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Excerpt: "Donald Trump's demand for 'monitors' at polling places to prevent a 'rigged election' is an old and ugly story. It's obviously aimed - KKK style - at stopping black and Hispanic citizens from voting. But in fact both major parties have used such terror tactics - and updated electronic ones - since the birth of the nation."

Donald Trump. (photo: Reuters)
Donald Trump. (photo: Reuters)

Trump's Racist "Rigged Election" Attack Is as Old as America

By Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman, Reader Supported News

20 October 16


onald Trump’s demand for “monitors” at polling places to prevent a “rigged election” is an old and ugly story.

It’s obviously aimed – KKK style – at stopping black and Hispanic citizens from voting. But in fact both major parties have used such terror tactics – and updated electronic ones – since the birth of the nation.

The cure – we call it “the Ohio Plan” – is scorned by both corporate parties: universal automatic voter registration, transparent registration rolls that can be easily monitored, a national holiday for voting, and universal hand-counted paper ballots that stay in one place and are tallied (and re-tallied) in full public view.

The “rigged election” story dates back to the Constitution. Its Electoral College gave a three-fifths “bonus” to slave-owners for blacks who could not actually vote. The race card carried through Jim Crow segregation and the KKK terror unleashed against post-Emancipation blacks who dared try to vote. It continues through the Drug War and the tens of millions of African-American and Hispanic citizens stripped of their freedom and franchise.

Today it’s being done by computer programs that quietly eliminate millions of black and Hispanic voters from the registration rolls.

In Florida 2000, Gov. Jeb Bush stripped some 90,000 mostly black and Hispanic citizens off the registration rolls in an election decided for his brother by 537 votes. In 2004, GOP operatives did it again to some 300,000 Ohioans in a state Bush won by 118,775.

In moves that Trump should love, between the 2004 and 2008 elections, in a state with about 5.5 million eligible voters, 1.25 million Ohioans were de-registered. In 2012, the number purged was 1.1 million. So far this year, Republican secretary of state Jon Husted has de-registered over a million Ohio voters, more than 600,000 clearly eligible to vote and on the rolls of their county boards of elections.

Photo ID, limited polling station access, machines that break down, provisional ballots that don’t get counted, absentee ballots that don’t get sent, elimination of days to vote, deliberate official misinformation and intimidation – all do exactly what Trump wants. They eliminate the “threat” of non-white voters.

In reporting on Trump’s assertions, The New York Times quotes Ohio’s GOP secretary of state Husted as the “voice of reason.” But like other Republican secretaries of state across the U.S., Husted is aggressively stripping millions of black and Hispanic voters from the registration books. Nationwide, tens of millions of exactly the kinds of people Trump doesn’t want to vote will have been stripped off the voter rolls come November. Much of this is explained in Greg Palast’s new film, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.

As Michelle Alexander has explained in her book The New Jim Crow, tens of millions of blacks and Hispanics have been stripped of their votes since Richard Nixon declared the War on Drugs in 1971. Alongside filling history’s biggest gulag with about 2.2 million prisoners, America’s Drug War has anchored the GOP’s Southern Strategy by stripping blacks and Hispanics from the rolls in southern states where they comprise some 40% of the potential electorate.

Neither Trump nor his mainstream critics mention mass incarceration’s “twin” means of election rigging: electronic voting machines. Some 80% of this year’s votes may be cast on touchscreen and other computerized devices that are absurdly easy to flip. The courts say the corporate-owned source code is proprietary. So there’s no meaningful accountability. Allegedly safe Scantron paper ballots are easily manipulated with corrupted tallying machines.

Significant computer manipulations helped rig GOP presidential victories in Florida 2000 and Ohio 2004, and critical down-ballot elections elsewhere. These include the 2014 U.S. Senate races in North Carolina, Colorado, and Alaska that now loom large in terms of who might or might not be confirming new Supreme Court appointments.

Corporate-sponsored critics brand this “conspiracy theory.” But neither they nor Trump can answer this most basic question: “How, in fact, do we verify the legitimate tally of votes cast on electronic machines with no effective paper trail, i.e. the vast majority of those that will be cast this November?”

