Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Preserving Democracy: What Went Wrong in Ohio

A report by House Judiciary Committee Democratic Staff raises serious charges that suggest that the problems were more widespread than many have thought. Of course, since the Democratic party is out of power in the House, Senate, and White House, no one expects this report to have any impact on the past election. However, there is at least a slight chance that it will be considered in organizing future elections.

"We have found numerous, serious election irregularities in the Ohio presidential election, which resulted in a significant disenfranchisement of voters. Cumulatively, these irregularities, which affected hundreds of thousand of votes and voters in Ohio, raise grave doubts regarding whether it can be said the Ohio electors selected on December 13, 2004, were chosen in a manner that conforms to Ohio law, let alone federal requirements and constitutional standards."

"This report, therefore, makes three recommendations:
(1) consistent with the requirements of the United States Constitution concerning the counting of electoral votes by Congress and Federal law implementing these requirements, there are ample grounds for challenging the electors from the State of Ohio;
(2) Congress should engage in further hearings into the widespread irregularities reported in Ohio; we believe the problems are serious enough to warrant the appointment of a joint select Committee of the House and Senate to investigate and report back to the Members; and
(3) Congress needs to enact election reform to restore our people’s trust in our democracy. These changes should include putting in place more specific federal protections for federal elections, particularly in the areas of audit capability for electronic voting machines and casting and counting of provisional ballots, as well as other needed changes to federal and state election laws.

"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."

This calls to mind the infamous promise by the president of Diebold to help Ohio deliver its electoral votes to the President in November.

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Comment by Blogger Flamsmark:

well, its not as if bush, and his administration and supporters haven't been accused of 'foul play' before.

1:28 PM  

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