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NBC's Todd Mocks Election Fraud Critics, Wins Washington Applause

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NBC Political Director Chuck Todd ridiculed election machine critics at a major conference of vote-counters last weekend -- thereby underscoring how Washington works. 

Todd told the National Association of Secretaries of State that their critics must be paranoid to fear that anyone would deliberately alter results. Allegations against Karl Rove, above, are among the most common. 

"That's just stretching the bounds of reality," NBC's chief White House correspondent said in response to my question asking him to amplify his Tweet last fall on vote-tampering claims. "That's feeding the conspiracy." Todd had Tweeted: "The voting machine conspiracies belong in same category as the Trump birther garbage."  

Todd won a round of applause for his response, the only such interruption during his enlightening and entertaining Jan. 26 address and Q&A. Audience members were mainly state secretaries of state at their mid-winter conference, plus sales reps for voting machine and software companies. 

The rest of this column examines why those involved are so reluctant to discuss election machine fraud publicly except to deny its existence. Hint: Silence is golden. 

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Suspicious Elections Prompted Study 

The secretaries of state, the voting machine companies, and a traditional media benefiting heavily from campaign ads do not want voters thinking about election machine software.

But Karl Rove, a longtime consultant to the Bush family, long ago discovered the possibilities. Let's retrace Bush-Rove footsteps.

First was the 2000 presidential race. Greg Palast's reporting for the BBC and The Guardian documented how the Florida administration of Gov. Jeb Bush used the ChoicePoint subsidiary Database Technologies Online (DBT) secretly to remove some 91,000 eligible voters, mostly Democrats and minorities, from Florida's rolls just before voting began. This helped the Bush-Cheney ticket to eke out a victory by a little over 200 votes in the recount.

In 2002, a second notorious milestone occurred in Alabama's gubernatorial election. Incumbent Democrat Don Siegelman, a potential future presidential nominee, went to bed believing he had been re-elected to a second term by some 3,000 votes. He awoke the next day to learn that 6,000 votes had mysteriously disappeared from his column in rural Baldwin County. Authorities later framed Siegelman on trumped-up corruption charges and imprisoned him with the help of a trial judge who secretly controlled a company receiving $300 million in defense contracts.

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The third landmark was the 2004 Bush-Cheney victory in Ohio, whose electoral votes decided the presidency. Suspected IT fraud in that election prompted grassroots activists to try to prevent reoccurence in 2008 and 2012.

These elections beginning in 2000 helped create an "election integrity" movement in reaction. Opponents of software fraud advocate paper ballots and similar protections for the public. These elections implicated Republicans as the main suspects and beneficiaries. Serious but less-documented allegations concern suspected Democratic plots.   

Last Oct. 24, election fraud sleuths Jill Simpson and Jim March presented the attached chart at the National Press Club to warn against fraud in 2012.

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Andrew Kreig is an investigative reporter, attorney, author, business strategist, radio host, and longtime non-profit executive based in Washington, DC. His most recent book is "Presidential Puppetry: Obama, Romney and Their Masters," the (more...)

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and all the rest of the official press kiss ups ar... by Lois Gagnon on Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 at 3:32:32 PM
Thank you for your comment. To illustrate it furth... by Andrew Kreig on Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 at 4:08:30 PM
be virtually skeletonized over the past years. Con... by Lois Gagnon on Tuesday, Jan 29, 2013 at 6:30:49 PM
how can this be the case when all that election ad... by nation of gandhis on Saturday, Feb 2, 2013 at 7:39:58 PM
shills posing as election reformers who never spea... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 10:34:22 AM
Regarding exit polls, here is my reply to a NY Tim... by Richard Charnin on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 1:22:37 PM
Props to you for including your link that kicked t... by Kim Cassidy on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 4:32:24 AM
been simply making up polls for a while.  The... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 5:00:56 PM
I suggest you read this closely.The unadjusted sta... by Richard Charnin on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 5:39:11 PM
have handled more election lawsuits than anyone.&n... by Mark Adams JD/MBA on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 6:02:10 PM
 It has been proven that the 2012 primaries ... by Richard Charnin on Friday, Feb 1, 2013 at 1:24:36 PM
One of the biggest arguments for fraud are the exi... by kappie on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 8:20:25 AM
click here... by Richard Charnin on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 1:26:21 PM
Just prior to voting day, I sent articles to Todd ... by Janis Smith on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 9:02:28 AM
The well-documented, fraudulent, red-shifting of v... by Cliff Arnebeck on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 10:22:25 AM
That is all this country is anymore.Bill Moyers an... by 911TRUTH on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 11:53:28 AM
I just updated the column to provide a better link... by Andrew Kreig on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 2:33:49 PM
Richard Charnin keeps asking for the reason that t... by Cliff Arnebeck on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 3:05:14 PM
Are the 2 main targets for major fraud. It used to... by Kim Cassidy on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 5:17:04 AM
It is good to be reminded that a good number of th... by Marta Steele on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 3:31:02 PM
Do Chuck Todd and other men realize that the way t... by Martha Moffett on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 4:16:29 PM
Subliminal tactic to win friends and influence peo... by Kim Cassidy on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 5:34:09 AM
Funny buts it the Same corporations including Stat... by Poor old Dirt farmer on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 5:50:27 PM
one big conflict of interest. Corrupt to the core ... by Lois Gagnon on Wednesday, Jan 30, 2013 at 6:27:29 PM
Traces to Hallibuirton and friends, some others in... by Kim Cassidy on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 5:23:29 AM
Note: I just adjusted a typo at the bottom of the ... by Andrew Kreig on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 12:02:06 AM
Thanks so much for this.  The chummy relation... by Michael Collins on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 2:53:22 AM
Thanks!... by Kim Cassidy on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 5:24:50 AM
From: Hi... by Richard Charnin on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 11:57:31 AM
Never mind this bean counting, have you checked ou... by Gustav Wynn on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 9:05:48 PM
Wonderful article and great comments following.&nb... by Jana Nestlerode on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 9:00:38 PM
The Michael Connell hiring cannot be overlooked. T... by Gustav Wynn on Thursday, Jan 31, 2013 at 9:46:32 PM
Subtle and Deceptive Tactics to Discredit Truth in... by Linda Ross on Sunday, Feb 3, 2013 at 12:56:56 PM