ILLEGAL BLACKWELL ORDER LOCKS DOWN OHIO VOTE RECORDS !
On Friday, December 10, two certified volunteers for the Ohio Recount team assigned were in process recording voting information from minority precincts in Greene County, and were stopped mid-count by a surprise order from Secretary of State Blackwell's office. The Director Board of Elections stated that "all voter records for the state of Ohio were "locked-down."
Friday December 10, 2004
On Friday December 10 two certified volunteers for the Ohio Recount team assigned to Greene County were in process recording voting information from minority precincts in Greene County, and were stopped mid-count by a surprise order from Secretary of State Blackwell's office, calling the denial a "lockdown of all voter records."
The volunteers were working with voter printouts received directly from Carole Garman, Director, Greene County Board of Elections. Joan Quinn and Eve Roberson, retired attorney and election official, were hand-copying voter discrepancies from precinct voting books on behalf of the candidates (Mr. Cobb and Mr. Badnarik) who had requested the recount.
One of the goals of the recount was to determine how many minority voters were unable to vote or denied voting at the polls. Upon requesting copies of precinct records from predominantly minority precincts, Ms. Garman contacted Secretary of State Blackwell's office and spoke to Pat Wolfe, Election Administrator. Ms. Wolfe told Ms. Garman to assert that all voter records for the State of Ohio were "locked down" and that they are "not considered public records."
Quinn and Roberson asked specifically for the legal authority authorizing Mr. Blackwell to "lock down" public records. Garman stated that it was Secretary of State Blackwell's decision. Ohio statute requires the Directors of Boards of Election to comply with public requests for inspection and copying of public election records. As the volunteer team continued recording information from the precinct records in question, Garman entered the room and stated she was withdrawing permission to inspect or copy any voting records at the Greene County Board of Elections. Garman then physically removed the precinct book from Ms. Roberson's hands. They later requested the records again from Garman's office, which was again denied.
Ohio Revised Code Title XXXV Elections, Sec. 3503.26 that requires all election records to be made available for public inspection and copying.
ORC Sec. 3599.161 makes it a crime for any employee of the Board of Elections to knowingly prevent or prohibit any person from inspecting the public records filed in the office of the Board of Elections.
Finally, ORC Sec. 3599.42 clearly states: "A violation of any provision of Title XXXV (35) of the Revised Code constitutes a prima facie case of election fraud within the purview of such Title."
I just got back from a recount info meeting.
The county coordinator said that in some counties that they have been able to get the pollworkers' signed vote totals, oftentimes those totals have not matched up with the vote totals that Columbus certified and reported to the state. It appears that there have been a lot of small overages---8, 10, 12, etc here and there....all trending towards Republican.
Now, there should be no reason for the signed pollworkers and county numbers to differ from the state numbers...so something is happening. I wasn't sure what was going on, but it appears that Blackwell is refusing to disclose the certified state figures for each county. The county coordinator has requested the information several times, so that she can reconcile the state figures with the county and precinct figures, but he is not letting them do that and will not release the figures. This is public info, so he has no legal authority to do this, but he's doing it anyways.
2% swings the entire election, and 8 to 12 votes in a precinct can easily add up the the needed 2%.
At this point in time, there has been at least as much fraud proven as in the Ukraine. Forget the recount now. A recount would not correct the fraud. We need a revote in Ohio --hell, let's have a recount everywhere, like the Ukraine is going to have.
THIS is the move of someone SCARED enough of an examination that he would sell out ANY morals to cover his crime. THe act itself is criminal and would only be taken to hide REAL HIGH STAKES CRIMES WITH SERIOUS JAIL TIME ATTACHED. It also would not be attempted with out full knowledge that someone would cover his back.
Bush was in Columbus, OH on Election Day, as reported here: link to columbusdispatch.com
Congressional Forum in Ohio Monday
Rep. John Conyers, Jr, and other Representatives along with Rev. Jesse Jackson will be holding a congressional forum in Columbus concerning new evidence of election irregularities and fraud in Ohio, the issue of Ohio electors meeting while recounts and litigation are pending, and to discuss legislative and other responses to the problems.
WHAT: "2004 Election Forum"
WHEN: Monday, December 13th @ 10:30am
WHERE: Columbus City Hall, Columbus City Council Chambers 90 West Broad Street, Columbus, OH
John Conyers has set up a special form for you to ask questions of the committee. Send an email with a question for the Democratic members of the Judiciary Committee Hearing on the Ohio Vote or to write your opinions of the 2004 Presidential vote.
51 CAPITAL MARCH Sunday, Dec. 12, Noon - 4:00 PM Picketing on the sidewalk in front of the Ohio Statehouse, corner of Broad and High Streets, Columbus. Picketing will be taking place all over the U.S. at this time!
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