Score one (at last) for the Election Integrity movement!

Late last night, after Obama took Ohio, Karl Rove was on Fox News, doggedly refusing to concede. He insisted that Ohio was still in play, as Romney was going to win in Hamilton County—where the votes were “counted” on machines made and maintained by Hart InterCivic, a company effectively controlled by Romney’s family. (The same machines were also used in Williams County.)

So it’s not surprising that the GOP’s Lord Voldemort foresaw an “upset victory” in that county. It is surprising that he said it on Fox News, and when the game was obviously lost, so that a sudden Romney “victory” in Ohio would have seemed especially suspicious—even in the eyes of Rove’s old allies on Fox News (or those not in the loop).

To those of us with vivid memories of Election Nights 2000 and 2004, it was a creepy moment—and things got even creepier when Brad Friedman reported that the website of the Ohio SoS had suddenly gone down, which had also happened at that very hour eight years before; and when it had come back on, Kerry, who had been ahead, was now behind. And—horribly—the rest was history.

But that didn’t happen this time, as Rove had obviously lost control—of himself (his recklessness in mouthing off like that was staggering), and, infinitely more important, of his well-oiled, fabulously subsidized election-theft machine. For all his plans, and all the preparations made by Ohio SoS Jon Husted (among others), Rove was clearly overruled on this Election Day, as cooler heads prevailed.

The fact is that, this time, yet another late-night “upset victory” would have been too risky—for the US press had finally done its job, enough to make a lot of people conscious of what’s happened to our voting system, and, therefore,of what could happen to let Romney “win.” 

The honor roll includes, among many others, Harper’s (for publishing Victoria Collier’s brilliant overview), the Atlantic, Esquire, the Christian Science Monitor, Forbes (which came out with a killer piece about Ohio’s voting system early on Election Day), Huffington Post, and even DailyKos (which had been fervently denialist since 2004). 

This time, such organs, and others, played up news that most of them would once have buried or ignored—especially the news of what was happening in Ohio, broken by Gerry Bello and Bob Fitrakis in the Columbus Free Press, and carried even by such unlikely outlets as Fox 19 in Cincinnati

In short, our work online was finally resonating through the mainstream press—not the New York Times or CNN, of course, but others numerous and respectable enough to give some traction to the questions we’ve been raising for so many years. Thus the old smear of “conspiracy theory” finally sounded not like common sense but like the mere ad hominem evasion that it’s really always been; and so those few who used that smear this time were shot to pieces for it. 

When NBC’s Chuck Todd compared concerns about e-voting to “birther garbage,” Brad Friedman cleaned his clock, with a devastating catalogue of proven instances of fraud that didn’t just expose the ignorance of NBC’s so-called “elections expert,” but which can now be used by anyone who wants to fight for fair elections. 

And, as usual, that tired old slur came not just from the corporate media but, even louder, from the left—ThinkProgress and Alternet both coming out with marvelously stupid pieces whose effect, potentially, is so destructive that Karl Rove himself might just as well have written them. (In its error-riddled item calling the Hart InterCivic story “FALSE,” used Alternet as a source.) And yet the dozens of smart, angry comments posted in response to those outrageous screeds make clear that leftist pundits can no longer get away with laughing off this all-important fight for real elections in America.

It’s time to put an end to such complacent jeering; because people need to know—and want to know—what’s happened here, and what they can do about it. That growing public interest is the reason why our work has finally broken through, with Brad, Victoria, Bob, Gerry and Harvey Wasserman, Jonathan Simon, Sally Castleman, Richard Charnin, Michael Collins, Greg Palast, Bev Harris, John Ennis, Sheila Parks, Paul Lehto, Marta Steele and so many others (and please do forgive me if I didn’t name you here—I’m really tired!) finally seeing, if not their names in lights, their vital findings resonating through the public sphere. In my own case, that broad public interest recently came home to me when my half-hour interview with Heather Wokusch on MNN (NYC’s public access channel) instantly went viral up on YouTube, getting over 80,000 hits in just four days.

And it’s because our work has reached so many people that it’s not just we ourselves who spread the word, but countless others who aren’t activists. As Rove and his confederates mulled their options yesterday, who knows how much they fretted over that explosive bit of video posted by “centralpavoter,” showing that an ES&S iVotronic e-voting machine had repeatedly flipped his Obama vote to Romney? (The Raleigh Telegram reported that the same thing was happening on machines in North Carolina.) The fact that it went viral—vividly disproving the GOP’s propaganda claimsthat Democrats were somehow flipping Romney votes—had to help decide them not to rip off this election after all. 

