A Message From Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. on Election Fraud

30 08 2008
Kennedy at DNC Red Rocks kickoff concert, Aug. 24

Kennedy at DNC Red Rocks kickoff concert, Aug. 24

A MESSAGE FROM ROBERT F. KENNEDY, JR.:

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Dear Fellow Democrat:

Like many Americans — especially those of us who worked on John Kerry’s presidential campaign — I spent Election Night 2004 wondering how the exit polls, which had overwhelmingly predicted defeat for George W. Bush, got it so wrong.

Baffled — and sick at heart that a President so unpopular and incompetent was heading for a second disastrous term in the Oval Office — I heard the rumors of a Republican campaign to suppress Democratic votes.

And then, painstakingly, page-by-page, with no agenda in mind but finding the truth — the same skills I have employed in my career as an attorney — I began to examine the evidence. What I found shocked me to the core — and by the time I pieced it together in an expose for Rolling Stone magazine, I was convinced beyond all doubt:

The Republican Party mounted a coordinated, criminal campaign to steal the 2004 Presidential election — and it worked.

Now, as another election approaches, you and I need to stand with Democrats for America’s Future (DAF) to make absolutely certain it doesn’t happen again. You can get involved now by supporting us here.

We need to stand up because our country cannot stand for another four years of reckless Republican policies. But most of all, we need to stand together because the integrity of our democracy is at risk.

This is about more — far more — than who wins the next election, as important as that is. If we can’t guarantee the citizens of a democracy that their votes will be counted, every other liberty we hold dear is at risk.

And that, I regret to say, is a guarantee that our nation failed — abysmally — to uphold in 2004. Consider:

Of six million Americans living abroad — a constituency known to vote Democratic — nearly half either never received their ballots or received them too late because the Pentagon shut down a web site that files overseas registrations.

George W. Bush “won” New Mexico by 5,988 votes — but more than 20,000 ballots there weren’t properly tallied.

Nationwide, as many as 1 million ballots were spoiled by faulty voting machines.

You might be wondering how irregularities like that happened all over the country. After all, elections are administered by state officials free of partisan influence, right?

Well, allow me to introduce you to a man named Kenneth Blackwell. He’s the former Republican Secretary of State in Ohio — the state that, as you surely recall, officially tipped the 2004 election to George W. Bush.

As such, Blackwell’s job was to administer an impartial election. But he had another portfolio that year — Ohio chair of the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign.

If that sounds like a conflict of interest, it was. And Blackwell — having earned his stripes as a top Bush-Cheney official during the notorious Florida recount of 2000 — exploited it with relish.

In the run-up to the 2004 elections, Blackwell — known in Ohio as a partisan Republican zealot — allowed 300,000 voters to be expunged from the registration rolls, including almost one in four voters in predominantly Democratic Cleveland.

Blackwell also set up a network of kangaroo courts at which Ohio Republicans challenged Democratic voter registrations — often without giving the voters in question a fair opportunity to stand up for their rights.

The whole affair was so egregious that a federal court declared it unconstitutional — but by that time, much of the work was done. All told, more than 35,000 newly registered voters were challenged. Many were disenfranchised outright, and many more were intimidated.

I could go on. Sadly, though, we can’t reclaim what I am now convinced was the stolen election of 2004 — an election in which the Republican Party implemented a nationwide effort to suppress Democratic votes.

What we can do, though — and must — is work together to make sure every last Democratic vote is counted in 2008. That’s where Democrats for America’s Future comes in.

DAF is mobilizing a nationwide “NoVoterLeftBehind.net” project that will monitor voting on Election Day in 2008. The squad will shine a public spotlight on every last irregularity. Democrats for America’s Future will urge every Democratic candidate not to concede a single race until every last vote is counted.

And from beginning to end — from the voter registration process to Election Day challenges and beyond — DAF will fight every last fight to the very end, insisting that every American is guaranteed a democracy’s most sacred right: their vote.

Here’s the challenge: We have every reason to believe the Republicans are, at this moment, preparing a 2008 vote-suppression effort that will rival, or even exceed, the dirty tricks they pulled in 2004.

Unless DAF is equally active — unless they have the resources to monitor every vote, every precinct, every campaign, every court challenge — the Republicans may very well get away with it again.

That’s why I urge you, in the strongest terms, to rush a generous contribution of $30, $50, $100, $250 or even more to support DAF’s “NoVoterLeftBehind.net”. Your help will ensure that this effort is as aggressive and broad-based as it absolutely must be to succeed.

The 2008 elections are approaching fast — and Democrats can’t win unless our votes are counted. Please help today.

Sincerely,

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.

