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Suspicion Surrounds Voter News Service
by Lynn Landes 1/20/03
It doesn't add up. Why is
Voter News Service (VNS) really going out of business? That's only one of many
questions that dog VNS, a private consortium of the major news organizations
that allegedly projected election night winners using exit polls. VNS is owned
by ABC News, The Associated Press, CBS News, CNN, Fox News, and NBC News. But
VNS has always conducted its operations in a highly secretive manner.
I want to know why VNS sent
surveys to counties asking them for information about the kinds of voting
machines the counties used? Why should VNS care? What do voting machines have to
do with exit poll projections? The voting machine industry is completely
dominated by Republicans. Many people believe that the major news networks are
also dominated by Republican ownership. Is there a connection between VNS
closing its doors, the increased use of computerized voting machines, and the
growing disparity between pre-election polling predictions and election results
- a disparity that appears to heavily favor Republican candidates? Are we
witnessing election fraud on a massive scale and is VNS involved?
One reason VNS is shutting
down could NOT be, as VNS spokespeople continue to claim, that they screwed up
the 2000 election exit polling in Florida. Any comprehensive review of the
Florida vote count proves that VNS's projection was correct...Gore would have
won Florida handily had it not been for uncounted "over-votes", the
notorious butterfly ballot, and the illegal removal of 91,000 names of mostly
black and Democratic registered voters from the rolls by a Texas firm hired by
Jeb Bush's Secretary of State.
The second reason VNS has
offered for closing its doors is that they couldn't handle the technical and
logistic demands of Election Day exit polling. What has changed from previous
years? After all, the major news networks have claimed that they've been
processing election data and using computers and thousands of temporary
employees since the mid-1960's. For this last election VNS even hired the well
known, if not controversial, Battelle Memorial Institute to revamp their system.
The hiring of Battelle, a major military defense and government intelligence
contractor, raised the eyebrows of many observers who believe that there may be
a connection between the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and VNS. Some suspect
that the CIA doesn't limit its legendary vote rigging abilities to elections in
Here's a thought. Maybe VNS
has never actually done exit polling before. Maybe this was the first time. Some
people believe that VNS never really conducted exit polling in the first place,
that VNS's claims were a logistic impossibility. Some people believe that VNS
only put a few people at the polls for public relations purposes. Lee C.
Shapiro, VNS's longtime spokesperson, told this reporter in an interview last
fall that VNS was going to use 46,000 temporary employees for the November 2002
election. But news stories are reporting 30,000 instead. Since Shapiro has
always refused to provide any information or evidence to prove the existence of
this army of Election Day workers, we can only wonder at where the truth lies.
Some people believe that VNS
instead used pre-election polling data to project winners on election night. The
late Collier brothers, authors of Vote Scam: The Stealing of America (1996),
believed that VNS (and its predecessors) may have been used to help rig
elections by supplying bogus exit poll results to support equally bogus election
Let's look at Florida 2000
again. Why does VNS keep claiming that they screwed up in the Florida 2000
election when they didn't? Some people believe that VNS decided to stay on the
sidelines in Florida and simply use the pre-election polling data to project the
winner. As things got increasingly ugly after the election the Bush people may
have given VNS a choice, "either you're with us or against us." The
result... VNS keeps apologizing for projecting the correct winner.
And what's the real reason
VNS is closing its doors?
Maybe election rigging
through the use of computerized voting machines has become so pervasive that VNS
simply couldn't keep up and instead decided to "stand down". Maybe
network insiders and journalists demanded access to the highly secretive VNS
operations and the scrutiny was going to more than what VNS could withstand. Or,
maybe government authorities are investigating VNS.
the reason, it doesn't mean an end to the mystery and suspicion that surrounds
Voter News Service.
For more information: http://www.ecotalk.org/VNS.htm
Lynn Landes is the publisher of EcoTalk.org and a news reporter for DUTV in Philadelphia, PA. Formerly Lynn was a radio show host for WDVR in New Jersey and a regular commentator for a BBC radio program. She can be reached at (215) 629-3553 / firstname.lastname@example.org.