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Tylerdurden
12-15-2007, 02:03 PM
by Bob Fitrakis and Harvey Wasserman (http://www.opednews.com/author/author3280.html) Page 1 of 2 page(s)
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Ohio Secretary of State confirms 2004 election could have been stolen
by Bob Fitrakis & Harvey Wasserman
December 14, 2007

Ohio's Secretary of State announced this morning that a $1.9 million official study shows that "critical security failures" are embedded throughout the voting systems in the state that decided the 2004 election. Those failures, she says, "could impact the integrity of elections in the Buckeye State." They have rendered Ohio's vote counts "vulnerable" to manipulation and theft by "fairly simple techniques."


Indeed, she says, "the tools needed to compromise an accurate vote count could be as simple as tampering with the paper audit trail connector or using a magnet and a personal digital assistant."

In other words, Ohio's top election official has finally confirmed that the 2004 election could have been easily stolen.

Brunner's stunning findings apply to electronic voting machines used in 58 of Ohio's 88 counties, in addition to scanning devices and central tabulators used on paper ballots in much of the rest of the state.

Brunner is calling for widespread changes to the way Ohio casts and counts its ballots. Her announcement follows moves by California Secretary of State Deborah Bowen to disqualify electronic voting machines in the nation's biggest state.

In tandem, these two reports add a critical state-based dimension to the growing mountain of evidence that the US electoral system is rife with insecurities. Reports from the Brennan Center, the Carter-Baker Commission, the Government Accountability Office, the Conyers Committee Task Force Report, Princeton University and others have offered differing perspectives that add up to the same conclusion.

Coming in the state that decided the 2004 election for George W. Bush, Brunner's confirmation of the electoral system's vulnerabilities adds huge new weight to the charge that the Buckeye State's vote count was stolen.

In a series of investigative reports dating to well before the 2004 election, the Columbus Free Press and Freepress.org have documented several dozen different means used by the Bush-Cheney re-election campaign to steal the official 2004 vote count.

The final official tally for Bush---less than 119,000 votes out of 5.4 million cast---varied by 6.7% from exit poll results, which showed a Kerry victory. Exit polls in 2004 were designed to have a margin of error of about 1%.

In various polling stations in Democrat-rich inner city precincts in Youngstown and Columbus, voters who pushed touch screens for Kerry saw Bush's name light up. A wide range of discrepancies on both electronic and paper balloting systems leaned almost uniformly toward the Bush camp. Voting procedures regularly broke down in inner city and campus areas known to be heavily Democratic.

In direct violation of standing federal election law, 56 of Ohio's 88 counties have since destroyed all or part of their 2004 election data. The materials were additionally protected by a federal court injunction in the King-Lincoln-Bronzeville federal civil rights lawsuit (in which we are attorney and plaintiff). To date, no state or federal prosecutions have resulted from this wholesale destruction of presidential election records, including 1.6 million ballots, cast and uncast, needed for definitive auditing procedures. However, two Cuyahoga County (Cleveland) election officials have been convicted of felony manipulation of an official recount. The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, the state's largest newspaper, recently editorialized that there is "no evidence" the 2004 election was stolen, but omitted mention of the destruction of the electoral records by more than half the counties in the state. The Plain-Dealer and other mainstream media have consistently ignored findings by the Free Press and others indicating widespread manipulation and theft of the kind Brunner has now confirmed was eminently do-able within the Ohio system.

Brunner says "the results underscore the need for a fundamental change in the structure of Ohio's election system to ensure ballot and voting system security while still making voting convenient and accessible to all Ohio voters." Among other things, she advocates replacing touch-screen machines with optical-scan units that include a paper balloting system.

The study was managed by the Battelle Corporation, and conducted by Columbus-based MicroSolved Inc., SysTest Labs of Denver along with a consortium of academic subcontractors. It was reviewed by a dozen county officials, and included scrutiny of voting systems produced by Election Systems & Software (ES&S), Hart Intercivic and Premier Election Solutions (formerly Diebold).

Brunner is the Democratic successor to Republican J. Kenneth Blackwell, who administered the 2004 election as Secretary of State while also serving as state co-chair of the Bush-Cheney campaign. The report comes as part of her pledge to guarantee a fair and reliable vote count in the upcoming 2008 presidential election.

