Friday, December 17, 2004

Refiling Reviling

One day after the Ohio Supreme Court threw out his voting fraud case on the grounds that two challenges cannot be filed in the same complaint, Cliff Arnebeck, of the Alliance for Democracy, refiled his case today after making the necessary corrections to appease the court.

“Coincidently,” Chief Justice Thomas Moyer, who dismissed the complaint, is also named as a defendant in the case. Justice Moyer, who ran on the Bush/Cheney ticket, has refused to recuse himself from the case, as would be appropriately ethical to guard against any appearance of impropriety. There is clearly a conflict of interest.

949 new votes have been uncovered in the Ohio recount, pointing to the liklihood of uncovering tens of thousands of new votes in an entire state recount.

And in Washington State Governor’s race, a judge today granted a state Republican Party request to block the counting of 723 recently discovered, heavily Democratic, King County ballots. The state Democratic Party has vowed to appeal the case to the Washington State Supreme Court.

These ballots are clearly legitimate and should be counted in the name of fairness, so that voters are not disenfranchised simply because there absentee signatures were not properly encoded into the computer database for ease of comparison. The actual signatures are on file and simple to validate manually.

I say lets get this count right, no matter how long it takes. I am absolutely mystified how we can take as much time as is necessary to get a state governor’s race correct, but we have to know who the President of the United States is within hours (or minutes) after the polls close. Go figure…

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