Thursday, October 07, 2004

The Command Post - 2004 US Presidential Election - Stealing Elections

The Command Post - 2004 US Presidential Election - Stealing Elections: "Stealing Elections
I�ve been given a preview copy of John Fund�s new book, Stealing Elections: How Voter Fraud Threatens Our Democracy. I�ve just begun reading it, but it�s already interested me with a few facts:
The US ranks 139th out of 163 democracies in the rate of voter participation.
Philadelphia�s voter rolls have jumped 24% since 1995 at the same time that the city�s population has declined by 13%.
Then there�s this:
Even after Florida 2000, the media tend to downplay or ignore stories of election incompetence, manipulation or theft. Allowing such abuses to vanish into an informational black hole in effect legitimates them. The refusal to insist on simple procedural changes, such as requiring a photo ID at the polls, combined with secure technology and more vigorous prosecutions accelerates our drift toward banana-republic elections.