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As we witness the 'unprecedented', 'unexplainable', 'extraordinary', and while it is rarely pointed out in main stream media, 'impossible' discrepancies between polling results and the official tallies produced by New Hampshire's Diebold paper ballot optical scanners, I wish to remind those who may not have been paying as much attention in past years, of the pattern we are witnessing. Zogby predicted a 42-29 sweep for Obama over Hillary. Zogby's polling was right-on for the other races. What could possibly account for such an unbelievable discrepancy?

We have no idea what happened in NH because most of the paper ballots in NH are counted on optical scanners, in secret by Diebold! We do know that where Hillary's ballots were hand counted, she lost, but where Deibold counted, she won, http://www.opednews.com/articles/opedne_ron_corv_080109_new_hampshire_electi.htm.

But we don't have all the information that might explain this latest improbable discrepancy and we will never know if the elections reflect the will of the voters so long as we are forced to vote on proprietarily controlled machines, which have been shown to be as hackable as they're unreliable.

Two years ago I wrote the article below. I republish it here with highlighting relating to the bright red flags that the US media continues to ignore and this quote from an article by Thom Hartmann:

Perhaps, after a half-century of fine-tuning exit polling to such a science that it's now used to verify if elections are clean in Third World countries, it really did suddenly become inaccurate in the United States in the past few years and just won't work here anymore. Perhaps it's just a coincidence that the sudden rise of inaccurate exit polls happened around the same time corporate-programmed, computer-controlled, modem-capable voting machines began recording and tabulating ballots.

The Consequences of Irresponsible Media:
AMERICANS HAVE LOST THE RIGHT TO VOTE *

 

If we had a responsible media it would be reminding us daily that this country was founded on the wisdom that a democracy can only survive as long as the open market place of ideas is protected. People must be well-informed in order to make decisions about those they’ve entrusted to represent their interests. Our ability to continue to exercise control over our government is dependent upon our ability to consent or to withhold consent through our vote. Once we lose control of our vote, the very essence of our democracy is undermined:

"Unless the mass retains sufficient control over those entrusted with the powers of their government, these will be perverted to their own oppression, and to the perpetuation of wealth and power in the individuals and their families selected for the trust." —Thomas Jefferson

"Governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed." – The Declaration of Independence

Today millions of Americans have already lost control of their ability to cast a vote for the candidates of their choice and hence we no longer have a government elected by the majority of the people. Regardless of what proof we are lacking, by design, it is indisputable that no one voting on an electronic voting machine knows whether the computer cast their vote as selected or altered it, intentionally or unintentionally. But what we do know is that in the past 6 years, the evidence that millions of votes were not cast as intended is staggering. We have already witnessed the devastating consequences of having lost our vote. We were unable to prevent the Legislature from being taken over, the Executive from staying in power and the concomitant disaster of the Judiciary. The consequences were predictable and indeed predicted:

"[We] should look forward to a time, and that not a distant one, when corruption in this as in the country from which we derive our origin will have seized the heads of government and be spread by them through the body of the people; when they will purchase the voices of the people and make them pay the price. Human nature is the same on every side of the Atlantic and will be alike influenced by the same causes." — Thomas Jefferson, 1782

Once we lost our independent press in service to the people, we lost the ability to know that we’d lost control to elect or vote out the government. How could most of us have know when "Never has there been an administration so disciplined in secrecy, so precisely in lockstep in keeping information from the people at large.....Never has so powerful a media oligopoly ....been so unabashed in reaching, like Caesar, for still more wealth and power. Never have hand and glove fitted together so comfortably to manipulate free political debate, sow contempt for the idea of government itself, and trivialize the people’s need to know." — Bill Moyers, The Future of the Media

If we had responsible media we would have been able to connect the dots and see the emerging pattern: First Florida in 2000; then the 2002 senatorial races delivering the Legislature to the Republicans; then the 2004 election. The increased use of electronic voting systems is curiously proportional to the declining reliability of exit polls, still viewed as highly reliable everywhere --except here. Electronic voting is part of a larger plan to secure one party rule permanently. The loss of our constitutionally guaranteed free press has been an accomplice. Still not there? Consider this:

The 2002 Congressional Elections:

With Republican control only two seats away, the 2002 senate races were hard fought; the "upsets" extraordinary. Right up to election day public opinion polls (Zogby and Harris, for eg. were within a ½% point margin of error in 2000 and previous elections) had predicted Democrats winning in numerous key battleground states. But then unexplained last minute swings resulted in all of those races going to the Republicans. The polls were somehow all "wrong". Remarkably these last minute improbable swings appear to have been concentrated in critical senate races (Georgia and Minnesota), thus sealing Republican control of the Senate.

