Monday, February 07, 2005

Bogus Ballots

Bogus - Counterfeit or fake; not genuine: bogus money; bogus tasks. Yahoo! Dictionary

Beware of folks who call the truth 'sour grapes' when it gets in the way of their agenda. Counterfeit or fake results were used to certify the 2004 election in Bush-Cheney’s favor.

George Bush, the current president of the United States of America is bogus. The State of the Union was bogus because the man elected president based on winning the highest number of qualified electoral votes was not giving the address. The Ohio election was so corrupt it should have been disqualified. That the Ohio vote was not disqualified speaks to the level of corruption in the U.S. federal government. The blessing is we learned which elected and appointed officials stand with the people, and which stand with the corrupt federal government.

The evidence is powerful enough that if the Black American victims of this vote fraud were White Americans, it would evoke a cry so loud that it would send a shutter down the spine of America.

As you will learn when you read the report submitted to congress about the election, Jim Crow is alive and well. There are pictures of him in Ohio. He’s seen in the average 4-5 hour lines much of the time outdoors in bad weather, to vote in Black Democratic communities while it took 10 minutes to vote in others.

Our shattered democracy is in need of healing.

Please, read the compelling material presented to congress challenging the Ohio electors titled PRESERVING DEMOCRACY: WHAT WENT WRONG IN OHIO, Status Report of the House Judiciary Committee Democratic Staff. This 102 page report offers documentation on just how bad the system is broken and who is benefiting, using Ohio as an example. Share what you have learned and demand that your elected and appointed officials know that the people demand truth in the election process.

Preserving Democracy proves that there were so many voting problems in Ohio during the presidential election of 2004, it is impossible to get an accurate count. One person one vote is no longer how the president is chosen. The emperor is naked for all to see who choose to look at the evidence.

Preserving Democracy reveals many areas where the election in Ohio is seriously flawed: Conflicts of Interest; Voting Machine Placement – Pro Bush-Cheney; Spoiled Votes; Faulty Machines and Hanging Chads; Voter Intimidation and Mis-information; Disenfranchised Hundreds of Thousands of Ohio Citizens; Criminal Actions; and Computer Voting companies, Diebold and Triad, with ties to Bush-Cheney, castrating hundreds of thousands of votes.

Are we free or not? Does our vote count or not? Whose vote is slated to be stolen next? Like America learned while ignoring the CIA induced crack epidemic in the 1980’s, what happens in the Black community eventually makes it all through the country. Here’s a sampling of what you will learn in the report. I’ve kept footnote references in the quotes.

Secretary of State and Co-Chair of the Bush Cheney Ohio campaign, J. Kenneth Blackwell - Or the voting referee is the captain of one of the playing teams.

1. Voting Machine Placement – Pro Bush-Cheney

“There was a wide discrepancy between the availability of voting machines in more minority, Democratic and urban areas as compared to more Republican, suburban and exurban areas. Even on election day, urban areas were hard pressed to receive the critical machines to respond to the ever lengthening lines. According to a Washington Post investigation, “in Columbus, Cincinnati and Toledo, and on college campuses, election officials allocated far too few voting machines to busy precincts, with the result that voters stood on line as long as 10 hours – many leaving without voting.”79 Moreover, the Election Protection Coalition testified that more than half of the complaints about long lines they received “came from Columbus and Cleveland where a huge portion of the state’s Democratic voters live.” (page 24)

2. Spoiled Votes Faulty Machines and Hanging Chads

“Voters reported bizarre “glitches” in voting machines where votes for Senator Kerry were registered as votes for the President.6 The counting process was similarly chaotic and suspect.” (Page 8)

“We have received numerous reports of transfers of votes for Senator Kerry to votes for President Bush. Specifically, in Youngstown, the Washington Post reported that their investigation revealed 25 electronic machines transferred an unknown number of Kerry votes to the Bush column.229 Jeanne White, a veteran voter and manager at the Buckeye Review, an African American newspaper, stepped into the booth, pushed the button for Kerry – and watched her vote jump to the Bush column. “I saw what happened; I started screaming: ‘They’re cheating again and they’re starting early!”230 The Election Protection Coalition also confirmed these voting “glitches” noting that a “voter reported “Every time I tried to vote for the Democratic Party Presidential vote the machine went blank. I had to keep trying, it took 5 times” (page 52)

“Ohio had a significant number of spoiled votes – approximately 93,000.322 These are ballots in which either no presidential vote was recorded or multiple votes were indicated and therefore ignored. For example, someone may not have filled in his presidential choice dark enough for an optical scan machine to read, but did fill it in clearly enough to be a valid selection in a hand count.323 In addition, a punch card voter may not have punched completely through his choice, leaving a “chad” attached that could not be read by the tabulator. However, that same chad could be read in a hand count because Ohio law provides that hanging chads may be considered valid votes as long as two corners are detached.324

According to a New York Times investigation, “the problem [with spoiled ballots] was pronounced in minority areas, typically Kerry strongholds. In Cleveland ZIP codes where at least 85% of the population is black, precinct results show that one in 31 ballots registered no vote for president, more than twice the rate of largely white ZIP codes where one in 75 registered no vote for president. Election officials say that nearly 77,000 of the 96,000 [spoiled] ballots were punch cards.”325

One of the principal purposes of the recount in Ohio was to ascertain the intent of these 93,000 ballots. However, by manipulation or otherwise every county in Ohio but Coshocton County avoided completing a full hand recount. This means that the vast majority of these spoiled ballots will never be reviewed.” (page 70)

