For Legitimate Government's Evidence of the 2004 Coup d'Etat, compiled
by Lori Price and Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D.
Computer glitch still baffles county clerk LaPORTE, IN --The day after a two-and-a-half-hour delay in counting ballots due to a glitch in a computer program, LaPorte County election officials are still trying to figure out what happened. "Maybe there was a power surge," LaPorte County Clerk Lynne Spevak said. "Something zapped it." At about 7 p.m. Tuesday, it was noticed that the first two or three printouts from individual precinct reports all listed an identical number of voters. Each precinct was listed as having 300 registered voters. That means the total number of voters for the county would be 22,200, although there are actually more than 79,000 registered voters.
Indiana 'voting' machines count straight-party Democratic votes as Libertarian --Glitch causes Franklin Co. recount --BROOKVILLE, Ind. - Election equipment counted straight-party votes for Democratic candidates as Libertarian votes, an error that could affect election outcomes in as many as nine counties, the Richmond Palladium-Item reported today. Democrats discovered the error in Franklin County, where ballots will be counted again tonight. The county's election equipment vendor, Fidlar, notified officials Wednesday of the error.
Rove terror team busy in battleground states: Misleading Calls Made to Michigan Voters --Some Michigan voters have received phone calls falsely claiming that Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry would make gay marriage legal, Kerry's Michigan campaign said Monday.
Vote Recount to Settle Doubts? --by Kim Zetter [Regarding New Hampshire vote-patter anomalies in 71 wards:] "Even more interesting was the breakdown per brand of voting equipment. New Hampshire wards used optical-scan equipment made by Diebold Election Systems and Election Systems & Software. About 62 percent of the wards with anomalous results used Diebold machines."
Nader-requested recount in N.H. moving slowly --A recount Ralph Nader requested for some New Hampshire towns went slower than expected Thursday and won't resume until next week, state election officials said.
Democrat picks up seat in recount (NH) A Nashua Republican state representative still lost his seat after a recount of ballots in his race Friday, but a Francestown Democrat picked up a seat when a recount in her district changed the result.
LI voters make left turn --With an influx of immigrants and residents moving in from urban areas, experts say, the historical trend for Long Islanders to vote overwhelmingly for Republican presidents has been broken in recent elections. ...Long Island is now home to two Democratic county executives, and several Democratic supervisors.
Democrats rout prominent GOP incumbents in Nassau judicial races --Democrats surged to victories in Nassau's judicial races in Tuesday's election, clearing out three incumbent Republican judges from the County Court bench, clinching Family and District court spots and nearly seizing an Islandwide State Supreme Court slot.
Men Arrested For Landing 'Go Kerry' Balloon In Central Park --Two men were taken into custody on Friday after illegally [?!?] landing a hot-air in Central Park, police said. The balloon was emblazoned with a "Go Kerry" sign, an apparent reference to presidential hopeful Sen. John Kerry.
None dare call it stolen - Ohio, the election, and America's servile press --by Mark Crispin Miller, summarized by Mary Anne Saucier 24 Jul 2005 [The piece on which this summary is based was originally published in Harper's.] "[Mark Crispin Miller] details how the press (except for Keith Olbermann on MSNBC) ignored 'the strange details of the election;except, that is, to ridicule all efforts to discuss them;It was as if they were reporting from inside a forest fire without acknowledging the fire, except to keep insisting that there was no fire.'" [Note: link goes to summary]
Suit Seeks Provisional Ballots Re-Examined --A watchdog group sued Friday to try to stop Cuyahoga County's (OH) elections board from rejecting thousands of provisional ballots until they are hand checked against voter registration cards.
Something's fishy in Ohio --by Jesse Jackson "In the Ukraine, citizens are in the streets protesting what they charge is a fixed election. U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell expresses this nation's concern about apparent voting irregularities. The media give the dispute around-the-clock coverage. But in the United States, massive and systemic voter irregularities go unreported and unnoticed. Ohio is this election year's Florida. The vote in Ohio decided the presidential race, but it was marred by intolerable, and often partisan, irregularities and discrepancies. U.S. citizens have as much reason as those in Kiev to be concerned that the fix was in."