If we’re to have meaningful elections in the future, they must be conducted on paper ballots that are held at their precincts in transparent containers that do not move. Those ballots must be counted in public, by hand. Voter registration should be open automatically to all citizens, with registration rolls open to the public and easily monitored. Voting should be open to all on the basis of a signature. And we need a national holiday for voting so working people do not have to pay with their jobs for exercising their democratic rights.

The “Ohio Plan” would also eliminate corporate money from our elections, end gerrymandering, and abolish the Electoral College.

This coming election, up and down the ballot, could indeed be “rigged.” But it will happen exactly counter to what Trump says. Rather than eliminating millions of black and Hispanic voters, as he wants, we need to guarantee their franchise. We must be able to verify their presence on registration rolls. We need to make sure they have reasonable time and place to cast their ballots – free from KKK/Trump-style thugs intimidating us all.

Above all, as they now do in Ireland, Switzerland, Germany, Romania, Japan and Canada, we need to cast our votes on paper ballots that are safety stored and counted by hand, preferably by our nation’s high school and college students, and our elders.

Maybe then, Trump or otherwise, we can begin to think of America as a country where elections really aren't rigged or stolen, stripped or flipped.

Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman’s STRIP & FLIP SELECTION OF 2016: FIVE JIM CROWS & ELECTRONIC ELECTION THEFT has just been chosen as one of America’s most censored stories. It’s available at, along with Bob’s FITRAKIS FILES. Harvey’s SOLARTOPIA! OUR GREEN-POWERED EARTH is at, along with AMERICA AT THE BRINK OF REBIRTH, available in 2017.

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+1 # RnR 2016-10-20 12:05
I consider blaming Russia for the hacking going on as part of the rigging of the election. What 17 agencies have determined it was? She must be including all the black ops factions huh?
+13 # John Escher 2016-10-20 12:37
Quoting RnR:
I consider blaming Russia for the hacking going on as part of the rigging of the election. What 17 agencies have determined it was? She must be including all the black ops factions huh?

Why don't you find out instead of guessing and using innuendo like all the crooks on your side of the aisle, people who call other people crooked but are crooked themselves, people who complain that elections are rigged even as they rig them themselves. DOWN WITH DONALD BIGMOUTH THE WHINER. Let him start another reality show with the Kardashians and Simon Cowell. Then everybody can use their ugly reviewer voices together, express all their anal unsupported opinions all they want, and do whatever it is they accuse other people of doing.

"Pettifoggery" is too old-fashioned and mild a word for what is going on but at least is a start.
0 # RnR 2016-10-20 14:50
Why don't **I** find out? I didn't make the statement and if I did I would have directed the audience to the list of agencies involved.

Ms. Clinton is too loose with the facts for me to accept that statement at face value. It's in the vein of "The FBI determined I did not transmit classified emails blah blah blah" or do you accept that as fact?

I did not pull my opinion of her truth-telling abilities or lack thereof out of my rear - she was referred to as a "congenital liar" in 1996. *You* can search it. I can not respect her or her campaign after what was done to Bernie Sanders.
-2 # Caliban 2016-10-20 18:50
According to FBI Director Comey, only three of the tens of thousands of emails on Clinton's server were marked as classified (Politifact, July 19, 2016).

That's "three" as in "3". So somebody remind me why Trump is making such a big deal about it.

Oh, because he has no relevant talent or experience to be President and hopes to win the election by slandering the Democratic nominee!

Gotcha....prett y predictable, I guess, from the gambling hall shyster.
+7 # guomashi 2016-10-20 20:29
As far as I recall Hillary said none as in "0".
That would make her a liar, perhaps even committing perjury on a matter of national security.
-3 # ericlipps 2016-10-21 21:29
Unless, of course, she were simply wrong--or unless these three were marked "classified" AFTER she saw them, as I've heard may be the case.

