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Excerpt: "Why is Mitt Romney so confident?...This is no tinfoil hat conspiracy. It’s a math problem."

Mitt Romney campaigns in Holland, Michigan, 06/19/12. (photo: Evan Vucci/AP)
Mitt Romney campaigns in Holland, Michigan, 06/19/12. (photo: Evan Vucci/AP)

Retired NSA Analyst Proves GOP Is Stealing Elections Part I

By Denis Campbell, LA Progressive

28 October 12


hy is Mitt Romney so confident? In states where the winner will be decided by less than 10%, of the vote he already knows he will win. This is no tinfoil hat conspiracy. It's a math problem. And mathematics showed changes in actual raw voting data that had no statistical correlation other than programmable computer fraud. This computer fraud resulted in votes being flipped from Democrat to Republican in every federal, senatorial, congressional and gubernatorial election since 2008 (thus far) and in the 2012 primary contests from other Republicans to Mitt Romney.

This goes well beyond Romney's investment control in voting machine maker Hart Intercivic and Diebold's close ties to George W. Bush. Indeed all five voting machine companies have very strong GOP fundraising ties, yet executives (including the candidate's son Tagg Romney) there is no conflict between massively supporting one party financially whilst controlling the machines that record and count the votes.

A retired NSA analyst has spent several sleepless nights applying a simple formula to past election results across Arizona. His results showed across-the-board systemic election fraud on a coordinated and massive scale. But the analysis indicated that this only happens in larger precincts because anomalies in small precincts can be more easily detected.

"Easy to Cheat"

Retired NSA analyst Michael Duniho has worked for nearly seven years trying to understand voting anomalies in his home state of Arizona and Pima County. This publication has written extensively about apparent vote machine manipulation in a 2006 RTA Bond issue election that is still being fought in the courts. Said Duniho, "It is really easy to cheat using computers to count votes, because you can't see what is going on in the machine."

When Duniho applied a mathematical model to actual voting results in the largest voting precincts, he saw that only the large precincts suddenly trended towards Mitt Romney in the Arizona primary – and indeed all Republicans in every election since 2008 – by a factor of 8%-10%. The Republican candidate in every race saw an 8-10%. gain in his totals whilst the Democrat lost 8-10%. This is a swing of up to  20 point, enough to win an election unless a candidate was losing very badly.

Since sifting through and decoding massive amounts of data was his work for decades on behalf of the National Security Agency, he wanted to understand why this was ONLY happening in large precincts.

Nose Counting

The idea of examining large precinct results came via a link to a report written by Francois Choquette and James Johnson. Choquette became curious about South Carolina primary results in the February Republican contest. There a poll observer noted an unusually big gain of votes for Mitt Romney in larger precincts than in smaller ones. Choquette wanted to know why?

He examined and applied all of the normal statistical markers to see where a variance might occur: income level, population density, race, urban vs. rural, even party registration numbers. He found no correlation to explain why Romney votes trended upward while Paul and Santorum votes trended downward -yet only in large precincts.

Choquette then looked at all 50 states and found roughly a 10% switch in votes from GOP to Democrat everywhere except Utah, where the presumption was, as it was Mitt's religious home state and very conservative, there was no chance of Romney losing.

Choquette even saw in Maricopa County, which is Phoenix and its suburbs, that in 2008 Romney used this technique against John McCain. But McCain beat him by too much for a 10% fraud gain to matter. McCain tried to do the same thing in the general election to President Obama but 9 million votes nationally were too many to make up.

Examining every county across America was too massive an undertaking for any one person so he included a simple set of instructions and encouraged others to do the same with raw vote totals in their county/state.

  • Download the text files of all raw actual vote results by precinct from the Secretary of State's Office.

  • Arrange them in precinct order.

  • Put in all of the candidate totals for each precinct.

  • Sort the data by total vote smallest on the top.

Now here it gets a bit dense: He needed to add columns that show cumulative totals by candidate then compare them by candidate to establish trend lines.

That reveals trends should remain statistically constant throughout an election.

Stealing Votes

But as the spreadsheet shows, the larger the precinct, the numbers start to change dramatically.

"If percentages did not change from one precinct to the next, we would see a flat line, but what we are seeing is sloped lines downward for Democrats and upward for Republicans (or, in the case of the Presidential primary, upward for Romney and downward for his opponents), said Duniho."

In every election contest, the trend lines dramatically crossed for no apparent reason. It was revealed that votes were being systemically bled off for Rick Santorum and Ron Paul and then being credited to Mitt Romney.

Once Duniho completed the spreadsheet, he pumped in actual vote totals from other Arizona election contests.

