By Greg Palast. Updated from the original article published onTheMudflats.net
Note from TheMudflats.net: In 2011 Karl Rove wrote a column calledÂ â€œWhy Obama Is Likely to Lose in 2012â€ – Rove was betting on North Carolina to be a swing state for the Republicans… Romney took the state but to Rove’s surprise he failed at stealing Ohio for the third time. Just Google “Karl Rove Meltdown,”Â and you’ll see a video fromÂ Fox News election night, he did not take it well.
After the knock-down of the Voting Rights Act by the US Supreme Court earlier this year North Carolina jumped at the chance to …more
If you’re not sick and outraged and ready to vomit, then don’t talk to me.
When I see a cruel bucket of garbage and winky-winky racism and bullshit and venom like Paul Ryan talk to America like he’s some kind of Boy Scout, I want a gun, or a TV network where I can tell the truth or a giant washing machine to dunk America and rinse off the crud of lies and pure manipulative evil that they’re feeding us.
But I don’t like guns, I don’t have a TV network, I just have this:Â A book.
From Greg Palast’s new book: Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps
1. Donâ€™t Donâ€™t DONâ€™T Mail In Your Ballot
For those of you who mailed in your ballot,Â please tell me, what happened to it? YouÂ donâ€™t know, do you? I can tell you that inÂ the last election, half a million absenteeÂ ballots were never counted, on the flimsiestÂ of technical excuses. And when they donâ€™tÂ count, you donâ€™t even know it. Worse: TensÂ of thousands of ballots are not mailed out toÂ voters in time to return them – in which caseÂ youâ€™re out of luck. Most states wonâ€™t let youÂ vote in-precinct once youâ€™ve applied to voteÂ absentee. Every time I hear of a voter goingÂ â€œabsenteeâ€ to avoid computer screens, I want to â€œgo postal.â€
2. Vote Early â€“ Before the Ballot Bandits Wake Up
Every state now lets voters cast ballots in designated polling stations and at county offices in the weeks before Election Day. Do it. Donâ€™t wait until Election Day to find out you have the wrong ID, your registrationâ€™s â€œinactive,â€ (9.9 million of you)Â or youâ€™re on some creepâ€™s challenge list. By Election Day, if your name is gone or tagged, thereâ€™s little you can do but hold up the line. Demand a paper ballot.
3. Register and Register, then Register Again
Think youâ€™re registered to vote? Think again, Jack. With all this purgâ€™n going on (13 million and counting), you could be xâ€™d out and you donâ€™t know it. So check online with your Secretary of Stateâ€™s office or call your …more
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Greg Palast is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Billionaires & Ballot Bandits: How to Steal an Election in 9 Easy Steps,Â The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, Armed Madhouse andÂ the highly acclaimedÂ Vultures’ Picnic,Â just named Book of the Year on BBC Newsnight Review.
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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?
In November the U.S. media, lost in patriotic reverie, dressed up the Florida recount as a victory for President Bush. But however one reads the ballots, Bush's win would certainly have been jeopardized had not some Floridians been barred from casting ballots at all. Between May 1999 and Election Day 2000, two Florida secretaries of state - Sandra Mortham and Katherine Harris, both prot?ï¿½g?ï¿½es of Governor Jeb Bush- ordered 57,700 "ex-felons," who are prohibited from voting by state law, to be removed from voter rolls. (In the thirty-five states where former felons can vote, roughly 90 percent vote Democratic.) A portion of the list, which was compiled for Florida by DBT Online, can be seen for the first time here; DBT, a company now owned by ChoicePoint of Atlanta, was paid $4.3 million for its work, replacing a firm that charged $5,700 per year for the same service. If the hope was that DBT would enable Florida to exclude more voters, then the state appears to have spent its money wisely. ...more