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Congress Dropped the Ball in 2001, Will They Do So in 2005? 12/31/2004 Buzzflash
Ohio's official non-recount ends amidst new evidence of fraud, theft and judicial contempt mirrored in New Mexico 12/31/2004 Columbus Free Press
Former Congressman Peter Deutsch to Assist Constitutional Challenge of Electors on Behalf of ReDefeatBush, DoNotConcede Coalition, Others 12/31/2004 ReDefeat Bush: "The Committee to ReDefeat the President, a federal PAC better known by the name of its popular ReDefeatBush.com Web site, has secured the assistance of Peter Deutsch, who will conclude his tenure as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives at noon on Monday, Jan. 3, 2005. Deutsch will help ReDefeatBush and other organizations that are working on a Constitutional Challenge to the electoral votes of Florida, Ohio and potentially other states.
Preparations are underway for a public forum on Wednesday afternoon at the Capitol at which Deutch will publicly question some of the key witnesses to activities that may have surpassed the boundaries of normal partisanship and crossed over into illegal activity in Florida. In his preparation Deutsch has the assistance of Wayne Madsen, an experienced analyst and investigator who previously worked for the National Security Agency. For the benefit of Members of Congress considering supporting the challenge
Deutsch will be publicly questioning Bev Harris of Black Box Voting, who witnessed the unlawful disposal of original voter registreys that are required to be archived under Florida law. He will also question Clint Curtis, the Florida whistleblower who has testified that he was asked by Congressman Tom Feeney's to create the software necessary to modify the results of electronic voting machines."
Cobb Calls On Congress to Reject Tainted Electoral College Votes 12/30/2004 Common Dreams
No holiday for vote thieves 12/29/2004 Black Commentator: "The dean of the Congressional Black Caucus is confident that at least a few U.S. senators will join House members on Jan. 6 to question the fairness of the Nov. 2 election. John Conyers Jr., the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, told Salon.com he doesn’t believe the Senate will repeat its performance of four years ago, when Black lawmakers sought in vain for one senatorial objection to “official misconduct, deliberate fraud and an attempt to suppress voter turnout by unlawful means” in Florida, as Congressman Alcee Hastings, D-Fla., put it at the time.
“No, I think the Senate is going to go along with an inquiry this time,” said Conyers. “I don't think they would embarrass themselves to let this happen two times in a row … I just don't think the Senate would get caught in that position.” Conyers is careful not to name names, claiming he hasn’t spoken directly to a single senator, but adding, “There are Republicans who support what I'm doing who haven't been willing to come forward.”"
News: Election 2004: Mainstream Media Fails to Report Watergate-Style Burglary at Ohio Democratic Offices Twenty-One Days Before November Election 12/29/2004 Nashua Advocate
Ohio GOP election officials ducking subpoenas as Kerry enters stolen vote fray 12/28/2004 Columbus Free Press
Ohio GOP election officials ducking subpoenas as Kerry enters stolen vote fray 12/28/2004 Columbus Free Press
Official: Voting fraud did not give Householder election 12/28/2004 Plaion Dealer, OH: "Ohio's top elections official found no evidence to support claims that voting irregularities helped House Speaker Larry Householder win the race for Perry County auditor, a spokesman said Monday."
Conyers's stinging condemnation of a voting firm over "cheat sheets" 12/28/2004 Raw Story: "In the letter, displayed below and on the following pages, Conyers makes note of these "cheat sheets" which the company's president admitted to. He asserts that the sheets—which allow local officials to ignore actual ballots in the recount—"is an invitation to completely ignore the purpose of the recount law." "
Ohio Official Refuses Interview Over Vote 12/27/2004 AP: "Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell has requested a protective order to prevent him from being interviewed as part of an unusual court challenge of the presidential vote.
Blackwell, in a court filing, says he's not required to be interviewed by lawyers as a high-ranking public official, and accused the voters challenging the results of ``frivolous conduct'' and abusive and unnecessary requests of elections officials around the state."
Kerry Preparing Grounds to Unconcede
Election Challenge likely on Jan 6th 12/27/2004 Break For News
State lawmakers look to prevent future recounts 12/27/2004 Chillicothe Gazette, OH: "Lawmakers and Secretary of State Ken Blackwell are considering restrictions on who can ask for a recount. They also may seek a price increase. The proposals likely will be part of a broader election reform bill.
Blackwell calls the $10 cost per precinct a "basement bargain price" that has been unchanged since 1956, likely because a candidate has never requested a statewide recount in Ohio."
E-voting approved with only scant security review 12/27/2004 CNET: Oct 28, 2004 - "When the Maryland State Board of Elections ordered more than 5,000 voting machines from Diebold Election Systems in 2002, the touch-screen computers came with assurances that they met federal voting standards."
Grand Lake Theater Marquee 12/27/2004 Fotolog: "We salute Congressman Conyers for leading a Congressional inquiry on the election fraud"
Conspiracies theorized, or conspiracies invoked? 12/27/2004 MSNBC, Keith Olbermann: "I would caution the media not to read more into what the Kerry-Edwards campaign has said," Mr. Hoffheimer advised us by e-mail, "than what you hear in the plain meaning of our comments. There are many conspiracy theorists opining these days. There are many allegations of fraud. But this presidential election is over. The Bush-Cheney ticket has won. The Kerry-Edwards campaign has found no conspiracy and no fraud in Ohio, though there have been many irregularities that cry out to be fixed for future elections. Senator Kerry and we in Ohio intend to fix them. When all of the problems in Ohio are added together, however bad they are, they do not add up to a victory for Kerry-Edwards. Senator Kerry's fully-informed and extremely careful assessment the day after the election and before he conceded remains accurate today, notwithstanding all the details we have since learned."
Critics are hypocrites, says Putin 12/27/2004 Sydney Morning Herald: "Do you think that the electoral system in the United States is without flaws?" Mr Putin said on Thursday. "Need I remind you of how their elections were held in the United States?"
Kerry Files Motion to Protect Ohio Vote Evidence 12/27/2004 Truth Out
Doing the Right Thing 12/27/2004 Znet: "Jesse Jackson and the Green Party are both on the progressive side of the political spectrum, but it's still quite something to see them, along with many other groups, coming together to try to get to the bottom of the voter disenfranchisement/election machine fraud/voter suppression scandal that continues to grow despite a near-whiteout by the corporate media."
