Bernie Sanders Is the Most Popular Politician in the Country, but the Mainstream Media Is Ignoring Him (3/25/2018)

Extreme Gerrymandering & the 2018 Midterm (3/23/2018)

Knowing Russia intends to hack Midterms, GOP fires key election official battling cyber attacks (2/24/2018)

Who Needs Congressional Districts? (2/20/2018)

Trump Is Undermining the 2020 Census. Marginalized Communities Will Bear the Brunt. (1/5/2018)

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin Releases Report Detailing Two Decades of Putin's Attacks on Democracy, Calling for Policy Changes Ahead of 2018, 2020 Elections (1/10/2018)

Former DNI chief Clapper: Intel community cast doubt on the legitimacy of the 2016 election (9/23/2017)

Kris Kobach: Spearheading the Newest Voter Suppression Effort (8/31/2016))

Seen from the global South, U.S. elections inspire jokes about the deeply flawed democracy that the United States seeks to impose on the rest of the world. When democratically elected governments try to challenge the global capitalist system, they become targets for military intervention, coups d'etat, and furious attempts to destabilize their political and economic systems. So defects of the U.S. electoral system become glaring: scheduling election days on workdays rather than national holidays or Sundays: buying politicians through campaign contributions and other financial support; creation of false consciousness through manipulation of the media; and apathy, non-participation, intimidation, and exclusion of U.S. voters through complex voter registration requirements, insufficient polling places and staffing, and similar maneuvers that discourage voters from voting - leading in this case to Trump's so-called triumph when he received votes from less that 25 percent of eligible voters and less that one-sixth of all citizens, lost the popular vote, and faced no run-off election. Howard Waitzkin
During the last German election, there was a lot of talk of potential Russian interference, you know, it's gonna swing the election. Well, it turns out there was foreign interference, but it wasn't Russian. It was a combination of the Berlin office of Facebook and a media company in the U.S., which works for Trump, Le Pen, Netanyahu, other nice guys. They used Facebook in Berlin to get a demographic analysis of parts of the population to allow them to microtarget ads to individuals in favor of AfD, the neo-Nazi party, which may have been a factor in their unexpectedly high vote in the election. This was reported in Bloomberg Businessweek. This was a real case of electoral manipulation but somehow it doesn't make the headlines. (Noam Chomsky)
"Genuine democratic elections cannot be achieved unless a wide range of other human rights and fundamental freedoms can be exercised on an ongoing basis without discrimination based on race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status, including among others disabilities, and without arbitrary and unreasonable restrictions. They, like other human rights and democracy more broadly, cannot be achieved without the protections of the rule of law. These precepts are recognized by human rights and other international instruments and by the documents of numerous intergovernmental organizations. Achieving genuine democratic elections therefore has become a matter of concern for international organizations, just as it is the concern of national institutions, political competitors, citizens and their civic organizations" DECLARATION OF PRINCIPLES FOR INTERNATIONAL ELECTION OBSERVATION. The Carter Center
U.S. "has no functioning democracy": Jimmy Carter (7/18/2013)

Trump Still Hasn't Gotten Around to Appointing Someone to Protect Our Elections From Cyberattacks (10/3/2017)

America Held Hostage (9/28/2017)

Tyranny of the Minority (9/25/2017)

The voting commission is a fraud itself. Shut it down. (9/13/2017)

DEFCON attendees hack US voting machines in minutes, exploit multiple vulnerabilities (7/29/2017)

DHS Never Ran Audit to See if Votes Were Hacked (6/20/2017)

Reality Winner allegedly leaked a document proving Russian meddling in the election (6/6/2017)

Trump to Appoint Notorious Vote Suppressor Kobach to 'Sham' Election Commission (5/11/2017)

Russia's Interference in the U.S. Election Was Just the Beginning (4/20/2017)

"A few days before the November 2004 election, Jimmy Carter was asked what would happen if, instead of flying to Zambia or Venezuela or East Timor, his widely respected international election-monitoring team was invited to turn its attention to the United States. His answer was stunningly blunt. Not only would the voting system be regarded as a failure, he said, but the shortcomings were so egregious the Carter Center would never agree to monitor an election there in the first place...The American political system wouldn't measure up to any sort of international standards, for several reasons."; From the first page of "Steal this Vote" by Andrew Gumbel (Winner of the Project Censored Award.)
An Angolan friend of Joe Wilson remarked: "One candidate loses the popular vote by over 500,000 ballots, but his brother is governor of the one state where the outcome is too close to call. The effort to count the ballots is disrupted by the Washington staffs of elected representatives from the candidate's party, and the court that ultimately adjudicates the outcome is made up largely by people appointed by the candidate's father. Sounds a lot like an election in Africa."; Joe Wilson: Politics of Truth; pg 281.
privatization of our elections has occurred without public knowledge or consent, leading to one of the most dangerous and least understood crises in the history of American democracy. We have actually lost the ability to verify election results. How to Rig an Election
“As I have said for many years, I happen not to believe that within the framework of the two-party system, the Democratic Party and Republican Party, that we are going to be able to bring about the real changes in this country that are needed to benefit the vast majority of our people. Essentially, it is my view that the leadership of the Democratic Party and Republican Party are tied to big money interests, and that neither of these parties will ever represent the people in this country who are demanding the real changes that have to take place.” – Bernie Sanders
“There is only one issue in this country,” former MSNBC commentator Cenk Uygur told Netroots Nation, in June 2011. “Campaign finance reform.” (From the preface to Lawrence Lessig's book Republic Lost. which is free to download)

