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Democracy at Risk: The 2004 Election in Ohio 6/22/2005 Verified Voting
OHIO SCANDAL - Allegations arose before '04 election - Democrats say Noe case concealed to assist 6/19/2005 Toledo Blade: "At the same time - beneath the surface and out of public view - allegations were swirling that Tom Noe had laundered contributions into President Bush's campaign, and facts were emerging that the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation had lost $215 million meant for injured workers in a Bermuda hedge-fund.
Now, more than six months later, those bombshells have created the biggest state government scandal in decades in Ohio. Democrats are charging that Republican leaders suppressed the potentially explosive information until all the votes were counted to save the President's re-election campaign.
The Blade has learned that the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Ohio knew of the campaign-finance allegations against Mr. Noe about three weeks before the November, 2004, election, giving it little time to do a thorough investigation."
Fla. County Urged to Ditch Voting Machines 5/29/2005 AP: "Miami-Dade County's elections chief has recommended ditching its ATM-style voting machines, just three years after buying them for $24.5 million to avoid a repeat of the hanging and dimpled chads from the 2000 election. Elections supervisor Lester Sola said in a memo Friday that the county should switch to optical scanners that use paper ballots, based on declining voter confidence in the paperless touch-screen machines and quadrupled election day labor costs."
Optical scan system hacked (3 ways) - BBV Exclusive 5/27/2005 Black Box Voting: "Most states prohibit elections officials from checking on optical scan tallies by examining the paper ballots. In Washington, Secretary of State Sam Reed declared such spontaneous checkups to be "unauthorized recounts" and prohibited them altogether. New Florida regulations will forbid counting paper ballots, even in recounts, except in highly unusual circumstances. Without paper ballot hand-counts, the hacks demonstrated below show that optical-scan elections can be destroyed in seconds."
Attack on election board whistleblower and leaked Blackwell threats re-fire Ohio's election theft scandal 5/23/2005 Colombus Free Press: "The potential firing of Ohio whistleblower Sherole Eaton, Deputy Director of the Hocking County Board of Elections, has re-fired bitter controversy over the stolen 2004 presidential election.
And newly released documents confirming a pre-election threat by Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell against election board officials has added to the mix, as has the dismissal of Blackwell's highly publicized sanction attempt against attorneys who challenged the election outcome.
A paid Hocking County Election Board staff official, Eaton gained national notoriety when she blew the whistle on a Triad vote count technician. The technician swapped-out a hard drive in the tabulating computer located at the Board of Elections office before a statewide recount could be completed. According to a December 3, 2004 affidavit sworn by Eaton, the Triad technician "advised" the Hocking County Board of Elections' Republican Director Lisa Schwartze on how to "post a 'cheat sheet'" to make the recount match the officially reported election total. Advocates of the recount complain that the unexplained intrusion by the technician compromised the integrity of the vote count."
National parties help fund state fight 5/20/2005 Seattle Times: "National Republican and Democratic party leaders are rounding up cash to help cover the legal bills that keep piling higher in Washington's disputed governor's election.
Last night in Washington, D.C., Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman appeared at a fund-raiser with Dino Rossi, who is challenging his 129-vote loss last fall to Democratic Gov. Christine Gregoire."
Consumer Report Series -- Following the Money Trail – Part I 5/9/2005 Black Box Voting
How Blackwell and Petro Saved Bush’s Brain: And the rise of the right wing juggernaut in Ohio 4/27/2005 Colombus Free Press: "The hotly disputed results of the 2004 presidential election have become entangled in a fundamentalist crusade over who will control Ohio. Extremist right wing screachers such as Pastor Rod Parsley of the World Harvest Church, Ann Coulter, Alan Keyes, Ohio gubernatorial candidate J. Kenneth Blackwell and followers of Jerry Falwell, have taken center pulpit in an escalated war over what really happened when George W. Bush was allegedly re-elected in November, 2004, and who will occupy the Buckeye Statehouse in 2006.
The bitterly contested 2004 election results in Ohio have taken a religious twist. As Pastor Parsley backed by his suburban Columbus mega-church, is now in the middle of a Silent No More book tour aimed in part at destroying the remnants of America’s independent judiciary, but primarily aimed at electing Blackwell governor… That “public service” recently came under new scrutiny when William Anthony, the Democratic Chair of the Franklin Country Board of Elections, revealed that on November 2, a number of voting machines were transferred from inner city precincts to Parsley’s suburban church. Thousands of African-Americans were deprived of their vote due to the fact that their precincts lacked sufficient balloting hardware. But voters at Parsley’s extreme right-wing precinct had no such waits."
