Paul Lehto on "election nullification"
Court Rules Against Voter-Supervised Elections
A RawStory exclusive Interview with Paul Lehto, covering recent election nullification of yet another congressional challenge, this time on the Republican primary ballot in Nevada (the judge favoring congressional candidate and secretary of state Dean Heller of Nevada (R-Sequoia Voting Systems)), and also covering the possible application of the constitutional Art I, sec. 5 “election nullification” arguments overbroadly but successfully applied in California’s 50th Cong. District to the congressional seat recently vacated by Tom DeLay in Texas in order to steal a seat presently slated as a pickup for the Democrats in Congress.
Lehto argues that there MUST BE AND THERE ARE public rights and ability to supervise elections, consistent with his Zogby poll he commission in August 2006 showing 92% support in the public for public witnessing of vote counting and public right to information regarding vote counting. See
The few critics of Lehto’s position regarding congressional election contests by citizens that have emerged state (in essence) that Lehto is wrong on the law and it simply does not provide citizen rights in elections, and they claim that only congressional candidates can file and only with the Clerk of the House of Representatives, where the House gets to “check and balance” its own exercise of absolute power to swear someone in prematurely, before well over ten thousand ballots are counted and weeks before completion of vote counting and certification. They say the exclusive jurisdiction of the legislative branch must be protected and is protected by the clear language of Art. 1 sec 5.
Lehto’s response: “This ignores the issue of whether the premature swearing was a constitutionally valid act, because if it is, then we need not have elections at all since the power to swear in will trump at any time. Indeed the North County Times quotes the judge as specifically stating “once the House selects its member,” exclusive authority passes to the House. The use of the phrase that Congress “selects” rather than the People “elect” is important, I think, if you’re serious about democracy. See Democracy Denied: Meet the New Boss, at paragraph 1
Furthermore, if my critics were right and the citizens have indeed been left bereft of any meaningful rights in elections, then this case and these arguments need EVEN MORE attention, since the public definitely does not know or expect that their politicians and judges are operating this way. I expect that 92% or more of all Americans will be angry about this kind of premature election nullification where congresspeople are selected by the House instead of elected by the People, and any reduction from that high figure will be from overly partisan folks who take the other side because they like the political party that won. But ultimately, stripped of party labels, all Americans know this is dead wrong, it’s just easier to clarify the law through the Courts than storming the halls of Congress to demand our democracy back.”

Has Bush gone over the edge?

An increasing number of Republicans, ranging from former conservative Congressman Joe Scarborough to former President George H.W. Bush, worry that President George W. Bush’s tenuous hold on reality is slipping away and the leader of the free world may be sliding into a full-fledged mental breakdown.

Scarborough sounded the warning recently when he devoted an episode of his MSNBC talk show to the topic “Is Bush an Idiot?” Other published reports say Bush’s own father is worried about his son’s mental state. Psychiatrists who have observed Bush during his presidency share this concern.

Bush family insiders say the former President’s concern over his son’s mental state was a primary reason why the President made a rare appearance at the family home in Connecticut during August. Bush rarely visits his father. In fact, NBC news anchor Brian Williams recently reported that former President Bill Clinton, who defeated the elder Bush after one term, visits his former rival more often.

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UPDATE: MCM on WNYC today!

I’ll be on Brian Lehrer’s show at 10:05 a.m.

VISIT where you can link up and listen to Brian’s show.


Five things to do before Election Day

Five things to do before Election Day (and starting now):

1. Call, write and email the press–newspapers, magazines, radio and TV stations, Web sites, etc. –and demand that they start covering election fraud, and efforts at election reform, locally and nationwide.
2. Call, write and email your elected representatives, demanding that they start to talk about the issue, and asking where they stand on it. (Concerning it, the Democrats have been all talk–and not very much of that. A few months ago, Hillary Clinton, in Columbus, gave a powerful speech about election fraud in Ohio. She got a huge response, then dropped the issue. Why? Does she not want to be elected president some day? If she intends to do it honestly, she ought to face this problem now.)
3. Work to build the turn-out on Election Day. The bigger the turn-out, the harder it will be to justify the GOP’s next “upset victory.” This time, we must cast the act of going out to vote as itself a crucial gesture on behalf of free and fair elections. This next national turn-out must be larger than it’s ever been in any mid-term cycle.
4. Volunteer to monitor the voting in your precinct, or wherever you decide you’re needed most.
You’ll need to be prepared, because “observing” per se just won’t cut it any more. Be an exit-polling volunteer, or track the precinct postings and record the data, or watch the vote-count, or see how long the lines are. Be sure to bring a video camera, so that you have the footage to support your claims.
5. At the same time, look past this next election, and get ready, psychologically, to stand up and say “NO” if there is reason to believe that the official outcome is suspicious. In 2000, 2002 and 2004, we let the Bush Republicans waltz off with three unlikely “victories” (and we let the Democrats, by and large, sit there as limp as noodle). The time for such passivity is over. If we regard ourselves as citizens of a democracy, we are now morally obliged to say “Enough!”–as they did in Ukraine, and as they’re doing now in Mexico.