Another third rate burglary 12/25/2004 Columbus Free Press: "It was, and still is, my professional opinion that the election in Lucas County was rigged. I speculated that someone may have gained access to the central counting devices for the optical scanners without anybody at the precinct level knowing about it. The vote totals for candidates could be altered in this manner. But at each precinct there is supposed to be a count of total ballots cast, and it was difficult to imagine how access to a computer could have altered or affected the reported voter turnout without serious risk of exposure.
Shortly after I posted my article I received a phone call from Toledo. My source, who had been an observer at polling stations on Election Day, told me of insecure and chaotic conditions there. I was also referred to a newspaper article in the Toledo Blade, posted online at http://www.toledoblade.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID= 2004410130378.
The article, written by Robin Erb, published October 13, 2004, is entitled: “Thieves hit Democratic Party offices; computers containing sensitive data removed.” I take the liberty of abbreviating it here:
Thieves shattered a side window overnight at Lucas County Democratic headquarters in Toledo, stealing computers with sensitive campaign information and jeopardizing the party's ability to deliver crucial votes on Election Day."
Hacking the vote in Miami County 12/25/2004 Columbus Free Press
Slow-Rolling Democracy in Ohio 12/24/2004 Consortium News: published 12/4/04
Kerry to Enter Ohio Recount Fray 12/23/2004 Truth Out
Michigan Congressman Seeks Exit Poll Data 12/22/2004 AP: "The top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee (news - web sites) has asked The Associated Press and five broadcast networks to turn over raw exit poll data collected on Election Day so that any discrepancies between the data and the certified election results can be investigated."
Washington State: King County reports recount results: Gregoire by 10 12/22/2004 AP: "After losing the first two counts in the extraordinarily close Washington governor's race, Democrat Christine Gregoire pulled ahead by 10 votes after King County reported its hand recount results on Wednesday.
Gregoire's slim margin could widen on Thursday, when Democrat-heavy King County plans to count 700-plus belatedly discovered ballots. Over Republicans' objections, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that those ballots should be counted."
Blackwell Continues to Dodge Questions 12/22/2004 Cobb LaMarche
Election results in Southwestern Ohio 12/22/2004 Columbus Free Press, OH: "I do not believe these numbers. They call into question both the voter registration data and the turnout data for all of Clermont County, and the validity of the vote count itself.
These three counties between them, Butler, Warren, and Clermont, provided nearly all of George W. Bush’s lead on election night. They also provided, by far, his three largest majorities, and the three largest increases in Bush’s margin of victory among any of the 72 counties that he won. The election results in Butler, Warren, and Clermont counties should be challenged, for they call into question the results for the entire State of Ohio.I do not believe these numbers. They call into question both the voter registration data and the turnout data for all of Clermont County, and the validity of the vote count itself.
These three counties between them, Butler, Warren, and Clermont, provided nearly all of George W. Bush’s lead on election night. They also provided, by far, his three largest majorities, and the three largest increases in Bush’s margin of victory among any of the 72 counties that he won. The election results in Butler, Warren, and Clermont counties should be challenged, for they call into question the results for the entire State of Ohio."
Ohio electoral fight becomes 'biggest deal since Selma' as GOP stonewalls 12/22/2004 Columbus Free Press, OH: "As Republican officials stonewall subpoenas and subvert the recount process, Rev. Jesse Jackson has pronounced Ohio's vote fraud fiasco "the biggest deal since Selma" and has called for a national rally at "the scene of the crime" in Columbus January 3.
Another major national demonstration will follow in Washington on January 6, as Congress evaluates the Electoral College. Should at least one US Representative and one Senator challenge the electors' votes, a Constitutional crisis could ensue.
Meanwhile, volunteer attorneys have poured into Columbus from around the US to help investigate the bitterly contested presidential vote that has allegedly given George W. Bush Ohio's electoral votes and thus a second term. A lawsuit filed at the Ohio Supreme Court charges that a fair vote count would give the state and the presidency to John Kerry rather than Bush."
Conyers overlooks Detroit's election problems 12/22/2004 Detroit News
Conyers hears election horror stories 12/22/2004 Final Call: "Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers (D-Mich.), Committee member and newly- elected Congressional Black Caucus Chair Melvin Watt (D-N.C.), Reps. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), Ted Strickland (D-Ohio), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), Stephanie Tubbs-Jones (D-Ohio), and Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), all assembled Dec. 8 during the Congressional “lame duck” session in order to hear from Rep. Jackson’s father, Rainbow-PUSH Coalition founder, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., and other experts who presented shocking testimony about voting regularities that took place in Ohio during the 2004 election.Judiciary Committee Ranking Member John Conyers (D-Mich.), Committee member and newly- elected Congressional Black Caucus Chair Melvin Watt (D-N.C.), Reps. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.), Ted Strickland (D-Ohio), Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas), Stephanie Tubbs-Jones (D-Ohio), and Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.), all assembled Dec. 8 during the Congressional “lame duck” session in order to hear from Rep. Jackson’s father, Rainbow-PUSH Coalition founder, Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr., and other experts who presented shocking testimony about voting regularities that took place in Ohio during the 2004 election."
Apartheid Ballot Counting in America - Greg Palast on Democracy Now! 12/22/2004 Greg Palast: from 12/10/04 - "93,000 votes were tossed on the floor, never counted. We’re not talking 're-count' here, we’re talking NEVER count. These 93,000 votes are called, "spoiled" in Ohio. Another 155,000 votes are called provisional. More absentee ballots were tossed. Yet, supposedly George Bush won by 119,000. Folks, now what’s going on here? Whose votes were not counted that were twice the Bush margin of victory?
Were the votes 'spoiled' randomly? Well, not exactly. Overwhelmingly the votes not counted -- NOT COUNTED --were cast in African American precincts. These are very Black votes. I use the term “overwhelmingly,” those votes cast into the machines but not counted for technical reasons. When I say “overwhelmingly Black votes,” that is not my phrase. That’s from Dr. Mark Salling of Cleveland State University who’s been investigating this for the ACLU. The statisticians and demographers say it’s overwhelmingly Black votes which are not counted."
In Ohio, almost 1 in 50 votes for president don't count 12/22/2004 Scripps Howard: "Nearly 97,000 ballots, or 1.7 percent of those cast across the state, either did not record a preference for president or could not be counted because the voter selected more than one presidential candidate.
An analysis by Scripps Howard News Service found that Ohio recorded the second-highest number of missing votes in the country, behind California. Elections experts say a large number of missing votes in a high-profile race like president should raise a red flag that something may be amiss."
In Ohio, almost 1 in 50 votes for president didn't count 12/22/2004 Script Howard
Cries for Electoral Standards Mount 12/22/2004 Truth Out
Investigating Ohio 12/21/2004 Salon: "Rep. John Conyers isn't ready to declare the election stolen, but he'll continue to dig into the droves of complaints -- and fight to fix the broken U.S. election system."
