Sunday, January 30, 2005

Republican Justice?

The AP posted an article describing Blackwell’s attempt to sanction the four lawyers (Cliff Arnebeck, Robert Fitrakis, Susan Truitt and Peter Peckarsky) that challenged the Ohio election results: Election challengers defend selves.

Cliff Arnebeck stated that Ohio Attorney General Petro’s and Secretary of State Blackwell (who are both Republicans) request for sanctions was “frivolous and motivated by partisan politics.”

"The attorney general seeks to engage a Republican justice to carry out a partisan Republican plan to suppress dissent and the right to petition government for redress of grievances through the court system," Arnebeck wrote.

The Arizona Daily Star, in an article entitled: Counties inconsistent in provisional-vote rules, reports:

About 5 percent of Arizona's voters - 101,536 of them, to be exact - had some trouble voting in the 2004 election, and 27,878 of them had their "provisional" votes thrown out.

The No. 1 reason for ballot rejection is that voters went to the wrong polling place.

Kansas City infoZine, in Texas Court Orders Voting Examiners' Meetings Opened to Public, notes:

A Texas court ruled today that state voting examiners may no longer bar the public from their meetings. In the case, ACLU of Texas v. Connor, the plaintiffs argued that the Texas Open Meetings Act should apply to meetings of the voting examiners. These meetings are used to decide what kinds of electronic voting machines will be used in upcoming elections. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) was co-counsel in the case."

The court rightly rejected Texas' policy of shutting the public out of the processes for selecting voting technologies. The need for public trust in our election systems cannot be overstated, and this is a terrific step forward for the voters of Texas," said EFF Staff Attorney Matt Zimmerman.

Lastly, check out this great Velvet Revolution post from Andy Stephenson, beginning:

I am just back from the Progressive Democrats of America Conference in Washington. The trip was a very productive and the consensus coming from that is, that we all believe that a paper ballot is the first step in a larger battle for election reform. This is the beginning of a new Voting Rights Movement … and we are all on the front lines because democracy, itself, depends on us.


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