As for her having committed "perjury on a matter of national security," you're probably still dreaming that somehow, she can still be forced to "step aside for Bernie." Dream on. That dog won't hunt.
-5 # pegasus4508 2016-10-20 18:51
If the 17 agencies were on a list and several of them were black ops, you would be screaming national security. Face it. You hate her because she beat Bernie Sanders. NOTHING was done to him. If he had the balls and the money to run AS an independent, he would have still lost in states with closed primaries. Because in THOSE states, you vote the way you register. Just facts, son... Get over it or crawl back into the space from which you slithered. Take your Trump voting friends with you, please.
+3 # RnR 2016-10-21 08:40
Face it, I don't like her because of the double dealing nature of her politics. Period.

I don't like her because she lies continuously, she will sign TPP just watch. She *will not* state what it is about its "current form" (there's her out) that needs to be changed to make it acceptable to her highness (nothing really I'm sure). She's a globalist and will force her world vision on the country regardless of what we want (with a little help from her friends). She's doing it already = she did not win the nomination fairly.

Do you discount wiki leaks and the videos released? *Everyone* is lying just to attack Hillary?
-1 # ericlipps 2016-10-21 21:34
"Her highness"?

And stop whining about how "she did not win the nomination fairly." There is nothing she could have done differently which would have made you believe she'd won fairly. As far as you're concerned, the proof that the primaries were rigged for her is that Bernie didn't win in a landslide. You sound too much like Trump.
+1 # RnR 2016-10-23 07:20
No, there is nothing she could have done differently GIVEN THE PRESENT SITUATION (the nomination has already been stolen).

Hillary could have advised her "campaign" (I use the term loosely - cabal would be more appropriate) to act ethically - now even *you* have to admit that statement is a perfect example of an oxymoron :)

Have a nice day
+29 # grandlakeguy 2016-10-20 17:27
This article should be required reading FOR EVERY AMERICAN!
The entire MSM spin on "voter fraud" is merely the same distraction that the Republicans have been using for decades to justify the many laws they create to depress the vote.

Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman are giants in the election integrity world and I have followed their research since shortly after the theft of the 2000 Presidency.

Visit their website at:
and learn.
+6 # grandlakeguy 2016-10-20 17:33



The theft of elections is the theft of our freedom!
-3 # ericlipps 2016-10-21 21:36
Quoting grandlakeguy:



The theft of elections is the theft of our freedom!

Aaaaaand cue the trained parrot.

Really, GLG, get some new material.
+3 # economagic 2016-10-20 19:17
Thanks. Based on the comments above my finger was on the button to delete.
+18 # PaulK 2016-10-20 13:49
Rigged elections are as old as America. These days we have a choice of using black box voting machines, disenfranchisin g people that we don't want to vote by making it too hard to vote, throwing huge numbers of people off of the election rolls at the last minute or mile-long voting lines in selected precincts. Then there's always intimidation.
+5 # tedrey 2016-10-20 17:36
In the second paragraph the writers note "in fact both major parties have used such terror tactics."
I was curious enough to scan the following 18 paragraphs to see what is revealed about Democratic activities of this kind. Not a single one is mentioned. I guess they ran out of space . . . or have very short memories.
+4 # dipierro4 2016-10-20 18:01
Probably referring to pre-Civil Rights era times. I agree, this is of little relevance now.
+9 # elizabethblock 2016-10-20 18:21
Chicago in 1960. The Democrats did a lot of stuff. Nixon could have complained but figured, probably correctly, that it would make him look like a jerk.
+2 # economagic 2016-10-20 19:12
I thought that "lot of stuff" was pretty much established fact, possibly the reason somebody gave it a down vote.
-2 # ericlipps 2016-10-21 21:39
Quoting elizabethblock:
Chicago in 1960. The Democrats did a lot of stuff. Nixon could have complained but figured, probably correctly, that it would make him look like a jerk.

He'd have looked like a jerk, all right. If Nixon had carried Illinois and all else had been the same, he'd still have lost in the electoral college, and by a significant margin. Even if you throw in Hawaii, which was disputed tight up until the first week of January 1961, Nixon would still have lost.

