vigilance is the price of liberty" --Thomas Jefferson
the 2000 election, George W. Bush stole the presidency
by combining various forms of vote fraud, not
all of which could be concealed from the American
public. The month-long battle in Dade County ended
with open slaughter of the democratic process,
and the occupation of the country by a regime
of what may be accurately described as corporate
the bad news.
good news is, the 2000 election also marked a
turning point in American consciousness. Or, I
might venture to say, an awakening.
W's coup, most Americans were, for lack of a better
metaphor, asleep at the wheel. This metaphor works
just fine, because our electoral process is the
wheel that guides our nation, the mechanism that
allows us to control the engines of power, and
to turn our country in a new direction if, for
instance, we're nearing the edge of a cliff.
is more important to an American citizen than
the right to cast a ballot.
modern Americans have been abandoning the voting
booth in droves. Over the past fifty years, less
than half of all eligible voters went to the polls,
sometimes less than 25%. However, far more astounding
is that those who voted rarely bothered to wonder
if their vote was counted accurately.
vote cast but not counted is meaningless. The
only way to know that your vote is properly counted
is to watch the entire counting process, which
is why election law requires an open, public vote
count, and makes secret ballot counting illegal.
However, most voters have eagerly abdicated the
responsibility of overseeing their vote count
to a handful of extremely dubious "experts" and
"officials." Human nature is largely to blame.
November election night in most states is cold
-- and often wet. Those who manage to make their
way to the polls after work want only to go home,
turn on the TV, and let their local newscaster
tell them who won. And yet, our natural instinct
to curl up on the couch cannot be wholly to blame.
Recent history has shown that the most avid political
junkies - even candidates themselves -- have demonstrated
a profound disinterest in how the gears and levers
work behind the scene on election night, or who
is controlling them.
should not surprise us that vote fraud has flourished
in this vacuum of electoral vigilance. Criminals
of every stripe have slithered through the unwatched
gates and into positions of power in America.
It has not taken them long to corrupt the entire
electoral process itself, securing for themselves
the gates of power. As I write this article, America
is on the verge of losing the last shreds of its
democracy, with the rise of ballot-less computerized
Machine to Rule Them All
in part to the recent Bush approved Help America
Vote Act (HAVA), squadrons of shiny new Touch
Screen Trojan horses are being rolled into precincts
across America. Not, as we are told, to make voting
easier or more accurate, or to help disabled people
vote privately, or to save America from the dangers
of hanging chad and butterfly ballots -- no. The
real reason America is being flooded with billions
of dollars worth of paperless computerized voting
machines is so that no one will ever again be
able to prove vote fraud. These machines are not
just unverifiable, they are secretly programmed
(their software is not open to scrutiny by election
officials or computer experts), equipped with
modems, accessible by computer, telephone, and
satellite. They are the final product of decades
of work by the election rigging industry. When
they are installed in every precinct in America,
our elections will finally become completely meaningless,
nothing more than charades behind which criminal
thugs will wield the power of this nation.
is the plan for America. But there's a glitch.
blatant and multi-faceted fraud of the 2000 election
-- in which the ultimate poster boy for corporate
corruption stole the highest seat in the nation
-- woke the American people from their dangerous
slumber. The issue of election fraud is now smoldering
in the minds of millions. Of course the Touch
Screens were immediately offered as the solution
to all our voting problems, but thanks to the
wonderful work of many new computerized vote fraud
researchers, most notably Bev Harris (author of
Black Box Voting), Americans are quickly recognizing
that the "solution" is worse than the problem.
the best propaganda efforts of corrupt voting
machine corporations like Diebold and ES&S, even
those with the worst butterfly ballot jitters
are coming to understand that destroying the ballot
altogether, erasing any verifiable record of the
vote count and making a recount impossible, is
not the answer to our problems. And, as the Touch
Screen systems continue to openly malfunction,
increasing numbers of voters will begin doubting
their safety and accuracy.
becoming clear to Americans that, just like the
aftermath of the Enron scandal, no real government
reform is forthcoming in the area of election
security. The news is out that the same company
that was used in Florida to purge voter rolls
of millions of African American votes is now being
hired by other states across the country for the
same job. As you will soon see, many of our Boards
of Elections and Secretary's of State will continue
to blindly defend their collusion with shadowy
corporations, and spending billions of tax-payer
dollars on unreliable machines that patently subvert
the democratic process. Why? Because they have
sold out. They have been bought by corporate interests.
