We've all seen the images on TV, whether we're old enough to have viewed them
the first time around or not. Bull Connor unleashing attack dogs and fire hoses on
black children in the streets of Birmingham. Marchers being attacked on the bridge
to Selma as white crowds stood by and jeered. "Whites Only" signs on water
fountains, on bathrooms, on waiting rooms, on Bibles used to swear in witnesses
to testify in courts, on institutions for the blind. And Martin Luther King
telling us he'd been to the mountaintop in Memphis, days before an assassin's
bullet ended his life.
We see all these events, all this marching and praying and working and
living and dying, building steadily to one goal. Increased civil rights for
African-Americans in the United States, and, by extension, for us all.
One of the jewels in the crown was the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
We all want to believe that the passage of this act meant something,
something conclusive. The bad old days of massive disenfranchisement are past.
Gone forever. African-Americans have the same right and the same opportunity
to vote as anyone else.
Or do they?
Could vote fraud have happened in this election, in the year 2000?
I have both discovered and uncovered evidence that it could. This document sums up
everything I have learned so far, but should in no way be construed as complete.
It concentrates on the events in Tennessee, because my state has received no
major media coverage whatsoever (although I include links to more information about
possible vote fraud in other states.) It will be updated, if necessary, daily.
Your reactions on reading it may be the same as mine. First shock, and then
incredulity ("This is just too much to believe! It can't be true!") Let the
evidence make up your mind. But I must warn you-- there is no going back from
what you will learn. Like me, you may be haunted, and profoundly changed, forever.
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States With Evidence of Vote Fraud
Nope, Not All in the South
|North Carolina||South Carolina||Kansas||Texas|
|Georgia||Mississippi||New York||New Jersey|
|Michigan||Iowa (Yes, Iowa!)||Florida, of course||And Tennessee|
So maybe it shouldn't have surprised me-- although it did-- when I began to
hear and see information coming out of my home state, Tennessee. I guess we
all want to think it can't happen where we live.
The Tennessee Voter Empowerment Team met on November 17th to
discuss the information they'd been receiving.
According to evidence gathered by me, NAACP branches statewide,
the Tennessee Voter Empowerment Project, Nashville Pride,and
the Tennessee Tribune, vote fraud may have happened here.
Here are the reports that have been received, keeping in mind
that you must insert the word "reportedly" in front of each one:
We don't know how many other reports may emerge. We don't yet have any idea
of how many people may have been affected by all this-- although according to the
latest information, the number is likely to be in the tens of
thousands. Before an investigation, we don't know who may ultimately be found
at fault. We don't even know how the presidential vote for this state may have
swung if these alleged incidents had not taken place. We don't know! But
we must learn.
Here's the latest news, folks... the national NAACP will be conducting
hearings into Tennessee vote fraud at Fisk University (Nashville)soon. I
am still trying to find out exactly when and will put it up when I do.
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Yes, I know!! It's been way too long since the last news update! But we've been VERY
busy. We have now officially formed United Progressive Citizens for Action, a
non-profit, non-partisan citizen group dedicated to vote and campaign finance reform.
We have a petition demanding investigation into vote irregularities, and we plan
to circulate it in every county in Tennessee. I spoke today at the Nashville Labor
Council Lunch, and it was a sight to bring tears to your eyes... old-school, hardline
union liberals. These folks are the salt of the earth, and they are MAD.
We participated in Grassroots Assembly Day on March 13th, and we went and saw our
legislators at the state capitol. Did you know that any citizen can just go to the
state capitol and see his/her representative/senator at any time??? Well, I didn't.
We spoke to Rep. Gary Odom and gave him our mission statement and press release.
He's a great guy. We spoke to Rep. Bobby Sands from Maury County (to see the
shocking news we found out about what happened there, click here.
To see the new UPCFA page, click here.
Oh, and this is so exciting!!! My article is getting published here, there and
everywhere! To see it (at one of the places it's published) click here.
