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Calling Out the Left-Wing Election Rigging Denialists

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Clearly nothing is different in this election cycle, when the stakes for American progressives could not be higher. 

As NYU Media Professor Mark Crispin Miller eloquently states, "There is no more exquisite method of silencing dissent, or shutting down inconvenient inquiry, than to charge someone with conspiracy theory." 

That's why it's time to call out these left-wing denialists who seem intent on running interference for right-wing controlled voting machine companies at the expense of American voters, and democracy itself. 

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I must take particular issue with Steven Rosenfeld's  Alternet  piece, which goes whole hog, smearing the election integrity movement as a whole, my article in Harper's in particular, Harper's itself, the Free Press, the New York Times, Truthout, The BRAD BLOG, and Forbes Magazine - tarring us all with the same brush as the hysterical "lefty press." (Forbes is lefty? Who knew?).

Rosenfeld's headline boldly declares that he will state "5 Reasons Why Karl Rove Is NOT Going to Electronically Steal this Election."

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Great news! Except that there are no reasons listed. It turns out Rosenfeld has no idea whether Rove, or any other inside operative might creatively tinker with our secretly-programmed voting systems. Yet, he tells the American people to "stop worrying" and ignore the bad people who are just trying to "scare" them. What hubris!

Rosenfeld's other 100% fact-free opinions include the following:

* Romney's financial connections to Hart Intercivic are "hands-off" (he has no idea whether they are or not, and offers no proof either way.)

* Concerns of electronic rigging are "far-fetched" (no, they are proven.)

* Any major discrepancies between electronic vote results and polling results will immediately spur thorough audits of paper ballots. (This has never happened in the past.  The polls have been "corrected" instead.)

* Taking a post-election vote-rigging lawsuit to the courts is acceptable recourse for candidates who suspect fraud. (Sure, for those who have the money to afford it, and can endure the "conspiracy theorist" slings and arrows sure to come during the nightmare of legal stonewalling)

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Rosenfeld's beliefs are heartening, though sadly generated entirely from some democratic wonderland in his head. Here are some actual facts about our less pleasant reality:

* There is no way for public, pre-election "logic and accuracy" tests to detect internal malicious coding (rigging), or prevent outside hacking.

* Discrepancies in the vote count and polling data do not automatically generate audits of the machine count.

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I am the Editor of www.votescam.org, home of Votescam: The Stealing of America, the book that chronicles my family's investigation -- beginning in 1970 -- into how elections are stolen in America.

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