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19 responses

1 09 2008
Jim

I kicked and recommend your thread about this on Democratic Underground. Last time I looked, it had something like 2000+ views, 80 replies and 126 recommendations. Wow!http://rfkin2008.wordpress.com/2008/08/30/a-message-from-robert-f-kennedy-jr-on-election-fraud/

Good to see people know what the REAL issue of this election is going to be. We see it coming!

Don’t let `em steal `08!

Go RFK JR! And go New Frontier!!!

Your activism for the cause is admirable. We will miss you here!

Good luck w your new book, NF.

1 09 2008
Kelli G.

NF’s thread on Election Fraud is at the TOP of Democratic Underground’s “GREATEST” page. Whoo-hoo! Way to go, people!!!!

I also see your story is the #1 story on Google News today. Just go to Google’s news page and type in Kennedy’s name. Pops right up at the top!

The story has gone viral across the web over the past 24 hours, so thank you New Frontier for pushing this so aggressively. It’s CRITICAL!

Those bums are NOT going to steal another election – not if we can help it!!!!!!

1 09 2008
Robert L. Ross

In ’04 I too was heartsick that the
EXIT Poll’s were so wrong?? for the
first time ever. I am a 77 yr. senior
citizen Democrat.
This time we must make sure that
all VOTE”S are properly COUNTED!

1 09 2008
Editor

Here is our blog’s thread on DU:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.php?az=view_all&address=132×6847172

It’s still active and flaming hot right now!

If you are a member of DU, please give this a K&R! THanks.

1 09 2008
Will

The only solution is revolution. And it ain’t gonna happen. We’re too cowardly Life have become more important than freedom. We are all corporate slaves and will remain that way. Just see what they’ve done to protest and dissent at the conventions. Gitmo on the Platte. America is doomed. The corporate terrorists won!

1 09 2008
American Teacher

What about voting machines? If we don’t get accurate, honest counts, why even have elections? Is anything being done to protect democracy in this country?

1 09 2008
Scott Davis

I was on the phones in a union hall for the Kerry election. We were calling predominantly Democratic districts in South Florida, trying to encourage people to vote. Most said they had applied for absentee ballots weeks ago, because they knew what would happen if they went to the polling station. Friends returning from there told them there was a three hour wait with police with police dogs walking up and down the lines. This was during business hours, so you know these people had to get back to their jobs without voting.

1 09 2008
Elisabeth

Brad Friedman (Bradblog.com) has been fighting this battle for years and those of us following him carefully are shocked and outraged that it hasn’t been followed in the press. Citizens who have complained loudly and frequently are whackos, conspiracy theorists, etc. Yet, when voter fraud is alledged in other countries journalists fall all over themselves to cover those situations yet they couldn’t bother to fly to Ohio, Georgia or any of the other states under question. I just didn’t understand but I now think there is a fear of uncovering too much information detrimental to the politically powerful people in charge and they simply look the other way. This administration and the Republican party have done such underhanded things which would be immediately branded criminal in other countries. It takes courage and courage has been in short supply in our “free press”.

1 09 2008
jeff

Read “Armed Madhouse” by Greg Palast for a more concise view of vote “challenging” by the Republican “guard”. These people believe that the end justifies the means, even if those means violate the constitution of our once great nation. We have endured 8 years of an illegal coup, which has made the rich richer, and the rest suffer. As Jefferson said, “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just”.

1 09 2008
LFainstadt

Dear RFK jr. I worked in your fathers campaign in 1968. I believe that election was stolen also. Our group, The Sounds of Time, opened the venues your father spoke at and we warmed up the crowds with words and music. I was there, with your father, before he spoke at the victory gathering at the embassy ballroom. June 5 was my birthday. It was not a good one to say the least. Thanks for your amazing efforts on behalf of all Americans.

2 09 2008
batguano101

Diebold.

2 09 2008
MerryChristmas2You

with no agenda in mind ? are you joking ?

2 09 2008
antireptilian

It is about time this subject hit the mainstream. Electronic voting and malicious subversion is becoming the norm in what we can laughingly call the democratic election process.

2 09 2008
anagarciamico

¡More museums! please, ¡more art! I think there are a lot of stranges situations but I don´t understand why art is meaning as markenting, there are a lot of YOUNG painters working as farmers, for example, or without work. If I were politic I would change somethings.
Thank you for you time.

2 09 2008
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4 09 2008
ana garcia mico

Well, I think, better say I´m hopping and answer.
I need to know if some things are going to change, about YOUNG PAINTERS I´m a spanish painter and I know there are spanish people in United States.
Sincerely Ana García Micó.
I hope you show my art in my web page: http://www.anagarciamico.com or http:proyectolecter.blogspot.com

5 09 2008
ana garcia mico

Really, Scott Davis, in Spain people are in the same situation.

12 09 2008
anagarciamico

Robert, look, please.
Thanks.

22 09 2008
samuel smith

Criticims in wikipedia España.
URL http://proyectolecter.blogspot.com

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