3. Voter Intimidation and Mis-information

Numerous incidents of voter intimidation and misinformation engaged in Ohio on election day likely violate the Voting Rights Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1968, and the Ohio right to vote. Mr. Blackwell’s apparent failure to institute a single investigation into these acts likely represents a violation of his statutory duty to investigate election misconduct.” (page 99)

4. Disenfranchised Hundreds of Thousands of Ohio Citizens

“With regards to our factual finding, in brief, we find that there were massive and unprecedented voter irregularities and anomalies in Ohio. In many cases these irregularities were caused by 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. First, in the run up to election day, the following actions by Mr. Blackwell, the Republican Party and election officials disenfranchised hundreds of thousands of Ohio citizens, predominantly minority and Democratic voters: (page 4)

5. Criminal Actions

“In addition, the Civil Rights Act of 1968 provides criminal penalties for violations of civil rights, rights, including interference with the right to vote. Specifically, section 245 of title 18 makes it a crime for any person who “by force or threat of force willfully injures, intimidates or interferes with, or attempts to injure, intimidate or interfere with any person because he is or has been, or in order to intimidate such person or any other person or any class of persons from voting or qualifying to vote....”.(page 15)

“The Ohio Republican Party attempted to engage in “caging,” whereby it sent registered letters to newly registered voters in minority and urban areas, and then sought to challenge 35,000 individuals who refused to sign for the letters or the mail otherwise came back as undeliverable (this includes voters who were homeless, serving abroad, or simply did not want to sign for something concerning the Republican Party). Mark Weaver, an attorney for the Ohio Republican Party, acknowledged the Party used this technique.167 During a hearing before the Summit County Board of Elections, a challenger admitted that she had no knowledge to substantiate her claim that the voters she was challenging were out of compliance with Ohio’s election law:168 “(page 40)

“These incidents of voter intimidation and misinformation clearly violate the Voting Rights Act, the Civil Rights Act of 1968, Equal Protection, Due Process and the Ohio right to vote. The fact that Secretary Blackwell did not initiate a single investigation into these many serious allegations may represent a violation of his statutory duty to investigate election irregularities. Cases of intimidation and misinformation such as we have seen in Ohio appear to have become a regular feature of our election landscape and would appear to warrant the development of a stronger investigative and law enforcement system than we have at present, at both the state and federal levels.300 “(page 65)

6. Computer Voting Companies with Ties to Bush-Cheney

A. Diebold

“Diebold, whose CEO, Walden O’Dell, is a member of President Bush’s Pioneer and Ranger team, has visited the Crawford ranch and wrote a letter promising to deliver the electoral votes of Ohio.” (page 66)

“The Board made the alterations to the ballot after determining the intent of the voters. Following a lunch break during the recount, the Board kept recount observers waiting while a technician from the Diebold company reprogrammed the machine.” (page 95)

B. Triad

“The voting computer company Triad has essentially admitted that it engaged in a course of behavior during the recount in numerous counties to provide “cheat sheets” to those counting the ballots. The cheat sheets informed election officials how many votes they should find for each candidate, and how many over and under votes they should calculate to match the machine count. In that one has to be somewhat suspect.” (page 7) Is that why Karl Rove ‘knew’ the exit polls were wrong?

“According to the affidavit, the Triad official sought access to the voting machinery based on the apparent pretext that he wanted to review some “legal questions” Ohio voting officials might receive as part of the recount process. At several times during his interaction with Hocking County voting machines, Mr. Barbian telephoned into Triad’s offices to obtain programming information relating to the machinery and the precinct in question. It is now known that Triad officials have intervened in other counties in Ohio - Greene and Monroe, and perhaps others.
In fact, Mr. Barbian himself has admitted to altering tabulating software in Hocking, Lorain, Muskingum, Clark, Harrison and Guernsey counties.387 Todd Rapp, President of Triad, also has confirmed that these sorts of changes are standard procedure for his company.388” (page 81)

Of course there is no evidence when you refuse to look at it. Without Ohio’s cooked election books factored in the mix, John Kerry won based on achieving the highest number of qualified electoral votes.

“In addition, a challenge has been filed to the Ohio results asserting, to a level of sworn proof beyond a reasonable doubt, that Senator Kerry, not President Bush, was the actual victor of the Presidential race in Ohio. Kenneth Blackwell is adamantly refusing to answer any questions under oath in regard to election irregularities or results. He is apparently counting upon Congress accepting the votes of the electors and, as an immediate consequence, the Ohio Supreme Court dismissing the citizens' election contest.” (page 10)

There’s a lot more information in PRESERVING DEMOCRACY: WHAT WENT WRONG IN OHIO, Status Report of the House Judiciary Committee Democratic Staff, which I again encourage you to read. Despite the lies on the congressional floor that everything seemed to be in order regarding the electoral vote from Ohio, it was not. It’s not too late to fix this. It can be said “upon further evaluation, the Ohio vote is not in order and should be disqualified. The President and Vice President are Kerry-Edwards.” The sound of JOY would sweep across the land.

The time for the great change is here. We are overcoming now.


Anonymous said...

Sour grapes? No. Paranoid? Yes.

Nayer said...

Paranoid? No.

Patriot? Yes.

Truth teller? Yes

It's O.K. to shout fire in a crowded theatre when there is a fire. Silence could get everyone killed.

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