2012 Election Theft Fears Escalate

John KerryAuthors of a half dozen new books point to the 2012 elections as a landmark in election fraud. For the first time, technology makes possible massive election result tampering.

Establishment experts, including those from voting machine companies and the officials that awarded the contracts, insist that nothing dangerous or unusual will occur. ABC-TV commentator Chuck Todd Tweeted last week that fears of wrongdoing were nonsensical.

With the stakes so high and so many divergent points of view, the Justice Integrity Project will provide below a sampling of recent commentary. This is weighted to the views of critics of the system since they must make the case despite challenging elected officials from both parties -- even purported victims, such as 2004 Democratic nominee John Kerry, at right. See John Kerry, you must finally tell the world that you—and we—were robbed eight years ago! by Mark Crispin Miller, published in News from Underground on Oct. 29.

This survey updates a similar compilation of a decade of leading books and articles on the topic we published here in 2010: Cutting Through Hype, Hypocrisy of Election Fraud Claims, "Recent events," it began, "show why election theft deserves much more scrutiny than it receives from either government officials or news reporters."

On one the most important and accessible of the news clips is a report by Cincinnati television reporter Ben Swann, who broadcasts over the Fox News affiliate WXIX-TV. Prominent critics of current election procedures believe he accurately nailed the problems with electronic voting machines in Ohio and elsewhere in this three-minute report: Reality Check: Can Ohio Voting Machines Be Hacked? (The video was posted on many sites before YouTube removed it because of a copyright complaint.)

 

In general, critics of current procedures can be grouped into these categories:

-- Progressives and libertarians, who allege that electronic voting machines have been compromised by hidden owners with an interest in changing real-world results and who use sophisticated software to distort results before they are reported to the public. Several of them are affiliated with organizations based in Columbus, Ohio that have examined 2012 issues in light of their cutting-edge research regarding President Bush's announced 2004 victory.

-- Progressives, minority group leaders and some official and primarily Democratic authorities who claim that Republicans unfairly reduce the numbers of eligible voters by secretly removing them from voting rolls by government-hired private contractors, or by extra-difficult registration requirements. They says these burdensome requirements are aimed at minority, elderly, handicapped, or working-poor residents of Democratic voting neighborhoods in methods similar to "Jim Crow" and poll tax laws of previous years designed to limit black voting.

-- Conservatives, who claim that the major fraud issue is that Democrats and progressives encourage ineligible voteres to register and vote. Leading centers of this advocacy were the Bush Justice Department, the Republican Party, and conservative think tanks and columnists.

Vanity Fair columnist Craig Unger helped foster the current debate by publishing a book identifying Karl Rove as a central figure in planning electoral frauds in recent years while maintaining deniability. Harper's columnist Scott Horton, at left, published a column the book that addressed Rove's role:

Boss Rove: Six Questions for Craig Unger, After four years in the political penalty box, Karl Rove has returned as the undeniable masScott Hortontermind of the G.O.P.’s electoral effort. Vanity Fair contributing editor Craig Unger has just published a new book, Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove’s Secret Kingdom of Power, that focuses on Rove’s fall from grace during the Bush years and his remarkable political resurrection. It shows how Rove’s tactics are remaking the nation’s political landscape and explains why, win or lose in 2012, he is likely to be a dominant force in Republican politics for some time. I put six questions to Unger about his new book:

Horton: A large part of your book focuses on a computer-services company, based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, called SmarTech. You note that after SmarTech began serving Ohio’s electoral returns at 11:14 p.m. on election night in 2004, inexplicable anomalies began to flood the vote totals—all of which favored George W. Bush. The company also appears repeatedly in your book as the inner sanctum of G.O.P. voting-technology strategies, and as the host of servers on which Karl Rove’s mysteriously vanishing emails were stored. Yet when you asked Rove about SmarTech, he insisted he “had no idea who it was.” What do you think of Rove’s denial, and why do you devote so much of your book to the company?

Unger: When I repeated the question to Rove, his response morphed into a classic Watergate-like non-denial denial in which he claimed to be “so many layers removed” from such operations that he didn't “recall” the company. Whatever the state of his memory, Rove’s relationship to SmarTech is emblematic of how he operates: with no fingerprints, via entities that serve his interests in extraordinary ways even though he has no visible ties to them.

