohio Republicans challenged Democratic voter registrations — often without giving the voters in question a fair opportunity to stand up for their rights.

The whole affair was so egregious that a federal court declared it unconstitutional — but by that time, much of the work was done. All told, more than 35,000 newly registered voters were challenged. Many were disenfranchised outright, and many more were intimidated.

I could go on. Sadly, though, we can’t reclaim what I am now convinced was the stolen election of 2004 — an election in which the Republican Party implemented a nationwide effort to suppress Democratic votes.

What we can do, though — and must — is work together to make sure every last Democratic vote is counted in 2008. That’s where Democrats for America’s Future comes in.

DAF is mobilizing a nationwide “NoVoterLeftBehind.net” project that will monitor voting on Election Day in 2008. The squad will shine a public spotlight on every last irregularity. Democrats for America’s Future will urge every Democratic candidate not to concede a single race until every last vote is counted.

And from beginning to end — from the voter registration process to Election Day challenges and beyond — DAF will fight every last fight to the very end, insisting that every American is guaranteed a democracy’s most sacred right: their vote.

Here’s the challenge: We have every reason to believe the Republicans are, at this moment, preparing a 2008 vote-suppression effort that will rival, or even exceed, the dirty tricks they pulled in 2004.

Unless DAF is equally active — unless they have the resources to monitor every vote, every precinct, every campaign, every court challenge — the Republicans may very well get away with it again.

That’s why I urge you, in the strongest terms, to rush a generous contribution of $30, $50, $100, $250 or even more to support DAF’s “NoVoterLeftBehind.net”. Your help will ensure that this effort is as aggressive and broad-based as it absolutely must be to succeed.

The 2008 elections are approaching fast — and Democrats can’t win unless our votes are counted. Please help today.

Sincerely,

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

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Candidates Demand Vote Recount In NH

DID BARACK OBAMA ACTUALLY WIN NEW HAMPSHIRE?

That’s the question a lot of people are asking this week. Investigative reports were already being posted on Brad Blog and BlackBoxVoting.org the night of New Hampshire’s primary election which revealed a troubling disparity between the results of votes counted by hand compared to ballots tallied by machines.

Surprisingly, it is not Barack Obama who is now asking for a recount, although he is certainly the candidate who would have the most to gain if the results actually favored him over his opponent Hillary Clinton. Instead, the request comes from two lesser-known candidates: Democrat Dennis Kucinich and supporters of Republican Ron Paul.

The New Hampshire Secretary of State’s office says it will conduct a hand recount of the votes in both the Republican and Democratic primaries starting next Wednesday after receiving formal requests from two candidates this week.

On Friday, Albert Howard, an obscure candidate from Ann Arbor, Mich., who appeared on the Republican ballot and received 44 votes in the primary, hand-delivered his recount request and a down payment of $2,000 to the statehouse in Concord, N.H.

And Dennis Kucinich, an Ohio Congressman and presidential candidate, sent a letter to the New Hampshire Secretary of State asking for a recount of the Democratic ballots. Mr. Kucinich’s letter cited “unexplained disparities between hand-counted ballots and machine-counted ballots.”

Both Mr. Kucinich and Mr. Howard, whose Web site lists making “computerized voting illegal in all 50 states” as a top campaign issue, will have to come up with the money to pay for the recount.

A sample of Brad Blog’s reporting on this, which so for has been outstanding:

Kucinich says that he’s calling for a “recount”. While it may seem a quibble, the fact is that until now, 80% of New Hampshire’s ballots have been “counted” only by a hackable, prone-to-error, Diebold optical-scan machine. The systems were entirely programmed, serviced and controlled by one somewhat less-than-reputable company (LHS Associates). The machines are the very same model shown being hacked in the Emmy-nominated HBO documentary Hacking Democracy, in which the results of a live mock election were flipped via the gaming of the machine’s memory card.

Unedited footage of that live landmark hack from December of 2005, as well as rare footage of LHS Associate’s President John Silvestro, can be seen here. And more deep background on LHS and their troubling, and exclusive control over New Hampshire’s ballots is posted here.