Ohio: A Crime Against Democracy 12/21/2004 Tom Paine
Ohio: A Crime Against Democracy 12/21/2004 Tom Paine
The Case of the Ohio Recount 12/21/2004 Village Voice: "It's possible that their vindication will come, that what's already being referred to as the "vote fraud community"—the allusion is to the "JFK assassination research community"—won't disappear up its very own grassy knoll. But the charges producing the greatest heat online often turn out to have the most innocent explanations. The recount isn't amounting to much, either. Last week the Franklin County Board of Elections did discover one extra vote for Kerry—offset by the extra vote they found for Bush. The irregularities volunteers have pointed to in the recount process itself are often picayune.
In many Americans' minds, it's not too hard to imagine, this will all be received as further evidence of the activist left's irrelevance. Which would, in fact, be a tragedy. For elections in America are indeed broken, badly, and vulnerable to fraud. That fact is not politically neutral: The problems in America's election system have advantaged the Republicans, in significant and consistent ways."
What Counts in Ohio Recount 12/20/2004 CSM
ANOTHER STOLEN ELECTION - DEFAULT SETTINGS IN MAHONING COUNTY 12/20/2004 LYRIC POETRY WEBSITE
Count Every Vote 12/20/2004 New York Times: "In Ohio, where a recount of the presidential election is under way, it is becoming clear that as important as recounts are, they are not enough to ensure the integrity of our elections. Representative John Conyers Jr., a Democrat from Michigan, has charged that an employee of a company that makes vote-counting software used across the state may have tampered with one county's vote tabulator after the election to make the recount come out right. If people other than election officials have free access to the tabulation software, it can make a recount an empty gesture.
Clearly the American election system needs significant improvement, starting with voter-verified paper trails for every vote cast electronically. In the current flawed system, the best chance we have of producing accurate results is to be on guard for manipulation of electronic voting machines and tabulation software, and to conduct conscientious recounts when the outcome is at all in doubt."
Triad Mechanic Permitted to Disassemble Vote Tabulator Day Prior to Recount in Mercer County, Ohio 12/20/2004 Ohio Election Fraud: report from Mercer County, Ohio, recount observer
How Democrats Enabled
Republicans To Steal the
2004 Presidential Election 12/20/2004 Online Review of Books
Employer of programmer who alleged vote-rigging prototype caught in apparent lie 12/20/2004 Raw Story
Ohio Recount Stirs Trouble 12/20/2004 Wired: "As a statewide election recount got underway in Ohio last week, a Democratic congressman called on the FBI to impound vote-tabulating computers in at least one county and investigate suspicions of election tampering in the state.
Rep. John Conyers (D-Michigan), ranking Democrat of the House Judiciary Committee, sought the investigation after an Ohio election official disclosed in an affidavit (.pdf) that an employee of Triad Governmental Systems, the company that wrote voting software used with punch-card machines in 41 of Ohio's 88 counties, dismantled Hocking County's tabulation computer days before the recount and "put a patch on it." "
A Guide to Irregularities in the 2004 New Mexico General Election 12/19/2004 Help America Recount: "A pattern of incidents and statistical anomalies suggest that the minority vote was
undermined not only at the polls through defective and possibly tampered voting
equipment but also in turnout by means of disenfranchisement by outside partisan
interests, precinct relocation and possibly by registration/absentee exclusion. There is
evidence of false voter drives, disinformation phone calls and fliers that sought to
selectively remove minority voters from rolls and prevent them from voting. There are
several instances in New Mexico of such groups targeting Hispanic and other voters for
voter registration only for the voters to find that there is no record of their registration on
election day [EIRS case #50325, 59172, 59226, 59173, 59276, 59160, 44016, 59282,
48140, 59316, 59257, 59205]."
Wealthy Interests Try To Hijack Democratic Process 12/19/2004 US Voting Integrity
Electors across US break traditional pro forma ritual to use electoral college to protest election 12/18/2004 Bellaciao: "Massachusetts Coalition against Election Fraud accomplished having some Electoral College Electors submit a unanimous Motion calling for a complete investigation of this presidential election. We are now working on having United States senators join a group of United States Representatives in not certifying the electoral College vote on January 6."
Call to Action for US Senators Not to Certify the Vote 12/18/2004 Boston IndyMedia: "I am a member of the Massachusetts organization called Coalition against Election Fraud. We are lobbying United States senators asking them not to certify the electoral College vote on January 6. I have attached our form Call to Action together with a news release regarding the electoral College votes cast in Maine, Vermont, Massachusetts and California."
Election challenge refiled by activists 12/18/2004 Chicago Tribune: "Voters who claim that problems with Ohio voting machines Nov. 2 indicated fraud refiled a request Friday with Ohio's Supreme Court to overturn the presidential results.
The voters group cites reports of machine errors, double-counting of some ballots and a shortage of voting machines in predominantly minority precincts as reasons to throw out the election results.
The challenge is backed by Jesse Jackson Sr. and Cliff Arnebeck, an Ohio lawyer for the Massachusetts-based Alliance for Democracy, who accused President Bush's campaign of "high-tech vote stealing.""
Ohio vote count battles escalate amidst new evidence of potential criminal activity 12/18/2004 Columbus Free Press: "With court battles escalating, attempts to conduct a meaningful recount have proceeded. Democratic, Green and Libertarian party officials have helped in training volunteers to examine voter records and what to look for as the Ohio vote tally continues. Hundreds of volunteers are observing at election boards around the state trying to get a grasp on what actually happened November 2. Amy Kaplan, head of the Green Party's Franklin County recount, reported to the Free Press that two of the electronic voting machines in Franklin County had faulty cartridges that generated error messages despite being in use on Election Day.
The observers' work has been frustrated and the recount tainted by destroyed records, compromised evidence, and by private vendors who have "re-programmed" machines in both Lucas and Hocking Counties.
Despite his early concession, Kerry has now issued a letter to election boards in all 88 Ohio counties asking a series of questions about the vote count. Thus, charges that Republicans are hiding an outright theft have gained increasing media attention, as have charges that deliberate and illegal destruction of records has been rampant.
Where this will all lead remains unclear. An escalation of court battles is the only certainty. The presidential election of 2004 is by no means over."
Election Lawsuits Not Constructive 12/18/2004 Intelligencer, OH
States that obstruct votes could lose representation, say Greens 12/18/2004 New Standard: "The Green Party today warned that states could lose political representation at the national level if segments of their voting populations are disenfranchised. Citing a clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, a Party spokesperson said that the US Constitution mandates penalties for voter obstruction."