How Blackwell and Petro Saved Bush’s Brain: And the rise of the right wing juggernaut in Ohio 4/27/2005 Free Press
The new Mack Daddys: Pimpin’ the poor 4/26/2005 Colombus Free Press: "The political consequences from Ohio’s stolen 2005 presidential election have been made manifest. The two loudest and most unprincipled men in the state, Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell and the World Harvest Church’s Pastor Rod Parsley, have formed a disingenuous ebony and ivory right-wing political alliance.
Their goals are clear: to be the new Mack Daddys of the Ohio Republican Party and to pimp and play the economically desperate Ohioans."
What Can We the People Do About Election Fraud? 4/26/2005 The Crisis Papers
Executive Director of National Election Reform Commission Goes Ballistic at BRAD BLOG! 4/19/2005 Brad Blog
Defects In 2004 Balloting Described 4/19/2005 Washington Post: "They told of absentee ballots that were never delivered. Of voters who were arbitrarily struck from the rolls. Of confusing and poorly designed ballots. Of long lines at the polls. Of inadequate funds to train poll workers.
Some complained that polls are frequently inaccessible to wheelchairs. That bilingual assistance is lacking. That there are too few voting machines, especially in minority communities.
Others asked whether partisan officials ought to be in charge of elections. Whether the country needs a voting holiday to improve turnout. Whether the nation should adopt uniform poll closing times so elections called in the East do not depress turnout in the West. Whether photo identifications ought to be required to vote. And whether to create a "paper trail" for electronic voting machines."
April 18th Hearing: How Good Are U.S. Elections?
American University, Washington, DC 4/18/2005 American University
Baker-Carter Election Reform Hearing: Outrageous
by Congressman John Conyers 4/18/2005 Daily Kos: "The first meeting of the Baker-Carter election commission was disappointing and, at times, outrageous and tainted with racially-charged innuendo. Let me make absolutely clear that I greatly admire former President Jimmy Carter and believe he was insightful and on-target throughout the hearing. However, given the incredible lack of balance and profound lack of good faith demonstrated by some of Carter's fellow commissioners and many of the witnesses at this hearing, at times he seemed to be a very lonely voice of sanity."
Testimony of David L. Dill 4/18/2005 Verified Voting: "Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University and Founder of the Verified Voting Foundation and VerifiedVoting.org"
America’s Broken Electoral System - Get over it, says mainstream press 4/11/2005 FAIR: "At the same time, however, a parallel story emerged: Ohio—and many other states—had been dogged by a variety of voting difficulties, particularly affecting minority communities who traditionally vote Democratic. Besides the large numbers who found they could only vote provisionally, others found a shortage of machines that meant waits of up to 10 hours—which, given the reality of jobs and other responsibilities, meant that many people were simply unable to vote. Still others had their votes improperly recorded—or not recorded at all—by electronic terminals or punch-card machines, the “chad”-producing technology still used in three-quarters of Ohio.
As later documented, the irregularities resulted in a significant number of disenfranchised voters, and in something unseen since 1877: a debate in Congress, on January 6, 2005, over whether to certify a state’s electoral votes."
GIVE IT BACK, GEORGE - Did Wyly Coyotes' Ill-Gotten Loot Buy White House? 4/11/2005 Greg Palast
Kerry Alleges Intimidation of Voters in 2004 4/11/2005 Washington Post: "Many would-be voters in last year's presidential election were denied access to the polls through trickery and intimidation, former Democratic presidential candidate John F. Kerry told the Massachusetts League of Women Voters on Sunday.
Kerry cited examples of how people were duped into not voting. "Leaflets are handed out saying Democrats vote on Wednesday, Republicans vote on Tuesday. People are told in telephone calls that if you've ever had a parking ticket, you're not allowed to vote," he said."
Exit poll analysis points to 2004 election corruption 4/1/2005 Akron Beacon Journal
TRUTH LEFT OUT: Data Indicates a Massive 2004 Exit Poll Whitewash 4/1/2005 News Clip Autopsy
Revealing More About Phony 'Voting Rights' Org, GOPUSA Runs CNS Story on GOP Front Group ACVR! 3/31/2005 Brad Blog
Recount bill: pay the entire cost 3/20/2005 Ohio News Now: "The bill, sponsored by Rep. Kevin DeWine, would change a variety of state election rules, including the current cost of $10 per precinct for candidates wanting a recount in races where the state does not mandate one. The bill would require the candidate or party that requested it to pay the full cost of recounting the votes unless the recount changes the outcome of the election."
