More Voting Irregularities
Democrats have been focusing their scrutiny on counties where touch-screen voting has been taking place, looking for more obvious cases of instances where the number of Bush votes exceeds the total number of registered voters, as has been confirmed to have happened already in Ohio. But we now have cases where in several Florida counties that use the optically scanned paper ballot technology, heavily Democratic counties mysteriously racked up large votes for Bush and small vote totals for Kerry last Tuesday:
While the heavily scrutinized touch-screen voting machines seemed to produce results in which the registered Democrat/Republican ratios largely matched the Kerry/Bush vote, in Florida's counties using results from optically scanned paper ballots - fed into a central tabulator PC and thus vulnerable to hacking – the results seem to contain substantial anomalies.
In Baker County, for example, with 12,887 registered voters, 69.3% of them Democrats and 24.3% of them Republicans, the vote was only 2,180 for Kerry and 7,738 for Bush, the opposite of what is seen everywhere else in the country where registered Democrats largely voted for Kerry.
In Dixie County, with 4,988 registered voters, 77.5% of them Democrats and a mere 15% registered as Republicans, only 1,959 people voted for Kerry, but 4,433 voted for Bush.
The pattern repeats over and over again - but only in the counties where optical scanners were used. Franklin County, 77.3% registered Democrats, went 58.5% for Bush. Holmes County, 72.7% registered Democrats, went 77.25% for Bush.
It doesn’t take much to see that a pattern that repeats itself over and over again in many optical scan counties in Florida can lead quickly to a several hundred thousand vote lead for Bush over Kerry, and not just in Florida but also in other states with close votes that used this same technology.
Note that Thom Hartmann makes reference to an AP Radio wire reporter who relayed the news that Bush had been told earlier in the day that he was going to lose:
Election night, I'd been doing live election coverage for WDEV, one of the radio stations that carries my syndicated show, and, just after midnight, during the 12:20 a.m. Associated Press Radio News feed, I was startled to hear the reporter detail how Karen Hughes had earlier sat George W. Bush down to inform him that he'd lost the election. The exit polls were clear: Kerry was winning in a landslide. "Bush took the news stoically," noted the AP report.
Due to information that I have from folks who worked with the RNC and White House that day, I can confirm that in fact the mood inside the White House in the late afternoon was very somber. So in order for the situation to turn around so quickly, either there was a flood of evangelicals who stormed the polls before they closed late in the day, to the tune of several million, or the results in key areas and states were manipulated.