Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Related to Prediction in Future News Article, "The 2004 Presidential Election": A Ground Swell of Public Opinion About Election Irregularities

Since the Election Day 2004, there seems to have been a ground swell of public opinion about possible election irregularities.

On the evening of November 9, 2004, Peter Jennings, News Anchor of ABC's World News Tonight, announced that they were doing a news segment that evening on "conspiracy theories" about allegations of irregularities in the 2004 presidential election.

Jennings introduced the segment, saying:

"So it is now a week since the country re-elected President Bush, and we have been a little surprised by how many e-mails we've had suggesting maybe once again that the country got it wrong. As you know, Mr. Bush won by a very comfortable margin of more than 3 million votes. We did think it might be a public service, and quite frankly cut back on the e-mails, if our ballot-watcher correspondent, Jake Tapper, took another look."

This news segment then put an ABC News media spin on the report that was obviously intended to downplay the "various theories" about election irregularities and fraud , painting a picture in which most such allegations appeared to be unfounded. However, correspondent Tapper did mention, "Three Democratic Congressmen have heard the theories and have written to the Government Accountability Office."

One of the three Congressmen, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, (D) New York, spoke on camera and said, "We're requesting an investigation into all the allegations of irregularities with respect to the electronic and other voting machines."

A few days ago, on November 6, an e-mail was forwarded to me providing information from an article by Greg Palast (Tom Paine/Palast), contributing editor to Harper's magazine, suggesting that thousands of votes may literally have been thrown into the trash because they were "spoiled." "Spoiled votes" are votes "cast on punch cards where the hole wasn't punched through completely, leaving a 'hanging chad', or was punched extra times." This e-mail went on to say that in a study of such spoilage occurring in past elections, "Expert statiscians investigating spoilage for the government calculated that 54 percent of the ballots thrown in the dumpster were cast by black folks. (Read the report from the U.S. Civil Rights Commission.)"

On November 8, in another e-mail forwarded to me about the presidential election, Washington, D.C. attorney Cynthia L. Butler said, "There is widespread feeling that he [John Kerry] did not lose the election and that it was taken from him." (I have copied the complete e-mail from Cynthia Butler and posted it in the "Comments" section at the bottom of this article. In her e-mail, she recommends what action can be taken.)

I will not jump to conclusions, but it appears to me that that questions about the accuracy of the 2004 presidential election have surfaced across the country. I had predicted in my piece of October 31, 2004, "The 2004 Presidential Election", that, "Suspicions of vote fraud will persist after Election Day because of reports of irregularities such as...accusations of intimidation of minority voters" and "glitches with new, high tech voting machines." I think those words, as they were written, are finding more and more support from the day-to-day reports coming in since the election.

For more about these allegations of Election Day irregularities and to find out what you can do to help uncover the truth, see not only Cynthia Butler's e-mail in the "Comments" section below, but you also might want to take a peek at is a non-profit organization, and they they seem to be diligently working to uncover the facts about the 2004 presidential election.

Copyright 2004 by William L. Tenuto


Anonymous Anonymous said...


I am angry and getting emails and recrimination from people wondering why KERRY just caved and is not fighting this before the final count in Ohio, before any of the fraud was challenged, before New Mexico and Iowa even came in.

There is widespread feeling that he did not lose the election and that it was taken from him.

There is enough here to warrant investigation and enough to challenge the results. It's coming from all corners.

I understand that he has until the official count certification in Ohio to Un Concede which is several days from now.

Anyone who thinks that he should unconcede should give reasons why - whatever they noticed, particularly in Red Republican Governed States using electronic machines- and send them directly to Cameron KERRY, John Kerry's brother at his law firm at the address

They should inform us if they were not allowed to vote provisionally (for whatever reason- they lost forms, ran out of forms, etc.) I personally witnessed a number of things as I reported in Texas with the DCCC. (Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee)

If you know anyone in particular in Ohio who tried to vote and was turned away at the polls please get their information and notify the campaign.

They should be notified if they experienced lines longer than four hours -particularly elderly or infirm people (we call that torture when they do it to political prisoners) . They should be notified if people were told as has been reported that due to too many people showing up in African American precincts, particularly in Ohio where there were too few booths (some only had two or three for the entire precinct) and told because of heavy turn out they could vote on Wednesday. If the numbers of these sorts of incidents creates a percentage margin that exceeds the margin of victory- Un Concession has to be made to challenge the count.

If people wanted to and tried to vote and were prevented or actively discouraged from doing so, that is a Civil Rights matter and must be dealt with in terms of the ultimate count.

This is the last email that I am writing on this subject in this venue. I am taking it up in other venues.

Please pass along this to your listservs so that we may make Democracy Work in America. We are not a country where he who cheats best wins.

Cynthia L. Butler
1717 K St. NW, Suite 600
Washington, DC 20036

"We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we
borrow it from our children."
-- Native American proverb

"Freedom is not an ideal, it is not even a protection, if it
means nothing more than freedom to stagnate, to live without dreams,
to have no greater aim than a second car and another television set."
--Adlai Stevenson

"Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth."
--Albert Einstein

Wednesday, November 10, 2004 1:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good. Stronger stuff did come out and will, I think for a few more days to a week, then I think, as you predicted, bush will act regally. But I wonder if around inauguration time this will all surface again.

Thursday, November 11, 2004 6:27:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Good. Stronger stuff did come out and will, I think for a few more days to a week, then I think, as you predicted, Bush will act regally. But I wonder if around inauguration time this will all surface again.


Thursday, November 11, 2004 6:29:00 PM  

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