Vote for change - E-voting vendors look to 2006 3/18/2005 Fed Com World: "The commission established by the Help America Vote Act of 2002 plans to issue voluntary technical standards later this year for state officials to use. And companies are developing products that will be certified under 2002 federal standards, the first new ones since 1990.
For all that effort, however, it remains unclear whether much will change before the next round of elections."
Millions still can't vote 3/10/2005 Black Commentator: "Today, nearly 5 million Americans are literally locked out of the political process by state felon disfranchisement laws that disqualify people with felony convictions from voting.
The historical record reveals that to prevent newly freed Blacks from voting after the Civil War, many state legislatures in the North and South tailored their felon disfranchisement laws to require the loss of voting rights only for those offenses committed mostly by Blacks."
Ferrer Adviser Is Being Paid to Lobby NY Legislature Against Paper Ballots 3/10/2005 NYT
Amid Controversy, Support Grows for Paper Audit Trail in MD 3/9/2005 Gazette, Annapolis, MD
Put Polling Machines to a Vote 3/9/2005 NY Daily News
Emerging Scandal on MD Voting Machine Performance 3/9/2005 TrueVoteMD.org
The League of Women Voters of New York State Endorses Paper Ballot/Optical Scan 3/9/2005 Verified Voting
Report Shows Problems With Montgomery Voting Machines 3/8/2005 AP
CLINT CURTIS INVESTIGATOR'S 'SUICIDE' CASE REOPENED BY GEORGIA POLICE! 3/8/2005 Brad Blog: "The case of the mysterious suicide of Raymond Lemme of the Florida Inspector General's office was reopened by Valdosta, Georgia police last December shortly after we broke the story of computer programmer Clint Curtis' sworn affidavit charging that he had built a "vote-rigging software prototype" at the request of Rep. Tom Feeney (R-FL)!
Furthermore, graphic and disturbing photos from the crime scene -- said in the original police report to have not existed due to a failure in the camera's "flash memory cards" -- have recently been published on the web!"
The sun revolves around the Earth and George W. Bush won the election in Ohio 3/8/2005 Columbus Free Press
Senate Passes GOP Election Reform Amendments 3/8/2005 KOMO TV: "OLYMPIA - Voter records would be randomly investigated and election officials would have to check on the citizenship of each new applicant under Republican-sponsored amendments that passed the state Senate as part of an election reform-driven voter registration bill."
Voting Glitches Haunt Statistician 3/5/2005 Capital Times, WI: "There were, Joiner says, too many things that occurred on Nov. 2 that "still don't smell right." He can't just pretend everything is rosy, he says, when he reads that Steven Freeman, a respected University of Pennsylvania professor, says the odds of the exit polls in the critical states of Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania all being so far off were about 662,000 to 1.
And since no one in the mainstream media has yet to provide a plausible explanation for such discrepancies - "investigative reporting essentially is just dead in this country," he groans - Joiner and many of his colleagues are going to continue to speak out and demand that government leaders provide some answers."
Democratic National Committee Announces Ohio Election Review Team 3/4/2005 DNC News
Libertarians To Testify in Ohio House: Modernize Ohio's Election Laws 3/3/2005 Columbus Free Press
Give Us Ballots We Can Count
Exit Poll Madness 3/3/2005 Counterpunch
Ohio lawmakers squabble over polls 3/2/2005 AP
The New Voting Rights Movement Begins Here Today 3/2/2005 Columbus Free Press: "As continuing investigations into the 2004 presidential election reveal yet more flaws in the nation’s election machinery, the call for meaningful election reform is growing across the country and in Washington, where members of Congress who opposed Ohio’s 2004 Electoral College vote have proposed sweeping reforms. It remains to be seen if a growing coalition of civil rights activists, election reformers and others can create a clamor for change that cannot be ignored – even by the Republican-dominated Congress."
Group launches divestment campaign against voting firms over paper trails,
'partisanship' 3/2/2005 Raw Story
OHIO’S ODD NUMBERS 3/1/2005 Vanity Fair: by CHRISTOPHER HITCHENS
The Mighty Texas Strike Force 2/28/2005 Columbus Free Press: "If Mr. Branscome's report is accurate, the caller violated the Civil Rights Act of 1957 and the Voting Rights Act of 1968. If convicted, the caller could be sentenced to one year in jail.
Mr. Branscome has said he believes the caller was a member of a group staying at the hotel to work on the election calling itself the Mighty Texas Strike Force (MTSF). The organization has connections reaching into the White House."
