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  • Stephen Arthur Berry
    Dec 8, 2000
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      excellent quote, Matt. i think it pretty much hits the nail on the head.
      let's reform our antiquated voting rules...


      On Thu, 7 Dec 2000, Matthew McNulty wrote:

      >_> A Zimbabwe politician was quoted as saying that
      >_> children should study the US election event closely
      >_> because it shows that election fraud is not only
      >_> a third world phenomena. To illustrate the
      >_> point, he made the following comments;
      >_> "Imagine that we read of an election occurring
      >_> anywhere in the third world in which the
      >_> winner was the son of the former prime minister
      >_> and that former prime minister was himself the
      >_> former head of that nation's secret
      >_police/intelligence agency.
      >_> Imagine that the self-declared winner lost the
      >_> popular vote but won based on some old colonial
      >_holdover from
      >_> the nation's pre-democracy past (the electoral
      >_> Imagine that the self-declared winner's 'victory'
      >_turned on
      >_> disputed votes cast in a province governed by his
      >_> Imagine that the poorly drafted ballots of one
      >_> district, a district heavily favoring the
      >_self-declared winner's
      >_> opponent, led thousands of voters to vote for the
      >_wrong candidate.
      >_> Imagine that members of that nation's most
      >_> despised caste, fearing for their livelihoods,
      >_turned out in record
      >_> numbers to vote in near-universal opposition to the
      >_> winner's candidacy.
      >_> Imagine that hundreds of members of that
      >_> most-despised caste were intercepted on their way to
      >_the polls by
      >_> state police operating under the authority of the
      >_> brother.
      >_> Imagine that six million people voted in the
      >_disputed province
      >_> and that the self-declared winner's 'lead' was only
      >_327 votes.
      >_> certainly, than the vote counting machines' margin
      >_of error.
      >_> Imagine that the self-declared winner and his
      >_> political party opposed a more careful by-hand
      >_inspection and
      >_> re-counting of the ballots in the disputed province
      >_or in its most
      >_> hotly disputed district.
      >_> Imagine that the self-declared winner, himself
      >_> a governor of a major province, had the worst human
      >_rights record
      >_> of any province in his nation and actually led the
      >_nation in
      >_> Imagine that a major campaign promise of the
      >_self-declared winner
      >_> was to appoint like-minded human rights violators to
      >_> lifetime positions on the high court of that nation.
      >_> None of us would deem such an election to be
      >_representative of
      >_> anything other than the self-declared winner's
      >_will-to-power. All of
      >_> us,
      >_> I imagine, would wearily turn the page thinking that
      >_it was another
      >_> tale of pitiful pre- or anti-democracy peoples in
      >_some strange
      >_"Hunter, Call Immeediately. Time is running out. We both
      >_need to do something monstrous before we die."
      >_-message to Hunter S. Thompson form his Lawyer Nov 25 1985-
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