Black Box Voting Sues Fla. Elections Supervisor (blackboxvoting.org) "Consumer Protection For Elections: Black Box Voting files lawsuit against Palm Beach County Elections Division --Failure to provide public records request in a timely manner --Black Box Voting has filed a lawsuit to require Palm Beach County Supervisor of Elections Teresa La [GOP Whore] Pore to turn over the public records request filed by Black Box Voting on Nov. 2, 2004. The records request contains vital diagnostic audit documents which will be used to audit and verify the accuracy of the Palm Beach County election results from Nov. 2, 2004. Thirteen more Florida counties, and up to 80 Ohio counties, are scheduled for similar litigation shortly, if they fail to comply... Case no. 50 2004 CA 011167 XXXX MB Filed Nov. 30 2004"
Voters to challenge US election --George Bush's victory in the US presidential election will be challenged in Ohio's supreme court today, when a group of Democratic voters will allege widespread fraud.
Kerry Team Seeks to Join Fight to Get Ohio County to Recount --Sen. John F. Kerry's presidential campaign asked an Ohio judge yesterday to allow it to join a legal fight there over whether election officials in one county may sit out the state's impending recount.
Nearly a Month Later, Ohio Fight Goes On --Nearly a month after John Kerry conceded Ohio to Dictator Bush, complaints and challenges about the balloting are mounting as activists including the Rev. Jesse Jackson demand closer scrutiny to ensure the votes are being counted on the up-and-up.
Ohio counties end official ballot counts --Ohio counties finished certifying votes in the presidential race Wednesday, and the results showed that election officials accepted about 77 percent of the provisional ballots that were cast. Carlo LoParo, a spokesman for [Bush/Cheney 2004 Ohio co-Chair/Secretary of State, J. Kenneth] Blackwell's office, said there will be no available breakdown of how many provisionals went to Bush or Kerry. [Why not?]
Ohio tally fit for Ukraine --by Juan Gonzalez "Voter fraud in the Ukraine? Give me a break. We learned, for example, that an additional 93,000 voters had gone to the polls yet machines had registered no preference of theirs for President. Only a manual recount can tell us for sure what happened to those 93,000 ballots. Then, red-faced election officials in Franklin County admitted a computer error on Election Night had tallied 4,258 votes for Bush in a precinct where only 638 people voted. That correction alone will drop Bush's margin by 3,620. And now Daily News reporter Larry Cohler-Esses and I have uncovered some more unusual vote totals, this time in black neighborhoods of Cleveland. Those results are from the precinct-by-precinct tallies released by the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections, where Cleveland is located. In the 4th Ward on Cleveland's East Side, for example, two fringe presidential candidates did surprisingly well."
Bush's Ohio 'Win' Was Closer Than Thought --Dictator Bush's 'victory' over John Kerry in Ohio was closer than the unofficial election night totals showed, but the change is not enough to trigger an automatic recount, according to county-by-county results provided to The Associated Press on Friday.
Arrests expected in voter fraud probe (OH) Charges are expected in an ongoing probe of voter registration fraud in Summit County. Board of Elections Director Bryan Williams on Wednesday told board members he was given an update of the investigation from the county sheriff's office.
Democrats launch investigation of voting problems in Ohio --The Democratic Party said Monday it will examine reports of voting problems in Ohio, where Dictator Bush's 'victory' clinched his re-selection. Outgoing Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe said the party will spend "whatever it takes" to study complaints from Ohio voters that included uncounted votes, long lines, shortages of ballots, understaffed polling stations and voting machine errors.
Board awaits state followup (OH) Auglaize County Board of Election members say they have not heard any more from the state regarding a possible investigation after receiving notice of being placed on administrative oversight last week. "Absolutely nothing," board member Diana Hausfeld said in a telephone interview Wednesday afternoon when asked if the board had received any information about the investigation.
Hand Recount Starts in Wash. Gov. Race --A recount by hand of 2.9 million votes began Wednesday to determine the winner of the closest gubernatorial race in state history.
Candidates Officially Request Ohio Recount --With support from John Kerry's campaign, two third-party candidates for president officially asked on Tuesday for a recount in Ohio.