A vote of confidence - Officials say Florida's election reforms need only fine-tuning this year 2/27/2005 St Petersburg Times
Uniformity at polls may be elusive - Parties sharply at odds over election reform 2/26/2005 Journal Sentinel, WI
Kerry/Edwards File More Ohio Election Motions 2/24/2005 Will Pitt
Congresswoman who challenged Ohio votes explains ‘Count Every Vote Act’ 2/23/2005 Raw Story: "The bill, said Rep. Stephanie Tubbs-Jones (D-OH), seeks to ensure guidelines regarding provisional ballots and paper records for electronic voting. It would also create a federal voting holiday and allow ex-felons to vote."
LDF files brief in support of Voting Rights Act claims in Muntaqim v. Coombe 2/23/2005 SF Bay View: "A panel of all active 2nd Circuit judges is expected to rehear the appeal in Muntaqim in April. The court will examine whether the Voting Rights Act of 1965 can be used to challenge New York’s felon disfranchisement law. A successful challenge to this statute will impact challenges to felon disfranchisement statutes across the country.
Muntaqim is one of four felon disfranchisement cases pending in federal courts. Each challenge maintains that state felon disfranchisement statutes have a disproportionate discriminatory impact on Blacks and Latinos with felony convictions. Some challenges also assert that such statutes, in violation of Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act, diminish the voting power of Black and Latino communities."
Secretary of State proposes changes of elections laws 2/16/2005 AP
A Vote Of No Confidence For New Election Equipment 2/16/2005 Hartford Courant
A Corrupted Election - Despite what you may have heard, the exit polls were right 2/15/2005 In These Times
A Corrupted Election - Despite what you may have heard, the exit polls were right 2/15/2005 In These Times
Video Evidence: Collecting the Facts 2/14/2005 Cobb LaMarche: "These video clips were generously provided to us by the producers: Terri Taylor, Linda Byrket, and Donald L. Drennan. They are gathering video documenting the fight for fair elections in Ohio and in other states."
Suspicious Results in New York Senate Race Underscore Need for Immediate Court-Ordered Seizure of All Ohio Voting Machines 2/10/2005 Nashua Advocate
Blackwell Refuses to Testify at House Committee Hearing 2/9/2005 Cobb LaMarche: "Just as he created tremendous confusion among voters in Cuyahoga County and across the state of Ohio during this past election by issuing bizarre directives and playing partisan politics," stated Rep. Tubbs Jones, "his failure to testify before this committee today shows that he is not committed to improving our election system. "
Fixing America's Broken Elections 2/9/2005 Tom Paine: by Rep. John Conyers
Provisional vote tally drags on in Texas 2/8/2005 AP: "More than three months after the November election, state officials don't have a final tally of how many provisional votes were cast and counted in Texas."
In Colorado, the exit polls were spot on for the Senate race. Only Bush's results shifted. 2/4/2005 ExitPollZ.org
Original exit polls documents for the 2004 election 2/4/2005 ExitPollZ.org
Ohio Attorney-General's attack on election protection attorneys draws mountain of documentation on state's stolen election, including new study on exit polls 2/3/2005 Colombus Free Press
THE CHOICE IS YOURS - Voting, From Iraq to America 2/1/2005 Intelligence Squad
US Count Votes Response to Edison/Mitofsky Election System 2004 Report 2/1/2005 uscountvotes.org
So Many Watching, So Little Seen - The Real Scandals of the Texas Election 1/31/2005 Counterpunch
Conseravitve Star, Ken Blackwell, Is on the Rise in Ohio 1/28/2005 Human Events: "Early polling indicates that Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell--a pro-life, pro-2nd Amendment, anti-tax conservative stalwart--has emerged as the top candidate. This is significant because Buckeye State Republicans have often opted in the past for middle-of-the-road nominees rather than conservatives such as Blackwell."
[Jeb] Bush urged to restore felons' rights 1/28/2005 Miami Herald: "The Florida Legislature may tackle the state's troubled clemency system, starting with a plea by influential Republicans to the governor to automatically restore the rights of felons."
