"Voter fraud" is not the problem

The problem is election fraud.
Pass it on.
From Paul Lehto:
This scandal involving United States Attorneys/Prosecutors is continuing to get larger and may result in another Justice Dept. resignation and removal, and that may be Alberto Gonzales himself.
In a nutshell there was pressure on these federal prosecutors to bring VOTER fraud prosecutions and they all refused and are now fired. (As opposed to election fraud) This focuses the government’s investigatory powers on the least likely places for abuse: individual voters who get very low payoffs (one lousy vote) in exchange for a felony, when it all takes place way out in the open, and creates a lot of evidence along the way…..
The chance here is to highlight how these nonexistent voter fraud issues emanate from the VISIBLE portion of our elections systems. But there is also a huge INVISIBLE portion of our elections systems that is unmonitored, and is where any reasonable criminal would operate. This is the realm of trade secret electronic vote counting by private vendors, where democracy itself has been outsourced, privatized and transparency eliminated.
By using the above visible/invisible dichotomy, and moving on to mention at least in passing secret electronic vote counting, we can get some viral messages out there about evoting and more importantly DEMOCRACY, right now through letters to the editor, etc. Just give your opinion on the prosecutors’ scandal, and add no more than a paragraph (since it is slightly off topic) about the unlikelihood of what the Republicans were pressing for, AS OPPOSED TO the much greater likelihood when there are huge payoffs like reversing entire elections that are available with evoting. When you consider that successful election cheaters become officials, and even election officials, shame should be cast upon those who try to focus the defense of elections upon citizen voters as a class, who are the real supervisors and bosses in a representative democracy. Although we do not condone double voting, there is something unseemly about government SERVANTS turning the entire focus of our investigative police branches on the citizens, when the #1 suspects in any election fraud will always be the insiders, who are the only ones with the power to deliver the desired result — the election result.
Besides, anybody who thinks that elections are not at great risk year in and year out must not love America or understand the attractions of power. It borders on the most idiotic statements ever uttered, but there are still those who try to claim that it is “paranoid” or “conspiratorial” to suggest that ANYBODY would try to alter elections that are for the control of the world’s only superpower and the world’s richest country…! What does history teach in this regard?? For those that haven’t read history books, consider that virtually all of us will (by inviting only our likeminded friends) stuff the electronic ballot box in an “unscientific” online poll. When we do this, we don’t care in the slightest that the result may be rendered unrepresentative and even MORE unscientific because we want the MORE JUST side in the poll to win. So, even without considering the fact that American elections are for control of the world’s richest nation and sole military superpower, we can add to the list of suspects anybody who REALLY STRONGLY BELIEVES JUSTICE IS AT STAKE in American elections. They will want to stuff that ballot box in order to give justice and righteousness a chance!
So, while it is a good instinct to be suspicious about elections, being suspicious about VOTER FRAUD is entirely misleading. Election fraud is where it’s at.
I’ll cut and paste a recent message I sent out below in case you want additional food for thought or talking points in this area. Feel free to write me at if you want more information or articles, because this is a rich issue. And don’t forget, (I never do) that the August 2006 Zogby poll (just google “Zogby 92%” without quotes) shows that 92% of the american public wants to be able to observe vote counting and obtain information on vote counting. All those eyeballs deter crime, that’s why there is very little for these federal prosecutors to move on, even though all of felon voting is in the VISIBLE portion of elections…..
Paul Lehto

While (to some) it may remain uncertain in some people’s minds as to whether or not 2004 was a stolen election, at some level we need not be too fixated on those folks because some things even greater and more important than that are beyond debate:

1. Even if a particular election isn’t stolen, *our DEMOCRACY clearly has been stolen,* in that the indispensable attribute of a representative democracy is gone: namely, that the people are in charge and the source of all legitimate power, and the government workers are the servants. The public is undeniably no longer in charge at any level in this country when the public can’t see the vote counting, can’t obtain any information about it, and in most cases is held to have no standing to do anything about it.

In stark contrast, the counting of the vote is a piece of corporate PROPERTY called a trade secret, thus showing that we are not talking about corporate “influence” over our government we are talking about *corporate OWNERSHIP of the HEART of democracy.* As with all forms of property, We the People are being kicked out as trespassers, since property implies the exclusive right to control (witness the Sarasota ruling upholding trade secrecy rights as, apparently, being more important than the integrity of that congressional election).

2. Even the critics agree that, based on secret vote counting, there is *no basis for confidence in American elections*. ANY of them (elections), if they are electronic. It may not pay to get bogged down in the specifics of any given election dispute when even critics of exit polls as evidence of irregularities in the 2004 elections are forced to and in actual cases have conceded that there’s no basis for confidence in the 2004 election or any other election, *they just don’t think the affirmative fraud case is PROVED.*

We shouldn’t and don’t require anything more than “no basis for confidence in elections” to justify emergency intervention to set the election system straight.

So, we should take back our elections, and now.

Why can’t politicians find a way to serve the 92% that want to observe election vote counting and obtain information about it, *PARTICULARLY WHEN for politicians to do otherwise, is engaging in corrupt self-dealing whereby politicians are directly voting that THEIR OWN RE-ELECTIONS should retain electronic secret vote counting, an undeniably corrupt and non-confidence-producing method of election management.*

This huge conflict of interest that politicians have, if brought into the light of day, should mean that politicians are falling all over themselves to find the most transparent possible system of vote counting and elections that makes the 92% extremely happy.

I’ve recommended before that people meet with politicians, explain the needs of democracy and the conflict of interest, and if they continue to claim (as a few

have) that the only politically “realistic” thing to expect is more electronic secret vote counting, whip out your camera and get that on film for the sake of posterity. It would mean that YOU WERE THERE when they turned the corner even on a limited representative democracy and thumbed their noses at the public, ( i.e. at “government of the People, by the People and for the People”) telling We the People in the clearest possible terms that the public is no longer in charge, and that the heart of democracy is a wholly owned corporate asset, in the very most literal sense possible.

—Paul Lehto

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