The even deeper root of this issue is income inequality

"Elections are run by the public relations industry. Its primary task is commercial advertising, which is designed to undermine markets by creating uninformed consumers who will make irrational choices -- the exact opposite of how markets are supposed to work, but certainly familiar to anyone who has watched television." Noam Chomsky, Because We Say So pg 66.
In essence, broadcasters are now profiteering from a vicious circle of corruption: Politicians are beholden to big donors because campaigns are so expensive, and campaigns are so expensive because they're fought through television ads. The more cash that chases limited airtime, the more the ads will cost, and the more politicians must lean on deep-pocketed patrons. In short, the dirtier the system, the better for the bottom line at TV stations and cable systems." Tim Dickenson, Rolling Stone, 8/6/2012
Election commissions are being kept weak by political leaders who want the freedom to skirt rules without consequences. The two major federal agencies should be in the forefront of fighting for honest elections. Instead, they have little mandate, vigor, or visibility. At the Federal Election Assistance Commission, all five commissioner posts were vacant during the 2012 campaign. The Obama administration failed to overcome Republican obstruction to staffing and funding. A similar situation existed at the Federal Election Commission, where the terms of five of the six commissioners expired by the end of 2012. The commission, which focuses on funding, brought just a tenth of the number of official actions during the year compared to 2008": Presidential Puppetry: Andrew Kreig
Voter suppression the new GOP strategy: Better bring some identification - and not just any identification, official though it may be - if you plan to vote in Republican-controlled states. However, if you contribute tens of millions of dollars to sway an election on Republicans behalf, the party will fight to keep your identity a secret. Voter suppression the new GOP strategy" Harold Meyerson, 11/19/2013
"...election fraud has been a common component of our nation's electoral history, and, in the aggregate, undermines the only check that the people have over their leaders." from Deliver the Vote by Tracy Campbell
When you exclude third parties from the election process, third parties that the vast majority of Americans would like to see in the presidential debates, your not only denying those people the right to choose who they want to run for president and who they want to vote for, but youre denying the very fundamental and critical issues that, in a generative democracy, we need to have aired in from of tens of millions of voters.George Farah
The absence of a federal right to vote coupled with the Supreme Court's inclination to value procedure over real-world voter behavior has dramatic consequences for America's elections. Voter-registration requirements are convoluted. Voter rolls are purged chaotically. Ballot design is unregulated and amateurish. Polling hours are haphazard. Voting equipment ranges from high-tech to derelict. Vote-counting and recounting systems are unsystematic. In 1964, the Supreme Court proclaimed that "no right is more precious in a free country than that of having a voice in the election of those who make the laws under which, as good citizens, we must live." But under the decisions of this Court, voters can perhaps be forgiven for feeling occasionally more like mice in a maze than like citizens of a democracy. Victoria Bassetti, from Electoral Dysfunction
The immediate effect of the money-and-media election complex is to encourage election campaigns, like those in 2012, that do not even begin to address the societal pathologies afflicting the people of the United States. The trillion dollars spent annually on militarism and war is off-limits to public review and debate. Likewise, the corporate control of the economy and the corporate domination of government itself get barely a nod. Stagnation, gaping economic inequality, growing poverty, and collapsing infrastructure and social services—major issues all—are accorded nothing more than the market-tested drivel candidates say to get votes. The existential threats posed by climate change and nuclear weaponry are virtually off-limits as campaign-season issues; whole debates that are supposed to go to the heart of domestic and global concerns pass by without mention of them. The drug war, which has created a prison-industrial complex so vast that the United States has a greater percentage of its population imprisoned than any other nation in history, is not to be mentioned—except when obviously engaged and concerned citizens force the issue onto the ballot via the initiative process." Dollarocracy: John Nichols and Robert W McChesney

we're incredibly close to replacing the Electoral College with the popular vote (5/7/2017)

The Federal Voting Agency Republicans Want to Kill (2/13/2017)

Here are nine investigations on voter fraud that found virtually nothing (1/25/2017)

Democracy, Defenestrated (1/7/2017)

The CIA's Absence of Conviction (12/11/2016)

Jill Stein Pulls Back the Curtain on America’s Voting Chaos (12/15/2016)

The No-BS Inside Guide to the Presidential Recount (12/1/2016)

How the GOP Flipped and Stripped Yet Another American Election (11/20/2016)

DNC Hacker Dumps Trove of Clinton Documents (6/21/2016)

America's Voting System is Broken. It's Time to Overhaul It (6/8/2016)

Half of Americans think presidential nominating system 'rigged' - poll (3/27/2016)

Land Of The Free? Harvard Study Ranks America Worst In West For Fair Elections (4/21/2016)

Meet the GOP Mega-Donors of the 2016 Election (3/11/2016)

DNC Lawsuit: Three Overlooked Facts Bernie Supporters Need to Know(3/2016)

The Volcanic Core Fueling the 2016 Election (1/25/2016)

Martin O'Malley: DNC Debate Schedule Is Rigged (8/30/2015)

F.E.C. Can’t Curb 2016 Election Abuse, Commission Chief Says (5/2/2015)

Republicans have made the FEC irrelevant.