Ohio's Secretary of State Blackwell slanders election protection attorney at junket sponsored by voting machine vendors 1/27/2005 Columbus Free Press, OH
JIM CROW RETURNS TO THE VOTING BOOTH - DOES AMERICA HAVE APARTHEID VOTE-COUNTING SYSTEM? 1/26/2005 Seattle Post Intelligencer: By Greg Pallast and Jesse Jackson
Two Milwaukee men await trial on fraud charges here 1/25/2005 Journal Times, MI
Arkansas in 2004: Did Bush Really Win? 1/24/2005 Columbus Free Press, OH
J. Kenneth Blackwell: The “J” is for Judas 1/23/2005 Colombus Free Press
J. Kenneth Blackwell: The “J” is for Judas 1/23/2005 Columbus Free Press, OH
Exit Poll Problems: A Reply to Russ Baker By Steven Freeman 1/21/2005 Assassination Science
Rep. Conyers' Letter to Exit Polling Firms: "The stakes for our democracy are simply too high for us to allow this matter to pass without a serious and substantive review of the exit poll data." 1/20/2005 Buzzflash: "The stakes for our democracy are simply too high for us to allow this matter to pass without a serious and substantive review of the exit poll data. While the election is over, there is significant bipartisan sentiment in Congress and around the nation for voting reform. A complete and full release of the exit poll information will therefore not only help to resolve lingering doubts regarding irregularities in the 2004 election, it will also go a long way towards helping Congress understand how to best craft these reforms. I am hopeful that the media companies that contract for your services will also understand and support the importance of providing full, complete, and transparent information in this matter."
Rep. Conyers' Letter to Ohio Attorney General: Sanctioning of Lawyers Involved with Ohio Election Challenge is a "selective and partisan misuse of your legal authority." 1/20/2005 Buzzflash: "I write to express my concern regarding your recent request to sanction those attorneys who brought a legal challenge to last year's presidential election in Ohio. In particular, I am concerned that by seeking official censure and fines, you are engaged in a selective and partisan misuse of your legal authority. As eager as many disgruntled voters are to have a court of law finally assess the merits of the challenge actions, I have serious doubts about the validity of the sanctions case your office is pursuing.
As an initial matter, one would be hard pressed to see how the legal challenges brought under the Ohio election challenge statute were "frivolous." First off, it is widely known that the Ohio presidential election was literally riddled with irregularities and improprieties, many of which are set forth in the 102 page report issued by the House Judiciary Committee Democratic Staff."
Ohio's GOP Attorney General launches revenge attack on Election Protection legal team 1/19/2005 Columbus Free Press, OH: "In a stunning legal attack, Ohio's Republican Attorney General has moved for sanctions against the four attorneys who sued George W. Bush et. al. in an attempt to investigate the Buckeye State's bitterly contested November 2 election."
What are they hiding in New Mexico? 1/18/2005 Columbus Free Press, OH: "In the shadow of overwhelming irregularities in the Ohio’s election, New Mexico has played out it’s own post-election drama almost unnoticed by anyone outside the state. Even before the November 2, New Mexico had been in the news for reports of malfunctioning voting machines and other problems. Hundreds of incidents were reported on Election Day. The state got some national attention for once again leading the nation in undervote rate. All this coupled with a small margin of victory in the presidential race (just 3/4 of 1%) led to concern about the accuracy of the results."
Touch screens more likely to be flawed, analysis finds 1/16/2005 Sun Sentinel, FL: "Florida's touch-screen voting machines performed better in the Nov. 2 presidential election than they did in the March primary, but were still outmatched by older voting devices that use pencil and paper ballots, according to a South Florida Sun-Sentinel analysis.
Voters using the ATM-style voting machines in November were 50 percent more likely to cast a flawed ballot or have an unregistered vote in the presidential race, compared to voting machines employing simple paper ballots."
We the People Do Not Concede 1/15/2005 Coastal Post: "hn Kerry did not lose the electoral votes in Florida. They were stolen.
Nor did he lose the electoral votes in Ohio. They were stolen as well.
And with these two states being a rigged game, suspicions multiply. Suspicion falls especially hard upon the supposed three and a half million votes that Bush now claims as the popular vote margin. Across the nation, at least 400,000 people used voter hotlines to report the difficulties noticed on election day. Among those complaints, a full 50,000 instances were outright malfunctioning voting machinery. And in each of these 50,000 instances the vote went to Bush. If election day machine malfunctions were random, then logic dictates that Kerry must receive the benefit of the machine failures at least a few times. Unless the breakdowns were not random. And if not random, then they must be considered part of a network of fraud."
House members want criminal investigation into Ohio’s Blackwell 1/14/2005 Raw Story: "Four Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee asked the Department of Justice to begin a criminal investigation into Ohio’s Republican Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell today, RAW STORY has learned.
