Protests, Questions Loom In Ohio As Electoral College Prepares To Vote
Here is the Lone Star Iconoclast,(crawford, tx). Considering they were smeared when they endorsed Kerry, it's only right they cover the stolen election. Yes, it's a stolen election, don't believe? like they say in Texas..."let's smoke em' out".
COLUMBUS, Ohio - On Monday, presidential electors were scheduled to meet in their respective capitals to cast electoral votes for president. How this process plays out in Ohio was up in the air at presstime, as a recount of the 2004 ballots is getting under way.
According to Ray Beckerman, an attorney leading the challenge to have every vote counted prior to the electoral college votes being cast in Ohio, ?a number of them, especially those from Ohio and Florida, are there as a result not of a free and fair election, but as a result of fraud.?
He says that if they are permitted to select the next President of the United States, ?our democracy is at an end.?
Beckerman noted that the 2004 election will not be completed, however, until Jan. 6, when Congress steps in.
The attorney berated the corporate media as attempting to supress the story ?so that the majority of Americans are entirely unaware of what is happening.?
Citizen protests have been under way this past weekend and volunteers are distributing flyers explaining the urgency of a timely and complete recount. They are asking the public to get involved, to put pressure on all senators and congressmen to not accept another questionable election in hopes that they ?will not allow their nation to descend from democracy into dictatorship,? explained Beckerman.
?There has been enough talk. It is now time for action,? he said.
Among those ?flyering? in Ohio this past weekend was Kat Le?Strange, from Eugene, Ore., whom The Iconoclast interviewed Saturday as she made her way from store to store, placing flyers for pickup.
She said she had been in Ohio several days and was distributing flyers in anticipation of Monday?s recounts in seven of the counties.
Le?Strange described the locals she had met as ?real friendly, letting me place flyers on their counters in their stores.? She did note that there are those, though, who ?are pretty unhappy that the recount is going forward.?
She said that she felt that most Ohioans see those who have trekked to Ohio from other parts of the country as ?freedom-fighters,? as opposed to being ?protesters.?
Another group making a mark in Ohio is Progressive Democrats of America (PDA), whose members have provided upwards of 5,000 phone calls and e-mails.
According to Tim Carpenter and Kevin Spidel, Rep. Bob Ney (R-Ohio), chairman of the Committee on House Administration, has pledged to hold bi-partisan hearings on the 2004 election next year. PDA is pushing for Ney and other members of the Committee to hold the hearings now.
PDA is joining other groups in urging protests to delay the casting of Electoral College votes on Dec. 13, and urging Ohio Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell to answer recent questions raised by Rep. John Conyers and other congressmen about numerous voter irregularities in Ohio.
On Saturday, it came to the attention of the House Judiciary Committee Democratic Staff that efforts to audit poll records in Greene County, Ohio are being obstructed by County Election officials and/or Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell.
According to Joan Quinn and Eve Robertson, two election observers researching voting records, Greene County officials initially gave Quinn and Robertson access to poll records, and then abruptly withdrew such access.
Greene County Director of Elections Carole Garman claimed that she had withdrawn access to the voting records at the direction of Secretary Blackwell.
Regardless of who ordered the denial of this access, such an action appears to violate Ohio law, say observers.
Later, at the same office, election observers found the office unlocked, and what appeared to be locked ballot boxes, unattended. Prior to the withdrawal of access to the books, observers had found discrepancies in election records, and possible evidence of minority vote suppression.
House Judiciary Committee Democrats wrote a letter to Blackwell on Dec. 2 requesting answers to 34 questions about election irregularities and fraud in Ohio. This letter included questions about major discrepancies in Perry County poll books. Since that letter, additional documentation has been provided to the Democratic staff demonstrating similar problems in other counties.
Because of the urgency of the Greene County matter, Congressman John Conyers, Jr., Ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, has requested that Ms. Quinn testify at a hearing scheduled Monday, Dec. 13, in Columbus, Ohio. Ms. Quinn has agreed to do so and was scheduled to present sworn statements from corroborating witnesses. Conyers issued the following statement:
?The Recount effort is simply a search for the truth of what happened during the 2004 Presidential election in Ohio. We have now repeatedly seen election officials obstruct and stonewall this search for the truth. I am beginning to wonder what it is they are trying to hide.?
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