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Excerpt: "There is no way to verify the official tally on the electronic machines on which the majority of Americans will vote this fall. Nearly all the machines are a decade old, most are controlled by a single company (ES&S, owned by Warren Buffett) and the courts have ruled that the software is proprietary, making the vote counts beyond public scrutiny. In fact, they are beyond all independent monitoring altogether."

Ohio voters cast their ballots at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Cincinnati. (photo: John Sommers II/Getty Images)
Ohio voters cast their ballots at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer in Cincinnati. (photo: John Sommers II/Getty Images)

Why Can't The Nation & the Left Deal With Election Theft?

By Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman, Reader Supported News

18 April 16


here are two things we all need to know about the upcoming 2016 election:

  1. Millions of likely Democratic voters have already been stripped from the voter rolls in critical states like Ohio. The key reporting on this has been done by the great Greg Palast, who has shown that a computer program coordinated by the Republican secretary of state of Kansas is being used in some two dozen states to steal from a substantial percentage of the citizenry their right to vote. The raw numbers are high enough that they could have a significant impact on the presidential, US Senate, House and many other elections this fall. The ACLU has now sued Jon Husted, Ohio’s secretary of state, over the stripping of two million citizens from Ohio's voter rolls.

  2. There is no way to verify the official tally on the electronic machines on which the majority of Americans will vote this fall. Nearly all the machines are a decade old, most are controlled by a single company (ES&S, owned by Warren Buffett) and the courts have ruled that the software is proprietary, making the vote counts beyond public scrutiny. In fact, they are beyond all independent monitoring altogether. In many key swing states (including Ohio, Michigan, Iowa and Arizona) GOP governors and secretaries of state will have a free hand to flip the vote count to whatever they want it to be without detection or accountability. This could turn control of our government over to the GOP come November, as it did in 2000 and 2004.

These two critical markers of the upcoming national election are at center stage in our compendium The Flip & Strip Selection of 2016: Five Jim Crows and Electronic Election Theft ( /, which we’ll be publishing at the end of April.

For some reason many on the left have had a hard time accepting these realities. But they’re in fact far more critical than the question of who will make the better Democratic candidate.

In the interim, the usually solid Josh Holland has published a piece at The Nation with which we must take issue. It challenges writings that have put forward the idea that Hillary Clinton might be stealing the primaries from Bernie Sanders.

To avoid the circular firing squad in which the left indulges every election year, we should make it clear that we are both members of the Green Party. We prefer Bernie to Hillary, but like Jill Stein most of all. We hope Bernie at some point will establish a substantial string of grassroots training camps so the thousands of highly active young people who are supporting him will convert those energies to great long-term community organizing.

We are most concerned about the possibility of a GOP president come November. (For what it’s worth, we currently lay the highest odds of that nominee being the absolutely terrifying Paul Ryan. Ryan has said he won’t campaign for the nomination, but he has NOT said he’ll refuse it at a convention where he’ll be holding the gavel. His pockets will be stuffed with Koch cash. Enough said.)

We plead guilty to writing a piece at Reader Supported News pointing out that the exit polls show Bernie doing far better than the official vote count. Josh dismisses the reliability of exit polls, along with our mention of those in Germany. Suffice it to say that exit polling is the most reliable way we have of monitoring the vote count. In Germany they are usually within 1% of the official tally.

Here they are corrupted after the original compilations. They’re generally post-rigged to conform to the final official vote count, which is often pre-rigged. What matters is the original raw data, which we feel after much study is the gold standard for knowing how the public actually voted.

Of course that data can be messed with along the way. But at this point it’s the best we’ve got. And the original data can be hard to get. When statistician Ron Baiman requested original data from big-time pollster Warren Mitofsky (since deceased) Mitofsky told to him to “go fuck yourself.”

For some reason Josh drags “conspiracy theory” into the mix, with a lengthy soliloquy on 9/11. Neither of us writes about 9/11, though we know plenty of people who do. We find much of the official story not credible, but that’s about it at this point.