A letter to the Washington Post

To the Editor of the Washington Post

In his op-ed column “México: Democracy Under Threat”
Enrique Krause gives a delightful short history of
democracy in México. Oddly, however, he asserts that
“[2006 presidential candidate] López Obrador isn’t the
heir of liberal democrats Benito Juárez and Francisco
I. Madero, but of Porfirio Díaz and Victoriano Huerta,
the coup leaders who smothered Mexico’s two initial
attempts at democracy.” In fact, like Juárez and
Madero, López Obrador has dedicated his life to
improving the lot of lower income citizens, while Díaz
and Huerta were military generals unswervingly
friendly to big business. A notable omission in Dr.
Krause’s history was populist Cuauhtémoc Cárdenas’
early lead in his 1988 bid for the Mexican presidency,
which mysteriously vanished after a computer crash.
In the 2004 U.S. Election, the exit polls showed Kerry
leading nationally by nearly 3% all day long, but
following a computer blackout they had him losing by
about 3%. Dr. Krause wonders what Americans would
have thought had Kerry claimed “massive fraud” and
asked his followers to protest on the Mall in
Washington. I wonder too.

David G.
San Carlos, Sonora, México


Phone briefing on military vote! Today!

From: DoD Advisories [mailto:dladvisories_sender@DTIC.MIL]
Sent: Tuesday, September 05, 2006 10:06 AM
Subject: Armed Forces Federal Voting Assistance Program
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No. 076-06 September 05, 2006
Armed Forces Federal Voting Assistance Program
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"HACKED!" is now available on-line!

September 5, 2006
Publication Announcement

New Book Exposes Evidence Connecting Electronic Voting with Election Fraud

HACKED! High Tech Election Theft in America
11 Experts Expose the Truth

Edited by Abbe Waldman DeLozier and Vickie Karp

Austin, TX – Sept. 5, 2006 – Dedicated editors Abbe DeLozier and Vickie Karp break through the confusion surrounding the issue of electronic voting and stolen elections by compiling a weighty treatise, HACKED! High Tech Election Theft in America, featuring 11 recognized experts on how electronic voting has stolen our democracy. Among them: Bev Harris, Lynn Landes, Bob Fitrakis, Harvey Wasserman, Victoria Collier, Kathleen Wynne, Jeremiah Akin, and others. The contributors have been working on election reform issues for years.

DeLozier and Karp produce evidence and information leading to the conclusion that elections are being stolen in America. Every American will want to read this vital information so important to preserving our democracy.

The editors went to great lengths researching and compiling the most compelling documented evidence available on electronic vote fraud to illuminate this issue in its entirety for the public.

HACKED relays clear examples of the shocking problems with these machines, the conflicts of interest with ownership of voting equipment vendors, and details how American taxpayers were sold a bill of goods to pay for the very election systems the editors believe are stealing their votes. It also proposes a simple, inexpensive solution to the electronic voting crisis, and explains why it is so imperative that Americans start TODAY to reclaim their elections. The book includes action steps that citizens can take to do so.

“HACKED! is a stunning expose of stolen elections and election voting manipulation. It is shocking and alarming. The book by Abbe Waldman DeLozier and Vickie Karp is designed to wake up America. I am sure it will!” Helen Thomas, Hearst Newspapers Columnist and author of Watchdogs of Democracy?

HACKED! High Tech Election Theft in America is a key read to finally understanding what’s happened to your stolen votes, and how to get them back!

Publication Date: August 2006; PRICE:$15.00 /PAGES:248;Soft cover

ISBN#0-615-13255-3; Truth Enterprises Publishing



Mounting evidence of fraud in Mexico


Result Could Explain Electoral Authorities’ Reluctance to Release Recount Data

For Immediate Release: September 2, 2006

WASHINGTON – The Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR) has found a significant loss of votes for PAN presidential candidate Felipe Calderón in a sample of recounted ballots.

Adding up the numbers for 1,706 ballot boxes (casillas) shows a loss of 1,362 votes for Felipe Calderón. Andrés Manuel López Obrador of the PBT shows a gain of 77 votes.

“This is inexplicably one-sided, with Calderón losing votes but López Obrador not losing any,” said CEPR Co-Director Mark Weisbrot. “It is also a significant percentage of votes in an election this close.”

The 1,362 votes lost by Calderón represent 0.54 percent of his votes in these ballot boxes.

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Shock troops for the new theocracy



Why Mexico matters

BLOGGED BY Michael Collins ON 9/3/2006 10:56PM

Why Mexico Matters
Looking South: Organized and Passionate Activism

Guest blogged by Michael Collins