The Conyers Hearing --blog by William Rivers Pitt "On Thursday 02 December, Democratic Representative John Conyers, Jr. of Michigan, ranking Minority member of the House Judiciary Committee, sent a letter to Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell outlining a long series of voting irregularities in Ohio during the Presidential election last month. The factual data in that letter, combined with information that has since been brought to light, is the subject of the hearing Conyers and fellow Judiciary Democrats are holding on Wednesday 08 December"
In Cleveland as in Kiev --by Jesse Jackson "In the Ukraine, citizens are in the streets protesting what they charge is a fixed election. Secretary of State Colin Powell expresses this nation's concern about apparent voting irregularities. The media give the dispute around-the-clock coverage. But in the United States, massive and systemic voter irregularities go unreported and unnoticed. Ohio is this election year's Florida. The vote in Ohio decided the presidential race, but it was marred by intolerable, and often partisan, irregularities and discrepancies. US citizens have as much reason as those in Kiev to be concerned that the fix was in."
Doubts Persist About Election Results --As the Electoral College prepares to certify Dictator Bush's re-selection on Monday, concerns persist about the integrity of the nation's voting system - particularly in Ohio, where details continue to emerge of technology failures, voter confusion and overcrowded polling stations in minority and poor neighborhoods.
Why history demands an Ohio revote --by Harvey Wasserman & Bob Fitrakis --"Opponents of a recount and revote in Ohio say the first won't change the election's outcome and the second is unwarranted... Various Republican minions complain that a full recount of the Ohio vote will cost upwards of $1.5 million and won't shift the state from George W. Bush to John Kerry. But that money represents less than 0.1% of the $200 billion minimum figure the Bush Administration will spend to 'bring democracy to Iraq.'"
Blackwell Locks Out Recount Volunteers --Blackwell Locks Down Ohio Voting Records --Ohio Election Investigation Thwarted by Surprise Blackwell Order - Dayton, Ohio (fairnessbybeckerman.blogspot.com) "On Friday December 10 two certified volunteers for the Ohio Recount team assigned to Greene County were in process recording voting information from minority precincts in Greene County, and were stopped mid-count by a surprise order from Secretary of State Blackwell’s office. The Director Board of Elections stated that 'all voter records for the state of Ohio were 'locked-down,' and now they are not considered public records.'"
GOP surfed for voters at work --Business groups picked Ohio two years ago as the first place to fully deploy a new tactic for turning out Republican votes in the 2004 election. Managers at more than 50,000 companies in Ohio urged employees to vote, while trying to coax them in e-mails to look at customized internal Web sites rating politicians' votes on business issues, a project leader said. 'I spent a lot of time looking in Ohio, and a lot of time looking in Florida.' --Karl Rove, interview with Chris Snow (Fox [Faux] News Sunday), November 7, 2004. [Looking?!? That's not *all* you did, whackjob!!]
ES&S Operative Had Access to Ohio Ballot Computer --In a letter dated Oct. 21, Ken Nuss, former deputy director of the Auglaize County Board of Elections, claimed that Joe McGinnis, a former employee of Election Systems and Software (ES&S), the company that provides the voting system in Auglaize County, was on the main computer that is used to create the ballot and compile election results, which would go against election protocol. Nuss claimed in the letter that McGinnis was allowed to use the computer the weekend of Oct. 16. Nuss, who resigned from his job Oct. 21 after being suspended for a day, was responsible for overseeing the computerized programming of election software, according to his job description. His resignation is effective Nov. 11.
to CLG, Nov. 6, 2004:
Ohio County: More Votes Than Voters --Cuyahoga County Precincts (americans4america) "Each precinct in Cuyahoga County, Ohio Highlighted areas represent 90% (very, VERY unlikely) and higher (up to 1160.78%) voter TURN-OUT! 29 are above 100% Calculated from data on county page --(Ballots Cast/Registered Voters) *100 = per cent turn out. Ballots Cast SHOULD NEVER be more than Registered, thus % should NEVER be higher than 100% This amounts to 93,136 EXTRA votes beyond 100% in those precincts! This is just for ONE county!"
In one precinct, Bush's tally was supersized by a computer glitch --A computer error involving one voting-machine cartridge gave Dictator Bush 3,893 extra votes in a Gahanna precinct. Franklin County’s unofficial results gave Bush 4,258 votes to Democratic challenger John Kerry’s 260 votes in Precinct 1B, which votes at New Life Church on Stygler Road. Records show only 638 voters cast ballots in that precinct. ...Gahanna Precinct 1B has three voting machines. After the polling station closed, the cartridges were taken to a computerized reading station. When one of the cartridges from the precinct was plugged into a reader, it generated the faulty number. The reader also recorded zero votes in the race between Arlene Shoemaker and Paula Brooks for county commissioner.
