Thursday, November 18, 2004
Delusional Liberals Keep Up The Good Fight. Please!
I then came across this in the Marin Independent Journal and sent them a little note, (which follows the article). -Wb
Marin Independent Journal
The election that won't end: Democrats explore theory that Kerry Won
By Richard Halstead IJ reporter
Thursday, November 18, 2004 - The presidential race lives on for a group of Marin Democrats and liberal allies who gathered at a San Anselmo bar Tuesday night.
More than two dozen people turned out to share a beer and discuss the possibility that their candidate, John Kerry, garnered more votes than George W. Bush.
"This is something that is boiling over among Internet Democrats," said Paul Apffel, who serves as secretary to the Marin Democratic Party.
Marin Democratic leaders called the meeting after they received numerous calls and e-mails urging the party to act, Apffel said.
Thanks largely to Internet bloggers and liberal talk-radio stations such as KPFA and KQKE, Kerry supporters throughout the Bay Area are thinking the unthinkable - perhaps the election was stolen. The evidence they cite, however, is weak.
"What we can prove right now is that there is no proof," said Jim March, who sits on the board of Black Box Voting, a nonprofit that has led the way in questioning the security of electronic voting systems.
March said there is insufficient proof to say the election was stolen. There is also insufficient evidence to say that George W. Bush was the legitimate winner - given how easy it is to tamper with existing electronic voting systems, he said.
March will speak tomorrow night at a program organized by the Marin Peace and Justice Coalition. The event, which begins at 7:30 p.m. at the College of Marin's Olney Hall, is being called: "Was our election stolen? And what the bleep can we do?"
March, together with author Bev Harris, sued Diebold Elections Systems alleging that the company made false claims about the security of its voting systems. Attorney General Bill Lockyer and Alameda County followed their lead with a similar suit. Last week, Lockyer announced that Diebold had agreed to settle out of court for $2.6 million.
"Basically, this software is tamper-friendly," March said.
Assemblyman Joe Nation, D-San Rafael, has his own Diebold story.
Nation worked for the Kerry campaign in Ohio on election day. He said dozens of people called from precincts in the Youngs-town area complaining that when they tried to vote for Kerry their votes went to Bush. The voters said they were able to correct the mistake. They were using Diebold touchscreen voting machines, Nation said.
When contacted, Ohio election officials said they were aware of the malfunction, and it was a calibration problem, Nation said. He has spoken with members of the Kerry team, and they do not believe such problems were widespread.
The conspiracy theories were ignited by exit polls that early on election day showed Kerry with a substantial lead.
The director of the Field Poll, Mark DiCamillo of Mill Valley, said the early exit poll information was leaked onto the Internet. It was incomplete and therefore half-baked, DiCamillo said.
He explained that exit polls consist of two stages. The first stage involves interviewing voters throughout the day on how they voted. The second stage begins after polls close. A small number of votes are counted in representative precincts.
"The critics are the people who are saying, 'Why didn't the exit poll get it right at midday after its first tally of people who are leaving the polls at 7 in the morning?' Now come on!" DiCamillo said.
Those who smell a conspiracy commonly cite another anomaly. Many counties in Florida, where an overwhelming majority of registered voters are Democrats, voted overwhelmingly for Bush. It turns out, however, that registered Democrats in small Florida counties have been voting for Republicans at the top of the ticket since Ronald Reagan, or before.
"The fish gets two inches longer every time you hear the fish story," said Marin Democratic Party Chairman John Alden, regarding the effect the Internet has had on the controversy.
Alden said a lot of the outrage is coming from people who are to the left of most Democrats.
"I see a lot of people in the Green Party who are concerned about it," he said.
Ralph Nader has asked for a recount of votes cast in 11 New Hampshire pre-cincts that use Diebold's optical scanning machines. And a pair of third-party candidates in Ohio have collected more than the $113,600 necessary to force a statewide recount there.
Apffel says one thing is sure: Until voters feel confident that electronic voting systems are secure, they are going to continue to have doubts about election results.
Contact Richard Halstead via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
My note to R. Halstead at the MIJ :
Kerry won. There's no doubt about it.
I'm writing to encourage the Marin Independent Journal to keep fanning the flames of this delusional bonfire which keeps the fever swamps of the fringe left warm and secure while at the same time providing costly busy-work. The longer they're lost in the mesmerizing flames of hate, despair and resentment the farther ahead conservatives can move.
Stay focused, lefty dead-enders! Kerry won and you'll prove it some how, some way, some day.