However, history warns us to be discerning about so-called conspiracy theories. Josh paints them all with a broad brush when he says they “tend to fall apart under the weight of their own internal illogic.”

But at the risk of rolling some eyeballs, here are (briefly) five that have proved indisputably true: Spain did NOT torpedo the battleship Maine in 1898, a false charge the led to a terrible war (the US Navy has confirmed the Maine blew up from the inside); the Lusitania WAS carrying munitions in 1915, as Germany argued; the Gulf of Tonkin incident NEVER happened, as confirmed by former Defense Secretary Robert McNamara; Richard Nixon DID treasonably subvert Vietnam peace talks in 1968; and there were NO WMDs in Iraq.

Maybe we can leave the Mexican War; Pearl Harbor; the assassinations of JFK, MLK and RFK; and the “October Surprise” timing of the release of hostages from Iran in 1980-1981, etc., for another discussion.

About the elections of 2000 and 2004, we are way beyond conspiracy theory. That the voter rolls were stripped in numbers exceeding 90,000 throughout Florida 2000, and the vote count electronically flipped in Volusia County at the key moment, are simply beyond dispute. So is the reality that had the Supreme Court not stopped the recount, Gore would have won.

In Ohio 2004, it’s also beyond dispute that more than 300,000 voters were stripped from the registration rolls from mostly Democratic urban areas, and that the vote count was flipped by 6.7% from Kerry to Bush between 12:20 and 2 a.m. on machines in a basement in Chattanooga where the servers for Karl Rove and the Republican National Committee also resided. Thousands of Ohioans were deliberately robbed of their vote with the stripping of precincts and denial of voting machines and back-up paper ballots in African-American and student strongholds. In an election with an official victory margin of 118,775, more than 250,000 votes remain uncounted to this day. Thousands of provisional ballots were also pitched in the trash, as they already have been in this primary season, and will be again in November.

Imagine a world in which, instead of George W. Bush, Al Gore had been inaugurated as the rightfully elected president in 2001, or John Kerry in 2005. It’s easy if you open your eyes to what actually happened in those elections, and terrifying if you think about what could happen this year.

For some reason, Josh also takes us into the purported mind of a Hillary operative who would never think of rigging a primary election because she was winning anyway.

This a bit hard to follow. But let’s just say that the exit polls have indicated Bernie doing better than the official vote count, that (according to Richard Charnin) Bernie won all the hand-counted precincts in Massachusetts but lost all the machine-counted ones, and that all the caucuses have been extremely messy and open to all sorts of manipulation by both sides.

Far more important to say is that the voting machines this fall will be significantly more vulnerable to being flipped than ever before, because they are now nearly all at least ten years old. Some are decrepit enough to have been used to play PacMan or the University of Michigan fight song in public displays.

For us, the most significant event of the primary season has been the 5-hour lines in Arizona and the one-hour lines in Wisconsin. We are less concerned about whether Hillary did this to Bernie than we are worried that these will become the defining moments on the rigged path to a GOP victory in November.

Josh, if you’re reading this, we repeat our invitation to come on our radio shows ( and

Meantime, how about a piece on the “strip and flip” realities both the Democrats and the Greens will face come November? Whether it’s Hillary, Bernie, or Jill, as things stand now we are certain to see deliberately engineered long lines that will disenfranchise countless young, African-American. and Hispanic voters. We also know that in certain key swing states, the electronic vote count will come out however the hell the governor wants it to.

To you this may be conspiracy theory. But remember the Maine.

Reader Supported News is the Publication of Origin for this work. Permission to republish is freely granted with credit and a link back to Reader Supported News.

Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman have co-authored six books on election integrity, including the upcoming Strip & Flip Selection of 2016: Five Jim Crows and Electronic Election Theft ( / Bob’s Fitrakis Files are at Harvey’s America at the Brink of Rebirth: The Organic Spiral of US History will be out soon at your social media marketing partner


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For months a stream of media reports have warned of coordinated propaganda efforts targeting political websites based in the U.S., particularly in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

We too were alarmed at the patterns we were, and still are, seeing. It is clear that the provocateurs are far more savvy, disciplined, and purposeful than anything we have ever experienced before.

It is also clear that we still have elements of the same activity in our article discussion forums at this time.

We have hosted and encouraged reader expression since the turn of the century. The comments of our readers are the most vibrant, best-used interactive feature at Reader Supported News. Accordingly, we are strongly resistant to interrupting those services.

It is, however, important to note that in all likelihood hardened operatives are attempting to shape the dialog our community seeks to engage in.

Adapt and overcome.

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Founder, Reader Supported News

+78 # grandlakeguy 2016-04-18 11:28
It is famously quoted that Joseph Stalin said: "Elections are won not by those who cast the votes but by those who count the votes."

I have followed the work of Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman since 2000 and they have compiled the evidence of election theft in our country in an irrefutable fashion. As well, the work of Marc Crispin Miller, Greg Palast and Brad Friedman all add to the body of analysis on this subject. I urge readers of RSN to visit their various websites and educate themselves on this vital issue.
I cancelled my subscription to the Nation many years ago due to their refusal to cover the systematic manipulation and theft of our elections.

This is not a "conspiracy theory" it has been happening and continues to be inflicted upon us.

We urgently need a return to hand counted paper ballots counted in open view of all interested parties and results posted at every polling place to ensure honest elections.

Americans are no longer a free people as we have been robbed of our right to choose our representatives .
0 # RobertMStahl 2016-04-19 13:07
A paper trail is just a small statistic... Why not incorporate, while removing any connection to the former grid!?
+46 # grandlakeguy 2016-04-18 12:17
Until the day when we have REAL and VERIFIABLE elections in this country...

...enjoy the 2016 episode of "Election Theater" and pretend that you are a free citizen living in a nation with actual representative government.
+44 # MsAnnaNOLA 2016-04-18 14:38
The exit polls were always very reliable until electronic voting came about. Then all of the sudden the polls were sometimes wrong.

This issue is another reason why we can't have Hillary as a candidate. They can steal some of the votes some of the time, but not all the votes all the time.

If the turnout is very good it is much more difficult to steal the election. Turnout will be suppressed with Clinton I believe.
+20 # jimmyjames 2016-04-18 16:11
Quoting grandlakeguy:
Until the day when we have REAL and VERIFIABLE elections in this country...

...enjoy the 2016 episode of "Election Theater" and pretend that you are a free citizen living in a nation with actual representative government.

"Pretend" is the relevant word here...
+56 # tswhiskers 2016-04-18 12:23
Why aren't people upset about the vote rigging? More important, why aren't the news media making a HUGE deal about this? I remember when I first read Greg Palast's reports about Diebold's dishonest voting machines and how they were made to reverse the vote, i.e., if the Dems. won the vote the machines reversed the count and gave the Reps. the larger number of votes. AMAZING! INCREDIBLE! I could only assume that our "free" corporate press weren't the least upset that the Rep. Party was rigging the votes in several states; Ken Blackwell, then OH Sec'y of State and now in the news for his role in the anti-Trump movt., did it quite openly. The Dems. have always been deaf and dumb to the problem, apparently still are. The fact that Reps. have done everything they can possibly do to rig the vote for Rep. candidates without a substantial complaint from anyone except the occasional lonely voice in the media wilderness tells me more than anything else possibly could that we have not had a free press for several decades,and NO ONE seems to care!
+35 # lorenbliss 2016-04-18 14:45
Apropos the supportive role of so-called "mainstream media" in election theft, remember it is owned by the same One Percenters who own most of the politicians.

