Dr. Howard Dean, Chair
Democratic National Committee
Dear Dr. Dean,
Every week I get dozens of solicitations from the Democratic National
Committee, from the Democratic Senate and Congressional Campaign
Committees, or from various Democratic candidates and office-holders,
each of them asking for contributions. “You can help us achieve victory
next November,” I am told.
If by “victory” is meant a majority vote cast at the polls, then the
Democrats achieved “victory” in 2000, 2002 and 2004. And yet, the
Republicans remain in control of the Congress and the White House.
Small wonder! Republicans build the voting machines, Republicans write
the secret software, Republicans count and compile the totals. The
Republican machines allow no auditing of the vote totals they report. So
Republicans have the ability to “win” elections, regardless of the will
of the voters. There is compelling evidence that they have done just
And so, if nothing is done to end the privatization of our elections and
to introduce reliable verification, the Republicans will "win" again in
November 2006 and then in 2008. Today, eleven months before the mid-term
election, the outcome is fore-ordained -- as certain as Soviet elections
under Stalin, and Iraqi elections under Saddam. For, as Stalin said,
"Those who cast the votes decide nothing, those who count the votes
In the United States today, the GOP counts most of the votes, and there
are no means to verify up to 80% of those votes.
In view of this dreadful situation, when the Democrats ask me for a
contribution I must reply: “What’s the point? It’s already been settled!
What remains is an empty charade.”
The evidence of election fraud is overwhelming. You, Dr. Dean, are
doubtless as aware of that evidence as I am. In fact, along with
millions of fellow citizens, I watched
the video clip
of you sitting at a table with Bev Harris, as she
simulated with a
in just a few seconds: a “fix” of an election. If I were to elaborate
the evidence of fraud, space restraints would force me to halt after I
had scarcely begun, and I would never get to other issues I wish to
discuss in this letter. Suffice it to say that several independent
statistical analyses have put the probability of an honest 2004 election
as one in several million. The thirty-plus-point polling discrepancy in
last month’s Ohio election reform initiatives are off the probability
scale -- in effect, impossible as random error. Attempts to explain away
the 2004 exit poll errors are risibly lame. (For example, the theory
that Republican voters were more reluctant to speak to exit pollsters is
supported by no independent evidence, and fails to explain why this
alleged phenomenon was confined to districts with paperless e-voting
machines, and not found in paper-ballot districts). Reports of machine
failure and error during the 2004 election were overwhelmingly to the
advantage of Bush/Cheney. No one has come forth with a plausible
explanation of how Bush gained an additional eleven million votes over
his 2000 total. (For a “gateway” into the evidence of voting fraud, see
The Crisis Papers pages on
The evidence of voting fraud and election theft is no secret -- it is
out in the open for all to see who are willing to see. In 2000, millions
watched as Republican thugs, recruited by Tom DeLay from Washington
congressional offices, stormed and shut down the voting recount in
Miami. The published text of the majority opinion in Bush v. Gore
that handed the 2000 election over to George Bush is a self-refuting
travesty. Books, articles and reports by
John Conyers’ staff,
Fitrakis and Wasserman,
Mark Crispin Miller,
and the Congressional
to name just a few, all testify convincingly to the vulnerability of the
election process and the illegitimacy of the election results.
Occasionally, a virtual confession of guilt is blurted out by a careless
GOP operative. For example, as the votes in the 2004 Presidential
election were still being counted, Republican Congressman Peter King was
caught on camera saying: “It’s all over but the counting. And we’ll take
care of the counting.” (You can
see it here).
There is no cogent rebuttal to this evidence of voting fraud: there
can’t be, for the e-voting machines and compilers have been designed to
forbid rebuttal. The software is secret and there is no independent
record of the votes. Accordingly, so-called “verification” is nothing
more than a re-run of the suspect tallies. Lacking substantive evidence
of the reliability of the voting and compiling machines and software,
all that remains for the defenders of e-voting is a pathetic plea,
“just trust us!” That and ad hominem attacks on the skeptics:
“get over it!,” “sore losers,” “conspiracy theorists.”
