The Gore Coup
By David Tell
November 27, 2000/Vol 6, Number 11November 27, 2000/Vol 6, Number 11
Illinois case offers shaky precedent
By Jan Crawford Greenburg
and Dan Mihalopoulos
Tribune Staff Writers
November 23, 2000
But that Illinois case should not give Democrats any confidence that dented ballots will be counted in Gore's favor. That's
because the Illinois court actually affirmed a trial judge's order to exclude dented ballots, since he had decided he could
not reasonably determine the voters' will by examining the ballots.
In fact, in the Illinois case, the dented ballots were not counted at all.
"The judge did not count ballots that were indented because he could not determine the voters' intent," said attorney Burton
Odelson, who represented challenger Rosemary Mulligan in the 1990 case. "From the beginning, I knew everybody [in Florida]
was interpreting this case wrong and reading into it what they wanted to read into it."
GORE'S FINAL ASSAULT
By GEORGE WILL
"The accumulation of all powers legislative, executive and judiciary in the same hands . . . may justly be
pronounced the very definition of tyranny."
- James Madison,
Gore's point man argued against dimples in 1996
By Joel Engelhardt, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 22, 2000
Bush team reviews Oregon voting records
Wednesday, November 22, 2000
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
PORTLAND, Ore. -- A 10-person team that Republican George W. Bush sent to Oregon to review election and voter records says
it has found some voters registered in more than one county in Oregon's Nov. 7 presidential election.
With nearly all ballots counted, Democrat Al Gore led Bush by 6,595 votes -- well above the legal threshold of roughly
2,800 votes that would trigger an automatic recount.
Leslie Goodman, a Bush spokeswoman, said a GOP search of voter rolls in 17 of Oregon's 36 counties found 4,000 people registered
in more than one county. "It means that there is a systemic problem," she said.
- Federal law
- 18 USC 4 states: "Whoever, having knowledge of the actual
- commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United
- States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make
- known the same to some judge or other person in civil or
- military authority under the United States, shall be fined
- under this title or imprisoned not more than three years,
- or both."
- Now we learn that Gore is covertly hiring
- attorneys and private investigators in every state won by
- Bush to make up "profiles" on those picked to represent
- their State in the Electoral College. Gore's intent is to
- threaten and intimidate as many Electors as possible into
- changing their vote. As long as Gore has the full power of
- the federal government behind him, this may not be very
- Truly, the Gore campaign is a criminal conspiracy
- in progress.
Oregonians Post Their Ballots
By Michael Rustrust@insightmag.com
In this presidential election, Oregon replaced the traditional ballot box with a new system of mail-in voting. There was
a high vote turnout, but problems were encountered.
GOP official accuses Theresa LePore of covering up significant errors!!
11/18/00 - West Palm Beach --
Tucker Eskew, the Bush campaign spokesman in West Palm Beach, Fla., has accused a local elections official of covering
up knowledge of misplaced ballots for George Bush that were stacked with votes for Al Gore.
Wednesday November 22, 2000; 5:10 PM ET
Florida Speaker Feeney: Support Building for Legislative Intervention
Less than a day after the Florida Supreme Court ruled that Secretary of State Katherine Harris must extend the deadline
for hand recounts before certifying the state's presidential election winner, Florida's Speaker of the House Tom Feeney announced
that he was considering intervening in the election crisis.
"There is increasingly compelling evidence of widespread mischief, human error, vote and ballot manipulation in the manual
recount process," Feeney told reporters Wednesday afternoon.
"One of the reasons the Florida legislature was so clear in having a very definite deadline set out in statute, which the
court has decided to ignore, is to make certain we never had to be in a position where you had the charade that is going on
"I'm told by our information technology department," Feeney said, "that the Florida Web site has had over 1 million hits
today. Our offices have had over 200,000 e-mails. The large majority - we haven't done the tabulation, but the large majority
- are asking us to do our constitutional duty to help resolve the crisis that the court, in my view, has created."
The Florida legislature could decide to appoint the state's electors based on the results of voting machine recounts that
Harris was set to certify last Saturday. Those results had George Bush leading Al Gore by 930 votes.
On Tuesday, Speaker Feeney, a Republican, took office with the largest Republican legislative majority in a century.
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Breaking: Illinois Court Did NOT Accept Dimpled Ballots
Thursday, Nov. 23, 2000
The Chicago Tribune reports in today's Thanksgiving edition that a critical Illinois court ruling cited by the Fla. Supreme
Court may not have set the precedent Al Gore's lawyers claimed.
Hundreds of ballots rejected
By Michael A. Smith
The Daily News
Published November 19, 2000
More than 400 Galveston County residents who voted by mail in the Nov. 7 general election learned last week
that their ballots had not been counted.
Many were unhappy after receiving letters stating their absentee ballots had
been rejected by committees charged with ensuring the election's fairness, said County Clerk Patricia Ritchie.
"I got 30 calls just today from people who got the letters," Ritchie said Friday.
Gene Moore of Galveston was among
those angered by the news. Moore said the letter stated his ballot had been rejected because signatures did not match.
vote by mail, residents must sign an application for a ballot and then sign the envelope when they mail the ballot. The letter
Moore received stated those two signatures did not match, he said.
"To add insult to injury, they not only tell me
my vote didn't count, but accuse me of fraud," Moore said. "That is outrageous."
Jack Strange, 81, of Texas City said
his ballot was rejected for the same reason. "I can guarantee I signed both," Strange said.