The members–Robert Scott, John Conyers, Jr., Sheila Jackson Lee, and Jerrold Nadler–filed a criminal referral with Attorney General John Ashcroft.
Among other matters, the referral is to request an investigation into voter intimidation, improper voter purging, perjury, possible misuse of Help America Vote Act funds, tampering with voting machines during Ohio’s recount and Blackwell’s misuse of the Great Seal of the United States in a campaign letter.
In the matter of misusing the Great Seal in violation of federal law, which was reported first by the Brad Blog earlier this week, the congressmen and women are seeking a special prosecutor."
GOP seeks criminal records 1/14/2005 Seattle Times: "Republicans want a copy of the state's criminal-records database to compare it with the names of the nearly 3 million people who voted in the governor's race, as party attorneys search for felons who cast illegal ballots.
Yesterday, attorneys for Dino Rossi and the Republican Party asked the State Patrol for an electronic copy of that database, the Washington State Identification System. The list contains more than 1.2 million records. Republicans are hoping to do a quicker and less expensive search than what is available to the general public.
The records include names, birth dates, charges and outcomes of the cases, including felonies and some misdemeanors. Republicans are looking for felons because felons are not allowed to vote unless their voting rights have been restored."
Did Bush steal the White House again? 1/14/2005 Socialist Worker: "If there was anything notable about the election and the dirty tricks involved in it, it was how similar Election 2004 was to every other election organized in the U.S. Alone among major industrial democracies, the U.S. leaves election administration in the hands of corrupt and partisan local officials--and vote-counting to the private manufacturers of voting machines. And the Electoral College--a relic of the pre-Civil War era--chooses the most important office in the country, not a nationwide popular vote.
That’s why even if it could be proved that Kerry really won Ohio, his victory would be tainted--for having been won in the Electoral College, while losing the popular vote. While the left was right to denounce Bush as illegitimate when he became president after losing the popular vote in 2000, it would have no moral high horse to ride if Kerry had become president under similar circumstances."
Ohio Secretary of State responds to Conyers’ letters on Ohio voting irregularities 1/13/2005 Raw Story
Ohio Court Dismisses Election Challenges 1/12/2005 AP: "The Ohio Supreme Court on Wednesday dismissed a challenge from voters to the presidential election in light of last week's certification of the electoral vote and the upcoming inauguration. A lawyer for the plaintiffs, a group of 37 voters, had moved Tuesday to drop the lawsuit, saying it is now moot. The high court agreed without comment to dismiss it."
Blackwell Ignores Rule of Law! Twice in Same Letter! [UPDATED]
Senator's Office Confirms use of Great Seal in Fundraising Letter Violates FEDERAL Law! 1/12/2005 BradBlog
A defeat for voters' rights 1/9/2005 Boston Globe: "Ironically, despite their attempts at a revote in Washington, Republicans framed the contest as a conspiracy theory interfering with the business of Congress. Furthermore, Kenneth Blackwell, Ohio's secretary of state, functioned as both the head of Ohio's election activity and co-chaired the Bush/Cheney '04 Ohio efforts. Republicans ignored the obvious conflict of interest. One senator said of election reform, "It's a shame we're wasting our time on this today." What is shameful is that any official sworn to uphold and defend our Constitution was brushing aside voters' rights as inconsequential.One hundred percent of our voters should have complete confidence in the process and outcome, yet we failed them in both 2000 and 2004."
Estimated vote count in Ohio 1/8/2005 Columbus Free Press, OH
Ohio Letter Seeks Illegal Contributions 1/7/2005 ABC: "The state's chief elections officer, accused of mishandling the presidential vote in Ohio, sent a fund-raising letter for his own 2006 gubernatorial campaign that was accompanied by a request for illegal contributions.
A pledge card with the letter from Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, a Republican who co-chaired the Bush-Cheney election campaign in Ohio, said "corporate & personal checks are welcome."
Corporate donations are illegal in Ohio."
Black Caucus members led debate on disputed Ohio votes 1/7/2005 Black America Web: "During his floor speech, Patrick Tiberi, R-Ohio, said that even the head of the election board in Franklin County, Ohio, “who is an African-American,” he said, supported the election results and those who are challenging the results, “Are beating a dead horse.”
But, Bob Fitrakis, the Ohio law professor and author who was one of the plaintiffs who filed the legal challenge to the Ohio results, said in Ohio Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell and Franklin County Election Board Chairman William Anthony were used by Republican operatives to hurt their own people."
