January 3, 2012
As the nation heads into its first primary in New Hampshire, Transparent Vote is calling for all presidential candidates to support its effort to bring transparency to vote reporting.
“We at Transparentvote.net would like to know if you are willing to publicly support additional vote transparency and additional transparent vote reporting that will be taking place in the upcoming GOP caucuses and primaries,” a letter to the candidates explains.
Currently, the AP and News Election Pool (NEP) have a monopoly on tabulating the vote totals and a monopoly on reporting the election results. NEP consists of a consortium of the establishment media corporations, specifically ABC News, CBS News, CNN, Fox News, NBC News and as noted above the Associated Press.
The establishment media has controlled exit polling and so-called vote “projections” for over 40 years. In 1996, Jim Condit Jr. of Citizens For a Fair Vote wrote:
Exit polls are part of the 3-part psychological whammy used against the American people: 1) manipulated public opinion polls pushed in our face every day to prepare our minds for a pre-determined result; 2) election day “exit polls” announced right as the polls close on the east coast, which prepare our minds for: 3) the computer-generated vote counts to be announced a few hours later. All three legs of the modern day “election process” are mysterious and COMPLETELY devoid of citizen checks and balances (excepting the Iowa caucuses, and excepting 70% of New Hampshire in the primary and general elections.)
In order to oppose the establishment’s monopoly over reporting election results, Transparent Vote is calling for volunteers to serve as independent reporters at voting places, beginning with the Iowa caucus followed by the New Hampshire primary on January 10. Transparent Vote is asking volunteers to photograph vote results and upload them to its website.
Approximately 50 percent of the vote in New Hampshire is conducted on black boxes. “That is about 140 towns and cities. Most of the larger cities like Concord, Manchester, Nashua, etc. count their votes that way. That is not good because it is not transparent, but unless they recently changed the state law, when the polls close at 7 or 8pm, The People can demand an immediate hand count of the paper ballots, right there in public view.”
The New Hampshire primary will be followed by primaries in South Carolina, Florida and Nevada and Transparent Vote is asking for volunteers there as well.
Check out the Transparent Vote website for more information on how you can make sure the establishment media does not dominate public perception of the voting process.
As was made abundantly clear over the last few months, the establishment media is not interested in equitable coverage of all presidential candidates. Ron Paul was virtually ignored until he swept poll after poll and his large group of supporters could no longer be ignored.