Then reflect on the probability the race to fascism apparent in the bogus Republican victories (and in Hillary's bogus victories too) is merely the most recent manifestation of the Ruling Class effort to impose Nazism via the (failed) Bankers Plot of 1934.

As to Holland's stance, remember what Lev Bronstein said in 1905: "In every gathering of three revolutionaries , there is at least one agent of the Okhrana."

In other words, infiltration is not merely the work of secret-police spies and informers. There are also deep-cover agents whose job is to discredit legitimate grievances and otherwise fracture solidarity.

Wake up, people. We are facing, in USian capitalism and capitalist governance, the most diabolically sophisticated mechanism of oppression ever evolved on this planet.

And until we recognize that fact -- that is, until we stop arrogantly under-estimatin g the enemy -- we will continue to suffer defeat.
+18 # Buddha 2016-04-18 12:37
Why go through all the effort to vote flip illegally when it is easier and legal simply to buy candidates through bribes...cough, cough...campaig n contributions?
+15 # Skyelav 2016-04-18 15:39
They found out how easy it is
+21 # lorenbliss 2016-04-18 16:15
It's also a helluva lot cheaper. (Remember this capitalist rule-of-thumb: Scratch a plutocrat, find a miser.)
0 # tapelt 2016-04-25 10:52
That won't work with Bernie Sanders. However, he is willing to overlook the possibility that votes are being stolen from him.

After the New York primary. I suspended donating to the Bernie campaign because again and again and AGAIN he was warned about this, and it was always let's just ignore this obvious threat to our democracy and move on to the next state so we can get even more votes stolen from us. After New York I had enough and just simply couldn't take it any more. I really like Bernie, but he needs to learn that you don't bend over and grab your ankles every time a bully comes along and it doesn't matter how great your ideas are and how much support you have if an election is stolen from you.
+51 # grandlakeguy 2016-04-18 12:59
I remember quite well that in the 2008 primary Hillary Clinton enjoyed a win in every Mass. county with electronic voting machines or electronic tabulators while Barack Obama won those that practiced open hand counting of paper ballots.
Hillary must have good friends at ESS and Diebold, or more likely this is part of the DNC strategy to control the process and maintain the status-quo.
+26 # MsAnnaNOLA 2016-04-18 14:35
Or it is the duopoly. The same cabal that says I won't indict yours if you don't indict mine says I will look the other way for your vote grabbing if you look the other way in mine.

Oh and while they are at it they just decide that the parties will take turns with their obligatory two terms in office. Since we can't verify the results of any election, how do we know it is not true. We don't. How else do you explain a McCain - Palin ticket? A Romney ticket. These were some of the worst candidates ever.

"Conspiracy Theory" was coined by the CIA to discredit the critics of the Warren Commission. It is derogatory, but any sane person looks at evidence not just what the government tells us.

Evidence and science show WTC7 was most likely brought down by controlled demolition. Evidence shows that Oswald if he was involved could not have been a lone gunman. The House Select Committee on Assassinations has already admitted there was a conspiracy.

A civil lawsuit held the government liable for Martin Luther King's death.

You will never find any of these facts on mainstream media. MSM is dead. It is propaganda it is useless. Only watch it to find out what the government wants you to believe then go look elsewhere for the truth. They still report 50 years on that Oswald the lone gunman shot Kennedy.

With a straight face they report this.
+53 # grandlakeguy 2016-04-18 13:02
It should also be noted that when these electronic voting machines came onto the market after the 2000 elections many European nations purchased them and put them into operation.
Since then almost every country that invested in this junk has removed them from service as they are hackable and the results easily manipulated!
+46 # grandlakeguy 2016-04-18 13:15
What happens to a legitimately elected GOVERNOR who goes to bed having won his State and then who wakes up the next morning to the news that tens of thousands of votes for his opponent were "found" in an electronic voting machine and the election is flipped to the Republican?

If he protests he ends up in jail on preposterous trumped up charges.

