Do you remember, as I do, how anyone at Daily Kos that dared state that the 2000 election was stolen was scoffed at? Do you remember, as I do, how without “evidence” it was all a conspiracy theory and extraordinary claim?
FRANKFORT, Ky. — A jury convicted a former judge and seven others on Thursday of scheming to buy votes for several local offices in an eastern Kentucky county.
The jury in U.S. District Court in Frankfort deliberated for nine hours over two days before convicting all eight people in a federal racketeering conspiracy. Those convicted on Thursday included former Circuit Judge R. Cletus Maricle and former school Superintendent Douglas C. Adams.
The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the jury also convicted several of the defendants on other charges, including mail fraud, extortion and laundering money that was used to buy votes.
By the Kentucky article, among the eight people convicted were former Circuit Judge R. Cletus Maricle, former school Superintendent Douglas C. Adams, county Clerk Freddy W. Thompson, Magistrate Stanley Bowling, former Democratic election commissioner Charles Wayne Jones, former election official William Stivers, and William “Bart” Morris and his wife, Debra Morris.
By the BradBlog article;
We recently detailed the testimony of one of the witnesses in the case who described how she was trained by the county’s chief election official, Clerk Freddy Thompson (one of those convicted today), to change votes cast by voters on the county’s ES&S touch-screen voting systems after they’d left the voting booth. The witness, Wanda White also detailed how she was instructed to change her own voter registration from Republican to Democratic so that she could serve as a Democratic precinct official.
So, those of who stated that there was election fraud were, once again, proven to be correct, and, those who scoffed at us were wrong. Are we surprised? But, this case opens up many more questions than it answered.
Supporters of unverifiable electronic voting, such as election officials and voting machines companies, had long argued that, though manipulation of such systems was possible, nobody had actually ever done so. While that dubious argument was difficult to independently verify one way or another — since the private vendors make public oversight of such systems virtually impossible by blocking citizen inspection and oversight of such systems due to claims of “trade secrecy” — the denialists arguments are no longer valid.
This is 100% correct. The electronic voting machine companies have long kept the voters from being verified independently claiming that for it to occur, they had to divulge “trade secrets”, ie, how the system worked.
Next, consider that GOP IT guru, Mike Connell, had his plane fall out of the sky before he could give a deposition on GOP IT server actions. Why is this relevant? Because those same GOP servers were used in the 2004 election in Ohio where voter totals suddenly didn’t match exit polling.
We already know the dirty tricks used in the past from purging voter rolls to jamming election phone lines. So, what makes fixing electronic vote totals any different?
The ES&S iVotronic touch-screen systems secretly manipulated by the cabal of election officials in Kentucky to change voter’s votes, are used in a total of 18 states, including Arkansas, Colorado, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Mississippi, North Carolina, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin and West Virginia.
In the 2004 election, George W. Bush won the election based on the electoral votes of Ohio, but, still, only won 51% of the vote total. But, look at the above list again. Many of the states historically have voted, and are dominated by, the GOP. Compare the 2004 election results with the 2008 election results.
Arkansas – Red State
Colorado – Went from Red State in 2004 to Blue State in 2008
Florida – Went from Red State in 2004 to Blue State in 2008
Indiana – Went from Red State in 2004 to Blue State in 2008
Kansas – Red State
Missouri – Red State
Mississippi – Red State
North Carolina – Went from Red State in 2004 to Blue State in 2008
New Jersey – Blue State
Ohio – Went from Red State in 2004 to Blue State in 2008
Pennsylvania – Blue State
South Carolina – Red State
Tennessee – Red State
Texas – Red State
Virginia – Went from Red State in 2004 to Blue State in 2008
Wisconsin – Blue State
West Virginia – Red State
Out of the 17 states that use ES&S voting machines, 14 of them are dominated by the GOP. Out of the 17 states that use ES&S machines, 6 of these GOP dominated states went to Barack Obama in 2008.
It has already been proven, in court, that one GOP county committed election fraud. That the conspiracy involved the election official and even judges. Was the deposition that was going to be given by Mike Connell going to blow the lid off widespread election fraud? The nation will now never know. His airplane dropped out of the sky right before landing.