We’ve put the words “count” and “recount” in quotes, given what we know about these machines, and given the fact that approximately 80% of the New Hampshire ballots have not actually been counted or examined by anyone. To our knowledge, only Diebold optical-scanners were used for tabulating those ballots, without any secondary cross-check or audit, to ensure accuracy. In other words, until now, 80% of New Hampshire results have been “faith-based”. The other 20% or so of the ballots were counted by hand at the polling place on Election Night.

We would also caution Kucinich and his team to closely inspect the chain of custody for the ballots in question, and what has happened to them, and the vulnerable op-scan memory cards, since the election two days ago, during the period that concern has been widely expressed about the seemingly anomalous results of Tuesday’s election. It’s important that the chain of custody be both secure, fully logged, and transparent.

Nancy Tobi of New Hampshire for Democracy, a Granite State election integrity watchdog group, previously noted her concerns in earlier discussions about the possibility of hand counting the state’s op-scan primary ballots.

“We have no control over the ballot chain of custody and we have learned the pain from the 2004 Nader recount, in which only 11 districts were counted, chosen by a highly questionable person, and then nothing showed up,” she wrote recently. “Now all we hear is how the Nader recount validated the machines. A candidate asking for a recount may well be a tool used to ‘prove” everything was okay and then that candidate will be further discredited,” she warned.

Finally, Kucinich mentions one of the reasons for the count is the “unexplained disparities between hand-counted ballots and machine-counted ballots.” Indeed, there are disparities between the hand-counted and Diebold counted ballots, as we reported last night. Hillary Clinton seems to have received a full 7 point advantage in Diebold precincts, versus hand-counted ones.

However, as mentioned last night, that disparity doesn’t necessarily indicate anything in and of itself. There could be any number of reasons to explain it. For example, it’s the smaller and more rural precincts who count by hand, where the larger towns use Diebold/LHS Associates to count. It could well be that Obama is more popular in smaller towns, and Clinton in larger.

We do note, however, the following rather remarkably anomalous result which was reported late this afternoon by analysts from the Election Defense Alliance (EDA). As noted by one of the researchers, IT Consultant Bruce O’Dell:

Analysts at the Election Defense Alliance (EDA) have confirmed that based on the official results on the New Hampshire Secretary of state web site, there is a remarkable relationship between Obama and Clinton votes, when you look at votes tabulated by op-scan v. votes tabulated by hand:

Clinton Optical scan 91,717 52.95%
Obama Optical scan 81,495 47.05%

Clinton Hand-counted 20,889 47.05%
Obama Hand-counted 23,509 52.95%

The percentages appear to be swapped. That seems highly unusual, to say the least.

O’Dell notes the group is “proceeding with intra and inter-county results and demographic analysis to better understand what this extremely unusual ‘coincidence’ may indicate.”

You can find earlier BRAD BLOG coverage of concerns regarding the New Hampshire Primary election results — and the speculation of the pundit and MSM world on why the pre-election polls must have been wrong, while entirely avoiding the question of whether the reported election results were actually validated — indexed on this Special Coverage item here.

As most election integrity advocates already know, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. wrote an outstanding investigative article on election fraud two years ago, exposing many of the dirty tricks employed by Bushists to steal the 2004 election. The question many are now asking is: would the Democrats do the exact same thing this year?

Perhaps they would — after all, corruption knows no party lines — but the bigger question we should be asking ourselves is: if vote counts in New Hampshire are found to be skewed on both sides, who do we blame for the theft?

Who or what entity is the “hidden hand” with a vested interest in manipulating both the Republican and Democratic party votes in the nation’s first primary? A do-or-die primary, if you will, for at least two top establishment candidates – Hillary Clinton and John McCain. Or perhaps a more plausible question is: were both parties sabotaging the will of the voters to ensure victory for certain candidates who desperately needed a win?

That is what makes this New Hampshire primary recount so interesting. Unlike what happened in 2000 and 2004 where the accusation was that Republicans stole the elections, this time we can see puzzling irregularities on both sides. Neither the Republican nor Democratic results seem to add up properly. This may not be a partisan issue after all.

We are now talking about a citizen’s basic right to vote and the expectation that it will be counted correctly. Each and every citizen, regardless of party or candidate, has that right.

Your thoughts? Should the New Hampshire vote be fully investigated for the sake of election integrity? Should some, if not all, of the candidates join together and support a recount to assure the American people they believe in the integrity and transparency of the vote and that they have nothing to hide?

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