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BACKGROUND AND CONTEXT:
On November 9, 2003, the New York Times reported:
"In mid-August, Walden W. O'Dell, the chief executive of Diebold Inc., sat
down at his computer to compose a letter inviting 100 wealthy and
politically inclined friends to a Republican Party fund-raiser, to be held
at his home in a suburb of Columbus, Ohio. 'I am committed to helping Ohio
deliver its electoral votes to the president next year,' wrote Mr. O'Dell,
whose company is based in Canton, Ohio. That is hardly unusual for Mr.
O'Dell. A longtime Republican, he is a member of President Bush's 'Rangers and
Pioneers,' an elite group of loyalists who have raised at least $100,000 each
for the 2004 race. But it is not the only way that Mr. O'Dell is involved in
the election process. Through Diebold Election Systems, a subsidiary in
McKinney, Tex., his company is among the country's biggest suppliers of
paperless, touch-screen voting machines. Judging from Federal Election
Commission data, at least 8 million people will cast their ballots using
Diebold machines next November. ... Some people find Mr. O'Dell's pairing of
interests -- as voting-machine magnate and devoted Republican fund-raiser --
Machine Politics in the Digital Age
by Melanie Warner, New York Times, 9 Nov 2003
On November 3, 2004, Reuters reported: "Voters across
the United States reported problems with electronic touch-screen systems on
Tuesday in what critics said could be a sign that the machines used by
one-third of the population were prone to error.... "
Voters Report Problems with Computer Systems
by Reuters, 3 Nov 2004
On October 24, 2004, the Palm Beach Post reported:
"A federal judge on Monday rejected U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler's claim that
paperless electronic voting violates the constitutional rights of
Judge rules against voting paper trail
by George Bennett, Palm Beach Post Staff Writer, 26 Oct 2004
On November 3, 2004, Thomas Crampton wrote in the International
Herald Tribune: "The global implications of the U.S. election are
undeniable, but international monitors at a polling station in southern Florida
said Tuesday that voting procedures being used in the extremely close contest
fell short in many ways of the best global practices...."
Global monitors find faults
by Thomas Crampton, International Herald Tribune, 3 Nov 2004
For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020, (202) 421-6858; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167
Subject: [natural_persons] Basic report from Columbus (fwd)
Date: Thu, 4 Nov 2004 14:31:18 -0500 (EST)
From: Eli Beckerman <ebeckerman [at] wesleyan [dot] edu>
This from my father:
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Date: Thu, 4 Nov 2004 10:36:39 -0500
From: Ray Beckerman <RBeckerman [at] BLHNY [dot] com>
Subject: Basic report from Columbus
I worked for 3 days, including Election Day, on the statewide voter protection hotline run by the Ohio Democratic Party in Columbus, Ohio.
I am writing this because the media is inexplicably whitewashing what happened in Ohio, and Kerry's concession was likewise inexplicable.
Hundreds of thousands of people were disenfranchised in Ohio. People waited on line for as long as 10 hours. It appears to have only happened in Democratic-leaning precincts, principally (a) precincts where many African Americans lived, and (b) precincts near colleges.
I spoke to a young man who got on line at 11:30 am and voted at 7 pm. When he left at 7 pm, the line was about 150 voters longer than when he'd arrived, which meant those people were going to wait even longer. In fact they waited for as much as 10 hours, and their voting was concluded at about 3 am. The reason this occurred was that they had 1 voting station per 1000 voters, while the adjacent precinct had 1 voting station per 184. Both precincts were within the same county, and managed by the same county board of elections. The difference between them is that the privileged polling place was in a rural, solidly republican, area, while the one with long lines was in the college town of Gambier, OH.
Lines of 4 and 5 hours were the order of the day in many African-American neighborhoods.
Touch screen voting machines in Youngstown OH were registering "George W. Bush" when people pressed "John F. Kerry" ALL DAY LONG. This was reported immediately after the polls opened, and reported over and over again throughout the day, and yet the bogus machines were inexplicably kept in use THROUGHOUT THE DAY.
Countless other frauds occurred, such as postcards advising people of incorrect polling places, registered Democrats not receiving absentee ballots, duly registered young voters being forced to file provisional ballots even though their names and signatures appeared in the voting rolls, longtime active voting registered voters being told they weren't registered, bad faith challenges by Republican "challengers" in Democratic precincts, and on and on and on.
I was very proud of the way so many Ohioans fought so valiantly for their right to vote, and would not be turned away. Many, however, could not spend the entire day and were afraid of losing their jobs, due to the severe economic depression hitting Ohio.
I do not understand why Kerry conceded and did not fight to ensure that all Ohioans would have a chance to vote, and for their vote to be counted.
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From: Victoria Lovegren <victoria.lovegren [at] case [dot] edu>
Subject: Volunteers Needed for Ohio Election Audit
We want an Audit of the Ohio Election. Help us prove that our recent election was fair and honest (or not). (See http://www.neohioact.org/electionaudit/)
We need your help as:
Please send this to everyone on your list who wants to ensure that Ohio's Election was fair and honest. Please contact me ASAP. Sorry for cross posts.
Victoria Lovegren, Ph.D.
Case Western Reserve University
Victoria.lovegren [at] case [dot] edu
COLUMBUS, Ohio - A computer error with a voting machine cartridge gave President Bush 3,893 extra votes in a Gahanna precinct.
Franklin County's unofficial results gave Bush 4,258 votes to Democratic challenger John Kerry's 260 votes in Precinct 1B. Records show only 638 voters cast ballots in that precinct.
Matthew Damschroder, director of the Franklin County Board of Elections, said Bush received 365 votes there. The other 13 voters who cast ballots either voted for other candidates or did not vote for president.
Damschroder said he received some calls Thursday from people who saw the error when reading the list of poll results on the election board's Web site.
He said the error would have been discovered when the official canvass for the election is performed later this month.
Damschroder said after Precinct 1B closed, a cartridge from one of three voting machines at the polling place generated a faulty number at a computerized reading station.
The reader also recorded zero votes in a county commissioner race.
Damschroder said the cartridge was retested Thursday and there were no problems. He couldn't explain why the computer reader malfunctioned.
Workers checked the cartridge against memory banks in the voting machine Thursday and each showed that 115 people voted for Bush on that machine. With the other machines, the total for Bush in the precinct added up to 365 votes.
Information from: The Columbus Dispatch