So while this day after is a thrilling time for Democrats, it is a moment of rare triumph for those fighting for legitimate elections in America. We’re feeling this elation not because Barack Obama won, but because we’ve helped prevent the right from pulling off another “win” despite the will of the electorate. And—despite that Democratic sweep—we will keep up this fight to realize American democracy itself, which must be saved not only from Karl Rove, the Kochs and Sheldon Adelson, but from the long joint grip of both the parties, and the money flooding through them. 



From Victoria Collier:


The awareness of potential GOP vote rigging was unprecedented leading up to the 2012 November election, and it made a difference. Many within the election integrity movement – Progressives, Libertarians and even Republicans – did not believe that Mitt Romney could win in honest elections.

Election Day 2012 did see break-downs of electronic voting machines all across the country, enormous lines in African-American districts, and we will probably end up tallying millions of likely-Democratic votes lost in voter roll purges, discarded ballots, and other votes lost to GOP robo-calling and other dirty tricks.

Which means that, as in 2008, it’s likely that Democratic wins are much larger than officially recorded.

But the alarms had been sounded presidential vote-rigging was unprecedented and MILLIONS of eyes were on Ohio and Florida.

Though we still have a task in front of us – instituting election reform; clean elections, the end of corporate campaign financing, and transparent vote counting – we must count this election in many ways as a victory for our movement.

Victoria Collier

14 replies on “Score one (at last) for the Election Integrity movement!”

Election Integrity people are the best and the most trusting of regular Americans to decide a better direction for their own families, communities and country.

Thanks so much to you all.

Ray, either that piece was not on the main page, or they ran it before Markos Moulitsas announced that DKos would no longer publish anything on the theft of that election—which he did.

If you can find anything on the subject between the time your piece came out and recently, I’d like very much to know about it.

Years of hard work by Mark and his colleagues finally paid off for the country. Thank you so very much Mark.
Chris Jonsson

I would also add the names of Robert Kennedy, Jr., Clifford Arnebeck, Lynn Landes, Clint Curtis, Karen Renick and Vickie Karp…and many others as you say.

And a big thanks to the following group of people whose work backed up, supported and may have made the difference in the success of the work of all the election integrity people.

Veterans Today, also active and retired military, intelligence, police and other department agents who worked as researchers/journalists should and let the public know, just in time.

Post election Update:

Romney, Landslide Loser Refuses Timely Concession

GOP Retains Control in the House, Dems Sweep Senate

…by Gordon Duff, Senior Editor

America does some really dumb things but running an organized crime boss for president, and a bumbling wimp of one at that, this had gone too far.

What we can tell you is that the senior active and retired intelligence and top law enforcement and DOJ professionals, the drug enforcement officers, they are the ones that beat Romney, not the Obama campaign.

They wouldn’t allow Romney to turn America into something even worse than the seemingly hopeless mess we have now and moved.

Probably the worst scam in the entire election was the accusations made by a few stooges, some former military, sold out to organized crime, that accused the president of murdering an ambassador in order to try to lose the election.

Add to that a phony corporate media who never attempted to dig out who paid for ex-CIA Rev. Terry Jones’ all day Muslim rant webcast that cost millions of dollars.

This was a smoking gun that the whole thing was the expected October surprise, and took us only a day to find out who all was involved. Data mining is a wonderful thing.

These stories need to be kept and whenever one of these phony military fatass types tries to cash in, they need to be shut down. Veterans Today’s archives are backed up on proxy servers off shore and can never be ‘disappeared’, hacked or firebombed.

Then we have Hannity, Dick Morris, George Will, Newt, and, don’t forget poor Sheldon “Kiss of Death” Adelson who thought he bought five states for Romney and got none.

Then we can see how well the Israel lobby did, New York is solidly Obama and, as of this writing, Florida is in play, a state that was supposed to be solid Romney territory with his Cuban connections.

Oops, we forget. Romney got burned for his Castro meetings.

The other upside is that the Israel lobby is now where it belongs, toothless, its massive influx of illegal cash into race after race and voters in almost ever case went the other way.

Cuba, the recent revelations, burned Romney more than we suspected. We ran the story, pushed to do so at the last minute but didn’t think it would get solid distribution.

