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Saturday, November 13, 2004

Election Shenanigans

Given the high turnout and the large margin of victory for Bush, many would (rightly) find it ridiculous to question the results of this election. However, people who have been following the election closely would disagree. (Can you say "Diebold"?)

I'm willing to accept that Bush won (though my stomach gets a bit queasy every time I think about it). Nevertheless, I think we need 1.) an investigation into possible voter fraud and 2.) radical reform of the voting system in general.

So I signed this petition. And I encourage you to do the same.

My remarks:

"There were people who predicted prior to Nov. 2 that this election would be stolen by means of highly suspect electronic voting machines manufactured by Diebold, headed by a highly partisan and outspoken Republican operative, who famously stated that he would make sure the Republicans won Ohio. We know the code of these machines is secret; and any computer programmer will tell you how easy it would be to add a few lines of code that would change the voting results. Despite this, there is no paper trail.

Add to this the fact that no one seems able to explain the disparity between the exit polls (heavily favoring Kerry) and the actual vote results, and I think any honest impartial observer would immediately question the accuracy of the election.

Even if there was no deliberate fraud, and the number of voting errors would not have changed the outcome of the election, an investigation is in order. We demand accountability and transparency. And all citizens--including Republicans--ought to agree on the importance of legitimacy for our elected officials. If legitimate skepticism and doubt remain, our democracy suffers, regardless of which party wins.

Furthermore, given the widespread attempts (many of them successful) at voter suppression; the illegal behavior of such organizations as "Voters Outreach Of American" in throwing away the registration forms of Democrats; and the fact that many parts of the country clearly are ill-equipped to deal with a high turnout--in some placed people had to wait in line for as long as 10 hours--(imagine if every eligible voter showed up) . . . Our country needs some serious reform. HAVA may have been an improvement, but I think this election demonstrated that it is not sufficient.

Thank you very much for listening to the concerns of your constituents.


Dustin W. Hansen"

If you, too, are suspcious, and want more information, check out:


'Stinking Evidence' of Possible Election Fraud Found in Florida

Voting Into The Void

A look at the vote-counting software

Hacked Election?

Hacking Democracy?

An Open Invitation To Election Fraud

Another case of electronic vote-tampering?


Real problems in Ohio demand a recount

Democracy for Sale, CHEAP!

GOP Dirty Tricks In Ohio


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