[SPECIAL UPDATE: Rolling Stone has posted: “Was the 2004 Election Stolen?“]
BradBlog reports that Rolling Stone magazine is about to publish an expose that alleges massive voter fraud and disenfranchisment in Ohio, that likely changed the outcome of the 2004 presidential election. The result of four months of investigations and interviews conducted by author Robert F. Kennedy Jr. and Rolling Stone reporters, the article alleges that 350,000 voters were disenfranchised in Ohio, while as many as 80,000 rural votes may have been fraudulently shifted from Kerry to Bush.
The article also explores the unexplained disparities between exit polls and final results in 10 of 11 battleground states — disparities as high as 9.5 percent — and all shifting in Bush’s favor.
According to Steven F. Freeman, a visiting scholar at the University of Pennsylvania who specializes in research methodology, the odds against all three of those shifts occurring in concert are one in 660,000. “As much as we can say in sound science that something is impossible,” he says, “it is impossible that the discrepancies between predicted and actual vote count in the three critical battleground states of the 2004 election could have been due to chance or random error.”
I’ll post a link to the Rolling Stone article as soon as it becomes available.
BradBlog now has extended excerpts, and they’re stunning.
Indeed, the extent of the GOP’s effort to rig the vote shocked even the most experienced observers of American elections. “Ohio was as dirty an election as America has ever seen,” Lou Harris, the father of modern political polling, told me. “You look at the turnout and votes in individual precincts, compared to the historic patterns in those counties, and you can tell where the discrepancies are. They stand out like a sore thumb.”
The entire article is now available on Rolling Stone: “Was the 2004 Election Stolen?” Read it and weep.