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Tuesday, March 9, 2010

You Cant Have Democracy Without Free Elections and a Free Press

Mark Crispin Miller wrote an article for The Free Press on July 24, 2005, summarized by Mary Anne Saucier. The article is at: http://www.freepress.org/departments/display/19/2005/1383

None dare call it stolen - Ohio, the election, and America's servile press

In the article Mr. Miller lists the copious evidence pointing to a stolen election, easily available on the web or in paperback, from Michigan Representative John Conyers’ report, Preserving Democracy: What Went Wrong in Ohio. More than dirty tricks, it covers “the run-up to the election, the election itself, and the post-election cover-up,” listing “specific violations of the U.S. and Ohio constitutions, the Voting Rights Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1968, the National Voter Registration Act, and the Help America Vote Act.”

The Conyers report details the disenfranchisement of Democrats through “intentional misconduct and illegal behavior, much of it involving Secretary of State J. Kenneth Blackwell, the co-chair of the Bush-Cheney campaign in Ohio.”

* There was unequal placement of voting machines [apparently to favor Republican districts].

* County boards of elections were ordered to reject all Ohio voter-registration forms not printed on white, uncoated paper of not less than 80 lb. text weight. [Making it easier to pick and choose which registrations to reject]

* “Caging”was used to challenge 35,000 individuals who did not sign for registered letters sent to new voters.

* There was restriction of media from covering the election and conducting exit polls.

* There was a prearranged FBI terrorist attack warning in Warren County which kept reporters from observing a post-election ballot-counting.

* In Cuyahoga and Franklin Counties, “the arrows on the absentee ballots were not properly aligned with their respective punch holes, so that countless votes were miscast.”

* In Mercer County, 4000 votes were mysteriously not in the final count.

* In Lucas County a polling place never opened because no one had the key.

* In Hamilton County, many absentee voters could not vote for Kerry because his name was not on the ballot.

* In Mahoning County 25 electronic machines were found to change Kerry votes to Bush.

* Dirty tricks included:
Telling voters to go to false polling places;
Telling Democrats were to vote on November 3;
Volunteers offered to take absentee ballots to the election office;
Voters were challenged to prove eligibility to vote.
The “Texas Strike Force” (25 people registered at a Franklin County Holiday Inn, paid by the Republican Party) threatened targeted people from a pay phone, if they voted.

* On December 13, 2004, it was reported by Deputy Director of Hocking County Elections Sherole Eaton, that a Triad GSI employee had changed the computer that operated the tabulating machine, and had “advised election officials how to manipulate voting machinery to ensure that preliminary hand recount matched the machine count.” This same Triad employee said he worked on machines in Lorain, Muskingum, Clark, Harrison, and Guernsey counties.

[Not only does it appear the election was stolen, our corporate media totally ignored the discrepancies. mo]

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