Hereâ€™s an easy way to spoil a vote: digitize it . . . then lose the digits.
Prestidigitation is the French-derived term for conjury, legerdemain, sleight-of-hand, presto-change-o hand-jive, disappearing trickery . . . or, in the language of Karl Rove, â€œHelping America Vote.â€
Following what the media called the â€œFlorida debacle,â€ the winners of the debacle agreed to â€œreformâ€ the voting system. So the Bush administration proposed and Congress passed the Help America Vote Act.
The best way to prevent voting reform is to pass a voting reform billâ€”especially if itâ€™s written by the folks that helped themselves to your vote in the first place.
The Help America Vote Act is not the most Orwellian named, satanic law ever passed by Congress, but it tries. To avoid ballots with hanging chads, the law simply does away with ballots, providing about $4 billion in subsidies for Direct Recording Equipment (DREs), …more
Itâ€™s lookinâ€™ bad for the old white guys. Eleven million Hispanic citizens remain unregistered, Americans all, and 15 million kids between the ages of 18 and 24 who canâ€™t be pried away from Facebook long enough to registerâ€”at least so the tally of vote registries say.
Now, add to that 16 million ex-cons who can vote but think they canâ€™t. (Itâ€™s only in three states in Old Dixie where those whoâ€™ve served felony sentences are barred from voting.) All these un-voters, if they suddenly registered, could rock the planet.
You think the Old World Order hasnâ€™t thought of that?
So, then, how do they stop Americans from taking over America? Easy: first, make registering voters a crime.
In a swing state like Florida with its huge new Hispanic population (no, not Cubans, Puerto Ricans), you make it illegal to register citizens at welfare offices, churches, or voter-registration drive meetings. (Suggestion: sneak voter registration forms into handgun barrels. Guns are allowed at all these locations.)
Second, make registering voters as risky as a derivative from JPMorgan. In Florida (I love using Florida for vote suppression examples, donâ€™t you?), Governor Jeb Bush made it a crime, with vicious fines, to turn in voter forms more than forty-eight hours after they were gathered, or with itty- bitty errors in them. He successfully put the League of Women Voters out of the registration business …more
Even as they drown in the anger of platoons of pissed-off voters, Republican operatives are swiping ballots with both hands.
Ground zero is Georgia.Â It’s here where the sick little vulture named Saxby Chambliss won the US Senate seat six years ago by calling his Democratic opponent, a guy who’d lost three limbs in Vietnam, a friend of Osama bin Laden.
There’s no way in hell that Chambliss can slime his way back into the Senate in the face of over half a million newly registered voters (Black and young – 69% for Obama) without jacking them out of their votes.Â That’s what the Republicans are up to.Â Right now.Â As we speak.
Over 50,000 the new voters in Georgia have been blocked from voting by using a nasty little new law, the Help America Vote Act signed by George Bush.Â (Bush is helping us vote – look out!)
I just got this from Christina Rush in the Peach Pit state:
“They really have stolen my vote and I don’t know what to do about it at this late stage. I just found out 2 days ago that I do not exist on the voters rolls in Georgia. I have disappeared. After calling 866-OUR VOTE and the Secretary of State (for GA), it has been determined that the last vote I was accounted for was the 1996 General Election. That’s awfully strange to me, considering that I voted in the recent Primaries and that last two General Elections (2000 and 2004).”
“Everyone is ‘very sorry’ this is happening, but no one can tell what I can do to make my vote count for THIS election. The only advice I’ve been given is to fill out a new voters registration form and I’ll be eligible for any future elections, just not THIS one.”
“So, what can I do except tell anyone and everyone who will listen?”
And no one is going to listen to you or the other 50,000 dumped voters in Georgia.
But here’s the good news:Â it won’t save them.Â The GOP is toast. Paint the White House black and blue and Congress the same hue.
But the steal in Senate races may allow the GOP to savage, obstruct, …more
Excerpted from the Greg Palast, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and Robert F. Kennedy’s comic book voter guide Steal Back Your Vote.
In 2002, George W. Bush signed the Help America Vote Act.
When a Bush tells you heâ€™s going to â€œhelpâ€ you vote – look out!
The result: in the 2004 presidential election, over three million votes – 3,006,080 – were cast and not counted. Like, what the !@#!?
Thatâ€™s from the official data from an agency created by George Bush called the â€œElections Assistance Commission.â€Â When a Bush tells you heâ€™s going to â€œassistâ€ our elections… (well, you get it).
Three MILLION ballots disappeared – Pfft!
And not just anyoneâ€™s ballots.Â U.S. government experts reported, for example, that a black voterâ€™s ballot is 900% more likely than a white voterâ€™s ballot to get â€œlostâ€ in the machine. Bush fired the experts.
Three million voters went missing in â€˜04 – but that ainâ€™t nuthinâ€™!
Law professor and voting law expert Robert F. Kennedy Jr. warns that itâ€™s about to get a whole lot worse.Â Nasty new spores of the â€œHelpâ€ America Vote Act went into effect since the last election that have turned the process into a vicious game of â€œChutes and Ladders,â€ with traps and tricks between you and your vote…
Example: the Republican Secretary of State of Colorado â€œhelpedâ€ her state vote by eliminating 19.4% of the voters from the voter rolls.Â Thatâ€™s one in five !@#$#@ voters!
Over three million missing ballots â€“ and now the voters themselves are disappearing by the millions.Â Where the hell did they go?
Andrew Meyer explains his motive behind event that led to national debate TODAYSHOW.com Wed., Oct. 31, 2007election
In the media frenzy that has surrounded the Tasering of University of Florida student Andrew Meyer during a September John Kerry forum, one voice has been missing from the conversation â€” Meyerâ€™s. …more
There was that tongue again. When the President lies he’s got this weird nervous tick: He sticks the tip of his tongue out between his lips. Like a little boy who knows he’s fibbing. Like a snake licking a rat.
In his State of the Union tonight the President did his tongue thing 124 times — my kids kept count. …more
Matthew Pascarella offered a clear reason for concern about the imminent privatization of state-wide centralized voter registration databases. Section 303 of the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) requires all states to complete this process within the next three months. These databases will be the gateway to voting and the fences that keep people from the polls. ...more