He looked at every 2010 race in Arizona from Governor Brewer to Senator McCain and Congresswoman Gabby Giffords. The trends lines all did the exact same thing. Someone had manipulated the election outcome, most likely one person inserting a programme inside the system's central computer… that flipped votes.

The results were astounding.

They showed that Governor Brewer actually lost her election and Gabby Gifford's razor thin less than 1% point re-election victory over Tea Party Conservative Jesse Kelly was closer to a 20 point victory for her.

Duniho added, "We need to have strong hand count audits to confirm the integrity of these elections. This means comparing hand counts with official reports of the election."

Ohio Precedent

This isn't the first time Republicans have been charged with vote theft. It happened in the 2004 presidential election, in Ohio and Florida. In Ohio, GOP consultant Michael Connell claimed that the vote count computer program he had created for the state had a trap door that shifted Democratic votes to the GOP.

He was subpoenaed as a witness in a lawsuit against then-Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, and lawyers for the plaintiff asked the Dept. of Justice to provide him with security because there were two threats made against Connell's life by people associated with Karl Rove. But in Dec. 2008, before the trial began, Connell was killed in a plane crash outside Akron Ohio.

There were problems in Florida, as well.

A study by the Quantitative Methods Research Team at the University of California at Berkeley found that anomalies between Florida counties using touch-screen voting and those using other methods could not be explained statistically. Noting the higher-than-expected votes for Bush in three large Democratic counties, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach, Michael Hout, a Berkeley professor who did the study said there were strong suspicions of vote-rigging.

"No matter how many factors and variables we took into consideration, the significant correlation in the votes for President Bush and electronic voting cannot be explained," Hout said. "The study shows that a county's use of electronic voting resulted in a disproportionate increase in votes for President Bush. There is just a trivial probability of evidence like this appearing in a population where the true difference is zero - less than once in a thousand chances."

Don't Trust, Verify

Indeed the only way to 100% verify this election fraud would be through handcounts of ballots by precinct, matching those results to the reported totals. But as was mentioned earlier, a group in Pima County has been trying unsuccessfully to get access to ballots to conduct such a count for almost five years since anomalies first surfaced in voting machines in 2006.

Is there a judge in Arizona likely to suddenly reverse past trends and allow access to conduct such a handcount of ballots 12 days before a national election? And if not, why not? Maybe someone needs to commission the Anonymous hacker group to re-level the playing field because the courts are not going to do it.

The results of Duniho's analysis can only happen if votes are being stolen, and the only way that's possible is if the computerised machines are programmed to steal them. Welcome to Zimbabwe.

More than 100 million Americans will cast their ballots thinking their vote will be fairly counted. It should be. Yet the crooks know they can safely flip up to 10% of votes without consequence. Anything more than that is statistically suspect.

President Obama won by such a huge margin in 2008 that even with this anomaly built into the system, he cruised to victory. This year the election is much closer. Can American democracy afford yet another election crisis placing three of the four last national Presidential election results in question or worse: The outcome was stolen, the outcome a victim of election theft?

Don't Take Our Word

Use the spreadsheet above to do the maths in your own state, county or precinct. The results are compelling. Then demand that the Justice Department stop this insane view that results need to be reported by 11 pm for the television networks. Demand hand ballot counts!

We use paper ballots in the UK and results do not even begin to trickle in until 3 am. The final outcome can take up to three days to finalise. But voters in Britain know the count is accurate because every ballot is transparently hand-counted. When I read this article that Serbia, Belarus and Kazakhstan were sending election monitors to watch the US Election?, I knew we'd jumped the shark.

We are already being victimized by vote fraud on a scale that, in another country, would lead to calls for international election monitors. It is time for Americans to stop being victims of ghosts in the machine.

Denis G. Campbell is the author of 6 books including ‘Billionaire Boys Election Freak Show,' ‘The Vagina Wars' & ‘Egypt Unsh@ckled.' He is the editor of UK Progressive Magazine and provides commentary to the BBC, itv Al Jazeera English, CNN, MSNBC and others. His weekly ‘World View with Denis Campbell' segment can be heard every Thursday on the globally syndicated The David Pakman Show. You can follow him on Twitter via @UKProgressive and on Facebook.

Charley James is a long-time independent journalist who covers social justice, politics and economic issues. He's worked in print and broadcast media for national magazines, large newspapers and major market radio and television outlets. Follow Charley on Twitter @SuddenlyHomeles. your social media marketing partner


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+137 # futhark 2012-10-28 09:25
Electronic voting machines gave Cheney/Bush a second term in 2004 and no one challenged it except the "irrelevant" third party candidates. If the GOP is serious about stopping election fraud, they ought to go after these agents of deceit with crow bars. Americans need to pull the plugs on electronic voting scams.
+149 # WestWinds 2012-10-28 09:56
The GOP isn't serious about anything that isn't in their favor. Their whole raison d'etre is to glean unfair advantage over everything through unfair leverage.