Ohio Is Set to Reckon With Outstanding Ballots --Ohio election officials said Monday that they would begin this week the final count of 155,428 provisional ballots and an unknown number of overseas absentee ballots that were cast in the presidential election. ...On Friday, officials in Franklin County - which includes state capital Columbus - acknowledged that they may have improperly counted votes for Bush because of a touch-screen 'voting' system malfunction. A precinct in the county reported that a 4,000-vote margin won by Bush appeared to exceed the number of registered voters. The touch-screen system in Franklin County is among the oldest and least reliable electronic voting machines in use, said David Dill, a Stanford University computer expert. Based on reports that Dill's organization - Verified Voting.org - has received, one precinct in Youngstown, Ohio, recorded a negative 25 million votes, which was discarded from official results. And it was widely reported after Nov. 2 that a North Carolina precinct lost 4,000 votes when a recording device used up all its memory but voters continued to cast ballots on the machine.
Electronic Voting Angst --by Keith Olbermann "In 29 precincts there [Cuyahoga County, Ohio], the County’s website shows, we had the most unexpected results in years: more votes than voters. I’ll repeat that: more votes than voters. 93,000 more votes than voters. Oops. Talk about successful get-out-the-vote campaigns! What a triumph for democracy in Fairview Park, twelve miles west of downtown Cleveland. Only 13,342 registered voters there, but they cast 18,472 votes. Vote early! Vote often!" [A must read]
so the sorting and discarding of Kerry votes begins --by Bob
Fitrakis "Are the provisional ballots
in Ohio being thrown out? A new rule for counting provisional
ballots in Cuyahoga County, Ohio was implemented on Tuesday, November
9 at approximately 2:30 in the afternoon, according to election
observer Victoria Lovegren. The new ruling in Cuyahoga County mandates
that provisional ballots in yellow packets must be 'Rejected' if there
is no 'date of birth' on the packet. The Free Press obtained
copies of the original 'Provisional Verification Procedure' from Cuyahoga
County which stated 'Date of birth is not mandatory and should not reject
a provisional ballot.' The original procedure required the voter’s
name, address and a signature that matched the signature in the county’s
Kerry attorneys investigating Ohio vote count --Lawyers for the John Kerry campaign are on what they call a fact-finding mission in Ohio, where the Democratic candidate 'lost' by 136,000 votes. The lawyers don't plan to challenge the election results but they want to make sure all of the estimated 155,000 provisional ballots cast Nov. 2 are counted, the Cleveland Plain Dealer said.
Kerry campaign scrutinizes Ohio --Checks provisional ballots, other issues --Lawyers with John Kerry's presidential campaign are gathering information from Ohio election boards about uncounted ballots and other unresolved issues from last week's 'election.' Attorneys say they are not trying to challenge the election [Why not?] but are only carrying out Kerry's promise to make sure that all the votes in Ohio are counted.
Kerry Won Ohio --Just Count the Ballots At the Back of the Bus --Most voters in Ohio chose Kerry. Here's how the votes vanished. --by Greg Palast "This February, Ken Blackwell, Ohio's Secretary of State, told his State Senate President, 'The possibility of a close election with punch cards as the state’s primary voting device invites a Florida-like calamity.' Blackwell, co-chair of Bush-Cheney reelection campaign, wasn't warning his fellow Republican of disaster, but boasting of an opportunity to bring in Ohio for Team Bush no matter what the voters wanted. And most voters in Ohio wanted JFK, not GWB. But their choice won't count because their votes won't be counted. The ballots that add up to a majority for John Kerry in Ohio -- and in New Mexico -- are locked up in two Republican hidey-holes: 'spoiled' ballots and 'provisional' ballots. --OHIO SPOILED ROTTEN --American democracy has a dark little secret. In a typical presidential election, two million ballots are simply chucked in the garbage, marked 'spoiled' and not counted."
Ohio voters tell of Election Day troubles at hearing --Tales of waiting more than five hours to vote, voter intimidation, under-trained polling-station workers and too few or broken voting machines largely in urban or heavily minority areas were retold Saturday at a public hearing organized by voter-rights groups. For three hours, burdened voters, one after another, offered sworn testimony about Election Day voter suppression and irregularities that they believe are threatening democracy.