It happened a long time ago.
political events at home and around the world
continue to unfold in one devastating disaster
after another, our cry for honest elections will
only grow louder. The movement toward real election
reform, and what will, in the end, amount to a
revolution by the American people, is only just
the People are responsible for taking back the
control of our democratic process. No one else
will do it for us. We cannot afford to be na´ve,
or uneducated, at this time in history. In order
to fully understand the extent of the corruption
we are dealing with, and to avoid making dangerous
mistakes based on ignorance, we must understand
the history, and the power structure, behind vote
fraud in America.
The Stealing of America
of the most mysterious, low-profile, covert, shadowy,
questionable mechanisms of American democracy
is the American vote count." --- Votescam
grew up with two men who spent twenty-five years
investigating vote fraud in America: James and
Kenneth Collier, my father and uncle.
book, "Votescam: The Stealing of America" was
published in 1992 and immediately banned by the
major book chains, which listed the book as "out
of print" and actively worked to prevent its sale.
Votescam chronicles the Collier brother's groundbreaking
investigation into America's multi-billion dollar
election rigging industry, and the corporate government
and media officials who control it.
the 2000 election, Votescam was widely read (thanks
to independent bookstores and the Internet) by
the minority of Americans still engaged in the
political process, mostly members of independent
and third parties trying to break the chokehold
of the two party system. The corporate media will
not give their causes or their candidates adequate
press coverage -- if any. This censorship alone
effectively controls the first stages of our political
races. If a candidate can't get T.V. coverage,
he or she has little chance of even making it
out the gate. These citizens were not surprised
to learn that the media has been complicit in
rigging the final stages of our elections - our
vote counting and the reporting of results --
the Rabbit Hole
Votescam investigation began in 1970, in - surprise!--
Dade County, Florida, where Ken ran for Congress
(with Jim as his campaign manager) against Claude
Pepper, the "Father of Social Security."
Colliers were researching a book they were writing
for Dell Publishing titled: "Running Through the
System: Ballots Not Bullets," an idea born from
their involvement in the social upheaval of the
and Ken proposed that if our Declaration of Independence,
Constitution and Bill of Rights were indeed the
rule of the land, real change could be made in
America by working within the system -- more effectively,
and much more safely, than waging bloody revolution
in the streets.
their ideals, love of country, and political savvy
to the test, the Colliers began their grassroots
Congressional campaign - and discovered exactly
why the bullet, not the ballot, was being used
to change the power structure in America.
was rigged out of the election through a vote
scam, which the Colliers later discovered was
used throughout the country for decades. It went
like this: The local newscaster would announce
during the broadcast of election returns that
election "computer has broken down." Instead of
giving official returns from the County courthouse,
the networks would be running vote "projections"
for the rest of the night.
and Ken, who had garnered 30 percent of the vote
and were excited about running again, noticed
that when the vote totals came back on the screen
after the announcement, they had mysteriously
lost 15 percentage points. They didn't get another
vote for the rest of the night.
piqued their interest.
they examined the "official" election results
from the Secretary of State's office for the September
primary, October run-off and November final election
in Dade County, the record listed a total of 141,000
votes cast for the Governors race - in each election.
The exact same number of total votes were cast
for three elections with a different number of
candidates running each time. The same identical
figures were listed for the Senate race - 122,000
votes cast in the primary, run-off and final election.
of course, is a statistical impossibility.
they compared the "official" vote results with
a print-out of the vote "projections" broadcast
by the TV networks on the final election night,
they found that channel 4 had "projected" with
near perfect accuracy the results of 40 races
with 250 candidates only 4 minutes after the polls
closed. Channel 7 came even closer; at 9:31 pm,
they "projected" the final vote total for a race
at 96,499 votes. When the Colliers checked the
"official" number . . . it was also 96,499.
hockey, they call that a hat trick," the Colliers
write. "In politics, we call it a fix." vThe networks
then made the astonishing claim that the results
from a single voting machine somewhere in Dade
County were run through a computer program in
order to get these vote projections.
