"...the complicating factor that the population advantage to small states is largely canceled by the faact that all states, by law or custom, still award their Electoral College (EC) votes winner take all, which benefits large states. To wit, if a presidential candidate wins North Dakota by 537 votes this year, he gets three EC votes. But if the candidate wins Florida by that number, as Bush did in 2000, he gets twenty-seven.|
"That is why Gore almost won the 2000 election, even as Bush carried thirty states, including most small states. Gore carried such large states as New York, California, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Wisconsin, Massachusetts and Michigan, with their big blocks of electoral votes, which brought him within one EC vote of victory.
Presidential candidates don't campaign in small or large states particularly anymore. You won't see either of them in Wyoming or New York this year. They campaign in close states, again owing to the winner-take-all feature of the Electoral College. West Virginia has only five electoral votes. But polls indicate that it is closely divided, and its votes could be decisive. So you will find Bush and Kerry there, plenty.
"Historically, the winner-take-all feature benefited Democrats, because if they were going to win at all, they would win in the big Northeastern and Midwestern "industrial" states. But now conservative big states like Georgia and Texas are gaining people and EC votes and the old industrial states are losing them, which will help the GOP, unless the Democrats can break the Republican hold on the Sun Belt. In any case, by these strange balancing anomalies, the EC vote count still usually agress with the popular vote. The 2000 EC vote did not. But it should be noted that the popular vote was also essentially a tie in 2000 and thus that either result in the EC would have been regarded as unfair by the losers. But Pollitt is right that misguided small states continue to love the Electoral College, and thus that it is likely to be with us forever" ("Letters." The Nation, Sep. 20, 2004: 2).
"Some 673 law professors from 173 law schools signed a statement asserting that "by stopping the vote count in Florida, the US Supreme Court used its power to act as political partisans, not as judges of a court of law"" (Jonathan Schell. "Healing the Law." The Nation, Aug. 2/9, 2004: 12, 42).
"..Governor Jeb Bush's office had knowlingly blocked 40,000 legal voters from registering. Coincidentally, over 90 percent of those voters were Democrats" (Greg Palast. The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. NY: Plume, 2003: 3).
"In the months leading up to the November 2000 balloting, Florida Secretary of State Harris, in coordination with Governor Jeb Bush, ordered local elections supervisors to purge.. 57,700 from voter registries. In Harris' computers, they are named as felons who have no right to vote in Florida.
"Thomas Cooper is on the list... The Harris list says Cooper was convicted of a felony on January 30, 2007.
"At least 90.2 percent of those on this "scrub" list.. are innocent.. it is a list of democrats.
"..George W. Bush [won] by a plurality of 537 votes... Gore lost at least 22,000 votes as a result of this smart little black-box operation...
"In the USA.. the story was simply not covered. The theft of the presidential race... grabbed big television coverage.. worldwide -- everywhere, that is, but the USA" (12).
"...the number of voters wrongly barred from voting [was] over 90,000, mostly Blacks and Hispanics, and by a wide majority, Democrats" (Greg Palast. The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. NY: Plume, 2003: 12).
"Florida [barred] ex-criminals from voting.. [There were] court orders.. which ordered Governor Bush to stop interfering in the civil rights of ex-cons who had the right to vote... The governor knowlingly violated the law and court orders.." (Greg Palast. The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. NY: Plume, 2003: 34).
"Florida's own courts have repeatedly told the governor he may not take away the civil rights of Florida citizens who have committed crimes in other states, served their time and had their rights restored by those states" (36).
"Harris's office ordered counties to purge.. voters [from] Texas.. Illinois.. Ohio [who were] charged with [nothing] more than misdemeanors" (38).
"Choice Point vice president James Lee [said] the state ordered them to get it wrong.. The state, he said, "wanted there to be more names than were actually verified as being a convicted felon"" (57).
"..the state had given DBT the truly insane directive to add to the purge list people who matched 90 percent of the last name... DBT objected, knowing this would sweep in a huge number of innocents. The state then went further and ordered DBT to shift to an 80 percent match" (58).
"And Florida used more than the voter purge in their "no count" bag of tricks... Florida simply did not count 179,855 ballots. And whether your vote counted depended a lot on your color" (62).
"The proportion of uncounted ballots to the Black population, county by county, was nearly a perfect match" (63).
"..the NAACP.. asked the state to return voting rights to those they acknowledge were wrongly named as felons... Harris['s].. office refuses to return their civil rights...
"Following the Salon.com and Nation stories, an embarrassed Florida Legislature voted to bar the secretary of state from ever again hiring an outside firm like DBT to generate a purge list...
"Harris overcame the problem of the new law in a forthright manner: she broke it... she hired an outside firm.. Arthur Anderson [for the next election]" (74).
"Florida was so successful [stealing the election], the Republicans.. have been busy "floridizing" state elections procedures from sea to shining sea. The race for the White House in 2004 may already be decided for you.." (77).
"The Russians [have] voted a resolution demanding that American presidential elections, like Haiti's and Rwanda's, should be held under the auspices of the United Nations" (Greg Palast. The Best Democracy Money Can Buy. NY: Plume, 2003: 80).
"The Bush family and friends stole both the 2000 and 2004 Presidential elections. The covert operations long associated with George Herbert Walker Bush, former President and CIA director, are now overtly practiced in key battleground states...
"In order to believe that Bush won in Ohio, you have to ignore deadly accurate exit polls and all observable data to avoid the Bush family theft. By refusing to consider this CIA-connected family’s history, one must accept the following ridiculous political conclusions: that Bush supporters were shy in Ohio and Florida and reluctant to answer exit poll questions, but not shy in Arizona, Arkansas and Louisiana; that pollster Zogby’s Election Day calls for Kerry in Ohio and Florida were wrong, as well as the Harris poll; that Mitofsky’s exit polling is flawed in the U.S. but an accurate predictor in the Ukraine for fraud; that Kerry easily carried the metropolitan areas of Cleveland and Columbus but lost due to an unobserved Bush surge in rural Appalachia; that Bush won despite an incumbent approval rating under 50%; that Bush got 80% or so of the undecided vote although all professional pollsters agree that undecideds generally vote for the challenger; and private partisan companies that secretly count the vote without paper trails are fair and honestly doing their job...
"...no presidential campaign in recent memory – perhaps ever, has attracted so much support from the intelligence as the campaign of former CIA director George Bush.” Bush and his ex-CIA buddies secured the Vice Presidency in 1980, the Presidency in 1988 and have now rigged the 2000 and 2004 elections for Bush the Lesser" (Bob Fitrakis. "The sun revolves around the Earth and George W. Bush won the election in Ohio." The Free Press. March 8, 2005).
Colby Glass, MLIS