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Was the 2004 Election Stolen?

Republicans prevented more than 350,000 voters in Ohio from casting ballots or having their votes counted — enough to have put John Kerry in the White House.

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Like many Americans, I spent the evening of the 2004 election watching the returns on television and wondering how the exit polls, which predicted an overwhelming victory for John Kerry, had gotten it so wrong. By midnight, the official tallies showed a decisive lead for George Bush — and the next day, lacking enough legal evidence to contest the results, Kerry conceded. Republicans derided anyone who expressed doubts about Bush’s victory as nut cases in ”tinfoil hats,” while the national media, with few exceptions, did little to question the validity of the election. The Washington Post immediately dismissed allegations of fraud as ”conspiracy theories,”(1) and The New York Times declared that ”there is no evidence of vote theft or errors on a large scale.”(2)

But despite the media blackout, indications continued to emerge that something deeply troubling had taken place in 2004. Nearly half of the 6 million American voters living abroad(3) never received their ballots — or received them too late to vote(4) — after the Pentagon unaccountably shut down a state-of-the-art Web site used to file overseas registrations.(5) A consulting firm called Sproul & Associates, which was hired by the Republican National Committee to register voters in six battleground states,(6) was discovered shredding Democratic registrations.(7) In New Mexico, which was decided by 5,988 votes,(8) malfunctioning machines mysteriously failed to properly register a presidential vote on more than 20,000 ballots.(9) Nationwide, according to the federal commission charged with implementing election reforms, as many as 1 million ballots were spoiled by faulty voting equipment — roughly one for every 100 cast.(10)

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  • I sent the link for the Rolling Stone article to the site a couple of hours ago and haven’t heard back and it hasn’t been posted on the site. It seems like people aren’t very interested in this and I don’t know why. If elections are stolen then there is nothing you can do to change anything.

  • Well, Mark, the truth dribbles forth.

    I do think that Bobby, Jr.’s taking up the cudgel means that the Democratic regulars simply can’t avoid the issue any more, though I don’t doubt they’ll continue to try. The Kennedy family is such an integral part of the Democratic Party that blowing this off would be unwise, not that that will stop the regulars.

    Thanks for your tireless efforts.


  • You have to understand a lot of the “progressive” bloggers don’t believe Election 2004 was stolen, either, despite all of the evidence.

    I have little use for them as it is, and if they can’t acknowledge it, well, I don’t bother reading them.

    It was clear to me the night before the election, when VP Dick Cheney was in Sparks, Nevada, for his second-to-last campaign appearance, that the Bush people were resigned to losing the election. I was there at the rally that night, and Cheney and all of the rest of the Republican speakers tried to put their best face on an almost certain loss.

    I was never that optimistic of Kerry’s chances to begin with, but little did I know…

    Election night I was at the Washoe County Democratic Party “victory party” watching the election results from the major networks (including cable), and I noticed immediately how much the MSM was trying to spin things in Bush’s favor. They stalled all night trying to give projections for states Kerry eventually won, but when they called Florida for Bush at just 8:30 Pacific time (despite numerous articles including a cover story in Newsweek commenting on problems with that state’s voting system in 2004), I KNEW they stole it again. I yelled out “Diebold” and “fraud” and walked out of the hotel, furious that yet another election had been stolen.

    It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out the GOP now will do anything to rig elections in their favor since they no longer have enough voters on their side.

  • Professor Miller,

    Perhaps RFK, Jr. can write an Introduction for “Fooled Again”?

    Maybe for a revised or paperback edition? It seems that his Kennedy name, stature, and longevity with Riverkeeper gives him the clout to give election fraud some attention. I was very disappointed that your well-researched book seemed much more ignored than this Rollingstone article.

    Also, timing seems to be an issue: the 2006 ‘referendum on Bush’ (Katrina’s total failure combined with three years in Iraq with the situation worsening and Bush pledging not to end our involvement) during the midterm Congressional elections. It has become fashionable to whip Bush finally as a national joke. Shrub is almost getting it as bad as Carter, although Bush is far worse.

    Such a climate might make your book better received if re-released, perhaps re-entitled “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” if it includes some of the HAVA implementation shenanigans of late, Harris of Florida and Ken Blackwell’s candidacies, and maybe a citizens’ guide to what we can do to help safeguard our own elections and our own votes, locally.

    Let me know if you want a researcher or assistant! I blog at

    In any case, RFK, Jr. seems to work well with others. He’s joining Greg Palast in NYC on WBAI next week. Maybe he’ll give you a boost by writing an introduction for your revised edition.

    Isn’t it crazy that the media treats punditry like brand names? That being the case, maybe you can jump onto this bandwagon that you helped get rolling.

  • just ripped Kennedy’s article into bite-sized pieces.

  • Hardly. Farhad Manjoo is an idiot.

  • Manjoo’s article is being discussed at the Digby blog. Digby is very well regarded by other progressive bloggers such as C&L and Firedoglake and others that have avoided the issue. If Digby picks up on it, that will definitely help get the progressive ball rolling.

  • Farhad is not an idiot. And yes, I have now read Kennedy’s article in Rolling Stone. A complete waste. I saw all kinds of holes and inconsistencies in the article. How many trees did they have to kill to print this? Enviros should be hoppin’ mad.

  • Excellent points, Susan. And I also agree with Enzo Titolo, that getting RFK Jr to write an intro for Fooled Again’s PB release is a perfecto idea.

  • I just discovered Mark Crispin Miller a few weeks ago on a TUC Radio broadcast of a talk he gave at a US university in early May. That radio was was re-broadcast by a local university station here in Atlantic Canada.

    Since then, I have been spreading his message to young people through a message board with a subscription base of about 2000 people. There is a gathering every summer here in Nova Scotia attended by 5000 to 6000 young people. We come together over great music, awareness, activism, and peace.

    If Mark Crispin Miller reads this thread and wants to plan a family vacation to Nova Scotia this summer around the first week of August — he could rock out at our jamband festival, and give us Canadians a wake-up call, since our new prime minister has crawled up Bushes arse so far, if George stops too fast, Stephen Harper will disappear.

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