Basic fact: it’s who or what counts the votes. For example, Florida’s “paper ballots” are scanned by a private corporation’s proprietary program, transferred by USB to a county computer and relayed to the Secretary of State’s computer. FYI: Florida’s Election Law (pdf available online) bars any physical count of paper ballots AND limits a “rescanning” to cases where the difference between candidates is 1/4 of 1% of ballots cast.
The purge of voter rolls, the relentless “too close to call” election stats, the endless campaign media hype, a Congress devoted to “dialing for dollars,” corporate media that controls presidential candidates airtime and message, political parties that no longer present a clear “platform,” all contribute to the continuing charade that citizens will have an influence via elections.
The Rove’s election fraud Kabuki is no longer concealed and many examples are easy to see:
As in the recent Wisconsin Supreme Court Judge election where 15,000 votes turned up 48 hours later. Or as in the South Carolina Democratic primary where an unknown Alvin Greene “won” vs. a well-known and admired candidate without a strong challenge or investigation by the democratic party. Or as in the 2004 Ohio election where the computer results were accepted with “an ongoing investigation” only of note to historians. The curious result to the last Florida US Senate election between a “do nothing” Dem rep, an unknown GOP Miami Cuban and a respected Independent FL Governor who vetoed anti-teacher legislation and was visibly active on behalf of northern Floridians during the Gulf oil disaster. The ultimate evidence of entrenched election fraud is the disappearance of “exit polls” because they differed from the computer totals.
A proposal for Dem-Gop Vote Verification by citizens to provide a top of the ballot tally similar to the discontinued exit polls that failed to confirm the “official” computer result:
3 members from the “partisans” that gather outside the polls bring cardstock “chips” with red on one side and blue on the other in the amount of registered voters at the precinct. Each exiting voter is given a chip to mark an “X” on the side of their candidate (red is Gop, blue is Dem) and drop in a slot in a covered box. Security tech note if unmarked chips are to be saved for use in another election: observers can initial the precinct chips as they hand them out.
When the poll closes, the chips are counted (in the parking lot or wherever “outside observers” are stationed) in view of everyone present. All present will be encouraged to write down the total red, blue and unmarked chips. Go home & see how the computers tally the precinct results. Fun local project for people that hang around on election day.