About Election 2014

Voter Suppression in Florida Hits New Low (4/25/2014)

No, You Can't Vote: The GOP and Its "15 Percent Solution" (4/8/2014)

How Not to Enforce Campaign Laws

G.O.P. Bid to Limit Voting in Swing States (3/30/2014)

GOP War on Voting Rights (2/12/2014)

Congressional GOPers Try to Stymie IRS Regulation of Dark Money (2/7/2014)

The Meaninglessness of Elections (7/11/2013)

A Global Spotlight on Voter Suppression (2/27/2013)

Elections Performance Index: Pew Charitable Trust

The Great Gerrymander of 2012 (2/2/2013)

GOP Plan to Take The Electoral Vote-Rigging Scheme National (1/25/2013)

Sign this petition for Election Reform

Anonymous claims to have foiled carl Rove's Voter Fraud (11/19/2012)

Redistricting: The Easiest Way To Steal an Election (11/24/2012)

How to Rig An Election (11/2012)

Why Democrats And Media Deny Election Rigging (11/5/2012)

The Election as Marketing Spectacle (11/2/2012)

It's Come to this: International Monitors needed for US elections (10/21/2012)

Anonymous Billionaires are stealing your election (8/20/2012)

The Greatest Election Conspiracy in US History (8/10/2012)

7 Ways to Beat the Ballot Bandits (8/5/2012)

The Massive Voter Fraud of the GOP (8/1/2012)

GOP Filibusters Disclosure (7/20/2012)

GOP Voter Suppression (6/21/2012)

Elections Are For Suckers (2/9/2012)

The Handful of White People Who Choose Your Presidential Candidates (1/1/2012)

Effort to Remove Money From Politics (10/26/2011)

The GOP War On Voting (9/1/2011)

Cutting Through Hype, Hypocrisy In Voter Fraud Claims

The Myth of Fair Elections in America

A Short History of Conservative Vote Suppression

Even the Presidential candidates agreed that elections are rigged. But the problem is not voter fraud, it is structural: A partisan Supreme Court, Citizens United, Electoral College, gerrymandering, fake news (mostly Republican), voter suppression, dirty tricks, and other techniques effectively impose minority rule.

Reality Winner went to jail for releasing a classified document that confirmed that Russians interfered in the 2016 election. The Trump administration does not acknowledge the problem, so we may be exposed to foreign interference in the future as well.

The deep root of our problems is income inequality. See Lawrence Lessig's youtube video Lesterland for an idea of how funders influence Congress and choose candidates well in advance. Billionaires did win, and so did their agenda.

The two party duopoly , by gerrymandering, voter suppression, massive cash flow, flawed election mechanics, bought media, failed to produce well-regarded Presidential candidates.

Most people didn't like either of the two Presidential candidates for election 2016. Picking the least worst assured that things will get worse. Since neither political party is inclined to do the will of the people, neither is worthy of support.

For all practical purposes, we are not allowed to have minor parties, because they are spoilers. Voting for them can result in the victory of the Party you do not like. The simple solution for this: implement range voting in which you rank the candidates and your second and third choices can count. A Maine ballot initiative passed for this, and should be a model for the nation. Legal problems prevented its implementation. It was inconsistent with the Maines Constitution.

Elections are a sham without real discussion of issues and reliable media. Although the Russians were blamed for release of DNC documents, there was no denial that the documents are genuine. What they showed is that the Party selected the candidate, not the people. We do need Wikileaks to know what government is doing.

The two party administration of debates strongly limits the range of discussion. There was not one question about climate change in the 2016 Presidential debates.

The FBI historically has weighed in on elections and it always leans right. It helped elect Nixon, Reagan in 1980, and Trump in 2016. It has demonstrated the political danger of the surveillance state.

Of the dirty tricks in Presidential elections, probably the worst is interference in foreign affairs to win elections: Nixon sabotaged Vietnam peace talks, Reagan held up release of Iran hostages later sealing the deal with the Iran-Contra scandal, and now it appears that Trump had Russian help in winning his election. In the case of these corporate (Republican) Presidents, we get a large military buildup, partially paid for by cuts to social programs, followed by a war sometime in their first term. Only sociopaths can qualify.

We should be voting for a platform that reflects the will of the people, and candidates should be required to implement it. Comparing agendas though, Republicans are, as Thomas Frank wrote so well, not only voting against their own self-interest, their climate denial is a suicide pact for life on the planet. So is the forever war.

With election flaws so obvious, several Election reforms should be a priority: range voting so that minor parties are not spoilers, universal voter registration, roll back of Citizens United, restoration of the Voting Rights Act, a national holiday for elections, and elimination of he Electoral College so that the popular vote matters.

Republicans govern for the elite, not the people, and they will game the system even more to extract wealth from the 99.9 %.

