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(Reagan.com Note: The following statistical analysis was sent ... by Robert Cook, PE, a nuclear engineer, with an MS in statistical quality control, a software testing specialist and QA manager, who has a track record for analyzing and correcting trends, errors, and mistakes in heavy construction projects (ships, power plants, nuclear reactors, military and aerospace vehicles, etc. for more than twenty years.

Robert Cook ... says that the controversial 19,120 Presidential race ballots at issue there were "destroyed by deliberate double-punching ballots in Palm Beach County FL with a 'second punch' for Al Gore or Pat Buchanan."

In 1996, an additional 15,000 Dole and Perot ballots were destroyed by double-punching presidential ballots in Palm Beach County, FL. *)


(9 Nov, 2000 CNN; Jim Smith, Former Florida Secretary of State; WSJ, 11-10-2000)

(San Diego Union-Tribune, Nov 10, 2000, page A-12, Local Figure on D ouble Voting Only 0.3%; Haas Sees Red Flag in Florida Totals; by Caitlin Rother)

(Los Vegas Sun, Nov 10, 2000. Statistics Point To More Than Random Error in Florida Vote; by Jace Radke)

"Errors only Occurred in Presidential Races?

The news media ... are ignoring the 15,000 Bush and 3,400 Buchanan votes that statistical evidence can show were stolen by fraud in these 19,120 ballots.

Worse, the national news media is ignoring the 2% of Florida who deliberately and specifically refused to cast a vote for President: these Florida residents, protesting BOTH major parties, are being ignored in the current spin about "underpunched" ballots.

These 2% of the voters - 10,000 in Palm Beach alone - didn't "underpunch" any ballots "for" Gore. They specifically tried to say "A pox upon both your houses!" and left that race blank ...

The 10,000 "protest ballots" are the means to further defraud the "protesting" public by giving the democratic "judges" the ability to change these into Gore votes ...

Consider these "unusual" ballot problems in Palm Beach, FL - every one of them adds more Gore votes, and removed Republican and Reform party votes.

ONLY Palm Beach County Florida voters seem incapable of understanding and using this style of ballot. Palm Beach County has an error rate TEN TIMES larger than reported in ANY other county in the nation using paper punch ballots! ...

ONLY in Palm Beach (and in ONLY the most heavily Democratic precincts) were 19,120 ballots rejected in 2000 for double punching. This is a 4.4% error rate overall; in the rest of Florida there is less than 1/2 of ONE percent "double punch" error rate! ...

ONLY in Palm Beach did this "double punch" error happen ONLY in the Gore-Bush-Buchanan selections for President. In a truly random "error," the mistakes happen in every race, all at about the same rate. In Palm Beach, the massive errors (over 19,000) ONLY happened in the Presidential race ...

ONLY in Palm Beach did Gore GAIN 750 votes in a recount. In 50 out of 67 counties in FL, the actual change in the recount was 5 to 7 votes, and in 63 out of 67 counties, the total change was less than 30 votes either way ...

ONLY in Palm Beach County did more than 20% of the registered Republicans "forget" to vote for their party's presidential candidate ...

ONLY in Palm Beach did Bush receive LESS than 65% of the registered Republican voters. ... On average, in every other county in FL Bush received MORE votes than there were registered Republicans.

In EVERY precinct in Palm Beach where Gore got more votes than there are registered Democrats, Bush received less than 60% of the registered Republican votes.

In NO precinct in Palm Beach County did Bush receive more than 80% of the number of registered Republicans.

Absentee ballots were equally distributed by percentage between the two parties at 8% each. Thus, there is specific evidence to show that the "level of interest" in the Presidential election was equal between the two parties ...

As shown by the absentee ballot numbers, there WAS equal interest in the election by both parties; at least until the votes were "totaled".

In the rest of the nation, poll results show more than 90% of registered Republicans actively supported the Republican candidate ...

