The fact that electronic voting machines don't work may finally be
sinking into a segment of the mainstream media. The fact that e-voting machines
can, have been, and will be used to steal elections, continues to go unreported.
At least the corporate media has moved from framing the allegations of e-voting
fraud as “conspiracy theory” into reporting epic errors in election
Both USA Today and the New York Times have run recent articles on the mechanical
problems surrounding electronic voting that mirror much of what happened during
the theft the presidential election in Ohio 2004.
On March 28, USA Today's front page reported, that "Primary voting-machine
troubles raise concerns for general election." The story focused on primaries
in Illinois and Texas, where all-too-familiar problems include more votes being
counted than there were registered voters, and thousands of votes missing from
Even Texas voters couldn’t ignore the fact that an initial ballot tally
in Ft. Worth showed 150,000 votes “. . . even though there were only one-third
that many voters,” according to USA Today.
The conservative Republican candidate for the Texas Supreme Court believes
he was the legitimate winner in a race he "officially" seems to have
lost. Various reports indicate there were vote counts in the election that were,
like many in Ohio 2004, simply not credible.
On March 23 the Times editorialized in support of a unanimous resolution by
the Maryland legislature to dump Diebold touchscreens and use opti-scan paper-based
systems instead. The move "is just the latest indication that common sense
is starting to prevail in the battle over electronic voting," said the
The USA Today article featured a graph showing the hundreds of millions of
dollars being spent under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) to install electronic
voting machines in key states such as California, New York, Texas, Florida,
Illinois, Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Yet, the e-voting machines are just part of the digital problem facing U.S.
voters. Diebold’s election software packages include what many activists
describe as “one stop shopping” for election fraud. Most of the
e-voting machine companies also sell software that creates digital electronic
voter registration databases. In the Cleveland area, an estimated 7000 voters
were knocked off the voter registration rolls when Cuyahoga County Board of
Elections adopted the Diebold registration system. The e-voting machine companies
can control everything electronically, from voter registration to election day
vote recording to final vote tabulation and recounting.
Neither the Times nor USA Today nor any other major national publication has
been willing to take the problem to its logical conclusion. None have seriously
investigated how these very electronic machines were used to help steal the
presidential election in Ohio 2004, or to defeat two electoral reform issues
in Ohio 2005, or to swing key US Senate races in places such as Georgia, Minnesota
and Colorado in 2002.
But the fact that these publications are finally acknowledging the obvious,
overwhelming mechanical "glitches" with these machines is at least
a start. Now that the Government Accountability Office has confirmed electronic
voting equipment is easily hackable for mass vote stealing, and now that the
Times and USA Today have reported that there are serious mechanical problems,
maybe somebody at one of these media outlets will finally come to the obvious
conclusion: electronic voting machines are merely high-tech devices designed
to steal elections. And that is precisely why George W. Bush is in the White
Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman
are co-authors of HOW THE GOP STOLE AMERICA'S 2004 ELECTION & IS RIGGING
2008, available at www.freepress.org. They are co-editors, with Steve Rosenfeld,
of WHAT HAPPENED IN OHIO?, soon to be published by the New Press.