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News :: Politics
Ohio election fraud uproar blasting to new level
09 Dec 2004
The bitter battle over the stolen November 2 election in Ohio has
turned into a rapidly escalating all-out multi-front war with the outcome of
the real presidential vote count increasingly in doubt.
Ohio election fraud uproar blasting to new level

by Steve Rosenfeld, Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman
December 7, 2004

The bitter battle over the stolen November 2 election in Ohio has
turned into a rapidly escalating all-out multi-front war with the outcome of
the real presidential vote count increasingly in doubt.

In Columbus, major demonstrations on Saturday, December 4, have been
followed by an angry confrontation between demonstrators and state police
at the office of Republican Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell, the
Bush-Cheney state chairman who is also officially in charge of
certifying the election, at least for now. Civil Rights leader Jesse Jackson
has called on Blackwell to recuse himself from dealings with the
election, saying his role as Bush-Cheney chairman has compromised his
objectivity in delivering fair election results.

New revelations about voting machine allocations in Franklin County
emerged on Tuesday, December 7. William Anthony, Chair of the Franklin
County Board of Elections, told WVKO radio listeners that the Board begins
“stationing voting machines four weeks out” before Election Day.
Security questions were raised after a machine in Gahanna Ward 1B at the New
Life Church recorded 4258 votes for Bush where only 638 voters cast
ballots.

Cornell McCleary, former minority director of the Republican Party of
Ohio, argues that it would easy for computer hackers to hack directly
into the machines: “The two points of vulnerability are setting up a
computer and hacking directly into the machine, or the line that goes
directly down to the Board of Elections.” He dismissed the Gahanna incident
as a “prank.” Prank or not, Kerry’s decision to concede early on
November 3 was based in part on these imaginary votes that were either a
prank, a computer glitch, or a deliberate effort to boost Bush’s total in
Ohio.

Anthony also conceded that some voters in Franklin County waited up to
“five or six hours’ in order to vote. He admitted that the Board of
Elections usually holds back “a truckload of voting machines"--- 75---in
case there’s a truck accident." He blamed this on the lack of machines
and the fact that 77 voting machines malfunctioned on Election Day. Two
affidavits from voters obtained by the Free Press report that voting
machine maintenance people came out to fix machines and their technique
seemed to be to continually plug and unplug, or reboot, the electronic
machines until the machines functioned again.

Anthony also confirmed that the Board only delivered 2741 of its 2866
machines at the opening of polls on Election Day. He said Board of
Elections workers later placed an additional 44. This would put the total
number in use at the “close of polls” at 2785, leaving 81 machines
sitting unused. Anthony further said Election Day problems were the result
of utilizing essentially 4800 volunteers with minimal training, paid a
small stipend. Some poll workers have testified they repeatedly called
the Board of Elections for additional machines as lines stacked up at
their inner city precincts but got no response.
In addition, new evidence has continued to surface of widespread voter
fraud throughout the state. Among other things, a response from Shelby
County election officials has confirmed that the county illegally
discarded key tabulations from the November 2 vote count. As this county's
response is the first of 88 to come from Freedom of Information Act
filings, it seems likely evidence of many more illegalities could follow.

Moreover, new computer tabulation errors – first reported locally after
Election Day – have resurfaced, and are of a magnitude suggesting
Bush’s margin over Kerry---now 118,775 votes or 2 percent of the total votes
cast in the state, according to Blackwell---could easily have been
manipulated.

One precinct in Youngstown, Ohio, recorded a negative 25 million votes
(that's not a typo) on an ES&S Votronic voting machine, which was
discarded from official results, according to a Nov. 3 report in
Youngstown’s Vindicator newspaper
http://www.vindy.com/basic/news/281829446390855.php. Machine
malfunctions combined with human error to create the massive negative vote count.
“That led to some races showing votes of negative 25 million, Munroe
said,” quoting Mark Monroe, the Mahoning County election chief. "The
numbers were nonsensical so we knew there were problems." The website
www.VotersUnite.org lists dozens of voting machine errors, voter
intimidation reports and other problems – from the very large to very small – that
were reported in the Ohio press. At the very least these errors, many
of which are detailed below, add up to a scathing indictment of a
statewide election. On December 6 White House Spokesman Scott McClellan
called the election “free and fair.”

But even the www.VotersUnite.org list does not contain some of the
biggest errors that will be cited in an election challenge filed Tuesday,
December 7 by the Ohio Honest Elections Campaign in Ohio Supreme Court.
It does not cite two non-partisan Election Day exit polls, by CNN and
Zogby, which found Kerry leading by mid-afternoon. The Ohio Honest
Election Campaign filing also describes abnormal patterns in the votes for
statewide Democratic candidates – with Kerry receiving fewer votes than
obscure candidates – could point to computer vote shifting. The Honest
Election Campaign is seeking to investigate these abnormalities.

On Wednesday, Dec. 8, Rev. Jesse Jackson and many people associated
with recounting the Ohio vote and challenging the election returns, will
brief Democratic members of the House Judiciary Committee in Washington.

Rev. Jackson has repeatedly traveled to Ohio, demanding at packed,
angry rallies that the Ohio Supreme Court consider setting aside Bush's
victory in Ohio and that Congress should investigate how Ohioans voted.
Among other things, the call for a re-vote as in Ukraine has become a
consistent theme among disgruntled Ohio voters.

Jackson’s involvement comes as other national public-interest groups
are pursuing their own litigation. For example, People for the American
Way is trying to stop the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections in
Cleveland from rejecting 8,099 of the 24,472 provisional ballots cast there.
The ballots were thrown out because voters did not properly complete them
or cast them at polling places that were not their own.

http://www.freepress.org/departments/display/19/2004/975

The link above is chock full of recent vote fraud and vote manipulation
articles from

washingtonpost and other mainstream outlets.

Tammy

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