Can't happen here?

Then you have never heard of Don Siegleman.

He is still in prison.
+30 # Helen Marshall 2016-04-18 13:44
I live in Texas, completely controlled by Republicans. The chances of getting them to remove the voting machines in favor of paper ballots and scanners are absolute zero.
+2 # cavewoman 2016-04-18 17:17
I worked the election this primary as a presiding judge. I learned that in our county, each party has its own server, where the data from the electronic machines& the paper ballot scanners is dumped. I also learned the info is not sent somewhere else to be tabulated; it is all done in house @ the Tarrant County Elections Office, run by the county, not the state. It is bipartisan. I learned that the method & system is reviewed & recommended by a State bipartisan Elections Board before presented to the Lege for approval
When we open our polls, we run a tape which has to read '0' when we open. We check the totals at scheduled intervals & post them on the front door of the polling place. Our ballots & machines are sealed;we can't touch them until 6 am on election day; & are delivered in locked cabinets to the polling place 3 days in advance. The electronic parts are in sealed briefcases and must be returned sealed to the drop off. Seal #s are recorded when they are broken & new ones applied at end of day. Ballots are counted @end of day and must match the machine tab on the scanner. This is all on Election Day. We also have 10 days of Early Voting & mail in ballots for over 65 and disabled voters. I was impressed. It seems that if you get to the voting booth, we take great pains to get your vote counted in a valid fashion. Messing with eligibility is the only way to suppress the vote. Which is happening, not just in Texas
+13 # grandlakeguy 2016-04-18 19:30
Sorry Cavewoman, spend some time researching the evidence of massive election theft the last 16 years and you will learn otherwise.
I wish that it was not true that this is happening.
+2 # Patriot 2016-04-18 20:01
Cavewoman, voting in my county works just like voting in yours. Results are posted on the door of each polling place before the poll workers even leave to return everything to the Election Commission downtown. Band Boosters from all over the county raise money for school bands by calling those results in to local radio/TV stations, which announce their findings immediately, while election officials are still standing in line to return all the equipment and paperwork! Those totals vary only when the absentee ballots are tallied and added.

The only way our elections could be thrown, as far as I can figure, is if voting machines were programmed to count x number or % of votes for candidates of one party as votes for candidates of another county AS BALLOTS WERE CAST. Only whoever did such programming would know, since registers of voters would indicate how many voters showed up, which should be the same number as what as the machine vote tallied immediately after the polls are closed. The machine tally is added to the paper ballot tally--provisio nal and others--and that's the total posted on the doors of the polling places.

Is it perfect? Yep, except for the possibility that the machines might have been programmed to convert ballots, as described above.

Our Secretary of State (who supervises elections) ran for U.S. Senate last election--and lost. If ever there was going to be fraud, it would have been then, I think--but there was no fraud.
+2 # tswhiskers 2016-04-19 08:56
Cavewoman, please read my post above, signed tswhiskers. It will explain how CROOKED voting machines are used to flip the vote, i.e. deliberately manufactured to flip the vote. However this can only work in very close elections; the numbers have to be credible. In the 2000 and 2004 elections for Bush the vote count was approx. 2-3% between Bush and Gore. So the machine vote flip was quite believable and went pretty much unquestioned. But in 2008 Obama won with about a 6% majority over McCain, a big enough lead to appear questionable if the votes were flipped. But Obama may not have won(?) if the majority had been smaller. Go to and read his archives for 2003-2004. Palast has written a lot about crooked voting machines, incl. Rep. plans to throw this year's election if they can.
+30 # cymricmorty 2016-04-18 13:56
I canvassed door-to-door for Bernie Sanders the weekend before the AZ primary and met a few younger voters who liked Sanders, but refused to vote because they were certain their votes wouldn't count. Next thing you know, the horrors of the AZ primary unfolded, which would only have reinforced their convictions. I couldn't have made up such an awful election. What to say to those who refuse to vote? I can't even say that it's going to get better.
+27 # Blackjack 2016-04-18 14:02
I think some Dems actually do care, but overall Dems are spineless. They dare not complain because those nasty Repukes will throw a collective hissy fit and tell them they're paranoid, so they decide to "compromise," which simply means moving further and further to the right. Bernie Sanders cannot do everything all at once. He shows his courage every day by speaking truth to power. Slack jawed, money-grubbing Establishment Dems don't want to get their hands too dirty by actually duking it out with Repukes on this or any other issue. Establishment Dems have shown themselves to be cowards for the past several elections by not standing up to the garbage that Repukes have foisted upon us. Which is worse, those throwing the garbage or those who could do something to stop it and don't?
+4 # Skyelav 2016-04-18 15:35
Hear hear!
0 # Caliban 2016-05-10 13:36
"Establishment Dems have shown themselves to be cowards for the past several elections". Correct me if I have this wrong, Blackjack, but didn't the Dems win the Presidency in the past several elections?

