How Romney Might Steal the Election

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Harvey Wasserman, Bob Fitrakis and Gerry Bello write at Common Dreams:

The Romneys are major investors in an investment firm called H.I.G. Capital. H.I.G. in turn holds a majority share and three out of five board seats in Hart Intercivic, a company that owns the notoriously faulty electronic voting machines that will count the ballots in swing state Ohio November 7. Hart machines will also be used elsewhere in the United States.

In other words, a candidate for the presidency of the United States, and his brother, wife and son, have a straight-line financial interest in the voting machines that could decide this fall’s election. These machines cannot be monitored by the public. But they will help decide who “owns” the White House.

They are especially crucial in Ohio, without which no Republican candidate has ever won the White House. In 2004, in the dead of election night, an electronic swing of more than 300,000 votes switched Ohio from the John Kerry column to George W. Bush, giving him a second term. A virtual statistical impossibility, the 6-plus% shift occurred between 12:20 and 2am election night as votes were being tallied by a GOP-controlled information technology firm on servers in a basement in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In defiance of a federal injunction, 56 of Ohio’s 88 counties destroyed all election records, making a recount impossible. Ohio’s governor and secretary of state in 2004 were both Republicans, as are the governors and secretaries of state in nine key swing states this year.

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  • Liam_McGonagle

    Well, you know what they say, “Be careful what you ask for . . . “

  • Jett Davis

    If anybody’s gonna steal the election it’ll be Obama (remember, dead people vote in Chicago); plus, like the global corporate socialist George Soros says, there’s not much difference between Mitt & Barry

    • Liam_McGonagle

      Here’s the thing: when Romney is sworn in, he’ll finally have to take responsibility for all his lip flapping about intervention on behalf of Israel and bankrupting the treasury, because Obama and the Dems won’t be able to command enough influence to hail a cab in D.C. any more.
      Good luck, Mitt! Big boy time!

      • Andrew

        Why would they stop blaming the Democrats for everything?

  • lifobryan

    How can he steal something that he’s already bought & paid for?

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  • Calypso_1

    Romney? Wait a second…I thought Ron Paul had this thing wrapped up.

    • Andrew

      You know why Paul lost the Republican nomination? Those damned Democrats!

  • a name

    it was proven bush did this in 04(theres an hbo documentary about it) and nothing happen because no mainstream news stations tell people any information they need to hear

  • david X

    Surely you have passed all this information to the White House. One bitten after the Kerry debacle. How can a candidate for President have a financial interest in the voting machines? It is beyond too stupid.

    • Jay Green

      Welcome to Merika!

  • zobop republic

    As I’m reading this article, I’m sitting in a Public Library that is hosting ‘early voting’. It makes me wonder if these people’s vote will count, now that Romney & family may own the machines these citizens are voting on. :)