The JOSEF Stalin
vote fraud Page

"Those who cast the votes decide nothing.
Those who count the votes decide everything."

Communist Tyrant and mass murderer Josef Stalin



Josef Stalin (1879-1953)

As the below selection of links clearly shows, the Stalin vote quote is one that is quickly gaining in popularity with news media--both "mainstream" and independent. And yet it is a quote that's source and authenticity are often disputed. While a primary source showing its origin has not yet appeared, in modern times it first appeared--as far as we know--in 1996 on Network, a  website of the Citizens for a Fair Vote Count that was a forerunner of The following Network America e-wire, which is from 2000 and begins with mention of Rush Limbaugh's use of the quote, has a exchange between CFVC's Jim Condit Jr. and Bruce Levy of the Wall Street Journal that goes into how we came across the quote. Rush Limbaugh quotes Stalin!

Despite the lack of certainty concerning it, there are still reasons to believe it could be a real remark from the dictator, reasons that are explored in the first two links below. (If anyone can provide more information about this quote, we would greatly appreciate it.) But no matter where the quote originated, it still speaks an important truth--a truth that it is all the more crucial people understand today, when e-voting threatens to remove forever the possibility of a transparent, verifiable vote count.


Film of Stalin voting shown on AMC
Jim Condit Jr. defends the possible legitimacy of the quote.

Is the Stalin quote an 'urban legend'?
A balanced examination of the relative strengths and weaknesses of the attribution.

Voting results' accuracy questioned; democracy demands that we do so
A independent news source suspects that election fraud occurred and cites a variation of the Stalin quote to bolster its argument.

Restoring trust in the vote
From Guerilla News Network, columnist Thom Hartmann raises questions about election irregularities and mentions Russ Limbaugh's use of the quote after the 2000 election.

Theft or stupidity
Yet another post-election vote fraud editorial from Portland State Vanguard student paper recalls the dictator's dictum.

'Uncivil war' against U.S. democracy
A citing from Japan, with a relevant punch line at the end.

You can count on this: Dispute over vote tally
Just days before the election,  the International Herald Tribune carried this article by Roger Cohen that opens with the quote.

Vote fraud lives
Stalin makes an appearance in a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review editorial.

Computerized voting is just a gateway to fraud
In this op-ed piece from the Michigan Technical University's site, a paraphrase is used to point up the dangers of e-voting.

Quotes from Illuminists
Here Stalin's pronouncement shows up among the  likes of statements by Lenin, Trotsky, George Bush, Albert Pike, David Rockefeller and other conspiratorial sorts--and another provocative one on voting by Stalin himself.

Who counts the votes?
The Hartford Advocate's Alan Bisbort  uses a variation of the Stalin quote to open and close this column from April about Diebold, the Help America Vote Act and the 2004 election.

New voting machines: Will your vote be counted?
One of many relevant  vote fraud quotes from Intervention Magazine.

Election 2000: The court rulings
Attorney Alan Dershowitz dusts off Uncle Joe's quip in this Court TV interview.

Living in a parallel universe
While many of the sources using the Stalin quote level it at Republicans, here the tables are turned in this World Net Daily column from after the 2000 election.

Rush Limbaugh quotes Stalin
Another pro-Bush spin from 2000.

Albert Gore's campaign manager
An illustrated swipe at Al Gore and the Democrats.

Does your vote really count?
Lengthy article from the New American that also includes Boss Tweed's similar, but far blunter, quote: "As long as I count the votes, what are you going to do about it?"





Far Left: Parody of Diebold voting machine company, using
original Soviet poster art of Stalin voting. To see enlargement and other pictures in this series, see The Diebold Variations.

 (c)2004 Rand Careaga/salamander.eps

Left: Soviet poster, 1947, "I vote for candidates of the communist and non-Party bloc!" (Companion poster, below right.)




Right: Soviet poster, 1947, "I will vote for candidates of the communist and non-Party bloc!" (Companion poster, above left.)

Far Right: Estonian Communist election poster urging people to vote for the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin in the election of 1951.