What if we have been duped?
Given that approximately one third of the nation voted on electronic machines, most of which provided no paper receipts, it is entirely possible that many more precincts than we know of had more votes tallied than voters to give them. In Franklin County, Ohio, on electronic machines, Bush received 3,893 extra votes* yet only 638 voters cast ballots. This may have happened again and again and yet we wouldn’t even hear of it if voter officials chose to keep it secret.
In many instances, registered and/or provisional voters preferred/supported candidates differently then over-all results showed. Partisan Secretaries of State routinely made decisions that favored themselves and their parties. Florida again conducted a partisan purge of it’s registered voter lists. State after state had unclear standards as to whether provisional votes were counted or allowed even to be cast. We know that thousands of provisional ballots were tossed. How many were tossed that we do not know about? Voters were routinely turned away for failing to produce legal IDs, the standards of which varied from precinct to precinct and state to state. Greater than 70 percent of Ohio’s voters used punch cards which, through producing chads, have a high error rate.
In other words, maybe the nation didn’t really move decidedly toward GOP positions and ideals as Karl Rove (whose grandfather “allegedly helped run the Nazi party, and helped build the Birkenau Death Camp”**) suggested***. It would be advantageous for the party if this is to be believed, because too many faddist followers would then embrace the party and it‘s positions, resolving to be members of the main.
In short, a substantial and deciding portion of the nation’s votes easily may have been hijacked and no matter which colored map you consult, the results would change the scheme.
This isn’t sour grapes, but a progressive awareness that dirty tricks from unwarranted and untimely redistricting changes to paperless voting machines to partisan poll officials would ultimately ensure pivotal wins for the republicans.
Kerry gave up too soon and we got what some of us feared we would get all along. I, for one, am still not over it.