LOOK AT THE 10 COUNTIES IN FLORIDA WHERE THERE ARE MORE THAN 100,000 DEMOCRATIC VOTERS FOR PRESIDENT. In every one of these counties - EXCEPT Palm Beach County - Gore received FEWER votes than Nelson, the Democratic Senate candidate ...

However, in 8 of 10 of these counties, Bush led McCollum (the Republican Senate candidate by a majority proportional to the county size, with the margin being between 25,000 votes and 4000 votes ...

ONLY in Palm Beach County do the smaller (Congressional) races outdraw the Presidential race. Again, the number of total Republican votes "missing" (not counted in the presidential race) is equal to 15,000 Bush votes destroyed by double punching in the Presidential race.

The only way this could occur is if 15,000 registered Republican voters went to the polls, and "forgot" to cast their votes for president, ... while remembering to correctly and accurately punch 15,000 votes for the Republican Congressional candidate in their district ...

ONLY in Palm Beach did Buchanan get less than HALF the of votes he received before in 1996. Buchanan's "lost" votes in that county in 2000 were much greater than in any other district in Florida.

Buchanan received over 8,000 votes in 1996 Republican PRIMARY (where only registered Republicans can vote); but he received only 3,407 under the Reform Party from ALL voters in the 2000 Presidential election.

Pat Buchanan has relatives who live in Palm Beach County, and this local support greatly increases the number of local voters who choose Buchanan, compared to every other region of the country.

There are over 14,551 members of the Reform party in Palm Beach County - which indicates that less than 1/5 of the Reform voters voted for their own candidate ...

There is a simple, single explanation for ALL of these 19,120 problems in ONE set of ballots in ONE district in ONE state.

15,000 Bush ballots, and 3,400 more Buchanan ballots, were double-punched to imitate a Gore vote, AFTER legitimate voters left their polling booth ...

They could be punched several hundred at a time while the stack is being lined up before being read at the voting machine ...


3,000 = Buchanan

15,000 = Bush

25,000 = Gore (Gore has approximately a 2:1 margin over Bush in Palm Beach Cty.)

1,250 = other parties and random existing errors

750 = "blank" or "protest votes"- No vote for President; other spots may be filled in.


3,000 Buchanan + Gore = thrown out.

15,000 Bush + Gore = thrown out.

25,000 Gore (+ Gore) = GOOD VOTES for Gore = counted already

1,250 + others + Gore = thrown out.

750 = "blank" + Gore = Gore additional "free" votes

Stamping 45,000 ballots with a tool (or other device) THROUGH the Gore slot gives:

Every Gore vote is still a valid Gore vote ...

Every Bush, Buchanan, Workers Party, and Libertarian Party ballot IS IMMEDIATELY INVALID ...

The double-punch occurs ONLY in the presidential race ... All other races are correctly counted.

EVERY ballot that had no vote (a "protest vote" against both major candidates) becomes a Gore vote ...

IF the ballots have been "stacked" together and ... punched at one time, the stacked ballots will have remnants, paper tears, misaligned holes, and oddly shaped holes ...

The double-punched ballots will ALWAYS include a Gore vote. Legitimate errors will have randomly distributed errors in every position ...

The fraudulent double-punched ballots will show double punches ONLY in the presidential race ...

Palm Beach County was one the last counties in Florida to release its voting results, and the Palm Beach County results were critical in a last minute "surge" in Gore votes that reduced Bush's lead from 50,000 votes (in Florida overall) to less than 1500.

Late delivery of votes, with the specific precinct vote count delayed until the required number of votes is known, is a classic symptom of local election fraud ...

Late delivery of fraudulent votes has happened in several previous democratic elections at the national level, showing that the individuals involved had close knowledge of previous fraud and its successes ...

Almost NO "legitimate" Gore voter would choose other Republican choices, or at least very, very few would. IF almost all of the Bush + Gore ballots had mostly Republican choices, or blanks where there is a Democrat running unopposed, then that shows additional evidence where a Bush vote was destroyed ...

