[Marxism] Call on the Ohio Democratic and Green Parties to Demand a Recount!

Yoshie Furuhashi furuhashi.1 at osu.edu
Mon Nov 8 13:42:06 MST 2004

John Kerry and the Democratic Party elite abjectly conceded and want 
you to stand down in the interest of getting on with the bipartisan 
program of making Iraq safe for foreign investors and making the rich 
richer and the poor poorer in America -- but we shouldn't.  If we 
cannot stand up for the most basic of democratic rights -- voting 
rights, especially of Black, Latino, and other working-class voters 
-- we are not capable of winning anything better, such as the end to 
the Iraq War and establishment of single-payer universal health care.

Bob Fitrakis, the editor of the Free Press, writes: "[U]nofficial 
results showed Bush with 136,483 more votes than Kerry, although 
155,428 provisional ballots, 92,672 'spoiled' ballots, additional 
overseas ballots, and some remaining absentee ballots remained 
uncounted.  The day after his concession, Kerry drew 3,893 votes 
closer to Bush when a computerized voting machine 'glitch' was 
discovered in an Ohio precinct. A machine in ward 1B in the 
predominantly Republican Gahanna, Ohio, recorded 4,258 votes for 
George W. Bush when only 638 people cast votes at the New Life Church 
polling site" ("None Dare Call It Voter Suppression and Fraud," 
November 7, 2004, 
<http://www.freepress.org/columns/display/3/2004/983> and 

Most importantly, "[s]poiled ballots will only be counted if someone 
with standing, such as five Kerry electors or the Ohio Democratic 
Party, demands and legally qualifies for a recount" (Fitrakis, 
<http://www.freepress.org/columns/display/3/2004/983> and 

Call upon the Ohio Democratic Party, Kerry electors, the Ohio Green 
Party, and David Cobb electors to demand a recount.  Make them fight 
for voting rights!

Make them do it, even if you think (as I do) that Kerry would be no 
better than Bush on big issues like the Iraq War and single-payer 
universal health care.  Why?  Because if the recount throws Ohio to 
Kerry, it makes the next President a man who won the electoral 
college but did not win the popular vote, which will weaken the 
executive branch by denying it the illusion of popular consent and 
legitimacy; and even if the recount doesn't change the outcome, your 
demand will send the Democrats and Republicans a message that you 
won't obey their order to keep quiet about the reign of plutocrats 
who continue to assign crappy voting machines to Black, Latino, and 
other working-class precincts that make more of working-class votes 
spoil than votes of the rich white voters.

The Ohio Democratic Party Contact Information:

Dennis White, Chair
dennis at ohiodems.org
614-221-6563 x128 (voice)

Dan Trevas, Communications Director
dan at ohiodems.org
614-221-6563 x129 (voice)

Hanna Greer, Executive Director
hanna at ohiodems.org
614-221-6563 x100 (voice)

Address: 271 E. State St. Columbus, Ohio 43215
Phone: 614-221-6563 (voice)
614-221-0721 (fax)

The Democratic National Committee Contact Information:

The Green Party of Ohio Contact Information:

The Green Party of the United States Contact Information:

Cobb/LaMarche '04 Contact Information:

Cf.  Greg Palast, "An Election Spoiled Rotten," November 2, 2004:
"CNN Just Changed Their Ohio Exit Poll Page": 
Thom Hartmann, "The Ultimate Felony Against Democracy," November 4, 
2004: <http://www.commondreams.org/views04/1104-38.htm>
Greg Palast, "Kerry Won," November 4, 2004: 

Saturday, November 13, 2004, 1-4 PM
Public Hearing on Election Irregularities and Voter Suppression

We are calling on anyone who experienced or observed election 
irregularities or voter suppression this election season to come to 
give testimony at a public hearing before public officials, community 
representatives and the media. Your stories will be documented, 
recorded and put into a report and formal complaint to the Board of 
Elections. If you have any information about election irregularities 
please participate. New Faith Baptist Church, 955 Oak St., Columbus, 
Ohio, 43205.

Contact: call 614-253-2571 or email <truth at freepress.org> for more information.
Sponsored by Citizen's Alliance for Secure Elections, the CICJ, 
League of Pissed Off Voters, Election Protection Coalition, Common 
Cause, WVKO Radio.

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* Al-Awda-Ohio: <http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Al-Awda-Ohio>
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