So now that Kerry has conceded the race without a complete audit of the results, I can come to only one conclusion: he doesn’t care. The Democrats should be FIGHTING for every chance, every possibility, making SURE that the results are in fact valid. But no. Kerry instead, calls the president, and then, according to CNN, says:
“I spoke to President Bush and I offered him and Laura our congratulations on their victory,” Kerry said in a speech to a cheering crowd in Boston.
“We talked about the division in our country and the need, desperate need, for unity. …Today, I hope we can begin the healing.”
WHAT THE FUCK!? Kerry — I guess your Skull and Bones brother is just fine. Go ahead. Lie down. Take it. Don’t contest it, oh no. Don’t stand up for anything. I guess it is fine that you didn’t get elected, if all you want is us all to be the same and all UNIFY under BUSH! Let’s um, start the healing. That’s the ticket. Yeah. Ok. I see now.
In the mean time, at least one group is FOIA’ing the government, requesting all relevant election day results and documents. As a result of their previous investigations, they found a 3 hour gap in the audit logs just last September in the primaries. Check them out. NOT THAT IT MATTERS, Kerry.
Black Box Voting – Bev Harris – one of the leading groups doing voting machine investigations. A nonpartisan, nonprofit, consumer protection group for elections.
Voting without auditing. (Are we insane?)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON Nov 3 2004 — Did the voting machines trump exit polls? There’s a way to find out.
Black Box Voting (.ORG) is conducting the largest Freedom of Information action in history. At 8:30 p.m. Election Night, Black Box Voting blanketed the U.S. with the first in a series of public records requests, to obtain internal computer logs and other documents from 3,000 individual counties and townships. Networks called the election before anyone bothered to perform even the most rudimentary audit.
America: We have permission to say No to unaudited voting. It is our right.
Among the first requests sent to counties (with all kinds of voting systems — optical scan, touch-screen, and punch card) is a formal records request for internal audit logs, polling place results slips, modem transmission logs, and computer trouble slips.
An earlier FOIA is more sensitive, and has not been disclosed here. We will notify you as soon as we can go public with it.
Such a request filed in King County, Washington on Sept. 15, following the primary election six weeks ago, uncovered an internal audit log containing a three-hour deletion on election night; “trouble slips” revealing suspicious modem activity; and profound problems with security, including accidental disclosure of critically sensitive remote access information to poll workers, office personnel, and even, in a shocking blunder, to Black Box Voting activists.
Black Box Voting is a nonpartisan, nonprofit consumer protection group for elections. You may view the first volley of public records requests here: Freedom of Information requests here
Responses from public officials will be posted in the forum, is organized by state and county, so that any news organization or citizens group has access to the information. Black Box Voting will assist in analysis, by providing expertise in evaluating the records. Watch for the records online; Black Box Voting will be posting the results as they come in. And by the way, these are not free. The more donations we get, the more FOIAs we are empowered to do. Time’s a’wasting.
We look forward to seeing you participate in this process. Join us in evaluating the previously undisclosed inside information about how our voting system works.
Play a part in reclaiming transparency. It’s the only way.
2 responses to “Concession without audit or verification – W.T.F !???”
Adam Curry has a link to a dutch comic site explaining how the Diepold machines really work 😉
Yeah, that is pretty much how it is. Although, unfortunately, in this case, in addition to what I’m SURE was vote rigging, I think also the American people did speak their support. Unfortunately, they don’t, as a majority, seem to agree with me.