A Republican voter will have in almost every case have punched Bush + several other Republican candidates.

So look for how many "Bush + Gore" ballots have mostly Republican choices below. THESE ARE FRAUDS. They represent Bush votes that were stolen...

There will be approximately 0.3% of the total ballots used (1380 out of 460,000) that are legitimate errors or protest votes with a several candidates selected. Since these are truly random, they will have all sorts of weird and wonderful errors ...

Robert Cook, PE, cook.r@csaatl.com, Marietta, GA

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"KISSIMMEE, Fla. - ... A review of computerized records for 2.7 million votes [by the Washington Post] in eight of Florida's largest counties offers new details of how voters erred ...

Gore was by far most likely to be selected on invalid overvoted ballots, with his name punched as one of the choices on 46,000 of them. Bush, by comparison, was punched on 17,000 invalid ballots ...

[Cook suggests that the Gore "invalid overvoted ballots" were the result of pushing a sharp tool through the Gore hole on stacks of ballots, invalidating ballots that were really meant for Bush and others. But then how is the following statement explained?]

The study found that the 8,000 [Palm Beach County] voters whose ballots were thrown out because they chose Gore and one of the two other presidential candidates listed near him voted more than 10 to 1 Democratic in the U.S. Senate race ...

President Bush and congressional leaders pledged this week to study election reform because of the Florida failures. The Post findings suggest that the problems are not just hanging chads or outdated technology, however, but tens of thousands of voters who misunderstand how voting works, were confused by the instructions and did not receive sufficient help in the process.

A consortium of media organizations, including the Washington Post, will next month [2-01] begin an examination of all votes statewide that did not register when passed through an automatic counting machine. A similar, separate count by the Miami Herald is under way."

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`` Republicans admit altering defective ballot requests ...

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- One attorney charged there was a "sinister" conspiracy to aid George W. Bush. A former CIA agent said he was just trying to help GOP voters. A county elections official said she let Republican operatives correct absentee ballot applications.

Two trials that could affect tens of thousands of presidential votes played out just blocks from where Florida's highest court was set to hear legal arguments Thursday in the contested presidential election.

In Leon County Circuit Court, attorneys representing voters who alleged Republicans tampered with absentee ballot application forms asked judges to throw out as many as 25,000 absentee ballots from Seminole and Martin counties.

At issue in both cases is whether mistakes on absentee ballot request forms sent out by the Florida Republican Party in the waning days of the election were illegally corrected by state GOP officials when the mistakes were discovered.

"It was a sinister underground conspiracy" to help Bush, said Edward Stafman, attorney for the Martin County challengers ...

In the Seminole County case, Leon County Circuit Judge Nikki Clark was to hear closing arguments Thursday afternoon. In Martin County, Judge Terry Lewis took nearly four hours of testimony Wednesday before recessing and asking attorneys to resume the trial at 8 a.m. Thursday ...

Bush won the absentee balloting by 4,797 votes in Seminole and by 2,815 votes in Martin, so throwing them out could place his 537-vote certified statewide lead in jeopardy.

Voter ID numbers were left off many applications through computer errors in Seminole County and incorrect numbers were placed on the forms in Martin County. Florida law says ballot applications may not be mailed out without the correct identification numbers.

In the Seminole County case, elections supervisor Sandra Goard admitted she allowed Republican officials to fill in the numbers and said it was the first time she had done so. "I had never received a request for that to be done," she said. Democrats did not ask for the same accommodation, she added.

Goard also testified that Florida law did not give her the authority to allow party officials to fill in the numbers. But she said she allowed GOP official Michael Leach and a second man she has been unable to identify to fill in the numbers at the party's request. Democratic Party state chairman Bob Poe later called to protest her actions, but Poe did not request the same opportunity to correct applications for Democrats, she said.

Goard did not appear in court Wednesday. Her previous deposition testimony was read aloud instead.

