The Current Events Book Club will be reading a remarkable and eye-opening book in August entitled Code Red: Computerized Election Theft and The New American Century by Jonathan Simon (2015). Simon presents very persuasive evidence that U.S. elections began to be stolen as soon as we began to use electronic voting machines. Fifty years ago, if we had an election and, when the polls closed, a stranger showed up, took all the ballots into another room, counted them with no one observing and then announced the results, citizens would be outraged.
But that, Simon argues, is exactly what is happening today with private corporations operating the voting machines and the computers that count the votes, and with neither citizens nor election officials having any way of knowing if the results they report are true. (The real mystery here, to my mind, is why citizens are not outraged by this.)
Simon describes how, for decades, exit polls tracked election results so accurately that they were not allowed to be announced until after the polls had closed. But when electronic voting machines came into use, we saw what Simon describes as a “red shift” — with the official vote counts consistently to the right of the exit polls. Since no one dared to say or even imagine that the official vote count was fraudulent, the only conclusion was that the exit polls must be wrong. This became so embarrassing to the polling organizations that after awhile, they began “adjusting” the exit polls so they would match the official vote counts.
Simon suggests that the flood of money that followed the Citizens United decision, and the voter ID and other laws that suppress the vote, have their effect, but that that their main role is to give the pundits a way of explaining why the Republicans win so consistently, when the real reason is fraudulent vote counts.
Simon is very politically astute, and his detailed account of how elections are stolen makes this book an engrossing read, while his clarity makes it a fairly fast read.
For me, this book was like taking the red pill in The Matrix — after reading it, you can never see things the same way again.
One possible response might be citizen-organized exit polls as our only way of knowing if the official vote counts are true or not.
Code Red is available at Malaprop’s and will be discussed there on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. All are welcome. I welcome comments from readers at 242-6073.
— Rusty Sivils