But having a problem is not the problem; not doing anything about it IS the problem. And as long as this country continues to okay all of this pernicious corruption, it's going to continue.

When I was a kid, America was the model of everything wonderful including the most intelligent and advanced people in the world. Now we are something like #46 down the list and sinking. When did America get so stupid?

Personally, I blame the churches who have gotten into bed with sin, crime and the most insidious corruption capable by human beings, all for "faith based" capital gains. They have sold their souls and ours, too, by promulgating right-wing support and desensitizing a population to everything but the acquisition of ill-gotten gains and fawning submission to corporate overlords.
+67 # WolfTotem 2012-10-28 11:13
Quoting WestWinds:
Personally, I blame the churches who have gotten into bed with sin, crime and the most insidious corruption capable by human beings, all for "faith based" capital gains.

1. Religion has proved to be a tax-free Happy Hunting Ground for failed fascists. This way, they're no longer marginal and doomed to failure, but king-makers.

2. Sure, dictators and the bosses of "managed democracies" the world over will be flocking to the US to learn how it's done.

3. If this works now for GOP, it will likely be too late to do anything about the problem. Legal recourse won't work, least of all in states where judges are up for re-election, as they'll be subject to political pressures; though I don't know whether this skulduggery also applies to them and to dog-catchers.

4. So I can't help wondering: why haven't these issues been aired in the courts during the past 4 years? Why such loose electoral oversight? To have lost one or two elections to this new gerrymandering may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose the coming one looks like carelessness.

But if it works, the outcome won't be funny: Karl der Grosse's 1-party State.
+18 # WolfTotem 2012-10-29 15:54
I ought to make it clear I'm not at all against religion - the real thing - but dead against politics dressed up as religion and wolves in sheep's clothing. Better to face real wolves than that kind of human being.

Religion grounded in blind faith is particularly prone to be used by authoritarian frauds and con men, and there's plenty of blind faith out there.

Religion gives access to power, and all power attracts abuse and abusers. Any number of Pied Pipers among the preachers. And any number of "useful idiots" ready to do their bidding.
+34 # JSRaleigh 2012-10-28 16:14
Quoting WestWinds:
Personally, I blame the churches who have gotten into bed with sin, crime and the most insidious corruption capable by human beings,

The churches ARE corruption. They have always been; they always will be. Religion is all about the power of the priesthood to tell everyone else what to believe, what to do. Doesn't matter if it's priest, preacher or imam, it's all about power right here on earth.
+78 # Bill Clements 2012-10-28 11:10
The GOP knows full well that "election fraud" is a complete non-issue, i.e., the numbers of actual election fraud are almost non-existent. The whole point of screaming about "election fraud" is to put a reason behind the passage of voter suppression laws that are clearly and deliberately aimed at suppressing Democratic turnout. If anything is going to be done about the stealing of elections, it sure is hell not going to done by the Republicans. They'll fight a more transparent process every step of the way.
+47 # WolfTotem 2012-10-28 12:39
Bill, as KrazyFromPoliti cs makes clear, there's a huge difference between "voter fraud" and "electoral fraud". The first provides a fraudulent pretext for skewing elections by eliminating voters the powers-that-be don't want. The second is something very big that goes far beyond striking voters off the roll.

When conmen accuse those they want to cheat of fraud or plotting death panels, you can be sure that they have something of the sort, but far bigger, up their sleeves.
+28 # LiberalRN 2012-10-28 12:54
Quoting Bill Clements:
The GOP knows full well that "election fraud" is a complete non-issue, i.e., the numbers of actual election fraud are almost non-existent. The whole point of screaming about "election fraud" is to put a reason behind the passage of voter suppression laws that are clearly and deliberately aimed at suppressing Democratic turnout. If anything is going to be done about the stealing of elections, it sure is hell not going to done by the Republicans. They'll fight a more transparent process every step of the way.

I think you must mean "voter fraud," Bill - "election fraud" is very much an issue! And yes, sadly, I agree with everything you've said.
+42 # Regina 2012-10-28 14:10
There IS election fraud -- by the Republicans! We had damned well get screaming!!
+12 # swissms 2012-10-29 23:30
So here is my question. Are Americans willing to march through the streets if the election is stolen?
+12 # brux 2012-10-30 08:39
What do you think ?
I think the "bosses" know that it is homeless, unemployed or rich people who can take the time off and not people who are hard working poor people who must take care of themselves and their families. There is a gun to the heads of working people. What can they do?
+21 # JSRaleigh 2012-10-28 16:25
Quoting Bill Clements:
The GOP knows full well that "election fraud" is a complete non-issue, i.e., the numbers of actual election fraud are almost non-existent

Election fraud is not the same thing as the "vote fraud" scam the wing-nutz are running. The GOP "knows full well" that they can't win unless they can steal the election.

