"HOW THEY STOLE THE 2006 MID-TERM ELECTION" [today's reading recommendation #1]

Today's reading recommendation #1. Extracts:

by Greg Palast, for The Guardian (UK), Monday November 6, 2006

Here’s how the 2006 mid-term election was stolen.

Note the past tense. And I’m not kidding.

And shoot me for saying this, but it won’t be stolen by jerking with the touch-screen machines (though they’ll do their nasty part). While progressives panic over the viral spread of suspect computer black boxes, the Karl Rove-bots have been tunneling into the vote vaults through entirely different means.

For six years now, our investigations team, at first on assignment for BBC TV and the Guardian, has been digging into the nitty-gritty of the gaming of US elections. We’ve found that November 7, 2006 is a day that will live in infamy. Four and a half million votes have been shoplifted. Here’s how they’ll do it, in three easy steps:

Theft #1: Registrations gone with the wind

On January 1, 2006, while America slept off New Year’s Eve hangovers, a new federal law crept out of the swamps that has devoured 1.9 million votes, overwhelmingly those of African-Americans and Hispanics. The vote-snatching statute is a cankerous codicil slipped into the 2002 Help America Vote Act — strategically timed to go into effect in this mid-term year. It requires every state to reject new would-be voters whose identity can’t be verified against a state verification database.

Sounds arcane and not too threatening. But look at the numbers and you won’t feel so fine. About 24.3 million Americans attempt to register or re-register each year. The New York University Law School’s Brennan Center told me that, under the new law, Republican Secretaries of State began the year by blocking about one in three new voters.

How? To begin with, Mr. Bush’s Social Security Administration has failed to verify 47% of registrants. After appeals and new attempts to register, US Elections Assistance Agency statistics indicate 1.9 million would-be voters will still find themselves barred from the ballot on Tuesday.


Great article, but with all due respect...

what the hell does this have to do with 9/11? Should any of us be shocked that they have and yes will continue to steal our votes? Hell, next to snuffing out 3,000 Americans on Sept. 11, 2001, vote stealing is childs play.

Don't mean to sound overly sarcastic, on the contrary I am truly outraged. The only vote that should be taking place tomorrow is whether or not the neocons behind the crime of the century should be hung or shot for treason! Now that's something worth voting for!

Amen brothah man! I

Amen brothah man! I personally think the best form of justice would be hanging those sons of bitches at ground zero! Death to these treasonous villans!

it has everything to do with 9/11.

9/11 and vote fraud are connected. one would not have happened without the other.

Voter Fraud and 9/11 are connected.

We are tracking the crimes of this administration.

This administration came to power in a coup - a clearly stolen election. They then set out on an agenda to shut down democracy and impose dictatorial powers for themselves.

People vsiting this site need to understand the depth of this crisis america is faced with. we are LITERALLY faced with the destruction of our democratic process - the constitution - posse commitatus laws - due process and legal protections - and, yes, the right to have our votes counted.

once you understand all of these concepts 9/11 comes into tragic focus.

Next time your'e on Fox...