Electoral Vote Challenge Meets Venomous Response in Congress 1/7/2005 New Standard
Democrats interrupt electoral vote count, force debate on Ohio elections 1/6/2005 AP: "Democratic leaders distanced themselves from the effort, which many in the party worried would make them look like sore losers. Bush won Ohio by 118,000 votes and carried the national contest by 3.3 million votes, and Kerry himself -- meeting with troops in the Middle East -- did not support the challenge.
Even so, Boxer, Tubbs Jones and several other Democrats, including many black lawmakers, tried using the sessions to underscore the missing voting machines, unusually long lines and other problems that plagued some Ohio districts, many in minority neighborhoods, on Nov. 2.
"If they were willing to stand in polls for countless hours in the rain, as many did in Ohio, than I can surely stand up for them here in the halls of Congress," Tubbs Jones said."
Letter to Senate and House Leaders from Rep. Conyers and 23 Other Members Addressing Voting Irregularities in the 2004 Pres. Election 1/6/2005 Buzzflash
Democrats Force Debate on Ohio Election Problems 1/6/2005 IHT: "With both houses under Republican control, the move, only the second of its kind since 1877, did not threaten Bush's victory over Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts. Indeed, some Democrats opposed it and the White House spokesman likened it to a pursuit of "conspiracy theories."
But its rarity underscored a lingering sensitivity to election irregularities like those that overshadowed the 2000 election. Democrats complained this time that Ohio election officials, headed by a Republican who led the Bush campaign in the state, had provided too few voting machines in some Democratic precincts and allowed other irregularities."
Pelosi: 'Today's Debate About Election Reform, Not an Election Result' 1/6/2005 Office of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
Congress Certifies Bush's Win After Protest 1/6/2005 Reuters: "The rare objection to vote certification, the first filed in decades, forced the House and Senate to halt their joint session, usually a routine and ceremonial affair. Each chamber then debated the objection, and rejected it, the Senate by a 74-1 vote, the House 267-31. The state-by-state certification was completed a few hours later."
Jackson: Dems need to get ‘backbone’ and fight voter fraud 1/5/2005 Black America Today: "Jesse Jackson can complain, grand stand, whine, stamp his feet all he wants," Blackwell spokesman Carlo LoParo said. "It's not going to change the results of Ohio's election or how voters cast their ballots on Nov. 2."
No Stolen Elections! Delivers Petitions To Feingold 1/5/2005 Channel 3000
National Election Pool 1/5/2005 Exit-Polls.net
Judiciary Committee Dems Release 100-Page Report on Ohio Election 1/5/2005 ILCA
Allegations Of Voter Fraud In US Election Begin To Surface 1/5/2005 Jihad Unspun: "So what do we actually see when comparing exit polls with actual results?
There is skew - but ONLY in states which the Republicans had previously stated to be target states in play. The skew is in the same direction every time; that is to say in favor of Bush.
The exit poll results are not scattered about the mean as the alternative theory predicts.
They are all on the Kerry side of the vote counts as issued by the states except for a hand full of states which hit amazingly close to the exit poll figures."
Challengers are go (Keith Olbermann) 1/5/2005 MSNBC: "Nothing is in writing and daybreak is a long way away, but it appeared all but certain in early evening Wednesday that House Democrats had secured the support of up to half a dozen Senators to formally challenge the Electoral College slate from Ohio, when the votes are opened before a joint session of Congress tomorrow."
In Defense of Exit Polls 1/5/2005 Tech Central Station
Save Our Votes MARCH ON WASHINGTON 1/4/2005 51 Capital March: "Join us on January 4th for an historic continuation of the Selma to Montgomery march for voting rights.
Join us to protest the massive vote fraud and voter suppression that occurred in the November 2004 elections."
News outlets examine why exit polls showed heavier Kerry vote 1/4/2005 AP
Small group of House Democrats to contest formal electoral vote count 1/4/2005 AP
Conyers to object to Ohio vote count, certification 1/4/2005 Black America Web: "We're not going to roll over and surrender when we know there have been countless voting irregularities in Ohio," Conyers told BlackAmericaWeb.com.
"This is the second time that George W. Bush had a one-state victory that is hugely controversial," said Conyers. "We are asking for careful consideration by the House and Senate. Voting is the key to a Democratic system."
Senators should object to Ohio vote 1/4/2005 Chicago Sun Times: by Jesse Jackson
Will John Kerry Report for Duty? 1/4/2005 Consortium News: "Early in Campaign 2004, Sen. John Kerry challenged George W. Bush’s operatives to “bring it on,” fully expecting that they would try to smear his patriotism despite his Vietnam War medals. In accepting the Democratic nomination, Kerry again highlighted his national service by snapping off a salute with the words: “Reporting for duty.”"
