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Was the 2004 Election Stolen?

Republicans prevented more than 350,000 voters in
Ohio from casting ballots or having their votes counted — enough to have put John
Kerry in the White House.


 

Like many Americans, I spent the evening of the 2004 election watching the
returns on television and wondering how the exit polls, which predicted an overwhelming
victory for John Kerry, had gotten it so wrong. By midnight, the official tallies
showed a decisive lead for George Bush — and the next day, lacking enough legal evidence
to contest the results, Kerry conceded. Republicans derided anyone who expressed doubts
about Bush’s victory as nut cases in ”tinfoil hats,” while the national media, with
few exceptions, did little to question the validity of the election. The Washington
Post immediately dismissed allegations of fraud as ”conspiracy theories,”(1) and
The New York Times declared that ”there is no evidence of vote theft or errors on
a large scale.”(2)

But despite the media blackout, indications continued to emerge that
something deeply troubling had taken place in 2004. Nearly half of the 6 million American
voters living abroad(3) never received their ballots — or received them too late
to vote(4) — after the Pentagon unaccountably shut down a state-of-the-art Web site
used to file overseas registrations.(5) A consulting firm called Sproul & Associates,
which was hired by the Republican National Committee to register voters in six battleground
states,(6) was discovered shredding Democratic registrations.(7) In New Mexico, which
was decided by 5,988 votes,(8) malfunctioning machines mysteriously failed to properly
register a presidential vote on more than 20,000 ballots.(9) Nationwide, according
to the federal commission charged with implementing election reforms, as many as 1
million ballots were spoiled by faulty voting equipment — roughly one for every 100
cast.(10)

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Full article by Robert F. Kennedy Jr. is over here http://www.commondreams.org/views06/0601-34.htm

Published on Thursday, June 1, 2006 by Rolling
Stone
magazine

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