Last night, CNN
told us Cynthia McKinney “enjoys solid support as she heads into the July
18 Democratic primary” in Atlanta, Georgia.
However, in America, 2006, it does not matter if a politician is supported
by her constituency because elections are little more than smoke and mirrors,
a crumbling facade slapped over the ugly face of dictatorship. Democratic
Underground posted the following press release this afternoon:
FOR IMMEDITATE RELEASE Contact: Jocco Baccus
July 18, 2006
DIEBOLD ELECTRONIC MACHINES MALFUNCTION, VOTE FOR OTHER CANDIDATE
(Decatur) After one hour of voting, the McKinney campaign has received
numerous calls that the voting machines are malfunctioning. Voters casting
votes for McKinney are reportedly having their votes switched by the machines
for Hank Johnson. This is not a new problem with Diebold machines. Lawyers
for the campaign have been alerted and said that If this situation is not
corrected, Cynthia McKinney for Congress will be forced to take additional
“A McKinney representative confirmed for me that these reports have been
coming in all morning,” adds the blogger Joseph
Cannon. “By every account, votes for Congresswoman McKinney have ‘morphed’
into votes for Johnson. So far, nobody has heard one anecdotal report of an
intended vote for Johnson turning into a vote for McKinney.”
Anecdotal or not, this is how elections work in America now—same as they
work in any other dictatorship.
Although the oft-cited Uncle Joe Stalin quote—”It’s not the
people who vote that count, it’s the people who count the votes”—is
assumed to be an urban legend, it is applicable to America, circa 2006. Our
ruling elite attempted to take down Cynthia McKinney for “assaulting”
a Capital Hill cop, but that didn’t work out as planned, so now they will
steal the election from her.
Question: will Cynthia McKinney’s supporters take to the streets and
wage a civil disobedience campaign like the people of Mexico after the elite
diebolded their election, or will they slump off and lick their wounds?
Follow up question: here in America, does the neocon Gestapo need kick in the
door before people resist this sort of transparent fascism?
Don’t answer. I have a pretty good idea.
From The Brad Blog
GA Dem Primary: Votes Intended for Cynthia McKinney
are being Flipped to Hank Johnson!!
The Diebold Machines Are In Action Again — Against A Congresswoman
Who Asks Tough Questions!
stay tuned — this could get VERY interesting
Guest blogged by Winter
According to a
message posted at Democratic Underground, Georgia voters attempting to vote
for Rep. Cynthia McKinney in today's Democratic Primary are seeing their votes
flipped to her opponent, Hank Johnson.
McKinney has a well-deserved reputation for speaking truth to power, asking
tough questions, and not backing down (see this
video, or read this
Diebold has a history of touch-screen
machines flipping votes from one candidate to another. This is commonly called
"vote-switching" or "vote-flipping".
has a history of very strange results in mid-term elections.
We'll have more about all this and perhaps some updates, as time permits.
Hat tips to Joseph
Cannon at Cannonfire as well as BradBloggers Jason, Laura and Chris.
More soon … but in the meantime:
Will somebody please call the cops?
UPDATE #1: Here's another
brief report from Cynthia McKinney's
Just after the polls opened, numerous problems with Diebold electronic voting
machines were noted. At one Rockdale precinct, reportedly a single Diebold
machine malfunction affected the performance of the entire sequence of machines
assigned to that precinct. Additionally, one machine didn't have a plug and
sat idle. In addition, workers were not adequately trained on the use of the
electronic pollbooks, resulting in unneccessary voter frustration.
When one McKinney voter realized too late that her intended vote had been
switched by the voting machine to a McKinney opponent, the polling place official's
response was "she needs to let us know next time before she casts her
ballot." McKinney campaign officials want to know, what about this time?
Not a half-bad question, I would say.
UPDATE #2. From Cynthia
One couple went to vote together, as they always do. When they arrived at
the polling place, the Diebold electronic pollbook was in use by officials.
The wife's name was in the electronic pollbook's database and she was allowed
to vote. The polling officials told the husband that he had already voted.
The husband, irate at hearing this news, and being told that he could not
vote, contacted McKinney headquarters and Team McKinney lawyers have been
dispatched to the precinct.
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