Feeney implicated in vote fraud 12/18/2004 Seminole Chronicle: "Republican Congressman Tom Feeney of Oviedo asked a computer programmer in September 2000, prior to that year's contested presidential vote in Florida, to write software that could alter vote totals on touch-screen voting machines, the programmer said."
Rep. Conyers Seeks Federal Inquiry into Ohio Voting 12/17/2004 Buzzflash: "On December 13, my staff met with Ms. Eaton who explained to them that last Friday, December 10, Michael Barbian, Jr., a representative of Triad GSI unilaterally sought and obtained access to the voting machinery and records in Hocking County, Ohio, modified the computer tabulator, learned which precinct was planned to be the subject of the initial test recount and made further alterations based on that information, and advised the election officials how to manipulate the machinery so that the preliminary hand recount matched the machine count. Ms. Eaton first relayed this information to Green Party representatives, and then completed, signed and notarized an affidavit describing this course of events, a copy of which is attached… Third, it is important to recognize that the companies implicated in the wrongdoing, Triad and its affiliates, are the leading suppliers of voting machines involving the counting of paper ballots and punch cards in the critical states of Ohio and Florida. Triad is controlled by the Rapp family, and its founder Tod A. Rapp has been a consistent contributor to Republican causes.4 A Triad affiliate, Psephos Corporation, supplied the notorious butterfly ballot used in Palm Beach County, Florida, in the 2000 presidential election."
Manning Marable vs. Donna Brazile on the Future of the Democratic Party 12/17/2004 Democracy Now
Ohio Election Officials Obstruct Recount 12/17/2004 Green Party: "Ohio election officials are violating both the spirit and the letter of the law governing the recount," said Cobb-LaMarche Media Director Blair Bobier."
Kerry/Edwards urge Blackwell to investigate voting machine tampering allegations 12/17/2004 Raw Story: "The letter, which was sent Wednesday, also asks that Blackwell require hand counts in any county where machines have been compromised, or have an independent expert inspect the machines. Hocking County elections official Sherole Eaton alleged that a Triad Election Systems representative disabled a machine and tried to plant unverified information into the recount at the House Judiciary Committee's election hearing Monday."
Shelley careless with U.S. funds, audit finds
Management practices could force state to return money approved by Congress 12/17/2004 SF Chronicle: "Sacramento -- Secretary of State Kevin Shelley's slipshod management of federal voting act funds violated state procurement rules, allowed tax dollars to be spent for partisan purposes and could require the state to return money that Congress authorized, according to an audit released Thursday."
Welcome to USCountVotes 12/17/2004 USCountVotes.org: "A group of independent mathematicians, statisticians and computer professionals has formed a new, volunteer scientific research project to objectively investigate the accuracy of elections in America."
Ohio Justice Throws Out Election Challenge 12/16/2004 AP: "The 40 voters who brought the case will likely be able to refile the challenge. Chief Justice Thomas Moyer ruled that the request improperly challenged two separate election results. Ohio law only allows one race to be challenged in a single complaint, he said."
Republicans to sue King County over 573 ballots 12/16/2004 AP: "The closest governor's election in state history is sparking yet another lawsuit, as Republicans try to prevent King County from including 573 newly discovered ballots in the hand recount."
Return of the hanging chad: Recount continues in Ohio 12/16/2004 AP: "Also yesterday, Representative John Conyers of Michigan, a senior Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, urged the FBI to investigate possible election tampering in Hocking County involving an employee of TRIAD Governmental Systems Inc., the company that wrote the voting software used in 41 of Ohio's counties.
According to a sworn statement from Sherole Eaton, the county's deputy director of elections, a TRIAD representative told her on Friday he wanted to inspect the county's tabulating machine. She said the employee then told her that ''the battery in the computer was dead and that the stored information was gone."
''He proceeded to take the computer apart and call his office to get information to input into our computer," Eaton said.
Conyers said similar TRIAD visits have been reported in other Ohio counties."
Washington Verifying 573 New Ballots 12/16/2004 AP
Ask Senator Boxer to Contest the Vote 12/16/2004 Contest the vote: "According to the Electoral Count Act of 1887, one senator and one House Representative are required to contest an election prior to inauguration. We have the representatives. We still need a senator. Let Senator Boxer know that we want her to be that senator by signing our petition. The signed petitions will be delivered to her in person by a coalition of representatives from a variety of concerned organizations and individuals."
Election Fraud 2004 Presentation 12/16/2004 ElectionFraud2004.org
Original exit polls documents for the 2004 election 12/16/2004 exitpollz.org
Libertarian observer questions recount policy
Request to inspect machines denied 12/16/2004 Ohio Advocate
Berkeley city council votes for resolution calling for 2004 election investigation 12/16/2004 Raw Story: "The day after U.S. electors cast votes at state capitols across the country, the Berkeley city council became the first locale to weigh in on the results of the U.S. presidential election, voting unanimously to demand the Government Accountability Office immediately undertake serious investigation of voting irregularities."
Election tampering now alleged in Ohio by Cobb, Badnarik, Kerry-Edwards lawyers 12/16/2004 Raw Story
Ohio judge tosses election case in which his election is challenged 12/16/2004 Raw Story: "Ohio Supreme Court Justice Thomas J. Moyer, who ran on the Bush-Cheney ticket, declined to recuse himself from a case in which he is also one of the named parties, RAW STORY has discovered.
The case, filed by 40 Ohio citizens, alleged fraud in the state’s presidential election and the election of the Chief Justice—Moyer. Moyer threw out the challenge Thursday, saying, “Ohio law allows only one race to be challenged in a single complaint.”
RAW STORY spoke with two separate legal experts not associated with the case who declined to be named for concern of their professional careers. A leading Ohio attorney said that “he had never heard of such a case, but even if this law exists somewhere, several ethical codes are most certainly and directly violated.” "
A Stolen Election? 12/16/2004 The Nation: published 11/9
Plea for help from an Ohio activist 12/15/2004 Daily KOS: "If you want to do something, here's what you can do to help.I am asking the rest of the country to please get out there and find well-known people who's voices are loud enought to be heard by the press who will stand up for us. Get a Senator or a media personality or anyone of very high profile to come out about this. The media blackout is killing us. Very few members of Congress, and no one in the Democratic Party has even seriously acknowledged the recount. If you want to do something, here's what you can do to help.I am asking the rest of the country to please get out there and find well-known people who's voices are loud enought to be heard by the press who will stand up for us. Get a Senator or a media personality or anyone of very high profile to come out about this. The media blackout is killing us. Very few members of Congress, and no one in the Democratic Party has even seriously acknowledged the recount."
