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2004-11-10 12:30 PM
They don't have hard evidence because of the physical design of the voting system, but it's becoming clearer and clearer that votes were altered in the election.
Evidence Mounts That The Vote May Have Been Hacked
I've heard this kind of analysis before and it's often rebuffed by the concept of Dixiecrats. People who claim to be Democrat but vote Republican.
One possible explanation for this is the "Dixiecrat" theory, that in Florida white voters (particularly the rural ones) have been registered as Democrats for years, but voting Republican since Reagan. Looking at the 2000 statistics, also available on Dopp's site, there are similar anomalies, although the trends are not as strong as in 2004. But some suggest the 2000 election may have been questionable in Florida, too.
I don't really lend to much credence to this particular bit... but the part that disturbs me is that these types of anomalies only show up in the counties that used the opti-scan machines. I'm worried about the Diebold machines they call the central tabulator:
On the CNBC TV show "Topic A With Tina Brown," several months ago, Howard Dean had filled in for Tina Brown as guest host. His guest was Bev Harris, the Seattle grandmother who started www.blackboxvoting.org from her living room. Bev pointed out that regardless of how votes were tabulated (other than hand counts, only done in odd places like small towns in Vermont), the real "counting" is done by computers. Be they Diebold Opti-Scan machines, which read paper ballots filled in by pencil or ink in the voter's hand, or the scanners that read punch cards, or the machines that simply record a touch of the screen, in all cases the final tally is sent to a "central tabulator" machine.
The show goes on and Harris describes to Dean how to forge the election results on national television. There is a link to a 30 minute quicktime movie of this show, but the site has been overwhelmed and its temporarily down. When it gets back up, I'll grab a copy and locally mirror it here.
They also talk about the exit polls. Personally, I don't trust exit polls, I think while they may be less biased than the phone polling we get before the election, they are still a very shaky foundation for any argument. They had this to say about them though:
Which brings us back to Morris and those pesky exit polls that had Karen Hughes telling George W. Bush that he'd lost the election in a landslide.
I really don't know, but I definitely know that our voting system is a horrible nightmare. There are several issues we have to work on outside of the voting mechanism, but this one still needs work.
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