I am hard at work on the article for Tennessee Forums. That's a group that you
probably have in your state, too-- they request articles on important current events
publish them in newspapers all over the state. Research, research, research! :) I just
spoke with Gloria Jean Sweetlove, the Tennessee state president of the NAACP.
As you might guess, everything I already found out from the Nashville sources was
reconfirmed, along with some new information-- for instance, that all over west Tennessee,
polls inexplicably opened at eight or nine o'clock in the morning, effectively
disenfranchising many working people. Most important is the information that
evidence of vote fraud was found in every state in NAACP District Five. I plan to
eventually interview NAACP state presidents in every region of the country. I asked
Ms. Sweetlove what evidence of vote fraud was found in the 1996 election. Her answer?
I then spoke to Mrs. Johnny Turner, Memphis NAACP president. She reconfirmed all the
information I'd already received and added that in Memphis they'd also had problems
with former felons not being permitted to vote (which, in Tennessee, they can legally do.)
She referred to the DMV voter registration problems as a "fiasco." Nobody seems to be much
further along in trying to figure out how thousands and thousands of people found out only
on Election Day that, through no fault of their own, they weren't registered through
the DMV at all. Apparently, it's been traced back to the Department of Safety, and that's
as far as it goes to date.
I just got back from the January 20th protest in Washington, D.C.! Don't believe
what you saw on the news, folks... there were nearly as many protestors as
spectators, and probably MORE protestors than supporters. (BTW, if you are a
Democrat from Texas, you have my deepest sympathies. Can anything be more
tasteless than those huge cowboy hats combined with cowboy boots and tons of red
rhinestone jewelry? It's a fashion don't.
We gathered at Dupont Circle with Votermarch, and I spoke after Patricia
Ireland and Granny D (the 91-year-old woman who marched across America
for campaign finance reform.) Then I led the crowd in a rousing rendition of
"This Little Light of Mine." We videotaped the march (video available on this
site shortly!) and then headed over to the Ellipse by a shorter way. That's
how we missed the police blockade of the main march. I kept trying all day
to find out what happened to the NOW march, the GoreGotMore march, the
Shadow Inauguration, etc., but it was impossible to find out anything.
Groups were pretty effectively separated-- we didn't even get to see the
parade! We crowded against the barricades just as the tubas went by. They
always seem to bring up the rear.
I have never seen any event with so many barricades, fences, checkpoints,
barriers, etc. Cops were everywhere, although the ones I saw were pretty low-
key, most without riot gear. (However, fifteen people were arrested, God only
knows what for.) The most surreal moment of the entire event was when we
were sitting in a Starbucks just after the parade had gone by. The door
kept opening and closing until there were about twelve cops crowded in,
all wearing full riot gear. I didn't see them drinking any coffee, either.
To hear my radio interview at the D.C. independent media center, please
click here. Then click on "sounds of the street."
Also, there are plenty of new links on the link page, so check 'em out.
And the latest news in Tennessee... the national NAACP will be holding hearings
in Nashville next month!! They will be at Fisk University and will take testimony
about vote fraud. I am rounding up people to speak!
The January 15th Martin Luther King, Jr. march was GREAT!!! We marched down
Jefferson Street from Fisk to Tennessee State University, singing "This Little
Light of Mine" and "We Shall Overcome." Cathy Lohemeier has written a wonderful
petition urging the investigation of vote fraud in Tennessee. We got many many
Remember, I will be speaking for Votermarch on January 20th in Washington, D.C.,
at Dupont Circle. I don't know exactly when, but the whole thing starts at ten.
Stop by if you're in town!
The national NAACP will be sending a group to Nashville to hold hearings
and take evidence on vote fraud directed against students. The hearings will be
at Fisk University. More updates when I know anything!
We now have a situation where the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, House Democrats,
and the National NAACP have filed or are filing suits and holding investigations
into vote fraud. To see the new links, click here.
I will be marching in the Nashville Martin Luther King Day Parade on January
15th with Cathy Lohmeier. :) We will be holding a banner! It goes down
Jefferson Street from Fisk to Tennessee State University (two historically
Guess what, folks.... it is confirmed, and
Guess what else. The Civil Rights Commission starts hearings next week! It’s hit the fan, folks. I will have a link up within a few days.