Conyers "prepared" to contest Ohio Electoral Vote (Keith Olbermann) 12/15/2004 MSNBC
Conyers: "Maintenance" violates state and federal laws 12/15/2004 msnbc: Keith Olbermann
Lawmaker Seeks Inquiry Into Ohio Vote 12/15/2004 NYT: is the fraud now fit to print?
Election '04: way outside the box 12/15/2004 Seattle Time
Rev. Jackson challenges Ohio ‘Electoral College’ vote 12/15/2004 SF Bay View: "From Selma to Palm Beach to Columbus, the struggle continues."
Proof of Ohio Election Fraud Exposed 12/15/2004 Truth Out: "Triad is owned by a man named Tod Rapp, who has also donated money to both the Republican Party and the election campaign of George W. Bush. Triad manufactures punch-card voting systems, and also wrote the computer program that tallied the punch-card votes cast in 41 Ohio counties last November. This Triad company graphic displays the counties where their machines are usedTriad is owned by a man named Tod Rapp, who has also donated money to both the Republican Party and the election campaign of George W. Bush. Triad manufactures punch-card voting systems, and also wrote the computer program that tallied the punch-card votes cast in 41 Ohio counties last November. This Triad company graphic displays the counties where their machines are used."
Several Factors Contributed to 'Lost' Voters in Ohio 12/15/2004 Washington Post
New Mexico: Recount Intervention Request 'Premature,' Judge Rules 12/14/2004 ABQ Journal, NM: "A judge on Monday denied a request by Green and Libertarian presidential candidates to force state officials to begin a recount of the Nov. 2 presidential election immediately.
State District Judge Carol Vigil noted that the state Canvassing Board is scheduled to meet at 5 p.m. today to specifically address that matter, and she called the plaintiffs' request "premature.""
Ohio Recount activist run off the road 12/14/2004 Bellacio: at the bottom - "Each encouraging word is like a block of strength right now. Last night I was returning from Columbus and was scared out of my mind. First I’ve been getting calls from a man that has been able to tell me each and every place I’ve been or roads I’ve been traveling on (a group of 3 other women heard this while driving me to meet Jesse Jackson and Cliff Arnebeck last night, having the call on speaker). Then while driving back I was ran off the road by two dark blue Suburbans(?), bigger than 4 runners anyway, with dark tinted windows. They came up behind me with their brights on and then one came to the side of me and ran me into the ditch off I-70. I saw as they sped away that one had a Maryland license plate, but in the heat of it all I couldn’t get the plate number or even see the plate of the other one. It’s becoming apparent to me that someone is not liking what I’m doing. So thank you much cause I truly need the encouraging words."
Ohio Sec. of State Blackwell's Worthless, Non-Committal Letter about Voting Irregularities in Ohio and Rep. Conyers' Letter in Response 12/14/2004 Buzzflash
Arnebeck Lawsuit: Summary, Explanation 12/14/2004 Daily KOS
Ralph Nader on the Ohio Recount, Bush's Cabinet Reshuffle and the White House "Lowballing" of U.S. Casualties in Iraq 12/14/2004 Democracy Now
Florida: Election Official Thwarts Recount Using Phony Vote Totals 12/14/2004 Mad Cow Morning News: "A “mistake” made in the office of a seriously-compromised Supervisor of Election in Pinellas County whose husband is a top executive of the country’s largest election services company has almost unnoticed spiked the best hope for a election recount in Florida that might have thrown a spotlight on the dark corners of the Florida election process concealing widespread systemic and system-wide vote fraud."
Puerto Rico's Gubenatorial Election in the Courts 12/14/2004 Moritz Law: "Think old-fashioned paper ballots guarantee election integrity? Think again."
GOP fights sequel, too - Steve Troxler appeals plan for Carteret County election. Britt Cobb did so last week 12/14/2004 News Observer
Kerry lawyer asks for visual inspection of some Ohio ballots 12/14/2004 Ohio News Now
Recounting Without Paper Trails 12/14/2004 Vote Cobb: "Rep. John Conyers, who is leading the Congressional investigations in Ohio, needs your help now. He is asking for one million emails from the American public demanding that the House Judiciary Committee hold full hearings on the 2004 Election.
Full hearings are essential, because that will give the Committee subpoena powers — until now, Blackwell and others have been able to simply ignore Rep. Conyers' demands for information — because the GOP Committee Chairman has refused to convene a full hearing. YOU can change that. Send your message now! Tell a friend to write an email, too."
Ohio Revised Code 12/14/2004 Yurica Report: "Ohio Revised Code Title XXXV Elections, Sec. 3503.26 that requires all election records to be made available for public inspection and copying. ORC Sec. 3599.161 makes it a crime for any employee of the Board of Elections to knowingly prevent or prohibit any person from inspecting the public records filed in the office of the Board of Elections. Finally, ORC Sec. 3599.42 clearly states: “A violation of any provision of Title XXXV (35) of the Revised Code constitutes a prima facie case of election fraud within the purview of such Title.”"
Kerry Lawyer Seeks Ohio Ballot Inspection 12/13/2004 AP: "Democrat John Kerry is asking county elections officials to allow his witnesses to inspect the 92,000 ballots cast in Ohio in which no vote for president was recorded, a Kerry lawyer said Sunday night.
The request is one of 11 the Kerry campaign made in a letter sent over the weekend to Ohio's 88 county boards of election, which will begin recounting presidential ballots this week.
"We're trying to increase the transparency of the election process," said Donald McTigue, the lawyer handling the recount for the Kerry campaign. But he added that several requests - such as using independent experts to check election equipment, "are trying to push the edge of envelope.""
Members of Massachusetts electoral college decry voting troubles 12/13/2004 AP: "Moments after casting their votes for the man they hoped would be president, members of the Electoral College in John Kerry's home state vented their frustration with an election they say was marred by voter intimidation and fraud.
Some of the Bay State's 12 electors, including die-hard Kerry backers, said they believe Kerry would have won the election if not for what they said was a pattern of intimidation targeting Democratic voters. Others said they just wanted to ensure fewer problems next time around."
Ohio Electors Vote Despite Challenge 12/13/2004 AP
Protesters pushing for vote recount 12/13/2004 Arizona Republic: "About 200 protesters from around Arizona gathered at the state Capitol on Sunday urging electors to delay the Electoral College vote until each state performs a hand recount of the popular vote."
