Elections Or Electrons
What If Anything Will Count Your Vote
By Dom Stasi
Clearing House" -- -- There’s been a lot - not enough, but a lot
- of hoopla recently about the fealty of the new electronic
voting systems with which we’ve been gifted this election
season. It is fitting to see these machines as having spread
across our land like the robotic monsters of the 1897 H.G. Wells
novel, The War Of The Worlds. The science fiction metaphor
collapses, however, when one realizes that these invasive
machines bring a lot more fiction to the voting process than
they do science.
But let’s face it. The gadgets themselves are but an abuse, a
visible target, salt in an already open and festering wound, a
wound to the heart of American democracy. The real monsters
remain hidden from our view. The real monsters are alive and
among us, their dreams of conquest perhaps the closest thing to
reality we’ll see manifest this day.
So, as the hours before the midterm elections of 2006 wane, we
should look back, not far, just enough to see where we’ve been.
It will tell us where we’re going and why the only thing that
should surprise us when Wednesday dawns, is truth.
Think of what follows here as you enter the voting booth. I know
Consider the facts of recent elections as you participate in our
representative democracy. Consider the reality as you look at
and listen to the useful idiots of the mainstream media
describing the “outcomes” and feigning analysis. But most of
all, remember this.
The Democratic presidential candidate won in 1992 and again in
‘96. He was impeached.
The next Democratic presidential candidate to run won in 2000 by
at least 500,000 votes nationwide, and in Florida by at least
16,000 votes that we know of. All one need do to confirm this is
to reverse the definitive computer glitch in Velusia County
alone which the board of elections has proved actually
subtracted over 16,000 votes from Al Gore, thus fabricating
George W. Bush’s 527 vote margin of victory.1 These simple and
verifiable tabulations are but a few among the many that give Al
Gore both the popular and electoral vote counts.
Further, an ex post facto statistical analysis of just the
Florida “errors” deviated so far from the plausible median of
standard deviation, and in a direction that favored the
Republican candidate (the governor’s brother), that to consider
them the result of random errors alone, is statistically
improbable and ethically impossible.
Didn’t matter. A corrupt system gave George W. Bush the
presidency. The Democrat’s victory was simply obviated by a
partisan U.S. Supreme Court on a blatant and obvious
misinterpretation of the equal protection clause of the U.S.
The next Democratic presidential candidate won yet another
mathematical victory in 2004, and this time by a margin the exit
polls and regression data now show to be an incredible five to
eight million votes nationwide. The aggregated exit polls have
never been wrong by even their specified 3% in all the years
that they’ve been exercised. Yet in 2004 they showed a 6% error
against 100 million votes. Analysts place the probability of
such an error at 16,000,000:1 (one chance in sixteen million).2
If we halve the statistical margin, hell, if we quarter it,
Kerry still wins.
Notwithstanding these claims, is it unreasonable to expect that
in 2004 such polls would have yielded the most accurate results
ever? This would seem particularly probable after they proved
the only accurate barometer in the Florida mess of four years
Apparently that would be an unreasonable assumption. After all,
the bubble-headed-bleached-blondes of CNN gushed for days about
how in 2004 the exit polls were wrong because more Kerry voters
answered the pollsters’ questions than did Bush voters. Now,
while this just might have been because there were more Kerry
voters than Bush voters, that eventuality was quickly dismissed.
Instead, the claim was that the Bush voters were reluctant to
answer the pollsters. Not that I blame them, but this bit of
rationality seems uncharacteristic of Bush supporters.
Didn’t matter. However ethereal an excuse, it was good enough
for the media to discard the statistical analyses entirely.
More to the point, though, how did the blondes know this, and
why only after the fact? How did the pollsters know it? Did the
Republican voters’ little boy haircuts give them away. Did their
bowties choke off the Repubs’ windpipes leaving them speechless
and unable to answer the pollsters’ queries? (Can I say
“queries” when speaking of Republicans?) Did the Bush voters say
things like, “I voted for Bush, but I won’t tell you that.” If
so, why did the pollsters not neutralize this bias before
calculating the results as would any competent statistician? If
they can recognize and quantify respondent bias as the reason
for the inaccuracy, why could they not mitigate it before
reporting? It’s irrational to not do so. They’re pollsters for
heavens sake! Did the pollsters simply forget to weight the raw
numbers? Or had the previous four years of power left Bush
Republicans overtly shy, modest, and reserved, thus confusing
the pollsters with their polite reticence?
We’ll never know. No evidence has been forthcoming to support
But, of course, none was needed: the Democrat was once again
denied the fruits of victory, the recount, and the presidency.
