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STEALING OUR FREEDOM TO VOTE - A Documented Report
Sequel in the making in 2004?
By Jerri Ann Lewis

The United States of America is supposed to be the land of the free and the home of the brave. However, the last four years have made me seriously doubt the "land of the free" part. From the beginning, George W. Bush's presidency has been a complete farce. Michael Moore hit the nail on the head when he called the Bush presidency "fictitious".1 The 2000 Presidential Election should have been our wake-up call. Yet, four years later, George W. Bush is campaigning for reelection and some Americans are still supporting him. How can that be?

Let us review the facts:

  • "George Bush lost the popular election by 500,000 votes, but won the electoral vote by winning hotly contested Florida, the state that tipped the scales, and the state where his brother Jeb is governor." George Bush was declared the winner by 537 votes.2
  • A list of 8,000 names was compiled of former Texas residents that had moved to Florida. This list consisted of people that had been convicted of felonies and were barred from voting. Nevertheless, almost none of them were felons. Florida law also does not bar felons convicted in other states from voting.3
  • Database Technologies (DBT) was paid $2 million to compile lists of people that were barred from voting in the state of Florida.4
  • DBT issued a list, with the help of Governor Jeb Bush and Katherine Harris (Secretary of the State) that purged 57,700 people from the voter rolls in Florida. Upon closer examination, many of the people on the list had names similar to the names of former criminals, had committed misdemeanors, were registered as Democrats, or were black or hispanic.1
  • Over 300 of the barred voters were listed as being "convicted" of crimes in 2007.
  • In accordance with DBT's court documents, more than 90% of the 57,700 people should have been permitted to vote.1
  • When Katherine Harris' office was contacted to inquire about why many of the names on the list were African American they replied, "Well, you know how many black people commit crimes."3
  • ChoicePoint, a company closely tied to Republican circles, was paid $4 million to put together another list of names. This list provided 40,000 more people who had been convicted of crimes but had had their voting rights restored. Most of these people would have voted Democrat.1
  • In testimony to a congressional committee, a ChoicePoint official testified that "ChoicePoint told state officials that the rules for creating the list would mean a significant number of people who were not ..... a felon would be included in the list."1
  • "Voting machines in Palm Beach misread 27,000 ballots. Katharine Harris ordered the hand-counting of votes to stop.3
  • Voting machines in Gadstone County misread one in every eight ballots. Once again, Katherine Harris stopped this recount. (Was it just a coincidence that this county is highly populated by African Americans, low-income citizens, and/or Democrats?)3

Yet, with all of this evidence, why was George W. Bush still permitted to take a seat in the White House? Gore became the undisputed loser and none of this information became "front-page" news. What ever happened to American democracy?

As for the "criminals" .... Everyone knows where President George W. Bush is. Katherine Harris became a Florida Congresswoman in 2002. She is currently running for reelection in 2004.5 Jeb Bush was reelected as the governor of Florida in 2002.6 That is American democracy.

As the 2004 Presidential Election nears, are we starting to see a sequel emerging?

Let us consider the information:

  • The new "Help America Vote" law will cost taxpayers $3.9 billion. This money will be used, in part, to persuade states and counties to implement computerized 'touch-screen' voting.7
  • Computerized voting is not a full-proof system. Paper ballots leave a trail enabling votes to be double-checked, if need be. With computerized ballots there is not. Some studies have shown that voting machines may crash or may be rendered unsecured.8 If a problem such as this happens there is no way to trace the votes.7 Thus, American voters must demand a receipt of their votes.
  • The unbiased credibility of such (voting machine) corporations as Diebold, Sequoia, and ES&S becomes a question when ties to the Republican Party and Bush are exposed. The CEO of Diebold, one of the largest manufacturers of voting machines has reportedly raised at least $100,000 for President Bush's reelection campaign.9
  • Some reports have stated that the President is trying to rig the Florida votes again. The reports suggest that President Bush and his brother, Governor Jeb Bush, tried to hire a legal firm (run by two of the President's buddies) to defend the Broward County Board of Elections in Florida in case there are any lawsuits filed against it during or after the 2004 election.10
  • If people cannot be removed from the voting rolls this time, then why not use scare tactics to keep them from voting against Republicans? To quote Vice President Dick Cheney, "It's absolutely essential that eight weeks from today, on Nov. 2, we make the right choice, because if we make the wrong choice then the danger is that we'll get hit again and we'll be hit in a way that will be devastating from the standpoint of the United States."11

We cannot sit idly by while our government steals our freedom to vote for whichever candidate we want. We cannot allow President Bush to remain in office for another four years. What will our future be like if he steals another election? I, for one, do not want to find out the answer to this question. Exercise your right to vote on November 2, 2004. Vote for change and regain the freedom and hope that once made our country great.


1 John Sugg, "Truth in Exile," Creative Loafing. April 11, 2003.
2 Liam Scheff, "Winning the Election – The Republican Way: Racism, Theft and Fraud in Florida," The Weekly Dig, Boston, MA. April 22, 2003.
3 Greg Palast, "Theft of the Presidency," BBC-TV Newsnight. February 15, 2001.
4 Eric Bosse, Reviews "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy," AlterNet.org. March 20, 2003
5 Katherine Harris For Congress
6 Meet Governor Jeb Bush
7 Greg Palast and Ina Howard, "Visualize a Fair Election in 2004," YES! Magazine. August 22, 2003.
8 Fischer, Eric A., "Election Reform and Electronic Voting Systems (DREs): Analysis of Security Issues" November 21, 2003.
9 Fine, David M."Ohio Counties to Adopt Diebold Voting Machines", January 18, 2004. 10 "Bush Tried to Install Crony at Florida Election Board," The Daily Mis-Lead. September 2, 2004.
11 Andrew Miga, "Veep: Take cover if Kerry wins," Boston Herald. September 8, 2004.

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