Document reveals Columbus, Ohio voters waited hours as election officials held back machines --by Bob Fitrakis "Cliff Arnebeck, a Common Cause attorney, introduced into the record the Franklin County Board of Elections spreadsheet detailing the allocation of e-voting computer machines for the 2004 election. The Board of Elections’ own document records that, while voters waited in lines ranging from 2-7 hours at polling places, 68 electronic voting machines remained in storage and were never used on Election Day.
Ohio To Go Through Statewide Vote Recount After All --A statewide recount of the presidential vote appears inevitable after a pair of third-party candidates said they have collected enough money to pay for it. The recount would be conducted after the election results are certified in early December.
asking for a recount in Ohio
are demanding that (chair of Bush's re-selection
campaign in Ohio) J. Kenneth Blackwell recuse
himself from his role of being the tie breaker that will
decide whether many provisional ballots will be discarded or counted.
3 more counties report errors --Franklin Co. equipment trouble wasn't an isolated incident --Franklin County isn't the only Indiana county that had programming troubles with optical scan voting equipment this year. Ripley, Brown and Carroll counties each had a different problem, ranging from handcounting a race because the software program didn't comply with Indiana law to 63 unvoted ballots in one precinct, according to the scanner's tally tape.
Ohio hearings show massive GOP vote manipulation, but where the hell are the Democrats & John Kerry? --by Harvey Wasserman "Columbus, Ohio---Hour after hour the testimonies are the same: angry Ohioans telling of vicious Republican manipulation and de facto intimidation that disenfranchised tens of thousands and probably cost the Democrats the election... An escalating avalanche of evidence indicates a true vote count would have thrown Bush out of the White House. But once again, the Democrats have dissed the grassroots. Once again, a candidate who promised democracy has disappeared with barely a whimper in the face of those who would destroy it. His silence has allowed an orgy of media bloviation in homage to a bigoted, war-crazed America that, if it won at all, took this election not by national consensus, but by the Rovian staples of dirty tricks and voter suppression."
Oops! Election Officials Find Possible Double Votes, Ballots Counted Twice --Election officials in two Ohio counties have discovered possible cases of people voting twice in the presidential election, and a third county found that about 2,600 ballots were double-counted.
Watchdog group requests Volusia vote tallies --An activist group investigating possible irregularities in the Nov. 2 election requested copies of all Volusia County voter tallies Wednesday. It took county elections employees most of the day to complete the job, started at the request of Bev Harris of Black Box Voting.
More Ohio voter suppression testimony prompts upcoming legal filing for statewide recount (freepress.org) As transcribed testimony from citizens denied their right to vote November 2 has become public, a coalition of public interest lawyers says it will initiate a legal filing demanding a statewide recount.
First Hand Reports from Ohio Volunteers --by "ctsteve" --"RNC 'workers' were in our hotel. They were not there to do literature drops, canvas, or to make sure that people knew where their polling places were, as we were. One of them tried to infiltrate one of our hotel rooms (I removed him) to gather information on our activities. He and another RNC lawyer followed some of the canvassers the next day to try to intimidate them, telling them that they were 'putting them on notice, that what they were doing was breaking federal law' (among other more vile things)..."
Ohio Presidential Results to be Challenged (freepress.org) Ohio’s 2004 presidential vote will be challenged as soon as next week in the state Supreme Court, a coalition of public-interest lawyers announced Friday. The lawyers have taken sworn testimony from hundreds of people in hearings in Columbus and Cincinnati, and will use excerpts as well as documents obtained from county election officials and Election Day exit polls to make a case that thousands of votes were incorrectly counted or not counted on Election Day.
93,000 Extra Votes In Cuyahoga County - Outrage In Ohio (Nov. 12, 2004) by Teed Rockwell "The evidence discovered by some remarkably careful sleuthing would convince any reasonable court to invalidate the entire Ohio election. In last Tuesday's election, 29 precincts in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, reported votes cast IN EXCESS of the number of registered voters - at least 93,136 extra votes total. And the numbers are right there on the official Cuyahoga County Board of Elections website..."
