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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Seven Stories Press (June 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1583226877
  • ISBN-13: 978-1583226872
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.6 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,803,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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JOEL BLEIFUSS, a journalist of 23 years, is the editor of In These Times. In his 18 years there, he has had more articles cited as one of the "Top Censored Stories" of the year by Project Censored than any other journalist.
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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Every voter should read it.
Judith B. Hastings
It probably ended up pretty much like the one Obama won this week over John McCain.
William R. Krapek
The exit polls were showing a very strong victory by Kerry.
Robert Moore

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54 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Paul R. Lehto on July 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
Now why would anyone have a problem with using computers as vote processors, when computers will simply do what they're told, can do what they're told even if told to do it years in advance, and will do it without regard to any laws, morals or ethics?

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.
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67 of 76 people found the following review helpful By Anonymous Reader on June 29, 2006
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Steven Freeman of the University of Pennsylvania and veteran journalist Joel Bleifuss have produced a riveting and carefully-researched page turner examining whether the 2004 presidential election could have been stolen. Whatever your political affiliation, this volume is worthy of your attention. It will clearly be the subject of significant controversy, discussion and debate.

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.
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100 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Robert Moore HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 11, 2006
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No part of this book struck home for me more than the contrast of two elections that took place in November 2004. In both elections exit polls showed one candidate with a strong majority of the popular votes, yet the official tallies show the other candidate winning. The exact same individual oversaw both exit polls. Yet in the former Soviet republic of Georgia, there was an international outcry of fraud and election theft fueled by the outrage between the official tallies and their variance with the exit polls, an outrage in which the White House joined. As a result Eduard Shevardnadze was forced by international opposition out of office. In the other election, however, instead of the exit polls calling into question the official results, the exit polls themselves were declared in error.

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.
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41 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Larry Dilg on August 4, 2006
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This is the one. If you've had a hunch that the 2004 election was stolen, but have been stymied in arguing the case by too much conjecture, too little hard evidence, and vulnerability to people who think you're a paranoid, tin-foil hat, conspiracy theorist, this book is going to make your life easier. Not a lot easier, though, because 1) people want to believe that America is innately good; and 2) the the cheating is so widespread that it boggles the mind and will. But Freeman and Bleifuss provide the essential facts and key questions for attacking the problem step-by-step. The book is very clearly organized with sections about voter disenfranchisement (especially African-American), corruptible voting machines, legal and illegal suppression of votes, the particular cases of Florida in 2000 and Ohio in 2004, and biased polls.

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.
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