Why, then, in light of these traceable results, do both the
mainstream media and the fools who believe them keep saying the
Democrats have no plan for winning? Are we to believe most
Americans and the flacks who feed them thoughts devoid of
critical thinking skills? The Democrats have been winning
consecutively and consistently for 12 years running! Do the
math. One plus one does not equal eight. Winning and losing are
different. Mathematics IS an exact science.
The Democrats, it seems, not only do have a plan for winning the
presidency, it’s a plan that has worked for 12 straight years.
What they don’t have, is a plan for invoking the will of the
American people. That takes more than a plan. That takes
backbone. And that’s an anatomical commodity I’ve seen far too
little of from this generation of Dem politicians. Their
cowardice has been especially manifest in the face of Republican
bluster. (All this does beg a question, though. What is it about
ugly men in suits, most of whom are hardly taller than the
children they molest or cluster bomb, that makes them so
frightening to spineless Democratic politicians and their
consultants? But I digress…)
Well, Dems, it is time to become vertebrate! Because, on
Tuesday, November 7th, those same voters who’ve supported you
and many of those who traditionally haven’t, will cast ballots
that could, if they are counted, regain both houses of congress
for your party. A boatload of the loftiest Republicans should
then prepare to face indictments, impeachment proceedings, and
both international and domestic war crimes tribunals, the latter
being a hideous thing that they, themselves, have resurrected.
But the instigation of such justice will take backbone – loyal
Somehow, though, the incumbents remain outwardly rather blithe
about it all.
Perhaps – just perhaps – that’s because they know something
about that salt in the wound I mentioned earlier… Electronic
This year some eighty percent of all U.S. votes will be
tabulated on electronic machines. How lovely for us. Each and
every one of those machines has failed even the most fundamental
proof-of-performance tests and shown itself to be inaccurate and
easily hack able while leaving behind no evidence of their
infidelity, to say nothing of a voter’s true intentions.
In a major change, neither will any of the traditional national
exit polls be carried during the day. There’ll be no Associated
Press or Edison exit poll reports before 5:00PM to assuage what
is already the greatest crisis of confidence entering an
election in American history. This despite that such data would
be priceless if open to timely analysis. So any ancillary data
gathered on what should perhaps be called Electron Day, that
might serve to contradict the “official” results will be labeled
as unprecedented, non-contiguous, and highly suspect by the
“winners.” Do you think then that all or even most of the
Democratic votes will count? If they do not, will the right
questions be asked afterwards, or will the Dems just accept the
results and endure yet another congressional term characterized
by the emasculating abuses of their colleagues across the aisle?
Will wrong or no answers be sheepishly tolerated on our behalf –
Conclusion: I was raised by devoutly Republican parents in Teddy
Roosevelt’s Republican home town, surrounded by Republican
friends, Republican neighbors, and Republican everything else.
As a teen member of the Young Republicans, I drove elders and
dissabled (regardless of party affiliation) to the polls on
It was an arguably normal environment when viewed through the
prism of time. Normal. Sane. Rational. I was just a kid, but I
liked Ike, and so it seemed did everyone else.
Fast forward to today. The gang of “Republican” extremists now
running and ruining our country bear these folks no resemblance
whatsoever, but only serve to defile their memory.
In fact this new gang are not only non-Republicans, they’re not
even politicians. Hell, they are not even corrupt politicians.
No. They are criminals. They are criminals and sociopaths posing
as corrupt politicians and dragging the GOP legacy down with
As for the other “parties,” well, the Greens are just a naive,
vote-sucking distraction and at this point, nothing more than
Karl Rove’s favorite wet dream. That’s all they’ll ever be, too,
unless they and progressive America both wake up and demand
instant runoff elections so a future Green vote will count for
something more than a Republican victory and subsequent
elimination of 400 environmental protection laws by Bush’s EPA.
Libertarians are equally well-intended, but today represent an
ideological train wreck existing at any given moment somewhere
between Grover Norquist and Jack Abramoff.
So, does that leave the Dems – or a revolution - our only hope?
Seems that way. But, either way, win or lose, if the Dems don’t
stand up and fight, take their hits, and give back better than
they take, their party, and our Democracy is finished.
As for the revolution, hell, it’s been underway ever since 1992
when the Democrats began winning elections but slowly losing the
will and the power to govern. If the Dems win again this day,
but the so called “Republicans” succeed in retaining power, the
revolution will be over.
The real haters of democracy will have overthrown the America of
her founding fathers and done so without firing a shot.
Man-oh-man, I can’t wait until Wednesday morning – I guess.
Dom Stasi <Responds1@aol.com> is Chief Technology Officer for a
national television network. An Air Force veteran, pilot,
engineer on Project Apollo, and author of two books and
twenty-seven peer reviewed papers, he is a widely published
science and technology writer and an American patriot.
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