The Two Party System

"They've created a system based upon bribery. Today, Wall Street owns our politicians, no matter which party (gang) it is -- their allegiance is to the corporations and big business," Jesse Ventura: Democrips and ReBloodlicans, No More Gangs in Government:

We need to re-examine the two party system. It wasn't part of the Constitution and It is not beneficial. It produces poor candidates, results in gridlock, and government dysfunction.

Since parties run elections, there is considerable corruption that doesn't make the news...let alone the courts. Debates are staged so that real issues are not discussed. See the video "Unprecedented" on-line referenced above (election 2000) for examples.

In the first years of the Bush administration, Republicans controlled all the branches of government (press too really) and Constitutional checks were inoperable. The two-party system short-circuits the Constitution.

Since the Bush administration did not appoint acceptable candidates for the Federal Election Commission, that too became dysfunctional.

How to scrap the Two Party System in Three Steps (11/11/2014


"Who thought this up – Giving a private corporation (CNN) control of a presidential debate? In the most recent Democratic presidential debate, CNN controlled which candidates were invited, who asked what questions, and the location, Las Vegas – the glittering, gambling center of America. This is a mirror image of the control Fox News exercised during their Republican candidates’ circus. Corporatism aside, the debate with Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton, Martin O’Malley, Jim Webb and Lincoln Chafee was not a debate. With few exceptions – most notably Hillary Clinton going after Bernie Sanders on gun control, about which she is reborn – the stage was the setting for a series of interview questions to each candidate by Anderson Cooper and his colleagues." Ralph Nader (10/16/2015)

Presidential Debates Should Serve Citizens and Democracy, Not Political Parties

After you see this, if you are not angry about debates, you're not paying attention.


No Debate: How the Republican and Democratic Parties Secretly Control the Presidential Debates George Farah


Even the candidates agree that U.S. elections are rigged.

When the Supreme Court struck down the Voting Rights Act, Republican States immediately went back to strategies to suppress voting rights: requiring documentation difficult to get, 'cleansing' voter registration lists, and others. (See the war on drugs, or prisons, or national security state, or vast right-wing conspiracy.) But Republicans also gerrymandered States so that, along with a voter suppression effort, they gained long-term control of the House. They have managed to control the Congress without a majority of voters.

The Supreme Court's Citizens United decision guaranteed that the influence of money in elections will be more powerful than people's votes and, if not reversed, it will cost us our republic. Most of the money goes to media so you won't hear about it from broadcasters.

The first phase of US elections is an auction to see which candidates click their heels for the highest bidders. This makes wealthy campaign donors the gate-keepers. Their interests are sharply different than most; peoples. See this Lawrence Lessig Ted talk for a fuller explanation.

US media is interested only in the candidates who raise the most money because, for them, elections are a profit tsunami. Since a large part of campaigning is spent on advertising, the broadcasters and other news outlets are strongly conflicted to favor the fund raising winner. The candidate(s) with the most dollar votes are the most likely primary winner for the two major parties. Third parties are, using our election procedures, spoilers, so it is counter-productive to vote for them. Range voting would fix this.

Media, covering the election as if it were a horserace, marginalizes candidates who are not raising a lot of money, declare the largest fund-raisers winners, and pretty much force out lesser known candidates (or those who do not agree with the party orthodoxy) with very few votes cast. Since media conglomerates are owned by oligarchs, have been better funded by Republicans, their right-wing bias is obviously to Republicans. The agenda is not for people and the Federal budget proves it. It is corporate. Money sometimes is speech, but in large quantities it can also be exceptionally corrupting. Citizens United needs to be overturned.

U.S. media selects the issues to be addressed in the election discussion. Most often the news is concentrated on the certifiably trivial. It has determined that the fiscal cliff is the problem, not healthcare, education, media concentration, election fraud, income distribution, falling pay scales, loss of benefits, disappearing pensions, empire building, runaway military spending, nuclear proliferation, the prison-industrial complex, torture, renditions, climate change, a partisan Supreme Court, money-driven Congress, or an uncontrolled President that threatens the Constitution.

"Issues, never a strong suit in our politics, are seldom alluded to. Only money - who raised how much and from whom - interested the media, and the politicians." Gore Vidal, Point to Point Navigation.

Candidates tend to change their positions depending on the venue. Once elected, may not do what they said they would. (etch-a-sketch) The best we can hope for is, when a candidate announces his agenda, he will have the integrity to act on it. The worst case is increasingly likely: we will get a strong man head of state who is above the law, corrupt, and capable of destroying us all. Are we there yet ?

Conventions accomplish little since the candidate has been selected well in advance.;

The assumption that two parties are the only legitimate competitors is one of the most effective techniques to assure that the status quo will not be challenged. We have dysfunctional government because neither party wants the other to accomplish anything. Better voting techniques, like range voting, would enable multi-party competition. The dialog would improve. Minor parties are, right now, spoilers and can only make prospects for their opponents even brighter.; We do not have a peace party.

Qualifications are irrelevant (Bush is an example.) If you were hiring for a high office, you would look for someone who speaks well, has traveled widely, has diplomatic expertise, academic excellence, and a distinguished record. (Bush had none of these. Thanks Republicans.); After reviewing many such resumes, you might find an acceptable candidate. That's not how we do it.