I don't think the Dems or anyone else is perfect, but you are way over the top with this kind of insulting rhetoric.
+15 # Adoregon 2016-04-18 14:22
Vote by mail!!

Oregon, Washington and Colorado have vote by mail.

Oregon, Washington and Colorado have legalized medical and recreational use of cannabis.

You don't need to smoke cannabis to realize the way to go is to:

+12 # Skyelav 2016-04-18 15:34
There is plenty evidence that zip codes on ballots can get tossed. Read palast
+21 # grandlakeguy 2016-04-18 15:03
PLEASE find evidence of this tampering by the DNC and Hillary and/or the Republicans and release it for the entire world to see!
+14 # Skyelav 2016-04-18 15:31
The manipulation of polling places speaks loud and clear
+10 # Cassandra2012 2016-04-18 18:32
Quoting Skyelav:
The manipulation of polling places speaks loud and clear

And who has forgotten DIEBOLD?????? So intent on bashing the so-called 'left' you all 'forgot' 2000? and Diebold's promise to Jeb that Florida would be made to come through for his shrubby brother?
+1 # cavewoman 2016-04-18 17:03
Don't you think that if there were evidence to find re DNC it would have been outed by now?
As for the Republicans, they found it and quashed it in Ohio in 2012 as illustrated by Karl ROve's hissy fit on live TV
+12 # Linda 2016-04-18 21:14
Quoting grandlakeguy:
PLEASE find evidence of this tampering by the DNC and Hillary and/or the Republicans and release it for the entire world to see!

Actually it has been proven but what has not been proven is who did it ! It was proven that in AZ the voter registrations of at least thousands of people had been changed so they couldn't vote ! Oddly enough the only one it affected was Bernie and Hillary won by a landslide. When you know that the voter registration was hacked and registrations changed to suppress the vote and one candidate wins by a landslide it is safe to say someone rigged the system for that candidate . Now even if she didn't do it herself she had to know it was being done ! Now we are seeing that some people are finding their voter registrations changed in NY and CA, and it could also be happening in PA.It is a closed election in NY so those people will not be able to vote and I think it is also closed in CA and PA . Bernie Sanders has filed a lawsuit over this ,so please don't say us on the left don't care or we are too passive . We are wiser after the caucus shenanigans and we are ready to bring lawsuits if this isn't corrected . We are asking to make NY and an open election so that those whose right to vote has been suppressed can vote ! We have also asked that the AZ primary be done over ! MA. was another case that was proven to have machine tampering ,the exit polls didn't match up to the count !
0 # Skyelav 2016-04-18 15:30
Why would anyone use Mac Namara to validate the Gulf of Tonkin?
+1 # Harvard72 2016-04-20 13:27
Quoting Skyelav:
Why would anyone use Mac Namara to validate the Gulf of Tonkin?

