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Did George W. Bush Steal America's 2004 Election? Paperback – May 3, 2005
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But in elections and especially in Ohio, the data (ballots) and the methods of analysis (trade secret corporate software) are not disclosed at all. Should any party out of power trust this arrangement? Where are and what happened to the checks and balances?
Of course, Fitrakis still doesn't have all the election data or all the methods. But there's a boatload of citizen documents in this collection to help you decide for yourself what really went on in Ohio 2004.
Without Fitrakis' book, there's no rational basis for confidence in the Ohio election or our elections generally wherever the data and methods are kept secret (only blind faith can get you that confidence). With Fitrakis's book, you'll have a rational basis and a lot of evidence showing affirmatively the inaccuracy and fraud and suppression of the vote in Ohio. My only quibble with Fitrakis is the implicit idea that he has to prove something, when the burden is on those who are keeping things secret and who are also, by the way, paid to administer elections in many cases. We should remember, as one judge put it in 2002, that democracies die behind closed doors.
But, in the absence of such a realization that secrecy is totally inappropriate in democratic elections, this book's information and its significant size will both help prop up and re-open the door to free and fair elections in Ohio and around the country.
Books like these help Americans realize the inappropriate presence of machines in democratic elections, although it's far from the first. VoteScam: The Stealing of America by the Collier brothers (1992) and Black Box Voting: Ballot Tampering in the 21st Century by Bev Harris (2004) are two excellent resources for a more detailed understanding of how easy it is to tamper with election results when machines or computers are involved. "Essential Documents" goes one step further by detailing the tactics involved in vote suppression, voter intimidation, and public record obfuscation. When read together, no doubt remains about this or previous elections.
I worked the polls on election day as a witness and watched a democratic leaning precinct and a republican leaning precinct vote side by side in Medina County, Ohio. The republican line moved like an express line with experienced poll workers and plenty of voting machines. There was seldom a line of more than 10 people, and the poll workers had long stretches of no voters in line.
The democratic line, on the other hand, moved at 1/2 the rate with inexperienced workers and fewer working machines. The democratic line had as many as 80 people waiting most of the day, with an hour to 2 hour wait common. Once the chief poll worker [a republican working his first election in that position] of the demcratic precinct stopped the line completely for over 30 minutes so they could catch up on their paper work. I spent a good part of my day at the back of the line encouraging people to stay in line. Many people left the line in frustration. We had at least 12 'lost' voters that were incorrectly directed to the democratic precinct, one had visited 3 different polling places and had spent over 4 hours trying find the right place to vote.
Funny thing is that the vote totals for these two precincts were nearly the same at the end of the day.Read more ›
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Hey Kids, let's find Jacktar and "Matt from Georgia" and give them a quiz to see if they've really even read this book!! Read morePublished on January 26, 2006 by San Diego Librarian
Honest elections shouldn't be part of our national heritage. This book documents the theft of our Democracy. Anyone who waves the flag should read this book.Published on January 2, 2006 by Kevin Weiss
Fitrakis's book should be required reading, especially for those that would prefer to have the next election be fair and honest. Read morePublished on July 26, 2005 by Mr. Peter M. Johnson
A great amount of controversy surrounds the 2004 Presidential election, and nowhere is that controversy more intense than in Ohio. Read morePublished on July 25, 2005 by D. Tavris
It looks as though the some people would rather spend time labeling Bob Fitrakis a loony instead of looking at the facts. This book is based on facts that happened here in Ohio. Read morePublished on July 18, 2005 by Mary E. Hooker-myers
More tripe from the looney left. Devoid of facts and full of hate and vitriol. On the other hand, if you enjoy Michael Moore type lies and distortions this just may be your cup of... Read morePublished on July 17, 2005 by Jacktar