Here's a link for the opposite point of view (always two sides there is, to every coin)
Alot of strangeness occured during that election, of that there is no doubt.
Here's a blurb about the Military vote at sea:
Members of the military who are currently stationed overseas have complained that the Pentagon has not yet sent out absentee ballots this year,
meaning they will not get to vote for a new commander in chief on Tuesday.
Specifically, members of U.S. Navy aboard ships supporting the USS Cole -- the destroyer recently attacked by terrorists while it was undergoing
refueling in the port of Aden, Yemen -- have either not received ballots or won't get them in time because of current deployment circumstances,
Pentagon officials said yesterday.
"I've heard about this within the past week," said Lt. Dave Gai, a Defense Department spokesman. "We are trying to get more information. We don't
know if they were delayed through the mail."
He added that due to current deployment considerations, some military members overseas likely would not get their ballots in time.
"The support team for the USS Cole may not get their ballots due to intermittent mail," Gai said. "Some ballots could very well be delayed for a
number of reasons."
A Maine resident -- who asked not to be identified -- said her Navy daughter who is stationed in Tokyo has received her absentee ballot for every
election except this one.
"No one at the base will be voting because all the absentee ballots are missing," she told WorldNetDaily.
Now this is beginning to take on that all too familar conspiracy theory flavor. I'd rather steer away from that but I think it helps to understand
that things of this nature, when there's no proof of what is actually transpiring and only hunches and guesses, can lead one to believe just about
anything if it fits into one's world view.
And moving right along, here's a blurb that also discusses the state of distress of the military members overseas who did not receive the absentee
WorldNetDaily has received an enormous amount of e-mail from military families overseas, or their stateside relatives, complaining that the service
personnel did not receive absentee ballots they had requested. A number of WND's military readers have specifically reported that their ballots were
sent fourth class "bulk mail" -- which in some cases delays delivery by a month or more -- instead of first class.
A reader in Heidelberg, Germany, who is married to a U.S. Army colonel, had applied for absentee ballots "by the end of September." Yet by Oct. 24,
they still had not arrived, so she called her county clerk in the U.S. to see if they had been sent out.
According to the reader, she was told the ballots had been sent Oct. 19, but "by the 28th we still didn't have [them]."
"Absentee ballot envelopes were clearly marked as such and should not have been filed in bulk mail," she said. "They were small enough to fit into
our post office box and should have been placed with our letters and bills."
She and her husband filled out the ballots and mailed them the next day, "return receipt requested," she said.
"Today is Nov. 11 and we have yet to receive the return receipt," she said, "so I do not know if our ballots arrived" in the U.S.
Seems fairly strange but still, without proof, you can only guess and extrapolate and make up fancified conspiracy theories. Right? It's really
hard to decide from my perspective what to think in situations like these but I try not to go off the deep end, as there's not much proof of
anything other than someone somewhere putting military absentee ballots on a slow boat to China.
And here's a little something I found particularly interesting. Not only were the military absentee votes curtailed but according to the records at
the time, The Washinton Post calculated that Florida would only receive 750 military absentee votes for the 2000 election as compared to 2300
military absentee votes in the 1996 election. Multiply that discrepancy by all the states in the US and ya got yerself a really wide margin of
WASHINGTON, NOVEMBER 15With the presidential election supposedly hanging on Friday's count of absentee ballots from overseas, observers caution this
potential bomb may turn out to be a dud. So far only 447 military ballots have been received by the postal authorities. At that rate, The Washington
Post calculates, the amount of military ballots would end up at an underwhelming 750a far cry from the originally projected 2300. Military votes were
projected to make up the bulk of overseas ballots, which are set to be tallied on Friday, November 17.
And for the finale, here's a few military people discussing their missing military absentee ballots:
"I'm a frustrated Coast Guard officer who has been trying to secure an absentee ballot from the state of Michigan. I initially requested my absentee
ballots for the primary and general election back in February. I received the ballot for the primary, and voted. I never received my ballot for the
general election. I began to get concerned and sent a second letter 3-4 weeks ago requesting the absentee ballot to no avail. I am a registered
"My neighbor, an officer in the USN, never received his absentee ballot from Florida -- he's even more upset than me. This seems too widespread to
be a coincidence."
"My son-in-law who is an Air Force officer in Iceland did not receive his absentee ballot until November 7, 2000 -- too late too get it postmarked
and mailed!! It was ordered well in advance of the election!"
"Failure to receive an absentee ballot didn't just happen to military people overseas. I have a young Air Force staff sergeant who lives next door
to us in Montgomery, Ala., who has been complaining about not getting her absentee ballot. And she hasn't gotten a satisfactory answer as to why she
didn't get a ballot after requesting one."
"I am a retired U.S. Navy chief. I can tell you flat out 'some' absentee ballots do not get to service members."
"While my husband was registered for South Dakota ... his military absentee ballot never arrived where he was deployed. My husband, an Air Force
pilot stationed in Indian Springs, Nev., was deployed 82 days in Bosnia. He was able to receive a magazine sent by me through the postal system (it
took one week), and he received two cards from his former boss in South Carolina. The mail sent was at the beginning and end of his deployment to an
APO address. Yet, he never did receive his absentee ballot. My husband knows he did give plenty of time to send out for his. I am outraged at how this
election has been run."
"I am an instructor at a small community college in eastern North Carolina. Several of my students are the wives and girlfriends of military
personnel stationed out of Cherry Point, N.C. Before the election, I reminded every class of students to vote and encouraged them to encourage their
friends and family to vote. After the election, I praised the students who took the time to vote. You would not believe how many of those military
wives and girlfriends came to me after the election and told me that their husbands and boyfriends had not been allowed to vote because of delays in
getting their ballots."
"I live in Southern Oregon, and my younger brother is stationed in San Diego. He just returned from service in Korea, and he did not get his absentee
Anyway, if you add all these voting irregularities up, you'll find that the 2000 election was just one big mess and it's highly doubtful that the
democrats can hold any higher ground the republicans on this issue, as I think they are equally suspect by the normal methods of conspiracy
[Edited on 20-5-2004 by Undomiel]