On January 2nd, I spoke with Laughlin McDonald, head of the Voting
Rights Project of the ACLU in Atlanta, GA. I shared information with
him about vote fraud in Tennessee. He's very interested in the fact
that, aside from all the allegations of vote fraud, vote irregularities,
and voter harassment and intimidation here, Tennessee had exactly
the same problems with antiquated punch-card equipment in certain
counties and polling places that Florida did. The Tennessean did
do an article in their December 17th issue that addressed that
particular issue. I am currently trying to get an online link to
it. It is the only article I know of on any aspect
of voting difficulties in Tennessee that appeared in this state
outside the black press.
I then talked to several people at the national ACLU office.
My web page may shortly be linked to their site, and I might
also get to speak on behalf of the ACLU in Washington on
January 20th. :)
On December 21st, I met with Neal Darby, State NAACP representative,
at the offices of the Tennessee Tribune. Rosetta Perry was gracious enough
to arrange this meeting. I learned many new pieces of evidence, including
the full story of what happened at Hadley Park.
The rest of the new evidence is here.
The national NAACP may end up filing a case in Tennessee, and, according
to Neal Darby, the state NAACP chapter may actually file one on their own first.
There is also a possiblity... just a POSSIBILITY mind you... that I may
be speaking at the protest in Washington on January 20th. Further updates
as events warrant!!
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But none of this stuff affected me.
At least, not personally.
My name is Catherine Danielson. I am a film student and small business owner living
in Nashville, TN. (If you want to know more, you really
should click here.
I voted at the Belmont polling place and stood in line for ten minutes at the most.
There were five or six voting machines, oodles of helpful election volunteers
who were happy to answer questions. I cast my vote and went home
The whole thing didn't take anywhere near half an hour. No problem at all.
A thought went through my head, though. "This neighborhood's pretty
integrated... but everybody in line was white! Weird. Where did
everyone else vote?"
And then I started to hear stories.
A source told me he'd voted at Bell Road Baptist Church.
He hadn't waited in line more than ten minutes either, even though he'd
voted over the busy lunch hour. But he drove past Antioch Middle School
at about 2:00. Hardly a prime time for voting, or a convenient time for most
voters. Yet the line was half a mile long. He drove past at 7:00 and
voters were leaving without ever having had the chance to vote. He voted
at the polling place for lower Antioch. That neighborhood, in one of the
booming suburbs around Nashville, is mostly white. Antioch Middle School
is almost literally across the street from Bell Road Baptist Church, but it is
specified to serve the voters of upper Antioch. That neighborhood, far more
urban and closer to downtown than lower Antioch, is overwhelmingly black
Then I heard about what may have happened at Hadley Park. That's one of the closest
polling places to Belmont, the one I used. It serves a group of voters defined as
living in another overwhelmingly black neighborhood.
On December 21st, I finally learned the entire story of what happened
at Hadley Park. There was a one to two mile long line from 7:00 a.m. until
7:00 p.m. This seems to have been caused by the fact that there was
a grossly inadequate number of polling booths. (By state law, this may
very well be illegal all by itself.) Several people in line complained,
particularly some students from Tennessee State University. The Rev. Adrian Jones
went to find election official Mike McDonald and came back with him (and some
other guests-- two Nashville police cars.) Hadley Park was kept open until
10:00, to give everyone who was in line by 7:00 a chance a vote, as is
required under the law. However, since state polls were long closed by
then, it's highly doubtful that any of those votes counted.
"What happened where you voted?" I asked some friends, trying to
stumble towards some understanding of what had happened.
"Nothing, it was fine." "But-- nothing? Your neighborhood's very poor--"
One friend looked away. "Yes. But it's white."
And all of this was only the beginning of what I learned.
I went to the Nashville NAACP and talked to the director. I put up flyers.
I called the national NAACP. I fought to get the word out to everyone I knew.
