<!-- Begin meta tags generated by ORblogs --> </meta name="keywords" content="progressive, liberal, politics, government, edit, language, grammar, accuracy, honesty, clarity, world, news, media" /> </> <!-- End meta tags generated by ORblogs -->> Editor at Large: How Bush "won"

Wednesday, November 03, 2004

How Bush "won"

Granted, a lot of people voted for Bush--perhaps almost as many as voted for Kerry--but we think Bush "won" in part because of bogus counts made by Diebold voting machines. Diebold is based in Ohio, one of the two states (the other one being Florida) that ultimately decided the outcome of the election. Over a year ago, Diebold chief executive Walden O’Dell told Republicans in a fund-raising letter that he was "committed to helping Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the president next year." And Ohio's Republican secretary of state, J. Kenneth Blackwell, did everything in his power--including alleged suppression of Democratic voter registrations--to make that happen.

Diebold voting machines were used in Florida, where Bush's brother Jeb and Republican secretary of state Glenda Hood did everything they could to suppress Kerry voters. Why else would Kerry lose by over 300,000 votes in a state where Gore "lost" by only a few hundred in 2000?

Here's more, from today's NewsScan Daily e-newsletter:

U.S. voters across the country reported some 1,100 problems with e-voting machines, bearing out scientists' concerns that touchscreen machines are prone to tampering and unreliable unless they're equipped to print out paper records for recounts. Some problems were blamed on factors as mundane as power outages and incompetent poll workers, but there were a number of voters in six states -- especially Democrats in Florida -- who said that although they voted for John Kerry, when the computer asked them to verify their choice, it indicated that they had voted for President Bush. One voter in Clearwater reported that it took her about 10 tries and a quick touchscreen clean-up with a wet-wipe towel before she could successfully select Kerry. A spokesperson for Sequoia Voting Systems said the machines' monitors may need to be recalibrated periodically to ensure the touchscreen is sensitive enough to record users' votes. (AP/CNN.com 3 Nov 2004)

If only we could recalibrate the minds of American voters...



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