Davis was the computer programmer responsible
for the magic formula that could convert one machine's
vote results into near perfect projected vote
totals for 40 races and 250 candidates. When Jim
and Ken confronted Davis in his office at the
University of Miami, he responded: "You'll never
prove it, now get out."
the networks claimed that members of the League
of Women Voters were out in the field on election
night, calling in vote totals to channels 4 and
the Colliers confronted the head of the League,
Joyce Deiffenderfer, she admitted that there were
no LWV members out in the field that night. She
broke down crying, saying "I don't want to get
caught up in this thing."
to the print-out of the TV network's election
night "projections," the networks were not receiving
any actual voting results at any time during their
broadcast, but had been using their own projections
from the moment the polls closed. When they claimed
that the courthouse computer had broken down,
and they would no longer be reporting actual vote
totals, they were lying. They had never been reporting
actual vote totals.
the final shoe dropped months later when an official
press release appeared from Dade data processing
chief, Leonard White, which stated emphatically:
The county computer at the courthouse was never
down, and it was never slow.
was the beginning.
Collier brothers had slammed their boat into the
tip of a giant iceberg. As they continued to investigate,
they were horrified to discover vote fraud collusion
among key individuals in every branch and on every
level of the American political system. Those
who were not benefiting from the fraud were too
afraid to fight it. Their search for justice led
to dead-ends. Their lives were threatened, they
were vilified as conspiracy theorists by the mainstream
press, Dell publishing cancelled their book contract
. . . and yet they persevered.
next quarter century was spent compiling a wealth
of FBI documented evidence proving that elections
in the United States have come under the tight
control of a handful of powerful and corrupt people:
Secretaries of State, Election Supervisors, Judges,
owners and editors of the major media outlets,
voting equipment corporations, and assorted key
members of the elections establishment, including
the League of Woman Voters. These groups have
assured the dominance of the two party system,
unfettered corporate control over government,
and media censorship of issues most important
to the American people, including the cover-up
of vote fraud evidence.
we understand why things have gone so terribly
wrong in this country. It's due to the corrupted
vote. It is the stolen vote that perpetuates corrupt
city, state and federal governments. When those
corrupt power brokers in your town weed out that
up-and-coming politician, they are looking for
a person who is willing to 'play ball.' Politics
is 'playing ball.' Suddenly you find property
decisions going against nature; land and water
needed for the perpetuation of life on our earth
suddenly disappear. A handful of developers get
richer while the land, and the quality of life,
get poorer." -- Votescam
and Ken both died young during the 90's, as heroes
to many thousands who read their book and heard
them speak on the radio and at political meetings
across the country. They helped to guide individuals
and groups working for clean elections in their
communities -- some of them fighting against the
first wave of computerized voting machines.
Collier's last hope was that Votescam would be
used as evidence in a serious Congressional investigation
into election fraud, if we should ever see the
day. Many people still in power have yet to be
held accountable for their role in aiding and
abetting vote fraud. I'll give you two important
I explore this issue in more depth, I'd like to
offer a brief list of important lessons learned
from twenty-five years of fighting vote fraud
in the trenches.
If there is any conceivable way to tamper with
or rig an election - someone will attempt it.
This includes average citizens as well as officials
charged with protecting the process.
Every voting system is open to tampering, but
paper ballots counted in public are the easiest
system to protect and monitor. (It's estimated
that only 2% of Americans still vote on a hand-counted
Secret vote counting is illegal. Remember: counting
them faster is not a justification for counting
When machines began to take over our vote counting
systems, election rigging became an exciting
new national industry.
Lever machines were the first to appear, and
they were riggable in a number of ways. One
could rig the lever machine itself, or, much
more easily, the electronic scanning machines
that counted the ballots. (See the Votescam
video for footage of ballot rigging under the
supervision of both parties and the Dade County
Computerized voting machines are the easiest
to rig. Their software is not open to public
scrutiny, or the scrutiny of Election Supervisors
(rendering their title meaningless). There are
nearly infinite ways to program the machines
to count votes fraudulently. Since they are
accessible by modem, they can be controlled
from a remote, centralized location.
Voting machine companies operate with no federal
oversight, certification process, standards
or restrictions. Controlling members of some
of the most powerful voting machine corporations
are convicted criminals, some are politicians
with obvious conflicts of interests, others
are not even American citizens. Just two companies
-- Election Systems and Software (ES&S) and
Diebold Voting Systems - now control about 80%
of the vote count in the U.S.
Vote fraud on a statewide and national scale
is not possible without the complicity of (among
others) corrupt Election Supervisors, Secretaries
of State, Judges, voting machine corporations,
and top officials of the major media outlets.
Both the Democratic and Republican parties have
been complicit in vote rigging for decades,
to their mutual benefit. Vote rigging is NOT
a partisan issue (though recent evidence suggests
Republicans might be gaining the upper hand
in the race to control our elections).
