Vote Fraud Scandal
|June 11, 2002||Posted by Staff under Progress Report, The Progress Report|
Vote Fraud Scandal Cover-Up
Justice Department Abandons Responsibility for Investigating Illegal Voter Purges, Voter Registration Problems In Florida
Over one percent of the ballots cast in the USA in 2000 elections have never been counted. That means ten million people who went to the ballot box were simply excluded from democracy. Was your vote counted? Many states do not even track how many ballots are not counted.
On top of that, thousands of people were unlawfully prevented from voting in the first place.
After the huge vote fraud scandals of the 2000 election, almost nothing has changed. Here are the latest views from a pro-democracy organization called People for the American Way.
DOJs Civil Rights Division Chief Undermines Voting Rights Act, Falsely Claims No Credible Evidence of Voting Rights Denial
The Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice Department has closed the vast majority of its investigations into election misconduct in Florida in 2000.
People For the American Way Foundation President Ralph G. Neas said the departments actions represented “a destructive abdication of responsibility and a breach of faith with Florida voters.”
“It was an outrage that thousands of Florida voters were prevented from having their votes counted,” said Neas. “And it is an outrage for the Justice Department to reinvent history by pretending that there were no serious problems in Florida in November 2000 except for language assistance issues in three counties. What was supposed to be an effort to protect the rights of voters has become a political effort to protect the president and Florida Governor Jeb Bush from questions about the election outcome. Unfortunately, it is part of a pattern by Attorney General John Ashcroft to retreat from enforcement of Federal civil rights law.”
Neas said that DOJ division chief Boyds blanket assertion in the May 28th letter that “very few voters” were actually denied the right to vote in Florida flies in the face of publicly available information that is documented in the voting rights lawsuit filed by a coalition of civil rights organizations in January 2001.
Neas criticized Boyd for making no reference to state election officials who oversaw an effort that improperly stripped thousands of voters from the voting rolls. It is a matter of public record that these state officials hired a company to create lists of voters accused of being felons so they could be purged from voter rolls. These officials urged the company to use overly broad and improper criteria to accomplish this task. Most voters removed from the rolls had no recourse on Election Day.
“The Justice Department has failed those whose right to vote was denied in 2000,” said Neas. “Now its up to the courts.” Neas said that the voting rights case filed by a broad coalition of civil rights organizations in January 2001 was moving forward with a trial scheduled in August.
To a cynic, this would look like a cover-up by Bush supporters. What is your opinion on election reform for the USA? Do we have to settle for corrupt, failed investigations, and then wimpy corrective legislation that does nothing? In a democracy, every vote must count. This is not an option, this is a requirement. How can we achieve democracy? Tell your views to The Progress Report!