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November 28, 2004
Memo To Hysterical American Leftists: This Is What Vote Fraud Looks Like

The London Telegraph reports today on the details of the fraud perpetrated by those at least supporting Viktor Yanukovych in the Ukrainian presidential elections last weekend, and possibly even sanctioned by the Kuchma government. For those Americans who think that voter fraud consists of long lines at polling precincts, this story should provide a revelation:

It was 5.30pm on election day in Ukraine when the thugs in masks arrived armed with rubber truncheons. Vitaly Kizima, an election monitor at Zhovtneve in Ukraine's Sumy region, watched in horror as 30 men in tracksuits stormed into the village polling station.

"They started to beat voters and election officials, trying to push through towards the ballot boxes," he told The Telegraph. "People's faces were cut from blows to the head. There was blood all over."

The thugs - believed to be loyal to the pro-Russian presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovich from his stronghold, Donetsk - were repulsed only when locals pushed them back and a policeman fired warning shots. ...

Maya Syta, a journalist working at polling station 73 in a Kiev suburb, witnessed ballot papers destroyed with acid poured into a ballot box. "The officials were taking them out of the box and they couldn't understand why they were wet," she said. ...

The most common trick was "carousel" voting, in which busloads of Yanukovich supporters simply drove from one polling station to another casting multiple false absentee ballots.

The widespread use of such tactics resulted in an outcry from every international group monitoring the Ukrainian elections. The moral relativism of the US media has focused on little more than the discrepancies between the exit polling and the vote tabulations, making the crisis look like their interpretation of the 2004 American election. The coverage makes George Bush look hypocritical for insisting that the Ukrainian results were invalid and rejecting them outright.

The systematic nature of the fraud and vote theft has mostly gone unrecognized by the American media and the nation. Unlike the wailing and gnashing of teeth we've experienced in the past four years from the Left, Ukraine suffered true voter fraud and a stolen election, and the mainstream media has missed the story. The only hypocrites in this story are those who call themselves journalists.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at November 28, 2004 12:00 PM

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