In the Martin County case, county GOP official Tom Hauck was asked on the stand whether he would acknowledge "walking out of the office" of Republican elections supervisor Peggy Robbins "with a stack of applications for absentee ballots."

"On one occasion, that's right," Hauck replied, adding that he took the ballots to county Republican headquarters to fill in the numbers.

Charles Kane, who testified he worked for the FBI and retired from the CIA in 1975, said nothing secretive nor sinister occurred.

"We had an obligation to them," he said of Republicans who had received the inaccurate ballot document. "We had filled out their forms. We did not see this as altering. All we saw this as was correcting a problem caused by the Republican Party of Florida."

Todd Schnick, the state Republican party's political director, testified that he did not remember key elements of the ballot form glitches, which occurred in the last weeks of the presidential campaign ... ''

COLUMN from THE WASHINGTON POST, 12-26-00, By Neal Peirce

"MIAMI--Should ex-felons who've completed their criminal sentences and paid their debt to society be allowed to vote?

For some 200 years, various states have said "no" by enacting so-called "civil death" laws, denying former criminals the right to re-enter the democratic process.

Florida's civil death law had sensational impact this year. It kept so many African-Americans away from the polls that the state, and thus the presidency of the United States, were delivered to George W. Bush.

Blacks in Florida went for Al Gore by a 93 percent majority. But 400,000 black Floridians, or 31 percent of the state's black men, are disenfranchised because of felony convictions, according to estimates by the Washington-based Sentencing Project ...

Workers for a Get-Out-The-Vote (GOTV) program focused on African-American Floridians reported that time and again, members of black households they contacted said they couldn't vote because of their criminal records.

Count as you will, civil death switched the Florida outcome.

And with a strong helping hand from the Florida Secretary of State's office, according to the on-line magazine, Salon, and several major newspapers. The office hired "Choice Point," a firm with strong conservative ties, to "cleanse" voter rolls.

The company's list of alleged ex-felons, circulated to county voting officials, was heavily weighted with African-Americans. Later it turned out the list was unverified and contained thousands of incorrect entries, imperiling legal registrants.

Civil death carries greater weight these days because of America's astronomic (fivefold) rise of incarceration of the last 25 years--the fruit of politically motivated "tough on crime" federal and state statutes.

A major factor in the incarceration craze: the "war on drugs," championed by Presidents Reagan and Bush--and continued by Clinton--and vote-grabbing legislators coast to coast.

Featuring radically more severe enforcement in black communities than white, this war divides and devastates millions of black families. In many poor black neighborhoods today, time behind bars is the expected fate for young men.

Result: imprisonment is becoming a salient civil rights issue. Hundreds of thousands of black youth are being disenfranchised before they have a chance to cast a single ballot.

Al Gore, note black critics, refused to speak out on this issue, despite entreaties from Jesse Jackson and others.

And, just as the disputed Tilden-Hayes presidential election of 1876 led to a deal in which Reconstruction-era protections of Southern blacks were terminated--unleashing the Ku Klux Klan and decades of black exclusion from the polls--African-American leaders see ominous undercurrents in the 2000 presidential election ...

Florida ... :

Indeed, for a healthier democracy in Florida and elsewhere, a reform agenda is clear: Fair and clear registration procedures; new electronic voting systems; and then, abolition of all laws that prevent felons from voting once they've finished their sentences.

Florida is one of nine states with lifetime prohibitions on felons voting. Others are Alabama, Iowa, Kentucky, Mississippi, Nevada, New Mexico, Virginia, Wyoming (plus, in more limited form, Arizona, Maryland, Tennessee and Washington).

All such laws need to go. Why? "It's totally indefensible to create a permanent outlaw caste," says the ACLU's Voting Rights Project director, Laughlin McDonald ..."

Neal Peirce's e-mail address is npeirce@citistates.com.

