2 September 2002

Yet another piece of evidence pointing to a fraudulent Bush 2000 election

Our court appointed president needed the help of his brother and Florida campaign chief who also served as top election officer to suppress the minority vote in whatever way they could:

The NAACP's lawsuit over Florida's disputed 2000 presidential election appears headed for a close as the state and two counties -- the only remaining defendants -- have agreed to a settlement, attorneys said Tuesday. Joe Klock, an attorney for the state, told U.S. District Judge Alan Gold that all parties promised to file final papers by Friday for approval. Attorneys would not discuss terms of the settlement. The class-action lawsuit filed by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and other civil rights groups argued voters were disenfranchised during the on Nov. 7, 2000 election; it included allegations that blacks were kept from voting in some counties. The state and Orange and Hillsborough counties were the only holdouts in the lawsuit. Miami-Dade, Broward, Leon, Volusia and Duval counties settled earlier rather than face trial.

Hmm, let's tally the fraud - first, a contract firm with strong Republican and Texas ties erroneously marks thousands of voters as felons, denying their right to vote. Next, the inconsistent treatment of overseas votes - in precincts favorable to Republicans, the rule of law was discarded and those votes were tallied, regardless of postmarks or deadlines. Many Republican voters tallied multiple votes. In Democrat favored precincts, the letter of the law was adhered to, which suited Republican strategists just fine. Second, the differences in the mechanical error rates of non-registered votes between Republican and Democrat districts that exceed any normal statistical deviation. And finally an admission (by agreeing to the settlement) that black voters were kept from voting and wrongfully turned away. Florida is doing its earnest to return to the days of Jim Crow.

Provisions of those settlements included sweeping modifications to voter registration, voter-roll maintenance and polling practices. They also required counties to improve election day communications between precincts and election headquarters and in some cases guaranteed foreign language-speaking workers would be at the polls to assist voters. After a legal battle that reached the U.S. Supreme Court, President Bush's 537-vote margin over Al Gore in Florida swung the outcome for the presidency.

The state had argued the Legislature adequately addressed problems by standardizing recount rules, eliminating punch card voting systems and allowing provisional balloting. But plaintiffs argued Florida had still not done enough to avoid wrongfully turn away voters.

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