CLINT CURTIS 'STUNS' JUDICIARY COMM HEARINGS IN OHIO WITH 'JAW DROPPING' SWORN TESTIMONY! PUBLICLY NAMES FEENEY IN FRONT OF COMMITTEE AS ASKING HIM TO DEVELOP 'VOTE-RIGGING' SOFTWARE! 12/13/2004 Brad Blog: "Then, he asked curtis something like whether voting machines could be hacked. He said yes. Arnebeck asked him on what he based that opinion. He said because I wrote a program that could do it. Arnebeck asked when that happened. Curtis said feeney had asked him to design such a program at yang enterprises.Then, he asked curtis something like whether voting machines could be hacked. He said yes. Arnebeck asked him on what he based that opinion. He said because I wrote a program that could do it. Arnebeck asked when that happened. Curtis said feeney had asked him to design such a program at yang enterprises."
VIDEO ONLINE OF CLINT CURTIS TESTIMONY! 12/13/2004 Brad Blog
The Official Kerry-Edwards Position on How to Handle the Ohio Recount, Sent to the Individual Boards of Election in the State 12/13/2004 Buzzflash
Cobb Testifies Before Congressional Forum in Ohio 12/13/2004 Cobb LaMarche: "Cobb said that his campaign is seeking a recount because of the widespread and documented reports of voter suppression and intimidation in Ohio and the unexplained malfunctioning of electronic voting machines. Cobb also revealed a shocking allegation of new evidence of intentional tampering with voting machines. Representative John Conyers, the chair of the forum, reacted immediately and the matter is now under investigation."
Startling new revelations highlight rare Congressional hearings on Ohio vote 12/13/2004 Columbus Free Press: "Startling new revelations about Ohio's presidential vote have been uncovered as Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee join Rev. Jesse Jackson in Columbus, the state capital, on Monday, Dec. 13, to hold a rare field hearing into election malfeasance and manipulation in the 2004 vote. The Congressional delegation will include Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Rep. Stephanie Tubbs-Jones, and others.
Taken together, the revelations show Republicans – in state and county government, and in the Ohio Republican Party – were determined to undermine and suppress Democratic turnout by a wide variety of methods."
Startling new revelations highlight rare Congressional hearings on Ohio vote 12/13/2004 Free Press, Columbus: "Startling new revelations about Ohio's presidential vote have been uncovered as Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee join Rev. Jesse Jackson in Columbus, the state capital, on Monday, Dec. 13, to hold a rare field hearing into election malfeasance and manipulation in the 2004 vote. The Congressional delegation will include Rep. John Conyers (D-MI), Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Rep. Stephanie Tubbs-Jones, and others.
Taken together, the revelations show Republicans – in state and county government, and in the Ohio Republican Party – were determined to undermine and suppress Democratic turnout by a wide variety of methods."
Some voters holding out hope for Kerry victory 12/13/2004 LA Times: "COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Clifford Arnebeck won't let it go. He can't let it go. Not, he says, while America refuses to recognize that John F. Kerry was elected president Nov. 2.
Arnebeck, a Democratic lawyer here and co-chair of a self-styled national populist alliance, is petitioning the state's highest court to throw out official results that favor President Bush and instead hand Ohio's 20 electoral votes --- and thus the White House -- to Kerry. Or, at least, order a revote."
Bush accusé de «vol high-tech» d'élection 12/13/2004 Liberation: one of the very few articles on this topic in the French media.
Controversial U.S. Groups Operate Behind Scenes on Iraq Vote 12/13/2004 New Standard: "But in actuality, influential, US-financed agencies describing themselves as "pro-democracy" but viewed by critics as decidedly anti-democratic, have their hands all over Iraq’s transitional process, from the formation of political parties to monitoring the January 30 nationwide polls and possibly conducting exit polls that could be used to evaluate the fairness of the ballot-casting.
Campbell estimated that NDI’s contributions are probably disproportionately helpful to the more obscure, less experienced Iraqi parties.
Two such groups -- the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) and the International Republican Institute (IRI) -- are part of a consortium of non-governmental organizations to which the United States has provided over $80 million for political and electoral activities in post-Saddam Iraq.
Both groups publicly assert they are nonpartisan, but each has extremely close ties to its namesake American political party, and both are deeply partial to the perceived national interests of their home country, despite substantial involvement in the politics of numerous sovereign nations worldwide." [these groups were also heavily involved in the Ukraine]
Volunteer Discussion Expanded to all of Ohio 12/13/2004 Ohio Recount: "you are volunteering as an observer for the Ohio recount, this discussion is open to you. Regional discussions have been set up for most parts of Ohio, and the Regional Coordinator for each area is leading their own discussion board."
Director of firm that was paid to repair Florida’s voting list which disenfranchised African Americans has apartheid ties 12/13/2004 Raw Story: "A lead director of the company hired by Florida to fix the state’s controversial felon voting rolls is also chairman of a company many regard as a former pillar of South African apartheid, RAW STORY has discovered.
Since joining the board of African mining conglomerate Anglo American plc a year ago, Sir Mark Moody-Stuart has sought to fend off class-action lawsuits from laborers and Africans who allege the company played a major role in propping up South Africa’s former apartheid government.
Moody-Stuart is lead external director of Accenture, the Arthur Anderson spinoff, which Florida hired to repair issues of eligibility the state’s central voting list. The list disenfranchised thousands of voters—many of them African American—in the 2000 presidential election cycle."
Witness says voting company tampered with machines after vote and tried to plant false information into Ohio recount 12/13/2004 Raw Story: "David Cobb, the unsuccessful Green Party presidential candidate, aired startling allegations at the Democratic House Judiciary Committee’s Columbus hearings Monday, alleging that a voting company representative tampered with voting equipment in Columbus last Friday and attempted to plant false information into the Ohio recount.
Cobb says that a witness who had requested anonymity watched a representative of Triad Systems enter the Columbus Board of Elections unannounced and tamper with a vote tabulator which then lost all data."
Audit of the Division of Elections Central Voter Database 12/13/2004 State of Florida: published 11/22/04
Judge Affirms Green Party Right to New Mexico Presidential Recount 12/13/2004 Vote Cobb
More Questions for Florida 12/13/2004 Wired
20 Amazing Facts About Voting in the USA 12/12/2004 American Samizdat
NY: Group rallies at the Capitol 12/12/2004 Capital News 9: "Activists from multiple Democratic and Green Party groups gathered on the steps of the Capitol Sunday to demand a ballot recount in Ohio.
