This stuff is getting out of control. Have you heard about conservative Chuck Hagel, Republican Senator from Nebraska, whose 1996 victory against his Democratic incumbent was described by the Washington Post (1/13/1997) as "the major Republican upset in the November election"? Hagel won virtually every demographic group, including many largely African-American communities that had never before voted Republican, and he was the first Republican in 24 years to win a Senate seat in Nebraska. Six years later, Hagel ran again and won in a landslide (with 83% of the vote) against Democrat Charlie Matulka, in "the biggest political victory in the history of Nebraska."
What a guy, huh? But perhaps upset victories and landslides are just to be expected when you are the head of (as Hagel was in 1996), or own part interest in (as Hagel does now), the company that owns the company that installed, programmed, and largely ran the voting machines that were used by most of the citizens of Nebraska. Interestingly enough, Hagel didn't disclose his connection to the company to the FEC:
Meanwhile, Hagel is still happily playing Senator.
Ready for more? Turns out that Bush pere (hence, no doubt, Bush fils) is no stranger to computer election manipulation:
Documents illustrate that the Reagan and Bush administration supported computer manipulation in both Noriega’s rise to power in Panama and in Marcos’ attempt to retain power in the Philippines.
And guess what? It also turns out that the electronic voting companies are all incestuously connected, and received primary funding from Howard Ahmanson, Bush supporter and millionaire financier of the ultra-conservative Christian right:
I believe this is called playing "hardball". Those of us not inclined to see Bush steal another election can take action at Verified Voting.
It might also be worth contacting Ohio Secretary of State Blackwell and others who for some mysterious reason are blocking the call for electronic voting machines to have a paper trail:
Contact info for Blackwell is here. Finally, it can't hurt to call your local paper, express your concern, and ask them to report on this story.