Election rigging in the U. S. election compared with election rigging in the Ukraine election.
The San Francisco Chronicle
To the Editor:
Your recent editorial, "The mess in the Ukraine," (The Chronicle, November 29) was amazingly smug and complacent about the pathetic state of our computerized and secretly-counted elections in the United States. How about the mess in the U.S.? At least the Ukrainians still have elections with traditional paper ballots that are hand-counted. We have no such luck. In our election, over thirty million votes were cast on Diebold electronic voting machines that failed to provide a paper trail. Thousands of Kerry voters using these Diebold voting machines hit the Kerry button, but the machine registered a "Bush" vote. Doesn't this suggest that there is a serious problem with the integrity of our elections. These computer "anomalies," computer "glitches," computer "mistakes" and computer "errors" invariably favored Bush. Magical, huh? Add in that most of our votes were counted and tabulated on machines and systems owned and operated by Diebold, ES&S, Sequoia and SAIC, four interlocked secretive right-wing computer voting machine manufacturers. Houston, I think that we have a problem. "Trust us" is not a good enough answer after the problems which we first experienced in the 2000 Presidential election voting in Florida. Two years later, Republican underdogs in Georgia won the Governor and the Senator races in elections that only used Diebold computerized voting machines that provided no paper trails. More magic? Without paper trails for every vote, it will be impossible to prove that this 2004 Presidential election was not stolen.
James K. Sayre
29 November 2004
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