The point was that McNamara ADMITTED that the Gulf of Tonkin "attack" did not happen. LBJ said we had been attacked, and no one disputed it at the time. It was used to get us deeply into Vietnam. Only much later did McNamara admit we had been lied to. That is the thrust of the comments that some "givens" simply are not true. The concern for flipping votes must be considered a real threat to this vote in 2016 up and down the ballots.
+6 # cavewoman 2016-04-18 17:01
A major factor in the recent Arizona primary mess was the reduction in the number of available polling places. Supposedly this was to cut costs, and there was an early voting alternative which was going to reduce turnout on election day. I am of the conviction that the reduced # of polling locations was for only one purpose: to reduce the number of non Republican/Tea Party voters. This can NOT be blamed on Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders, not in a state as red and crazy as Arizona. All Republican, all the time.

Remember the canniption fit Rove had over the Ohio vote in 2012? He KNEW they were going to take Ohio. Anonymous was able to keep that switch which flipped votes from turning on. (at least they claimed that they did)

I am quite convinced that when Republicans are involved Democrats are being messed over.

Regarding Massachusetts in 2008: moot point. You may notice that the winner of that nomination sits in the Oval Office and not the winner of the 2008 Massachusetts Primary

Regarding supposedly 'fixed caucuses... caucuses by their nature are a disaster waiting to happen. Useful for allocating a portion of the precincts' vote @ the county and state conventions when used alongside a primary.
+1 # Cassandra2012 2016-04-18 18:33
+4 # 2016-04-18 18:29
The W admin used exit polls to prove that an election in Ukraine was stolen
0 # lewagner 2016-04-18 19:51
But still ... don't neglect to go on and on and on and on about which pre-selected candidate is better, and DON'T neglect to vote.
0 # 2016-04-19 00:06
Lets look at our 30 FULL Voting Rights.

The some 30 rights are:

1)Districts of equal number of electors voters.

2)Registration by US citizens only, age 18 and up(note: the citizen has the right to register or not to register, no one shall be allowed to automatically register any voter).

3)Registration list 100% open to public view on-line.

4)There shall be equal requirements for
placing candidates name on the ballot by the individual candidate only. Political parties and other groups shall not be allowed to place names of candidates on the ballot. ...etc... All elections for offices (fed, state, local) shall be based on one person per district...ther e shall be no two or more persons at-large type districts.

5)Equal requirements for placing questions
on ballot.

6)All write-in-votes to be honored,counted
(and not bound to a gov approved list). (If write-in receive most votes, he/she can, if a qualified elector, wins.)

7)Campaigns: Gov (fed, state, local) shall stay out of campaigns.

8)Absentee and, Early voting...Yes. But, NO early counting.

9)NO all mail vote.

(..... etc...10 through 32)