Look it up. Do the math.
+25 # grandlakeguy 2016-10-20 17:42

+23 # elizabethblock 2016-10-20 18:27
In Canada we use paper ballots. They are counted by machine in Toronto municipal elections, because there are several offices to vote for, but the ballots are there in case there's a problem.
In federal and provincial elections, paper ballots, counted by hand. I've done it. Many times.
As for people being disenfranchised , ex-prisoners can vote. Come to that, PRISONERS can vote. In Toronto, homeless people can vote. There are special provisions for them. Sure, it's possible for them to vote more than once, but considering how few vote at all, I figure that's a risk well worth taking.
And yes, you can register to vote at the polling place.
It's not rocket science, but apparently it's beyond the range of American know-how. More likely, it's beyond the range of American political culture.
Someday soon people in other countries are going to sneer at Americans who preach democracy to them. No, they're already doing it.
+15 # 2016-10-20 18:44
Quoting grand lake guy:

RETURN TO HAND COUNTED PAPER BALLOTS! Then appoint non-partisan officials to check voter register roles and deleted voters for ethnic or racist reasons. Cleanse the dishonest Secretaries of State not the voter roles
+14 # economagic 2016-10-20 19:16
I think F&W's idea of having students and elders do the counting beats "non-partisan" officials six ways to Sunday.
-2 # susiegato 2016-10-21 18:05
Yes, we should have paper ballots and non-partisan, professional election officials.

But, hand-counted is not reasonable. The ballots should be counted electronically by two different systems from different manufacturers.
+1 # susiegato 2016-10-21 18:08
In this electronic age, hand-counted is not going to happen. Instead, count all ballots using two different systems or scan and hand-count a random selections of ballots that keeps getting larger and larger until either all ballots are counted or match the original scan.
+9 # elkingo 2016-10-20 22:54
Well, the election IS rigged. What else to call it when the (ahem) "2" party system fields the two culturally moral morons we see: both of whom represent the now incipiently suicidal oil/money/ corporate/imper ialist/ warfare/ capitalist nightmare? Vote for Jill. End the madness.
+4 # solartopia 2016-10-21 00:44
there's been news of an Ohio court decision "restoring" some of the purged voters to the registration rolls. don't believe it. these folks may be given provisional ballots, which are nearly always thrown in the trash....what a tragedy.

the article does focus on GOP theft but prior to 1960 it was mostly D theft done in the south. Illinois was indeed stone in 1960 but JFK could have lost that state and still won the presidency. if NJ or Texas were also stolen that would have been different. it's probably why nixon "patriotically" conceded. winning Illinois wouldn't have put him in the White House.
-2 # ericlipps 2016-10-21 21:44
Nixon considered challenging about a half dozen other states, including Texas, and only "patriotically" conceded after advisers took him aside and warned him (1) that it almost certainly wouldn't work, and (2) that it might inspire the Democrats to take hard looks at states where Nixon won by narrow margins.
+3 # Vintor 2016-10-21 05:43
Rigged election? No, of course not. The primary wasn't rigged. The United States doesn't rig elections in countries around the world. Those are all false allegations, probably said by the Russians or the people in those countries.

George Bush didn't get elected by rigging his elections. Everyone knows that Democrats are the good guys and the Republicans are the bad guys.

It's so simple!

George Soros Connected Company Provides Voting Machines In 16 States

Smartmatic, a U.K.-based voting technology company with deep ties to George Soros, has control over voting machines in 16 states including battleground zones like Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Other jurisdictions affected are California, District of Columbia, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin.

Its website includes a flow-chart that describes how the company has contributed to elections in the U.S. from 2006-2015 with “57,000 voting and counting machines deployed” and “35 million voters assisted.”

In 2005, Smartmatic bought-out California-base d Sequoia Voting Systems and entered the world of U.S. elections.