The material below begins with descriptions of new books on the topic, including  my forthcoming 480-page Presidential Puppetry, which will be announced separately soon. The reference listing includes also a sampling of recent articles. Readers are invited to submit links of other important articles for inclusion. Please submit in the format below (Publication, title, author, date, and hotlink).

 

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New  Books

Richard CharninCharnin, Richard. Matrix of Deceit: Forcing Pre-Election and Exit Polls to Match Fraudulent Vote Counts, Create Space, 2012.

Published a week before the 2012 U.S. elections, Richard Charnin’s Matrix of Deceit is essential to understand the results, and perhaps even affect them. Its publication comes at a dramatic juncture when vote thieves emboldened by past successes must decide whether to go for broke once again, or make a strategic retreat this time because the public is being roused to attention by Charnin and other advance scouts who have issued warnings. Either way, his book and its unrivalled  compilations of presidential polling data since 1988 provide necessary background. His particular specialty is mathematical analysis honed in work for the federal government’s space program and several of the nation’s largest corporations. -- Andrew Kreig

Fitrakis, Bob and Harvey Wasserman. Will the GOP Steal America's 2012 Election? CIJC Books/Free Press, 2012.

Fitrakis and Wasserman are "the Woodward & Bernstein of the 2004 Election" -- The Rev. Jesse Jackson. From the Introduction by Greg Palast: "After reading through, 'Will the GOP Steal the 2012 Election?' I am knocked over by their erudition, authoritative analysis, stunning and ill-making revelations and irrefutable evidence of a national emergency: Grand Theft Election."

Kreig, Andrew with Introduction by Dr. Cyril H. Wecht. Presidential Puppetry: Obama, Romney and Their Masters. Eagle View Books, 2012.

Andrew KreigIn Presidential Puppetry, Andrew Kreig dissects the decaying anatomy of what the vast majority of Americans still believe to be a living democracy.  National politics has never been a very wholesome game but the odor of wholesale deception and cynical choreography has been ripening of late into an overpowering stench that our media seems hell bent on spraying with Febreze. Kreig connects the myriad of dots, from corrupt and cynical jurisprudence to the ruthlessly edited candidates' playbook to outright computerized election theft. What emerges is a pointillist "big picture" of terrifying impact. Imagine a Seurat rendition of "The Scream" and you'll get the idea. All of this is well-researched and powerfully written. No book bearing some 889 endnotes can be said to be a romp.  But Kreig carries us on a wave crest across an ocean of alarming, and often outraging, reality.  Presidential Puppetry shows us our time shorn of its crowd-pleasing decorations. -- Jonathan D. Simon

Greg Palast Billionairres BookPalast, Greg, with Comics by Ted Rall and Introduction by Robert Kennedy, Jr. Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps. Seven Stories, 2012.

A close presidential election in November could well come down to contested states or even districts--an election decided by vote theft? It could happen this year. Based on Greg Palast and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.'s investigative reporting for Rolling Stone and BBC television, Billionaires & Ballot Bandits might be the most important book published this year -- one that could save the election. What emerges in Billionaires & Ballot Bandits is the never-before-told-story of the epic battle being fought behind the scenes between the old money banking sector that still supports Obama, and the new hedge fund billionaires like Paul Singer who not only support Romney but also are among his key economic advisors. Although it has not been reported, Obama has shown some backbone in standing up to the financial excesses of the men behind Romney. Billionaires & Ballot Bandits exposes the previously unreported details on how operatives plan to use the hundreds of millions in Super-PAC money pouring into this election. We know the money is pouring in, but Palast shows us the convoluted ways the money will be used to suppress your vote. The story of the billionaires and why they want to buy an election will pick up on Palast's giant New York Times bestseller, The Best Democracy Money Can Buy.

Jonathan SimonSimon, Jonathan D. Code Red: Computerized Election Theft and The New American Century. Code Red Books, 2012.

Jonathan Simon’s “Code Red” is unique, timely, easy-to-understand, and vastly important. The book uses an innovative Q&A format to enable readers to comprehend why electronic elections fraud represents an unprecedented challenge to democracy. The author has been a pioneering  expert in this research, which has been widely ignored by traditional watchdog institutions and the political media. His book provides a convenient news-peg for them to start doing their jobs instead of continuing the go-along, get-along game. -- Andrew Kreig

Steele, Marta. Grassroots, Geeks, Pros, and Pols: The Election Integrity Movement's Rise and Nonstop Battle to Win Back the People's Vote, 2000-2008, CIJC Books/Free Press, 2012.