The GOP has relied on systematic election fraud for every election "victory" since Ulysses S. Grant "won" in 1868.

And they're still at it in this election. Google "Strategic Allied Consulting"
+19 # Bill Clements 2012-10-29 09:39
To those who were kind enough to correct me: thank you! Yes, I meant voter fraud. Of course the supreme sinister irony here is that the party that is creating these voter suppression roadblocks for a problem that barely exists, is the same party that is engaged in widespread election fraud. You could make the case that both fall under election fraud. If they don't succeed stopping you from voting, their second line of defense would be to "disappear" your vote.

Dirty tricks are one thing, election fraud (stealing elections) is something altogether different. And yet, so little is being done, it seems, to stop it.
-11 # Ray Kondrasuk 2012-10-30 12:01
It seems to me that any red-blooded Republican should have his ire raging, fanned by Limbaugh reports of ACORN's fraudulent voter registration drives where Disney characters and Bears linemen where jotted on to the lists.

But just like the two-faced god Janus, any red-blooded INFORMED Republican must also turn aside with smirking, giggling mirth, knowing full well the Dems as squandering resources at $3 per ficticious registration... paying for names that will never vote.

Unless, of course, some hefty lady shows up at the polls saying "Hi. I'm Tinkerbell..."
+10 # bingers 2012-10-30 11:41
No, election fraud is very well documented, it's VOTER fraud that doesn't exist. A couple dozen cases a decade, mostly by mistake is no excuse for disenfranchisin g millions to prevent a couple dozen cases.
+58 # ruttaro 2012-10-28 11:31
Yes, I could not agree more. Instead of crow bars how about jail bars and 25 year prison sentences. But the people need to realize that the Republicans have done a masterful job once again. Republicans committ the fraud but direct the medias attention to the poor, black and hispanic/latino voters. They went after ACORN with all the press following along. Hart Intercivic and Diebold are their guys, the corporatocracy, who are accused of the greatest voter fraud dwarfing by light years any amount of fraud by the poor and minorities (basically invisible over the past ten years). The media is not about to investigate this becasue this computer voting provides them with the numbers they need to call elections early - try to be first, even, rather than responsible - so they can advertise themselves as the first to feed into our instant gratification needs. It's a sick system developed to satisfy a sick sub-culture. As I say below, this is a state issue that requires action. Without trust, elections are meaningless.... exactly what the oligharchs and plutocrats want.
+33 # JSRaleigh 2012-10-28 16:09
Quoting futhark:
Electronic voting machines gave Cheney/Bush a second term in 2004 and no one challenged it except the "irrelevant" third party candidates. If the GOP is serious about stopping election fraud, they ought to go after these agents of deceit with crow bars. Americans need to pull the plugs on electronic voting scams.

Many Democrats challenged the electronic voting scam in 2004, but the fix was in. The Cheney/Bush administration controlled both Congress and the courts.
+13 # X Dane 2012-10-29 23:06

You just put your finger on it...THE COURTS.....This is exactly it. We HAVE to win this election, If Romney's choice to pick supreme court judges,....Bork ,...will be choosing them. There will be NO JUSTICE for regular people for at least a generation, for these judges live forever.
+24 # Barbara K 2012-10-28 19:13
Hmmm. Wonder if this is why the police depts are so militarized. Maybe they know that if this election is stolen, there may be rioting in the streets affected. No GOP ignoramous should be allowed to take a stolen seat. Hope there are people out there who has had enough of this Malarky.
+1 # Nominae 2012-11-02 02:15
Quoting futhark:
Electronic voting machines gave Cheney/Bush a second term in 2004 and no one challenged it.....

...... Americans need to pull the plugs on electronic voting scams.

Absolutely agreed, but easier said than done. Many people challenged the voting machines in 2004. They demanded that the machines produce a paper receipt that could be hand counted if need be.

Not only did Diebold (the same company that makes ATMs which *all* give receipts) claim that it was "impossible" to program a voting machine to give a receipt, but in many States having a Republican House Majorities, *Laws* were passed making it illegal *for* a voting machine to produce a receipt.

Are you kidding ? How much louder can one shout: "We are going to steal this election outright, and it's illegal for you to so much as question our authority to *DO* so ?

Yeah, but too little too late. There is no way to correct the machines at this late date for the upcoming election.