We were wrong. We simply published, others put it in the hands of key political figures and squashed Romney’s backing in several key political and ethnic groups.

Our intel friends were busy in more areas also.

They leaked Romney’s ties to blood diamonds, money laundering, his ties to Castro and the cartels in Mexico and Columbia.

They even leaked his mistress, a Russian/Cuban spy name Maria Perez Andropov.

A few days before the election, what may actually be the best we have, a flawed lot I admit, but including key members of our military, moved on Romney and Netanyahu and, and, and…


We can no longer accept the government under these circumstances, the money in politics, the rule by special interest, the war for profit and the imposed third world slavery that the American people are expecting their grandchildren to face.

Obama doesn’t get off the hook. He is now free to do all those thing he promised.


The fun followup will be the wild conspiracy mongering that has already begun on Fox News, claiming ACORN and the Black Panthers rigged the election.

It is a reasonable estimate, not without some backing, that 5 million votes were flipped to Romney through software hacking, ballot box stuffing and simply destroying ballots.

He still lost big.


…here…despite the fact we are the largest active veterans group and, by miles the most politically effective, we continue to be minimized.

Veterans don’t need cigarettes, booze and bingo. Americans don’t need a police state. If government doesn’t want to hear the unpleasant truth, it can change or we will find a way of removing it. We didn’t take down the criminal cabal around Romney and his Bush associates by ourselves but we were a third of that effort, done without one cent of fund raising.

We had Americans with us. Again, my thanks to all that stood with us at VT, numbers I would never have imagined. I am humbled. Please post all election conspiracy theories in the comment section


You’re already all over this MCM, but anything you can do to further break down what was going on behind the scenes at Rove’/Husted’s Black Box HQ Tuesday night would be a public service. (It must have been sheer awesome chaos.) My worry is that now we’ve wont the election, complacency will rule again for another four years, despite Obama’s statement in his victory speech. I saw you speak in Baltimore in the fall of 2008, and someone should give you a medal one of these days.

(I.e., the meme right now out there in the media is that Rove’s tantrum was a symbol of GOP denialism — and — while there’s truth to that –as you point out, it was, far more crucially, a picture of someone whose covert agenda was being derailed.)

It’s true there was much more coverage about election rigging in the mainstream media before this election than ever before. But I don’t think Karl Rove was particularly concerned about stories in the magazines and blogs mentioned above, they are not read by most Americans. On election night on Fox News Rove was confidently saying the networks were calling Ohio too soon for Obama. Later that night the Ohio Secretary of State’s website went down just like in 2004 before Kerry was robbed. I think Rove tried to steal it and was thwarted, either by Anonymous or some group within the establishment more powerful than Rove and the Koch brothers. Your guess is as good as mine.
Even after the theft of probably millions of votes Obama has a 3 million vote “mandate” (contrary to the spin in the mainstream news). We now have to work harder than ever to get the dems to reform elections, including getting rid of the voting machines in favor of hand counted paper ballots and hopefully federal financing of elections. The changing demographics of the country ensures the end of the republican party, an emboldened democratic party, and hopefully the end of the corporate destruction of the United States; if only our votes are counted accurately every election.

One other point worth making — it was surely becoming obvious by that point in the evening to Rove’s confederates that stealing Ohio wouldn’t have been enough. To me, that may have been the decisive issue — Obama was swamping too many of the smaller swing states. Had he been unable to, I suspect they would have stuck with their strategy.

In a parallel universe, though, Ohio ended up in Romney’s column, and Obama lost just enough other states to make Florida yet another nightmare- — and had that happened, I doubt he’d be 50,000 + votes ahead there now. Not if it had had mattered enough to decide the election. They would have made sure of that.

Btw, Husted has a new idea for 2016:

Evan, the worry for Rove et al. would not be the combined readerships of those magazines and blogs. Rather, it would be the possibility of some prosecutorial attention—an investigation (or investigations) leading to indictments. Although they don’t reach millions, the outlets that began reporting on this issue at long last are respectable enough to make such scrutiny much likelier than ever.

You begin by suggesting that Romney is going to cheat, find that he doesn’t? How about an apology. Romney has more integrity in his little finger than the black panther, acorn types in the dem party!

I collected the data at precincts on Election Day. The provisional ballots (which were not counted) were running 9-10%–Hamilton County. That large percentage is unprecedented.

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