US elections are rigged well before the votes are cast in a variety of ways: party insider dealings, loaded media, gerrymandering, suppressed voter registration, large moneyed interests, primaries where special interests can dominate, strange differences in state procedures, plain dirty tricks, misleading attack ads, rigged voting machines, outright miscounting, or even partisan court decisions... and so on.

As we saw in Florida and Ohio, partisan bureaucrats can rig elections wholesale by controlling voter registration lists,; dirty tricks, manipulating media, allocation of election machines, hacking machines to fix vote totals, and, as Republicans are doing in many States, making it harder to vote.;

Is it coincidence that terror alerts occur just before elections ?

The person who manages to get 'elected' is the one who gets to set an agenda...whether most of the people agree with him or not. Politicians regularly change their positions depending on who they are talking to.

If it wasn't for Bush, would we have gone to Iraq ? Would there have been an initiative to privatize everything including Social Security, healthcare, utilities, or even the military ?

In a real democracy, our government would support an agenda that is democratically agreed upon. That is NOT the case. That is why torture, renditions, secret detention facilities, secret government, revocation of habeas corpus, empire, war profiteering, are all more important than fixing infrastructure, health care or providing real security for people. No US institutions are democratic. Important issues are not discussed.

If the US was a democracy and was influenced by its people, the US budget would be open and transparent, since most people favor peace, we would not be building an empire, we would not torture, pre-emptive war would be criminal (as it was found at Nuremburg.) and international law would be considered valid. Most people favor health care reform, more equitable income distribution, limits on corporations (like Walmart), US government does not work for the people. Priorities expressed in the US budget are the opposite of those of the people.

The large, secret, unaccountable part of government is probably the real ruler. Elections have little effect on policy.

Real democracy would allow people, not oligarchs, to set the agenda, but the likelihood of our seeing any of these things is so slim as to be non-existent.

For election 2016, we are likely to choose between two candidates that most people view unfavorably, and both would continue in mostly the wrong direction. They are both beholden to big money.

More at Reform.htm

The US election process needs a complete overhaul.;

The two 2016 Presidential candidates both had mostly unfavorable ratings.

Primary elections are a Rube Goldberg contraption that make the politically weird State of New Hampshire one of the most influential. The Manchester Union Leader is one of the most 'conservative' newspapers in the US. It is instrumental in keeping the U.S. one of the most reactionary in the world.

Iowa caucuses appear to be ideal for arranging the outcome. Candidates selected in the primaries are not the best qualified. See Bush for an example.

Candidates, to a large extent, are not really selected in primaries. They are funded by wealthy donors well before the primaries for very high stakes donations. That explains why both parties candidates are from almost identical backgrounds, why they are so dedicated to the corporate interest, and also why the US is more a plutocracy than a democracy.; Electing candidates from dynastic families creates massive conflict of interest. (See Bush.)

Do not underestimate the media's ability to remove candidates from consideration and to swing elections. Remember how Reagan was characterized as 'teflon man' because in spite of Iran-Contra criminal activities, the mining of harbors in Nicaragua (which the World Court ruled against the US), or the huge waste incurred in the military buildup to counter the Soviet Union, there was never any serious press review. Likewise media was a cheerleader for the war in Iraq and never looked at it critically. For example, Fox News is, for all practical purposes, a branch of the Republican party, CNN uses 'conservative' experts, NBC was owned by war profiteer General Electric, ABC has links to the CIA, and so on. There is no doubt that US news is seriously compromised, voters are not given good information, Americans are misinformed, distracted, and misled on important issues.

Concentrated corporate, right-wing; media has dumbed down information to trivialized sound bites. Media has become, with FCC assistance, more concentrated. This is no accident. Privatized corporate media, has taken almost all meaningful discourse from public policy discussion. Big media only pays attention to candidates with buckets of money (the real election is up to the fund raisers), discussion of issues is limited because only two similar;parties debate, voting machines can be easily hacked,;;and election apparatus is in the hands of partisans it is no wonder that our democracy is increasingly weakened.

Worse, public policy is increasingly determined in secret. Since the Bush administration made secrecy a value, there is probably not enough reliable information to support real democracy anymore. Even the Congress is incapable of oversight for lack of information. That, alone, can end the republic. The Patriot Act will end the possibility of freedom for Americans.

Media expense has made serious fundraising a requirement for elections and, as a result there have been many initiatives for campaign finance reform.; Campaign ads, like Pharma ads, look a lot like media extortion. It's the price we pay for privatized media. The public media sector is all but non-existent. Candidates are forced to spend large amounts of time on fund raising.

The two party monopoly on elections effectively suppresses public dialog. Issues discussed often are of little importance: for example Bush's (lack of) military experience, Kerry's war record.

Party Conventions Are Free-For-All for Influence Peddling

Even though it is clear that better voting procedures could be used, they are not up for discussion. Probably because they would interfere with the two party monopoly. ;If it comes to a choice between parties or the Constitution, the parties need to be checked. For all practical purposes, we are not really allowed to have more than two parties. It is all but impossible for third parties to be other than spoilers. We could change that by implementing range voting.

