A federal judge denied a request by third-party presidential candidates who wanted to force a recount of Ohio ballots even before the official count was finished.
Judge James G. Carr in Toledo ruled Tuesday that the candidates have a right under Ohio law to a recount, but said it can wait. The judge wrote that he saw no reason to interfere with the final stages of Ohio’s electoral process. Officials have said the results will be certified by December 6.
This is, of course, going hand in hand with the race-baiting and fear-mongering led by John Conyers, Maxine Waters, and the usual suspects, who are doing everything they can to deligitimize the 2004 election. Their letter to the GAO:
“We write with an urgent request that the GAO immediately undertake an investigation of the efficacy of voting machines and new technologies used in the 2004 election, how election officials responded to the difficulties they encountered, and what we can do in the future to improve our election systems and administration.”
Particular concerns brought up are:
-The almost 4,000 votes awarded to Bush in Columbus, Ohio, reported by the AP, which was only noticeable because more votes were recorded in the precinct than there were registered voters.
-Votes lost on a local initiative in Florida because the computer could only store so many votes.
-Apx. 4,500 votes lost in one North Carolina county.
-A glitch in San Francisco computers which caused many votes to be uncounted.
-Florida’s anomalous results where only districts with touch screen voting had disproportionate votes for Bush than expected. This analysis has since
been duplicated by a UC Berkeley professor and others.
-AP reports in Florida and Ohio of voters who stated when using touchscreens, when they selected “John Kerry,” that instead “George Bush” would appear on the screen.
-Long lines in urban Ohio areas, to the point where voters left in frustration after 8 or so hours. But that’s not all. The second letter, dated, November 8th, reported additional incidents.
-3,000 phantom votes were added by a Nebraska “vote tabulator” which doubled the votes.
-22,000 North Carolina votes which later had to be added because the computer initially discarded them due to system overload.
-21 voting machines in Broward County, Florida, malfunctioned, eliminating prior votes that had been cast on them in this most-Democratic county in the state.
-Warren County, Ohio’s, bogus refusal allow independent monitoring of vote counting based on a terrorist incident which turned out later to not exist.
-Malfunctioning vote cassettes in Palm Beach, FL.
-Boxes of absentee votes discovered after the election in a Broward County election office.
Notably, nine (9) out of the current 14 supporters are members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC). They are Barbara Lee (who is a leader of the Caucus), along with John Conyers, Jerold Nadler, Melvin Watt, Tammy Baldin, George Miller, John Olver, Bob Filner, and Jan Schakowsky. According to the CPC website, there are currently 55
congressional members on the Progressive Caucus. For a list of members, see: http://bernie.house.gov/pc/members.asp
No election is perfect, and were this an effort to truly aid the creation of an error and nusiance free electoral system, who would be against it. The fact of the matter is that this is not the intent. The intent is to whip up racial animosity, to encourage the myth that the election, ‘just like in 2000,’ was stolen, and that there was widespread vote fraud and voter disfranchisemnet.
The Democratic party, or at least the fringes of the party that I despise, has devolved from a coherent ideology to a melange of victims groups- a cult of victimhood that values propaganda over logic and reason.
You tell me- which is more damaging:
1.) Naturally ocurring and regrettable voter irregularities of no over-all significance in reghards to the outcome of an election.
2.) Systematic efforts by one party to convince large portions of the electorate that their vote did not count, will not count, and never will count because of evil, insidious plots designed to disenfranchise minorities and poor people.