RFK Jr: Diebold's Paid Hacker Turns Whistleblower, Blackwell Bought 10K Diebold Stock
I've been following the issue of election fraud ever since the highly questionable 2000 results in Florida--but I learned a few new things from Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.'s latest article in this week's Rolling Stone:
* The highly partisan Ohio Secretary of State, Kenneth Blackwell, who wore the two incompatible hats of chairing the Bush 2004 campaign and overseeing the election in his state, bought $10,000 worth of Diebold stock shortly before trying to circumvent the competitive bidding process in favor of a Diebold-only "solution." Oh, the stink of corruption in the land!
* RFK found a Diebold whistleblower willing to go public: Chris Hood, who was part of an effort to patch 5000 voting machines in and around Atlanta (the most Demcoratic-leaning part of Georgia), personally patched 56 and directly observed the patching of 1200 others--under the direct supervision of the president of Diebold's elections division, Bob Urosevich, who flew in from Texas for the occasion. this was the election in which both the Governor and Senate races came out the opposite of everything that was expected, with Republicans winning despite huge leads by Democrats in polls the week before.
Georgia law mandates that any change made in voting machines be certified by the state. But thanks to [Georgia Secretary of State] Cox's agreement with Diebold, the company was essentially allowed to certify itself. "It was an unauthorized patch, and they were trying to keep it secret from the state," Hood told me. "We were told not to talk to county personnel about it. I received instructions directly from Urosevich. It was very unusual that a president of the company would give an order like that and be involved at that level."
My fellow Americans--we have the rights in a democracy to know that every eligible voter who tried to vote was able to do so...that every vote is recorded and counted...and that the count reflects the accurate reality of how those votes were actually cast. It is time to insist on these rights. Right now, we don't even know if we've had a coup, in election after election using these troubling machines and similar others from their competitors. We do know that there have been all sorts of irregularities, breakdowns, false totals, and more.
Senators Barbara Boxer and Chris Dodd have introduced emergency legislation to provide for--and fund--paper ballots in case of machine breakdown, in time for this year's election. Urge your Senators and Representatives to support this crucial measure.