Presidential debates are run by the two major parties and everyone else is excluded. On major issues, such as the war in Iraq or healthcare,; there is little difference between the parties reducing voting to a matter of personalities. People have no say in substantive issues. During the Republican Bush years we have seen that the party that controls all three branches can trump Constitutional checks. Two party dominance is official public policy.

The US has the highest prison populations per capita in the world. Gary Webb reported on CIA complicit drug smuggling into Los Angeles and he was for all practical purposes fired from the San Jose Mercury News for doing it. Not only was this a branch of the Iran-Contra illegal war, but it had the effect of making a large number of the (mostly democratic voting) minorities ineligible to vote. In many states felons can't vote. One tenth of African Americans are disenfranchised.

Iran, not noted for its democracy, has its elections on a holiday. If the US did this working people would have a lot easier time voting. What does it say that we have not done this ?

The electoral college is an anachronism, although there is a slim chance for improvement.

If those are not enough to rig an election, there's always redistricting, voter-id, or, as a more or less routine procedure now, dirty tricks.

The Stolen Presidential Elections

Why We Need Election Reform

The Great Suppression, Voting Rights, Corporate Cash, and the Conservative Assault on Democracy: By Zachary Roth

See Election Reform

Voting Machines

...over the past twenty years, we have let corporations into our polling places, locations so sacred to democracy that in many states even international election monitors and reporters are banned. With the implementation of "black box voting" (the use of electronic voting machines), these corporations are recording our votes, compiling and tabulating them, and then telling us the total numbers - and doing it all using "proprietary" hardware and software that we cannot observe, cannot audit, and cannot control. If the vote-counting corporation says candidate X or candidate Y won the vote, we have no means of rebutting that, and they have no way of proving it. We're asked simply to trust them. From Thom Hartman's book Threshold pg 210.;

Election 2008: Vanishing Votes, Disappearing Democracy, and Media Misdirection

Welcome to the Banana Republic of the USA where we still have Enron style elections (6/7/2010)

Diebold has a "Delete" button for erasing audit logs (3/3/2009)

BlackBoxVoting to File Anti-Trust Complaint against ES&S/Diebold merger

Sign the petition for independent inspection of voting machines in the US.

Our most serious risk of election fraud is from voting machines. They use unauditable proprietary software, are not secured, and are manufactured by right-wing partisans. To have real elections we need minmal standards for voting mechanisms security and auditability. All things considered, it is reasonable to conclude that U.S. elections are not legitimate...nor is its government.

Money in Elections

Lessig Levels the Citizens United Decision (2/11/2010)

SCOTUS Dances on Chaney Goodman Schwerner Graves

Stunning Statistics of the Week: (from Public Citizen)

  • Amount the U.S. Chamber of Commerce spent on lobbying in 2009: $120 million
  • Amount Chamber spent daily to defeat health care reform in the weeks before its passage: $800,000
  • Amount Chamber plans to spend to influence the fall congressional elections: $50 million

US Democracy's End of the Road (1/23/2010)

Connecticut Senate Votes to Remove Rell's Power to Appoint a U.S. Senator (5/29/2009)

Still Broken (New York Times editorial 3/17/2009)

4 to 5 million voters disenfranchised in 2008 according to MIT study (3/11/2009)

Greg Palast and Robert F. Kennedy Jr., in research done for Rolling Stone magazine, have found that states have purged 10 million names from their voter rolls since the last presidential election and more than 2.7 million have had their registrations rejected under new procedures signed into law by George W. Bush. (From The Progressive Populist.)

How Republicans Win (8/29/2008);

Republicans suppress minority, student, and poor votes. (10/24/2008)

How Republicans hacked the Justice Department (from Harper's Magazine: March 2008)

The Republican War on Voting (American Prospect April 2008)

A google search for Republican Dirty Tricks turns up 131,000 results. Underhanded behavior has been standard operating procedure since Nixon, and his protégés have used it extensively. See this.

How Republicans Swing Elections (April 15, 2008)

Ohio Election Stolen Again ? (8/13/2008)

Without a Quorem, the Federal Election Commission ceases Oversight Activity (4/21/2008)

Paper ballot bill goes down in House after the White House intervenes (4/18/2008)

The Presidential election CAN be hacked (April 10, 2008)

Voter ID Fraud (January 2008)

50 States face voting rights lawsuit. (Nov 13, 2007)

Uncounted (the movie) At least see the trailer. Better yet, buy a copy.

Greg Palast's reporting on 'voter caging'

SOS from US Voters: Send International inspectors

Electoral College

Electoral College--Flunking Out?

National Popular Vote

The Electoral College, Mathematics, and Politics (a video lecture that details the undemocratic nature of US elections by Alexander S Belenky, MIT visiting scholar. About 73 minutes).


An Unreasonable Man (Ralph Nader)

Hacking Democracy

Watch Hacking Democracy (video on-line for free).

by Susan Pynchon, Florida Fair Elections Coalition - March 27, 2007

The documentary film "Hacking Democracy", originally broadcast on HBO, is being released today on DVD. The film takes a nonpartisan, clear-eyed look at the secrecy, cronyism, and incompetence of elections in present-day America as it captures a citizen's movement intent on taking back elections--and democracy itself.