Bill Kelsey said, "The purpose of our demonstration is to support the efforts in Ohio, to get the Ohio vote recounted. We feel that there's gross fraud in this election, and we need to get a true counting of what happened out there.""
Cliff Arnebeck: Ohio lawsuit to be filed Monday a.m. 12/12/2004 Daily Kos
Strange and suspicious behavior regarding the election and recounts from Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell 12/12/2004 Elites TV: "On December 8th, Former Congressman Dan Hamburg was arrested while attempting to deliver a letter to Blackwell from the US House Judiciary Committee with questions about the election.
Two days later, Secretary Blackwell issued a surprise executive order stopping the recording of voting information from several minority precincts in Greene County. Two volunteers, Joan Quinn and Eve Roberson, two certified election volunteers, were hand-copying voter discrepancies from precinct voting books on behalf of Green candidate Mr. Cobb and Libertarian candidate Badnarick, who were the original requestors of the Ohio recount. Blackwell's order goes further and specifies that the voting records are to be locked down and declares that they are 'not public'."
Send No Messengers of Defeat: The Texas Capitol Rally 12/12/2004 ILCA: "“Today across the country a citizen uprising begins,” says Kip Humphrey, giving the first speech of his life, under a pure blue sky in Texas. It is the day before the Electoral College meets, and Humphrey is here to demonstrate his anger and disappointment with the way that election 2004 has gone down.
Just two weeks ago Humphrey and his son set up a website called 51 Capital March dot com and, using internet chain-mails, began asking folks to make signs and show up at their state capitols. When I show up to the rally in Austin around Sunday noon (with a notebook instead of a sign) a young woman hands me a white button with slim black letters that say, “I Showed Up.”"
What can you believe? 12/12/2004 News Observer
TRUTH LEFT OUT: Ohio's Secretary of State May Have Committed Election Fraud 12/12/2004 NewsClipAutopsy
Protesters Allege Voter Fraud 12/12/2004 WKOW: "Thousands of people across the country and in Madison gathered today to say "you stole my vote."
The 'You Stole My Vote' 51 Capitol March took place on the Capitol steps. The group protested what they call the theft of their votes and our voting rights in the the past election. One protester said that many people don't realize not all the votes were counted."
Ohio Poll Records Left in Unlocked Building 12/11/2004 Daily Kos: "Quinn and Roberson were the citizens who had been allowed access to voter records by Director of Elections Carole Garman, who then abruptly withdrew access to these records upon the order of Secretary of State Blackwell. On Friday, Garman did not offer a valid legal basis for the withdrawal of voting records to these observers. The Ohio Revised Code requires that all election records be available to the public and provides penalties for those preventing public access. The Ohio recount process does not officially start until the week of December 13, after the Electoral College vote will have taken place."
Voting Rights Groups 'Block' Talk of Machine-Free Elections 12/11/2004 Dissident Voice: "So much for a free and fair exchange of ideas. At conferences and hearings across the country, traditional voting rights organizations have successfully blocked any serious debate on machine-free, paper-only elections. It appears that our well-entrenched so-called 'voting rights' organizations, including the NAACP and ACLU, haven't absorbed the lesson from America's election debacles. They would rather invite the industry-funded National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) to speak at their conferences, than invite researchers and activists who will argue that the machines must go."
Doubts Persist About Election Results 12/10/2004 AP: "But that is not stopping a disparate assortment of personalities prominent among them Democratic congressman John Conyers Jr. of Michigan, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and presidential candidates of the Green and Libertarian parties from questioning the accuracy of certified results and demanding investigations.
Of greatest concern is the extent of disenfranchisement in the critical swing state of Ohio, whose 20 electoral votes guaranteed Bush's victory."
Zogby insists polls were "very, very good, extremely accurate" 12/10/2004 CNS: "Pollster John Zogby Thursday defended his company's participation in a left wing forum on Capitol Hill where liberal special interest groups and Democratic House members alleged that the 2004 election had been marred by fraud and malfunctioning voting machines.
And while Zogby erroneously cast Democrat John Kerry as the winner of the presidential election in his Election Day projection, the pollster insisted Thursday that his polling in the just completed presidential cycle was "very, very good."
Election 2004's Myths & Mysteries 12/10/2004 Consortium News: "Many political pundits have put forth the explanation that Evangelical voters assured Bush a second term because they see him as the defender of moral “values.”
But this conventional narrative can’t fully account for Bush’s 2004 vote. No less an expert than Bush’s political guru Karl Rove estimated that 4 million Evangelical voters stayed home in 2000, meaning that even if they all voted in 2004 for Bush, that would still leave more than 7 million votes to explain.
Plus, think back on Election 2000 when the Republican base was burning with a fierce determination to oust the hated Clinton-Gore crowd. Why would millions of Republican voters stay home in 2000, yet flood the polling places in 2004 despite the discouraging results of Bush’s first term and the turnout enthusiasm on the Democratic side?
Yet, instead of working to make sense of Bush’s vote totals and examining the extraordinary outcome on a county-by-county basis, the mainstream news media has mostly dismissed questions of voting fraud as Internet-driven “conspiracy theories.”"
The One-Two Punch of Racism - Whitewashing the Voter Fraud Issue 12/10/2004 Counterpunch
Was the 2004 Election Stolen? 12/10/2004 In These Times
Blackwell Locks Down Ohio Voting Records 12/10/2004 Yurica Report
From Kiev to Columbus: Why We Doubt Bush’s Claim of Victory 12/9/2004 Baltimore Sun: longer version w/ footnotes of article published in Baltimore Sun
Vote Fraud As Fundraiser - Cobb and the Ohio Recount 12/9/2004 Counterpunch: "For starters, Cobb's name did not even appear on the ballot in Ohio, yet his team is the driving force behind Ohio's 88 county recount. Too bad Cobb didn't put this amount of energy into his own 2004 campaign. But for anyone who paid even the slightest bit of attention to the Greens this past election season, it should come as no surprise that Cobb's actions serve the interest of the Democratic Party once again."
D.C. forum examines claims of Ohio voting irregularities 12/9/2004 Toledo Blade: "At a boisterous forum on Capitol Hill to address "what went wrong in Ohio" on Election Day, speaker after speaker yesterday said there were so many voting irregularities that a federal law is needed to standardize voting regulations nationwide."