Frank Henry
-10 # ericlipps 2016-04-19 05:03
For some reason Josh drags “conspiracy theory” into the mix, with a lengthy soliloquy on 9/11. Neither of us writes about 9/11, though we know plenty of people who do. We find much of the official story not credible, but that’s about it at this point.
Moan. Whatever one thinks about 9-11 conspiracy theories, it's painfully clear why this issue is being dragged in now: supporters of Bernie Sanders can't understand why their candidate hasn't run away with the primaries from the beginning, so some of them prefer to believe it's because of a sinister right-wing plot in favor of Hillary Clinton--and never mind that the right hates her as much as it does Bernie.
+3 # SusanT136 2016-04-19 09:22
When dropping off my elderly Mom's absentee ballot at the Board of Elections, I complained about electronic voting machines. The workers there explained to me that in NYS we make out a paper ballot which is only scanned by the machine and tallied. The paper ballot is kept, and supposedly results are randomly compared between paper and electronic totals to verify accuracy. I felt a bit better after hearing that, but I would feel better yet if the votes were simply counted by paper ballot, with a full contingency of poll workers representing all political interests present.
-4 # Cowcharge 2016-04-19 09:30
You're seriously blaming voting machine fraud in machines controlled by a hero of the left on republicans?
+3 # video4315 2016-04-19 09:50
When you talk about Dark Money, who could deny that if money could be spent to guarantee the outcome of an election or elections, it would not be done. Why would anyone take a chance on letting the voters decide. The electronic voting machine providers would be glad to accommodate by accepting monies to make it happen. Voter fraud is not by those trying to vote illegally; it is by those who manipulate the legal votes. The entire integrity of our democracy is at risk. The winners of elections will make sure that no investigations are held...and certainly no prosecutions.
+2 # chemtex2611 2016-04-19 11:52
The TEA Party and poorer, less-educated GOP members should be concerned that they will be the next ones removed from the voting rolls. If they'd do it to the poor and elderly and minority voters, they will do it to you, also. And who will stand up for them? No one. They have already been disenfranchised .
+1 # 2016-04-19 12:22
+2 # Archie1954 2016-04-19 13:58
Voting machines are a perfect recipe for fraud!
-1 # Robbee 2016-04-19 17:55
oregon deals fine with election theft! - i does not allow it!
+3 # 2016-04-20 12:14
Much of the ELECTION THEFT occurs because the AMERICAN PUBLIC allows it to happen. Here's what I mean: It is my understanding that ELECTION BALLOTS are in the PUBLIC DOMAIN. They belong to the public. Yet citizens allow the crooked set-up of their government contracting to CORPORATIONS to provide the VOTING MACHINES, then claiming that we the public cannot scrutinize the VOTE COUNT because their ownership of the machines is PROPRIETARY. That is the most ridiculous horse manure I've ever heard of and it's still going on. But, of course, it was JOSEPH STALIN who said "HE WHO CONTROLS THE VOTE COUNT CONTROLS THE ELECTION". And that is why the U.S. GOVERNMENT allows CORPORATIONS to control the VOTE COUNT; So they can both have complete control of the elections. A very CORRUPT SYSTEM indeed!
+3 # virtualaudio 2016-04-20 16:09
Exit polls are the standard in overseas poll monitoring, considered accurate within 2%.
NY exit polls: Clinton 52 / Sanders 48
Not even close.

I encourage everyone who cares about the will of the people (regardless of party or candidate preference) to check out these links and videos:

There are also several whitehouse and moveon petitions worth signing.
0 # 2016-04-21 00:53
I get so tired of hearing people use the phrase "CONSPIRACY THEORY". The phrase was coined by the CIA to discredit anyone who questioned the "OFFICIAL VERSION" of the KENNEDY ASSASSINATION. And it has been successfully used to discredit anyone who has "ALTERNATE DATA" which contests GOVERNMENT (or CORPORATE) VERSIONS of anything. Here's some needed perspective (and common sense) on that phrase in the words of historian RICHARD DOLAN: " THE VERY LABEL IS AN AUTOMATIC DISMISSAL, -- AS IF NO ONE EVER ACTS IN SECRET. THE U.S. COMPRISES LARGE ORGANIZATIONS -- CORPORATIONS, BUREAUCRACIES, INTEREST GROUPS, etc. --WHICH ARE CONSPIRATORIAL BY NATURE. THAT IS - THEY ARE HIERARCHICAL, THEIR IMPORTANT DECISIONS ARE MADE IN SECRET BY A FEW KEY DECISION MAKERS, AND THEY ARE NOT ABOVE LYING ABOUT THEIR ACTIVITIES. SUCH IS THE NATURE OF ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR -- AND IT IS A WAY OF LIFE AROUND THE GLOBE". And wouldn't you know it -- NEWS FLASH today 4/20/16 -- MITSUBISHI in JAPAN was caught manipulating FUEL ECONOMY TEST DATA for their mini cars; Just another CONSPIRACY.
+1 # tapelt 2016-04-25 10:54
Be sure to see "The Sane Progressive" series of videos on this topic.

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