For me personally, I know that talking to legislators who have seen this movie is like night and day compared to those who haven't seen it. The film definitely makes the "light bulb" go on as far as the vulnerability of electronic voting systems. I wish I could afford to send a copy to every legislator in the U.S.

Christine Jennings (Florida CD-13 contested race) has said, for example, that she has seen the movie twice. A local candidate in Volusia County who saw the film demanded a ballot inspection of her race (full manual recounts aren't allowed in Florida) and did public records requests to our supervisor of elections to get information on the memory cards used, something a typical candidate would normally not think of doing.

The DVD, available at HackingDemocracy.com, contains "extra" segements not included in the original film, including great footage from Riverside California (Michelle Townsend); Cuyahoga County, Ohio; Volusia County, Florida; Glades County, Florida; and more.

On the website, you can also see fascinating TV footage of the trial and sentencing of the Ohio election workers in Cuyahoga County. Russ Michaels, one of the directors and producers of "Hacking Democracy," says the website will be adding more footage all the time from their vast store of film segments from elections around the country.

HBO Documentary Hacking Democracy

Electile Dysfunction

See also Electile Dysfunction (1 hr 28 mins) from 2008

Gerrymandering (video on-line for free).

Election 2016

Election 2014

How the GOP bought, rigged, stole and lynched the 2014 election

Election 2010

Election 2008

Election Machines will NOT be fixed for the November Election (8/18/2008)

An election without meaning.

The Buying of the President 2008.

Greg Palast on the election (audio); See his website, especially this. Voter ID can reduce voter turnout favoring Republicans.

Here's how to rig the California election for Republicans.

How to indict Karl Rove (Greg Palast video)

Other related videos

Uncounted the Movie

Michael Winship writes: "What's the real motive for knocking off those eight, now nine, maybe more, US attorneys - Republican appointees all - apparently replaced for insufficient fealty to the Bushie party line? In part, the truth may be lurking in the upcoming 2008 elections." http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/051507D.shtml

Election Madness by Howard Zinn

Senator Hillary Clinton has been an outspoken critic of the caucus system, saying that the limited time allotted for voting disenfranchises too many workers who are on the job during those hours. It seems though that in Nevada Clinton has had a change of heart.

About the NH Primary results Take a close look because the very same LHS has an important role in Connecticut elections. NH will recount the votes.

Diebold in New Hampshire

Voter fraud in NH

About the NH Primary (01/09/2008)

Sign the petition for independent inspection of voting machines in the US.

Sign the petition against unsafe computerization of elections and careless purging of voter lists.

See here.

Election 2004

"Machine Politics" has a whole new meaning, with the spread of electronic voting machines that were designed to be capable of being skewed without evidence to throw elections in one direction or another. (Remember: the Chairman of Diebold promised "to deliver the State of Ohio for President Bush" -- when his voting machines were tallying that election. And sure enough, Bush got it.) But whether you're a Republican *or* a Democrat, being able to buy an election ought to appall you.

"Yes, all times are bad but some times are worse than others. This is one for our country. A Michigan congressman, John Conyers, minority - that is, Democrat - leader of the House Judiciary Committee, went to Ohio with several other members of Congress and a number of staffers to determine whether on not in the late presidential election of 2004 the overexuberant local Republican Party had stolen the election for George W. Bush. The result was a report by Conyers which a Chicago firm published with a preface by me. Yes, Virginia, the election was well and truly stolen and the Conyers team spells it all out in considerable detail. Since the Republican Congress will not allow hearings on what went wrong, Conyers had no recourse other than a book describing in detail how the theft was effected with collusion among high officials and shadowy executives of electronic voting machine companies." Gore Vidal: Point to Point navigation. pg 159.

Notes about the stolen 2004 election. Project Censored wrote about it.

International observers were called for the 2004 election, but were not allowed into key areas such as Ohio. The results in Ohio reflect this insult to democracy.;

Although Florida was a problem in 2000, no effective action was taken and there were the same problems in Ohio in 2004. It looks like Republicans rigged the California election of 2006 the same way Ohio was in 2004. See Black Box Voting for breaking news. See Tom Hartman's views and; http://www.commondreams.org/views04/1104-38.htm

Redistricting has weighted national elections for Republicans. "Democrats would have needed to win 57 percent of the vote nationwide to retake the House in 2004."; Craig Aaron

Even Kerry thought the Presidential election was stolen.

Ohio guts election protection.; See None Dare Call it Stolen or breaking news at Free Press.

Ohio Election Fraud

GOP election theft.

How to indict Karl Rove (Greg Palast video)

Click this link to see problems with the 2006 midterm election.

PDA election notes includes proof the 2004 election was stolen.

What Went Wrong in Ohio, the Conyers Report on the 2004 Presidential Election, edited by Anita Miller

Election 2000

"In the months leading up to the November (2000) balloting, Florida Governor Jeb Bush and his secretary of state, Katherine Harris, ordered local elections supervisors to purge fifty-eight thousand voters from registries on grounds they were felons not entitled to vote in Florida. As it turns out, only a handful of these voters were felons. The voters on this scrub list were, notably,; African Americans (about 54 percent), and most of the others wrongly barred from voting were white and Hispanic Democrats." from Greg Palast's essay in "Into the Buzzsaw".