Marta Steele set out with the nearly impossible task of writing the definitive historical narrative of the folly of electronic voting in the United States between 1988 and 2008. She accumulated mountains of incidences that show the so-called "red shift" in favor of the Republican Party is not an anomaly or computer "glitch," but evidence that there is systematic tampering of computerized voting machines by private companies connected to the Republican Party. From Greg Palast: "While Grassroots, Geeks, Pros, and Pols has the heft and footnotes of an academic treatise, it's a fun read.  Suggestion: take a double of Felipe II with you into this zoo of miscreants, and savor the dark humor of one method of vote heist after another.  Here is the line-up of ballot burglars who think democracy is a safe to be cracked. Bless Marta Steele for setting off the burglar alarm."

Unger, Craig. Boss Rove: Inside Karl Rove’s Secret Kingdom of Power. Scribner, 2012.

Craig Unger

The epic 2012 presidential contest between President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney represents the stunning comeback of GOP boss Karl Rove, the brilliant political operator whose scorched-earth partisanship infamously earned him the moniker “Bush’s Brain” and provoked some observers to label him as dangerous to American democracy. How, after leaving the Bush administration in disgrace, did Rove rise again, and what does it mean that he is back in power? As background, Harper's contributing editor Scott Horton published this Q&A: Boss Rove: Six Questions for Craig Unger, Unger is the author of the New York Times bestselling House of Bush, House of Saud. He appears frequently as an analyst on CNN, the ABC Radio Network, and other broadcast outlets. The former deputy editor of The New York Observer and editor-in-chief of Boston Magazine, he has written about George H. W. Bush and George W. Bush for The New Yorker, Esquire, and Vanity Fair. He lives in New York City.

 

Web News Sites Heavily Focused on Voting Allegations

Progressive/Democratic

Brad Blog by Brad Friedman. Sample recent columns:

Brad Blog, 'Think Progress' Smears Brad Blog Coverage of Voting Machine Concerns as 'Conspiracy Theory,' Brad Friedman, Oct.  23, 2012. Dem-advocacy blog refuses to correct inaccurate attack on us, Truthout, Forbes magazine, and even former Dem Sec. of State: "I think you’d be right to call out Romney and his son for having a financial interest in this company. It doesn’t look good."
-- Former Democratic OH Sec. of State Jennifer Brunner to MSNBC, 10/22/12

BradBlog, Congress Members Seek Federal Probe in GOP Voter Registration Fraud Scandal as VA Attorney General Says Office Not Investigating After Arrest, Brad Friedman, Oct. 24, 2012. Photos show VA AG Ken Cuccinelli visiting with RNC employee days before arrest for destroying voter registration forms.

News from Underground by Mark Crispin Miller. Sample recent columns:

-- Sandy threatens 3-voting in 6+ states
-- Files on 23 GOP candidates found in Colorado meth house
-- Now Esquire gets it, too: Chuck Todd nailed for laughing off e-voting concerns as "conspiracy theory"

Richard CharninRichard Charnin by Richard Charnin, right. Sample recent columns:

-- Final Presidential True Vote/Election Fraud Forecast Model, November 6, 2012.

-- Updated Daily: Presidential True Vote/Election Fraud Forecast Model, October 26, 2012 

-- 2012 Presidential True Vote and Election Fraud Simulation Model: National Forecast Summary, October 26, 2012

-- Election Fraud: An Introduction to Exit Poll Probability Analysis, June 23, 2012

 

Conservative/Republican

True the Vote, Sample coverage:

True the Vote, How Widespread is Voter Fraud? 2012 Facts & Figures.
To date, 46 states have prosecuted or convicted cases of voter fraud.
More than 24 million voter registrations are invalid, yet remain on the rolls nation-wide.
There are over 1.8 million dead voters still eligible on the rolls across the country.
More than 2.75 million Americans are registered to vote in more than one state.
True The Vote recently found 99 cases of potential felony interstate voter fraud.