The fact that we haven't been in a National Revolt to have these easily-hacked machines corrected since 2004 reminds Rove, et al that we really don't have the brains to handle voting for ourselves anyway.
+75 # Abigail 2012-10-28 10:03
This is the last straw. our "democracy" is a shamble.
+93 # DorothyK 2012-10-28 10:03
This is confirmation for me. Talk about voter fraud! Anything can be built into a machine. We never could trust the electronic voting machines. Somehow it doesn't surprise me that our country's election(s)is being covertly manipulated. Hand count is the only way we will EVER again have a fair election in the USA. This makes me sick, Sick, SICK!!!
+24 # Regina 2012-10-28 14:13
But we'll need to watch the hands as well. The Republicans make card sharps look honest and benign.
+7 # X Dane 2012-10-29 23:21
Right you are DorothyK. That is why MUST start a movement AND DEMAND that we have verifiable PAPER BALLOTS. No more electronic voting machines. This must be started right after the election, so we can be ready for the 2014 election.

How do we get this started? Who knows what to do?
+9 # CL38 2012-10-30 01:37
If Romney 'wins' we need take to the streets against computer voting fraud and not passively accept it.
+86 # KrazyFromPolitics 2012-10-28 10:43
The problem has never been "voter fraud", but electoral fraud. This country is fraught with "electile dysfunction". The fact that the Romney family (Taggert) has an interest in voting machine companies is outrageous. Every elected Democrat and Independent should be screaming about this. I sure as hell wouldn't expect the corporate media to question the conflict of interest. I long for the Edward R. Murrow type of news journalism.

The Republican party that is now run by the neocon, fundamentalist Christian (there's an oxymoron), Tea baggers has morphed into a cancer. It used to be dirty tricks. Now it's all out deception and theft. What amazes me are the portion of the 47% aka 99% that are so willfully ignorant that they will support this group of criminals. There is nothing sadder than seeing a banged-up, rusting car or truck with a romney-ryan bumper sticker. Obama and the Democrats currently in office do have deficits, but the alternative is terrifying.
+25 # sjtravis 2012-10-28 11:14
Okay. I'm in agreement. Obama has had 4 years with the Justice Department at his service to shine a bright light on machine fraud.I have never heard him even comment on it. No prosecutions. What is with that?

Might as well vote for Jill Stein and Cheri Honkala. 90 million voters didn't vote, or weren't counted, more than voted for republicans and democrats combined. If they carried only the 38 states where they
were on the ballot, they would win. They had spent $500,000 up to the primary, and hoped for a million dollar total by election day. Amazing.

I am shooting for a -100 score on this comment. Might we investigate that?
-10 # futhark 2012-10-28 20:54
Please do vote for Jill Stein or Gary Johnson or Rocky Anderson or Roseann Barr. The only hope for America at this point is to break the plutocrat-domin ated political duopoly. It's abundantly clear that the "majority parties" are taking us on a conveyor belt ride to tyranny, with unlimited government surveillance of our private communications, midget drones looking in our back yards and bedroom windows, non-stop terror alarms to ramp up tensions, and perpetual wars on the other side of the planet.
+41 # ruttaro 2012-10-28 11:20
Even with some degree of healthy skepticism, even the smell of something rotten in our elections, that the computer programs could be set to rig the outcome, calls for action. If the institution itself cannot be fully trusted, then legitimacy will be questioned and the unravelling of our democratic process follows quickly. People losing confidence and trust will forgo voting and the oligarchs, the corporatocracy will cement their hold on government.
Advances in technology have brought great benefits to almost all aspects of life. But not in every case. Elections are the bedrock of democracy and they rest on trust in the institution. We need to go back to a system where every vote has a paper trail. It may mean results don't come in as fast and we may not know the outcome in some elections until the next day or two. So what? The media may not like it since they can't call an election by 9:00 PM but again, so what? Our need for instant gratification has to be put to bed at least for our elections. Children wait 25 days for Santa to come, we can wait two or three to know with certainty not only who shall lead us but that they are the ones we chose.
This is a state issue. Everyone of us should demand a state constitutional amendment making all votes verifiable by a paper trail, that all computer touch screen machines are banned, no ifs, ands or buts. Ther are huge issues to address and we cannot afford Republican voting fraud as massive as this.
+12 # X Dane 2012-10-29 23:44