Counting Deep - The Ohio Recount: Reluctant Officials and Few Rules 12/8/2004 Counterpunch
Congresswoman Tubbs Jones Releases Statement on Ohio Voting Irregularities Forum 12/8/2004 Office of Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones: ""Today you will hear from voters and election day observers who will provide testimonies of confused and overwhelmed Poll workers, individuals waiting in the pouring rain for hours and hours as well instances of voting machine failures. Even with a diligent preparation effort, the infrastructure of the Board of Elections was stretched to capacity and beyond. The nexus between inadequate Poll worker training and an alarmingly high Provisional ballot rejection rate of 34% overall and as high as 51% in the City of Cleveland warrants careful study. To probe these and other data related questions I commend the work of the Greater Cleveland Voter Registration Coalition as being both reliable and truly independent.
"The flurry of lawsuits in the months and days leading up to, including, and following Election Day have all of us -- voters and election officials alike -- living in a kind of purple haze reality. Election related cases focused on: the distribution and access to Provisional ballots, the role of Poll challengers, the paper weight of the voter registration form, the responsibility to inform ex-offenders of their right to vote and now the Recount cases.
"The appropriateness and even the legality of individuals simultaneously holding top policy and political positions must also be the subject of serious review. Secretary of State and chief elections officer, Kenneth Blackwell, also served as Ohio's Co-Chair for the re-election of the Bush Cheney ticket. Cuyahoga County Board of Elections Chair, Robert Bennett, is also the Chair of the Ohio Republican Party."
Democrats to study Ohio voting irregularities 12/7/2004 AP: "The leader of the Democratic National Committee announced yesterday that he will launch an investigation into voting irregularities in Ohio, where lines snaked outside some inner-city polling places on Election Day and provisional ballots were sometimes in short supply.
Terry McAuliffe, Democratic National Committee chairman, said the aim of "this comprehensive study is not to contest the results of the 2004 election, but to help ensure that every eligible vote cast is truly counted." "
Why the Feeney vote-rigging story sounds like disinformation, as Wayne Madsen writes it 12/7/2004 Black Box Voting
Activists protest voting irregularities outside lawmaker's office 12/6/2004 AP: "The protest, organized by an Oakland-based Democratic club, attracted more than 150 people - from longtime liberal activists to passers-by dismayed with President Bush's comfortable margin of victory over John Kerry.
"I wasn't heavy into politics, but after I voted this time I smelled something funky right away," said San Francisco resident Nathaniel Winston, 28, who joined the rally on his way to lunch. "The fact that the exit polls said one thing and the results said another, and the fact that we keep hearing about long lines and suppression in Ohio - this stuff makes you want to be more active, more involved.""
Committee on the Judiciary Investigates Voting Irregularities in Ohio 12/4/2004 House Committee on the Judiciary: letter to Blackwell, Ohio's Secretary of State, detailing allegations of irregularities.
Support the critical recount in Washington State 12/2/2004 MoveOn.org: "Only 42 votes separate Democrat Christine Gregoire from her Republican challenger for the governor's seat — a Republican lead that could easily be erased if every vote gets counted. There are thousands of uncounted votes, voters who were inexplicably purged from the rolls, and the possibility of error in the voting machine tallies. For a statewide hand recount to proceed, Gregoire has to put up a deposit of $750,000 by TONIGHT, against a total recount cost expected to exceed $1 million. Your generous contribution can help make sure every vote gets counted. Any funds raised beyond what Gregoire needs will be used to support recounts and vote investigations in other states, including OH, NM, NV, and FL. Please donate now."
Box Voting files lawsuit against Palm Beach County Elections Division 12/1/2004 Black Box Voting org
Voting errors tallied nationwide 12/1/2004 Boston Globe: "The nonpartisan Verified Voting Foundation and other groups built a database of more than 30,000 ''election incidents" reported across the country this year. Most were routine, but nearly 900 involved significant e-voting problems, including malfunctions that shut down machines, lengthening waits at the polls. There were 42 reports of total breakdowns of machines in New Orleans and 28 in Philadelphia and ''15 reports of catastrophic machine failure" in Mercer County, Pa."
Something's fishy in Ohio 12/1/2004 Chicago Sun Times: "In Ohio, a court just ruled there can't be a recount yet, because the vote is not yet counted. It's three weeks after the election, and Ohio still hasn't counted the votes and certified the election. Some 93,000 overvotes and undervotes are not counted; 155,000 provisional ballots are only now being counted. Absentee ballots cast in the two days prior to the election haven't been counted.
Ohio determines the election, but the state has not yet counted the vote. That outrage is made intolerable by the fact that the secretary of state in charge of this operation, Ken Blackwell, holds -- like Katherine Harris of Florida's fiasco in 2000 -- a dual role: secretary of state with control over voting procedures and co-chair of George Bush's Ohio campaign. Blackwell should recuse himself so that a thorough investigation, count and recount of Ohio's vote can be made."
Former Bush campaign official indicted 12/1/2004 CNET: "Internet DoS attacks, which overload a Web site's servers and cause them to be temporarily inaccessible, have targeted everything from Whitehouse.gov to the SCO Group and eBay.
Now James Tobin, who was the top Bush campaign official for New England and formerly the Republican National Committee's regional director, is being accused of mounting a similar kind of attack on the phone networks of five Democratic Party offices during the November 2002 election."
In Ohio 2004, it's the People versus the Party of Hate & Terror and the Party of Duck and Run...but will the Democrats now stand and fight? 12/1/2004 Columbus Free Press: "Apathy was not an issue here. Thousands of activists and ordinary citizens desperate to rid the nation of George W. Bush poured into Ohio with the uniformly expressed intent of saving our democracy. Countless streets throughout the state were canvassed over and over and over again. Phone callers overran their lists. Election day volunteers stood around with nothing to do because there were so many of them.
But the Bush/Rove fix was in. And exactly how it was done is becoming clear thanks to grassroots groups like the Election Protection Coalition, the League of Pissed-Off Voters, CommonCause and many more."
Where There's Smoke, There's Fire - Electronic Voting and the Legitimacy of the 2004 Presidential election 12/1/2004 Democratic Underground
Jesse Jackson Column Draws Heat from Ohio Sec. of State's Office 12/1/2004 Editor & Publisher
FOXNews.com, Chicago Sun-Times deleted connection between Ohio official, Bush campaign from AP story 12/1/2004 Media Matters: "In a November 30 article titled "Nearly a Month Later, Ohio Fight Goes On," detailing the controversy in Ohio over the results of the November 2 election, the Associated Press correctly identified J. Kenneth Blackwell -- who, as Ohio's secretary of state, oversees the election process -- as "a co-chairman of Bush's re-election campaign in Ohio." But two large news organizations, FOXNews.com and the Chicago Sun-Times, omitted that reference from their versions of the story."
Kerry Team Seeks to Join Fight to Get Ohio County to Recount 12/1/2004 Washington Post