The response of the mainstream media in the face of all this? Total
The response of the Democratic Party? Total silence.
The response of the media and the Party to
the GAO report
report validating the concerns of the critics? More silence.
Admittedly, with total GOP
control of the executive and congressional branches in Washington,
federal investigation and legislation are, for the moment, out of the
question. But elections are administered on the state and municipal
levels where, in many cases, the Democrats are in control. So I ask
Where are the criminal
Where are the civil
lawsuits, e.g., by Max Cleland in Georgia, Walter Mondale in Minnesota,
Al Gore in Florida, John Kerry in Ohio?
Why is appropriate
state-level legislation not proposed and enacted by Democratic
Why is the national
Democratic Party not publicizing the GAO report?
I am told that some
Democratic politicians are concerned that if the Party raises a ruckus
about voting fraud, the Democratic base will be discouraged and will
stay at home on election day.
Well, so what? If the fix is in on election day, what difference
does it make whether or not the voters go to the polls? Why bother to
close the gate after the horse has been stolen?
We also hear that the crime of stealing a national election is so
enormous that the GOP wouldn’t dare to attempt it.
Why would they not? Computer experts have shown us that the theft of a
national election can be carried out by very few individuals: the
programmers who write the secret software and a few centralized hackers
working in “real time” as the returns start to come in. We are also told
that they can do this without leaving any trace of their crimes.
Might the perpetrators be deterred by moral qualms or loyalty to our
Get Real! We are speaking here of a pack of scoundrels who have
lied to the public in order to launch an illegal war costing tens of
thousands of innocent lives, who have openly violated treaties and
condoned war crimes, who have suspended the civil liberties guaranteed
by the Bill of Rights, who have absconded with the national treasury and
have put our children and their children in permanent hock, who have
sullied the good name and reputation of the United States before the
community of nations. In the face of such manifest evil, stolen
elections are moral chump change.
And consider in addition the stakes faced by these traitors: billions of
dollars from the public treasury “appropriated” into private accounts
and massive tax breaks for Bush’s “haves and have-mores” while the rest
of us face an increased tax burden and a slash in public services. And
for many now in the Bush administration and in the Congress, defeat in
the 2006 and 2008 elections would bring Congressional and Justice
Department investigations and indictments followed by hard time in the
In the face of all this, who can doubt that, if given the opportunity,
they would fix elections in order to keep their ill-gotten booty and
their immunity from prosecution? And it is abundantly clear that they
have this opportunity.
When the defenders of e-voting bother to respond to these concerns, they
are heard to demand: "where's the evidence of this alleged fraud?" As
noted above, we have the evidence, compelling at least, and many
believe, conclusive. But such demands radically misconceive the correct
burden of proof. Private citizens and organizations should not have to
take upon themselves the obligation to prove their franchise either
secure or fraudulent. The free citizens of an authentic democracy have
the right to a secure and verifiable vote, and it is the proper
task of the criminal justice system to secure that right.
So there you have it, Dr.
Dean. A massive and ongoing crime is being committed against our
democracy -- a democracy which has now, in effect, been set aside and
shut down. A democracy which can only be restored if we the people rise
up and take it back.
Where, in this coming
struggle, is the Democratic Party? Is it an ally of the people and a
defender of our Constitution? Or is it an accomplice to the crime?
The American people are entitled to an answer.
Continuing silence by the Democratic party is, in effect, an answer. But
it is not the answer to which the free citizens of a democracy are
Ernest Partridge, Ph.D,
Co-Editor, The Crisis Papers
Dr. Ernest Partridge is a consultant, writer and lecturer in
the field of Environmental Ethics and Public Policy. He publishes the
The Online Gadfly
and co-edits the progressive website,
The Crisis Papers.
His book in progress, Conscience of a Progressive, can be seen at
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