Doubts about the Florida election were cleared up by a partisan Supreme Court. Think that's justice ? Remember that the Supreme Court can't tell the difference between speech and money, and they can't tell that there's any difference between people and corporations. Each of these decisions, as well as the one deciding the Bush election, does damage to democracy and favors the corporate agenda. The partisan Supreme Court has no business deciding elections.

When election irregularities became obvious, Congress took action and passed the HAVA (Help America Vote Act). Although the; HAVA did little to actually address election problems, it likely made them worse

Greg Palast reported extensively on how the 2000 election was rigged in Florida. The partisan Supreme Court decided it in one fo the most disastrous decisions ever made.

Precisely how the Bush team stole the Florida election is documented. Florida Secretary of State Katherine Harris, who was co-chair of the Bush campaign in Florida and a close associate of Bush's brother, deliberately blocked careful checking of the list of felons, with the result that thousands of Black people who were not felons and were legally entitled to vote were blocked from voting.

Recount (the Movie.)


Check out these web sites for related information.

Crisis Papers on Election Fraud

William Rivers Pitt comments.

(from http://baylink.pitas.com/)

More about Fixing Elections

Greg Palast

VerifiedVoting.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization championing reliable and publicly verifiable elections. Founded by Stanford University Computer Science Professor David Dill, the organization supports a requirement for voter-verified paper ballots for elections, allowing voters to inspect individual permanent records of their ballots and election officials to conduct meaningful audits and recounts.See this link also.

Johns Hopkins Analysis of Voting Machines

; Evidence Mounts that the Vote Was Hacked
; http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/110804Z.shtml

; Worse Than 2000: The 2004 Electoral Disaster
; http://www.truthout.org/docs_04/110804A.shtml

; Kerry Won. . .
; http://www.tompaine.com/articles/kerry_won_.php

; Ohio Machine Error Gives Bush Extra Votes
; http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/ap/20041106/ap_on_el_pr/voting_problems&cid=694&ncid=1963&sid=96378798

; Broward machines count backward (this link is no longer available.)
; http://www.palmbeachpost.com/politics/content/news/epaper/2004/11/05/a29a_BROWVOTE_1105.html

Statistical analysis of the election disparity

Dr. Steven Freeman of the University of Pennsylvania presents a statistical analysis of the disparity between exit polling data and reported votes in three critical states, including Ohio. He concludes that the odds of these disparities being accounted for by chance is around one in one thousand for each state and around one in two hundred and fifty million for the three states taken as a whole.; The impact of this study is that there needs to be an investigation of the possibility of voting fraud in Ohio, and the nation as a whole, in addition to a recount.http://www.ilcaonline.org/freeman.pdf

See Myth Breakers: Facts about Electronic Elections

Voting machines are not the only problem though. Candidates may have a message that people like, but once elected they feel free to shape the agenda any way they want. Our Congress is taking action that only Corporations could support, and they are not being held accountable. Intense, well funded lobbying diverts Congress from an agenda that benefits people to one that is pretty much written by corporations. (One of the dictionary definitions of Fascism is control of the government by corporations.) Since media is a corporate offspring, people have no real way to shape the agenda. Mainstream media is mostly about distraction. Here are the common media techniques for suppression of the truth: http://www.dabney.com/wacomuseum/library/martin1.html

It is public information that the US CIA has rigged elections in many other countries. Since our President is the son of a former CIA director, brother of the Governor of the State of Florida, are you surprised that there is election fraud in the US as well ?

If these were not enough reasons to distrust US elections, recall the dirty tricks that occurred about the time of Watergate, or Reagan's October surprise. 2004 COLLECTED VOTE FRAUD STORIES are at this link:

See Tom Hartman's views at; http://www.commondreams.org/views04/1104-38.htm

See Greg Palast's Blog for other details. It takes the foreign press to do serious investigative journalism now.

For anyone paying attention, US liberal leaders also tend to die more frequently than most under poorly explained circumstances.

Sites to visit and support

Black Box Voting http://www.blackboxvoting.org

Fair Vote http://www.fairvote.org/



Verified Voting;http://www.verifiedvoting.org

Election Protection; http://www.lawyerscommittee.org/home.html

Vote Trust USA;



voteirv.org Instant Runoff voting is a prerequisite to break the two party monopoly of US elections.

Velvet Revolution

Where's the Paper.org


(Bush wins Florida video) http://www.boomchicago.nl/Section/Videos


; The People's Email Network
; http://www.thepen.us/e-fraud.html

; Contact info for state election directors
; http://cadca.org/CoalitionResources/ElectionGuide/EG-Appendix3.asp

; Great Congressional guide to local media by state.
; http://www.congress.org/congressorg/dbq/media/


Find contact info for all senators, representatives and Secretaries of State
; http://www.firstgov.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml

If you are not discouraged by all this, you can register to vote here.

If you experience problems at the polls this season, please call the Election Protection hotline for help and information.
The number is 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683). Download the flyer