Ohio Dems join recount effort --by Keith Olbermann "'Kerry/Edwards Campaign Joins Ohio Recount.' ...The statement ends nearly three weeks of official Democratic ambivalence towards the formal recount process in the election's decisive state. As late as Friday, Senator Kerry's email to 3,000,000 supporters contained a seemingly ambiguous reference to that process, which began with the phrase 'Regardless of the outcome of this election, once all the votes are counted, and believe me they will be counted, we will continue to challenge the administration.'"
8,099 Cuyahoga ballots ruled invalid (OH) The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections voted Monday to reject one out of three of the 24,472 provisional ballots cast in the Nov. 2 election. Seventy percent of the rejected ballots, or 5,595, won't count because there was no record of their registration. "I find it inconceivable that over 5,000 voters in the county would wait an hour in the pouring rain to vote if they haven't registered," said Dr. Norm Robbins, a neurosciences professor at Case Western Reserve University who volunteered for the Greater Cleveland Voter Registration Coalition.
Ohio Democrats Offer Support for Recount Effort --The Ohio Democratic Party announced this week that it is supporting a third-party-led effort to force the battleground state to recount its presidential vote. The organization, whose decision is expected to give more legitimacy to the recount push, complained that Ohio voters faced long lines at the polls Nov. 2, that some voting machines malfunctioned and that some absentee ballots were never delivered.
Judge Denies Demand for Ohio Recount --A federal judge on Tuesday denied a request by third-party presidential candidates who wanted to force a recount of Ohio ballots even before the official count was finished. Judge James G. Carr in Toledo ruled that the candidates have a right under Ohio law to a recount, but said it can wait. The judge wrote that he saw no reason to interfere with the final stages of Ohio's electoral process. [Why does democracy have to 'wait?' Why aren't people building toward the second American Revolution, in order to undo the (second) coup?]
Alone in Ohio, officials cited homeland security --Warren's vote tally walled off --Citing concerns about potential terrorism [?!!?], Warren County officials locked down the county administration building on election night and blocked anyone from observing the vote count as the nation awaited Ohio's returns. County officials say they took the action Tuesday night for homeland security, although state elections officials said they didn't know of any other Ohio county that closed off its elections board. Media organizations protested, saying it violated the law and the public's rights. The Warren results, delayed for hours because of long lines that extended voting past the scheduled close of polls, were part of the last tallies that helped clinch Dictator Bush's re-selection. [The only *terrorists* are Karl 'Goebbels' Rove and the Bush regime, who have stolen a *second* election!!!]
Ohio Whitewash --Basic report from Columbus From a lawyer who was in there in Ohio. --by Ray Beckerman "I worked for 3 days, including Election Day, on the statewide voter protection hotline run by the Ohio Democratic Party in Columbus, Ohio. I am writing this because the media is inexplicably whitewashing what happened in Ohio, and Kerry's concession was likewise inexplicable. Hundreds of thousands of people were disenfranchised in Ohio. People waited on line for as long as 10 hours. It appears to have only happened in Democratic-leaning precincts, principally (a) precincts where many African Americans lived, and (b) precincts near colleges... Touch screen voting machines in Youngstown OH were registering 'George W. Bush' when people pressed 'John F. Kerry' ALL DAY LONG. This was reported immediately after the polls opened, and reported over and over again throughout the day, and yet the bogus machines were inexplicably kept in use THROUGHOUT THE DAY."
Glitch [Rove's Brownshirts] gave Bush extra votes in Ohio --Rove's Brownshirts ['An error with an electronic voting system'] gave Dictator Bush 3,893 extra votes in suburban Columbus, elections officials said. Franklin County's unofficial results had Bush receiving 4,258 votes to Democrat John Kerry's 260 votes in a precinct in Gahanna. Records show only 638 voters cast ballots in that precinct. Bush actually received 365 votes in the precinct, Matthew Damschroder, director of the Franklin County Board of Elections, told The Columbus Dispatch.
