Thursday, November 04, 2004

Greg Palast: Ohio's spoiled and provisional ballots would have given Kerry the election

Tom Paine

Not unlike the distribution of other services in many large cities, the best voting equipment often goes to more affluent precincts, where there are more Republican voters, while the worst equipment, most prone to breakdown and error, go to poorer neighborhoods, often African-American, who tend to vote Democratic. It is no surprise, then, that there is a higher "spoilage" rate of ballots in those underprivileged precincts than in others, and unless a candidate demands that they be counted, as in Florida 2000, those ballots are simply discarded with no attempt to discern the intent of the voter.

Read Greg Palast's report on the Ohio and New Mexico elections for unsurprising information about the 2004 presidential election theft, where, if the "spoiled" and provisional ballots were counted, the overall results would match the exit polls that gave Kerry the election.

The Democratic Party is letting the theft go unchallenged because they believe they ultimately could not win the battle to get all the Ohio votes counted, and in the meantime would take a beating from the major media corporations. A lot of people feel the Democratic leadership have rolled over too easily, considering the anticipated catastrophic losses this country faces under another four or more years of iron fist control by the radicals now running the Republican Party.