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BREAKING NEWS: Report on Election Irregularities Refutes Exit Poll "Explanation"

Reported by Ellen - February 1, 2005

New report by prominent statisticians and vote-analysis experts refutes "explanation" for exit poll discrepancy, urges investigation of US presidential election.

CONTACTS: 

Zack Kaldveer, Communications Director, CASE America, 510-938-2664

Susan Truitt, President, CASE America, 614-270-5239

Joan Krawitz, Executive Director, CASE America, 847-962-5290


 

NEW
REPORT BY NATION'S PROMINENT STATISTICIANS AND VOTE-ANALYSIS EXPERTS REFUTES
EDISON/MITOFSKY ‘EXPLANATION' FOR EXIT POLL DISCREPANCY, URGES INVESTIGATION
OF US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION


Experts conclude unprecedented 5.5% discrepancy between exit polls
and final tallies indicate possible systematic, nationwide shift of the
vote

 

(US) –
A new study (See report at www.USCountVotes.org)
was released today co-authored by prominent statisticians and vote-analysis
experts from a diverse range of Universities including Notre Dame, Pennsylvania,
Wisconsin, Cornell, and Temple. Their study strongly refutes the ‘explanation'
by pollster Edison/Mitofsky (E/M) that their exit polls (Kerry winning
by 3%) differed so widely from the final certified tally (Bush by 2.5%)
due to Kerry voters' answering pollsters questions at a higher rate than
Bush voters. The US Count Votes report "debunks" this hypothesis and adds
to the mounting evidence that the answer to the exit poll mystery lies
in the vote counting, not the accuracy of the exit polls.

 

"The new Edison/Mitofsky report fails to provide any evidence to substantiate
the hypothesis that Kerry voters participated in exit polls at a higher
rate than Bush voters, or that exit polling errors caused exit polls to
favor Kerry by 3% when Bush won the election by 2.5%," said Kathy Dopp,
President, US Count Votes. "The possibility that the overall vote count
was substantially corrupted must be taken seriously and investigated thoroughly."

 

Among the
revelations uncovered in the study was that the response to exit pollsters
was actually higher in precincts that strongly favored Bush than in those
that strongly favored Kerry. This contradicts the E/M hypothesis that
Kerry voters' tended to cooperate more, and suggests that if anything,
the exit polls may have been skewed towards President Bush, not Senator
Kerry.

 

"The report's
findings add one more study to a growing list that indicate our democracy
was compromised on November 2nd by an assortment of un-democratic tactics,"
said Susan Truitt, President and Chief Counsel, CASE America. "Putting
faith in partisan corporations to correctly count our vote ‘with secret
proprietary software' was a catastrophic mistake. We should be spending
less time worrying about bringing democracy to Iraq and more time working
to ensure we practice it here at home."

 

CASE America
(The Citizens' Alliance for Secure Elections) is a non-partisan, pro-democracy
organization that is partnering with The National Ballot Integrity Project
to ensure elections are free, fair, accountable, and accurately reflect
the intentions of the voters. The group plans to achieve these goals through
research, information and education, grassroots organizational and leadership
development, and support and pursuit of various legal and legislative
initiatives.

 

Other key
reports detailing the overwhelming evidence suggesting possible electoral
fraud are: "Preserving Democracy: What Went Wrong in Ohio", by Rep. John
Conyers; "Evidence of Election Irregularities in Sohomish County Washington",
by Paul R. Leto and Dr. Jeffrey Hoffman; "Myth Breakers: Facts about Electronic
Elections", by VotersUnite.org; "The Unexplained Exit Poll Discrepancy",
by Dr. Stephen Freeman; and "New Mexico State Election Data", by Ellen
Theisen and Warren Stewart.

 

Problems
found in nearly every post election investigation, all of which favored
the re-election of the President, include: voting machine shortages; ballots
counted in secret; lost, discarded, and improperly rejected registration
forms and absentee ballots; touch-screen machines that registered "Bush"
when voters pressed "Kerry"; precincts in which turnout was suspiciously
high, including many which had more votes recorded than registered voters;
precincts in which the reported turnout was suspiciously low; and high
rates of "spoiled" ballots and under-votes in which no choice for president
was recorded.

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