[Marxism] 2004 Ohio ballots

Mark Lause MLause at cinci.rr.com
Wed Aug 30 18:02:47 MDT 2006

A friend of mine sent me this today.  He's been involved in some of the
reviewing of these documents.


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There was an internal leak at the NY times. This was at the raw story
blog. There will be a petition for historians and political scientists
going around to save the ballots.

Ohio officials will soon begin destroying the paper ballots from the
2004 presidential election despite objections from voter rights groups.

"Soon after the 2004 presidential election, questions emerged about how
votes were tallied in Ohio, a battleground state that delivered the
presidency to George W. Bush," Ian Urbina writes in a story slated for
the New York Times.

"Now, following a routine procedure, state officials are preparing to
destroy the paper ballots from the election," writes Urbina.

"Critics say the ballots should be preserved for more study," the
article continues.

In related news, an email written by 2004 Democratic Presidential
nominee Senator John Kerry was sent out to 100,000 Democratic donors on
Tuesday urging them to support Congressman Ted Strickland in his race
for governor of Ohio against GOP Secretary of State Ken Blackwell, who
oversaw the deciding vote two years ago, the Associated Press reported.

"He used the power of his state office to try to intimidate Ohioans and
suppress the Democratic vote," wrote Kerry in the email.

Although the A.P. is reporting that Kerry is only "alleging election
improprieties" as he mulls running for president again, the senator has
spoken out a number of times since November of 2004, as noted in a
Democratic Underground thread.

"Thousands of people were suppressed in their efforts to vote," said
Kerry at a Martin Luther King Jr. memorial breakfast in Boston in
January of 2005 as reported in the Boston Globe last year. "Voting
machines were distributed in uneven ways."

In August, the Columbus Institute for Contemporary Journalism, a 501(c)
3 organization that has examined election irregularities in Ohio,
started a website called Save the Ballots!

"The ballots are the smoking gun to explain what happened in Ohio in
2004," according to the website.

"They were not made public until earlier this year, and after September
2, 2006, election officials across Ohio are legally allowed to destroy
them," the site continues. "We have been told by election officials in
the most problem-plagued counties they can't wait until Sept. 3rd,
because then people asking questions will go home."

(Note: The Times article may have been postponed until Thursday)

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