True the Vote, Arrogance meets paranoia: Credit for no "vote suppressors," Staff report, Oct. 30, 2012. The Nation takes credit for there being no "vote suppressors" at the polls. Next think you know, they'll take credit for no witches or goblins at the polls to scare people. One cannot take credit for scaring away that which never existed.
 

Related News Coverage

Update:

Associated Press / Houston Chronicle, Judge rejects lawsuit's Ohio voting software claim, Andrew Welch-Huggins, Nov. 6, 2012. A Green Party congressional candidate and elections activist provided "zero" evidence to support his claims that new voting machine software could cause ballots to be altered, a judge ruled Tuesday. Bob Fitrakis presented only theories and opinions that the software might cause voting night irregularities, U.S. District Court Judge Gregory Frost said in a 10-page decision issued a few hours after a hearing. Fitrakis and his attorney had wanted the judge to order Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted to stop using the software and break the state's contract with Omaha, Neb.-based Elections Systems & Software.

OpEdNews, Calling Out the Left-Wing Election Rigging Denialists, Victoria Collier, Nov. 3, 2012, This article responds to the damaging attempts by left-wing journalists to deny the possibility of right-wing electronic vote tampering -- or any e-vote tampering -- particularly in the 2012 election. In the past week, Chuck Todd at MSNBC News has Tweeted that concerns about electronic voting machines are "conspiracy theory that belong in the same category as the Trump birther garbage." ThinkProgress, the left-wing advocacy and news site, posted an article with the same blanket "conspiracy theory" dismissal. And finally, Steven Rosenfeld wrote a similar opinion piece - posted by Alternet (as "news" no less) and then picked up by Salon and Snopes - to further "debunk" concerns about stolen elections. What are these journalists railing against? A flood of recent stories warning of the potential for massive computerized election fraud in the 2012 elections. In particular, the breaking news of the Romney family's financial ties to voting machine company Hart Intercivic, exposed by the FreePress.org, is so alarming that it's been picked up by many online news sources, and even Forbes Magazine.

OpEd News, Will America's 2012 Election Be Stolen? Harvey Wasserman, Nov. 3, 2012.  Media Advisory: Green Party Presidential Candidate Jill Stein will speak at a noon press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC with voting integrity sleuths to warn against  danger to the public in the ownership and management of America's eletronic vote count Nov. 6.

AlterNet, Is The Voter Vigilante Group True The Vote Violating Ohio Law to Intimidate Voters at the Polls? Steven Rosenfeld, October 29, 2012. TrueTheVote’s poll worker training effort may violate Ohio law for interfering in an election. A right-wing voter vigilante group, TrueTheVote, may be pushing their anti-democratic agenda into illegal territory in Ohio by interfering with that state’s official poll worker training regimen one week before the 2012 presidential election. In recent weeks, the Texas-based group, with many local affiliates drawn from Tea Party ranks, has been urging poll workers in key Ohio counties—primarily Republicans—to supplement their official state training with TrueTheVote materials. These Election Day workers are not the observers chosen by political parties who can watch but not interfere with voting; they are the people who are drawn from both parties and employed by the state to run the voting process. “A few weeks back it was reported that TrueTheVote had talked about doing trainings,” said Brian Rothenberg, ProgressOhio Executive Director. “It appears that some offshoot of the Tea Party is now training elections workers in Hamilton County and we’re starting to hear that it’s happening in other counties, and that requests are being made for lists of poll workers throughout Ohio—to provide extra training.”

FireDogLake, Why We Must Abolish the Electoral College, David Dayen, October 29, 2012. Hayes had the most thoughtful discussion of the National Popular Vote I’ve ever seen on cable television yesterday. Every so often, it’s worth pointing out that it’s entirely unnatural to run a national political campaign through a handful of boroughs and counties in at most 9 out of the 50 states, which leads to highlighting a mish-mash of local issues as if they were the most vital and critical national issues.

OpEd News, Harvey Wasserman on Romney's Voting Machines Counting YOUR Vote and More, Joan Brunwasser, Oct. 29, 2012. My guest today is Harvey Wasserman, co-author of "Will the GOP Steal America's 2012 Election?" Welcome back to OpEdNews, Harvey. We spoke about your new book at the beginning of September. But election-related stories seem to be breaking all the time. Can you bring us up to speed? Are we worse off than we were in 2000, 2004 or 2008?

LA Progressive, Retired NSA Analyst Proves GOP Is Stealing Elections, Part I, Denis Campbell, October 28, 2012. Why 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. 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?

