Sunday, November 16, 2008

Was Prop 8 really passed?

While the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and its allies are protesting the passage of Prop. 8 both in the courts and in the streets, a new possibility has emerged: maybe it didn't pass after all. According to NYU professor Mark Crispin Miller, a leading expert on election fraud:
... an accurate count of the votes may not yet have occurred, according to early indications.
This conclusion is based on a discrepancy between exit polls and the official vote count. He ties this particular possible stolen election with a much broader problem:
the entire apparatus of computerized voting in this country--the e-voting machines and op-scans and central tabulators, etc.--is largely owned by members of the Christianist far right.

Diebold and ES&S were both begun by Bob and Todd Urosevich, two ardent Oklahoma theocrats, while Triad, which makes the central vote tabulators used in Ohio in 2004, is owned by the Rapp family. SmartTech, the company that helped Bush/Cheney steal that state, is owned by evangelical Jeff Averbeck; and his associate Mike Connell, owner of GovTech Solutions, which also helped to steal Ohio, among other races, was motivated to such work by his desire "to save the babies," according to Stephen Spoonamore.
As we saw from the recent presidential election, the vote has to be close in order for it to be stolen. If it's a blowout the machines do what they are supposed to do or at least can't do any harm.

We'll continue to keep an eye on developments in the Prop #8 vote.

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