Thursday, December 16, 2004

Tampering of Ohio Voting Equipment Heats Up Investigation and Suits

Keith Olbermann interviewed Representative Conyers last night on Countdown. Conyers said that he and other members of Congress are considering a formal challenge of the Ohio slate of electors when the votes are opened at a joint session of Congress on January 6, 2004. Click the hyperlink on the first sentence of this page to view the video.

Conyers also requested an FBI investigation into the actions of a voting equipment manufacturer in Hocking County, Ohio, where machines were tampered with in violation of two federal laws, and as many as four state statutes.

The lawsuit filed by Cliff Arnebeck, from The Alliance for Democracy, to overturn the election results was thrown out by the Ohio Supreme Court today for addressing two cases, where only one is allowed per lawsuit under Ohio State law. Arnebeck plans to split the suits and refile as early as tomorrow. Also more about tampering. Check out the Countdown video from today addressing both of these topics.

Senator Kerry's state counsel for Ohio has issued a letter to Ohio Republican Secretary of State and Bush-Cheney '04 chair Kenneth Blackwell demanding an official investigation into voting machine tampering in Hocking County.

The lawyers for Green presidential candidate David Cobb and Libertarian presidential candidate Michael Badnarik, along with Kerry-Edwards 2004 have added election tampering to a civil suit filed against the state of Ohio over problems with the state's recount.

And finally, Text of Letter from Rep. Conyers to FBI Special Agent in Charge Kevin R. Brock and Hocking County, Ohio Prosecutor Larry Beal Requesting Investigation Into Alleged Ohio Election Problems, specifically dealing with the aforementioned machine tampering.

The letter begins:
"As part of the Democratic staff's investigation into irregularities in the 2004 election and following up on a lead provided to me by Green Party Presidential Candidate, David Cobb, I have learned that Sherole Eaton, a Deputy Director of Board of Elections in Hocking County,Ohio, has first hand knowledge of inappropriate and likely illegal election tampering in the Ohiopresidential election in violation of federal and state law. I have information that similar actionsof this nature may be occurring in other counties in Ohio. I am therefore asking that youimmediately investigate this alleged misconduct and that, among other things, you consider theimmediate impoundment of election machinery to prevent any further tampering."


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