POLITICAL observations & opinions

* Robert F. Kennedy Jr: Was the 2004 Election Stolen? What will happen in 2008?

Posted by Lew Weinstein on October 19, 2008

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. wrote in a 2006 Rolling Stone article …

  • Like many Americans, I spent the evening of the 2004 election watching the returns on television and wondering how the exit polls, which predicted an overwhelming victory for John Kerry, had gotten it so wrong. By midnight, the official tallies showed a decisive lead for George Bush — and the next day, lacking enough legal evidence to contest the results, Kerry conceded.
  • The reports were especially disturbing in Ohio, the critical battleground state that clinched Bush’s victory in the electoral college.
    • Officials there purged tens of thousands of eligible voters from the rolls,
    • neglected to process registration cards generated by Democratic voter drives,
    • shortchanged Democratic precincts when they allocated voting machines
    • and illegally derailed a recount that could have given Kerry the presidency.
  • But what is most anomalous about the irregularities in 2004 was their decidedly partisan bent: Almost without exception they hurt John Kerry and benefited George Bush.
  • After carefully examining the evidence, I’ve become convinced that the president’s party mounted a massive, coordinated campaign to subvert the will of the people in 2004.
  • Across the country, Republican election officials and party stalwarts employed a wide range of illegal and unethical tactics to fix the election.
  • in Ohio alone, at least 357,000 voters, the overwhelming majority of them Democratic, were prevented from casting ballots or did not have their votes counted in 2004 — more than enough to shift the results of an election decided by 118,601 votes.
    • In what may be the single most astounding fact from the election, one in every four Ohio citizens who registered to vote in 2004 showed up at the polls only to discover that they were not listed on the rolls, thanks to GOP efforts to stem the unprecedented flood of Democrats eager to cast ballots.
  • And that doesn’t even take into account the troubling evidence of outright fraud, which indicates that upwards of 80,000 votes for Kerry were counted instead for Bush. That alone is a swing of more than 160,000 votes — enough to have put John Kerry in the White House.

LMW COMMENT: The Republicans stole both Bush elections, in 2000 and again in 2004. They got away with it because Democrats did not fight hard enough to expose and overcome illegal Republican voter fraud. After the election is too late. Barack Obama is trying to deal with this Republican slime before the votes are cast.

Read the entire article at … http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/10432334/was_the_2004_election_stolen


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