Under Blackwell, Ohio spent some $100 million installing electronic voting machines as part of the Help America Vote Act, passed by Congress in the wake of the scandals surrounding the 2000 election. Former Ohio Congressman Bob Ney, HAVA's principle author, now resides in a federal prison, in part for illegalities surrounding his dealings with voting machine companies.

continued.........http://www.opednews.com/articles/genera_bob_fitr_071214_ohio_secretary_of_st.htm

Tanbark Spanker
12-15-2007, 02:28 PM
Knock, knock. Who's there? It 'could' be someone. Hey, Jennifer, grab a freakin' clue!

Tom Montgomery
12-15-2007, 03:02 PM
Yep. This is not news to Ohioans. The GOP in Ohio is now paying the price.

Paul Girouard
12-15-2007, 04:02 PM
Riveting :rolleyes: If the Queen had balls she'd be King :D Yawn!

Tylerdurden
12-15-2007, 04:07 PM
I posted it mainly for this paragraph..........

"In direct violation of standing federal election law, 56 of Ohio's 88 counties have since destroyed all or part of their 2004 election data. The materials were additionally protected by a federal court injunction in the King-Lincoln-Bronzeville federal civil rights lawsuit (in which we are attorney and plaintiff). To date, no state or federal prosecutions have resulted from this wholesale destruction of presidential election records, including 1.6 million ballots, cast and uncast, needed for definitive auditing procedures. However, two Cuyahoga County (Cleveland) election officials have been convicted of felony manipulation of an official recount. The Cleveland Plain-Dealer, the state's largest newspaper, recently editorialized that there is "no evidence" the 2004 election was stolen, but omitted mention of the destruction of the electoral records by more than half the counties in the state. The Plain-Dealer and other mainstream media have consistently ignored findings by the Free Press and others indicating widespread manipulation and theft of the kind Brunner has now confirmed was eminently do-able within the Ohio system. "

No, Not the "mainstream media". say it ain't so.

seafox
12-15-2007, 07:39 PM
wasn't their a democrat run county in ohio that had a voter turn out of 115% of registered voters? fact is the great majority of this country some thing like 80 percent of the most productive people in this country voted for bush. mores the pity that he had goverened lime a democrat.

Cuyahoga Chuck
12-15-2007, 07:52 PM
I hope Fritrakis and Wasserman update this diatribe.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer (that notorious conspiratorial rag) had a headline today that said the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections may have to junk about $12 million of touch screen voting machines and go back to paper ballots. The problem is the Board employs a lot of politically connected people who seem to be otherwise unemployable. It has been so for the last 50 years, at least, and the introduction of complex electronics has shown them to be incapable of running even a simple off-year election where most juristictions have only a handful of ballot items.
I am no fan of the Plain Dealer but, I agree.

Chris Coose
12-15-2007, 11:04 PM
Republicans suck.
Their leader is a cripple.

Ian McColgin
12-15-2007, 11:46 PM
The Republicans are so creative. 2000 was stolen the old fashioned way. 2004 by electronic means. And now with the California initive to change just that state's electoral college count, they may make 2008 a third theft.

Tylerdurden
12-16-2007, 08:36 AM
The Republicans are so creative. 2000 was stolen the old fashioned way. 2004 by electronic means. And now with the California initive to change just that state's electoral college count, they may make 2008 a third theft.


So this is a good conspiracy theory Ian? I am having trouble knowing which ones are ok and which are not.

Lew Barrett
12-16-2007, 12:32 PM
Just keep throwing them out there Mark and we'll decide! It was so boring when you were gone. Keep the invective to a minimum, the controversy at WFO throttle, and everything is back to normal!

Me? I believe there was hanky-panky. Why should the elections have been different or approached with a less cavalier, less cynical attitude than anything else that our august bunch has dared this passed eight years?

Tylerdurden
12-16-2007, 01:20 PM
Me? I believe there was hanky-panky. Why should the elections have been different or approached with a less cavalier, less cynical attitude than anything else that our august bunch has dared this passed eight years?

Yes, been going on thousands of years. Thing is we are supposed to want and demand better and the fairness improves over time.
That isn't the case as of late.