Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Conyers Conducted Hearing on Voting Irregularities in Ohio

Here is a short interview with Cliff Arnebeck, Chair of Common Cause Ohio and attorney with The Alliance for Democracy, who was present and testified at the Conyers Hearing on Voting Irregularities in Ohio today. Here is a list of attendees. Noah, at Nero Fiddled, has posted a good review of the hearings and lots of links about it. The entire three-hour hearing may be found here, when it works. There is also a thirty-minute highlights video here. I highly encourage you to take the time to at least watch the abbreviated version. It should not be missed. Thank you for the links Noah.

Prof. Steven Freeman of the University of Pennsylvania, whose election night exit polling analysis showed that the odds of exit polls in the critical states of Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania all being so far off were roughly 662,000 to 1, continues to stand by his statement. Freeman says, that he will be releasing a second paper this week that will be even more controversial. “That paper, he says, analyzes the different explanations given for the discrepancy - such as the contention by Republicans that Bush supporters disproportionately refused to respond to the pollsters.”

Freeman says he “was feeling pretty darn good on Monday. Although the major media virtually ignored his paper when it first came out, CNN, USA Today and The Washington Post have all requested interviews in recent days, he says. What's more, the Rev. Jesse Jackson and former Democratic candidate Dennis Kucinich have both mentioned Freeman's paper while joining Green Party presidential candidate David Cobb in demanding a recount of the Ohio vote.”

Here is a story from Slate on October 21, 2004 noting that the Bush campaign was ignoring the campaign in Ohio, stating that they were confident of a win, although the polls showed a tight race. The article states: “'The Bush campaign is confident it can win the state; as if to prove its comfort level, today marks 14 days since the Republican president last set foot in Ohio,' Cleveland's Plain Dealer wrote this past Saturday. By the time Bush arrives in Canton tomorrow, he'll have gone 19 days without campaigning in the Buckeye State. His last stop here was in Cuyahoga Falls on Oct. 2.” I wonder what they knew? Could it be that they knew the system was rigged? Naaahhh!

Read this transcript from Greg Palast speaking at the New York Society for Ethical Culture on December 7, 2004 regarding Apartheid Ballot Counting System in America.

Here is a good rundown of facts regarding election irregularities, entitled 20 Amazing Facts About Voting In The United States.

The story of a programmer who claims that the GOP requested and obtained vote-tampering software has been picking up steam. The programmer, Clinton Curtis, "has signed an affidavit to the US House Judiciary Committee detailing explosive allegations accusing Congressman Tom Feeney (R-FL) of requesting the development of software which would allow vote totals to be altered."

Finally, another good read from our heroes at The Free Press noting, "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."

To close, I quoted Gandhi at the end of my Monday post. Today at the Conyers hearing, John Bonifaz, Attorney, National Voting Rights Institute, ended with the same quote and the following statement:

"Mohandas Gandhi once said:
'First they ignore you.
Then they laugh at you.
Then they fight you.
Then you win.'"

"The are no longer ignoring us.
They are no longer laughing at us.
They are fighting us now.
And we're going to win."


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