How to Rig an Election : See Florida, Ohio and Iran

Good question! Demonstrator at June 17, 2009, Austin rally protesting the Iranian elections. Photo by James Retherford / The Rag Blog.

OOPS! We rigged the Iran/Florida-Ohio vote count AGAIN!!

The chief difference between Iran 2009 and Ohio 2004 — and Florida 2000 — is in the opposition. Iran’s Mir Hussein Mousavi has vowed martyrdom.

By Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman / The Rag Blog / June 23, 2009

Iran’s Ayatollahs have just admitted that in some 50 cities there were as many as 3 million more votes cast than there were voters in the recent presidential election.

But, they say, that’s not enough to change the outcome. So, like Florida in 2000 and Ohio 2004, there will be no total recount and no new election. Election theft should be opposed, whether it’s sanctioned by a supreme Ayatollah or the U.S. Supreme Court.

It’s as if the Iranian government is being advised by Ohio’s former Iman J. Kenneth Blackwell, who, as Ohio’s 2004 Secretary of State, purged hundreds of thousands of voters, and stole, switched and disappeared enough votes to put George W. Bush in the White House for a second term. The dubious Iranian tallies look very similar to the inflated Bush outcomes in 12 Republican southwest Ohio counties, most notably Warren, Clermont and Butler. They are reminiscent of the vote counts in two precincts in Perry County that reported turnouts of 121% and 118% of registered voters.

The chief difference between Iran 2009 and Ohio 2004 — and Florida 2000 — is in the opposition. Iran’s Mir Hussein Mousavi has vowed martyrdom.

John Kerry, trailing in Ohio by just 130,000 votes with more than 250,000 yet to be counted, walked away less than 12 hours after exit polls showed him a clear victor.

Gore fought a little, but instead of embracing martyrdom, opted for boredom, and for making sure there was no challenge in the U.S. Senate to the votes stolen.

Nationwide, Bush’s alleged 3 million-vote nationwide margin in 2004, and 600 votes in Florida 2000, were as fictional as those ballots the Ayatollahs now admit should not exist.

Moussavi believes he has a date with destiny. But Kerry apparently had one on the golf course. Gore’s failure to effectively respond in Florida 2000 remains an inconvenient truth.

Blackwell, Florida’s Jeb Bush and Iran’s Revolutionary Guard used registration tampering, disinformation, intimidation and fraud to disenfranchise millions of eligible voters before the balloting.

Blackwell and Bush then used a lethal mix of black box machines, faulty scantrons and hijacked ballots to finish the job. Blackwell worked with Diebold, ES&S, Triad, and other electronic magicians that let him disappear or switch all the votes he needed with a few keystrokes at around 2am election night. His high-tech IT henchman, Michael Connell, has since died in a mysterious plane crash.

The Times seems to finally understand the problem. In their July 22 editorial, “How to Trust Electronic Voting,” they argued the following: “In paperless electronic voting, voters mark their choices, and when the votes have all been cast, the machine spits out the results. There is no way to be sure that a glitch or intentional vote theft –- by malicious software or computer hacking –- did not change the outcome. If there’s a close election, there’s also no way of conducting a meaningful recount.”

Saddled with paper ballots that may or may not still exist, the Iranian authorities have simply trashed the whole election. “I don’t think they actually counted the votes,” one observer told the New York Times.

Because the American people did not take to the streets in the Iranian model, our democracy was subverted.

Thanks to Kerry and Gore, the public follow-up in Ohio and Florida was ineffective. As in Iran, the primary reporting has been largely limited to the Internet. The results — eight years of George W. Bush — speak for themselves.

But in the U.S., a nationwide election protection movement has arisen that protected the results in 2008, and that could make all the difference for the future of American democracy.

The Iranian people are speaking for themselves, and for the finest principles of democracy. For confirmation and inspiration, they need only look at America 2000-2008 to see the consequences of an unelected government.

[Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman have co-authored four books on election protection. Bob’s Fitrakis Files is at FreePress.org, where this article also appears. Harvey Wasserman’s History of the U.S. is at harveywasserman.com.]

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3 Responses to How to Rig an Election : See Florida, Ohio and Iran

  1. joe manning says:

    Ayatollah: “Replace those tell tale paper ballots with black box voting machines like they have in the US.”

  2. eag says:

    Gore went on to have other things on his agenda like convincing the world of global warming.Ever asked yourself what’s in it for him?
    Rigged elections have happened the world over since we had ‘democracy’.There’s always someone who hasn’t got enough power or influence, money or resources who’s greedy for more.

  3. Anonymous says:

    What a bunch of hogwash – but then you need to consider the source. There’s a big, bad, ol’ conspiracy to steal your election out there; and you better get real paranoid about it.

    Lot’s of ‘insider’ stuff here. I particularly liked “Blackwell worked with Diebold, ES&S, Triad, and other electronic magicians that let him disappear or switch all the votes he needed with a few keystrokes at around 2am election night.” as if our illustrious authors can back that up with any first hand proof – but believe, BELIEVE! You know you want to. To put the icing on their ‘conspiracy theory cake’ they add this little tidbit: “His high-tech IT henchman, Michael Connell, has since died in a mysterious plane crash.” Say wasn’t he on the same flight with Ron Brown? Hmmmmm I’ll bet all the proof got zapped by the evil Republican’s space weapon.

    Yes, yes it’s just another evil Republican conspiracy. Plane crashes, suspicious black boxes, henchmen; it’s all here and if you like this get the book! (an endless tirade of partisan biased nonsense – with a few cherry picked ‘facts’ thrown in for ‘cred’)

    I also like how our authors nurse their ‘election’ grudge (nothing like livin’ in the past): “like Florida in 2000 and Ohio 2004, there will be no total recount”. I really like this one, in the next sentence they chastize the ‘Supreme Court’. Say, wasn’t the case before the supremes something about a ‘total recount’ vs. a ‘selective recount’ (you know the one the Florida supremes liked?). Nothing like a little liberal rewrite of history; to sell a book and a conspiracy theory. Regardless, it sells well to the audience who only wants red meat to further reinforce their partisan beliefs.

    Then on to: “Kerry…walked away less than 12 hours after exit polls showed him a clear victor.” Yes, yes, let’s use those exit polls to determine the election so your candidate will win (I wonder how credible the ‘polls’ would have been if the tables were turned?). No nasty ‘black boxes’ here just pollsters with an agenda. Hey, why have an election, let’s just use polls. HE LOST DUDES (thank God) GET OVER IT.

    Last but not least; let’s try and pathetically attempt to link the Bush elections (I noticed there’s no reference to Obama or Clinton) to the Iranian election. Let’s see, a squabble over some thousands of votes that several news investigations have shown as questionable at best, compares to an election where THREE MILLION over-votes exist in one district. Nice try guys. F-

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