From the November 2003 Idaho Observer:

Federal “help voters” act insitutionalizes vote fraud in U.S.

If any one living person can claim authority on vote fraud in America, Victoria Collier is that one living person. She literally grew up with it. Her father and uncle were James and Kenneth Collier, the brothers who published the book, “Votescam: The Stealing of America” in 1992. Research for the book began when she was a young girl during the 70s after her father's experiences of running for Congress in 1970. Ironically, the Colliers were from Dade County, Florida, where the most notorious votefraud incident in U.S. history -- the “chad fiasco” that secured the election of GW Bush -- took place. The following is an excerpt from an excellent, proactive piece that gives an excellent overview of the federally-funded and locally-supported institution of votefraud in the U.S.

by Victoria Collier

Thanks in part to the recent Bush approved Help America Vote Act (HAVA), squadrons of shiny new Touch Screen Trojan horses are being rolled into precincts across America. Not, as we are told, to make voting easier or more accurate, or to help disabled people vote privately, or to save America from the dangers of hanging chad and butterfly ballots -- no. The real reason America is being flooded with billions of dollars worth of paperless computerized voting machines is so that no one will ever again be able to prove vote fraud.

These machines are not just unverifiable, they are secretly programmed (their software is not open to scrutiny by election officials or computer experts), equipped with modems, accessible by computer, telephone, and satellite. They are the final product of decades of work by the election rigging industry. When they are installed in every precinct in America, our elections will finally become completely meaningless, nothing more than charades behind which criminal thugs will wield the power of this nation.

That is the plan for America. But there's a glitch. The blatant and multi-faceted fraud of the 2000 election -- in which the ultimate poster boy for corporate corruption stole the highest seat in the nation -- woke the American people from their dangerous slumber.

The issue of election fraud is now smoldering in the minds of millions. Of course the Touch Screens were immediately offered as the solution to all our voting problems, but thanks to the wonderful work of many new computerized vote fraud researchers, most notably Bev Harris (author of Black Box Voting), Americans are quickly recognizing that the solution is worse than the problem.

Despite the best propaganda efforts of corrupt voting machine corporations like Diebold and ES&S, even those with the worst butterfly ballot jitters are coming to understand that destroying the ballot altogether, erasing any verifiable record of the vote count and making a recount impossible, is not the answer to our problems.

And, as the Touch Screen systems continue to openly malfunction, increasing numbers of voters will begin doubting their safety and accuracy.

Its becoming clear to Americans that, just like the aftermath of the Enron scandal, no real government reform is forthcoming in the area of election security.

The news is out that the same company that was used in Florida to purge voter rolls of millions of African American votes is now being hired by other states across the country for the same job.

As you will soon see, many of our Boards of Elections and Secretaries of State will continue to blindly defend their collusion with shadowy corporations, and spending billions of taxpayer dollars on unreliable machines that patently subvert the democratic process.

Why? Because they have sold out. They have been bought by corporate interests. It happened a long time ago.

As political events at home and around the world continue to unfold in one devastating disaster after another, our cry for honest elections will only grow louder. The movement toward real election reform, and what will, in the end, amount to a revolution by the American people, is only just beginning.

We the People are responsible for taking back the control of our democratic process. No one else will do it for us. We cannot afford to be naïve, or uneducated, at this time in history. In order to fully understand the extent of the corruption we are dealing with, and to avoid making dangerous mistakes based on ignorance, we must understand the history, and the power structure, behind vote fraud in America.


Victoria Collier directs a nonprofit organization focused on building sustainable living systems that work on the personal, community and global levels.

A long time writer and political activist, she continues to educate the public on the subject of vote fraud in place of her father and uncle. She is the editor of Victoria is available for interviews and can be reached at 1-866-280-9090 and at

The rest of Collier's fascinating essay on the history of votescam can be found at

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