"We're ready, we're on the field and we're armed," Mark Weaver, Ohio GOP lawyer [Remember, Weaver, that can cut both ways...] 20 Crucial Electoral Votes May Be Stuck in Limbo -- Clear Winner Could Take Weeks to Determine --Ohio emerged as the key battleground late yesterday, as the race for president narrowed to depend heavily on the outcome of balloting that will not be known for as many as three weeks and could be the focus of intense litigation. With 20 electoral votes and an estimated 5.8 million voters swarming the polls, the blue-collar bastion turned out to be as closely fought as many Democrats and Republicans had predicted. ... Mark Weaver, a lawyer for the Ohio GOP, said the party also filed a federal lawsuit in Cincinnati asking for uniform standards in counting provisional ballots... "We're ready, we're on the field and we're armed," Weaver said.
Oops! More fuzzy math in Ohio... Franklin County, Ohio --A total of 638 votes were cast in the precinct: Bush received 4258 of them, Kerry got 260. See page 23 of the 'Unofficial Abstract of Votes - General Election - November 2, 2004, Franklin County, Ohio Offices.' UPDATE! November 5, 2004: [A new link for the information in now on their site, different from the original.] contact information: firstname.lastname@example.org. Email GOP Ohio Secretary of State, J. Kenneth Blackwell's office: email@example.com. Oh. Be sure to call Blackwell, too: 614-466-3910. [Update, November 8: Page 23 is back, and the original link works again.]
Ohio Stolen (blog entry, gnn.tv) 2004-11-03 16:26:30 "Greg Palast and Randi Rhodes reported today that the state of Ohio was stolen by the Republicans in election 2004. Ohio was the critical state that tipped the balance, giving the presidency to Bush. Turns out one County in Ohio, equipped with Diebold electronic voting machines, reported NEGATIVE 25,000 votes. Wha?!? That’s what at least one election official in Ohio said. The votes from that County are lost. Not counted. GONE!"
Rove Brownshirts busy in Ohio: Court OKs Party Challengers [GOP Intimidators] at Ohio Polls --A federal appeals court has cleared the way for challengers [GOP intimidators] to be present at polling places in Ohio, ruling early Tuesday that their presence on Election Day is allowed under state law. A three-judge panel of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 to grant emergency stays of two federal judges' orders Monday that barred political parties' voter challengers in Ohio. The judges also consolidated the two cases. [Democrats, bring your hammers!! Do NOT let the Reichwing whackjobs intimidate you at the polls!!!]
Rebuffing G.O.P., 2 Judges Bar Challengers at Polls in Ohio --In a double blow to the Republicans on the final day of campaigning in the presidential race, two federal judges today barred challengers representing any political party from polling places in Ohio during Tuesday's election. In a similar case, United States District Judge John R. Adams of Akron said poll workers should be the ones who determine if voters are eligible. The state Republican Party had challenged 35,000 registrations because mail to those addresses came back undelivered. Democrats said the Republicans were trying to keep the poor and minorities, who move more often, from voting. [Another GOP frivolous lawsuit!! Note: This decision was overruled early Tuesday morning, see above item.]
Judges Bar Party Challengers at Ohio Polls --Two federal judges on Monday barred parties from posting challengers at polling places throughout Ohio, saying poll workers, not outsiders, should determine voter eligibility. State Republicans planned to appeal. An order by U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott of Cincinnati found that the application of Ohio's statute allowing challengers at polling places was unconstitutional. In a similar case, U.S. District Judge John Adams of Akron said poll workers are the ones to determine if voters are eligible.
Judge Bars Challengers From Polling Places --A federal judge in Cincinnati today barred political party challengers at polling places throughout Ohio. In another legal setback for Republicans, U.S. District Judge Susan Dlott ruled that the presence of challengers inexperienced in the electoral process would impede voting on Tuesday.
Challenged Voters Speak Out --Two University of Toledo psychology professors believe challenges to their voter registrations just days before the election are politically motivated.
Tight Race May Cause Recount --If Ohio's presidential vote is as close as polls predict, the result may not be known for two weeks. It may be longer if there's a recount.
6 News Groups Sue Ohio Elections Chief --Six national news organizations filed a federal lawsuit Monday seeking additional access at the polls on Election Day. ABC, CNN, CBS, Fox News, NBC and The Associated Press sued Ohio Secretary of State [and Reichwing whackjob] Kenneth Blackwell over a policy that would prevent exit polling within 100 feet of a voting place.
from CLG reader (October 31, 2004)
Kerry wins key battleground of Pennsylvania --Fewer problems than expected amid reports of heavy turnout --NBC News projects that Sen. John Kerry has won Pennsylvania.
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