The county clerk's office
runs the election, but a pair of committees appointed by the commissioners court from people nominated by the chairs of county
Republican and Democratic parties decides the fate of mailed ballots, Ritchie said.
One committee first determines
whether signatures on ballot applications match those on ballot envelopes, Ritchie said.
If the verification committee
decides the signatures are the same, the ballots are counted. If the committee decides they don't match, the ballots are sent
to a second committee, which can uphold or overturn the first judgment.
Democrats and Republicans serve on both committees
and rulings are made by majority vote, Ritchie said. Ritchie said she didn't know whether the law allowed voters to appeal
the committees' decisions.
Mary Ellen Brennan, chairwoman of the Galveston County Democratic Party, said she had called
the secretary of state's office about the issue, but hadn't received an answer by Friday.
"I have not found anything
in the election code that allows a voter to appeal," Brennan said.
The 425 rejected ballots were not enough to change
of the outcome of any races, Ritchie said.
Ritchie said the signature verification issue was tricky because senior
citizens are most likely to use mail-in ballots and sometimes have inconsistent handwriting.
At the same time, she
said, the mail-in ballots are the most easily abused, so they have to be scrutinized.
By Geraldine SealeyNov. 22 — If a voter pokes a hole in a ballot, but leaves a "hanging" chad — or shred of paper —
did the voter intend to cast a vote? What if the ballot appears "dimpled," but no hole was punched?
Florida, Like Most States, Lets Counties Determine Meaning of ‘Chad’
A sample ballot used by the Palm Beach County, Fla., canvassing board on Election Day shows one removed chad and one
dimple mark. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP Photo)
In Palm Beach County,
two-thirds of 800 dimpled ballots were in Gore’s stack as of Tuesday, with hundreds of precincts still unchecked, and
Broward County has some 1,000 to 2,000 pregnant ballots
Whether to count a pregnant chad depends on the circumstances of the vote, says Deborah Phillips, president of the
nonpartisan Voter Integrity Project.
If a punch-ballot machine in an overloaded precinct isn’t maintained properly, the chad could pile up and prevent
voters from punching their choice cleanly, she says.
"You have to be a bit of a detective and not use a patented rule of thumb," she stresses.
Recount Flip-Flop in Florida Counties
continues Friday in Palm Beach County, where Circuit Court Judge Jorge Labarga ruled Wednesday afternoon that that county’s
canvassing board cannot automatically reject ballots with indented or "dimpled" chad, as it has been doing.
Chad are the small pieces of paper that are supposed to be removed when a voter punches a vote card with a stylus or
Saying "the will of the people is the paramount consideration," Labarga ordered the board to try and determine
the intent of the voters who cast each questionable ballot.
The ruling is a crucial legal victory for Gore — if all of the "dimpled" ballots are counted as votes, the vice
president stands to pick up a net gain of 300 votes.
But Judge Charles Burton, head of the county’s canvassing board, said it remained unclear just how to count the
"That’s kinda been the problem all along and we’ve been hoping for a little more guidance from the courts,"
he said on Nightline.
"We’ve got to look at each ballot and we’ve got to try to determine the voter’s intent," he said.
"Admittedly, that’s difficult."
He said when looking at the ballots with the now-famous "dimpled" chad, they will look at other marks on the ballot
to see if there are any indications of the voter’s intent.
Burton said several thousand questionable ballots — perhaps as many as 7,000 — remain for the board’s
consideration. He said the discussions on each ballot can be as short as five seconds, if there are no objections. Others
could take several minutes.
"Sometimes, they go very quickly," he said. "Sometimes, they involve a little more discussion."
But he said he fully expects to complete the recount by the Sunday deadline.
In Broward County — where Gore
hopes to register an additional 300-400 votes — officials were back at work today. They are giving up their holiday
to continue counting ballots before the Sunday deadline set by the Florida Supreme Court.
Chads show election pregnant with new possibilities to cheat
By Audrey Hudson
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
November 24, 2000
EDITORIAL • November 24, 2000
'The people who count the votes'
"It's not the people who vote that count," Soviet dictator Josef Stalin once observed. "It's the people who count the votes."
Stalin obviously did not have in mind the Democratic-dominated election canvassing boards in several Florida counties. But
he might as well have.
November 24, 2000
Resisting arithmetic of the Mock Turtle
Wesley Pruden is editor in chief of The Times.
Half of Americans see Demo vote fraud WND/Rasmussen Survey
shows most suspect government databases abused
Thursday November 23 10:52 AM ET
Democrats to Try to Squeeze Out More Votes in Fla. By David Lawsky
Opinion & Commentary - George F. Will - <WEBOS=T"Thursday, November 23, 2000
Florida high court oversteps bounds
``The accumulation of all powers legislative, executive and judiciary in the same hands ... may justly be pronounced the
very definition of tyranny.''
- James Madison, Federalist 47
Al Gore's assault on the rule of law, crowned
with success by Florida's lawless Supreme Court, has now become a crisis of the American regime. See above.
Video Proves Fla. Vote Fraud Is Tradition
Jack ThompsonFriday, Nov. 24, 2000
11/16/00 2:45 p.m.
Spoiled Bush Ballots?
The counties with the highest percentage of spoiled ballots were majority Bush counties.
By Melissa Seckora, NR editorial associate
Grievance 36 - Vote Fraud
Sanctity of the Ballot
The Wall Street Journal
March 2, 1998 Review & Outlook
Absentee Ballot Fraud in Seminole County David E. Scheim
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