November 7, 2004
Count Every Vote 2004
By Dustin Beilke
We would be remiss if we overlooked the spate of articles and blog entries making solid cases for vote mis-counting in the presidential election.
Greg Palast goes so far as to declare that Kerry won the election by getting more votes than Bush in Ohio and New Mexico. And Palast is hard to dismiss, since he is the investigative reporter who so thoroughly documented the disenfranchisement of African American voters in Katharine Harris’s Florida in 2000. Palast was also a featured speaker at Fighting Bob Fest II in 2003.
The thing that is hard for so many of us to get over is the gap between the exit polls in some key states and the official vote totals. Exit polls are historically accurate—more accurate than phone polls—and they were accurate this year in just about every state that was not populated by Democratic and Republican operatives and Diebold voting machines.
This might be a good place to say that progressive activists and alternative media outlets have been sending out warnings about Diebold’s Republican voting machines for the last three years, but the story never gained traction in the mainstream media. It seemed like a pretty good story to me.
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