According to Smarmatic’s website, “In less than one year Smartmatic tripled Sequoia’s market share” and “has offered technology and support services to the Electoral Commissions of 307 counties in 16 States.”
+3 # Vintor 2016-10-21 05:45
Corporation media gives us directions on what to think and gives us the parameters on what should be said, all we need to do is just be obedient and listen and do what we are told. Why is this so hard for some?
+2 # virtualaudio 2016-10-21 11:55
I am seriously annoyed by Trump's claims of a rigged election via 'voter fraud'. He is delegitimizing a real problem America has, offering up fodder for the media, Obama & others to bash anyone who suspects that there is a real issue with the way U.S. elections work.
The last debate turned my stomach. Trump is obviously unfit to be president; and HRC lied or misrepresented the facts to often for comfort. There have been some poor election choices in my lifetime, but nothing quite as bad as this.
More power to Wasserman and Fritakis, whos work I have followed for some time now. I hope the American people come to their senses, realize that the problem is not 'voter fraud' but the many tactics listed in the above article, including electronic manipulation. The last was shown clearly in the statistical comparisons made by Richard Charney between exit polls and primary results during the Clinton Sanders primary.
Another sad result of our current situation is the naked fear-mongering tactics team Clinton is using to win the election. I have seen no substantive ad on the issues. It's all about how Trump will nuke the world while denigrating women & mocking disabled people. Same thing from the Donald.. a lot of bluster and almost no policy. Idiots. Sad time for the US.
I live in Louisiana & voting for Jill to up the 3rd party #'s.
0 # susiegato 2016-10-21 18:13
We should check out the new voting software coming out of Travis County, TX. It's called STAR and it is really worth looking at. It is software which will run on over-the-counte r tablets and scanners. From everything I've seen, STAR is much better than any voting machine we are currently using.
+2 # JSRaleigh 2016-10-21 18:58
I looked at the "Ohio Plan" and parts of it would require Constitutional Amendments - changing the time of voting to a 4 day weekend. I don't see how that is likely to be accomplished.

OTOH, Congress can make Election Day a National Holiday without having to amend the Constitution. States already have the power to implement early voting on weekends before the national election day.

Likewise, it would require a Constitutional Amendment to abolish the Electoral College. And again, Congress can pass laws to control how how the Electoral College works. The states would still choose the electors, but Congress can mandate how states should award those Electoral votes.

The most easily implemented plan would be to award Electors by Congressional Districts with the candidate winning the popular vote in the District receiving that District's electoral Vote.

The two Electoral votes based on the States' Senate seats could be awarded to the winner of the statewide popular vote.

To eliminate Gerrymandering Congress could require each state to set up a public redistricting commission consisting of 5 Democrats, 5 Republicans & 4 Independents - people who haven't run for office, who aren't paid by either party, and who haven't contributed to either party, and who would be bound by set criteria & required to hold public hearings to draw redistricting maps not requiring approval by the Legislature.

Any challenges would go directly to the Federal District Court.
0 # Bryan 2016-10-21 20:10
There should be no electoral college. Too bad the liberals hate the evil white men who founded this country-they could learn something from them.

Washington's Farewell Address 1796

''In contemplating the causes which may disturb our Union, it occurs as matter of serious concern that any ground should have been furnished for characterizing parties by geographical discriminations , One of the expedients of party to acquire influence within particular districts is to misrepresent the opinions and aims of other districts.
To put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community; and according to the alternate triumphs of different parties, to make the public administration the mirror of the ill-concerted and incongruous projects of faction, rather than the organ of consistent and wholesome plans digested by common counsels and modified by mutual interest.

However combinations or associations of the above description may now and then answer popular ends, they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion.''
+1 # Patriot 2016-10-21 21:03
Too bad you have the impression that liberals hate our nation's founders--where on earth did you get such an idea.

Before you argue about what the founders meant by the words they selected for the Constitution, read "Notes of Debates in the Federal Convention of 1787 Reported by James Madison" and "Constitutional Journal, a Correspondent's Report from the Convention of 1787" by Jeffrey St. John, 1987, a book Constitutional scholars thought so well of that the Commission on the Bicentennial placed a copy of it in every high school and college library in the US, and other libraries as well. I've been reading them simultaneously, a very interesting exercise, using the latter book to help clarify the often now-archaic language of the former.
+3 # solartopia 2016-10-22 03:25
i don't think the Founders would recognize today's US. to be sure they used he Constitution to serve their financial interests. but they (especially Franklin) were wise enough to understand that civility and balance were essential to the survival of the nation.

those right-wingers today claiming to stand for "strict constitutionali sm" would in fact have hated nearly all the Founders, most importantly Franklin, who was the ultimate liberal-minded civic genius.

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