Calling the elections early is crazy. We do NOT need speed....we need ACCURATE RESULTS. And we KNOW that they take time.
The CRAVING for instant gratification, is killing us and our disappearing democracy
+25 # reiverpacific 2012-10-28 11:50
I don't know why the GOP, to flatter them with their outdated title, doesn't just come out and declare for a one-party Corporate State and be done with it, so the rest of the "civilized" world, except presumably LIKUD-Yahoo can start to separate themselves from the ensuing monster and it's Imperial ambitions.
Even Cameron of the UK (to my pleasant surprise from A Tory) has just refused to cooperate with US requests to establish strike bases against Iran in Britain, a good start and more that patsy Blair did with the Dimwits crowd.
The only hope is a sufficient anti-Twit vote to negate all skullduggery but it's not looking good.
I never have been able to put the logic of the combined self-destructio n of Twit in two of the three debate-spectacl es, especially considering his amply-demonstra ted ignorance of world affairs and geography- combined with two recent favorable job reports (whatever your interpretations thereof might be) has not given Obama a considerable bounce -unless the owner-media has suppressed it which I could well believe. Maybe this is all going down as explained here.
I'm so sorry for the USA if it's true.
+28 # Cassandra2012 2012-10-28 13:45
"Fascism should rather be called corporatism, as it is the merging of government and corporate power."
—Benito Mussolini
0 # bingers 2012-10-30 11:46
"I don't know why the GOP, to flatter them with their outdated title, doesn't just come out and declare for a one-party Corporate State and be done with it"

Greedy Oligarch Party is outdated????
+1 # 666 2012-10-30 16:25
perhaps "greedy orwellian party"?
+10 # Jerry 2012-10-28 12:43
So what? Electronic voting machine manipulation has been documented for some time, and we haven't revolted. The fact that they are still being used shows that the charade is accepted by both parties. The Dems don't want overwhelming control that they would have in fair elections because they would then have to reign in the accumulation of the wealthy that own them, or be more widely recognized as just another arm of the plutocrats' contolling mechanism. Its party bosses throw the parites resources behind candidates that won't push to change the accumulation rules unless it is the only way to prevent a revolution. And that is after the Feds and states use all of their resources to undermine and control individuals and organizations pushing for changes in accumulation rules that gain too much influence. When will the suffering reach the level that they can't control it any longer?
+20 # Blast Dorrough 2012-10-28 12:54
"Corruption dominates the ballot-box, the Legislatures, the Congress and touches even the ermine of the bench. The fruits of the toil of millions are boldly stolen to build up colossal fortunes for a few, unprecedented in the history of mankind; and the possessors of these in turn despise the Republic and endanger liberty."--Popu list Party of 1892. Theft of elections and the wealth of the middle-class has been on-going by the true "Government-mad e" free-loaders and tax-dodging Criminal Class of the United States. They have yet to earn a single dollar that isn't tainted by corruption and "legalized" annual Treasury welfare checks in the billions. That's not counting the "legalized" welfare trillions they steal via government contracts through CIA secrecy, etc., ad nauseam. Nothing will ever change until the Lone Ranger surfaces among all the political slime armed with the political courage to take on this entrenched lawless Criminal Class of cutthroats, always united together as evil Corporatecrafte rs and demonic Christiancrafte rs. "History, I believe furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil government. This marks the lowest grade of ignorance of which their civil as well as religious leaders will always avail themselves for their own purposes."--Tho mas Jefferson Letter of December 6, 1813 to Alexander von Humbolt.
+13 # Sensible1 2012-10-28 13:38
There will never be an outrage from the GOP as long as they are the beneficiaries of the fraud. Because of the enormous stakes of a Presidential election, indeed no politician will call for an investigation, or deny the existence of a cyber related manipulation of the voting process. That is why we must have hand recounts and paper trail voting machines, especially when close elections are forecast. It is the corruption of the American electoral process that invites fraud, and no other nation on this planet claims it is a fair process to emulate, because it is based upon the precept that only the elite, and not the people, can be trusted with the awesome responsibility of deciding a Presidential election. The entire process has been taken out of the hand of the people by; guess who; you guessed it, the founding fathers.
+11 # Diane_Wilkinson_Trefethen_aka_tref 2012-10-28 13:46
While the above article makes a compelling argument, the take away should not be, "This goes well beyond Romney's investment control in voting machine maker Hart Intercivic," which according to that evil, Soros-funded is false,* but, "Indeed the only way to 100% verify this election fraud would be through hand counts of ballots by precinct, matching those results to the reported totals." To be able to accomplish this, ALL electronic voting needs to include paper ballots which can be immediately placed under lock and key when the polls close. Further, the path to a hand recount needs to be broadened. Given the sophistication of our technology, allegations of election fraud that are based on charges that voting machine programs have been tampered with MUST be accorded the same weight as any eye-witness account of ballot box stuffing.

-16 # seeuingoa 2012-10-28 14:09
I am right ! so don´t give
me any thumbs-down on this one.