I've only begun to fight. I have become haunted by what may have happened here.
How can I live with myself if I don't try to dispell that ghost? The only way I know
how to do that is to tell others what I know. And now you know, too.
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Pity is imagination or fiction of future calamity to ourselves, proceeding from
the sense of another man's calamity. But when it lighteth on such as we think have
not deserved the same, the compassion is greater, because there then appeareth
more probability, that the same may happen to us; for the evil that happeneth to
an innocent man may happen to every man. --Thomas Hobbes.
We hold these rights to be self-evident... Declaration of Independence
Why care? Why worry? What does it matter? Why give the distinct possibility of vote
irregularities-- and the more sinister possibility of vote fraud-- more than a passing
thought, or even that much?
People have asked me all these questions. I have thought long and hard on my reply.
The first and most obvious answer, of course, is the one that Thomas Hobbes pointed
out. What happens to some of us may happen to all of us. Voting is a precious right,
and the extension of the voting franchise to women, to African-Americans, and to
men without a certain amount of property have all been hard-won extensions of that
right. Our voting rights, our voting responsibilites, must be safeguarded.
But this really only leads to the main reason why we must care. This goes far
beyond feeling sorry for people who may very well not have gotten the right
to vote in this election, far beyond pity. It even stretches far beyond seriously
wondering what the immediate outcome of this election would have been
if those voting rights hadn't been taken away-- as serious a question as that
is, and will continue to be.
.If we don't safeguard voting rights, our country might as well give up any pretence
of being a democracy, or a constitutional republic. We can't dress up as these
things anymore. It would be an insult to the uniform. We should stop having
Fourth of July or Memorial Day Celebrations, permanently put away
the flags, and use the Constitution as scrap paper. We must admit that we're
no better than a totalitarian banana republic.
Do you want to do that? No?
Then we can't let this thing slip by. We must investigate.
Please note: a lot of links that have been provided to me, I have regretfully
decided not to use. The reason is that some of them can be construed as
partisan. After much thought, I have decided to keep this page as nonpartisan
as is humanly possible.
Please note, however, that most of this evidence is not up because is not linkable.
I will email/snailmail it to those who ask.
I have many articles that cannot be linked, with much more
information. If you want to see them, email me-- I'll email
them to you! There are also MANY articles that can't be
either linked or emailed. Once again, if you're
interested, contact me-- I'll snailmail them. I have just received a lot
of very specific information about North Carolina!
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The first step is to share this information with everyone you know. Get the word
out! Remember that vote fraud is nonpartisan. We may have our theories
about who was responsible, but we do not know. I can tell you from experience
that many people are much more receptive to news of possible vote fraud
if we relate the evidence in a nonpartisan manner. Then, write me with suggestions
on how to improve this web site, or with new information you have-- or perhaps
with an invitation to speak for your organization!
Most importantly, please take a few moments of your time
to write to the officials below and urge them to investigate the
mounting evidence of potential voter fraud in Tennessee.
THIS one's the easiest of all! Send email to Joseph D. Rich, head of the
Voting Rights Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Justice
Department, by clicking here.
They have sent federal attorneys to Florida to start the investigation! Let them
know that you know about it and you're behind them all the way.
Also very important are:
District Attorney General of Davidson County
The Hon Victor S. Johnson III
Washington Square Building
222 2nd Ave. No.
Attorney General of TN
The Hon. Paul G. Summers
425 Fifth Ave. No.
Cordell Hall Building
The Hon. John Ashcroft
U.S. Dept. of Justice
Yes, I know! But we need to let HIM know that WE know, folks.
This is REALLY EXCITING, FOLKS...to get the email address of
your very own senator and representive in U.S. Congress, just
And, finally, if you're sitting around twiddling your thumbs, it can't hurt to send
Davidson County Election Commission
P.O. Box 650
Attn: Mike McDonald
The Election Commission doesn't have the power to actually investigate anything,
but they may help to pressure the attornies general.
To see a sample letter, click here. They WILL investigate if they get enough pressure. It's up to all of us.
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