Thursday, June 08, 2006

Was the 2004 Election Stolen?

Republicans prevented more than 350,000 voters in Ohio from casting ballots or having their votes counted -- enough to have put John Kerry in the White House.
Illustration by Matt Mahurin

RFK-Rolling Stones Article

Two Presidential Elections In A Row?

Are we in an era when the biggest threat to national security may be the belief that US elections are illegitimate?

If people of one party or all, stop voting because they believe the results are either not counted or purely fabricated, we face the likelihood of our government being perceived no differently than those in countries like Cuba or Venezuela. Some may believe that both parties are equally involved in "dirty tricks" or that there is just one. Both scenarios destroy faith. In America, we like to advertize that we are the beacon of democracy for the world.

At this juncture, we stand to lose our internal sense of representation but the larger concern is the rest of the world will lose faith in our example and may even totally ignore our elected officials believing they are not the voice of the American people. With more and more areas turning to paperless ballots, and of those with paper, more and more ballots being lost, destroyed or altered, what can we do?

Free polls from

Do you view US Elections as "Illegitimate"?
Yes, they've been bought or stolen
No, the problems have been exceptions
Elections are not important

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