–In Minnesota, Senator Paul Wellstone, was leading by 5 points when he was killed in a small plane crash less than two weeks before the election. The situation was eerily reminiscent of the fatal plane crash that killed senate candidate Gov. Mel Carnahan, also within a few weeks of that election. The Republicans still couldn’t get their man in though; Ashcroft lost to the deceased Carnahan. But that was in 2000. Two years later we have more electronic machines counting the vote (Diebold and ES&S machines were used in 2/3s of the counties in the state) and Norm Coleman (with his100% approval rating from the Christian Coalition) beats Wellstone’s replacement, former VP Walter Mondale, even though Mondale had retained the 5 point lead going into the election. When the computerized machines were done counting the vote a few days later somehow Coleman had beat Mondale by 50 to 47 percent, a statistically remarkable 8 point swing!

– In Georgia, polls going into the election showed Dem. Senator Max Cleland with a 5% lead over Rep. Saxby Chambliss (who also had a 100% approval rating from the Christian Coalition). Cleland lost to Chambliss 46 to 53 %, an incredible last-minute 12 point swing . And in the governorship race, polls right up to the election showed Roy Barnes, the incumbent Democratic governor, leading by 11 points. Amazingly Barnes lost the governorship to the Republican, Sonny Perdue, 46 to 51 per cent, a swing of 16 percentage points! The press failed to point out that Georgia had became the first state in the country to conduct an election entirely with touch screen voting machines and that the entire election was run, not by the government, but by Diebold.

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Jan 6, I updated Hagel's entry on wikipedia un... by Better World Order on Thursday, Jan 10, 2008 at 1:53:21 AM
great article, andi, then and now.  thanks fo... by Joan Brunwasser on Thursday, Jan 10, 2008 at 7:25:05 AM
 I'm sorry but when you are the party of ... by tjb on Thursday, Jan 10, 2008 at 7:56:43 AM
Talking Points Memo quotes pollster Zogby offering... by Richmond Gardner on Thursday, Jan 10, 2008 at 8:23:11 AM
I found another statistical argument quite reveali... by PrMaine on Thursday, Jan 10, 2008 at 8:38:39 AM
discrepancies.  All the theories people are o... by Ivan the Terrible on Thursday, Jan 10, 2008 at 3:28:55 PM
I totally agree:"Even more than the exit poll... by Rady Ananda on Thursday, Jan 10, 2008 at 9:28:32 PM
While Tuesday night’s election outcome in Ne... by Bob McCarty Writes on Thursday, Jan 10, 2008 at 8:36:35 AM
I have little doubt that people occasionally lie t... by Ivan the Terrible on Thursday, Jan 10, 2008 at 3:35:46 PM
living a life where you can waste other people'... by Rob Kall on Thursday, Jan 10, 2008 at 6:18:34 PM
he makes it sounds like he gets calls all the time... by Better World Order on Thursday, Jan 10, 2008 at 6:51:10 PM
Just how hard can it be to place and count our vot... by Mr M on Thursday, Jan 10, 2008 at 8:53:12 AM
This article and particularly these elections that... by John Sanchez Jr. on Thursday, Jan 10, 2008 at 9:48:58 AM
Over the past 6 years we have learned that when th... by andi novick on Thursday, Jan 10, 2008 at 11:23:35 AM
Perhaps the spectacle of Kerry and Gore not fighti... by ibrahim turner on Thursday, Jan 10, 2008 at 3:24:00 PM
In addition to Hillary's, you might want to qu... by GatorVol on Thursday, Jan 10, 2008 at 10:51:23 PM
extremely dangerous for the health of our democrac... by Ivan the Terrible on Thursday, Jan 10, 2008 at 3:51:22 PM
For once, I would like to see Polls, actually tabu... by Dom Jermano on Thursday, Jan 10, 2008 at 5:44:36 PM
Polling generally has a margin of error.  The... by August Adams on Thursday, Jan 10, 2008 at 7:12:38 PM
Thank you, Andi.... by Rady Ananda on Thursday, Jan 10, 2008 at 9:41:48 PM
Even with folks like "poll dancer," abov... by John Burik on Saturday, Jan 12, 2008 at 11:58:02 AM
I'll answer my own question here. NH Law RSA 6... by John Burik on Saturday, Jan 12, 2008 at 3:51:17 PM

 

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