"Corporate America is very close to running this country.
The only thing that is stopping them from taking total control are the pesky voters. That's why there's such a drive
to control the vote. What we're seeing is the corporatization of the last shred of democracy." --Roxanne
Jekot, computer programmer
"One of the conditions states have to fulfil to receive federal funding
for the new voting machines, meanwhile, is a consolidation of voter rolls at state rather than county level. This provision
sends a chill down the spine of anyone who has studied how Florida consolidated its own voter rolls just before the 2000 election,
purging the names of tens of thousands of eligible voters, most of them African Americans and most of them Democrats ..."
All the President's Votes? A Quiet Revolution is Taking Place in US Politics. By the Time It's Over, the Integrity of Elections Will be in the
Unchallenged, Unscrutinized Control of a Few Large - and Pro-Republican - Corporations. Andrew Gumbel wonders if democracy
in America can survive
by Andrew Gumbel
Something very odd happened in the mid-term elections in Georgia last November. On the eve of the vote, opinion polls showed
Roy Barnes, the incumbent Democratic governor, leading by between nine and 11 points. In a somewhat closer, keenly watched
Senate race, polls indicated that Max Cleland, the popular Democrat up for re-election, was ahead by two to five points against
his Republican challenger, Saxby Chambliss.
Those figures were more or less what political experts would have expected in state with a long tradition of electing Democrats
to statewide office. But then the results came in, and all of Georgia appeared to have been turned upside down. Barnes lost
the governorship to the Republican, Sonny Perdue, 46 per cent to 51 per cent, a swing of as much as 16 percentage points from
the last opinion polls. Cleland lost to Chambliss 46 per cent to 53, a last-minute swing of 9 to 12 points. ...
NOTE: The Independent/UK seems to have been the first
news source to report on these problems in Georgia. --??
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