The corporate major media networks play a vital
role in perpetrating and covering up vote fraud.
Media methods of vote rigging are explored in
the Votescam book, including the role of Voter
News Service (VNS). (VNS was a consortium of
all the major media outlets. It recently closed
up shop and scurried off into the shadows, but
for decades, under two different corporate names,
it controlled the compilation and dissemination
of national vote totals, with the power to alter
the reported results. The networks have actually
not competed for vote totals, as they claim
to have done, since 1965. They got all their
numbers from VNS, which operated behind an iron
curtain of secrecy. Any questions regarding
their operation were met with the ubiquitous
response: "This is not a proper area of inquiry."
Most people erroneously thought they were simply
a polling organization, though no evidence of
their supposedly massive polling operation could
be found by investigators). See my interview
with Bill Headline, former head of VNS.
Election Day media polls are untrustworthy at
best, and very likely fabricated to influence
voter decisions and to support phony vote results.
that I've provided the minimal context for understanding
the current threats we face, we can begin to talk
about strategies to win back the control of our
- PLEASE GO READ THE REST OF THIS IMPORTANT
fights Diebold's legal attempt to silence discussions
about e-voting (Oct 23)
are publicly available that detail vulnerabilities
in electronic voting machines manufactured by
the Diebold Corporation. Diebold has been sending
cease and desist letters to internet service providers
(ISPs) that host the documents or links to them.
Numerous Indymedia servers have been targeted
by Diebold in its campaign to suppress this critical
information. Indymedia will defend its right to
post internal memos and documents detailing vulnerabilities
in electronic voting machines manufactured by
the Diebold Corporation. The documents were made
publicly available, and subsequently reported
by writer Bev Harris on her websites http://www.blackboxvoting.com
and http://www.blackboxvoting.org. The vast information
contained in these documents is still being investigated
by top computer scientists and researchers, but
a set of widely circulated internal memos detail
Diebold's flippant disregard of test runs, accuracy
audits, and security for its voting machines.
System tests (much like a dress rehearsal) are
often required by local election laws--Diebold
memos mention how they simply changed the name
"memory test" to "***System Test Passed***" as
if the machine performed a self audit. The memos
also say how Diebold installed new versions of
the voting software that were left untested. Their
election results are not secure, as evidenced
by this comment in one email regarding the "contents"
(i.e. the votes) of the e-voting machines: "Now,
where the perception comes in is that its right
now very *easy* to change the contents. Double
click the .mdb file." Diebold's Republican executives
have touted e-voting as a solution to the punchcard
voting systems that scandalized Florida in 2000.
In fact, this evidence of security and reliability
flaws raises serious questions about this "solution"
to election woes in the US. CLIP
Box Voting (Denouncing the BIG fraud of hidden
vote tampering in the US) - Oct. 17, 2003
They've taken out BlackBoxVoting.com, the site
owned by the Black Box Voting publisher, for the
third time in a month. DOWNLOAD
THE 9 CHAPTERS FOR FREE OF THIS TELL-IT-ALL BOOK.
Topplebush.com is a mirror site for this book
to prevent it from not being available.
counts your vote? The truth is, there is no
way for you to know. In fact, you are not allowed
to know. "Votescam" offers a wealth of FBI documented
evidence proving that, for the past forty years,
elections in the United States have come under
the domination of a handful of powerful and corrupt
people: Secretaries of State, Election Supervisors,
Judges, owners and editors of the major media
outlets, voting equipment corporations (like Diebold,
ES&S and Sequoia), and assorted key members of
the elections establishment, including the League
of Women Voters. These groups have assured the
dominance of the two party system, unfettered
corporate control over government, and media censorship
of issues most important to the American people,
including the cover-up of vote fraud evidence.
Fight E-Vote Firm (October 21)
Fight E-Vote Firm - Internal Diebold memos hit
the Web recently, revealing that the company knew
about security flaws in voting systems sold to
the states. Diebold has tried to remove the memos
from the Web, but students are fighting back.
-- A group of students at Swarthmore College in
Pennsylvania has launched an "electronic civil
disobedience" campaign against voting machine
maker Diebold Election Systems. The students are
protesting efforts by Diebold to prevent them
and other website owners from linking to some
15,000 internal company memos that reveal the
company was aware of security flaws in its e-voting
software for years but sold the faulty systems
to states anyway. The memos were leaked to voting
activists and journalists by a hacker who broke
into an insecure Diebold FTP server in March.
Posted: November 5, 2003