Kucinich Asks for New Hampshire Recount in the Interest of Election Integrity.
A little earlier in the election cycle this time around, many people are worried about serious discrepancies between pre-election opinion polling
and exit polls
, which both had Obama winning by a substantial percentage, and the official results. Obama also appears to have won in hand-counted precincts
while Clinton seems to have dominated in precincts which counted the votes with the Diebold Accuvote TSx
optical-scan machines, which have been shown to be susceptible to a memory card hack
. [more inside]
Mexico City post-election protests,
which began on July 30th at the instigation of López Obrador, former mayor and alleged "loser" of the July 2 federal election, now cover a
12-kilometer (7.5 - mile) stretch of Paseo de la Reforma
one of the main arteries of one of the world's largest cities. Some see it as a party
, others see it as
In any case, a crisis of legitimacy is at hand, as all eyes await the announcement, due by Sept. 6 from "Trife"
the Electoral Tribunal of the Federal Judiciary, which will either decide the winner, or annul the result and call for new elections.
With partisans of Obrador already claiming that the results of the recent partial recount
suggest systematic fraud
, it's unlikely that a smooth resolution is going to come any time soon.
Project Censored places "Distorted Election Coverage" at number 3
on their list of ignored news stories of the last year. In more recent ignored news a Diebold insider speaks out
(which security guru Bruce Schneier considers "sensationalist" but "good information"
) - just as Diebold shares plunge
and top executives flee. In July Diebold's voting machines were rejected by the state of California
after "possibly the most extensive testing ever on a voting system" revealed a high incidence of crashes and paper jams. Not to mention the undocumented backdoor
in Diebold's GEMS vote tabulator.
Meanwhile, in Ohio, two officials of the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections have been indicted by a grand jury
on charges that they "did not permit a random selection of precincts for the recount and it did not let witnesses oversee the opening of the sealed ballot cases and the first recount of the votes."
And John Conyers is urging Americans to oppose a proposed national ID voting requirement, which he calls a "21st Century poll tax"
. Is this what democracy looks like?