Keith Thomson, Could Romney-Linked Electronic Voting Machines Jeopardize Ohio's Vote Accuracy? Huffington Post, October 26, 2012. In the United States, 35 percent of this year's general election votes will be cast on electronic voting machines that are said to have been "designed with insufficient attention to computer security."

Ben Swann, Reality Check: Can Ohio Voting Machines Be Hacked? Fox 19 News WXIX-TV (Cincinnati), October 25, 2012.

Nate C. Hindman and Christina Wilkie, Wynn Employee Voter Guide Pressures Workers To Vote Right, Huffington Post, October 25, 2012. Wynn Resorts, the third-largest casino operator in the U.S., recently mailed a "2012 General Election Voter Guide" to its 12,000 employees in Nevada. The bound booklet, obtained by The Huffington Post, identifies candidates whom the Las Vegas-based company supports, leading to what one worker described as a feeling of being pressured to vote for candidates favored by the boss. This pressure is compounded by the behavior of company CEO Steve Wynn, who has used corporate time and media to attack President Barack Obama's policies.

David Dayen, The Lasting Impact of 2010 Election: Redistricting Cementing Republican House Majority, October 25, 2012  Whether you think that Democrats lost the House and a majority of state legislatures in 2010 because of a lack of improvement in the economy, the natural cycle of out-party gains in a midterm election, the clever use of Republican obstructionism to dampen economic performance, those damn liberals who didn’t clap loudly enough, or whatever, you cannot deny the lasting impact of that massive thumping. The Brennan Center has a report out today about post-2010 redistricting, and how it has tilted the map in favor of Republican control that may last regardless of the mood of the nation.

Carol D. Leonnig, Judge releases Romney testimony from Staples founder’s divorce trial, Washington Post, October 25, 2012. A Massachusetts judge agreed Thursday to release Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s testimony in a testy 1988 divorce case that pitted one of his key business associates against a Boston socialite. At issue is what Romney said in the case about the estimated value of Staples, then a fledgling private company in which his firm was a major investor. The office-supplies firm went public shortly after and became a sensational success story.

Dan Froomkin, GOP Voter Fraud Accusations Suddenly Blowing Up In Their Faces, Huffington Post, October 25, 2012. Republican officials, who have used hysteria about alleged voter fraud as an excuse to support measures that disproportionately block Democratic voters, are furiously trying to distance themselves from a growing number of GOP voter registration drives that either submitted false applications or threw away authentic ones. The incidents might have been overlooked if not for the GOP's clamorous campaign to restrict registration drives, purge voter rolls, roll back early voting, and pass voter ID laws that opponents point out have the effect of depressing the vote among minorities, the poor and other generally Democratic constituencies. As one Southern California alt-weekly put it, it's turning into a story of "The Wolf Who Cried Wolf." The latest drama began to unfold on Oct. 17, when the manager of a Tuesday Morning discount store in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley saw a man throwing a garbage bag into the store 's private dumpster. Inside the bag was a file folder containing eight completed Virginia voter registration forms. The manager described the man to Rockingham County sheriff's deputies, who the following day arrested Colin Small, 23, a voter registration drive contractor for the Virginia GOP -- and charged him with eight felonies and five misdemeanors related to the destruction and disclosure of the applications and obstruction of justice. A few weeks earlier, the GOP had been under fire following reports of suspicious registration applications that had been submitted in 10 Florida counties by a company run by Nathan Sproul, a Republican operative who has long been trailed by allegations of voter fraud. The Republican Party paid Sproul's company, Strategic Allied Consulting, about $3 million this year for registration drives in five swing states: Colorado, Florida, North Carolina, Nevada, and Virginia.

Gerry Bello and Bob Fitrakis, Romney family and friends will help tabulate the vote count in Cincinnati: Hart Intercivic holds maintenance contracts on their own machines, FreePress.org, October 25, 2012. Since the Columbus Free Press broke the story of Tagg, Mitt, HIG Capital and your e-vote, there has been a bi-partisan effort on the internet to restore faith in the system. There are Democrats who wish the Free Press would remain silent, fearing that exposure of these facts will demoralize their base and lead to low voter turnout. Pundits like Chuck Todd have used the phrase "conspiracy theory" and even gone so far as to say "The voting machine conspiracies belong in same category as the Trump birther garbage." An industry shill, Michelle Shafer, who currently works as media director for Scytl, a Spanish-based vote-counting company, and has worked for all but one of the major voting machine manufacturers, has replied via comment to our articles with additional falsehoods and misrepresentations.

