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Was the 2004 Presidential Election Stolen?: Exit Polls, Election Fraud, and the Official Count Paperback – June 6, 2006
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STEVE FREEMAN has a Ph.D. in Organization Studies from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He is a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania’s Center for Organizational Dynamics, where he teaches research methods and survey design (a domain that includes polling). He has received four national awards for best research paper ofthe year—on four different topics in three different fields.
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Steven F. Freeman and Joel Bleifuss do a great job of explaining the consequences of this e-voting debacle. Nobody's yet found a computer accountable enough to trust with counting votes, nor one that fears going to jail. THe computers just seem to follow whatever anyone tells them.
If you seek a very accessible guide to the 2004 election, starting with election night and proceeding through all the major issues, I can't make a higher recommendation than this book or Mark Crispin Miller's book. This is the most important issue in our democracy right now, and these authors do it a good service.
Full Disclosure: A study I co-authored on touch screen voting is discussed on pages 75-79 and I was pleased with its accuracy, the first such time I've had the pleasure of reporting accuracy from journalists or authors.
To start with the obvious question: is this the work of conspiracy theorists or wing-nuts? Emphatically not (although it must be admitted that the authors have no love for the Bush-Cheney re-election effort, nor for election officials in Ohio and Florida). The authors patiently examine recent and historic patterns of voting irregularities; painstakingly detail the lack of data security and auditable paper trails surrounding the use of direct-recording electronic (DRE or automatic touch) voting machines; and provide a thorough review of the statistical and other evidence concerning the question of whether the 2004 presidential exit polls were valid, or whether the votes might not have been counted as cast.
In sum, this book is serious, clearly written and well-researched. And yes, despite the presence of footnotes and appendices, it is clear, plain-spoken and hard-hitting, even for those of us who are neither computer professionals, political scientists or statisticians.
Some of what you'll learn if you buy a copy:
--How the fair performance of a Las Vegas voting machine is assured, and how that compares to the monitoring of your automatic touch voting machine.
--What can be more easily verified: your grocery store purchase and your bank machine withdrawal or your vote on an automatic touch voting machine.Read more ›
Exit polls are astonishingly accurate. Internationally they are used as a gauge of how fair and valid an election is. Except in the United States. For some reason, the idea that an election in the United States could be stolen is unthinkable, and I will confess that while I heard many stating that the 2004 election was fraudulent, without knowing the facts I wrote the claims off as conspiracy theories. But facts are stubborn critters and while you might be able to suppress them for a while, they will eventually rear their heads. And in the 2004 election both exit polls and a number of other statistics suggest that there was a substantial shifting of votes from John Kerry to George Bush.
That the GOP has tried to subvert the Democratic process is beyond question. The attempt to scrub voter roles in Florida and elsewhere is not only well documented, those harmed by such actions have won court actions alleging civil rights violations.Read more ›
Freeman's specialty is polling. He wisely begins with November 2, 2004, reminding us of all those afternoon and early evening exit polls that showed Kerry winning the election. The sudden and dramatic turnaround late at night, all-too-reminiscent of the previous presidential election, made many of us wonder what kind of dirty tricks were being played. Freeman provides photo evidence of tampering with the polls after the "official" election results were submitted. He keeps coming back to the exit polls and their essential trustworthiness as a bellwether of foul play. Reminding us of the velvet revolution in Ukraine that occurred just weeks before our own election, he repeatedly probes reasons why Americans didn't use similar evidence to examine fraud at home. It was easy for him to convince me that the NEP consortium that created the exit polls produced a state-of-the-art sample that was the fruit of years of experience and expertise.Read more ›
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"Was the 2004 Presidential Election Stolen?" by Steven F Freeman & Joel Bleufuss. If you are looking for a book that gives an honest straight forward account of the 2004 election,... Read morePublished on June 13, 2013 by ganddw42
Steven Freeman did the research and analysis in the book; Joel Bleifuss is editor of 'In These Times. Read morePublished on June 22, 2012 by Steven H Propp
You know, George Bush lost the popular vote in 2000. We had 20 million new voters in 2004: 55-60% of whom voted for John Kerry. Read morePublished on November 9, 2008 by William R. Krapek
Another thoughtful report on the sad state of affairs in our wonderful country -- as if we need more such shocking proof that our democracy is being stolen by professional cheats. Read morePublished on November 3, 2008 by Alexander Krem
I counted votes in Ohio for the Green party during the recount in 2004. I know for certain that votes were stolen and I know how it was done. Read morePublished on July 1, 2008 by Judith B. Hastings
This is a phenomenal book in every way. It was also very difficult to read--not because it is written badly (it's not), but because the book makes it abundantly clear that the... Read morePublished on June 26, 2007 by Mogulmeister
This book uses the science of statistics to destroy any notion that the 2004 election was accurately and honestly recorded. Every excuse for the exit polls is refuted. Read morePublished on March 8, 2007 by Luther G. Weeks
This book is nothing but whines and tears from the Democrat Party that lost the election in 2004. Over two years later and the Democrats still cannot accept their loss. Read morePublished on February 4, 2007 by TS