Democrats Snatching Election Victories from GOP across the Country 1/4/2005 Human Events
Ohio Republican Secretary of State brags about delivering Ohio for Bush in gubernatorial fundraising letter 1/4/2005 Raw Story
Bush Asks Judge to Toss Ohio Election Suit 1/3/2005 AP
Ten preliminary reasons why the Bush vote does not compute, and why Congress must investigate rather than certify the Electoral College (Part One of Two) 1/3/2005 Columbus Free Press: "By examining a very wide range of sworn testimonies from voters, polling officials and others close to the administration of the Nov. 2 election; by statistical analysis of the certified vote by mathematicians, election experts and independent research teams who have conducted detailed studies of the results in Ohio, New Mexico, Florida and elsewhere; from experts who studied the voting machines, tabulators and other electronic equipment on which a fair vote count has depended; and from a team of attorneys and others who have challenged the Ohio results; the freepress.org investigative team has compiled a portrait of an election whose true outcome must be investigated further by the Congress, the media and all Americans -- because it was almost certainly not an honest victory for George W. Bush.
Crucial flaws in the national vote count, most importantly in Ohio, New Mexico and Florida, indicate John Kerry was most likely the actual winner on November 2, as reported in national exit polls. At very least, the widespread tampering with how the election was conducted, and how Ohio's votes were counted and re-counted, has compromised this nation's historic commitment to free and fair elections."
We Must Choose to Fight. Count Every Vote. 1/3/2005 Common Dreams
Is There One Senator Who Will Stand Up for Black Voters? Democrat Senators on the Hot Seat...Again 1/3/2005 Counterpunch: "Perhaps the most powerful moment in Michael Moore's film "Fahrenheit 9-11" was the stony silence in the hall of the joint session of Congress as a line of African- American and other non-white representatives stood up and pleaded for just one senator to issue an official challenge to the Florida electoral college delegation and its vote in favor of candidate George Bush.
This Thursday, we are destined to have a repeat of that dramatic event."
Missing in Action - The Media and the Ohio Recount 1/3/2005 Counterpunch
Most provisional votes rejected 1/3/2005 Democrat Capitol, FL: "Two-thirds of all provisional ballots submitted in the general election were rejected, according to a Tallahassee Democrat analysis of reports provided by the state's 67 county supervisors of elections. Most ballots were thrown out because the voter was not registered in that county."
Media Whites Out Vote Fraud 1/3/2005 ILCA
Ohio Recount Revisited…Again and Again 1/3/2005 MichNews
Demystifying the Exit Polls 1/3/2005 Slate
The 2004 US Elections: The Mother of all Vote Frauds 1/3/2005 What Really Happened
ILCA Joins PDA in Endorsing Rainbow/PUSH Rallies 1/2/2005 PDA: "The International Labor Communications Association is working with a broad coalition of organizations, including Rainbow/PUSH, Progressive Democrats of America, and ReDefeatBush.com to promote rallies in Columbus, Ohio, on Jan. 3, and Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6."
2004 U.S. ELECTION — STOLEN 1/2/2005 Uniorb
Did We Bounce An Election? 1/1/2005 Columbus Free Press: "The canvass report (available as a pdf from the Secretary of State's website http://www.sos.state.nm.us/Election/cntyindx04.html) is the official record of the election results. It is certified by the state Canvassing Board (consisting of Governor Bill Richardson, Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil-Giron and Supreme Court Chief Justice Patricia Maes) and is used as the basis for determining who will represent the people of New Mexico in public offices and, in a presidential election, which slate of electors will be chosen for the Electoral College. With so much at stake, one would expect the canvass report to be a lot cleaner than my checkbook. That is not the case.
Much has been made of New Mexico's dubious honor of leading the nation in undervote percentage. I recently wrote an article pointing out the alarming number of phantom votes lurking in the New Mexico canvass report. Just what are undervotes and phantom votes and what do they tell us about our election process?"
Rally -- Monday, January 3rd -- Columbus, Ohio - Pro-Democracy, Count Every Vote Rally 1/1/2005 Ohio Election Fraud
Vote challengers accuse Blackwell of trying to let 'clock run out' 1/1/2005 Toledo Blade
Massive public drive to contact Senators before Jan. 6 1/1/2005 Vote Fraud News
Re-Vote Ohio 1/1/2005 Znet: "This article was put together with much assistance from colleagues who have been deeply involved in the Ohio recount."