Dan Froomkin, GOP Voter Fraud Accusations Suddenly Blowing Up In Their Faces, Huffington Post, October 25, 2012. Republican officials, who have used hysteria about alleged voter fraud as an excuse to support measures that disproportionately block Democratic voters, are furiously trying to distance themselves from a growing number of GOP voter registration drives that either submitted false applications or threw away authentic ones. The incidents might have been overlooked if not for the GOP's clamorous campaign to restrict registration drives, purge voter rolls, roll back early voting, and pass voter ID laws that opponents point out have the effect of depressing the vote among minorities, the poor and other generally Democratic constituencies.

Staff report, James O'Keefe Video Prompts Jim Moran's Son To Resign From Campaign, AP/Huffington Post, October 24, 2012. The son of Democratic congressman Jim Moran of Virginia has resigned from his father's campaign after an undercover video shows him discussing a plan to cast fraudulent ballots. Patrick Moran had been a field director for his father's campaign. He said Wednesday he didn't take the man seriously and humored him, adding that he should have walked away.

Charles P. Pierce, The Problem with the New American Exceptionalism, Esquire, October 23, 2012. Chuck Todd sent out an ill-conceived tweet on the subject of whether or not we can trust the machines that increasingly have come to control our elections or, more to the point, whether or not we can trust the people who create, operate, or service them. My man wrote: "The voting machine conspiracies belong in same category as the Trump birther garbage." He has spent so much time on the road, crunching numbers and talking to campaign operatives, that he has become wholly invested in the Exceptionalist notion that the country knows better than any other how to run a national election. This is, of course, nonsense, and I fear that events on November 6 will bear me out on this. And, given that there is overwhelming evidence of a national campaign to suppress the potential vote through the law, why should be not believe in a parallel effort to influence votes after they are cast? Why should we believe that the national campaign to rig an election is purely legal, and not technological? The only reason is that /we don't want to believe it/.

Harper's, An Excerpt From “How to Rig an Electionic," Victoria Collier, October 22, 2012. In 2002, George W. Bush signed the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), offering states $3.9 billion in subsidies to modernize their election administration and equipment, purportedly in response to Florida’s hanging-chad fiasco of 2000. HAVA mandated that every polling place provide at least one voting system that allowed disabled people to vote with the same “privacy and independence” accorded to non-disabled voters. Thanks to confusing language in HAVA itself, and even a misleading report issued by the Congressional Research Service, one might easily assume that the mandate called for the purchase of DRE machines. In this way, the blind and visually impaired were unwittingly used as pawns to advance the agenda of the voting-machine industry. One election supervisor claims that Diebold went so far as to send him threatening letters after he sought out less expensive alternatives to service the disabled, even when these machines were compatible with Diebold’s systems. This was not the only deception surrounding the rollout of these electoral Trojan horses. In a 2007 Dan Rather exposé, The Trouble with Touch Screens, seven whistle-blowers at Sequoia charged that company executives had forced them to use inferior paper stock for ballots during the 2000 election. What’s more, said the whistle-blowers, they had been instructed to misalign the chads on punch cards destined for the Democratic stronghold of Palm Beach County. “My own personal opinion was the touchscreen-voting system wasn’t getting off the ground like they would hope,” said Greg Smith, a thirty-two-year Sequoia employee. “So, I feel like they deliberately did all this to have problems with the paper ballots.” Such blockbuster allegations are perhaps unsurprising given the group of Beltway insiders who helped to pass HAVA. One central player was former Republican representative Bob Ney of Ohio, sentenced in 2006 to thirty months in prison for crimes connected with disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff—whose firm was paid at least $275,000 by Diebold.

