- VICTORIA COLLIER, NOVEMBER 2012 -
Please see this amazing article "How to Rig an Election" which I just came across. It's stunning. Fixing electronic elections is clearly putting the Right in power, not the people. From 2000 to Kerry in Ohio to DeMint in South Carolina, amazing stories of huge fraud, undermining constantly the work of Congress...a new horror production brought to us by those academy award winners Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers, who have no honor and no boundaries to their shame....
If you've not been paying attention to the radical subversion of electoral democracy in the United States these last 12 years, this piece will blow your mind, and probably depress you; but if you don't shake that off, and move to spread the word right now, by sending everyone you know this must-read article, you'll have to share the blame for what will very likely happen (again) on Nov. 6, whether it befalls the presidency, Congress or some statehouses (or all of the above).
Brava to Victoria, then; and hurray for Harper's, whose editors and publisher have shown us once again that they are brave enough to face an issue as important as it is neglected. (This new piece is a sort of sequel to "None Dare Call It Stolen," the cover story I wrote for them six years ago.) The only other US magazine that's shown the same intelligence and courage is Rolling Stone.
- Mark Crispin Miller, Author of "Fooled Again" and "Loser Take All"
Collier's piece is timely and jaw-dropping because of the context it offers for this cycle's voting-rights fights. It suggests persuasively that the Florida recount, and the federal legislation it spawned, have made our elections less reliable and thus more susceptible to partisan disenfranchisement than we ever could have imagined watching those hapless bureaucrats count those chads. We took a bad situation, in other words, and made it much worse. If the coming election is as close as everyone seems to think it is, there is no reason to believe with any confidence that honest officials could prevent someone from stealing it outright.
- Andrew Cohen, contributing editor at The Atlantic and legal analyst for 60 Minutes, chief analyst and legal editor for CBS Radio
America is gaining clarity on this. We will not be self-governing again until WE count the votes. Our anonymous ballots must be cast in private - but they must be COUNTED IN PUBLIC. That means--sorry--not inside a computer. But I DO have a technology-friendly elections idea: VIDEO CAMS to track ballot custody, including of absentee ballots, while in the hands of elections officials! CAMS to follow those precious ballot batches wherever they go, and CAMS on the people who will count them by hand, the only way to end this digital-darkness shell game.