Obama: four more years with
Kill list,
Indefinite detention,
Tar sand pipeline

Romney: same, same aggravated.


and look your grandchildren in
the eyes without being ashamed.
+17 # brianf 2012-10-28 14:33
I agree, but ONLY if you don't live in a swing state. Obama has many flaws, but he's not the same as Romney. He doesn't want to:

Privatize Social Security
Put the country further into debt by increasing military spending and lowering taxes for the wealthy
Undo health care and financial regulatory reforms

And he:

Drastically increased auto efficiency standards
Invested in renewable energy
Pushed for and signed a nuclear arms reduction treaty

Don't over-simplify. Vote wisely. If you DON'T live in a swing state, vote for Jill Stein!
-17 # brux 2012-10-28 22:04
I am not sure what Obama wants, or even whether it matters.
Clearly anyone who runs for President must in a certain criteria and I think that even while the country is institutionaliz ing covert racism in ways such as mentioned in this article, they are trying make it look ridiculous to complain about racism.

Perhaps the function of Obama is to spin the image of our electoral system so that no one can say America is anti-minority, when in fact THE ISSUE IS ALL ABOUT CLASS.

There are far more poor white people with no hope than there are blacks and others. What this is all about is engineering a plausible BS model of the world that worker bees will not question. To that end, if Obama is President, I'm he not only knows, but understands and "signed the contract" so to speak.

If he breaks the silence I'm guess we have had precedents such as Kennedy.

None of what Obama has got done did he actually get done, almost everything takes place after he is gone from office, as his promised ending of the Bush tax cuts he postponed until after the election.

Obama sure is all about hope, he is to give minorities and the poor hope, but he cannot, and I think he knows it - in fact he will not even speak out.
+6 # teachnet 2012-10-28 14:31
First, great comments!
For more information, go to blackboxvoting( dot)org Or, google "Aathan Gibbs", a CPA, researcher & inventor of the TruVote machine (2000)which left a paper trail with copies for both the county and the voter. (dead,in an unfortunate auto crash)

But. Is vote-counting fraud really the issue here? What about the fact that provable stolen elections (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012?)mean that the past 2 presidents of the US were NOT, in fact, elected, and therefore,
all laws enacted, all signing statements, all SCOTUS appointments, all wars/conflicts/ other euphemisms, all prisoners -- to say nothing of all executions -- are illegal, null and void?

Under similar circumstances, William Wallace is quoted as saying, "I cannot be a traitor to [Edward] for I was never his subject."
0 # 666 2012-10-30 16:33
Under similar circumstances, William Wallace is quoted as saying, "I cannot be a traitor to [Edward] for I was never his subject."
-- I'll agree with this when politicians and military folks start taking an oath to defend a person or family dynasty rather than the constitution
+13 # soularddave 2012-10-28 14:57
If I understand the article correctly; in larger population areas, a vote for a Republican counts as 1.1 votes, and a vote cast for a Democrat counts a .9 votes.

Can this be traced back to the code in certain machines, or the code in the tabulating machines back at election headquarters?

I'd be willing to volunteer to count paper ballots for a day or two if it would help.
+4 # dovelane1 2012-10-29 16:35
What you say makes it sound like an electronic poll tax. The GOP leaders and the super rich see the middle class and poor as "darkies," as not in their class, and this is just another way in which this attitude is manifested.
+2 # brux 2012-10-30 08:43
I'd be willing to tear up and throw away Republican votes if that counts!

Just kidding ... I think. ;-)
-59 # 4merlib 2012-10-28 15:05
I'll bet if Michael Duniho analyzed voting trends in Poland, Romania, the Ukraine et al over the last 20 years or so, he would find the same shift, perhaps even more pronounced. Left out of his analysis is the possibility that people are just plain waking up and expressing their preferences for less government, more freedom.
+29 # WolfTotem 2012-10-28 17:35
Quoting 4merlib:
less government, more freedom.

So you vote for… Exxon Mobil-Chevron-W almart-GE-Micro soft-Apple-IBM- Google-GM-Boein g-Dupont de Nemours-the Coca-Cola Company -Pepsico-Monsan to-Syngenta-AT& T-Johnson & Johnson etc.etc.etc.etc.etc.etc.etc.etc.etc.etc.etc.etc.etc.etc.

Please, Mr 4merlib, be kind and tell us how you go about voting for all these Masters – and getting “more freedom” into the bargain.

More freedom – for whom???

Or should I say "for WHAT?"

