Details on how Bushites stuffed ballot boxes in Florida -- literally
Jose G. Perez
jgperez at netzero.net
Thu May 10 20:47:43 MDT 2001
The Orlando Sentinel newspaper, which I have referred to before, is
continuing to document irregularities in the Florida elections.
The scope and extent of the irregularities are such that it is impossible to
draw the conclusion that George W. Bush, who was, in effect, eventually
designated President by a 5-4 Supreme Court majority, was merely the
beneficiary of a series of coincidental decisions and mistakes by
mostly-Republican county election officials.
The most recent revelations concern the "duplication" of at least 10,000
absentee ballots in a whole series of counties. These ballots proved
unreadable by optical scanning machines, so, in what the Sentinel calls "one
of the best-kept secrets" of the Florida presidential elections, officials
created new ballots, supposedly marked just like the absentee voters
intended to mark them, to take the place of the ballots that had been
This, by the way, is perfectly LEGAL in Florida, which makes one wonder why
they bother the population with voting at all, instead os having the
election boards handle the whole noissome business.
That this remained secret until now is astounding. Precisely the issue at
the heart of George W. Bush's legal challenge to counting all the votes in
Florida was that county election workers and canvassing boards could not be
trusted to interpret the intent of the voters, given the lack of clear
standards, and therefore only machine-readable votes should count.
But, as it turns out, already massive amounts of interpreting had taken
place, to the advantage --thank God for coincidence!-- of George Bush II.
How do we know it was to Bush's advantage? Because absentee voters favored
Bush over Gore two to one. Or rather, I should say, ballots attributed to
absentee voters favored Bush two-to-one. What the voters themselves thought
we'll never know.
It is especially astounding because, supposedly, every three-member county
election board has two include at least one member from each of the two
major parties. But the reality is that rich, white southern Democrats are
virtually indistinguishable from Republicans.
A case in point is Theresa LaPore, if I remember her name right, the Palm
Beach county election supervisor who designed the infamous "butterfly
ballot." Ms. LaPore has now "come out." No, she's not gay, it turns out she
was a lifelong Republican who became a Democrat of convenience so she could
succeed her boss as election supervisor. Now that the election is over, and
her chances of re-election are zero, she's officially re-registered herself
as an "independent."
The fact is that, even though the Bush claim that humans interpreting
ballots was unfair, was at the top of the news for weeks as the battle over
the elections unfolded, NONE of the supposed "Democrat" election canvassing
board members in the counties where these shenanigans took place bothered to
inform "their" party or "their" candidate that hundreds or thousands of
ballots had been removed and replaced with freshly-marked ones on election
My belief is that what this shows is that the stealing of the Florida
elections was a much more well-organized and systematic effort than I had
previously thought. And where such duplication procedures could be casually
carried out by election workers, in absolute secrecy, does anyone doubt that
there was plenty of motive, method and opportunity available to not just
"duplicate" poorly marked ballots, but "correct" them also?
If nothing else, consideer the timing: this was done election night, after
the initial pass of ballots through scanning machines, as the Bush camp was
hotly contesting the projection of Gore as the winner in Florida, saying
that the projection did not correctly take into account -- the absentee
ballots. And it was done as the Gore call was retracted, and as the final
preliminary tallies indicated the two candidates were neck and neck. And it
was done by people who, despite weeks of massive saturation-bombing media
coverage of the Florida ballotting, decided to keep silent about the fact
that countless ballots freshly marked by election workers were fed into the
counting machines as the whole world waited to know the outcome of the
Consider this also:
In the weeks following that Tuesday, the major news media invested
uncountable, unconscionable amounts of time and human resources to
"covering" the ballot dispute in Florida. Not a single one got close enough
to the events where they really happened -- in the counting rooms at local
precincts and county election boards-- to get even a whiff of this story.
And one more detail on this. I got wind of this Orlando Sentinel story
thanks to a series of items one the top news gathering executives at one of
the top news organizations makes available, a sort of list-serv for "inside
dope" about the news biz, although the form of it is different. Despite
that, neither this executive's news organization, nor any of the other large
news organizations similar to this one that undoubtedly got wind of this
story, have given it any coverage.
So much for the "free press" as the watchdog of a "free society."
Here's a taste of the Orlando Sentinel's report:
Mangled ballots resurrected
David Damron and Roger Roy
SENTINEL STAFF WRITER
Posted May 7, 2001
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A shredded ballot. (ROBERTO GONZALEZ/ORLANDO SENTINEL)
May 7, 2001
A puzzling endeavor. (ROBERTO GONZALEZ/ORLANDO SENTINEL)
May 7, 2001
About this report
This is one in an ongoing series examining problems in Florida's historic
2000 presidential election as well as efforts to reform the voting system.
The Sentinel is also participating in a consortium of news-media
organizations that is systematically reviewing the 180,000 ballots cast but
not counted in that election. That project is still under way.
FLORIDA'S FLAWED ELECTION
PENSACOLA --One of the best-kept secrets in Florida's disputed 2000
presidential election is that thousands of ballots that ultimately counted
were never even filled out by voters.
With no outside scrutiny, county officials on Election Day made new
copies of at least 10,000 mismarked or torn absentee ballots that the
counting machines initially couldn't read. More than 2,400 absentee ballots
were duplicated in Escambia County alone -- about 11 percent of all absentee
votes cast in that county.
Among the 10,000 ballots duplicated statewide were untold numbers of
ballots that machines couldn't read but that election officials said showed
"clear intent" in the presidential race or other contests. By duplicating
those ballots to make them machine-readable, officials saved many from being
thrown out in a presidential race decided by just 537 votes.
This is the URL to that story:
But I would also urge those interested in the Sentinel's detailed coverage
of just HOW the Florida presiudential elections were stolen to go to this
URL, and read through all the stories there:
You WILL have to make an effort to UNDERSTAND just what happened. This is
all straight, "just-the-facts" journalism. But it is well worth the effort.
PPS: I leave out the obvious POLITICAL conclusions about the absolute
futility of trying to carry out social change through support to the
candidates of a two-party system capable of carrying out such fraud.
PPPS: Don't forget the big picture: despite all the Supreme Court
prohibitions against counting votes, the "duplication" of votes, etc.,
remember, "President" George W. Bush is the one who LOST by half a million
votes in November.
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