(by Don DeBar, Dec 9, 2004) After refusing last week to accept a complaint alleging voter interference and election fraud in Ohio, the FBI yesterday agreed to accept the detailed charges and promised that "it wouldn't be ignored."
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After haggling for approximately 20 minutes with the building's private security, Nick Mottern, Barbara Ehrentreu and three others presented Agent Kevin Walsh with the complaint at the FBI's offices at 222 Bloomindale Road in White Plains, NY.
Mottern and Ehrentren, along with Julie Weiner, Bruce Brotter and other members of Citizens for Voting Integrity ("CVI"), had attempted to file the charges last Friday; they were refused access to the office, according to building security, at the instruction of the FBI; the agency also had refused that day to send an agent down to the building's lobby to accept the filing.
Also yesterday, journalist Adam Stone reported that Bob Hawk, "a Cleveland special agent...said if the office received Mottern's letter 'it wouldn't be ignored.'" Stone reported in this week's North County News (www.northcountynews.com) that an FBI press agent, Joseph Valiquette, said the complaint should first be handled by national headquarters in Washington, DC, and then would likely be directed to regional offices in Ohio and elsewhere. According to the report, protocol would have a U.S attorney in those areas then launch a preliminary investigation before opening - if warranted - a "full-blown federal investigation," Valiquette said. The report adds that Valiquette remarked "I'm sure headquarters...would reach out to those field offices."
CVI was joined by the group Transparent Democracy in calling for a week of national lunch-time vigils outside FBI offices around the country, beginning today. Mottern said that it was important to demonstrate the widespread interest in the issue to the Bureau. "And we learned one thing," he said, "and that is that when we hold signs saying 'Honk if you think the vote was stolen,' a lot of people honk."
"I think that is an important thing for the Bureau - and the nation - to see, as well," he added.