Michael Collins, Rigged Elections for Romney? OpEd News, October 22, 2012. "A group of independent researchers caught a pattern of apparent vote flipping during the 2012 Republican primaries that consistently favored Mitt Romney. A form of election fraud, vote flipping occurs when votes are changed from one candidate to another or several others during electronic voting and vote tabulation. Vote flipping is difficult to detect because the vote totals remain the same for each precinct. In one of several possible scenarios, an instruction is given to a precinct level voting machine or to a county-level central tabulator. The corrupted totals from precincts are sent from county election officials to state elections board and published as final results. The group's analysis is based on raw data from primary sources, local precincts, and state and county election records. The pattern of vote flipping raises serious doubts about the Romney victories in the 2012 Republican primaries in Wisconsin and the Ohio. Apparent vote flipping was demonstrated in the group's paper for at least nine other 2012 Republican primaries as well. The findings showed a consistent pattern of increasing votes and vote percentages for Romney in the precinct vote tally. The pattern emerges when precinct vote tallies are presented by candidate based on the size of a county precinct. Vote flipping gave Romney a 57,000-vote victory over Santorum in Wisconsin. Absent vote flipping, Santorum would have won over Romney by about 54,000 according the group's analysis.

Gerry Bello and Bob Fitrakis, Election software company Scytl on the run from the Free Press, from one fake address to the next, FreePress.org, October 22, 2012, . On September 28th, the day after the Free Press published the address and photo of Scytl headquarters, their vice president for media relations and governmental affairs, Michelle Shafer (See Why are legal scholars dismissing election fraud?: Manufactured skepticism and exit polls) of Austin Texas, filed an official change of address form with the United States Election Assistance Commission. In just 24 hours, in the middle of a presidential election, Scytl USA miraculously relocated to Baltimore, Maryland.

Gerry Bello and Bob Fitrakis, Why are legal scholars dismissing election fraud?: Manufactured skepticism and exit polls, FreePress.org, October 21, 2012. Time and again, the scholarship of citizens, programmers, engineers and others has proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that direct recording electronic voting machines fail, fail often, and fail in ways that primarily benefit the Republican Party. But to the self-interested, including the self-appointed legal scholar “experts,” the well placed, and those who benefit from those failures a different dynamic than fact is at work. A faith-based reality is being enforced for narrow interests by a few people who are very close to Karl Rove, the inventor of faith based reality and a leading proponent of push-and-pray voting.

Gerry Bello and Bob Fitrakis, Employees of Romney Family's Secret Bank Tied to Fraud, Money Laundering and Drug Cartels, Free Press, October 21, 2012. As previously reported in by the Columbus Free Press, the Romney family, namely Mitt, Ann, G Scott and Tagg Romney, along with Mitt's "6th son" and campaign finance chair have a secretive private equity firm called Solamere Capital Partners. This firms ties to Romney's campaign and bundlers is already well documented, along with its connection to the manufacture and distribution of voting machines. What is not as well documented is a subsidiary of that private equity firm hiring employees of a failed firm tied to a Ponzi scheme that has a long history of money laundering for Latin American drug cartels and to the Iran-Contra scandal. As reported by ThinkProgress, Solamere Capital Partner's subsidiary Solamere Advisors is a investment advisory group, providing advice to Solamere clients and boosting sales. Would-be corporate pugilist Tagg Romney is a director. According to the New York Times, all but one of its 11 employees came from the Charlotte office of the Stanford Financial Group, the US investment arm of convicted felon R. Allen Stanford's offshore banking and fraud network that comprised a host of companies including the Stanford International Bank, Stanford Capital Management, The Bank of Antigua, Stanford Trust and Stanford Gold and Bullion. Three of these employees, Tim Bambauer, Deems May, and Brandon Phillips, received incentive compensation related to their direct sales of securities linked to a fraud that brought down this banking network.

Free Press, Does the Romney family now own your e-vote? Gerry Bello, Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman," October 18, 2012. Will you cast your vote this fall on a faulty electronic machine that's partly owned by the Romney Family? Will that machine decide whether Romney will then inherit the White House? Through a closely held equity fund called Solamere, Mitt Romney and his wife, son and brother are major investors in an investment firm called H.I.G. Capital. H.I.G. in turn holds a majority share and three out of five board members in Hart InterCivic, a company that owns the notoriously faulty electronic voting machines that will count the ballots in swing state Ohio November 6. Hart machines will also be used elsewhere in the United States. In other words, a candidate for the presidency of the United States, and his brother, wife and son, have a straight-line financial interest in the voting machines that could decide this fall's election. These machines cannot be monitored by the public. But they will help decide who "owns" the White House.