To the judgment of the US Supreme Court, I can't help preferring a 17th century proverb:
"Corporations have neither bodies to be punished nor souls to be damned."
+18 # lariokie 2012-10-28 22:21
The issue isn't more or less government. It is what kind of government. Bush gave us less of the kind of government that watches over corporations, banks, and poluters but more government that looks over OUR shoulders and intrudes into OUR communications and habits. If that is what you want, then I hardly think "freedom" is an accurate description.
+7 # bingers 2012-10-28 19:32
Actually, in most cases less government means less freedom except in far right or far left cases, for example, Fascism and Communism. (Not real communism, the Soviet bastard version) Real communism has no government at all.
+18 # Scott479 2012-10-28 20:41
Romney smiles because he knows though the polls largely show him behind they still put him well within the margin of voter suppression.
+13 # brux 2012-10-28 21:58
This is what I have thought and been looking to see validated for a long time. This absolutely cannot be tolerated.
+4 # SOF 2012-10-28 22:21
Here is a video of the Pima Co case. This county (Tucson) was always solid blue: Now we know what changed.
+8 # MainStreetMentor 2012-10-29 10:48
Too "rigged to jail"? I think not! The entire political "machines" within these miscreant states need to be charged, arraigned and brought before the public in a widely televised trial.
+6 # JAJ 2012-10-29 23:22
This article might be interesting and important, but it is so poorly written and copyedited that it is very hard to understand. It is riddled with missing words, faulty punctuation, poor grammar, logical gaps, and non-sequiturs. The author may be onto something very important, but if so, the effort may be wasted because of the poor quality of the article.

When the article says they saw an "8-10% gain in votes" for Romney, and that votes "trended upward", I don't understand what they mean. "Gain" or "trended upward" compared to what -- exit polls?

Or did the researches cited in the article assume that a state's overall relative percentages for each candidate should hold for every precinct, and if they diverge from that, that's evidence of manipulation? That seems to me to be a questionable leap.

I too am suspicious that there have been and continue to be vote-rigging efforts by the Republicans. I'm just not sure this article documents it.
+2 # DallasAlice 2012-10-30 22:50
Please copy this link and watch "Our voting system is rigged!!! Princeton scientists hack electronic voting machines!"

I believe you will find there the documentation you want.
+6 # ganymede 2012-10-30 12:27
We're toast. It's the end of American democracy. I don't have time for many words as I'm dealing with no electricity or water in a midtown New York City apartment. Americans, we must do something now about this voting fruad travesty. We must bring our anger into the streets. This is the last straw.
+1 # brux 2012-10-30 13:24
TITLE -- Retired NSA Analyst Proves GOP Is Stealing Elections Part I

Where is Part II ?
+2 # larabuckerton 2012-10-30 18:23
Very interesting stuff! Seems to present a strong case for hand-counting.

But I am interested in the "income level, population density, race, urban vs. rural, even party registration numbers" bit. There's no reason why there should not be trends in the voting patterns -- no reason why the vote distribution should remain constant throughout the voting period, when there are so many factors structuring the particular times at which voters tending to lean a particular way tend to vote. Even whilst campaigning for independent audit, hand-counting etc., we should test the machine fraud hypothesis against alternative hypotheses. There could be "lock-in" / path-dependence effects at play too. I guess it's also important to try to see if this pattern exists in other elections, anywhere in time & space. Yep, where's part II? :)
+1 # Quonomo 2012-10-31 06:21

Voting machine fraud is explained very well by Stephen Spoonamore in the video link listed. Watch it and get really pissed off.

By the way, Spoonamore is a Republican who worked on many major Republican political races, and he is pissed off!
+5 # Midwestgeezer 2012-10-31 14:32
I presume that the archives still hold the video of election night, 2000 when George W. Bush "won". I vividly recall that when all the networks were presuming Gore had won and exit polls were confirming it, Bush was interviewed at his location and calmly and confidently assured them that he would win. Later, when it had been called for Bush I recall thinking that he knew something that we and the networks didn't. I still believe that. The scary part is that there is no doubt a large percentage of the populace that would approve of any tactic that will assure right-wing control of our land. They're the ones who display the "take our country back" bumper stickers. They cannot accept the fact of a black family in "their" White House!
+2 # tgemberl 2012-10-31 16:39
There's just one thing in this article that jumped out to me as questionable: how could McCain be a victim of this vote rigging in Arizona (while still winning) and a perpetrator of it against Obama nationally (while still losing)? If he had been a victim of it, how likely would it be that he'd be a party to it? Seems a little far-fetched to me.
+5 # karenvista 2012-10-31 22:41
I keep hearing this argument and I keep reminding everyone of the solution.

As Jimmy Carter said,"the elections in Venezuela are the best in the world."

I don't know why it never sinks in.

The voting machines in Venezuela have software by Sequoia (US) and hardware by Olivetti (Italy.)

They not only give paper ballot receipts to the voter, who checks to see that the recorded vote matches his machine vote and puts it in a locked box in case a recount is needed-but it also reads fingerprints to verify the voter's registration. Thus doing away with the voter ID supression activity by the Republicans.

There is no reason why these machines could not be manufactured and used here.

It's absurd to keep pretending that it is not possible to manufacture such a machine since they already exist!

Except, perhaps, if politicians are happy with the current, fraudulent system.

But we're not-are we?

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