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From "Through the Looking Glass" By Lewis Carroll

Chapter 4 - Tweedledum and Tweedledee

... `I'm sure I'm very sorry,' was all Alice could say; for the words of the old song kept ringing through her head like the ticking of a clock, and she could hardly help saying them out loud: --

     `Tweedledum and Tweedledee
     Agreed to have a battle;
     For Tweedledum said Tweedledee
     Had spoiled his nice new rattle ...'
`I know what you're thinking about,' said Tweedledum: `but it isn't so, nohow.'

`Contrariwise,' continued Tweedledee, `if it was so, it might be; and if it were so, it would be; but as it isn't, it ain't. That's logic.' ... `You like poetry?'

`Ye-es. pretty well -- some poetry,' Alice said doubtfully ...

`What shall I repeat to her?' said Tweedledee ...

`"The Walrus and the Carpenter" is the longest,' Tweedledum replied ...

Tweedledee began instantly: ...

     The Walrus and the Carpenter
     Were walking close at hand;
     They wept like anything to see
     Such quantities of sand:
     "If this were only cleared away,"
     They said, "it would be grand!"

     "If seven maids with seven mops
     Swept it for half a year,
     Do you suppose," the Walrus said,
     "That they could get it clear?"
     "I doubt it," said the Carpenter,
     And shed a bitter tear.

     "O Oysters, come and walk with us!"
     The Walrus did beseech.
     "A pleasant walk, a pleasant talk,
     Along the briny beach:
     We cannot do with more than four,
     To give a hand to each." ...

     The eldest Oyster winked his eye,
     And shook his heavy head --
     Meaning to say he did not choose
     To leave the oyster-bed.

     But four young oysters hurried up,
     All eager for the treat: ...

     Four other Oysters followed them,
     And yet another four;
     And thick and fast they came at last,
     And more, and more, and more --
     All hopping through the frothy waves,
     And scrambling to the shore ...

     "The time has come," the Walrus said,
     "To talk of many things:
     Of shoes -- and ships -- and sealing-wax --
     Of cabbages -- and kings -- ...

     "A loaf of bread," the Walrus said,
     "Is what we chiefly need:
     Pepper and vinegar besides
     Are very good indeed --
     Now if you're ready Oysters dear,
     We can begin to feed."

     "But not on us!" the Oysters cried,
     Turning a little blue ...

     "It seems a shame," the Walrus said,
     "To play them such a trick ...
     After we've brought them out so far,
     And made them trot so quick!" ...

     O Oysters," said the Carpenter.
     "You've had a pleasant run!
     Shall we be trotting home again?"
     But answer came there none --
     And that was scarcely odd, because
     They'd eaten every one.' ...


"... the following is from reader Marilyn Nottage. She passed on an e-mail imagining how famous poets might have viewed this election.

From Dr. Seuss:

``I cannot count them in a box
  I cannot count them with a fox.
  I cannot count them by computer
  I will not with a Roto-Rooter.
  I cannot count them card by card
  I will not 'cause it's way too hard.

  I cannot count them on my fingers
  I will not while suspicion lingers.
  I'll leave the country in a jam
  I can't count ballots,
Or from Clement Moore:
``'Twas the month before Christmas,
   when all through the courts,
   All the plaintiffs made stirring,
   bad ballot reports ... ''
And from a mythical Longfellow:
``Listen, my children, don't dare ignore,
  The midnight actions of Bush and Gore.

  In early November, the year ought-ought,
 `Twas hard to believe the mess they wrought.

  Two billion bucks of campaign bounty,
  All came down to Palm Beach County ... ''
And from Edgar Allen Poe:
``Once upon a campaign dreary,
  one which left us weak and weary
  O'er many a quaint and curious
  promise of political lore.

  While we nodded, nearly napping,
  suddenly there came a yapping,
  As of some votes overlapping,
  energy-zapping to the core.

 'Tis a mess here, we all muttered,
  as the network anchors stuttered,
  Stuttered over Bush and Gore.

  Could there be another election,
  with such a case of misdirection,
  One with such a weak selection,
  yet fraught with tension to the core?

  Quoth the ravers, Nevermore.'' ..."

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